A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment in Essex

In the early stages of addiction, your focus is on feeling good, numbing your pain, and getting ‘high’. However, there are chemicals in alcohol and drugs that increase the brain’s natural production of dopamine, which leads to physical dependence on the substance to function properly.

At this stage of addiction, you will have stopped caring about your family, relationships, physical appearance, social life, personal health, and finance. You’ll notice that you’re experiencing health complications, but the cravings for drugs make it impossible to quit ‘cold turkey’. Other side effects include heart failure, irregular heart rate, HIV, psychotic episodes, coma, learning difficulties, cancer, and lung/kidney damage.

You will find several free and paid treatment options in Essex and its surroundings. The only way to achieve sustainable recovery is by receiving treatment at an Essex drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. However, the free options are just as good, for those who can’t afford private treatment.

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Private Rehab

Private rehabilitation facilities are independent treatment centres designed to provide a conducive environment for recovery, as well as effective, individualised treatment plans for people who want to kick their addiction. These rehabs mostly run intensive inpatient programmes that are streamlined to the needs of each individual patient. You’ll get 24/7 care from start to finish.

The major benefit of private rehab is the intensity of treatment, which is comprehensive and tailored to fit each patient. Private rehab centres are medical clinics, where you can receive treatment for physical and behavioural addictions. Treatment includes a thorough assessment to determine your specific treatment needs; detoxification to remove all harmful toxins from your system; psychotherapy to treat all psychological problems, and aftercare to help you maintain abstinence after rehab.

If your case of addiction is severe, and you’re afflicted with painful and discomforting withdrawal symptoms whenever you attempt to quit, it’s advised that you go through a private treatment facility for a personalised detox programme and holistic rehab, because these facilities are your best chance of getting a full recovery.

Pros And Cons Of Private Rehab

Same day intake: A great feature of private rehabs in Essex is immediate access to treatment. You could make arrangements for treatment and arrive at the rehab centre on the same day to begin that treatment.

Privacy: Rehab centres in Essex are secluded from the rest of the community. Security is top-notch, to ensure only approved personnel are allowed into the facility. Your details are sealed off to the media and non-medical personnel.

Comprehensive treatment: A cornerstone of private rehabs in Essex is the comprehensive treatment every patient receives. Treatment begins with an assessment to determine the quantity of drugs in your system, and to design a detox and recovery plan suited to you.

Round the clock support: You’re always surrounded by care professionals in an Essex rehab centre. You have access to medical care and support when you need it, reducing the occurrence of a medical emergency.

Peer support: A motivational boost at a rehab centre is the chance to build relationships with other addicts in recovery. The support you receive from them motivates you to achieve your recovery goals.

Aftercare support: A benefit of private rehabs in Essex that you won’t find in most public programmes is the access to detailed aftercare support, to help you maintain abstinence post-rehab.

Cons

  • Rehab is not cheap
  • Difficulty adjusting to a structured environment

What Does Rehab Cost In Essex?

Standard rehab cost ranges from £5,000 – £8,000 a month. This covers food, psychotherapy, detox, relapse prevention planning, medication, and aftercare. Luxury rehabs generally charge between £15k to £25k per month. There are cheaper options, however, if you are prepared to travel further afield, you can avail of weekly rates starting from £834. Call us for more info and we can discuss your needs in detail.

NHS Addiction Treatment Options

NHS treatment in Essex is for any resident who needs drug and alcohol support. It targets inner-city residents who can’t access private treatment, rough sleepers, low-income earners, high-risk individuals, criminal offenders, professionals interacting with young people, families, and carers. In most cases, treatment begins with a visit to your local GP.

Pros and Cons of NHS Treatment

Pros

Wider access: As a government-funded programme, the NHS can reach more people than a private rehab. They operate from hubs, and offer outreach and drop-in services to ensure every resident of Essex can access drug and alcohol treatment.

Practical support: Most of the individuals who provide services are volunteers who’ve had a personal experience with addiction. They offer support to find housing, clear your debt, and access education, training, and employment.

Free treatment: There is no cost when accessing NHS treatment. If you need inpatient detox and rehabilitation, they refer you to a charity or specialist service working in partnership with the local council.

Cons

  • Lack of funding
  • No privacy
  • Group detox that doesn’t include an individualised treatment plan
  • Outdated facilities and techniques

Addiction Support Groups

Addiction is isolating, and a support group is a way to feel connected to other people experiencing similar problems. Groups in Essex are either open or closed, but the goal is to help members maintain abstinence by sharing experiences, support, and motivating each other. There are groups for addicts, families, carers, and others affected by addiction.

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What Is NA?

Narcotic Anonymous is a recovery support group for individuals who want to stay abstinent or recover from drug addiction. Research has shown that those who attend meetings are less likely to relapse than those who get support from peers. They follow the 12-step programme, openly discuss issues, success stories, relapses, and share insight on how to cope with triggers. Meeting locations near Essex include Basildon, Billericay, Southend-on-Sea, Clacton on Sea, and Brentwood.

What Is AA?

Alcoholic Anonymous is the most popular recovery group in Essex. It was the first 12-step programme developed in the mid-30s to help alcoholics recover and maintain abstinence. You’ll be expected to choose a sponsor who is abstinent and works to help you move through the steps. Meeting locations near Essex include Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea.

Types Of Counselling

One-to-One This is the most commonly known type of therapy. It involves a counselling session between therapist and patient in the same room. It may be held in an office, coffee shop, garden or any place where the patient feels most comfortable. Face-to-face therapy includes techniques such as motivational interviewing, simple yet effective QnA or unloading where the client releases whats been on there mind causing anxiety, fear, sadness etc… before the therapist interprets this and helps the client to uncover the root issue.

Online This includes all counselling services provided through the internet. It includes sessions via emails, Skype, and support group chat rooms such as SMART Recovery online support groups. It is easy, convenient, and promotes anonymity.

Group Involves a number of people struggling with similar issues coming together to discuss these issues openly, and in the presence of a certified counsellor. Through this process, each participant gains a deeper insight into their addiction, while providing support to others in the group at the same time.

How Can I Get To And From Essex?

The fastest way to travel from London to Essex is via the railway. Trains leave from Liverpool Street Station to Essex Station, and the average travel time is 35 minutes. Essex is very close to London and is served by a strong network of trains and local buses. It is served by major roads such as the A12, M25 and M11. There are main-line links from Stanstead Airport, Harwich International Port, London Cruise Terminal, and Southend Airport.

Most of the bus services in Essex are commercial operators, meaning they are not paid by Essex County Council. You can check the current bus timetable on Travel Southeast. The rail network in Essex is operated by c2c and Abellio Greater Anglia. There are frequent services to London from Colchester, Clacton, Maldon, Braintree, and Basildon, amongst other towns.

When it comes to Essex, the most visited places, be it for rehab and detox or just for a change of pace, are the city of Chelmsford, as well as the towns of Rayleigh, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Brentwood, Saffron Walden, Basildon, and Harlow. The best part about picking Essex for your rehabilitation is that all of these areas, and more, are easily accessible via the A12, A120, and the A127.

If you’re coming from London by car, the best route would be the M11 for western Essex or the A12 for the southern or central parts of Essex. for entering the county capital Chelmsford, you can take the A12 and exit at the roundabaout onto Three Mile Hill.

For those arriving from the northern part of the UK, including Scotland, it’s easier to use the A1 and then go via A14, onto M11 and A120. From the A120 you can enter the city of Chelmsford via the roundabout with Chelmsford rd.

For people coming directly from the west, the M4 and M25 are your quickest and safest option. Going over London, you will enter the area through the A12 at Brentwood.

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