A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Oxford

Oxford, like the rest of the UK, is in the grip of an increasingly serious addiction epidemic. Old scourges such as alcohol, heroin and cocaine have been joined by newcomers like spice and an array of legal prescription drugs to bring individual tragedy and collective social woe to the streets of Oxford, and the costs – human, financial, environmental, ethical and more – continue to mount, day by day and year on year.

Nevertheless this bleak picture is not unremittingly so: hope is out there in the form of growing expertise and increasingly capable facilities in the field of addiction treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in or near Oxford, and are ready to seek help, read on to find out how you can find that help in rehab – and how it could save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab – more properly “residential rehabilitation” – is the process of attending a dedicated facility to undergo treatment for addiction, and also describes the facility itself. In rehab, patients enjoy the benefits of a quiet, secluded, pleasant and confidential environment and are treated and assisted by very experienced medical professionals familiar with the nature of addiction who are on hand 24/7, allowing patients to focus entirely on their own recovery and well-being.

Rehab is widely considered to be the most effective way of treating addiction, because it tackles both the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term ones of psychological addiction: it consists of a detoxification (“detox”) phase followed by a longer period of therapy and care, whereas many other approaches to combating addiction focus only on one or the other aspect and thus do not provide the level of holistic treatment which patients require if they are to remain abstinent once the initial dependency has been overcome.

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.

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 Oxford – 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

As mentioned above, rehab offers patients a peaceful, secure and confidential setting in which they are able to focus wholly upon their well-being and their ongoing recovery, away from the temptations of daily life and the environment in which their addiction developed (as well as, obviously, substances of abuse).

When going through the first phase of rehab – detox – patients will benefit from supervision by highly experienced medical personnel who are on hand to ensure that detox and withdrawal are safe and as comfortable as possible (this may involve the provision of certain medicines).

Moving into the second phase – therapy – patients work to reveal and address the root causes of addiction, and to develop psychological defences against relapse; they also benefit from being given bespoke dietary and fitness plans (working on the basis that a healthy mind requires a healthy body) and potentially from any fitness or other recreational facilities offered by the rehab in question.

Upon leaving rehab after completing the agreed treatment programme, the former patient – now more correctly referred to as a recovering addict – will be given up to a year’s free aftercare in recognition of the fact that recovery is not complete simply upon walking out of the facility but is an ongoing process requiring constant attention, diligence and dedication to leading a life free of substance abuse. .

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What Does Rehab Cost in Oxford?

The cost of private rehab in or near Oxford 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 Oxford

Not everyone will find rehab to be an appropriate solution for them at any given time, perhaps for reasons of cost or because they are unable to free up the time needed away from family and professional commitments. If you are one of these people, yet you are desperate to get help in the fight against your addiction, do not despair: there are various NHS and charity resources in and near the Oxford area – indeed, across Oxfordshire – which may be of use. Contact your GP to find out more about these, and to discuss which might be available to you.

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 Oxford, 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 Banbury Lodge from Oxford

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 Oxford, take the A420 as far as the A34, and then from there join the M40 towards the Midlands. Stay on the motorway until junction 11, then take the A422. Follow this road to the A4260, then follow signs to the town centre.

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