A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Northampton

No corner of the UK is now free from the ravages of addiction, and Northampton’s size makes it a significant market in its own right for illegal drugs as well as being a distribution centre for other towns in the area. Northampton has proven especially susceptible to the damage wrought by heroin and crack, as well as by more recent additions to dealers’ lethal catalogues such as spice and mephedrone. Meanwhile, legal substances of abuse including alcohol and prescription medication are as damaging in Northampton as they are anywhere else.

Nevertheless, though the outlook may appear bleak, there are oases of hope: if you or a loved one are struggling with a substance abuse disorder you are now able to take advantage of the recent rise of numerous high-quality facilities dedicated to the treatment of addiction. Read on to discover how rehab could set you back on the path to happiness and success.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – describes addiction treatment provided at a dedicated facility, as well as being the name given to that facility itself (“going to rehab”). Treatment rehab typically comprises a detoxification (“detox”) phase aimed at removing a patient’s physical dependency, followed by a therapy phase to deal with psychological addiction and to prepare the patient for their return to the outside world.

Rehabs are typically aesthetically pleasing, tranquil and secluded institutions, and are of necessity confidential ones, to allow patients to focus on their recovery without worrying that details of their condition will become common knowledge in the outside world.

Because rehab is able to target both the immediacies of physical dependency and the long-term challenges of psychological addiction, it provides a very robust platform upon which patients can build permanent recoveries. As a result it is generally accepted that rehab is the most effective addiction treatment method – indeed, so closely are rehab and recovery linked in the public mind that “rehab” has effectively become synonymous with “addiction treatment” in the modern world.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

When dealing with addiction time is of the essence. Addiction is a dreadful illness which ruins lives and can end them prematurely: thousands of people die each year in the UK as a result either of substance abuse directly or of accidents or violent acts in which such abuse is a key factor. Every day that goes by in which someone suffers from addiction and its ramifications is another day in which they are at risk of such untimely death – or, dreadfully, of causing the untimely death of someone else.

Because of this, it is imperative to seek treatment as soon as possible – that is, as soon as an addict is prepared to admit to their addiction and to ask for help. Although the NHS offers various high-quality addiction treatment services, waiting lists can be very long – especially in areas of high demand such as Northampton – and those waiting times, sadly, are too long for many addicts. If you or someone close to you is addicted to any substance of abuse, do not hesitate: reach out to an addiction specialist now on 0800 024 1455 to discuss some of the private options available 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.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Northampton?

The cost of private rehab in or near Northampton 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 Northampton

If you believe that private rehab is not an option for you – maybe for reasons of cost, or if you do not feel able to spend that much time away from your family and/or your work obligations, do not despair: various NHS and charity resources are available in Northampton and across Northamptonshire. Talk to your GP about which of these resources may be most appropriate for your specific situation.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: NHS services are free at the point of use while private rehab comes at a cost which may seem prohibitive to some addicts (although, compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be considered almost minimal: what price a life?)

NHS services are also very accessible geographically since the NHS operates in every corner of the country (although waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS can offer a high standard of service – though this quality does tend to vary from one trust to another.

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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 Northampton, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

A lot of recovering addicts who are especially busy opt for individual counselling with private addiction counsellors (operating in similar ways to regular psychotherapists, albeit – understandably – with a strong focus on the challenges posed by addiction). These counsellors may be seen by private appointment (and charge accordingly) on an ongoing basis, usually roughly weekly with access typically limited to predefined working hours (though some are available in emergencies).

Individual counselling is often of particular interest to recovering addicts who have been through rehab and who wish to retain supplementary professional assistance during the next phase of recovery; and, on the other hand, by addicts – frequently busy professionals – who have not yet gone through rehab but are preparing to do so and who wish to try to manage their addictions prior to taking this step.

How to get to Banbury Lodge from Northampton

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 Northampton, head out on the A428 to the A4500. Head to the A5076 and follow that road to the A5123, and then the A43. Stay on the A43 to the B4525 and then take the A422; from there, follow signs to the town centre.

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