A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Swindon
Every part of the UK now suffers under the burden of addiction, and Swindon is no exception. In addition to well-established illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and legal substances of abuse including alcohol and prescription medications, a new wave of intoxicants such as spice are now wreaking havoc across Wiltshire.
If you or someone close to you are suffering from addiction, it is important not to give up hope and to feel confident that the expertise is out there which can help you turn your life around. Read on to discover how rehab can get you back onto the path towards happiness and a successful life.
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More formally entitled “residential rehabilitation”, rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to addiction treatment in terms of providing an addict with the greatest chance of a permanent recovery. Rehab addresses the immediate challenges of physical and psychological dependency whilst also (via a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more) enabling patents to understand the origins of addiction and work to ensure they do not return to such destructive patterns and habits once back in the outside world.
At rehab, patients are treated by and have 24/7 access to highly qualified medical professionals who understand the nature of addiction and the great difficulty of escaping it once it has set in. Within attractive, peaceful and secure settings perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing, patients are able to focus solely upon their recovery; moreover, rehabs are totally confidential institutions, ensuring patients’ confidence that details of their condition will not reach the outside world.
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 in Swindon and across Wiltshire provides a good range of high-quality addiction treatment services – including rehab – places are invariably limited and waiting times can be distressingly lengthy.
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.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned above, rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which an addict can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world. Upon entering rehab, an addict will embark on detox, assisted by highly experienced medical personnel there to assure that withdrawal is as safe and as comfortable as possible (which may involve the provision of medication).
After detox, the addict will engage in therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction, as well as at constructing defence mechanisms against relapse; they will also receive bespoke dietary and fitness plans and may benefit from an array of other resources available.
Following a stay in any quality rehab, a patient will receive free aftercare (for up to a year): it is important to remember that recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is ongoing and may not be a smooth and easy process. Aftercare can help reduce the risk of relapse and provide the recovering addict with vital support at critical junctures.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Swindon?
The cost of private rehab in or near Swindon 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 Swindon
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 Swindon and across Wiltshire 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 most obvious advantage of going down the NHS route for addiction treatment is that NHS services are free at the point of use, while private rehab comes at a cost which may put off some addicts (though it’s important to consider the potential costs of not getting treatment, which are not, of course, merely financial ones).
Another benefit is that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (although as mentioned above waiting times may be prohibitively lengthy) while some rehab facilities are a long way from Swindon. Furthermore, the quality of any services is usually high (though does vary from one trust to another).
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 Swindon, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
For recovering addicts with especially busy schedules, one useful supplementary treatment option is individual counselling: private addiction counsellors operate like regular psychotherapists (although understandably they focus heavily on addressing the causes and ramifications of addiction and substance abuse), and can usually be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis (usually weekly) with fees charged per appointment.
Between them, private addiction counsellors offer a very wide variety of different therapy models and approaches to treatment, some of which are extremely niche while others mirror models which may be available in rehab. This form of treatment is often sought after by people who have completed a full treatment programme in rehab but who desire ongoing professional contact during the next phase of their recovery; and by addicts who have not yet undergone such a treatment program but who intend to, and wish to attempt to manage their addictions prior to doing so.
How to Get to Banbury Lodge from Swindon
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 Swindon, take the A4312 at the Magic Roundabout, and then take the A420 as far as the A34; take the latter to the M40 and merge heading north to 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.