A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Peterborough

Like every other town in the UK, Peterborough suffers from the devastating impact of addiction: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are taking a tragic toll on the inhabitants of the town and its environs, with serious ramifications for policing and social care. The cost to individual addicts and their families, meanwhile, is immeasurable.

Nevertheless, hope springs eternal: across the country there are now a good number of facilities treating addiction, staffed by dedicated and highly experienced professionals. If you or someone you love are wrestling with addiction in or near Peterborough, that help could be at your disposal if you are prepared to reach out for it. Read on to discover how rehab could, quite literally, save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – is the name given both to treatment provided to an addict at a dedicated facility, and to the facility itself. Rehab offers a compelling combination of detoxification (“detox”) and therapy, addressing both the immediate pressures of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of psychological addiction.

This combination – delivered in one facility in a peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting – means rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction in terms of its ability to provide a platform for permanent recovery. Indeed, so successful has the model proven that in mainstream culture “rehab” has become more or less synonymous with addiction treatment.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Addiction ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can take the first crucial step and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to rehab and recovery. While the NHS provides a good selection of services, including rehab, places tend to be limited and waiting times are often lengthy at best (and can be catastrophically long). If you or a loved one are desperate for help, you may not wish to waste another second contacting an addiction specialist to explore some of the private options available to you: call 0800 024 1455 now.

Advantages of Private Rehab

The precise nature of treatment at rehab varies from one facility and organisation to another. However, there are of course commonalities, including confidentiality, and the provision of a secure environment in which addicts can begin the recovery process away from the temptations of daily life, such as dealers and pubs, which have hitherto facilitated their substance abuse and their decline into addiction.

Upon arrival at rehab a patient will be assessed to give the medical team an understanding of their mental and physical health and the severity of their addiction. Subsequent to this, they will embark on a period of detoxification (“detox”) during which their system will be cleansed of substances of abuse and they are likely to experience withdrawal syndrome; the detox process will be monitored and assisted by experienced and sympathetic medical professionals, who may be able to alleviate the worst withdrawal symptoms via appropriate medication.

Once detox is complete, the patient will proceed into a phase of therapy: various different therapeutic models may be deployed in both group and one-to-one settings, aimed at revealing the fundamental causes of the patient’s addiction, and at providing them with sophisticated psychological defence mechanisms to counter the threat of relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will benefit from being given bespoke fitness and diet plans – “healthy body, healthy mind” – as well as having access to whatever fitness and recreational facilities the rehab in question may contain.

Upon the conclusion of their residency at rehab, the patient – now a recovering addict – will be given a year’s free aftercare, recognising that simply leaving rehab does not mean that recovery is complete: recovery can be a lifelong process and requires constant diligence and dedication to remaining free of substance abuse, if the recovering addict is not to slip back into their old self-destructive ways.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Peterborough?

The cost of private rehab in or near Peterborough 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.

NHS Addiction Treatment Options near Peterborough

You may feel that private rehab is not an option for you at present – possibly for reasons relating to cost, or perhaps because you do feel that you are unable to spend the required time away from your family and your job. If this is the case, do not despair: there are a host of NHS and charity resources which can be found in Peterborough and across Cambridgeshire which can help you tackle your addiction. You should consult your GP about which of these resources may be available to you.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is that it is free at the point of use, while private rehab comes at a cost as noted above (though it is also worth noting that this cost pales into insignificance when set alongside the costs – financial and otherwise – of not getting treatment and continuing to live with a dangerous addiction).

Another positive is that as the NHS operates right across the country is facilities tend to be very geographically accessible, while some rehabs are a long distance from Peterborough; meanwhile the NHS offers a quality service, though that quality can vary significantly from one trust to another.

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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 – and who 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 Peterborough, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

Many recovering addicts utilise individual counselling, which can be provided following the completion of a treatment programme at rehab or elsewhere as a supplement to that programme, or potentially as a means of managing an addiction in advance of engaging in proper treatment.

Private addiction counsellors offering a huge variety of different approaches to therapy operate across the country; they are typically seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – often weekly – and usually charge by appointment. Access is usually limited to predefined working hours, although some councillors do make themselves available on an emergency basis.

How to get to Sanctuary Lodge from Peterborough

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 Peterborough, take the A15 down to the A1(M) and then join the M11 until junction 10, at which point take the A505 exit and follow that road until the A11. Keep going until the A1307, and stay on that road until joining the A1017. Follow that road until the A1124, and then follow signs to the town centre.

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