A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Southampton
Addiction is a progressive disease that manifests in signs and symptoms that will eventually become almost impossible to hide. It begins as recreational drug use, a way to cope with stress, or a way to avoid trauma and deal with mental health issues. Over time, you will notice behavioural, physical, and psychological symptoms that affect your family, personal life, and community.
There are both free and fee-taking drug and alcohol support services in Southampton and Hampshire’s many other towns, provided by the NHS, local charities, local council, and private rehabilitation centres. Do not wait until you hit rock bottom before seeking help. Looking for help is the first step to getting your life back on track, and reversing all the damages caused by addiction.
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What Is Rehab?
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.
It is generally accepted that rehab provides the most effective treatment of addiction in terms of its ability to produce permanent abstinence on behalf of the addict, thanks to its holistic approach addressing both the immediate challenge of physical dependency (via detox) and the longer-term and more pernicious problem of psychological addiction, which needs to be countered by therapy which can reveal its root causes and provide patients with a range of defence mechanisms against relapse. Treatment which only addresses one aspect (typically physical dependency) of addiction is unlikely to result in a permanent recovery.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction is still very much stigmatised in today’s society, with many people still unwilling to discuss it. However, the reality is that drug, alcohol and behavioural addictions have the power to ruin lives, and so if you suspect a friend or family member has been misusing substances it is vital you encourage them to get help immediately.
It is important that the addict is aware of their options before deciding on the best course of action for themselves. If speaking to them directly isn’t successful, then you may want to look into staging an intervention. This involves gathering loved ones together and explaining to the addict the effects their addiction is having on everyone else as well as themselves.
Interventions have a relatively high success rate when it comes to getting people into rehab. If you wish to find out more about hot to set up an intervention, call 020 3131 2536 to speak to an advisor.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
Private rehab has many advantages; being in a residential setting means there is no need for a prolonged reduction programme as the person will receive a fully supervised medical detox which will ensure they are both safe and as comfortable as can be. Residential programmes also offer 24-hour support to clients and very structured and varied psychological programs all day everyday giving people the best opportunities to learn all the skills to build a foundation for their recovery.
Rehab is not a cure for addiction, there is no ‘cure’ but it is the best way to arm a person with the tools they will need to lead a happy life within recovery (a lot of people end up happier than they ever were before), most rehabs offer aftercare for up to a year after treatment to help them stay on track and build on what they have already learned. Being in a tranquil, supported confidential setting with around the clock care affords clients the space and time they need to give 100% of their focus to overcoming their addiction, it removes them from temptations while teaching the skills to resist them in a gentle and holistic setting.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Southampton?
The cost of private rehab in or near Southampton 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.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Southampton
Private rehab may not be an option for everyone for reasons of cost, and required time away from family and/or work obligations, do not despair: various NHS and charity resources can be found in Southampton and across Hampshire which can help you combat your addiction.
The NHS is one of the largest providers of public health services in the world. They cater to the needs of residents who require treatment and support in overcoming their addiction. Services are mostly geared towards children, teenagers, carers, families affected by addiction, inner-city individuals, residents living in rural areas and homeless people. 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
Logically, the most prominent advantage of NHS treatment is financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may put off some potential patients (though this cost is comparatively minor set against the potential costs of sustaining an addiction) while NHS services are free at the point of use.
NHS standards are very high, and extremely accessible geographically in that the NHS operates across the UK while some rehab facilities may be a long way from Wakefield; it is important to bear in mind, however, that, as previously mentioned, waiting lists can be very long and waiting times distressingly lengthy, while quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next.
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 Southampton, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
One form of assistance for recovering addicts which is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules is individual counselling – which 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.
Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction. Private counsellors offering a wide variety of different approaches to therapy can be found across the country; they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access while others limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Southampton
Primrose Lodge is a unique rehab clinic located in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey. Boasting a private gymnasium, purpose-built treatment rooms and en suite bedrooms, this attractive, spacious building is the perfect getaway for those battling addiction, while Primrose Lodge’s highly experienced staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure patients’ safety and comfort. Integrated treatment programmes designed to address the root causes of addiction are provided in a tranquil and confidential environment in which patients can focus wholly upon their recovery.
To get to Worplesdon from Southampton, take the A3024 to the A33, and then join the M3. Stay on the M3 to junction 4, then take the A331 exit. Stay on that road to the B3411; continue onto B3405 and then join the A324. Join the B3032, take the B380 and finally the A322; follow signs to Worplesdon.