Alcohol & Drug Rehab in Chelmsford

While every part of the UK suffers under the burden of addiction and substance abuse, Essex and its urban centres including Chelmsford are particularly susceptible to harm as a result of the county’s proximity to the major market of London and to numerous ports of ingress for illegal drugs. In addition to well-established toxins such as heroin and cocaine, a new wave of intoxicants such as spice are now wreaking havoc across the county.

If you or someone close to you are suffering from addiction, it is important not to give up hope and to feel confident that the expertise is out there which can help you turn your life around. Read on to discover how rehab can get you back onto the path towards happiness and a successful life.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – describes the process of getting treatment for addiction at a dedicated facility, as well as being a term for such a facility itself (“going to rehab”). Rehab typically comprises two phases: detoxification (“detox”), during which a patient’s system is cleansed of substances of abuse and they go through withdrawal; and therapy, designed to uncover and examine the root causes of addiction and to give patients psychological defence mechanisms with which to resist relapse.

Rehab’s ability to address both short- (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one programme conducted under one roof is unparalleled. As a result, the general consensus is that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in that it is the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the erstwhile addict – and, indeed, in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Because of addiction’s ability to destroy lives over a very short period – and because substance abuse can cause the death of the user at any time (either via overdose, or as a result of an accident or an intentional attack in which drink or drugs play a significant role) – it is absolutely imperative to seek professional help as soon as an addict is prepared to acknowledge their condition and request assistance.

The NHS offers a range of very good addiction treatment services; however, demand is extremely high (and growing), and waiting times can be distressingly long (while spaces for many of those services are limited). If you are struggling with a serious addiction and need help, time is of the essence: reach out to discuss some of the private options available to you with an addiction specialist. Call 0800 024 1455 today.

Advantages of Private Rehab

Rehab offers addicts an oasis of calm, away from what are often extremely volatile and potentially dangerous life circumstances: in peaceful, safe, secure and confidential surroundings, patients are able to focus fully on the recovery away from the distractions and temptations of the outside world (and, of course, from substances of abuse).

Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed by a medical team before commencing a detox supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel, who can make sure that the detox and withdrawal process is a safe one and as comfortable as it can be (possibly with the assistance of suitable medication).

Following detox, patients will benefit from the provision of various forms of therapy in both one-to-one and group settings; the therapy phase aims to reveal and address the fundamental causes of addiction, as well as providing patients with suitable defence mechanisms against relapse. Throughout their stay, patients will enjoy bespoke dietary and fitness plans as well as being able to access an array of other resources on site.

Recovery is not complete the moment a patient leaves rehab but is a lifelong journey requiring commitment and dedication. In recognition of this, good rehabs will offer up to a year’s free aftercare to provide the assurance that professional assistance is never far away during this next crucial phase of recovery.

What Does Rehab Cost in Essex?

The cost of rehab can vary significantly, depending on numerous factors. As a rough guide, standard costs for rehab near Chelmsford 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.

Chelmsford NHS Addiction Treatment

If you feel that private rehab is not an option for you at present – maybe for reasons of cost, or because you do not feel able to spend the required time away from family, work or other obligations, you need not despair: there are a variety of relevant NHS and charity resources which can be found in Chelmsford and across Essex. Contact your GP about these resources and which may be available to you.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most prominent benefit of NHS treatment is, obviously, that it is free at the point of use, while private rehab does come at a cost (though set against the cost of not getting help and continuing to sustain a potentially fatal addiction, this may be seen as an extremely valuable investment). The NHS also has geographical advantages in that it provides services across the country, while some rehabs may be a long way away from Chelmsford. Furthermore, the quality of NHS services tends to be high (though does vary from one NHS trust to the next).

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Addiction Support Groups

A number of 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.
Support groups typically meet weekly, though each local chapter is managed independently and meeting times and venues are subject to change.

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

Types of Counselling

One popular form of assistance for recovering addicts is individual counselling – which is often engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery, or as a means of managing an addiction prior to treatment.

Private addiction counsellors work rather like regular psychotherapists (though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction): they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Counsellors offering a broad range of therapy models and treatment philosophies can be found throughout the country.

How to Get to Sanctuary Lodge from Chelmsford

Sanctuary Lodge is a state-of-the-art, 24-bedroom detox and rehabilitation facility set in a tranquil neighbourhood in the pretty market town of Halstead, Essex. Sanctuary Lodge’s high-quality facilities and highly experienced medical and support staff create the ideal environment in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive holistic rehabilitation programme.

To get to Halstead from Chelmsford, head out on the B1008 and then take the A1016 to the A130; stay on the A130 until Braintree Road (A131) and keep going until the A120. Take this road until rejoining the A131 and head straight to Halstead, following signs for the town centre.

Sanctuary Lodge
Hedingham Road
Halstead
Essex
CO9 2DW

Chelmsford