A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In St Helen’s

Though no corner of the UK is untouched by the country’s current substance abuse crisis, Merseyside has unfortunately become particularly notorious in the public eye: alcohol, illegal drugs (in particular hard drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine) and prescription medication are all taking an especially severe toll on St Helens residents, and in the current challenging climate of austerity and uncertainty as to what the future may bring, it is easy to become pessimistic – especially if you yourself, or a loved one, are struggling with a substance abuse disorder.

However, it is important to remain strong and positive: if you are prepared to reach out for it, there is help out there in the form of an array of high-quality treatment facilities which are transforming – indeed, saving – lives every day. Read on to find out how rehab can help you break your addiction and get you back on the road to happiness.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – is the term for the process by which an addict gets treatment for their addiction at a dedicated facility, and also describes the facility itself. At rehab, a patient is able to undergo detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal with medical assistance – often in the form of pharmaceutical as well as therapeutic support – and engage in therapy aimed at discovering and addressing the root causes of their addiction, in a secure, peaceful, pleasant and (crucially) confidential environment perfect for the necessary introspection and contemplation.

There is a general consensus that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of its being the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the erstwhile addict. Its ability to address both short- (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one holistic treatment programme conducted under one roof is unparalleled, and indeed in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.

How can I get Someone into Rehab?

Addiction is a devastating illness that ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can take the first crucial step and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to a holistic treatment program at rehab and, subsequently, to a life free of substances of abuse. The NHS provides an array of addiction treatment services, including rehab; however, places are extremely limited and waiting times lengthy at best.

If you or a loved one are in St Helens and desperately need the professional help which rehab can provide, you may not wish to waste another second before exploring some of the private options available to you: call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.

The Advantages of Private Rehab

As mentioned earlier, rehab’s peaceful, pleasant, secure setting is a major factor in the model’s success since it provides an environment extremely conducive to physical, psychological and emotional healing. This is enhanced by rehab’s confidential nature, since patients do not to labour under the burden of the anxiety produced by worries about their condition and treatment becoming common knowledge.

Detox and withdrawal can be an extremely unpleasant experience, not to mention a very dangerous one: withdrawal from some substances can prove fatal, while even withdrawal symptoms which cannot kill directly can prove so horrendous and difficult to bear that some withdrawing addicts opt for suicide. The support and assistance of highly qualified medical professionals at rehab can ensure that this process – which needs to be undergone before patients can move into therapy – is carried out safely and as comfortably as possible.

Once in therapy (delivered via a variety of models and in both group and one-to-one settings) patients will explore and analyse the fundamental causes of addiction and begin to develop psychological safeguards against relapse. On the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind” rehab patients will benefit throughout their stay from bespoke fitness and dietary plans as well as from an array of rehab-specific facilities.

Recovery is not complete when a patient leaves rehab, but is instead a long-term process which can be fraught with challenges. With this in mind a good rehab will offer up to a years free aftercare, to reassure all patients that they may still benefit from medical expertise as they move through the very difficult next phase of their recovery journey.

What Does Rehab Cost Near St Helens?

The cost of private rehab in or near St Helens 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 St Helens

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 St Helens and across Merseyside 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 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) while many rehabs are a long way from St Helens (though some high-quality facilities can be found in and near Merseyside). Furthermore, the NHS offers a high standard of service – though quality does vary by location.

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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 St Helens, see the relevant websites:

Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous

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 Oasis Runcorn from St Helens

Oasis Runcorn is a unique detoxification and rehab centre in the heart of Runcorn, Cheshire, able to accommodate up to 34 patients at any time. Its spacious and tranquil environment, world-class facilities and hugely experienced and caring staff make this the perfect place to embark upon a recovery from addiction, and its intensive treatment programmes are aimed at healing on a holistic level, addressing medical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Support is available 24/7 and all patients completing treatment programmes receive 12 months’ complimentary aftercare.

To get to Runcorn from St Helens, take the A571 down to the A570 and then the A533; take this road until the A558, and finally rejoin the A533 towards Runcorn; follow signs to the town centre.

Oasis Runcorn
38-40 Bridge Street
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 1BY

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