Help Me Stop is a growing UK-based rehab provider that promises ‘rehab in the real world’. Their centers offer a model that is sometimes described as intensive outpatient rehabilitation or ‘dayhab’. With two centers in London — and more opening — and an online offer, Help Me Stop promises a practical option for those who are struggling not just with addiction, but also securing rehabilitation.
The value of dayhab at Help Me Stop
Inpatient rehabilitation is often seen as the gold-standard when it comes to dealing with addiction. By having the patient onsite and in a controlled environment, intensive treatment can take place without the stresses and strains of ordinary life triggering a relapse. But inpatient treatment is not without its disadvantages.
For many people, inpatient rehabilitation simply is not an option. Some might have employers who will not release them, and they cannot afford to lose their job. Others might have family they need to care for. And, for many, the cost is prohibitive. Inpatient facilities can often cost around $1,250 per day, and with stays typically lasting four-to-six weeks, they are not widely affordable.
Help Me Stop offers an option for those that need the support of a rehab, but cannot stay in a residential facility. It promises (and delivers) intensive support in a structured program that allows them to continue their normal life, while costing less than a few days in a residential facility.
How Help Me Stop Works
There is a lot of research into addiction and rehabilitation, as well as many people who have overcome addiction without a formal rehab experience. Help Me Stop, therefore, calls on that wealth of knowledge to put in place all the components of rehabilitation that make success more likely. Their programs are based on international guidelines for addiction treatment, offering a mix of therapy and group work, backed up with medical support if required, to help the addict on their journey to abstinence.
Both their in-person and online options follow a similar model, with six-week intensive programs and support.
Intensive therapy sessions at Help Me Stop
Help Me Stop use the well-known 12-step approach. Although this was developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, and is perhaps still most associated with them, it is a common framework for addiction support groups. Help Me Stop’s clients will attend, for the first four weeks, five group sessions a week, dropping to three a week for their final two weeks. In these groups, they will give and receive support from the group as they learn about their addiction and how to deal with it.
These are supplemented with weekly one-to-one therapy sessions. These use cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a practical therapy, that seeks to help patients understand how their addiction works in real life, and develop strategies and techniques to manage it. It is reinforced with practice between sessions, and the aim is that the patient will, effectively, become their own therapist, identifying how their thoughts and feelings affect their actions, and vice versa, and how to take practical steps to change their behavior.
Family support at Help Me Stop
Good rehab will always offer support for the wider family and network of an addict. Having a supportive network will improve the chances of recovery, but only if the support is offered in the right way. Loved ones might plead for change or issue ultimatums because of their love, but are not helpful to someone caught in a cycle of addition.
Help Me Stop offers free family support, which can be essential during a dayhab model since family members can, unwittingly, be part of the addiction cycle, perhaps because of the stress caused by family dynamics or issues of co-dependency. Help Me Stop’s family support will help the addict’s family and loved one’s understand how they can play a role in helping the addict recover and return to a loving family life.