Greater Manchester Rehabs

Addiction Helper Rehab LIVESEARCH shows every Alcohol and Drug Rehab centre in Greater Manchester and provides a complete overview of each facility including reviews from previous treatment centre residents.

Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Greater Manchester

Our Greater Manchester rehabs are passionate about recovery. The therapists can help you to face the past, present and future and to move forward in your life.

Our core values are compassion, empathy and care. Our staff are passionate about their work, some of them are in long term recovery themselves and have a wealth of personal experience they are willing to share to help others.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic illness which has mental and physical consequences. When you drink alcohol or take drugs the brain releases a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine stimulates the ‘reward circuits’ of the brain.

Over time the brain forms a lasting association between the drugs and alcohol and the reward. After a while, the using becomes compulsive as neurochemical changes in the brain effect self-control and decision-making processes.

The term “addiction” is often used to only define those addicted to alcohol or drugs. However, our understanding of what addiction is has broadened so that people can be understood to have an addiction to a behavior. Behaviours like gambling and shopping cause the same release of chemicals in the reward system of the brain as do drugs and alcohol.

People suffering from this condition will experience an overriding impulse to continue their behaviour, despite the harm it is causing.

Addressing your illness as promptly as possible is a good idea. Addiction is often a progressive illness and over time you may begin to experience more and more extreme consequences. Experts agree that the best form of treatment is residential drug and alcohol rehab.

Symptoms of Alcohol and Drug Addiction

  • Preoccupation: Finding thoughts consumed with thinking about getting and using drugs and alcohol. It’s as though life revolves around the getting and using, and finding ways and means to get more.
  • Craving: Feeling an urgent, even unbearable, need to take drink or drugs.
  • Breakdown in relationships: Leaving behind old friends in favour of people who drink and use.
  • Poor health and appearance: As addiction takes over, neglecting health and appearance.
  • Financial consequences: Getting into debt or asking friends and family for money.
  • Dependency: Increasingly unable to function without drug and drink.
  • Any Lengths: Putting massive effort in to finding drugs and alcohol at the cost of the rest of life.
  • Personality Change: Experiencing memory blackouts and personality changes with depression, anxiety, isolation and loss of self-esteem.
  • Dangerous Behaviour: Becoming more prone to risk-taking behavior.

Mood and Addiction

Sometimes the strain of prolonged stress can cause total exhaustion. This exhaustion is sometimes known as burnout. Burnout can effect anyone, but particularly those who suffer with mood disorders and those who work in stressful environments.

Stress is a big factor in substance abuse and the recovery from addiction, as it serves as a trigger for relapse and poor mental health. If you are experiencing difficult emotions, you may turn to using alcohol or drugs to enhance your performance and to medicate your difficult feelings. It’s understandable to feel that way, but it is probably causing many problems for you and your relationships. This is why finding a suitable addiction rehab is important.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritability and intolerance
  • Lack of energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Insomnia
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Headaches
  • Regular colds
  • Indigestion
  • Reliance on alcohol or drugs to get through the day.


You may have tried to manage your illness for a long time by yourself. Some people manage to hide their addiction for a long period. You may even be hiding your problem from yourself. Denial develops as a coping mechanism in response to the shame and guilt associated with being an addict.

It’s difficult to admit the things we don’t like about ourselves. In rehab you will come together with peers and help each other to face reality and embrace recovery from addiction. A number of London alcohol and drug rehabs will help you heal your life and relationships through a tailored therapy plan.

Deciding to Go to Rehab

Deciding to enter rehab is the most important step. It will allow you to accept the problem and contact people who will help you further on with your recovery. Planning can be stressful, but we can help you with that. We can talk with you, your family and any others that are involved, with your care to take steps to ensure that you are able to focus on the programme and your recovery, without outside issues getting in the way.

What Do the Greater Manchester Rehabs Treat?

We partner with various services in the Greater Manchester area that are equipped to treat alcohol addiction, drug addiction – both street and prescription drugs, and behavioural addictions like gambling. We have found that many present associated co-occurring mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Your treatment will incorporate care for these conditions where needed.

Our team of addiction specialists will work together to devise an integrated service of medical treatments, individual, group therapy and complimentary therapy for each client.

What Do the Greater Manchester Rehabs Offer?

There are many Greater Manchester rehabs that offer a comprehensive therapeutic approach. We utilise a combination of therapies designed to assist you to recover from your addiction and help you with relapse prevention.

Passionate addiction professionals are able to treat all aspects of the disease: physical, emotional spiritual and interpersonal. The best alcohol and drug addiction treatment programme is intensive and structured to include various components such as:

  • Detoxification
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Theapy
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Family Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating
  • Afte care
  • Meditation

Each client is carefully assessed and we make sure that your treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs, substance misuse history, medical and psychological condition.

What Will My Days in Rehab Be Like?

A typical day in drug and alcohol rehab will consist of group therapy sessions, individual therapy, creative assignments, recovery groups, and free time. You will be given a timetable on admission.

The timetable will be created by you and your counsellor, a promise for steady recovery.

Will There Always Be Staff On Duty in Rehab?

There will be staff on duty continually for 24 hours a day. You will always have someone to turn to if you need help. Specialists from all related fields including therapists, nurses, counsellors and support workers will help you work on your recovery.

How Long Will I Be in Treatment?

The top rehabs in Greater Manchester will not use a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for you as it is not a reliable measure. This is why it’s not possible to tell how long a treatment will last.

The detox process usually takes up around a week and your time in the rehabilitation unit following that will be decided between you and the team. There will usually be an average of 90 days in primary treatment. If you require secondary care after this, there may be the option of accommodation in our second- and third-stage facilities.

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What Should I Bring to Rehab?

We advise you bring some comfortable clothes for everyday use. You may want some smarter clothes for the days when family comes to visit – that is entirely up to you. Casual wear and trainers will be useful for fitness sessions. Nightwear and whatever toiletries you will need for your stay can also be brought along, as long as the rehab you chose to attend approves the contents. Some rehab clinics will allow you to bring a small amount of money which we can keep safe for you in the office.

Most rehabs in Greater Manchester will not allow you to bring electronic devices with you to primary care. This is because you will need to be focused on your recovery.

How Can My Family Contact Me?

After your detox is over you may be allowed visitors at set times, usually on the weekends.

Most rehabs will allow you to call your family at specific times meant for reaching out and discussing your relationships. We usually recommend that you do not call out for the first week, to settle and get used to using the staff and your peers for support.

In most rehabs, you will be allowed to receive post, though this will often have to open in the presence of a member of the support staff.

Family Therapy and Support during Rehab

If you are the family member or friend of an addict, the situation may seem overwhelming. You are not alone. Family members can be greatly helped by attending Al-Anon, the self-help group for families and significant others, of alcoholics and addicts. There, you will be able to get support and learn from the experiences of other family members.

At the same time multiple rehabs in Greater Manchester will incorporate family support and family therapy for you and your loved ones.

5 Misconceptions Related to Addiction

  1. I am weak and have no willpower that is why I keep using.

You are not weak. You have an illness. Having that illness is not your fault but you can take responsibility for your recovery. When you are ready, we are here to help.

  1. Alcohol is not as bad as drugs.

Alcohol dependency is as serious an addiction as any other. In fact, alcohol is considered the most harmful drug in the UK. Alcoholism is a serious and progressive illness, just like heroin addiction.

  1. I only need detox.

Completing detox is just the first stage. Then you can start the rehabilitation process. We want to help you turn around your destructive behaviours and attitudes, the ones that landed you with an addiction in the first place. It’s not possible to recover form addiction and build a new life if you don’t embrace change and growth. Change is critical to overcoming addiction in the long term.

Addiction recovery programmes do more than just help an addict break from physical addiction. The problem-solving and emotional skills you gain in treatment help you construct a better life for years to come.

  1. Rehab will brain-wash me.

The rehab programme is designed to help you to find yourself again and to recover from your illness. While the biological roots of chemical dependency are similar for everyone, each person’s struggle with addiction is unique. Everyone’s recovery will also be unique. Your programme will be adapted to your individual needs, triggers, and goals

  1. When I leave treatment, I won’t be able to stop because everyone drinks!

You will have a thorough relapse prevention programme. You can attend regular AA meetings and build up a network of sober friends. You will have the power of choice again.

Recovery Meetings in Manchester

One of the most important factors in achieving long term sobriety is to have after care and a community of sober people around you. Most rehabs will offer some type of aftercare programme, but additionally we suggest attending 12 Step fellowship meetings. You can find a list of these meetings in the Greater Manchester area by looking on the UK Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous websites.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

You will leave your Greater Manchester rehab of choice thoroughly equipped with a personalised continuing care plan. You will have devised this plan with the help of your therapist, the team and your peers. We offer aftercare groups for those wishing to continue working in a group therapy setting.

Our doctors will ensure that your G.P. will receive discharge communication so that ongoing follow-up can be provided should you need it. We will also support you into work and in finding out what the new sober you likes to do, it can be fun finding out what you love ad enjoy sober!

Before departure, we will give you information about available Greater Manchester Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous groups. You will not have to face your addiction alone any more.

With the help of our experts in Greater Manchester, and your peers in the programme, you can change your life. You can put down the drugs and alcohol and build a life that you love.

Please get in touch with our addiction experts if you would like to learn more.

We offer dedicated local treatment across Greater Manchester including Rochdale, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton, Milnrow, Salford, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Whitefield, Altrincham, Wythenshawe, BoltonTrafford, Worsley, Fallowfield, Didsbury, Swinton, Bury, Tameside, Hale, Wigan, Sale, Atherton, Bramhall, Chadderton, Cheadle Hulme, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Failsworth, Farnworth, Gatley, Golborne, Hazel Grove, Hindley, Horwich, Hyde, Irlam, Marple, Ramsbottom, Romiley, Royton, Shaw, Stalybridge, Stretford, Tyldesley, Urmston, Walkden, Westhoughton, and Ashton.