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Hi there. I need some advice regarding a friend and don't really know how to get the information I need. My friend moved to Barcelona from the UK a few years ago. We heard from his girlfriend in January who said that he has been admitted to a private rehab clinic for alcoholism and since then I have not been able to speak to him. He was in a private clinic in Spain for 4 months and now stays at home but has to return to the clinic daily for counselling apparently.
His girlfriend has told me that the clinic has detailed that as part of his treatment he is not allowed to speak to friends at all and is not allowed his mobile phone or use the Internet. He is allowed to speak to his family for 15 mins once a week but that's it. His girlfriend also said that he isn't allowed to watch tv with alcohol use in it. My friend was a big fan of the Simpsons and two and a half men. His girlfriend has thrown all his dvd's out!
My question is, does this sound normal? 5 months in rehab sounds along time and I can't understand why he has been forbidden from speaking to me at all as part of his treatment? I am really worried about my friend but have no way of contacting him as his phone has been confiscated. His family are also extremely worried.
Is this normal treatment for alcohol rehab? I don't know anyone who has been in rehab before and neither do his family.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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