A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Newcastle
Few people who know and love Newcastle will need reminding that for all its vibrancy, community spirit and positive attitude, the city has a darker side in the form of a long-standing and serious addiction problem. Alcohol, illegal drugs – especially hard drugs such as crack and heroin – and prescription medicine are all taking a terrible toll on Newcastle’s inhabitants, with knock-on consequences for policing and social health.
However, the picture is not an unremittingly gloomy one: there are now many facilities available for those struggling with addiction who are prepared to reach out for help. If you are among them, do not give up hope: read on to learn how rehab can set you back on the path to happiness.
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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?
Addiction ruins lives, and all too often brings them to a premature end; every day spent struggling with addiction is another day during which the addict is at risk of death from overdose or from an accident or act of violence in which substances of abuse have played a crucial role. Because of this, it’s not mere hyperbole to suggest that every day counts, and the sooner an addict is able to reach out for help, the sooner that help can be delivered and the sooner they can leave behind those risks and resume a happy, healthy, drug-free life.
While the quality of NHS addiction treatment services is high, demand is equally so, and waiting times can be distressingly long even for those fortunate enough to be given places. With time such an important factor in the treatment of addiction, if you or a loved one are an addict seeking help this situation is literally a matter of life and death. Do not allow such matters to derail your recovery: call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Newcastle.
Advantages of Private Rehab
While specific details and options will of course vary from one rehab to the next, generally speaking the process of treatment is similar across facilities. Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed by a medical team looking to establish their physical and mental condition and the true extent of their addiction.
Following this assessment the addict will embark upon the process of detoxification (“detox”) monitored and assisted by highly trained and experienced medical professionals providing round-the-clock care in order to make the process of detox, and the experience of withdrawal, as safe and as comfortable as possible (perhaps via the administration of certain medications).
Once detox is complete, the patient is able to move through the therapy phase aimed at uncovering the original causes of their addiction and subsequently providing them with psychological defences against relapse. Throughout their stay the patient will be given bespoke dietary and fitness plans – on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind” – and will also benefit from rehab’s peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting in which they can focus entirely upon the recovery process and their journey of self-awareness.
At the end of a stay in rehab, patients will leave the facility – but it would be a mistake to think that this implies that recovery is complete. Recovery is a lengthy – often lifelong – process with a host of intense challenges around every corner, requiring constant commitment and dedication if the recovering addict is to remain free from substance abuse. With this in mind, good rehabs will offer up to a year’s free aftercare to provide former patients with the support they may need during times of crisis outside the facility.
What Does Rehab Cost in Newcastle?
The cost of private rehab in or near Newcastle 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 Newcastle
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 Newcastle and across Tyne & Wear 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
It should come as no surprise that the primary advantage of NHS treatment in many people’s eyes is financial: while private rehab comes at a cost which, as mentioned above, may be off-putting to some addicts (though which may pale into insignificance compared with the costs – financial, physical, emotional and other – of not getting help and continuing to suffer from addiction) NHS services are free at the point of use.
Moreover, the NHS offers high quality of service and one which is extremely accessible geographically thanks to the NHS’ provision of services right across the UK; it is however important to remember that quality does vary – sometimes significantly – from one trust to the next, while waiting times also very and can be extremely long.
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 Newcastle, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Many recovering addicts benefit from individual counselling – especially useful for people with very busy schedules – provided by private addiction counsellors who operate very much like “normal” psychotherapists (though with an understandable focus on addiction and its ramifications).
This model is often of particular interest to people who have completed a rehab programme and who desire a supplementary aid to their recovery, as well as to those who have not yet engaged in such a programme but who seek a means of managing an addiction prior to doing so at an appropriate time.
Private counsellors can be found across the country and abroad variety of therapeutic models are delivered. Counsellors are typically seen on an ongoing basis by private appointment – usually weekly – and charge a fee per such appointment. The majority of counsellors limit access to set working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.
How to get to Oasis Recovery from Newcastle
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 Newcastle, take the A189 to the A184 and continue, following signs for A1/A1(M)/Consett. Merge onto the A1, and continue onto A1(M) and then the M1; 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.