Alcohol & Drug Rehab in Chester

Addiction is a progressive disease that manifests in signs and symptoms that will eventually become almost impossible to hide. It begins as recreational drug use, a way to cope with stress, or a way to avoid trauma and deal with mental health issues. Over time, you will notice behavioural, physical, and psychological symptoms that affect your family, personal life, and community.

For those of you living in and around Chester who are suffering from addiction, or know someone who is, there are both free and fee-taking drug and alcohol support services provided by the NHS, local charities, local council, and private rehabilitation centres. Do not wait until you hit rock bottom before seeking help. Looking for help is the first step to getting your life back on track, and reversing all the damages caused by addiction.

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab describes addiction treatment provided at a dedicated facility, as well as being the name given to that facility itself (“going to rehab”). Treatment rehab typically comprises a detoxification (“detox”) phase aimed at removing a patient’s physical dependency, followed by therapy phase to deal with psychological addiction and to prepare the patient for their return to the outside world.

Rehabs are typically aesthetically pleasing, tranquil and secluded institutions, and are of necessity confidential ones, to allow patients to focus on the recovery without worrying that details of their condition will become common knowledge in the outside world. There is a consensus that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of its being the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the addict.

Its ability to address both short (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one holistic treatment programme conducted under one roof is unparalleled, and indeed in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Addiction ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can set out upon the road to recovery, the better – not simply because every day that goes by whilst they struggle with addiction is one more which cannot be spent enjoying all the wonderful things which a drug-free life can offer, but because the consequences of addiction for physical and mental health can be catastrophic, and each day spent feeding an addiction is another day of damage to mind, body and soul.

The quality of NHS addiction treatment services is very high, but unfortunately so is demand for them and waiting times can be extremely long. If you or someone you love are wrestling with addiction, don’t waste any more time: reach out today to discuss some of the private options which may be available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.

Advantages of Private Rehab

There are many reasons a private facility is considered the best for treating people suffering from addiction. It provides a peaceful, secure and confidential setting in which people can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world and the environment in which they have succumbed to repeated substance abuse and addiction.

Once someone has entered rehab, they are required to go through a series of thorough assessments before embarking on a period of detoxification supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel on hand to assure that detox and withdrawal are as safe and as comfortable as possible.

After detox, patients engage in various forms of therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction and developing the defence mechanisms necessary to safeguard against relapse; they will also benefit from bespoke dietary and fitness plans and from an array of other resources available on site.

At the end of a stay in any quality rehab, patients will receive free aftercare for up to a year: recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility but is an ongoing process with numerous pitfalls which rehab can continue to help the recovering addict navigate around.

What Does Rehab Cost in Cheshire?

The cost of private rehab in or near Chester can vary significantly by treatment programme, and depending on which of a variety of optional extras are selected. As a rough guide, standard costs range from between £5,500 and £11,000 per month, though the cheapest rehab treatment can start from as little as £834 per week. For more details, call 0800 804 4755.

Chester NHS Addiction Treatment Options

For many people, private rehab isn’t an option, however, there are various NHS and charity resources that can help can be found in Chester and across Merseyside which can help you combat your addiction. Consult your GP about which of these resources may be available to you and would be most appropriate for your specific situation.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

It should come as no surprise that the primary advantage of NHS treatment in many people’s eyes is financial: while private rehab comes at a cost which, as mentioned above, may be off-putting to some addicts (though which may pale into insignificance compared with the costs – financial, physical, emotional and other – of not getting help and continuing to suffer from addiction) NHS services are free at the point of use.

Moreover, the NHS offers high quality of service and one which is extremely accessible geographically thanks to the NHS’ provision of services right across the UK however it is important to remember that quality does vary – sometimes significantly – from one trust to the next, while waiting times also vary.

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Addiction Support Groups

Several organisations exist across the country to provide assistance to recovering addicts, and some of these operate a support group model. Support groups are groups of individuals who are themselves recovering addicts – some only recently free from addiction, while others may have been clean for many years

Here, they come together at regular meetings to give and take mutual support: sharing their stories of addiction, giving advice on how to resist relapse, showing solidarity and sympathy when group members are struggling, and providing the simple companionship which can mean so much in times of difficulty and loneliness.

Support group attendees can come from all walks of life, brought together by their shared experience of addiction and recovery; typically, attendance at support groups is free and the only qualification for participation is a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse.

The most famous support group organisation, and the one on which most others are modelled, is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which was founded in 1935 and runs on a 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development, with one of the steps being a recognition that a higher power – such as God – can assist with an alcoholic’s recovery.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953 and based directly upon the AA model, is the second-largest support group organisation worldwide and caters to recovering drug addicts specifically. In a similar vein, but supporting those recovering from addictions to specific substances, are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes.

There are also support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assisting the families and friends of addicts which typically hold meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.

To find information on meetings in or near Chester, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

Addiction counselling is a great form of treatment for addicts in recovery and works especially well for people with extremely busy schedules. Individual counselling can be engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery, or potentially as a means of managing an addiction prior to engagement in a full treatment programme.

Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction. Private counsellors offering a wide variety of different approaches to therapy can be found across the country; they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access while others limit access to working hours.

How to Get to Oasis Runcorn from Chester

Oasis Runcorn is a unique detoxification and rehab centre in the heart of Runcorn, Cheshire, able to accommodate up to 34 patients at any time. Its spacious and tranquil environment, world-class facilities and hugely experienced and caring staff make this the perfect place to embark upon a recovery from addiction

Its intensive treatment programmes are aimed at healing on a holistic level, addressing medical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Support is available 24/7 and all patients completing treatment programmes receive 12 months’ complimentary aftercare.
To get to Runcorn from Chester, take the A5268 to the A56; then join the M53. At junction 11 take the M56; then at junction 12 take the A557 and follow signs to the town centre.

Oasis Runcorn
38-40 Bridge Street
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 1BY

Chester