A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Ellesmere Port

Nowhere in the UK is free from the blight of substance abuse and addiction, but large industrial coastal towns like Ellesmere Port are, unfortunately, especially susceptible. Alcoholism and addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medication are a growing problem, causing countless individual tragedies and collective social strife on a grand scale.

However, the picture is not an entirely gloomy one: recent years have seen significant advances in the treatment of addiction and the establishment of a growing number of dedicated treatment facilities. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in or near Ellesmere Port, it is not too late to get help. Read on to discover how rehab can set you back on the path to a happy, healthy, addiction-free life.

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What Is Rehab?

Widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of providing the best platform for permanent recovery, residential rehabilitation (“rehab” – the term describes both the treatment process and the facility where it is provided) delivers a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more, all in one facility.

At rehab, patients engage in a programme of treatment (usually as an inpatient, although outpatient options are available) with a two-pronged attack on addiction: firstly, a period of detoxification (“detox”) cleanses the addict’s system of substances of abuse; secondly, various therapy models are utilised to uncover and address the root causes of addiction.

Rehab gives patients 24/7 access to highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, and an attractive, tranquil environment perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing. Vitally, rehabs are confidential institutions: patients can focus wholly on their recovery without worrying about their condition or details of their treatment becoming common knowledge in the outside world.

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

As mentioned above, a key benefit of rehab is its peaceful, secluded, confidential and safe setting in which patients can focus wholly upon their ongoing recovery and their preparations for starting anew once they leave the facility.

Another is the provision of medically assisted and managed detox, during which an addict will go through potentially extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms; this is a dangerous process (and one which in the case of certain substances including alcohol and benzodiazepines can possibly prove fatal) and the 24/7 presence and support of highly experienced medical personnel is crucial to ensuring that patients go through it as safely as comfortably as possible (potentially with the help of certain medications).

After detox, patients can move into a period of therapy and contemplation; a variety of different therapy models may be provided at rehab in both group and one-to-one settings, and patients will explore the root causes of their addictions before being given psychological defence mechanisms against relapse. Throughout their stay patients will benefit from tailored fitness and dietary plans and from access to an array of fitness and recreational equipment (which will vary from one facility to another).

It is vital to remember that a patient’s recovery is not complete simply upon leaving rehab: recovery is a lifelong process strewn with pitfalls, and in order to help protect against those pitfalls and to keep the recovery process developing, good rehabs will provide patients with up to a year’s free aftercare after the end of a residential treatment programme.

What Does Rehab Cost in Ellesmere Port?

The cost of private rehab in or near Ellesmere Port 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.

Ellesmere Port NHS Addiction Treatment

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 Ellesmere Port 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

The most immediately obvious advantage of taking the NHS option for addiction treatment is that these services are free at the point of use, while as mentioned above private rehab comes at a cost which can discourage some addicts from seeking treatment (though when placed against the potential costs – human, financial and other – of not giving help this expense may suddenly feel like an extremely valuable investment).

The NHS also has a geographical advantage over many private providers since it operates across the country, while many good rehab facilities are some distance from Ellesmere Port (though others, of course, are very close). Furthermore, the NHS generally offers a high standard of service, though it must be noted that this does vary from one 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 Ellesmere Port, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

Private addiction counsellors operate like “normal” psychotherapists (though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction) and are often a very useful option for individuals with very busy schedules who cannot immediately take the necessary time to undergo a full treatment programme at rehab, as well as being a valuable resource for those who have completed rehab and wish to have supplementary support during recovery.

Private counsellors can be found across the country, providing various different therapy models; they can Ellesmere by private appointment – typically on a weekly basis – and charge accordingly. Some counsellors are available on an emergency basis.

How to Get to Oasis Runcorn from Ellesmere Port

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 Ellesmere Port, head out on the A5032, 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

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