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Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England

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    Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England

    One advantage of drug and alcohol rehab in South West England is that there is a high availability of rehab facilities, so it will not be hard for you to get a place at a private treatment centre.

    It may also be possible for you to find NHS-funded treatment, but it is very rare that patients can access this.

    As there are so many rehab centres to pick from, you get to be specific about your preferences for treatment.

    This means your rehab experience will be personalised, which increases your chances of staying sober. Some specific requests you could make are sports facilities, certain types of therapy, and a private room.

    Another advantage of drug and alcohol rehab in South West England is that there is 24/7 care, so you will never be left alone to cope with the challenges of recovery.

    Even during the night, there will be staff located throughout the centre to help you with any issues you have. During the day, you will speak to a range of different staff members including therapists, doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

    Inpatient treatment is proven to be the most successful form of treatment for most victims of addiction. If you have the means to attend rehab in South West England, you are much more likely to recover than if you attempt to get sober alone or through outpatient treatment/ a home detox.

    The safety of rehab is another huge advantage. Detoxing without medical help can be very dangerous, as you may experience harmful withdrawal symptoms. However, as we mentioned, there is 24/7 care at rehab, so you will be closely monitored as you withdraw from substances.

    Finally, most rehab facilities in South West England provide you with aftercare, so the support continues beyond your stay.

    This is essential for some people who struggle with extreme temptation when they leave treatment, as they feel more motivated to stay sober when they know they are still being encouraged by the staff at rehab.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.

    The Cons Of Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England


    One drawback of drug and alcohol rehab in South West England is that it is extremely intense. It is pointless to attend rehab if you are not ready and willing to put all of your effort into recovery, as this is the only way it is ever successful.

    You will be expected to commit to a detox that can last up to ten days, and to attend all of the therapy sessions, whether they are individual or group. This means you can end up feeling overwhelmed by the constant demand when you are receiving treatment, and you are likely to feel more tired than usual.

    Another potential disadvantage is that not every rehab facility offers every type of therapy.

    You may find that your chosen rehab centre does not offer a type of therapy that you would like to try, and this could hinder your recovery progress.

    However, if you use Rehab Recovery to get a referral, we can find a facility that offers a wide range of therapies, including any specific forms that you would like to try.

    For instance, we could find a treatment centre offering family therapy if this is something you would benefit from.

    Residential rehab is not the most affordable option, as you are paying for the accommodation as well as the treatments. It can cost around £495 per day, and not everyone can afford this.

    For a 28-day stay in a single occupancy room, you are looking at spending around £10,000, and a shared room takes the price down to £6,000. If you attend rehab for the detox alone, it will cost between £3,000 to £4,500 depending on your room set-up.

    Finally, not all rehab facilities are able to handle extreme mental health issues. This means that if you are a dual-diagnosis patient, which is very common, you may not get the support you need when you attend rehab.

    As we have discussed, you would be able to manage this by requesting a specific type of therapy, as we will incorporate this into our search.

    For example, if you have PTSD and you want to try out Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), we would refer you to a private clinic with this type of therapy available.

    Are there Alternatives to Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England?

    Yes, there are alternatives to drug & alcohol rehab in South West England. You can have a home detox, which is very similar to a detox at rehab, but with less support. You would still receive medication and you would be monitored via online messages and calls.

    Another alternative is outpatient treatment, which involves having a detox and therapy at a treatment centre that is close to your home. You would do this in the daytime and go home at the end of each day, but you would still need to be able to commit to 28 days of treatment.

    Who Qualifies For Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England?

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    Most people with a drug dependency or addiction qualify for treatment at drug and alcohol rehab in South West England.

    However, there are certain factors that put you at risk of having a bad experience, and these are:

    1. Having severe mental health issues

    We have already covered this topic, but you should reconsider rehab if you are dealing with severe mental health issues, as this needs to be treated first.

    We know that mental health and addiction go hand-in-hand, but most rehab facilities will not allow you to stay if you are experiencing severe issues with your mental health. This is because rehab would not be successful for you, and it may increase the likelihood of a breakdown.

    2. Having a history of Deliriums Tremens (DTs)

    Deliriums Tremens (DTs) is a condition that affects heavy alcohol users who try to withdraw from the substance (1). They may experience symptoms such as excessive sweating, nausea, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, pale skin, nightmares, passing out, and hallucinations.

    DTs must be treated in the hospital with medications such as antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, or benzodiazepines. If you have a history of DTs, there is a chance you will experience these symptoms while you are at rehab, so it would be unsafe for you to attend rehab.

    3. Having a history of frequent relapse

    If you have relapsed frequently in the past, it indicates there is a higher-than-average chance that you will relapse again, and therefore rehab may not be sufficient for your recovery.

    4. Having a history of alcohol- or drug-related violence

    Anyone who has a history of violence when under the influence could pose a threat to other patients at rehab, so treatment centres are wary of allowing people with this history to complete treatment with them.

    5. Being a very heavy drinker or drug user

    It is much more dangerous for people to detox from substances when they are chronic users. This means some rehab facilities avoid accepting patients who use substances excessively, as they do not want to risk their safety.

    They may also believe that the chances of them staying sober are slim, so they need a more intense form of treatment.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.

    Will I Have Therapy at Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England?


    Yes, if you opt for a 28-day stay at rehab, which is the most common option, you will most certainly have therapy. We cannot say which types of therapy you may have until you get in touch with us with your preferences, and we start to research viable options in your area.

    Therapy sessions are conducted in groups and on an individual basis, as the advantages of each one is very different.

    Group therapy can help to reduce shame and build a strong sense of community, and individual therapy can help with emotional regulation and understanding triggers.

    In some instances, family therapy will be provided at drug and alcohol rehab in South West England. If your family are supportive of your recovery, this can be a great way to increase your motivation, improve family bonds, and educate your family about how they can support you.

    We do not advise family therapy if your loved ones enable your addiction in any way unless they are willing to try and change this through therapy.

    Some examples of therapy you may experience at drug and alcohol rehab in South West England are holistic therapies, brief interventions, acceptance and commitment therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

    Do Addiction Rehab Facilities in South West England Promote Abstinence Or Harm Reduction?

    Drug and alcohol rehab in South West England is very likely to promote abstinence as a way of treating addiction. Proponents of this method believe that when we expose ourselves to substances in a minor way, it increases our temptation to binge, so it is ineffective.

    For example, if we started to smoke cannabis after a long cocaine addiction, it would trigger us to want to start using cocaine again. Or if we started drinking alcohol socially, it would inevitably turn into a chronic long-term problem.

    For this reason, rehab facilities remove substances from the environment and encourage patients to avoid substances completely when they leave rehab. They may even advise patients to stop attending places where drug use is normalised (e.g., clubs or pubs), and to distance themselves from drug users in their life.

    Harm reduction is a very different method. It involves keeping the damage of addiction low, without removing substances from the individual’s life (or society) completely (3). The argument would be that promoting moderate substance use is more realistic than taking them away completely.

    If we deprive someone of substances entirely, they may experience strong cravings, which could cause them to binge. However, if they are sensible about their use, they may be able to maintain a healthy relationship with substances.

    For instance, someone who used to smoke cannabis every day may smoke it a few times a year with friends.

    Ironically, the argument used against harm reduction is the same as the argument used against abstinence: it is deemed unrealistic. If someone is prone to addiction, and they keep relapsing, it could be argued that they need a complete ban on substances in order to be able to function well in society.

    If you are fond of the harm reduction method, you can find a treatment that is focused on reducing the risks associated with drug use. However, the rehab facilities that we work with in the UK promote the abstinence method, so this is what you will find on our website.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.

    What Does the DSM Say About Substance Dependence?

    It is important to know what is written in the DSM about substance dependence, as rehab facilities in this country pay close attention to the criteria listed in the DSM, which are:

    • Cravings and urges to use the substance
    • Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships
    • Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance)
    • Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use
    • Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to
    • Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use
    • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the use of the substance
    • Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance
    • Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger
    • Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance
    • Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to

    When you attend rehab, you are likely to be assessed based on this criteria. At the end of the assessment, you will be informed of the severity of your substance dependence or addiction.

    If you have two or three of the symptoms listed above, you will be diagnosed with a mild substance use disorder, whereas 4 to 5 symptoms lead to a diagnosis of moderate substance use disorder. You will be told you have an addiction if you have 6 or more of the listed symptoms.

    There are certain labels that may be used to describe your specific addiction. If it is described as being ‘in early remission’, this means you are beginning to recover from it. ‘Sustained remission’ means you are comfortably recovering.

    You may not hear about people being ‘recovered’ after completing treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab in South West England. This is because victims of addiction have to battle their whole lives to stay sober, so recovery is not a goal to obtain, but rather a path to continue to follow.

    Are there Any Other Criteria Used to Diagnose Addiction?

    Yes, there are other criteria used to diagnose addiction other than the criteria present in the DSM. Two popular criteria are the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria and the AUDITs criteria for alcohol dependency:

    ASAM criteria

    There are six dimensions listed as part of the ASAM criteria. This covers the many different ways addiction can affect the user’s life, which is significant as some people experience extreme damage in some areas of life, and minimal damage in others.

    The ASAM criteria weigh this up to determine how much impact the drug use has overall.

    The six dimensions are acute intoxication and/or withdrawal, biomedical conditions and complications, emotional/behavioural/cognitive conditions and complications, readiness to change, relapse/continued use/continued problem potential, and recovery/living environment.

    As well as the six dimensions, there are risk ratings assigned to demonstrate how much damage the addiction is doing to the individual.

    A rating of 0 indicates minimal to no issues, 1 means there may be mild problems, and 2 suggests the addiction is affecting the individual’s functioning moderately. When we reach 3, there is a serious issue that needs to be addressed, and 4 represents a threat of imminent danger.

    AUDITs criteria

    Unlike the DSM and the ASAM criteria, the AUDITs test was designed specifically for alcohol use, so you will not be asked these questions if you are addicted to a different substance.

    The AUDITs test is made up of 10 questions that help the assessor to find out whether you are reliant on alcohol, and if so, how much risk this has to your life.

    Some examples of the questions include: how many units of alcohol do you drink on the average day (to determine the level of consumption and potential for dependency), and have you ever tried and failed to stop using alcohol (to determine dependency and/or relapse history)?

    Again, a number is assigned after these questions are asked, and the number represents the risk of dependency for the individual. A score of 20 or more indicates possible dependency, 16-19 is a higher risk, 8-15 is an increasing risk, and 0-7 is little to no risk.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.

    Are the Symptoms Of Addiction the Same For All Substances?

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    No, the symptoms of addiction are not the same across all substances. Some symptoms do overlap, but the main symptoms of each addiction tend to differ.

    Here are some examples of common addictions and the main symptoms they cause:

    Cocaine addiction

    • Insomnia
    • Liver damage
    • High temperature
    • Heart attack
    • Nosebleeds
    • Loss of appetite
    • Restlessness
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Overconfidence
    • Mood swings

    Heroin addiction

    • Heart problems
    • Bruising
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Exhaustion
    • Unintentional weight loss
    • Kidney problems
    • Watery eyes
    • Hopelessness
    • Disorientation
    • Low self-esteem
    • Poor judgement

    Cannabis addiction

    • Increased appetite
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Bloodshot eyes
    • Poor balance
    • Poor hygiene
    • Irritability
    • Paranoia
    • Indecisiveness

    Alcohol addiction

    • Pale skin
    • Headaches
    • Weight gain or loss
    • Seizures
    • Tremors
    • Lack of motivation
    • Lack of energy
    • Personality changes

    Frequently Asked Questions About Drug & Alcohol Rehab in South West England

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    How long does drug rehab in South West England last?

    Most people choose to stay at rehab for the full 28 days in order to make the most of the detox and therapy. Others cut their stay short and have just the detox or just the therapy.

    In rare instances, people extend their stay. This can sometimes happen as a patient approaches the end of their planned stay, and realises they are not yet ready to finish with inpatient treatment.

    Who else will be at the rehab?

    At rehab, you will be recovering alongside fellow victims of addiction. It is not guaranteed that they will be dealing with the same addiction as you, as there will be people with many different kinds of addiction e.g. heroin addiction, cannabis addiction, prescription drug addiction, gambling addiction, and food addiction.

    Yet, the general challenges that you all face will be similar as all types of addiction create shame, involve temptation, and are difficult to recover from (2).

    Can I take my phone to rehab?

    This depends on the rules and guidelines of the rehab centre you attend. Some of them allow you to bring your phone, laptop, and other devices if you are comfortable with this and if you believe it would not hinder your progress.

    However, others have strict bans on devices as they believe they interfere with your motivation to recover. If you are not prepared to give up your phone, we will find a facility that allows you to have it with you.

    Can I attend drug rehab in another city?

    Yes, you can request to go to a treatment centre in another city. Many people choose to do this as they have bad memories in their hometown, and they do not want to associate these with their recovery.

    If you do plan to go to a rehab far from home, you will need to work out how much it would cost to travel to and from the rehab facility, as this will be separate from your treatment cost.

    Is urban or rural addiction rehab better?

    There is no right answer as to whether you should attend rehab in an urban or rural area. Generally, even if a drug or alcohol rehab clinic is in a city, it will still be located in a quiet part of the city.

    Urban rehab may be a better idea if you are attending a rehab that is far away, as it will be easier to travel to due to better transport networks. If you happen to already live in a city, it may be more convenient to go to rehab in this sort of location.

    However, if you believe you would be much calmer in the countryside, you may decide to find a rehab facility in a very remote area. These clinics often have large grounds you can roam around, and facilities for horse riding and outdoor sports.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.

    Getting a referral for drug rehab or alcohol rehab with Rehab Recovery

    Contact us by phone to find out how you can get started with drug and alcohol rehab in South West England. Alternatively, you can fill out our enquiry form and we will get in touch with you to discuss your options.

    If you aren’t ready to seek treatment just yet, we still encourage you to reach out to us as we can explain what your options are ahead of time. We will also be able to give you advice, as we have dealt with many customers who are struggling to accept that they need professional help.

    Many members of our team have struggled with addiction themselves, so this issue is close to their hearts, and they will treat it with kindness and respect. They know just how life-changing inpatient treatment can be, so they are the perfect people to talk to about the benefits of recovery.

    To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in South West England, please contact us today on 0800 088 66 86.


    [1] Delirium Tremens

    [2] How to Stop an Addiction


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