A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Stevenage
Every part of the UK suffers under the burden of addiction, and Stevenage and the rest of Bedfordshire are no exception. In addition to well-established substances of abuse such as heroin and cocaine, a new wave of intoxicants such as spice are now wreaking havoc across the county.
If you or someone close to you are suffering from addiction, it is important not to give up hope: be confident that the expertise is out there which can help you turn your life around. Read on to discover how rehab can get you back onto the path towards happiness and a successful life.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – more properly, “residential rehabilitation” – is the term given to both the treatment of addiction on-site at a dedicated facility, and the facility itself. At rehab – typically set in spacious, pleasant tranquil surroundings in which they can focus wholly on their recovery, safe in the knowledge that the facility is completely confidential – addicts are provided with a holistic treatment comprising a detoxification phase (which may be medically assisted) and a period of therapy aimed at uncovering the root causes of their addiction, and providing them with defence mechanisms against relapse for their return to the outside world.
As a result of this bilateral approach to treatment – addressing both the immediate problem of physical dependency and the longer-term challenge of psychological addiction – rehab is generally considered to be the most effective means of combating addiction, in terms of its ability to set patients on the path to a permanent recovery.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
The sooner an addict can reach out for help, the sooner they can be in treatment: every day that passes without combating addiction is another day in which an addict risks succumbing to overdose, a fatal accident, or an act of violence fuelled by substance abuse. While the NHS provides a good range of high-quality addiction treatment services – including rehab – places are invariably limited and waiting times can be distressingly lengthy.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in or near Stevenage and are desperate for help, you may not wish to take such risks; instead, why not explore some of the private options which are available to you? Call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
While specific details and options will of course vary from one rehab to the next, generally speaking the process of treatment is similar across facilities. Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed by a medical team looking to establish their physical and mental condition and the true extent of their addiction. Following this assessment the addict will embark upon the process of detoxification (“detox”) monitored and assisted by highly trained and experienced medical professionals providing round-the-clock care in order to make the process of detox, and the experience of withdrawal, as safe and as comfortable as possible (perhaps via the administration of certain medications).
Once detox is complete, the patient is able to move through the therapy phase aimed at uncovering the original causes of their addiction and subsequently providing them with psychological defences against relapse. Throughout their stay the patient will be given bespoke dietary and fitness plans – on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind” – and will also benefit from rehab’s peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting in which they can focus entirely upon the recovery process and their journey of self-awareness.
At the end of a stay in rehab, patients will leave the facility – but it would be a mistake to think that this implies that recovery is complete. Recovery is a lengthy – often lifelong – process with a host of intense challenges around every corner, requiring constant commitment and dedication if the recovering addict is to remain free from substance abuse. With this in mind, good rehabs will offer up to a year’s free aftercare to provide former patients with the support they may need during times of crisis outside the facility.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Stevenage?
The cost of private rehab in or near Stevenage 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 Stevenage
It is quite possible that for various reasons you may not currently feel that rehab is an option which is available to you – perhaps you are put off by the potential costs mentioned above, or you do not feel that you can spend anywhere from a month to three months or more away from family, work, and other obligations. If this is indeed the case, however, you must not despair: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in Stevenage and across Bedfordshire which can help you fight your addiction. Reach out your GP to get details on which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The primary advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may be offputting to some addicts (although, set against the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be comparatively minor) and NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically in that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (though waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS offers a high standard of service – though quality does vary by location.
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 Stevenage, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
For recovering addicts with especially busy schedules, one useful supplementary treatment option is individual counselling: private addiction counsellors operate like regular psychotherapists (although understandably they focus heavily on addressing the causes and ramifications of addiction and substance abuse), and can usually be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis (usually weekly) with fees charged per appointment.
Between them, private addiction counsellors offer a very wide variety of different therapy models and approaches to treatment, some of which are extremely niche while others mirror models which may be available in rehab. This form of treatment is often sought after by people who have completed a full treatment programme in rehab but who desire ongoing professional contact during the next phase of their recovering; and by addicts who have not yet undergone such a treatment program but who intend to, and wish to attempt to manage their addictions prior to doing so.
How to Get to Liberty House Clinic from Stevenage
Liberty House Clinic is a fully furbished 18-bed drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation facility in a peaceful, picturesque suburban setting in the heart of Luton. Its large, spacious grounds are the ideal place in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme focused on mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
To get to Luton from Stevenage is very straightforward: take the A1155 to the A602 and stay on that road all the way to the A505; then follow signage for the town centre.
Liberty House Clinic
220 Old Stevenage Road