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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Barnsley

Learn about drug and alcohol rehab and detox in Barnsley. The rehab clinic offers a robust admissions process and supervised detox and evidence-based treatments.

    Drug & Alcohol Rehab Barnsley

    If you are dealing with an addiction problem in Barnsley, you will need to get help for it as soon as possible. There are likely to be a few options available to you locally in regards to the help you need.

    If you are living in Barnsley but not from the local area, you may even decide to return to your home region in order to get the help you need.

    This can be a good option so long as you do not use it as an excuse to delay getting the help you need.

    There are more people addicted to alcohol, crack cocaine, and heroin in Barnsley than the national average, with arrests related to the use of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, also increasing of late.

    Considering these abnormally high rates of addiction, it is perhaps unsurprising that deaths related to drug use in Barnsley have been rising steadily in recent times.

    In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were more deaths related to drug use in 2019 than there had been in any of the previous 20 years [1].

    Between 2016 and 2018 there were a total of 67 drug-poisoning deaths in Barnsley, which is 18 more than the previous highest rate recorded between 2001 and 2003.

    Worryingly, this was also the highest number recorded across the whole county of South Yorkshire.

    In addition to deaths from drug poisoning, fatalities related to drug misuse have also been increasing of late. In total there were 36 deaths related to drug misuse registered in Barnsley from 2016 to 2018.

    On a more positive note, drug and alcohol rehab Barnsley does have higher success rates than the national average.

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    The Brain Disease Model Of Addiction


    The “brain-hijack theory”, proposed in 1997 by the former CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has shown that addiction is a chronic brain disease caused by a dysfunction of neural networks involved in reward [2].

    Nowadays, the brain hijack theory is often referred to as the brain disease model of addiction [3].

    According to this theory, drugs of abuse overwhelm and essentially hijack the brain by compromising the function of neuroreceptors responsible for releasing adequate concentrations of dopamine.

    Brain adaptations initiated by addiction mean that people lose power over their behaviour and become more impulsive in their decision-making, particularly when there is an opportunity to engage in addictive behaviours.

    The brain disease model has served to reduce much of the stigma often attached to addiction by debunking the prevailing view among the general population that a person is to blame for their addiction.

    On the contrary, addicted persons are powerless against the targeting of vulnerable brain circuitry by drug of abuse unless they receive appropriate addiction treatment provided by drug and alcohol rehab facilities.

    Dual Diagnosis


    Addiction to drugs or alcohol often rears its head as a symptom of underlying mental health issues and psychiatric disorders.

    People with mental health issues often experience considerable emotional pain and psychological frustration, experimenting with addictive, recreational drugs in an attempt to remedy their felt anguish.

    The severe distress associated with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other trauma-rooted mental health problems can drive people to numb their pain and/or escape from troubling thoughts using drugs or alcohol.

    Although it makes logical sense for someone who is experiencing intense discomfort to ease that discomfort with recreational drugs, it puts them at greater risk of becoming addicted and ultimately exacerbating their mental torment.

    It is estimated that approximately 50% of people with a substance use disorder will experience a psychiatric disorder in their lifetime [4].

    Drug and alcohol rehab Barnsley has the added advantage of providing evidence-based therapy treatments to address underlying comorbidities.

    Therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies have garnered significant scientific support as efficacious treatments for mental health issues.

    The Abstinence Approach


    Abstinence is proven as the most effective method to reverse neurological damage associated with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Abstaining from addictive substances, in conjunction with professional treatment, provides compromised brain areas with the conditions necessary to heal and return to normal functioning [5].

    The scientific literature on addiction is consistent in its support of abstinence versus other approaches to treating drug abuse such as harm reduction or moderation management.

    People who remain abstinent throughout remission enjoy a much more straightforward recovery process with fewer setbacks. They also report higher rates of life satisfaction than their non-abstinent counterparts [6].

    Those who commit to abstinence are significantly less likely to experience a resurfacing of cravings, compulsive behaviours, or powerlessness associated with substance use disorders [7].

    Drug and Alcohol rehab Barnsley focuses on abstinence as the most secure form of remission for recovering addicts, particularly for younger adults who are at significantly higher risk of relapse.

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    Private Residential Rehab Barnsley: Benefits And Drawbacks


    Attempting to detox by oneself can be incredibly dangerous, and may even put a person’s life in jeopardy depending on addiction severity.

    Drug and alcohol detoxification is a medical condition that requires expert supervision from trained health professionals and addiction specialists. That is why private residential rehab comes highly recommended.

    Residential drug and alcohol rehab Barnsley provides treatment and hospitality of the highest standard, which has led to success rates higher than the national average.

    Some of the pros contributing to Barnsley’s high success rate include:

    • Immediate admission
    • Expert 24-hour medical care
    • Medically-assisted detox
    • Comprehensive rehabilitation
    • Compassionate support in a nurturing environment free of triggering stimuli
    • Strong, empathic support system
    • Wide range of helpful resources
    • Individualised treatment programme
    • Access to a variety of efficacious therapy and counselling treatments, including family addiction counselling
    • Access to therapeutic activities
    • Family visits permitted
    • Psychiatric assessments
    • 12-month aftercare programmes provided free of charge

    There are not many disadvantages to private rehab, however, it may be suited to some more than others, and there are a number of potential drawbacks worth mentioning so that patients can be fully informed before making a commitment.

    Drawbacks of private residential rehab

    Private rehab is typically considerably more expensive than council-funded rehab, which although justified by the level of care provided, can be a barrier for some people.

    On average, private rehab programmes cost £1,500 per week but can be as low as £600 or as high as £6,000 depending on the level and type of treatment required.

    Rehab Recovery guarantees to do all in our power, for example by offering payment plans, to ensure that addiction treatment remains as affordable as possible for all prospective patients. For more pricing information, you contact Rehab Recovery here.

    Treatment programmes employed at private rehab are highly structured and can be quite intense, which is something to bear in mind for those to whom that may pose an issue.

    Also, rehab requires patients to live at the facility for the duration of treatment which may interfere with personal obligations.

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    Who might be more suited to private residential rehab?

    In the case of alcohol addiction, for instance, highly structured treatment programmes in residential rehab are typically most suited to patients with chronic addiction, characterised by consumption of over 25 units of alcohol per day.

    A significant proportion of chronically addicted patients have co-occurring mental health issues with many experiencing suicidal ideation, which can be effectively addressed by efficacious therapy treatments.

    Furthermore, patients with mental health issues, who may struggle with the disciplinary demands of detoxing and recovering at home as a part of an outpatient programme, are more often more suited to personalised programmes.

    Additionally, the prevention of continued drug use during recovery facilitated by residential rehab rules out the potential exacerbation of mental health issues.

    Residential rehab is more suited to patients who might experience particular difficulty with abstinence, for example, individuals who have relapsed after numerous attempts with outpatient treatment programmes.

    There is a strong association between alcohol consumption and domestic violence, with studies demonstrating a positive correlation between the consumption of alcohol and physical aggression specifically.

    Rates of physical aggression toward one’s spouse among alcohol-dependent individuals are approximately three times higher than that of abstainers and so residential rehab may be particularly appropriate for people who have a past of alcohol-related domestic abuse [8].

    Alcohol-dependent individuals with a long history of sustained drinking are more likely to experience severe withdrawal, which may be characterised by alcohol withdrawal seizures,  Delirium tremens, or alcoholic hallucinosis.

    Severe withdrawal is a medical condition that requires 24-hour medical care provided by residential rehab.

    Benzodiazepine medications such as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), lorazepam (Ativan), and Oxazepam (Serax) are used to treat psychomotor agitation experienced in alcohol withdrawal [9].

    In the case of heroin detox, opioid medications such as buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone and suboxone are administered. Medical support and supervision are essential for the administration of these medications.

    Patients who consume immoderate concentrations of alcohol may develop Wernicke’s encephalopathy, an acute syndrome caused by the depletion of vitamin b reserves.

    Wernicke’s encephalopathy causes brain damage in the thalamus and hypothalamus, brain areas involved in motor function and hormone release, and requires prompt medically-assisted treatment to prevent death.

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    Council-funded Rehab In Barnsley


    There may be limited availability for rehab funded by the local council in Barnsley. Council-funded rehab options offer much of the same services as private rehab and have many benefits.

    However, there are also several disadvantages and potential barriers to access to consider.

    Pros of council-funded rehab

    • No cost
    • Anyone with addiction is eligible
    • Central location in Barnsley
    • Close proximity to family, friends, and loved ones

    Cons of council-funded rehab

    • Access is becoming increasingly difficult
    • Long waiting list
    • The admission process may be quite long
    • Residential rehab is not guaranteed
    • Patients may be expected to engage with local day services before being considered for detox and rehab
    • Once admitted, patients may be asked to attend different rehab centres
    • External distractions may hinder the recovery process
    • Patients may not have access to a personal counsellor/therapist

    Alternatives To Drug And Alcohol Rehab


    If you think you might be someone to whom residential rehab is not suited, you are not alone. There is a range of alternative options that have yielded fantastic results for many people who have struggled with substance abuse.

    Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are non-profit international fellowships of people either formally or currently addicted to drugs or alcohol who use a 12-step approach to help each other maintain sobriety.

    The 12 steps are a set of spiritual propositions when incorporated into one’s way of life, can effectively extinguish cravings to use addictive substances and facilitate successful recovery [10].

    Members of AA and NA have concluded that they are unable to control their use of addictive drugs, learning that they must remain abstinent to live an enriching, fulfilling life.

    Importantly, AA and NA members are adamant that they are not anti-drugs or alcohol, and are not associated with any particular cause or religious denomination.

    Rather, people from all walks of life are welcome, and there are no educational or age requirements.

    With over 2 million members, AA and NA groups can be found in 175 countries, including the UK. and Barnsley.

    It is free to join, and members are encouraged to bring partners, friends, or family members along to meetings. New members in particular are encouraged to bring loved ones to group meetings.

    In addition to the 12 spiritual principles of recovery, AA and NA are based upon the group therapy dynamic, wherein people are free to confide in fellow members for emotional support and advice.

    Importantly, the people who founded and currently operate AA and NA groups have a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenology of addiction, that is to say, what the life of an addict is like and the challenges involved in overcoming addiction.

    Empathetic support from experienced and compassionate fellow members can be incredibly helpful in terms of enjoying successful remission.

    Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery)

    SMART recovery is another non-profit organisation that provides free mutual support meetings for anyone with a harmful addiction seeking evidence-based, agentic addiction recovery support [11].

    At SMART recovery meetings, members support each other to work out any complications associated with their addiction.

    SMART recovery is particularly empowering because it places an emphasis on one’s own inherent ability to triumph over the appeal of drugs of abuse and break free from the potentially detrimental shackles of addiction.

    The founders of SMART recovery became annoyed by the absence of alternative options for people looking to recover from addiction, and so they developed an approach to addiction recovery that is based on efficacious therapy treatments.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational enhancement techniques are employed in SMART recovery groups to help people identify and change sub-optimal thoughts and behaviours, and resolve hesitancy about cutting out drug use completely.

    Home Detox

    Although not recommended, especially for people who are severely addicted, detoxing in the comfort of one’s home can be an effective method of addiction recovery for some people.

    For example, if an individual has familial, professional, educational or other personal responsibilities to cater to that prevent them from attending rehab, then home detox may be a more suitable recovery option.

    The danger with home detox lies in the absence of professional oversight when using medications, should they be required.

    Detoxification is the most crucial stage of recovery and can be quite dangerous and potentially deadly if not treated with adequate care and precaution.

    However, home detox may suffice if carried out responsibly by someone whose withdrawal symptoms do not require them to receive professional medical assistance.

    If at all possible, people should attend a reliable rehab facility where they are guaranteed high level, round-the-clock care and support.

    Outpatient treatment in Barnsley

    Patients can also opt for a less regimented, more affordable, yet effective option in outpatient treatment. Outpatient programmes allow patients to continue living in their own homes throughout treatment.

    Those who have a mild addiction to drugs or alcohol that may initiate less severe symptoms of withdrawal may be particularly suited to outpatient treatment.

    Individuals who must continue living at home in order to meet personal responsibilities, and individuals who cannot afford to take time off work, may also prefer outpatient treatment.

    Outpatient treatment requires patients to travel to the treatment facility throughout the week to attend their treatment sessions with counsellors and/or therapists.

    If the use of medication has been deemed an appropriate or necessary part of an individual’s treatment programme, they will be required to visit the treatment facility to collect medication.

    Outpatient treatment does have some disadvantages to be mindful of when choosing a treatment option.

    Unlike residential rehab Barnsley, patients cannot avail of round the clock professional care and advice. Without constant medical assistance, alcohol and drug withdrawal are significantly more difficult to navigate.

    Another crucial aspect of the recovery process is the environment in which patients spend most of their time while coping with withdrawal.

    It is very helpful if patients can manage to steer clear of environments with which they associate drug or alcohol consumption.

    This is usually quite difficult to achieve when living at home.

    Residential rehab facilities in Barnsley provide environments that are conducive to an alcohol/drug-free lifestyle and are more successful as a result.

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    Are You Dealing with an Addiction Problem?


    If you are concerned about your drinking or drug use then this is a fairly reliable sign that you are in trouble. The reality is that most substance abusers will greatly underestimate their difficulties, so even a bit of concern can indicate a much larger problem.

    It is understandable that nobody likes to admit that their drinking and drug use is out of control, but if this is the reality of the situation it will be vital that the person is able to acknowledge this.

    Here are some of the usual signs that a person is dealing with an addiction problem:

    • The person experiences withdrawal symptoms if they try to cut down or stop. This can include flu-like symptoms as well as anxiety and body tremors. In most cases, the withdrawals will be mild, but they can be life-threatening for those who have been abusing alcohol or drugs for many years. The reason why the person suffers withdrawals is that their body will have adapted to the alcohol or drugs and it will now need to adjust to living without them
    • Another common sign of addiction is that the individual needs to take more of the same substance in order to get the same effect. This is referred to as increased tolerance. The fact that the person has to keep taking increasing amounts of the substance means that they are increasing the toxic effects on their body and mind
    • The person has tried in the past to stop or control their substance abuse, but they were unable to sustain this long term. No matter how hard they try they keep on slipping back into substance abuse
    • The individual suspects that their life would be better if they did not use alcohol or drugs
    • They become defensive when other people question their alcohol and drug use. This is often a sign of denial
    • Individual does things that they later regret while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • People who know them claim that the individual’s personality changes when they are under the influence
    • They have needed to take days off work due to hangovers
    • The individual suffers from blackouts. This means that there are periods of time that they are unable to remember while drinking or using drugs. These blackouts can be particularly worrying because the individual could behave really badly and not even remember it
    • The individual has neglected family, work, or social responsibilities due to substance abuse
    • They have lost interest in activities they used to enjoy
    • They do not like to go places unless there is going to be alcohol or drugs available. If they are going to a party they will drink beforehand
    • The person often feels ashamed of their alcohol or drug abuse

    It is important to keep in mind that the person will not need to suffer many of these symptoms in order for them to be considered addicted. The simplest way to describe addition would be to say that the individual is caught up in behaviour that they feel unable to control.

    Addiction Help in Barnsley


    There are a number of options in regards to addiction help in Barnsley including:

    • 12 Step recovery groups – there are English speaking meetings available
    • Alcohol and drug rehabs
    • Therapy sessions
    • Medical help for detox

    We Want to Help You Find the Best Rehab

    The decision about which rehab to choose to help you break away from addiction will have a huge impact on your future. This is where you will have the opportunity to build a foundation for your recovery, and you will want this to be as solid as possible.

    We will be able to help you choose the most appropriate facility. We have a great deal of expertise in this area and we will be able to work with you to decide on your best possible options.

    We will be able to tell you about all your drug and alcohol rehab options, and what you can expect from these facilities. Once you have come to a decision we will then be able to arrange everything for you.

    By contacting us you are under no obligation so call our number right away and together we will find an option that is going to work for you.

    We also offer our drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of locations across the UK, including LondonEssexOxfordshireReadingLutonSloughBerkshireBrighton and more!

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