A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Chesterfield
Addiction – whether to illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription medication or combination of any of these – is a vast and growing problem across the UK, and urban centres such as Chesterfield are especially susceptible to its ravages. Every day, lives are ruined or prematurely ended as a result of substance abuse, and for those caught in addiction it can often feel as though there is no possible hope for the future.
However, there is hope: across the country, thousands of highly trained men and women are working hard to help addicts turn their lives around. If you or a loved one are battling addiction, that help is available to you too: read on to find out how rehab can send you on the path to recovery, and to a happy, healthy, addiction-free life.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – which is more commonly known as “rehab” – is the name given both to addiction treatment provided at a dedicated facility, and to the facility itself. At rehab – which usually comprises both a detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal phase, and a period of therapy, alongside other elements – patients can relax in an attractive, friendly, calm and confidential setting and concentrate upon their recovery, with temptations such as off-licences and dealers kept safely on the far side of the wall.
It is generally agreed that rehab provides the most effective treatment of addiction, in that its holistic approach to tackling both the immediate physical challenges of dependency and withdrawal, and the longer-term, more pernicious one of psychological addiction ensures that patients are as prepared as possible to re-join the outside world, with their systems free of substances of abuse and their minds wholly focused upon recovery and an immeasurably more positive and optimistic future.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Rehab saves lives – but the old truism that you can’t force an addict to want to get well remains in play. Only when an addict is willing and able to admit to their condition and ask for help will that help be able to have any real effect.
Once the point has been reached however it is vital to move as quickly as possible. Addiction is a terrifying illness in that a person’s life can be destroyed in a matter of moments – through overdose or perhaps involvement in an accident or an act of violence in which a substance of abuse has played a major role – and the risk of such destruction occurring is always present for as long as the addiction is in control.
Each day that passes by during which you or a loved one are labouring under the burden of addiction is another day during which the level of such risk is acceptably high. NHS addiction treatment services are of a high standard – but it may come as little surprise to know that across the country there is extremely high demand for comparatively few places, and that waiting times can be lengthy.
With time being so of the essence, any such wait can be too long (and sadly each year lives are lost because addicts are unable to access treatment before it is too late). Do not risk becoming another such statistic. Contact an addiction specialist today by calling 0800 024 1455 to discuss some of the private options open to you.
Advantages of Private Rehab
The programmes offered by rehabs vary from one to another (as do the level and type of facilities available. However, they all have in common the provision of a secluded, secure, attractive environment in which healing can take place far from the temptations of everyday life and from substances of abuse.
Upon arrival a patient is assessed to give medical professionals an idea of their condition and the severity of their addiction. Following this assessment, the patient undergoes a supervised detox (during which, relevant medication may be administered to ameliorate the worst effects of withdrawal).
After detox and withdrawal are complete, patients move into a period of therapy aimed at revealing what led them into addiction originally and at ensuring they are fully psychologically equipped to resist the temptation to get back upon that path to destruction.
Bespoke nutritional and physical fitness plans will be administered, while patients will be able to take advantage of various other facilities (differing from one rehab to the next). Patients will usually be offered free aftercare for up to a year upon leaving rehab, in the knowledge that recovery is not achieved simply by leaving the facility after completing the treatment programme, but is a lifelong process requiring dedication and commitment.
What Does Rehab Cost in Derbyshire?
The cost of private rehab in or near Chesterfield 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.
Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield and across Derbyshire 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.
Addiction Support Groups
Several organisations exist across the country to aid 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 Chesterfield, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling is one form of assistance especially beneficial for recovering addicts with extremely busy schedules. This can be engaged in following a stay at rehab as a supplementary aid to recovery; on the other hand, it is also used to help manage an addiction ahead of engagement in a full treatment programme.
Private addiction counsellors operate similarly to “normal” psychotherapists (though of course with an emphasis on dealing with the causes and consequences of addiction specifically). Private counsellors providing a range of therapy models can be found across the UK; they can be seen by on an ongoing – usually weekly – basis and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some are available for emergencies while others limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Oasis Runcorn from Chesterfield
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 rejoinrecovery 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 Chesterfield, take Old Road out to the B6150 and then join the A619; follow that road to the A623, then take the A6 to the A6015. Join Union road, then Hague Bar Road, then Stockport Road/A626; continue onto the M60, and then fork left for the M56. At junction 11 take the A56 exit and stay on that road until the A558. Continue onto the A533; follow signs to the town centre.
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