How can Rehab help with my Mental Health?

People who are in a formal rehabilitation for a drug or alcohol addiction will receive the maximum benefit of their treatment by introducing a more holistic approach to their recovery journey.

The word “holistic” is generally associated with a very specific type of targeted approach, such as introducing vitamins and natural foods to someone’s diet. However, in terms of addiction treatment, a holistic approach infers treating an addict as a complete person, meaning that any treatment options should address all aspects of someone’s lifestyle.

One of the focal points of a recovery journey from drug or alcohol addiction should be around improving an addict’s mental health. At Step One Recovery, we provide private drug and alcohol rehab that allows you the opportunity to recover from addiction and move forward without substances in a positive fashion.

If you would like to discuss ways that rehab can help with mental health, or the different treatment options in rehab for mental health, why not contact us for a no-obligation chat today?


Dual diagnosis

When someone has a diagnosis of addiction and a mental health condition (such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder), this is often referred to as dual diagnosis. Substance abuse generally does not happen in isolation or in a vacuum. It is highly probable that some diagnosed with an addiction will also likely have a co-occurring mental health condition.

At least a third of people who are diagnosed with a mental health condition also have problems with addictive substances. For those who have more severe kinds of mental health disorders, such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and schizophrenia, that rate climbs to around 50%. Those who are given a dual diagnosis are more likely to be divorced, unemployed and on benefits than those who do not have a dual diagnosis.

Unfortunately, those who have co-occurring disorders are more likely to experience a relapse in the future if they seek help and are at a higher risk of suicide.

In free treatment options, such as those offered by the NHS, all too often, a dual diagnosis is not performed. Individuals find that only their addiction is treated, and mental health conditions often remain diagnosed.

In all rehabilitation options from Step One Recovery, as part of your rehab we will perform an extensive assessment of your physical and mental health when you come into our care. If we identify an underlying mental health condition is present, we will treat you for that as well as your substance addiction.

Rehab and mental health go hand in hand, and our mental health treatments will allow you to have a successful, long-term recovery.


Mental health treatment

Your addiction treatment will address all aspects of your mental health requirements in a holistic way. Our treatment promotes improvements to your physical health, as being in good health will set a solid foundation for wellness in other aspects of your life. The benefits of exercise cannot be understated, and we will promote exercise, yoga and walking classes to aid your recovery. We will also pay attention to your nutrition and diet and suggest and implement positive changes.

Our treatment options allow you to become more involved in social functioning via social support groups or group therapy. This may be with your peers in recovery, or family and friends. Group therapy sessions allow you to make lifelong connections and friendships for your time outside of rehab.


Inpatient and outpatient treatment

At Step One Recovery, we cater to a wide variety of requirements. We understand that every person is different, and every person is affected differently by an addiction. As such, we offer a variety of inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment options.

When you first enter our care, we will assess the extent of your addiction and determine which option works best for you.

Inpatient and residential treatment options work best for those who have a difficult home life, or no support mechanism at home to aid with an effective recovery. By staying in the care of Step One Recovery around the clock, you will have all the support you need to recover in safety. This kind of treatment works best for those with advanced addictions.

Outpatient treatment meanwhile is more suited to those who have mild addiction symptoms and can return home in the evening and at weekends to their family. For those who have a support mechanism, there are fewer concerns about a relapse occurring.



One key element of your treatment will be your detoxification.

Detox is where addictive toxins are completely removed from your body. It’s not a comfortable process because of withdrawal symptoms, and this process can take a couple of weeks depending on the severity of your addiction.

Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to very painful depending on your addiction. The worst effects will be felt within the first few days of your detox and upon getting past these difficult early stages, the pain gradually lessens.

Clients tell us of their attempts to perform a detox at home and they almost always end in failure due to the painful withdrawal symptoms. This is not only dangerous but can cause self-esteem issues too.