A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Eastbourne

The ravages of addiction reach into every corner of the UK, and even popular resorts like Eastbourne are no exception – indeed, though Britain’s inner cities tend to receive the majority of media attention on this topic, the drug problem in the country’s towns is no less acute, and East Sussex is especially susceptible as a result of its particular demographic mix and its proximity to various points of ingress for illegal substances.

However, as the addiction epidemic grows, so too does our understanding of the condition and how to treat it, and there are now numerous facilities in and near East Sussex set up to help those in need. If you or a loved one are fighting addiction and need such help, read on to find out how rehab can make the difference between life and death.

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What Is Rehab?

More formally entitled “residential rehabilitation”, rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to addiction treatment in terms of providing an addict with the greatest chance of a permanent recovery.

Rehab addresses the immediate challenges of physical and psychological dependency whilst also (via a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more) enabling patents to understand the origins of addiction and work to ensure they do not return to such destructive patterns and habits once back in the outside world.

At rehab, patients are treated by and have 24/7 access to highly qualified medical professionals who understand the nature of addiction and the great difficulty of escaping it once it has set in. Within attractive, peaceful and secure settings perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing, patients can focus solely upon their recovery; moreover, rehabs are totally confidential institutions.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Because of the speed with addiction can take hold, and subsequently ruin an addict’s life (and even bring it to a premature end) time is of the essence when seeking treatment: as soon as someone is willing and able to acknowledge their addiction, it is important to begin the process of getting help.

NHS addiction treatment services are typically of a high standard; however, unfortunately demand is high in every corner of the country, and waiting times can consequently be very lengthy – tragically too lengthy in many cases. If you or a loved one are in urgent need of help to combat addiction, do not waste any more time and risk becoming further entangled in a potentially fatal web of substance abuse: reach out to an addiction specialist today on 0800 024 1455 to discuss some of the life-saving private options available to you.

Advantages of Private Rehab

As mentioned above, rehab offers patients a peaceful, secure and confidential setting in which they are able to focus wholly upon their well-being and their ongoing recovery, away from the temptations of daily life and the environment in which their addiction developed (as well as, obviously, substances of abuse).

When going through the first phase of rehab – detox – patients will benefit from supervision by highly experienced medical personnel who are on hand to ensure that detox and withdrawal are safe and as comfortable as possible (this may involve the provision of certain medicines).

Moving into the second phase – therapy – patients work to reveal and address the root causes of addiction, and to develop psychological defences against relapse; they also benefit from being given bespoke dietary and fitness plans (working on the basis that a healthy mind requires a healthy body) and potentially from any fitness or other recreational facilities offered by the rehab in question.

Upon leaving rehab after completing the agreed treatment programme, the former patient – now more correctly referred to as a recovering addict – will be given up to a year’s free aftercare in recognition of the fact that recovery is not complete simply upon walking out of the facility but is an ongoing process requiring constant attention, diligence and dedication to leading a life free of substance abuse.

What Does Rehab Cost in East Sussex?

The cost of private rehab in or near Eastbourne 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.

Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne and across East Sussex 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, of course, financial: NHS services are free at the point of use while private rehab comes at a cost which may seem prohibitive to some addicts (although, compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be considered almost minimal: what price a life?)

NHS services are also very accessible geographically since the NHS operates in every corner of the country (although waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS can offer a high standard of service although this quality does tend to vary 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.

Here, they overcome 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 Eastbourne, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

Individual counselling can be engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery – or potentially as a means of managing an addiction prior to engagement in a full treatment programme – and is especially useful for those who currently do not have the ability to take the time out necessary for an in-depth treatment programme such as rehab.

Private addiction counsellors operate like regular psychotherapists, and counsellors offering a variety of different therapy models can be found across the country; they are usually seen by private appointment – typically on a weekly basis – and charge a fee per appointment. While some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access, most limit access to working hours.

How to Get to Recovery Lighthouse from Eastbourne

Recovery Lighthouse is an attractive, peaceful and spacious 13-bedroom alcohol and drug rehab facility situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Worthing, West Sussex.

Its state-of-the-art 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 Worthing from Eastbourne, take the A2020 to the A2021, and from there join the A27. Head west as far as the B2223, and then follow signs to the town centre.

Recovery Lighthouse
18 Winchester Road
Worthing
Sussex
BN11 4DJ

Eastbourne