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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Belfast

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

    Drug & Alcohol Rehab Belfast

    If you are dealing with an addiction problem in Belfast, we want to help you. We understand that there are few addiction recovery options open to you locally and that you may be working hard to hide your problems with alcohol or drugs.

    Dealing with this type of problem alone can be frustrating and very lonely, but there is help available for you.

    Contact us right now and we will be able to go over some of your options. Alternatively, you can use the contact form on the contact us page.

    We offer a service that is discrete, and confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us.

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

    Levels of addiction in Northern Ireland

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    Problems with addiction are not confined to people from particular backgrounds, or from particular countries.  Just like anywhere else, Northern Ireland has people who struggle with substance use disorders.

    Sadly, the battle with addiction in Belfast is increasing.  The number of deaths from drug use in Northern Ireland has doubled over the last 10 years¹.

    What is addiction?

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    It is unfortunate that many people still hold negative opinions about those who struggle with addiction issues.  Some people still think that having addictions makes someone into a sort of bad person.

    Addiction is now known however to be caused by the physical effects of chemicals in the brain.  No one becomes an addict by choice or because of some moral failure. 

    Part of the workings of our brains includes the sending of signals to different areas through certain connections and particular chemicals.  The chemical that causes our brains to want to repeat a particular behaviour is called dopamine.

    Dopamine is released when we do anything that the body realises does something good for us.  For example, dopamine is released when what we eat tastes good, when we do exercise, and when we have sex.

    When people consume addictive substances, like alcohol and heroin, the brain releases enormous amounts of dopamine.  These dopamine levels are far beyond what is released when we experience those normal pleasures of life.

    This ‘surge’ of dopamine is what makes the body think that the substance needs to be consumed again and again.  The body starts to think there is nothing more important.

    People who become addicted often have a mixture of three different things going on in their lives:

    1. They are using an addictive substance regularly.
    2. They have other issues related to mental well-being such as significant stress, depression, or the effects of trauma.
    3. They lack healthy, supportive relationships to some degree.

    The way these different areas manifest will be distinct for everyone and will be true to a greater or lesser extent.  However, it is common that elements of each of the three areas are present.

    As this addictive behaviour becomes more and more powerful, other areas of life begin to become seriously affected and this is the stage when going to rehab might be the best possible step.

    What if I have other mental health issues?

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    It would be rare to find someone suffering from addictions issues who didn’t also have other mental health issues, to some degree, as well. 

    Among the most prevalent mental health issues suffered by people with substance use disorders are depression and anxiety.

    Rehabs are therefore geared to helping people deal with many of these other possible issues.  The treatment offered is evidence-based and offered by professionally trained therapeutic staff.

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

    Will rehab help me to drink normally?

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    When you attend a drug & alcohol rehab Belfast, the aim of the programme will be to help you come to the point of living totally abstinent from drugs and alcohol. 

    Rehab does not try to help you learn how to ‘control’ your drug and alcohol use.

    Abstinence is the only way that can guarantee that the hijacking of the brain by dopamine caused by addictive substances will not happen again.

    What are the benefits of going to rehab?

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    No one could ever say that trying to recover from addiction is easy.

    Continued substance misuse produces pathways in the brain that make the brain think the behaviour is the normal way for it to function.  These physically imprinted pathways are what make it so difficult to make alternative decisions.

    Establishing new pathways in the brain is at the very centre of what is necessary in order to conquer addictive behaviours.  Making the decision to stop is the vital first step, then continuing new healthy behaviours gradually starts to establish new connections in the brain.

    Rehab provides an environment that is built entirely around assisting with the making of good, healthy decisions. 

    The reason residential rehab is so effective in combatting addiction is that it provides a place where the triggers and reminders of old routines are no longer present.  This gives the brain a greater opportunity to start establishing new ways of working and reacting.

    Recovering from addiction is not easy:  your mind and body are trying to operate in a completely new way and this can be physically and emotionally exhausting.

    Many people who spend time in rehab also come to realise just how important it has been to be in a place where regular nourishment, sleep and exercise are also part of the routine. 

    Not only is this important for physical and emotional recovery but many addiction sufferers have long neglected this good and healthy behaviour and rehab helps to restart new choices.

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

    How is a private rehab different from a council-funded rehab?

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    The decision of which rehab to choose can seem hugely confusing.  One of the main questions may well be regarding the differences between private and council-funded rehabs.

    Anyone who has been part of the council-run system for getting access to substance misuse recovery services will know that waiting times can be extensive.  This is particularly true when it comes to waiting times for rehabs.

    Choosing a private rehab reduces this waiting time almost entirely.  Some private rehabs may need to ask a client to wait a few days for a space to become available but often there is no wait necessary at all.

    Other differences between private rehabs and council-funded places are direct reflections of the financial situation facing each institution.  Such financial challenges may be reflected in things like staff qualifications, as well as the physical attributes of the place itself.

    Is rehab suitable for everyone?

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    It would be silly to suggest that everyone who looks at the possibility of going to rehab is in a suitable position to be able to go straight away. 

    People have differences in physical and mental health or attitudes toward their substance use which means that rehab is not the correct option at that particular time.

    When it comes to the question of attitude towards substance use, every addiction sufferer will be at a different stage in their “relationship” with their substance of choice. 

    This might range from desperation to stop as soon as possible, to feeling that they just want to regain some sense of control over their level of use.

    On the subject of physical and mental health conditions that some addiction sufferers might also have, these will depend on their nature and severity when it comes to whether a particular rehab has the facilities to be able to accommodate each person’s individual needs.

    One thing that each rehab will certainly want to clarify is that there are no physical or mental conditions present which means they would not be able to carry out any necessary detox safely.

    What are the alternatives to going to rehab?

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    There are other ways of recovery from substance use disorders.  For some people, these have been highly effective, and if rehab is not a suitable choice at the moment, these alternatives are definitely worth investigating.

    Possibly the most widespread programme of recovery available is the 12 Step Programme, made famous by the first group of its kind, Alcoholics Anonymous

    There are also other 12 Step groups now established that deal with other substances specifically, e.g. Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, and many more.

    Local councils may well have their own substance use disorder recovery services that will offer their own variety of different services and methods. 

    These will vary from place to place and so it is recommended that you contact your local council to see what is available.

    SMART Recovery is another alternative substance misuse recovery programme that is becoming more and more widespread.

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

    Who can go to rehab?

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    There is no straightforward answer to this as everyone is different.  However, if you want to go to rehab we recommend you get in contact with us so that we can look at the possibilities.

    There are just a few things that rehab will want to look at with each individual in order to see where they are in their recovery journey and to help discover any other underlying issues that may need to be looked at.

    There are six areas that will be explored:

    1. What has your journey of substance use and recovery been so far?
    2. Have you got any physical health conditions that need to be taken into account?
    3. How is your emotional and mental well-being?
    4. How are you feeling about stopping using substances?
    5. Have you tried stopping in the past, what were the challenges?
    6. Have you got the support you need to help stay stopped?

    All these areas will help give an overall picture of how best to help you make the changes you need.

    What is the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test?

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    The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test is a set of 10 questions used to provide a snapshot of how severe a person’s alcohol misuse is at any particular time.

    The questions contained in the test cover various aspects of how the individual is currently using alcohol.  Each answer carries a particular score.

    A score over 13 indicates the presence of an alcohol use disorder.  Any score over 8 would also give cause to believe that some sort of help is required.

    Professional intervention with a loved one

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    For some people, one of the key steps in getting them to seriously consider the impact of their alcohol or drug use both on themselves and on those around them is the experience of professional intervention.

    This kind of intervention might not be familiar to many, as people can tend to think that doctors, therapists, and other professionals in addiction services, are not available for such individual work.

    However, intervention by a professional has been seen to be very effective in helping someone lost in substance misuse to come to a clearer understanding of their situation. 

    Because of this, most professionals are only too happy to help with providing such an intervention.

    Such an intervention can sound quite daunting to all involved, but there are evidence-based methods for carrying out such interventions that have been shown to be extremely positive.

    One particular method of intervention is called the Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT)

    The CRAFT method of intervention takes a holistic approach to the intervention, helping the family as a whole to look at the effects addiction is having and to find ways of moving forward that are supportive for everyone.

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

    How much does it cost to go to rehab?

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    Rehab costs vary slightly from place to place and we will help you look at what variables affect prices.

    For example, if you want only to stay in rehab for the ten days necessary to have a detox, then the price would be between £2000 and £4000.  If you want to have a single room for this period then prices are between £3000 and £6000.

    If you would like to stay at rehab for 28 days this would cost around £6000, though if you want to have a single room during this time, prices would be between £8000 and £12000.

    Some people decide to opt for a home detox.  This still involves the issuing of medication to help with withdrawal symptoms but the process is carried out at an individual home, with medication being provided daily, and supervision normally taking place via phone calls. 

    The price for a home detox is around £1500

    How do I choose the right rehab Belfast?

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    When choosing which rehab you would like to attend, some of the differences between places might be related to things like location or quality of accommodation. 

    Other differences might be more to do with the methods of recovery each particular place emphasises.

    We will help you consider the differences between places but some things are vital to look for in any rehab:

    • A rehab that has received plenty of good reviews
    • A rehab with high success rates.
    • Somewhere that makes you feel positive after you have spoken to them.

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

    What is a detox, and do I need one?

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    The vast majority of people who go to rehab due to physical dependence on alcohol or drugs require some form of medical detox to help them stop using their substances.

    Detox is necessary because addiction to certain substances also involves a physical dependency.  This means that not only does the brain want the substance, but the body now only knows how to function with the addictive substance present.

    When physical dependence occurs the body begins to rebel when the substance is no longer in the system and this is what causes withdrawal symptoms.

    Different substances can cause different withdrawal symptoms and this will determine whether you require a form of detox. 

    Detoxes in rehab are medically assisted which means that the process will involve the taking of particular medications to help the body deal with the withdrawal symptoms. 

    This will be accompanied by medical supervision by staff to ensure that the process is being carried out safely and as comfortably as possible.

    Withdrawal from alcohol dependence can not only be uncomfortable but also dangerous.  This is because alcohol withdrawal leads to delirium tremens which can result in seizures. 

    Perhaps the most common medication used during alcohol withdrawal is a medication called Librium.

    Over the course of around 10 days, the medication is administered to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and is gradually reduced as the symptoms improve.

    How long does rehab last?

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    The length of time someone stays in rehab is the best decision based on several factors.  Firstly, whether they have a physical dependence on a substance that requires a medical detox.

    This will determine how the first period of their time in rehab is spent.  Detox time differs depending on what substance a person is being detoxed from. 

    Alcohol detox will take a minimum of seven days, whilst other substance addictions will require slightly different procedures.

    Addiction can involve a complex mix of other factors that also need to begin to be dealt with in order for recovery to be long-lasting

    It has been seen that the more time someone stays in rehab, the more chance they give themselves of establishing healthy patterns of behaviour that will last.

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

    Rehab for cocaine addiction

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    An addiction to cocaine does not produce physical dependence, therefore it is not necessary to have a detox. 

    Going to rehab for cocaine addiction requires time concentrating on personal therapy as well as learning methods to identify and avoid triggers.

    The use of cocaine is often linked to particular areas of life such as work pressure or how someone likes to enjoy themselves.  Rehab provides a window of time where new ways can be learnt for dealing with stress and breaking the link with old habits.

    Rehab for heroin addiction

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    Heroin is highly addictive and the body can very quickly become physically dependent.  The majority of people who come to rehab for heroin addiction will be in need of medical detox to help them break the physical dependence.

    A heroin detox nearly always takes longer than the 10-day alcohol detox procedure. 

    The medication (often buprenorphine) is reduced at a slower rate in order to try and make the withdrawal as comfortable as possible.

    As with other substances, it is then vital that time is taken by the individual to learn ways of avoiding falling back into heroin use, as well as looking at learning new, healthier behaviours for coping with life.  This will all be part of the rehab process.

    Rehab for cannabis addiction

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    A cannabis addiction does not require a medical detox.  However, breaking the habit of cannabis use still requires a concentrated effort in learning new tools for avoiding falling back into addictive behaviours.

    Going to rehab provides a new environment for the addiction sufferer to try and reset their former patterns of behaviour.    

    Trying to stop cannabis use in one’s own environment can sometimes be far too difficult due to pressures from familiar triggers or from other people.

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

    Types of therapies available in rehab

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    When you choose to attend one of the drug and alcohol rehabs Belfast there will likely be a variety of different therapeutical tools used and made available to try and help you with the particular struggles you personally are facing.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is very well known in the substance misuse treatment community.  There is lots of evidence showing how effective it is in dealing with addictive behaviours related to a variety of different substances. 

    This form of therapy might be described as very practical as it looks at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.  You are then helped to try and form different reactions to negative influences, and make positive choices in place of negative previous habits.

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic tool that concentrates on helping people move on in their attitudes to their substance use.  For many sufferers of substance misuse, it can be a real challenge to reach the point of actually wanting to give up. 

    MI is about accompanying people in looking at how their substance use has developed and progressed and what changes would be truly best for them.

    Many rehabs take an approach to addiction recovery that draws a lot from the Twelve Steps that were first developed as central to the methodology of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    The Twelve Steps programme, whether in AA or any of the many other addiction recovery groups that use it, has been effective at offering recovery from substance use disorders to many thousands of people.

    If you would like to know more about what therapeutic services are available at the different rehabs in and around Belfast, please do get in contact with us.

    What happens after rehab?

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    It would be nice to think that after spending a few weeks in rehab, a person could confidently feel cured of their substance use disorder.  Unfortunately, the nature of this illness is that recovery from it is something that needs to be maintained, and it is not possible to receive a “once and for all” cure.

    Maintaining recovery from addiction is not a complicated procedure, it just requires commitment from the individual to doing the things that they know will keep them well.

    When you are getting ready to leave rehab, you will be helped to put together a plan for yourself that will include all the things that will help keep addictive behaviours at bay. 

    Central to this will be looking after your own continued mental and emotional wellbeing.

    For example, you may be offered the possibility of continuing personal therapy.  For many people, personal therapy can provide a way of keeping a check on personal welfare during the early months of recovery.

    There are a vast array of other services available too that your rehab will help you organise. 

    Most rehabs offer their own forms of ongoing support and they will also help you look at what things will be important for you in order to help you stay happy and well, long into the future.

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

    What Are Your Addiction Treatment Options in Belfast?

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    In order to get the addiction treatment help that you need you are probably going to have to look outside of Belfast.

    There are a number of advantages to choosing this type of medical tourism including:

    • By going to rehabs in the UK mainland for addiction help, you will be able to protect your anonymity. Nobody in Belfast needs ever know that you have left the country for addiction help – you can just tell people that you are going on holiday. If you are really worried about confidentiality, you do not even need to use your real name in most private rehabs.
    • The great thing about the popularity of medical tourism is that it provides people with more options. This means that they can find quality treatments that cost less than most western countries. It is possible to go to a luxury rehab in somewhere like Thailand for a fraction of the price you would pay in places like the UK.
    • One of the advantages of going to a rehab in a different country from where you normally reside is that it means a change of scenery. The stresses and responsibilities that usually act as triggers for this behaviour will not be there. It is also easier to get a new perspective on life when you are staying somewhere different.
    • The reality is that there are not many options for people dealing with addiction problems in Belfast. The only viable option is to go elsewhere for the help they need.

    Can You Break Away from Addiction Without Treatment?

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    There are examples of people who have managed to break away from addiction without any real type of official help.

    Most substance abusers will be able to go a few weeks, months, or even years through a method known as white-knuckling. The problem for people caught in addiction is not usually stopping, but in staying stopped and building a good life.

    The reasons why it can be so difficult for people to break away from addiction alone will include:

    • When people stop substance abuse they will usually be still left with the triggers that drove them into addiction in the first place. The reality is that this type of behaviour does not solve anything, it just hides things under the carpet, and when the person becomes sober, they are back facing those things again. Unless they are able to develop new ways of dealing with these roots of addiction the individual is highly likely to relapse or fall into new maladaptive behaviours. It is the job of rehab to allow the individual to get to the root of their problem so that they can be truly free.
    • Just because a person becomes physically sober, it does not automatically mean that their life will improve significantly. The person may become what is known as a “dry drunk” – this means that they are sober, but their behaviour continues much as it always did. In order to become truly sober, the individual has to develop a new relationship with life and a new way of dealing with things. The aim is not to get the person back to where they were before the addiction, but for them to enjoy a new and much-improved way of living – something that will be worth staying sober for.
    • It is common for people to fall into addiction problems at a young age before they have had an opportunity to develop effective coping strategies. Becoming sober does not mean that people are exempt from the vicissitudes of life – nobody gets a free ride. The aim of recovery is not to learn how to avoid the stresses of living, but to become better able to manage them. By entering rehab, the individual will have the opportunity to develop the skills they are going to need for this.
    • The first real hurdle when it comes to breaking away from addiction is making it through the detox stage. This usually involves at least some uncomfortable symptoms. The person who is going through withdrawals knows that they can stop them at any time by giving up, and it will be hard for them to resist this temptation.

    The majority of people who try to break away from addiction will give up at this stage. By entering rehab, the individual will be supported through detox, and they will be far more likely to see it through. There will also be treatments available that can make the process a bit easier.

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

    Contact Us Now for Addiction Help in Belfast

    There is no time to waste. If you are dealing with an addiction problem, you are going to need help right away. The risk is that if you delay you could lose your motivation to quit, and there is no guarantee that this will ever return.

    We are ready now to take your call, and we will help you in any way we can.

    When you contact us, you are not under any obligation to do anything – we can just have a chat about your current situation and the possible solutions available to you.

    Many of our team members have personal experience with dealing with addiction, so they will have a good understanding of what you are going through.

    So call us right now on 0800 088 66 86 or contact us through our contact form. We take your privacy seriously and we will always act discretely.

    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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