Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate
According to the latest statistics, Kent is home to 5,647 opiate and crack cocaine users (OCUs) and 14, 587 people with alcohol dependency.
For more information about drug and alcohol statistics in Kent/Ramsgate, please see here.
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What is Alcohol Addiction?
Such terms are commonly used to describe someone that can not control their alcohol consumption, regardless of negative health or social consequences. (2)
A common question that people might ask, is: how do I know that I am addicted to alcohol?
There are several signs to look out for – these include:
- Intense cravings
- The inability to manage alcohol consumption
- The inability to cut down
- Drinking more to garner the desired effect
- Daily tasks and social activities being negatively impacted by the need to drink
- Alcohol taking precedence over important things – this might include hygiene or work
You can read more about the disease of addiction here.
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What is Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Ramsgate Like?
Addiction is not considered a ‘choice’ or ‘moral failing’ on behalf of the addiction sufferer – so the focus of rehab is always on returning agency to the patient.
Rehab is designed to help people overcome their ailments by providing an environment that specialises in treatment.
For addiction, this might mean attending a facility for a period. Whilst there, people will undergo detox, be provided with medical assistance, and take part in a range of therapies and addiction counselling sessions.
However, many different types of rehab deal with addiction. These include:
- Inpatient/residential rehab – this requires people to stay at a facility (hospital or private facility, for example) for the duration of their treatment.
- Outpatient rehab – this does not require an overnight stay and people will undergo treatment through weekly appointments at a clinic or doctor’s surgery.
- Recovery house rehab – specialised housing that offers treatment as part of its residence.
Experts have agreed that abstinence is far more effective than harm reduction or moderation management – as a result, that’s what rehabs focus on.
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Holding an Addiction Intervention in Ramsgate
Commonly, friends and family will take turns to explain how the person’s addiction is negatively impacting them and their loved ones.
The first tip, and one of the most important, is to take time to prepare. This includes:
- Research about interventions and addiction. This will help family and friends sympathise and understand what their loved one is going through.
- Spend time reflecting on why the person might not want to seek help – it might be due to fear of social stigma, for example.
- Practice positive communication – it is often recommended that people write down what they want to say.
- Find out what treatment options are available and how family and friends can support a loved one through treatment.
It is worth considering employing the help of an intervention specialist – an interventionist, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a social worker, for example.
Such specialists will be able to help organise the intervention, provide useful tips and information, and act as a mediator if needed.
There are also useful, professionally developed methods aimed at helping families organise an intervention. A popular example of this is the Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) method.
Families will work alongside a professional for several months, focusing on such things as:
- How addiction occurs
- How to communicate in an effective and positive manner
- How to encourage positive behaviour
- How to implement empathetic listening
- How to prevent enabling behaviour
- How to conduct an intervention
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Treatment Options in Ramsgate: What is Available and How much Does it Cost?
There are many great, free drug and alcohol services in Ramsgate and the surrounding areas.
An example of this is Thanet Hub. Thanet Hub is accessible via self-referral, or referral through a medical professional, and offers many services that are tailored to individual needs. (5)
- One-to-one and group support
- Help with drug and alcohol detox
- Prescription drugs and needle exchange
- Peer support
- Help to access other treatment options
For more information about Thanet Hub and the services that they offer, please follow this link.
Other free services in Ramsgate include the East Kent Services and One You Kent, which specialises in alcohol addiction.
Commonly, people will ask if there is free treatment through the NHS. Unfortunately, the NHS does not run residential rehab. Instead, what is available through the NHS is funding for residential rehab.
This is, however, very difficult to secure. In part, this is due to funding cuts but it is also due to there being a very strict criterion that people must meet to access funding.
Examples of criteria might include:
- Having already utilised all local services
- Having tried an outpatient program
- Attending therapy and pre-rehab courses
- Being sober prior to entering a residential program
To access funding through the NHS, people must first speak with their GP. If this is an option worth exploring, the GP will help organise the funding and referral process.
The final option for alcohol and drug treatment in Ramsgate is to seek out a private facility. However, this can be expensive.
However, luxury rehabs can cost a lot more, starting at several thousand pounds per day.
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How Long Does Rehab Last in Ramsgate?
The duration of rehab will vary from person to person and the type of treatment that they receive.
Some factors that determine how long rehab will last includes:
- How long the person has been using a substance
- The type of substance that is being treated
- The person’s medical history
- The person’s age
People detoxing from these substances might need longer than someone detoxing from cannabis, for example.
Most medical professionals recommend a minimum of 28 days of rehab – this covers detox and therapy.
However, most rehabs will assess on an individual basis. Common programs range from 7-day treatment to 90-day treatment.
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Inpatient vs Outpatient Addiction Treatment in Ramsgate
Professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab is one of the best ways to recover from addiction.
Another key factor that will contribute to both duration and cost is whether the treatment is inpatient or outpatient.
Inpatient treatment (also known as residential rehab) requires the person to stay at a facility for the duration of their treatment.
Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, does not require the person to stay overnight at a facility.
Instead, people will undergo their treatment via weekly appointments at a doctor’s surgery, clinic, or local service – usually between 12 to 14 hours per week.
The benefit of this is that outpatient treatment can often be accessed for free through local services and can be fitted around a person’s other engagements.
It is worth mentioning that both inpatient and outpatient treatment offer similar programs.
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Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate
The purpose of this is to help the medical staff determine the best treatment.
Following this, people will enter the detox/withdrawal stage. This varies from person to person, and substance to substance.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe, with the latter being life-threatening.
The first symptoms usually occur 6 hours after a person stops drinking and can last for several days.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms that are mild/moderate, include nausea, sweats, shakes, vomiting, headaches, and restlessness.
People that are detoxing from alcohol are likely to be prescribed a sedative to help with AWS symptoms.
Librium is less addictive than other sedatives, which is why it is popular for treating those that already have a substance dependency.
Like most sedatives, however, Librium has some negative side effects, such as drowsiness and stomach issues. (7)
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Cannabis Rehab, Cocaine Rehab and Heroin Rehab in Ramsgate
People will first undergo a medical assessment and then enter the withdrawal stage.
The drug detox process for these substances will vary.
Cannabis is considered to be the mildest form of withdrawal, and cannabis detox is not necessary.
Withdrawal symptoms from cannabis addiction usually begin to emerge several hours to several days after the person stops using.
Although cannabis can stay in a person’s system for several months, withdrawal symptoms usually subside within several days.
Cocaine withdrawal can occur much faster – sometimes as quickly as an hour after the person stops using.
Cocaine withdrawal symptoms tend to be more psychological than other substances. Again, although unpleasant, do not tend to be severe and cocaine detox is not necessary.
However, some severe symptoms include seizures and breathing issues – these are extreme cases, though.
Symptoms that are most likely to occur include paranoia, anxiety, irritation, sleeplessness, and intense cravings.
These usually subside within 5 to 7 days.
More severe symptoms can be life-threatening.
- Breathing issues
Withdrawal symptoms of heroin usually begin to subside after several days to a week.
Whether you’re suffering from cannabis addiction, cocaine addiction, heroin addiction or any other form of sustance abuse, allow our expert team to help you by calling us on 0800 088 66 86
Dual Diagnosis at a Rehab Centre in Ramsgate
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe the interaction between mental health and addiction.
It is not uncommon for one to lead to the other. For example, studies have found that people with addiction are more likely to develop mental health problems than those without.
On the other hand, studies have also found that people with mental health issues will often use substances as a means of coping/dealing with such issues.
If a person uses a substance for a prolonged period, they are at risk of developing a dependency. (8)
To discover how a drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate will work to support your mental health, give our team a call today on 0800 088 66 86
What Therapy Will I Receive During Rehab in Ramsgate?
Probably the most universally used therapy is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT seeks to better understand the interaction between cognition (thoughts) and behaviours.
Certain thought processes are likely behind the use of a substance – for example, negative thoughts led to negative behaviours, such as using a substance.
Therefore, changing negative thoughts to positive ones should help people develop positive behaviours.
Dialectical Behavioural therapy (DBT) is very similar but focuses on powerful emotions rather than thoughts.
Another common therapy is Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI, as the name suggests, looks at a person’s motivation – this could be their motivation for using a substance.
Through a series of sessions (interviews), people will work alongside a medical professional to reframe their motivations and develop new ones – sobriety, healthy living, and career goals, for example.
People are also likely to experience a range of holistic therapies whilst in rehab. This is less analytical than the aforementioned therapies and focuses more on well-being.
Finally, people will also participate in peer therapy. This will involve meeting with other people undergoing treatment to discuss experiences, issues, and struggles.
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Relapse Prevention and Aftercare in Ramsgate
Although rehab is often successful in helping people overcome their addiction, upon leaving rehab there is a possibility that they might start using again.
To help prevent this, people will work with a medical professional to develop a relapse prevention plan.
This will involve writing down and discussing potential triggers and things that might cause a relapse – family, friends, environments, financial issues, for example.
Developing a relapse prevention plan will also mean developing the necessary tools to deal with potential triggers.
People will learn to cognitively reappraise – reframe thoughts – emotional management and communicate issues more effectively.
As part of relapse prevention, upon leaving rehab, people will be provided with aftercare. In essence, this means continued support – counselling, therapy, check-ups, and encouragement to engage with local services.
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How We Will Help You Find the Best Rehab in Ramsgate
Choosing a rehab blindly may mean entering a program that is not ideal for your requirements. The problem is that most people will not be aware of their options for alcohol or drug addiction treatment services, and this means that they will struggle to find the most appropriate one – this is not the type of decision you want to leave to luck.
Our team is expert in regards to what rehabs have to offer – we will be able to offer you advice on your best options right around the UK.
These days many people are deciding to go beyond Ramsgate for addiction help, and this may be something that you want to consider as well.
If you contact us now we will help you find something appropriate, and once you have reached your decision we can then make the arrangements for you.
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