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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Sunderland

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

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab Sunderland

    Sunderland rehabilitation facilities offer so much to patients, especially when dealing with the tough times associated with withdrawal symptoms.

    The benefits of entering one of these clinics can be had by anybody because, unlike the state-run rehab system, there are no restrictions on the type of patients accepted here.

    These are the reasons why undergoing drug counselling within these drug rehab centres is the best option.

    The UK Government’s 2019 to 2020 drug abuse report showed that between April and March of those two years, there were 270,705 adults in contact with drug and alcohol services.

    132,124 adults also entered treatment in 2019 to 2020.

    Professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland is the best way to recover from any addiction.

    This can take many forms – you don’t necessarily need to go to residential space and you could encounter combinations of many treatments.

    Depending on whether your addiction is physical or psychological, you might need to undergo some kind of detox before you get started too.

    It’s also important to note from the start that addiction is a disease – it’s defined as such because it changes the way your brain works.

    It’s absolutely not a moral failure and you deserve to get help and support.

    If you contact Rehab Recovery, we’ll be able to offer instant support and advice.

    And if you feel like it’s something you need, we can also help you to develop a treatment plan.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    The importance of dual diagnosis during drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland


    Addiction treatment has a strong focus on mental health, as addiction is a symptom of underlying psychiatric disorders.

    Examples include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

    Many people with these disorders are looking to fill voids in their lives – and unfortunately, too many turn to drugs and or/alcohol as a result.

    Rehabs aim to tackle all of the above disorders and more with specific, evidence-based treatments – this can include cognitive behavioural therapy, holistic therapies, dialectal behavioural therapy and/or group therapy.

    It’s very important that we acknowledge any physical or mental conditions you may have while planning out your treatment, so we can treat you appropriately.

    If you’d like to look into the subject further, Mental health. org looks into the connection between drug use and mental health here.

    The importance of abstinence during drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland


    Drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland focuses on abstinence, rather than moderation management.

    While moderation management may seem like an ideal solution, it’s largely ineffective.

    If you’re still consuming drugs and/or alcohol, you’ll likely be at constant risk of going out of control again.

    Furthermore, if you have any health issues from your previous heavy use, you could be putting yourself in danger physically.

    Addiction isn’t a disease that’s ever really fully cured.

    And if it’s still there, it won’t be safe for you as an addiction sufferer to continue to consume these damaging substances, even if you think you’re taking in a “safe” amount.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    The benefits of residential rehab in Sunderland


    Although residential rehab isn’t suitable for everyone (as we’ve detailed below), it could definitely benefit those with more severe addiction issues.

    It gives you a chance to get away and reset, which can be especially good for people currently in toxic environments.

    Even if that doesn’t apply to you, going into a different space for a while could give you a more objective viewpoint on your current life.

    Staying in a residential space will also keep you far away from temptation and there’ll be a full team always on hand in-person, to support your recovery.

    It will also give you more of a chance to meet people with similar experiences, who can truly understand what you’re going through.

    Private vs Council founded rehab treatment


    Private and council founded rehab treatment are both valid options, with many benefits.

    Like all decisions in this process, it’s important to analyse the pros and cons of both, to see which might work best for you.

    Council founded rehab is the most financially accessible of the two, being free and available to all.

    It will also be based in your local area, which is both more comfortable and more convenient for a lot of people.

    On the other hand, private rehabs are often a lot more accessible in the sense that they’re easier to access, without the long waiting list you might have gotten otherwise.

    You’ll also get all the benefits of residential rehab listed above, including 24/7 access to a full team and the chance to fully get away from your current circumstances.

    Private rehabs also often provide more specialised, one to one care.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Is residential rehab right for me?


    Residential rehab is often the best solution for more severe cases, but it isn’t suited for everyone.

    It’s usually best suited to high-risk people, including:

    • Those experiencing suicidal thoughts
    • Those drinking over 25 units of alcohol a day with co-occurring mental health issues
    • People who have significant mental health issues, which are worsened by drug and/or alcohol abuse, who would struggle with an at-home detox
    • People who have failed to remain sober after multiple attempts at at-home treatment
    • People who are known to commit acts of violence against loved ones while intoxicated
    • Those who experience severe withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens and alcoholic seizures
    • Those who have Wernicke’s encephalopathy

    When looking at each individual addiction case, we also use a variety of diagnostic criteria to judge severity.

    One of the most prominent of these is the DSM-IV-TR.

    Its 7 points are:

    1. Hazardous use
    2. Social or interpersonal problems relating to the use
    3. Neglected major roles to use
    4. Withdrawal
    5. Tolerance
    6. Used larger amounts for longer
    7. Repeated attempts to control the use or quit

    The alternatives to residential rehab


    Although residential rehab is usually best in higher-risk cases, there are multiple alternatives if it’s not for you.

    One of the best known and most prominent is support groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous.

    These groups give people suffering from addiction a safe, secure space to let out all of their feelings and support one another.

    AI Anon family group meetings also function in the same way, but this time designed for affected family members.

    On the opposite side to both of those, SMART Recovery puts an emphasis on self-sufficiency.

    Using this strategy, you’ll learn to manage your own recovery, controlling your own cravings and urges.

    If you have a mild addiction, you might only need an at-home detox.

    We should emphasize that this is very different to an unmanaged detox, as you’ll have the full support of a professional team and will be given medication to curb often dangerous and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

    At-home detoxes are a part of outpatient treatment via a local drug and alcohol team in Sunderland, where you’ll be in continual contact with us while staying at home for your recovery.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    The admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland


    Now let’s discuss two further criteria used to measure the severity of addiction cases.

    The first is the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) patient placement criteria, which specifically uses 6 dimensions.

    1. Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential – How likely are you to experience withdrawal symptoms if and when you attempt to stop? How severe are your potential withdrawal symptoms?
    2. Biomedical conditions and complications – Do you have any underlying physical conditions which could effect your recovery?
    3. Emotional, behavioural or cognitive conditions or complications – On a similar note, are there any background mental health issues we should know about?
    4. Readiness to change – Recovery often requires major lifestyle changes – how prepared are you for that right now?
    5. Relapse, continued use or continued problem potential – How likely are you to relapse?
    6. Recovery environment – What environment are you recovering in?

    The DSM-5 also provides us with three levels of severity, to measure addiction on a scale: 1 is at risk, 2 is moderate and 3 is severe.

    Finally, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, often shortened to AUDITs, asks 10 questions about your alcohol use and its consequences.

    It’s divided into three sections, with each answer on the scale being worth a certain number of points.

    A score above 8 is a cause for concern, while a score above 13 indicates dependency.

    Each section focuses on a different aspect of alcohol addiction – the subject of the first is intake:

    1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
    2. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you’re drinking?
    3. How often have you had 6 or more units if female, 8 or more if male, on a single occasion in the last year?

    The second section then focuses on dependency, asking:

    1. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
    2. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?
    3. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

    Questions 7 to 10 then cover consequences:

    1. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
    2. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
    3. Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking?
    4. Has a relative or friend, or a doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking and suggested you cut down?

    When is professional intervention needed?


    Professional intervention is needed at a point where the person suffering from the addiction is unable to get help without motivation.

    In a traditional intervention, family and friends will gather to speak to the person directly about their issues.

    Guided by a professional interventionalist, they’ll read out letters detailing how the addiction has affected both them personally and their relationship with the person that they’re speaking to.

    They’ll also discuss how they would like things to change moving forward and why they think the person should seek out help.

    Interventions are a vital part of many recovery journeys, as they give the addict an outside perspective.

    A traditional intervention isn’t the only path you can take: the Community Reinforcement and Family Training, or CRAFT, the approach can also be highly beneficial.

    It teaches families how to effectively support and communicate with someone with an addiction.

    Using the CRAFT approach, family members and other loved ones will positively reinforce the person.

    How much does drug and alcohol rehab n Sunderland cost?


    The main factors that influence the price of drug and alcohol rehab in Sunderland, or anywhere else, are:

    • The amount of time you spend in rehab
    • Your room choice (single or multiple occupancies)
    • The kind of treatment you choose, particularly at home or residential
    • Where you choose to go for your treatment

    A 10-day detox with a single occupancy room usually comes to about £3,000 to £6,000.

    If you for a multiple occupancy room instead, the price then goes down to £2,000 to £4,000.

    A 28 day stay with a single occupancy room then goes up to £8,000 to £12,000, while multiple occupancies are around £6,000.

    Finally, if you’re just going for an at-home detox, you should expect to pay around £1,500.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Tips for choosing the right drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland


    When looking at all of your choices for drug and alcohol rehab in Sunderland, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re inexperienced.

    There are a lot of options to sort through and a lot of choices to be made, including:

    • Which organisation should you choose?
    • Should you go for inpatient or outpatient treatment?
    • What therapies would work best for you?

    There are a few ways you can sort through all of this, and start to get an idea of the right path.

    The first is to try and do as much research as you can, while also keeping in mind what may or may not work for your specific addiction.

    You should also take any underlying physical or mental conditions into account.

    When looking at organisations you might want to get in touch with, you should compare and contrast by looking at their track records.

    Then, look at reviews and try to find out as much as you can about the treatments they offer, while also looking at costs to check whether it’s affordable to you.

    If you’re really stuck, you could even create a pros and cons list including all of these factors.

    What is a detox, and do I need one?


    After a long period of heavy use, you might develop what’s known as dependency.

    This is where your body becomes physically and/or psychologically dependent on the substances you’re addicted to, or to alcohol.

    This then means that you’ll experience physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if and when you try to stop using or drinking.

    With physical addictions in particular, this can become highly unpleasant or even dangerous.

    Physical withdrawal symptoms can range from vomiting and sweats to seizures, hallucinations and delirium tremens.

    Each addiction also comes with different withdrawal symptoms, although there is some crossover.

    Detoxes are provided by rehabs and are designed to help you avoid these symptoms as you recover, through a slow reduction in your intake, as well as medication.

    For alcohol specifically, we recommend a Librium based detox over a 10 day period to reduce the risk of withdrawal seizures, followed by a further 3 weeks of mental health treatments to tackle the emotional causes of your addiction.

    Towards the end of your treatment, in the stage known as aftercare,  we’ll also help you with relapse prevention planning and trigger identification.

    We’ll look at any lifestyle changes you might need to implement, whilst also looking at your potential triggers and helping you learn to identify and work through them.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    How long does drug and alcohol rehab in Sunderland last?


    We’d recommend a minimum of 7 days for alcohol detox, which is physical as alcohol is physically addictive.

    Then, it’s likely that you’ll need a further 28 days to focus on recovery and rehabilitation using various kinds of therapy.

    This is necessary in nearly all addiction cases, as nearly all addictions have to root underlying mental health issues.

    The kind of mental health treatments you’re recommended may vary depending on your exact conditions and circumstances.

    It could range from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which aims to eliminate toxic thinking and behaviour patterns, to holistic treatments like art and music therapy.

    If you’re addicted to something that’s psychologically rather than physically addictive, you won’t require a physical detox, as you won’t get physical withdrawal symptoms.

    A few examples of addictions that require physical detoxes are benzos, opioids like heroin and alcohol.

    A couple of addictions that do not are cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines.

    Rehab for Cocaine in Sunderland


    As cocaine isn’t physically addictive, it won’t require a physical detox.

    It does, however, produce psychological withdrawal symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, restlessness, depression, anxiety, slowed thinking and even suicidal thoughts.

    Although these aren’t physically dangerous and therefore won’t require a medical detox, it’s important to be aware of them, especially if you have a more severe addiction.

    Cocaine is also highly addictive, as it creates a high followed by a crash as it makes your dopamine levels spike.

    As dopamine is a hormone that controls your mood, this then negatively impacts you if you’ve developed a dependency.

    If you’re in rehab for cocaine specifically, the focus will be on mental health treatments.

    More information on cocaine rehab is available here.

    Rehab for Heroin in Sunderland


    Heroin is highly physically addictive – if you’re addicted to it, then your treatment will start off with a full detox, to get it fully out of your system while avoiding dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

    With the right medication, you’ll likely only experience flu-like symptoms for 2 to 7 days.

    Medications often used during heroin treatment include Buprenorphine, which stimulates the same part of your brain that is stimulated by heroin, Methadone, which works in a similar way,

    Naltrexone, which stops heroin from having an effect if you do take it, and Suboxone, which is a combination of Naltrexone and Buprenorphine.

    Rehab for Cannabis in Sunderland


    It’s been predicted that around 30% of cannabis users have some kind of abuse problem.

    It’s often seen as less dangerous and is far more socially accepted than other drugs on this list.

    But if you feel like you can’t function without it, or that you’re experiencing psychological or minor physical withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using it, don’t let this perception stop you from seeking help.

    Some withdrawal symptoms specifically associated with cannabis include:

    • Loss of focus
    • Headaches
    • Depression
    • Chills
    • Insomnia/a disrupted sleep pattern.

    As cannabis isn’t physically addictive, it won’t require a physical detox.

    So any treatment for cannabis addiction will primarily be focused on your mind rather than your physical health.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Kinds of therapy on offer through drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland


    To combat the underlying psychological causes of addiction, rehabs use various kinds of therapy and counselling.

    This includes:

    • Cognitive behavioural therapy, targets the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns known as cognitive distortions, often through real-life scenarios.
    • Dialectical behavioural therapy uses the same model as DBT, but this time it teaches you how to process emotions.
    • Brief interventions, and check-ins so the professionals helping you to recover can monitor your progress and make sure you’re ok.
    • Motivational interviewing encourages you to change and re-examine your behaviour via a series of non-judgmental questions.
    • Holistic therapies, an umbrella term for therapies that focus on healing the whole self, that comes from the Greek “Holos”, meaning whole. Examples include music therapy, art therapy, adventure therapy and equine therapy.
    • Group therapy, allows you to heal amongst like-minded people.
    • Individual therapy will focus more on your specific issues.
    • Family therapy can be a huge help to families trying to heal from the damage caused by addiction.
    • Co-dependency treatment can help to heal relationships where one person’s needs are put over another’s to a toxic extent.
    • Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF), uses the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous to layout your healing journey.

    Some of the most important parts of this are accepting that you have a problem, accepting a higher power, accepting help and working to continue your journey.

    Relapse prevention plans during drug and alcohol rehab in Sunderland


    Drug and alcohol rehab Sunderland, or anywhere else, generally takes place in 3 stages: detoxification (if it’s a physical addiction), rehabilitation and aftercare.

    Leading up to that third stage, in particular, rehabs will work to form a relapse prevention plan, with several important factors included.

    • The first is any lifestyle changes you may need to make post-recovery, whether they’re professional or personal.
    • The second is any triggers you may experience – we’ll teach you how to process them, so they don’t lead to relapse post-treatment.
    • A third and final one mentioned here is a plan for if you do relapse.

    If there’s a plan in place detailing exactly what should happen and who should be contacted, you’ll be in a much safer position.

    Several strategies are also used at this point, with one major example being HALT.

    HALT stands for the emotions that it teaches you to recognise and handle: Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.

    All of these can lead to relapse if they’re not monitored correctly, which is why HALT focuses on them.

    Much like holistic therapies, mind-body meditation also focuses on your whole self, mostly in the context of removing stress.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Withdrawal Help


    Withdrawal symptoms are some of the most devastating things people will experience as they enter drug rehab centres. Drug rehabilitation will seek to help people cope with these problems.

    Firstly, the type of addiction is assessed. It’s essential these things are assessed because it will determine the response they gain from the facility itself.

    Minor addictions can be handled by simply keeping a watch over the individual. If they feel as if they are about to fade somebody can step in to help them. A lot of the time, minor addictions can be resisted by sheer willpower

    More serious addictions warrant an entirely different approach altogether. This will involve special medications.

    These medications help by replicating the feeling of taking the drug, but at the same time, they don’t have any of the addictive qualities commonly associated with that same drug. In other words, it removes the body’s dependency

    Targeting the Source


    The source of the addiction has to be targeted before long term abstinence can be thought about. This is done through continuous alcohol and drug counselling

    Drug rehab in Sunderland will involve private counselling and group counselling to help patients cope with their issues

    The important thing to mention is the goal isn’t to purge these memories and experiences from the person’s memory. Drug rehabilitation must help the individual cope with these experiences, thus eliminating the need to turn to drugs and alcohol again

    Group support and private counselling are used together in significant capacities to better help people cope with their issues without putting too much strain on them

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Long Struggle


    Drug clinics acknowledge they won’t be able to completely cure an addiction. Completely obliterating an addiction from somebody’s life takes many long months and years to accomplish

    The clinics in Sunderland are designed to lay the foundations of a successful bout of treatment. Ultimately, it’s up to the patient to continue the good work set in place during their time within residential rehab

    There’s always the risk of a relapse, but the good thing is there are mechanisms in place to prevent this. The main mechanism is aftercare.

    Aftercare programs are offered by each of these rehab facilities to prolong the support given within residential rehab

    Patients are directed to more localised walk-in centres where they can still undergo detoxification and counselling sessions with the same high standard of a counsellor.

    And if any relapses do occur, people should always know they are welcome to enter residential rehab again

    Former residents are always welcomed back into the mix with open arms. Nobody judges anybody who has to repeat their treatment programs

    Differences in Rehabilitation Centres


    When choosing a rehab centre, it is essential that patients look into each option carefully. Although the goal of every clinic is the same; to free people from their addiction, the methods used to do that are slightly different in each place.

    • 2 step programsThese are generalised programs dealing with the different stages of rehab, taking people through from detox to being completely independent
    • Personalised, targeted programsThese offer specific help for a patient’s exact needs. Substance abuse is a huge umbrella of cases that are actually incredibly unique from one another. Sometimes, going for a general program may provide good foundations to work on but for an addict to truly move on from their addiction, they might need a specialised program tailored to them
    • Inpatient/ Residential treatment Residents of a rehab centre stay at the clinic throughout the course of their treatment. They are provided with 24-hour care seven days a week. They will have a timetable of classes, therapy sessions and even chores to do around the centre to teach them responsibility
    • OutpatientHere patients will go home at the end of the day. They might attend all classes and treatments just like a resident, or they could simply come to select groups and pick up medication a few times a week
    • Holistic treatment – Many people believe in a more holistic approach to rehabilitation. Such clinics may offer popular holistic therapies such as acupuncture.

    If a substance abuser is finding it difficult to decide which rehab to go for, they should ask to speak to somebody.

    Members of staff at rehab centres are not interested in getting as many people through the door as possible; they are simply there to help people.

    So each rehab centre will be honest in advising which clinics to choose and the reasons why.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Abstaining for Good


    Rehab takes hard work and dedication. Nobody can do the work of the addict, and ultimately only they can change their lives around by learning from the staff at rehabilitation centres and taking their advice.

    Every skill that is learnt at the clinics should be used in the outside world to serve as a stepping stone to advancement or simply as a distraction.

    Keeping in touch with people from rehab who remain clean is a good way to start building a new circle of friends who have a positive influence on the addict instead of a negative one.

    Gaining employment as soon as possible is as good for the heart and soul as it is for the bank.

    Returning to society in such a responsible way can have a huge impact on a substance abuser’s life. They may begin to see the potential that they have to live a more fulfilling life.

    Unfortunately, relapse is always a possibility, but there is no shame in this. Many people who go to rehab are dealing with addictions for years.

    One month may not be enough to quash the addiction but if the person keeps trying and returning to rehab, they stand a chance of overcoming their demons the next time around

    Contacting Rehab Recovery

    For more information on detox and rehab options in Sunderland, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86.

    When you contact us, we shall outline a variety of treatment options that are available to you in Sunderland.

    This includes both private and statutory addiction treatments.

    We also offer our rehab services across a variety of locations within the UK, such as BristolDevonSomersetDorsetCornwallBath and more!

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