A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Crawley
Though it may not be obvious to anyone passing through Crawley and the surrounding area each year, as with every other corner of the country an addiction epidemic is bringing individual tragedy and collective strife to the town’s homes and streets.
With alcohol, illegal drugs – with a savage explosion of new psychoactive substances such as spice wreaking havoc alongside that caused by more traditional toxins such as heroin and cocaine – and prescription medicines all taking their toll, the prospects for many Crawley residents look increasingly grim.
However, the picture is not all bleak: across the UK there is growing expertise and an array of new treatment facilities aimed at turning back the addiction tsunami, and if you or a loved one have been caught up in the wave that help could mean the difference between life and death. Read on to discover how rehab can help you survive and thrive.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – commonly known as “rehab” – describes addiction treatment carried out at a dedicated facility, as well as being the name for such a facility itself. This treatment comprises both detoxification (“detox”) – medically supervised and often assisted by appropriate medication – and an extended period of therapy during which the causes of addiction are explored.
At rehab, patients can focus entirely upon their recovery, far from the temptations of daily life, and secure in the knowledge that – because rehabs are confidential facilities, details of their condition will not reach the outside world.
It is commonly acknowledged that rehab offers the most effective treatment of addiction (ie, produces the greatest chance of life-long recovery) thanks to its holistic approach addressing both physical dependency and the longer-term, more pernicious challenge of psychological addiction. Treatment which only addresses physical dependency is unlikely to result in a permanent recovery as the underlying causes of addiction will not have been addressed.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
The sooner an addict can reach out for help, the sooner they can be in treatment: every day that passes without combating addiction is another day in which an addict risks succumbing to overdose, a fatal accident, or an act of violence fuelled by substance abuse.
While the NHS provides a good range of high-quality addiction treatment services – including rehab – places are invariably limited and waiting times can be distressingly lengthy (especially in highly populated areas such as Greater London and neighbouring counties).
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are desperate for help, you may not wish to take such risks; instead, why not explore some of the private options which are available to you? Call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.
Advantages of Private Rehab
For those struggling under the burden of addiction, rehab is a life-changing experience. In the tranquil, safe, secure and confidential confines of rehab, addicts can concentrate on recovery away from the environment in which they have succumbed to substance abuse and addiction.
The immediate pressures of physical dependency will be dealt with upon entering rehab as a patient undergoes a period of detox and withdrawal, assisted by highly trained medical personnel (and potentially by the appropriate medication designed to ameliorate the worst impact of withdrawal).
Following detox, the patient will engage in therapy – both one-to-one and group – addressing the root causes of addiction and designed to provide defences against relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will be provided with tailored dietary and fitness plans and will benefit from an array of other on-site resources. Upon leaving the facility they will receive a year’s free aftercare – because recovery is not accomplished simply by leaving rehab, but is an ongoing process.
What Does Rehab Cost in West Sussex?
The cost of private rehab in or near Crawley 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.
Crawley NHS Addiction Treatment Options
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 Crawley and across West Sussex 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 main advantage of NHS treatment, unsurprisingly, is that it is free at the point of use, while private rehab typically comes at a cost which may be very off-putting to some addicts (though which is likely to fade into insignificance compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of remaining addicted).
Another advantage is that the NHS operates across the country and thus may be more accessible geographically than many private rehab facilities (though again waiting times vary and may be too lengthy for those desperate to break their addiction). Thirdly, although quality does vary by location, the NHS does offer a high standard of service.
Addiction Support Groups
Several 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.
Here, they 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.
To find information on meetings in or near Crawley, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
One option which may be of particular interest to extremely busy people is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors work like regular psychotherapists and provide a broad variety of different therapy models; they can be found throughout the country, and typically charge by appointment with those appointments usually taking place on a weekly basis.
Individual counselling can be especially useful for those who have completed a treatment programme at rehab and who are seeking supplementary aids to recovery alongside, for example, attendance at a support group; and also for people who have not yet been to rehab but who seek help managing an addiction prior to taking that step.
How to Get to Recovery Lighthouse from Crawley
Recovery Lighthouse is an attractive, peaceful and spacious 13-bedroom alcohol and drug rehab facility situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood in Worthing, West Sussex. 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.
To get to Worthing from Crawley, take the A2004 to the A23, then take this road all the way down to the A27 and head west along that road towards Worthing. Take the B2223 and then the A24, and follow signs to the town centre.