So, we have listed, some of the most common questions that clients have raised with us, below. However, if you have any other questions, simply call us and we will be happy to provide you with further information.
Am I dependent on alcohol ?
Drinking more and more alcohol, and planning your life around ways to find the next drink, feeling a compulsive need to drink and being unable to stop drinking when you start are all signs of alcohol dependence. It’s most common in people with anxiety, depression or who have a lot of stress in their life or job. So are you dependent on alcohol ? Click Here to take our simple test and find out.
What’s different between Detox & Rehab ?
There is a lot of confusion around Detoxification and Residential Rehabilitation and most people aren’t aware of the ‘difference’ between the two.
Detoxification or “detox” is a planned withdrawal from drinking alcohol and may involve taking a short course of medicine to help prevent withdrawal symptoms. Your GP may prescribe these, and you would take them at home – it is known as a “Community Detox” or you may need to stay in a specialist treatment centre during detoxification. However medicines are only available as a short-term treatment to help you gain control but they are not a long-term solution.
Residential Rehabilitation or “rehab” in a place like Brynawel, offers you a place to stay, typically for up to sixteen weeks, while you take part in a programme and a range of treatments, after you have undergone a detox. It is where you are able to talk with trained therapists about your problems, take part in groups with people who like you are determined to overcome their dependency- an important part of any treatment, helping you understand the reasons for your drinking, and to give you the skills to control or stop the urge to drink.
How much will it cost to stay at Brynawel ?
Most of our clients will have financial support from their local authority to fund their stay in residential treatment. We can give you advice and help to access such funding, as everyone’s personal contribution will be different. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your circumstances in more detail.
Am I entitled to get a place at Brynawel ?
The first questions you need to ask are – Am I ready for Rehab? Is it the right thing for me? Which programme and which setting would suit me best? It does help to know however that you are entitled to ask your local authority for a community care assessment – and the local authorities have a statutory obligation to perform one. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your circumstances in more detail.
How long is the rehabilitation programme for ?
Our standard residential programme is for sixteen weeks, but we will tailor programmes to meet individual needs.
Will I have to share a room ?
No, every client has their own room with en suite facilities.
Can I have visitors when I am at Brynawel ?
Yes, of course. You can have family or friends to visit between one o’clock and three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon and between one o’clock and five o’clock on a Sunday. Young children are made welcome and we can make arrangements for parents with very young children to have evening visits during the week . We value the role that family can play in treating dependencies, so click here to hear about our family therapy programme.
Can I leave the Brynawel grounds ?
No, you will not be allowed to leave the site, unless accompanied by a support worker, until the twelfth week of your stay.
Can I bring my mobile phone / ipod / cd player ?
Yes, you can. But don’t worry if you don’t have a phone as we will give you access to a landline that you can use to contact your family and friends and to receive incoming calls. Unlike other rehab centres we don’t remove phones as we are committed to keeping your experience here as normal and as day to day as possible. WiFi covers all of our buildings.
Is this is faith based or religious organisation ?
No. The Brynawel programme is not religious based. However we respect all faiths and religions and we will support you in accessing your chosen religion whilst you are on the programme. If you are looking for a faith based approach then there are other rehabs e.g. those that offer the “12 Step Programme” and that might be more appropriate for you.
Is there a TV in my room ?
Yes. There is a TV in your room and also a TV in the lounge of Ty Coed, but this is not normally used until the evenings.
Do I have to speak about my issues in a group ?
No. The programme incorporates individual therapy sessions which means you can explore things which are very private to you in a confidential space. You can learn more about individual therapy here.
Will I get help paying my debts ?
We will arrange for you to get help and guidance with financial issues such as benefits and debts.
How much time is spent in group therapy ?
Group therapy takes place every day, Monday to Friday, with a programme of activity every evening and at weekends.
Do I get any support when I leave ?
Your personal care plan will determine what level of support you want and need when you leave. However we strive to maintain supportive relationships with all our clients alongside external agencies, once you have left Brynawel.
What if I’m homeless ?
Every effort will be made to secure appropriate accommodation and you will be offered all of the relevant support to address your individual housing issues.
What if I have problems during the night ?
Brynawel’s Rehab support staff are available 24 hours a day and are available to talk to you about any problems or concerns you have at any time.
What happens if I want to see a doctor ?
At the start of your stay you will be registered with our local G.P.’s surgery and we support clients in accessing and attending appointments with the Doctor and similarly with Dentists and Opticians.
Will I be able to work on my physical health ?
We will support you to access any medical treatment you need. You have access to the gym at Brynawel every day, and on a Thursday, you can attend the excellent Llantrisant Leisure Centre where you can swim, use the gym equipment or sauna. There are regular walks arranged including the beach and the forestry. You would also be able to discuss your dietary needs with our Chef.
Will I be treated respectfully and fairly ?
Yes. The expression of respect and dignity for each other, whether client or member of staff, is expected at all times and in all situations.
Does entering rehab mean I will lose my job or find it difficult to get one in the future ?
A common reason for people not wanting to go through a rehab programme is that they are worried about the consequences. The reality is however by not seeking professional help, you can damage your physical and emotional health, and potentially put your safety, and the safety of others, at great risk. Your health is the most important thing in your life. Even in these tough economic times, your health and well-being is still more important than a job. In reality statistics have shown that people are actually more likely to keep their jobs if they enter treatment for their dependency than they are if they simply let their dependency go untreated. If your dependency becomes the main thing in your life, you will probably end up losing your job because of poor attendance or poor performance.
Take a look at our KICK-START YOUR RECOVERY PROGRAMME if you are in employment or if there is another reason why you cannot take 16 weeks out to spend here. If you take part in this or our 16 week treatment programme, on the other hand, you would not only stand a better chance of keeping or getting a job, you are also far more likely to obtain a better job after you have completed rehab.
Will I be cut off from my family ?
We understand that the thought of being away from your family can be hard and we encourage you to keep in touch. You can bring your mobile phone with you, and there is time every weekend for visits from family and friends. Young children are also made welcome. It is quite usual for clients to stay in touch by using their laptops to “skype” with their loved ones.
Will I be isolated ?
No, Only you can do this, but we don’t believe you can do this on your own. You’ll get support from staff, other clients, and a range of external agencies. You’ll learn to trust, and on occasions, rely on others to succeed in certain activities and improve your ability to communicate effectively. You will experience group and personal success. We are fifteen minutes from junctions 34 and 35 of the M4 motorway and half a mile in both directions from local villages. So although we are situated in our own spacious grounds we cannot be described as being remote or isolated.