A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Gateshead

Nowhere in the UK is untouched by the ravages of addiction – and it will perhaps come as little surprise that the Gateshead area is especially susceptible due to its particular economic struggles, its demographic mix, and relative proximity to various ports of ingress for illegal substances. Unfortunately, the houses and streets of Gateshead are the scenes of a great deal of suffering as addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines takes a terrible toll.

However, there is help for those prepared to reach out for it: in recent years an array of facilities have been set up to treat addiction and set addicts back on the path to happiness and success. If you or a loved one are struggling with this dreadful illness, don’t give up hope: read on to find out how rehab can save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – describes the process by which an addict gets treatment for their addiction at a dedicated facility, as well as being a term for the facility itself. At rehab, a patient undergoes detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal with medical assistance and engages in therapy which reveals the underlying causes of their addiction, all in a pleasant, safe and confidential environment.

The consensus in the medical community is that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in that it provides addicts with the greatest chance of achieving a permanent recovery. Its ability to tackle both physical dependency and psychological addiction in one treatment programme is crucial – many methods of treatment focus only on one aspect or the other – and, indeed, in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Thousands of people die from substance abuse each year in the UK, and countless more suffer from drug-related accidents and acts of violence in which substance abuse is a factor. It’s not too much to say that addiction treatment literally saves lives. Moreover, the sooner someone is able to admit to their addiction, and the sooner they’re then able to reach out for help, the sooner they can get that help within the tranquil and caring environment of a quality rehab.

Addiction treatment services are available on the NHS, and many of these are of a high quality; however, there are unfortunately comparatively few places available when set against the very large number of addicts to be found in the UK, and as a result, waiting times are often extremely lengthy.

If you or a loved one are looking to get help now to tackle a potentially fatal addiction, do not hesitate: reach out today to talk about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Gateshead. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.

Advantages of Private Rehab

As noted above, rehab provides a confidential, pleasant, secluded and safe environment in which patients can concentrate upon the recovery, away from the distractions and temptations of their daily lives and, crucially, in a location free of substances of abuse.

When entering rehab a patient will undergo a thorough assessment prior to commencing the detox phase (monitored and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel, who can make sure the detox and withdrawal process is as safe as possible and who can ameliorate the worst effects of withdrawal via medication where appropriate); when their system is cleansed of substances of abuse they will engage in therapy of various forms – in both one-to-one and group settings – which addresses the fundamental causes of their addiction and provides them with an array of defence mechanisms against relapse.

Private rehabs will also provide bespoke fitness and dietary plans – “healthy body, healthy mind” – and numerous other facilities (with specifics varying from one rehab to the next). Upon leaving rehab, the recovering addict will benefit from up to a year’s free aftercare: it is vital to recognise that recovery is not complete upon leaving the facility, but is an ongoing process requiring diligence and dedication.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Gateshead?

The cost of private rehab in or near Gateshead 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 Gateshead

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 Gateshead and across Tyne & Wear 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 NHS does a wonderful job, and one of its primary advantages is, of course, that its services are free at the point of use; private rehab, meanwhile, does come at a cost which can be offputting to some addicts (though compared with the potential costs of continuing to live with a dangerous addiction, this may be seen as a very valuable investment).

NHS services are also very accessible geographically as it operates throughout the country (whereas some rehab facilities may be some way away); NHS standards are also very high (though again waiting times may be substantial).

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Addiction Support Groups

There are many organisations now active in the UK which provide assistance to recovering addicts, and some of these work along support group lines: groups of recovering addicts who come together at regular meetings to give and take mutual support in the form of advice, sympathy, solidarity, and even just simple companionship.

Attendance at these meetings is typically free, with the only qualification being a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse. The best-known support group organisation – and the model for most others – is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), founded in 1935.

AA runs a 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development and has been instrumental in saving countless lives since its creation. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was founded in 1953, based directly upon the AA model, and provides help to recovering drug addicts specifically.

Organisations which support those in recovery from addiction to specific substances include Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes. Support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assist the families and friends of addicts, typically holding 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 Gateshead, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous

Types of Counselling

Many private addiction counsellors – like “regular” psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on addiction – can be found throughout the country, with a wide variety of therapy models available. Individual counselling – which can be engaged in either following attendance at a 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.

Is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules. Counsellors are usually seen weekly and typically charge a fee per appointment; some counsellors make themselves available in emergencies while others strictly limit access to working hours.

How to get to Oasis Recovery from Gateshead

Oasis Recovery is a unique and pioneering detox and rehab centre located in the heart of Bradford in a quiet secure location perfect for those struggling with addiction. Spacious and tranquil, Oasis Recovery’s highly skilled medical and support staff, and its excellent infrastructure mean it can facilitate all manner of medical detoxes, including complex detoxes and those who require a higher intensity of medical care.

Oasis Recovery boasts 19 en-suite bedrooms – furnished to a very high standard – with walk-in showers, disabled facilities, large communal living areas, well-equipped treatment rooms, outside courtyard, and holistic spa jacuzzi. The medical team provide close monitoring of all patients throughout the day and night, while patients can also undergo structure therapeutic treatment alongside any medical detox which may be necessary.

To get to Bradford from Gateshead, take the A167 to the A1. Keep on the A1(M) following signs for London/Leeds, then at junction 42 join the M62 towards Manchester/Bradford. At junction 26, take the M606 exit and stay on the motorway until junction 3, at which point take the A6177 and then the A641/Manchester Road; then follow signs to the city centre.

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