A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Dunstable

Nowhere in the UK is untouched by the ravages of addiction – and unfortunately the houses and streets of Dunstable are the scene of a great deal of suffering as addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines takes a terrible toll.

However, there is help for those prepared to reach out for it: in recent years an array of facilities has been set up to treat addiction and set addicts back on the path to happiness and success. If you or a loved one are struggling with this dreadful illness, don’t give up hope: read on to find out how rehab can save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Commonly considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, rehab (more formally “residential rehabilitation”) is the term used to describe both the process of attending a dedicated facility for a programme of treatment and that facility itself (“going to rehab”).

Rehab provides medically assisted and managed detoxification (“detox”) to deal with an addict’s physical dependency before putting patients through a therapy phase in which they will address the underlying causes of their addiction and begin to prepare themselves for a new start in life, free of substance abuse and full of hope, in the outside world.

Within rehab’s peaceful, secure and confidential environment, patients are able to devote themselves fully to their recovery with the assistance of a highly experienced medical and therapeutic team. Rehab’s holistic approach to treatment provides a robust psychological and physical platform upon which a patient can begin to build a permanent recovery.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

It is well known that an addict is only really ready for treatment once they are able to voice a desire for help. However, the longer someone remains addicted, the higher the likelihood that their illness will have permanently catastrophic – even fatal – consequences for themselves or others. As a result it is imperative to get them help as quickly as possible.

Although the NHS can and does provide excellent addiction treatment services, demand is very high – especially in densely populated areas – and the waiting times for some of those services can be distressingly long. Therefore, if you or someone you know are ready to reach out to help, don’t waste any more time. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with a professional today about some of the private options that may be open to you.

Advantages of Private Rehab

There are many advantages to rehab – perhaps too many, indeed, to list here, though some of the most important may be outlined briefly. As noted previously, rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which patients can concentrate fully upon their treatment and recovery, well away from the environment of daily life in which they have succumbed to substance abuse and eventually to addiction.

The first phase of rehab, following admission and assessment, is detoxification (“detox”) during which a patient is likely to go through withdrawal. Experiencing withdrawal without medical assistance is extremely dangerous; in rehab, very experienced medical professionals will be on hand 24/7 to ensure that this process is undergone a safely as possible and with the maximum degree of comfort (which may involve the provision of appropriate medication).

Once a patient’s system has been cleansed of substances of abuse, they are able to proceed to a therapy phase during which a variety of therapy methods and models may be provided – in both group and one-to-one settings – aimed at revealing and addressing the root causes of a patient’s addiction, and equipping them with appropriate defence mechanisms against relapse.

Following a stay in a quality rehab – which will also see patients provided with bespoke dietary and fitness plans along with a broad range of other facilities – a recovering addict will benefit from a year’s free aftercare, on the basis that recovery is not complete simply upon leaving rehab, but is an ongoing process requiring constant dedication.

What Does Rehab Cost in Bedfordshire?

The cost of private rehab in or near Dunstable 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.

Dunstable NHS Addiction Treatment Options

If you feel that private rehab is currently not an option for you for reasons of cost, or if you do not feel that you are able to spend the required time away from family and/or work obligations, do not despair: various NHS and charity resources can be found in Dunstable and across Bedfordshire 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

The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is financial: as noted above, private rehab comes at a cost (although compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of sustaining an addiction, this investment may be considered minor) while NHS options are free at the point of use.

They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country – and of a high standard of service; however, it should be noted that quality does vary from one NHS trust to another and that, as discussed above, waiting times can be prohibitive.

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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 Dunstable, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

For those addicts with extremely busy schedules, one very useful form of assistance is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors – who operate like regular psychotherapists, but with an obvious emphasis on addiction and its consequences – can be found throughout the UK, with a broad variety of different approaches to treatment and different therapy models available.

Individual counselling can be especially useful for those who have gone through a treatment programme such as that provided by rehab and who seek a supplementary aid the recovery, and for those who are as yet unable for various reasons to engage in a full treatment programme but who seek to manage addiction prior to such engagement.

Private counsellors are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing – typically weekly – basis, charging a fee per appointment (with other fee models possibly negotiable). Most counsellors are only available by such appointment during working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.

How to Get to Liberty House Clinic from Dunstable

Liberty House Clinic is a fully furbished 18-bed drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation facility in a peaceful, picturesque suburban setting in the heart of Luton. Its large, spacious grounds are the ideal place in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme focused on mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

To get to Luton from Dunstable is very straightforward: head out on the High Street (A5183) and follow the road until the junction with Dunstable Road. Turn left onto Dunstable Road and continue onto Luton Road as far as Farley Hill; follow signs to the town centre.

Liberty House Clinic
220 Old Bedford Road
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU2 7HP

Dunstable