A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Maidstone
Addiction – whether to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication – is a malaise affecting every corner of the UK; contrary to popular representations in the media, this is not an issue limited to Britain’s inner cities, but one which causes personal tragedy and social strife right across the land, including in towns like Maidstone.
However, although this problem is already an incredibly serious one – and unfortunately is worsening year after year – help is out there for addicts in Kent and anywhere else wishing to turn their lives around. If you or a loved one are wrestling with addiction, read on to find out how rehab can set you on the path to recovery.
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What Is Rehab?
Widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of providing the best platform for permanent recovery, residential rehabilitation (“rehab” – the term describes both the treatment process and the facility where it is provided) delivers a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more, all in one facility.
At rehab, patients engage in a programme of treatment (usually as an inpatient, although outpatient options are available) with a two-pronged attack on addiction: firstly, a period of detoxification (“detox”) cleanses the addict’s system of substances of abuse; secondly, various therapy models are utilised to uncover and address the root causes of addiction.
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.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Thousands of people die from substance abuse each year in the UK, while countless more fall victim to accidents and acts of violence in which alcohol and/or drugs are a major factor. As a result, it is by no means excessive to say that addiction treatment saves lives; by extension, it is also crucial to recognise that the sooner an addict is willing to recognise and admit to their condition, and reach out for help, the sooner that help can be provided and the greater the chances of success.
Although NHS addiction treatment services are typically very good, waiting times can be extremely lengthy due to the very high demand for services and the limited number of places available (especially at resource-intensive sites like rehabs). If you or someone close to you need help urgently, such a wait may be catastrophic, so do not hesitate: every day matters. Call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist and discuss some of the private options available to you.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned above, rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which an addict can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world. Upon entering rehab, an addict will embark on detox, assisted by highly experienced medical personnel there to assure that withdrawal is as safe and as comfortable as possible (which may involve the provision of medication).
After detox, the addict will engage therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction, as well as at constructing defence mechanisms against relapse; they will also receive bespoke dietary and fitness plans and may benefit from an array of other resources available.
Following a stay in any quality rehab, a patient will receive free aftercare (for up to a year): it is important to remember that recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is ongoing and may not be a smooth and easy process. Aftercare can help reduce the risk of relapse and provide the recovering addict with vital support at critical junctures.
What Does Rehab Cost in Maidstone?
The cost of private rehab in or near Maidstone 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 Maidstone
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 Maidstone and across Kent 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
One obvious advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: NHS options are free at the point of use while 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). They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country – and offer a high standard of service (though that quality does vary by location and, again, waiting times may be distressingly high).
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 Maidstone, 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 Kent.
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 Recovery Lighthouse from Maidstone
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 Maidstone, take the A229 as far as the M20 and join the motorway heading towards London. Take the M26 exit towards Heathrow Airport, then merge onto the M25. At junction 7, take the M23 (S) exit towards Brighton; stay on the motorway as it becomes the A23, then continue down as far as the A27. Head west on the A27 as far as the B2223, then follow signs to the town centre.