With more than 250,000 individuals seeking help from drug and alcohol rehab treatment facilities each year, support workers are becoming more and more important. This field of employment includes a wide variety of positions,such as counsellors, recovery support workers, and healthcare assistants. While some of these positions are limited to professionals, others do not have specific education or certification requirements. Here’s a quick look at why support workers play such a crucial role in the rehab process.
THEY PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
When an individual enters a rehab centre for a drug and alcohol addiction,constant emotional support is needed for a successful detox and recovery. For example, some support workers, including counsellors, can help addicts identify and address any underlying issues that may have played a part in their addiction. They are often part of a team that creates (and possibly revises) a treatment plan that includes goals created for the specific individual, while also evaluating the addict’s progress,
For addicts, support workers are often viewed as someone who will listen to their fears and concerns without judging them. They provide encouragement, help keep them motivated, and provide empathy.
In some cases, support workers may also provide emotional support to family members who are struggling to understand and deal with what their loved one is going through.
THEY HELP ADDICTS GET THROUGH THE PHYSICAL PROCESS OF DETOXING
Depending on what substance(s) a person has been using,as well as how much and for how long, detox can be a painful experience. Support workers are often there to monitor an individual’s physical condition and possibly even their mental status and report any unusual or unrelieved symptoms to the nurse or doctor. They may suggest diversionary activities, teach coping skills,or encourage active participation in groups that will help get the individual’s physical symptoms off their mind.
SUPPORT WORKERS HELP ADDICTS MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR LIVE
In many rehab programmes, certain support workers assist individuals in adjusting to living their life sober, while also transitioning back to their community and the real world. They may help them redevelop life skills they had previously ignored, such as maintaining their personal hygiene, cleaning up after themselves, taking control of their financial situation, and more, based on the addict’s specific needs.They may help individuals who are discharging find safe housing, locate food resources, access education and training opportunities, or even find employment.
In addition, it is not unusual for certain support workers to work with an addict to learn much needed skills designed to prevent them from relapsing after they are discharged.
Some support worker roles are geared toward helping the individual return to the community. For example, they may help the addict find affordable housing after he or she is discharged. There are even instances where support workers continue to provide support and follow-up care after discharge.
After looking at the statistics, it is evident that substance abuse problems in the UK will likely get worse before they get better, which means support workers will continue to be a valued member of a rehab centre’s staff.