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Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham

    Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham

    Are you struggling from addiction and need professional help to overcome it?

    We provide a complete range of rehab options for people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction in Gillingham.

    We can guide you to the best treatment for your drug and alcohol recovery so that it is tailored to meet your specific needs and gives you the best chance at success.

    We will assess your situation when you make contact with us.

    There are rehab centres in and near to Gillingham which will be best positioned to accommodate you and treat your condition, giving you the resources to make addiction a thing of the past.

    We offer a free service to connect you to the best drug and alcohol rehabs in Gillingham to help you start your recovery.

    Get the support you need from a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham by calling our experts on 0800 088 66 86

    Breaking the Pattern of Addiction

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    Your commitment to join a rehab centre comes with it the demand that you give up the substances that drive your addiction. You have to be prepared to walk away from those substances and keep giving them up every day, forever.

    Abstinence isn’t going to be easy, but you know, deep down, that it is better than the alternative.

    Only you know how you have truly suffered because of your addiction, even if you’d rather not face these difficult memories, you must realise that your situation will get better when you address the addiction.

    You may have used drugs or relied on alcohol for a very long time and this will have created a psychological dependence which can be difficult to let go of.

    The consequences of continuing with drinking or taking drugs have now got to the point where it is clear that it has become a big issue in your life.

    You will need to be honest about this problem so that you can fully commit to the programme of rehab in front of you.

    Don’t let addiciton control your life – get support from a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham by calling us today on 0800 088 66 86

    Why Do People Become Addicted?

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    Some people end up addicted to alcohol or drugs because they take them so often and form a habit. The longer this habit continues, the more likely it is that they will develop a dependence on the substance, due to its addictive nature. 

    People in this category include teenagers influenced by their friends, parents who use drugs to cope with stress, and people who go to events where drugs are widely available, e.g., clubs or festivals.

    It is also possible for a genuine prescription to lead to addiction. For example, if someone is prescribed codeine after a surgery, they may get a repeat prescription.

    Over time, they could become tolerant to codeine, and they may keep taking it even when they no longer need it as a painkiller. 

    Pills prescribed for mental illness can also lead to addiction, which is why these drugs are controlled in the UK. For example, on high doses of amphetamines for ADHD, you could become tolerant to the effects, and this makes you want more of the drug.

    People with a drug-using parent or sibling, or even extended family member, can develop an addiction after being exposed to drug use as a child or adult. 

    When you are surrounded by people who consume addictive substances, you may not understand the dangers of it in the same way as someone whose only relationship to drugs has been anti-drugs education.

    Finally, substance abuse is sometimes genetic. This means you are more at risk of developing this illness if it runs in your family because you are vulnerable to becoming addicted to substances, whereas some other people are much less likely to ever become addicted.

    Many people at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham have family members who have also suffered from, or are suffering with, symptoms of addiction.

    Whatever the nature of your addiction, get the support you need from a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham by reaching out to us today on 0800 088 66 86

    Detoxing in Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham

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    Recovery isn’t going to be easy, but you wouldn’t expect it to be. Going through withdrawal symptoms can be tough, depending on how intense your substance use was.

    More severe physical withdrawal symptoms could involve serious complications, so your chosen rehab will have medical staff on hand to make sure you stay safe.

    Medication can be administered (such as Buprenorphine and Librium) to make the process more bearable. Whilst at residential rehab, medical professionals will be available around the clock to monitor your condition.

    To make sure that your detox is safe and effective in the hands of a first-rate drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, talk to us on 0800 088 66 86

    Overcoming Your Triggers to Addiction


    Once you have got over the hurdle of detoxification, you can move on to learning how to cope with your life without turning to drugs or alcohol as you previously would.

    When you return to your home life, after the period in the rehab centre, you will once again face many of the same triggers which lead to you using alcohol or drugs in the past.

    These triggers can be people in your life as well as situations which you simply can’t avoid.

    Triggers of addiction can also be your internal thoughts and emotions. Things like stress, worry, depression and anxiety are common negative feelings which you have to find a better way of dealing with than you did in the past.

    These emotions may be linked to traumatic events you have gone through in your lifetime. Your experiences in life may have been marked by these serious events, but how you were trying to cope with these feelings needs to change to maintain your recovery.

    New ways of coping with these tough moments, which triggered your addiction, will need to be learnt and adapted into your life through therapy.

    These will enable you to make a different choice when you face the triggers or emotions which caused so many problems in the past.

    The therapy sessions may include:

    The sessions will equip you with the skills you need to build your resolve in the face of the problems which would have pushed you to your addiction before.

    Instead, you will have the mental focus to stay in recovery, permanently.

    Overcome the triggers driving your addiction at a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham – give us a call today on 0800 088 66 86

    Is Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham Available on the NHS?

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    Private rehab is by far the most widespread and effective form of addiction treatment in the UK, but it isn’t the only option.

    Several free and NHS-run recovery services operate in and near to Gillingham, including:

    1. CAMHS Gillingham

    Address: Unit 1, The Courtyard, Gillingham Business Park, Campus Way, Gillingham ME8 0NZ

    Telephone: 0300 300 1981


    2. Turning Point Medway Health and Wellbeing

    Address: Medway Active Recovery Service, 423 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4NU

    Telephone: 0300 123 1560


    3. Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

    Address: Canada House, Barnsole Rd, Gillingham ME7 4JL

    Telephone: 01322 622 222


    4. Safe Havens Kent and Medway

    Address: Age UK, MacKenney Centre, Woodlands Road, Gillingham ME7 2BX

    Telephone: 07850 901 151


    You can also reach out to a number of free helplines, including Change Grow Live, Samaritans, We Are With You, Turning Point, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Mind UK, Young Minds. and Papyrus.

    However, it is worth noting that these services are rarely inpatient, instead offering outpatient services that are often limited in what they can provide, and therefore have an on-average lower rate of success.

    Whatever help you need to beat addiction, let our experts support you by calling us on 0800 088 66 86

    Abstinence at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham


    You will abstain from drugs and alcohol when you go to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham. 

    Whether you have been using fentanyl, ecstasy, cocaine, crystal meth, alcohol or any other addictive substance, you will have to get sober in order to start your recovery journey. 

    The best way to get sober is to have a medical detox, as it helps you to cope without the addictive substance by slowly weaning you off it.

    If it is safe to withdraw from a drug completely, you can also do this, but you will likely take specific medication to ensure the detox process is controlled and safe. This helps you to avoid unsafe withdrawal symptoms.

    An interesting fact about the detox phase is that you could be given medication that some people are addicted to at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham.

    For example, you could take benzodiazepines for anxiety, and this is a substance that some people have a dependency on.

    However, the dose will be low enough for tolerance to not be a significant issue, as the doctors at private rehab will never put you at risk of developing another addiction. What’s more, your consumption will be controlled by medical professionals, so you will not be able to spiral into addiction.

    If you’re ready to embrace abstinence, get help from a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham by calling us on 0800 088 66 86

    Trauma at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham


    Trauma is a common mental health problem seen at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham.

    It can be associated with substance abuse, other types of mental health conditions, loneliness, grief, domestic violence, and neglect.

    It is very likely that there will be discussions of trauma at group therapy.

    If you would like to add anything to these discussions, you can open up about your trauma. If not, you can listen to other patients reveal how trauma has impacted their life and their addiction.

    Trauma can be a cause of substance use disorders, but it can also be a result of them.

    People sometimes end up with an addiction because they struggle to deal with the negative impact of their trauma, and they may decide to use substances to mask their pain. 

    It is more common for people to do this if they have witnessed others using drugs as a coping mechanism.

    There is also a widespread issue of trauma in people who have been abusing drugs or alcohol for a long time. This leads to physical and psychological damage that can take years to heal from.

    Overcome trauma and substance addiction at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham – give us a call on 0800 088 66 86

    Physical Illness and its Relation to Addiction at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham

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    There are many drug-related health conditions that can cause you to become seriously ill.

    Today, we are going to focus on alcohol-related illness, as alcohol addiction is one of the most common types of substance abuse in the UK. 

    Many people at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham are in poor physical health due to alcohol abuse.

    When you have engaged in heavy drinking, your immune system can weaken.

    This leaves you vulnerable to many illnesses, meaning you may be unwell more often than you are well.

    Fortunately, this is something that can change with long-term recovery. 

    However, some people with alcoholism will have to deal with a compromised immune system for the rest of their life.

    Liver disease is another common health condition that can be caused by excessive alcohol use.

    The symptoms include low libido, fatigue, nausea, itchy skin, reduced appetite, and jaundice. However, many people with liver disease do not have any symptoms – especially when they are in the early stages. 

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    Our final example is osteoporosis, which involves losing bone density and therefore experiencing chronic pain such as back pain. 

    The reason alcohol can cause osteoporosis is that it makes it harder for the body to absorb vitamin D and calcium, so the bones of someone with alcoholism tend to get weaker as they continue to consume alcohol to excess. 

    Please do not stay away from drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham if you are suffering from any of these conditions, or another alcohol-related health condition. 

    You will be able to take your medication with you into rehab, and you can get additional support for your problem.

    Though you may currently feel safer at home, it would be much safer for you to have access to 24/7 care at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, and to meet with doctors who understand your condition and can monitor it while you recover from your alcohol use disorder.

    If illness and addiction have put your life in danger, get help from a drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham by calling us on 0800 088 66 86

    FAQs About Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Gillingham

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    1. Will I undergo detox at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham?

    If you are addicted to alcohol, you will be advised to have a detox at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham. Most patients begin the alcohol detox immediately and complete it after a week. 

    You will be supported the whole way through detox, so that you will already feel like a part of the residential rehab team in this first stage of recovery.

    Not everyone at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham has an alcohol problem.

    Some people are addicted to other substances, and they do not suffer from any physical illness (only psychological issues). 

    This means they may not have to have a detox, as they are not chemically dependent on the drug.

    What’s more, those suffering from a behavioural addiction (such as gambling addiction) will of course not have a medical detox, as there is no withdrawal that needs to happen. 

    They will instead start speaking to therapists immediately, get involved with group therapy, and attend all of the sessions arranged by drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham throughout the weeks (e.g., workshops and individual therapy sessions).

    2. Can I go to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham if I live in a different part of the country?

    Yes, you can go to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham no matter where you live. Even if you live abroad, we can arrange for you to get a referral to a treatment centre in Gillingham.

    However, it is not always sensible for you to do this.

    There are a wide variety of inpatient drug rehabs in the UK, and abroad, so you would most likely find the right treatment programme for you that is closer to home.

    The reason we want you to consider this is that you can quickly lose motivation to recover from addiction if you are having to work out how to get to a drug or alcohol clinic that is a long way from your home.

    You need to make sure the application and admissions process is as comfortable as possible, and this often means staying near home.

    Having said that, you know yourself best. If you feel that the residential rehabilitation facilities near you do not provide the facilities you need, you can opt for drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham.

    We will make this experience as smooth as possible by taking control of the referral process for you, and offering advice on how you can get to Gillingham quickly and easily.

    You could even compromise by attending a treatment centre that is not in Gillingham, but is easy to commute to.

    This is what’s great about inpatient rehab; you do not need to stick to programmes in your local vicinity, as the commute will be worth it when you are staying at rehab for a full 28 days.

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    3. Do I have to be religious to go to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham?

    No, you definitely do not have to be religious to be a patient at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham on the inpatient or outpatient programme.

    As the majority of Brits are non-religious, most people you meet at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham will not follow a religion.

    That being said, religious people do of course suffer from addiction, so the population at rehab is made up of both religious and non-religious patients.

    The reason you may have heard the myth about drug and alcohol rehab centres being religious is that 12-step programmes, which are based on religion, are often used at residential rehab facilities.

    These programmes are the basis of groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous.

    However, while the principles of 12 steps are spiritual, they do not require you to join a religion or to have a belief in God.

    Some people choose to replace the idea of a ‘higher power’ in 12 steps with fate or the universe, as this is more in line with their philosophy.

    Small details like this do not affect your road to recovery, as it is more about finding the power to recover, and not a question of where that power comes from.

    In fact, some fellowship programmes are not based on religion for this exact reason. When you come out of drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, you could opt for one of these programmes if you would feel more comfortable in this setting.

    An example of this is the SMART Recovery fellowship group, which offers general addiction support, as well as programmes for the family of someone with addiction in a more secular approach.

    If you are religious, you can of course involve God in your recovery as much as you want to. When saying the serenity prayer (used in Alcoholics Anonymous) in 12-step therapy, you can direct the prayer to the God you follow.

    4. Is it really possible to get sober in 28 days?

    Yes, it is possible to get sober in 28 days.

    With some substances, you can be sober just a couple of days after taking the drug. However, with others, the drug will stay in your system for weeks. 

    By detoxing as soon as you enter drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, you can get sober very quickly. This sobriety will last throughout rehab, where you will abstain from substance use, and hopefully after rehab as well.

    If you are referring to a sober mindset, meaning the patient is set on prioritising sobriety over drug use, this is sometimes, but not always, developed after 28 days at rehab.

    However, even patients who feel incredibly motivated to stay sober will still face problems in their recovery journey. They will have to be on the lookout for any addiction triggers that may get in the way of their pursuit of abstinence.

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    5. How can I stay sober after drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham?

    The relapse prevention plan you create at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham will help you to stay sober. Please do not neglect this plan, as rehab without aftercare is often not enough to stop people from returning to drugs and alcohol.

    It is important to remember that there will be good days and bad days after drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham. 

    When you are faced with a bad day, the worst thing you could do is resign yourself to relapse. If you fight against temptation on these days, you will eventually experience far easier periods of recovery.

    One practical suggestion for staying sober after rehab is to plan your schedule each week, and make sure you are keeping busy. Having a routine will help you to feel secure, which stops you from turning to substances due to feeling out of control.

    What’s more, keeping busy will distract you from temptation, and remind you of all the things you enjoy in life, that addiction could take away. 

    For example, if you meet up with sober friends once a week, you know that this could be taken away if you relapsed, as you may have to go back into treatment at a private rehab centre.

    6. How long does a referral to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham take?

    Rehab Recovery referrals are some of the fastest out there. They can be finalised in just one day.

    For clients who are able to wait slightly longer for a referral, the maximum wait time tends to be two weeks. 

    The time of year that you reach out to us affects the referral waiting time.

    However, please do not put off contacting us, no matter the time of year. It is always best to register your interest as early as possible, as this increases your chances of getting a place at drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham. 

    If you wait around for a better time, you could end up being persuaded by others not to get professional help.

    Most people with addiction are fearful of drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, so it is easy to convince them to not go to treatment

    However, we assure you that going to drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham is the best thing you can do for your physical and mental well-being. 

    If you aren’t ready to start a recovery programme yet, that’s understandable, but if you are listening to non-professional advice designed to encourage fear, please listen to addiction experts instead. 

    If you have any further questions about drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham, call our team today on 0800 088 66 86

    Taking Back Control

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    Want to find out more about drug and alcohol rehab in Gillingham? We will show you the options available to you when you decide to change.

    Let us help you to conquer this obstacle to a better and more fulfilling life.

    Contact us today to let the process of your recovery begin, the sooner the better.

    Get free advice by leaving your contact details here, calling us on 0800 088 66 86, or emailing us at If you want to spend time thinking about the decision, you do not have to commit to a referral over the phone. 

    However, if you know you are ready for treatment, we would encourage you to ask us for a referral so that you can get support for your addiction as soon as possible.

    Every rehab in England and Wales that we work with is vetted by the Care Quality Commission.

    Get help for addiction across Kent, including in Maidstone, Dartford, Chatham, Ashford, Rochester, Margate, Tunbridge Wells, Gravesend, Canterbury, Folkestone, Sittingbourne, Dover, Ramsgate, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and many more.

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