South East England is relatively low on the radar of drug and alcohol use.
Whilst the North East has been labelled as the ‘drug death capital’ for its drug-related death rates that are double that of the country’s average, the South East rarely crops up in these articles.
However, this does not mean that the many counties in the South East of England are free from substance misuse.
Rates of use for these substances have been rising steadily since 2012, with a huge increase in cannabis use in the past 5 years.
This shows that there is still work to be done in many parts of South East England.
If you are someone looking to find treatment for a substance use disorder or addiction in this area, feel free to reach out to us today on 0800 088 66 86.
You Are Not At Fault
It can be incredibly easy to blame yourself for becoming addicted to substances.
However, though there is always an element of choice, it can sometimes feel like we have none at all.
Substance use can begin for many reasons, including:
- A pressuring friend
- A stressful job
- An abusive partner
- A traumatic event or memory
- An unstable household
Life can simply become too much for some, but addiction is never the aim, just the consequence.
No matter how you got here, there is a way out.
You must begin to view your addiction for what it is – a disease that needs treatment.
Once you have adopted this mindset, you can begin to lift the blame from yourself and put in the work needed in order to recover.
Abstinence From Substances
To abstain from something means to stop the action completely.
When it comes to drug and alcohol addictions, abstinence is the sudden termination of substance use as a form of treatment.
It is a controversial method of treatment – it is often labelled too tough to maintain or too demanding of clients.
However, abstinence provides a quick and safe way forwards for those dealing with severe addictions to begin their recovery journey.
In some cases, this can actually lead to more damage being done to the body.
In contrast, abstinence ensures that no further harm can be done simply because the substance use is immediately halted.
Detoxing From Drugs Or Alcohol
Detoxing from certain substances is highly necessary.
The first purpose of a detox is to rid the body of any toxins left behind from your substance use.
Its second purpose is to manage and treat the symptoms of withdrawal that occur as a result of this quick adjustment.
Detox must be carried out before any other treatment can begin – this includes any forms of therapy and counselling.
This is to ensure your body has the time to slowly adjust to the sudden lack of substance and recover from any damage caused by the drugs or alcohol you have consumed.
During your detox, it is highly likely that you will experience several withdrawal symptoms as your body deals with this internal change.
These side effects of withdrawal usually subside within a week or two, but some rarer symptoms can continue for up to a year – though this is usually only in clients who have experienced much more severe or lengthy addictions.
Some withdrawal symptoms you may experience include:
- Muscle pain
- Mood swings
Rest assured the team at your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in South East England will be highly-trained and prepared for your detox.
They will be on hand 24/7 with the necessary medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms and will also be able to offer emotional support throughout the entire process.
Treatment In Rehabilitation
Throughout your time in a drug and alcohol rehab in South East England, you will inevitably take part in multiple methods of therapy and counselling.
Each form of therapy works on a different aspect of recovery from addiction, so participating in many differing forms ensures you receive well-rounded treatment that covers every base possible.
Some examples of therapies to expect include:
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Motivation Enhancement Therapy (MET)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Individual therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Non-traditional holistic therapies, including art therapy, adventure therapy, music therapy, equine therapy, etc.
Private VS Council-Funded Addiction Treatment
Rehab can be acquired either through a private service or a public service.
Each option for addiction treatment comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it is up to you to sift through to find the route that works best for you.
To help in this important decision, we’ve laid out some of the main benefits and downfalls of each option.
The benefits of private treatment include:
- Referrals to other, specialist clinics if necessary
- The same therapist throughout your treatment journey
- 24/7 professional support
- Personalised treatment
- Aftercare services and relapse prevention planning
- Highly-trained staff
- A safe, medically guided detox
- The chance to make connections with other clients who are also recovering from addiction
- No distractions or temptations
- A fast admission process
- A short waiting list means you receive treatment as soon as possible
- Effective treatment, medication and therapy for the physical and mental side of addiction
The disadvantages of private treatment may include:
- Often expensive
- You are away from home for a long period of time in residential rehab – though this can be viewed as an advantage to some
The benefits of council-funded treatment include:
- Free of charge
- Accessible to everyone
- Close to your home and family – though this can be viewed as a disadvantage to some
- The chance to make connections with other people who are also recovering from addiction
The disadvantages of council-funded treatment may include:
- You may have to travel to visit different clinics throughout your treatment journey
- You may have to see different therapists throughout your treatment journey
- A slower admissions process
- Longer waiting lists for treatment
- Not as likely to be referred to specialist clinics that can provide more personalised care
Who Is Rehab Suitable For?
Rehabilitation can offer an effective route to recovery for anyone attempting to heal from substance use.
However, places are often limited, and rehabs need to reserve these places for clients who have no other routes available.
You will be recommended to attend rehab if:
- You are consuming over 30 units of alcohol a day
- You are having suicidal thoughts as a result of your addiction
- You are at risk of becoming a danger to yourself or loved ones
- You are deemed unable to recover at home for any reason
- You require treatment for a dual diagnosis (the existence of both an addiction and a mental health disorder)
- You have attempted to withdraw before but have failed
- You are experiencing seizures or tremors because of your substance use
If you do not meet any of these criteria and are able to recover without the help of rehabilitation, you will be recommended to seek other routes.
This is so the most intense treatment can be provided for those who truly need it.
Rehab For Heroin
Heroin is an extremely dangerous drug created from morphine.
It can be injected, smoked, snorted or sniffed, and is known for the rush of pleasure it provides users.
It can be easy to fall prey to the short term euphoric feelings heroin offers as the drug is powerfully addictive – this is what also makes it even more challenging to break free from.
For help and guidance as you withdraw from heroin, get in touch with us here at Rehab Recovery today.
There will be a drug and alcohol rehab in South East England suitable for you to be placed in for the duration of your treatment.
A rehab procedure will typically offer medication which binds the receptors that heroin impacts, reducing side effects of withdrawal and the intensity of cravings.
There are also many counselling methods that have been proven to help with heroin addiction, such as CBT and DBT.
Rehab For Cocaine
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant known mostly as ‘coke’ or – in its pure, crystal form – ‘crack’.
It is a highly addictive drug and can lead to many unwanted and long-term side effects, including:
- An irregular heartbeat
- Muscle pain
- An increased body temperature
If you wish to receive treatment for your cocaine addiction, look no further.
Here at Rehab Recovery, we can link you with facilities that offer multiple forms of behavioural therapy and other treatments which can aid in your recovery from this powerful substance.
We are also able to provide detailed aftercare services and relapse prevention planning which can keep you from using again.
Rehab For Cannabis
Cannabis – often referred to as ‘weed’ amongst users – is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United Kingdom.
It is known for its ability to calm the user, increase appetite, and elicit feelings of joy and happiness.
However, not all side effects of cannabis are so timid.
The drug can also cause:
- Extreme paranoia
The use of cannabis can cause lasting consequences too.
It can drain your finances, lead to poor performance at school or work, develop into an addiction, or interfere with your personal relationships with friends and family.
Luckily, there is support available.
If you believe this substance is negatively interfering with your life, get in touch today on 0800 088 66 86 to see how we can help.
An intervention, in the case of drug and alcohol addictions, is the act of getting involved with someone who is struggling with substance use but refusing to seek help for themselves.
The aim of an intervention is to help the person to accept that they need professional help – rehab.
Performing an intervention is no easy feat and one done too quickly, too harshly, or without the right knowledge of addiction, can cause more harm than good.
This is why we do not recommend attempting to perform an intervention for a loved one by yourself.
To ensure your friend or family member receives the best help possible (in the safest way possible), we suggest getting in contact with a professional intervention service today.
A professional interventionists can work with you and your family to help your loved one realise the impacts and consequences of their choices.
The interventionist will help you write letters to the affected family member, help you create and keep boundaries, and will ultimately help stage an effective intervention.
Once the intervention has taken place, your loved one will have two choices: accept the help that is being offered, or refuse and return to substance use.
In the case of the first scenario occurring, your assigned interventionist will escort your loved one to their appropriate outpatient clinic or drug and alcohol rehab in South East England.
If the latter happens, the interventionist will remain working with you and will continue to explore different tactics in order to encourage your loved one’s recovery.
The Alternatives To Rehab
As rehab is not always suitable for everyone, you may now be wondering what alternative options are available.
Luckily, there are many other possible recovery routes you can try to see what works best for you:
1. SMART Recovery
SMART, or Self-Management And Recovery Training, is an online charity that specialises in guiding people to successful recoveries.
The worldwide organisation offers a multitude of teaching materials and online manuals that you can use at home to recover from your drug or alcohol addiction, as well as mutual support meetings that you can attend free of charge.
SMART also boasts hundreds of online training programmes that can give you the confidence and knowledge you need in order to reach your goals of a substance-free life.
This is a great option for those that can motivate themselves and work from home, and also for those who wish to have complete control over their own treatment.
2. Home Detox
Though not everyone will be viable for this option, a home detox is a great route for those that wish to regain some independence and control.
A psychiatrist will perform a few assessments of you and your addiction to see if you are someone who can detox at home.
If you pass these tests the appropriate medication (usually Librium for alcohol) will be posted out to you, along with directions and guidance on how to perform your detox at home.
Someone will be in contact with you daily to see how you are getting along, but the majority of the process is entirely up to you.
This option is more cost-effective and gives clients a sense of freedom and purpose that other options cannot always provide.
This option is not to be confused with a self-detox, which is a detox that is performed at home without any medical supervision or guidance – we do not recommend this route as it can be extremely dangerous.
3. Fellowship Groups
If online meetings don’t work for you, why not try the real thing?
These groups often follow the famous 12 steps, which have been referred to by some who have followed them as a ‘way of life’ and not just a simple set of rules.
You are also likely to have a sponsor assigned to you upon joining a mutual support group, which can help greatly when it comes to avoiding temptations and cravings.
AA and NA also give you the opportunity to meet people who are struggling just like you, which can provide a sense of camaraderie and solidarity that can aid in your recovery.
The Admissions Process
It is our job to ensure you are placed in the most suitable rehabilitation facility or outpatient clinic possible.
To make this happen, we perform a few simple assessments of you and your addiction throughout the admissions process.
These tests are quick and easy to experience, and any data we gain from them remains 100% confidential.
One of the evaluations that you may experience during this process is a test that looks at your addiction against the six dimensions of the ASAM criteria.
Created by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, these six dimensions take a multi-faceted look at every aspect of your life, past, living environment, addiction, motivation and health history.
Doing this gives us a chance to fully evaluate your substance use – how it has impacted you, what type of treatment you need, where you should be treated, if you will require support along the way, what will and will not be safe for you, and whether or not you are ready to embark on this journey.
Another set of criteria you are likely to be tested against is the DSM-5.
This stands for the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of mental disorders – Fifth edition.
The DSM-5 is a similar test to the six dimensions of the ASAM criteria in the way that it allows us to determine how severe your situation is, which in turn aids in treatment planning.
The test includes guidelines for us to see how serious your substance use is depending on the number of symptoms you are experiencing.
A total of only 2 or 3 symptoms is classed as low risk for a substance use disorder, whereas 4 or 5 indicate a mild substance use disorder, and 6 or more suggest an addiction.
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tests
An Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test – or, an AUDIT – is a test you may experience if you are struggling specifically with alcohol use.
This test will likely take place before you enter any treatment or rehabilitation facility, as the purpose of the assessment is to evaluate how severe your alcohol use is and what we need to do in order to help.
The AUDIT has 10 questions:
- How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
- How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?
- How often have you had 6 or more units if female or 8 or more if male on a single occasion in the last year?
- How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
- How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of your drinking?
- How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
- How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
- How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
- Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking?
- Has a relative, friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested that you cut down?
Each question requires an answer between 0-4. Your final score is calculated through the addition of all your answers.
The next steps in your journey will differ depending on your score.
If you score 20 or above then an alcohol addiction is very likely, and you will probably be referred to a drug and alcohol rehab or to another specialist clinic.
How Long Will I Be In Rehab?
The average length of time spent in rehabilitation is around 28 days, but rehab programmes can last anywhere between 7 days to 90 days – with 7 being the minimum required for a detox.
No matter how long you spend in your drug and alcohol rehab in South East England, a recovery and a substance-free life is always possible.
Focusing on how long you have been in rehabilitation can be more harmful than helpful – try to worry less about the ‘finish line’ of treatment and more about the task at hand.
What Is The Cost Of Rehab?
Costs can also vary depending on the type of room you choose to recover in.
For a single, private room of your own, prices can range from £3,000 to £6,000 for a short 10-day detoxand £8,000 to £12,000 for a longer 28-day programme.
Prices are lower if you opt for a multi-occupancy room – around £2,000 to £4,000 for just the detox period and £6,000 on average for the 28-day plan.
If you are able to detox at home you should expect to pay around £1,500.
Preventing A Relapse After Rehabilitation
Though it can seem scary at first, leaving rehabilitation and re-entering the ‘real world’ is a huge part of your journey to recovery, and is one step that you are sure to take soon enough.
As you adjust to life back home you will still need to remain vigilant and on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of your addiction reappearing.
A relapse will definitely not mean the end of your recovery journey, but it is a setback you probably do not wish to experience.
To help you out during this vulnerable time, relapse prevention planning will take place in your chosen drug and alcohol rehab in South East England before you leave.
This planning takes into consideration many factors of you, your character, your living environment, and the state of your health at the moment.
With this information, personal plans can be created which will guide you throughout this difficult period of adjustment and aftercare.
One of these plans will help you as you navigate life at home after rehabilitation.
It will contain tips and tricks on how to avoid a relapse, and also information about your own triggers that you will also need to avoid to help prevent a setback.
The second of the two plans will be more of an action plan.
This will be what you will turn to if you do experience a relapse and will contain information on what to do, where to go and who to contact if you do begin using again.
Specific Counties In South East England
Below, we list areas in the South East of England where our partner rehab clinics are located.
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Hertfordshire
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Kent
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Hampshire
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Buckinghamshire
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Surrey
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Wiltshire
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Essex
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Oxfordshire
- Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Sussex
Getting Help Now
Rehab Recovery is committed to helping you locate drug and alcohol rehab treatment in the South East of England that’s right for your needs.
This includes inpatient and outpatient rehab.
The majority of rehabs we recommend also offer extended and intensive aftercare, while we ourselves provide a 24 hour helpline.
Get in touch today to learn your rehab options in the South East of England.