A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Hartlepool
While nowhere in the UK is untouched by the addiction crisis, comparatively economically deprived areas such as the north-east are especially at risk, with towns such as Hartlepool particularly vulnerable as a result of their proximity to larger urban markets for illegal drugs – in this case, Middlesbrough and Tyne & Wear – and their lack of the social care and medical infrastructure enjoyed by such larger settlements.
Residents of Hartlepool will no doubt be aware that long-established substances of abuse such as alcohol and heroin have recently been joined by damaging new psychoactive substances (NPS) such as spice in wreaking havoc both on the streets of the town and behind closed doors. If you live in or near Hartlepool and are yourself wrestling with addiction, you may struggle to retain any hope of escaping your condition in such a challenging environment. However, that hope is by no means futile: there is now a new generation of treatment facilities transforming and saving lives across the UK, and if you are willing and able to seek help, that help is there for you. Read on to discover how rehab can free you from addiction and set you back on the path to happiness.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – short for “residential rehabilitation” – is commonly considered to be the most successful approach to addiction treatment in that it provides patients with the greatest chance of successfully transitioning to a life free of substance abuse. It does this via a two-pronged assault, tackling the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term ones of psychological addiction in one holistic treatment program.
Rehab – which refers both to the process of receiving treatment at a dedicated facility and to the facility itself – provides patients with 24/7 access to high-quality medical care and a broad range of proven therapy models, delivered within an attractive, secure and confidential setting. In that setting, patients can go through detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal, with the support and assistance of medical professionals (and, potentially, appropriate medication) before focusing upon the psychological aspect of recovery and the challenges which lie ahead upon their return to the outside world.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction is a cruel illness that ruins lives and can end them in an instant: the risks of overdose or of death in an accident or as a result of violence in which drink, drugs or both have been a factor are ever-present, and as a result the sooner an addict can take the first crucial step and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to a life free of substances of abuse.
NHS addiction treatment services, including rehab, are of a high quality; however, places are extremely limited and waiting times can be lengthy at best. To be sure of avoiding the risks mentioned above, it is imperative to move as quickly as possible; if you or a loved one desperately need help in the fight against addiction, including the kind of help which only rehab can provide, don’t waste another second before reaching out to explore some of the private options available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned earlier, rehab’s peaceful, pleasant, secure setting is a major factor in the model’s success since it provides an environment extremely conducive to physical, psychological and emotional healing. This is enhanced by rehab’s confidential nature since patients do not to labour under the burden of the anxiety produced by worries about their condition and treatment becoming common knowledge.
Detox and withdrawal can be an extremely unpleasant experience, not to mention a very dangerous one: withdrawal from some substances can prove fatal, while even withdrawal symptoms which cannot kill directly can prove so horrendous and difficult to bear that some withdrawing addicts opt for suicide. The support and assistance of highly qualified medical professionals at rehab can ensure that this process – which needs to be undergone before patients can move into therapy – is carried out as safely and as comfortably as possible.
Once in therapy (delivered via a variety of models and in both group and one-to-one settings) patients will explore and analyse the fundamental causes of addiction and begin to develop psychological safeguards against relapse. On the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind” rehab patients will benefit throughout their stay from bespoke fitness and dietary plans as well as from an array of rehab-specific facilities.
Recovery is not complete when a patient leaves rehab but is instead a long-term process which can be fraught with challenges. With this in mind, a good rehab will offer up to a year’s free aftercare, to reassure all patients that they may still benefit from medical expertise as they move through the very difficult next phase of their recovery journey.
What Does Rehab Cost in Hartlepool?
The costs of rehab vary greatly from one facility to the next and from one provider organisation to another; moreover, a huge array of potential added extras can also have a great impact on overall costs. It is, therefore, possible only to give a rough guide; standard costs for rehab in the area 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 Hartlepool
Some people feel that private rehab is simply not an option for them: perhaps cost is an issue, or maybe they are unable to spend significant periods of time away from their families, from work or from other obligations. If you are among them, do not allow yourself to give up hope: there are numerous NHS and charity resources which can be found in Hartlepool and across County Durham and which can provide potentially game-changing assistance in your fight against addiction. Speak with your GP about which of these resources you may also access and which would be most appropriate for you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
One clear advantage of NHS treatment is cost; NHS services are free at the point of delivery while, as noted above, private rehab does come at a cost which can be off-putting for many people (though it should not be forgotten that this cost needs to be measured against the costs – financial and other – of not getting treatment and continuing to live with addiction; from that perspective rehab may be considered the best investment one will ever make).
Another benefit the NHS can offer is geographical accessibility, providing services throughout the country while many rehabs are quite some distance from Hartlepool, while the standard of NHS services is also high (though quality does vary from one trust the next and as noted previously waiting times can be very lengthy).
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 Hartlepool, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous. .
Types of Counselling
Private addiction counsellors – who operate very much like regular psychotherapists, although unsurprisingly with a strong emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction – may be found throughout the UK, providing a broad range of different therapy models (including some very niche ones) and different approaches to treatment. These counsellors can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – typically each week – and usually charge a fee per appointment; some are only available during pre-agreed working hours, but others do make themselves available for emergency access.
This type of individual counselling is particularly attractive to people with very busy schedules and frequently is utilised by recovering addicts who have been through treatment programmes at rehab and who wish to maintain a degree of contact with specialist medical professionals during the next phase of recovery. On the other hand, individual counselling may appeal also to addicts who have not yet been through rehab but who intend to do so, perhaps in the foreseeable future, and who meanwhile wish to get help managing addiction before attempting to break it altogether.
How to get to Oasis Recovery from Hartlepool
Oasis Recovery is a unique and pioneering detox and rehab centre located in the heart of Bradford in a quiet secure location perfect for those struggling with addiction. Spacious and tranquil, Oasis Recovery’s highly skilled medical and support staff, and its excellent infrastructure mean it can facilitate all manner of medical detoxes, including complex detoxes and those who require a higher intensity of medical care.
Oasis Recovery boasts 19 en-suite bedrooms – furnished to a very high standard – with walk-in showers, disabled facilities, large communal living areas, well-equipped treatment rooms, outside courtyard, and holistic spa jacuzzi. The medical team provide close monitoring of all patients throughout the day and night, while patients can also undergo structure therapeutic treatment alongside any medical detox which may be necessary.
To get to Bradford from Hartlepool, take Hart Lane to Dunston Road and then onto Elwick Road, and follow that to the A19, the A168 and then the A1. Keep on the A1(M) following signs for London/Leeds, then at junction 42 join the M62 towards Manchester/Bradford. At junction 26, take the M606 exit and stay on the motorway until junction 3, at which point take the A6177 and then the A641/Manchester Road; then follow signs to the city centre.