1. DOES REHAB WORK?
Yes, there is plenty of evidence-based research to prove that rehab does work. What’s important is finding programs that offer the most successful solutions. The Cochrane Review, the largest independent meta-analysis ever conducted on alcoholics, (10,580 alcoholics, 53 institutions and 150 academics and medical experts) found that rehab is most effective when the program focuses on 12-step facilitation programs and directs patients into twelve-step fellowship-support groups post-treatment. No matter how much you pay for rehab, no matter how much therapy you complete, the most successful solutions are when the rehab can successfully encourage patients to continue mixing with a supportive network of recovery people.
2. WHAT’S IT LIKE AT REHAB?
The experience in rehab will vary from place to place. Expensive private rehabs will offer private rooms, most other facilities offer shared rooms or, if it’s a public rehab it’s usually dormitory style. If the rehab functions as it should, there will be a strong sense of camaraderie and hope for the future. The days are filled with group sessions, talks from alcoholics and perhaps some meditation and other therapies. Clinical rehabs usually spend more time in group therapy and counselling. Private rehabs are often more comfortable than public rehabs and have more modern facilities.
3. IS DETOX DANGEROUS? DOES IT CAUSE SEIZURES, HALLUCINATIONS OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
Yes, detox can be dangerous if you have a long-term daily pattern of drinking or using. If this is true for you then you should seek medical advice and may need to go to a medical detox. These are available free at public hospitals. There can be a waiting time but if you are already booked into treatment, you will get priority. The reason for this is that the detox units know from experience that when people detox and go straight home there is a very low success rate. They prefer to save beds for people booked into post-detox care.
4. WHO GOES TO REHAB? WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE?
Anyone who is genuinely serious about getting clean and sober and getting their life back on track:- doctors, lawyers, teachers, tradies, small business people, retail, hospitality, unemployed, 18-80 year old’s, male, female, other.
5. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
In Australia, there are three types of treatment centres:
- Private clinics. These are hospital-based programs with a strong emphasis on group and trauma therapy etc. The cost of these programs range from $25,000 – $50,000 per month but they are covered by private health insurance. If you have top level private health cover you will only have to pay the gap which varies depending on your insurance policy.
- Public Rehabs. If you click this link here it will take you to a website with all the rehabs in NSW. Public Rehabs are free. You usually have to sacrifice a percentage of your dole money. They have longer waiting lists, even up to 6 months, are not as comfortable as private or clinical options and offer varied programs.
- Private Rehabs. These are usually for profit rehabs offering different programs which include counselling, equine therapy, massage, and perhaps 12 step facilitation. A top of the range rehab would offer all of the above. Prices range from $10,750-$100,000 per month.
The Sydney Retreat
- The Sydney Retreat is a private, not for profit rehab with charitable status. The cost of admission is $10,750.
- The Sydney Retreat focuses entirely on 12-step facilitation as evidence-based research clearly shows that this is the most successful means of getting your life back on track.
- Every month The Sydney Retreat has over 100 successfully recovered alcoholics and addicts visit. This provides you access to the accumulated wisdom of the volunteers who share their lived experiences of recovery thereby handing you the solution on a platter.
- Evidence shows that alcoholics and addicts who mix in recovery communities stay well, those who do it in isolation don’t.
- The Sydney Retreat has developed good working relationships with several public detoxes and can assist you in your admission.
- The Sydney Retreat does not offer equine therapy or massage.
- The Sydney Retreat have predominantly shared rooms, but single and accessible rooms are available.
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