A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Leominster
Few people who know and love Leominster will need reminding that along with all the positive aspects that make it a fun place to live, the town has a darker side in the form of a long-standing and serious addiction problem. Alcohol, illegal drugs – especially hard drugs such as crack and heroin – and prescription medicine are all taking a terrible toll on Leominster’s inhabitants, with knock-on consequences for crime and social health.
However, the picture is not an unremittingly gloomy one: there are now many facilities available for those struggling with addiction who are prepared to reach out for help. If you are among them, do not give up hope: read on to learn how rehab can set you back on the path to happiness.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – is commonly considered to be the most effective way to treat addiction in terms of providing addicts with the greatest chance of a permanent recovery, as it tackles both the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term psychological challenges which need to be addressed if a person is to remain free of substance abuse. Upon the robust platform which rehab provides – via a combination of therapy, medication, healthy eating, exercise, support from peers and more – even the most apparently hopeless addict can build a lifelong recovery and a happy, successful life.
The word “rehab” describes both the process of attending a dedicated treatment facility, and the facility itself (“going to rehab”). At rehab, patients are able to focus wholly upon their recovery with the assistance of highly qualified and experienced medical professionals in a pleasant, calm environment designed to be perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing. Furthermore, rehabs are totally confidential, ensuring that patients can relax secure in the knowledge that their condition and treatment will remain secret.
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 Leominster?
The cost of private rehab in or near Leominster 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 Leominster
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 Leominster and across Herefordshire 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 one of cost: NHS services are free at the point of use, while private rehab, as noted above, does come at a cost (although compared with the potential costs – in all senses – of not seeking help, and continuing to suffer from addiction, this may be considered a very valuable investment).
Another positive aspect of taking the NHS route is the geographical accessibility of facilities: the NHS operates across the country while some rehabs may be very distant from Leominster. Moreover, NHS services are typically of a very high standard (though quality does vary by location and, as noted, waiting lists can be long).
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 Leominster, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling is a type of help for recovering addicts which can be particularly beneficial for people with very busy schedules. individual counselling may be engaged in following a stay at rehab (or other addiction treatment) as a supplementary aid to recovery, or perhaps as a way of managing an addiction before engaging in a full training programme.
Private addiction counsellors work in ways similar to the operations of “normal” psychotherapists, although obviously the focus is on addressing the causes and consequences of addiction; counsellors offering a broad range of approaches to therapy and different therapy models can be found across the country, including in Leominster.
Counsellors can be seen by private appointment, typically on a weekly basis, and usually charge a fee per appointment; while some counsellors make themselves available for emergencies, it is more common for access to be limited to working hours.
How to get to Banbury Lodge from Leominster
Banbury Lodge is situated in a delightful, peaceful rural setting in the historic Oxfordshire town of Banbury. 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. It is also one of the only rehabs in the UK offering treatment to people aged between 16 and 18 struggling with addictions.
To get to Banbury from Leominster, take the A44 all the way to the A4440 and then join the M5 towards Birmingham. Merge onto the M42 towards M1/London, and then join the M40; stay on the motorway until junction 11, then take the A422. Follow this road to the A4260, then follow signs to the town centre.