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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Cornwall

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

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab Cornwall

    Rehab Recovery offers you a range of drug and alcohol treatment offerings in Cornwall. This includes a mixture of residential, outpatient and community-based treatment solutions.

    If you suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you can gain instant access to treatment in Cornwall by contacting Rehab Recovery today.

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    Drug & Alcohol detoxes in Cornwall

    The first stage of treatment you will receive in Cornwall involves a detoxification programme. This programme requires around 7-10 days to complete.

    The detox portion of your rehabilitation programme must take place in residential settings. Why? Because this ensures you are closely monitored when life-threatening withdrawal symptoms may arise.

    You shall be monitored by a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and support workers during your detoxification programme in Cornwall.

    Drug and alcohol statistics for Cornwall


    In the timeframe between April 2019 and April 2020, Cornwall had 1,473 new cases of people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, with a further 2,022 people already in treatment in that time period (1).

    It is clear that there is a need for drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall, as well as more knowledge around the subject of drugs and alcohol for people living in Cornwall and the surrounding areas.

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    What are the benefits of seeking drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall?

    There are many benefits to seeking professional treatment to help you overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol.

    Drug and alcohol rehab facilities are staffed by professionals who use the disease model of addiction to treat you.

    This means that addiction is treated as an illness and not a failure. Just as you wouldn’t expect to recover from heart disease alone with no medical intervention, you shouldn’t expect to recover from addiction alone, either.

    In a private inpatient facility, you will have 24-hour access to medical professionals who are trained in treating addictions.

    They also understand that addiction is commonly a condition that co-occurs alongside other often undiagnosed mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or OCD.

    Having these conditions diagnosed and treated is called dual diagnosis.

    Not only will a private rehab facility aim to treat your addiction, but experts in these facilities can also diagnose and treat the underlying conditions so that when you leave rehab, you are both physically and mentally healthy and ready to face the world clean and sober.

    People who attempt to become sober by themselves often focus on harm reduction or moderation management – this means that they try to cut down on their drug or alcohol use rather than stop it completely.

    In rehab, the focus is on abstinence. This is because you are completely taking away the temptation or the belief that you can stop at one or two drinks.

    The main goal is to quit using completely and to remain sober for life.

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    Private rehab vs council-funded rehab – which is best?

    It is a common misconception that privately funded rehab facilities are reserved for the rich and famous, however, private rehabs are often more affordable than you’d think, and many offer payment plans so that anyone that needs to avail of their services has that opportunity.

    Often, before looking into private rehab, people turn to the NHS for help, which has limited resources and can cause some people to fall through the cracks.

    This can also give extra time for an addiction to become worse as there are often long waiting times for NHS addiction treatment.

    If you are considering looking into drug and alcohol rehab in Cornwall, it is beneficial to understand the pros and cons of both private and council-funded rehab facilities.

    Pros of private rehab in Cornwall:

    • Immediate admissions process
    • Personalised treatment plan
    • Payment plans make it more accessible
    • 24/7 access to medically trained professionals
    • A safe and non-judgmental environment
    • Understanding the root cause of your addiction
    • All-inclusive treatment programme including dual diagnosis of co-occurring conditions
    • Help identifying your triggers and learning how to overcome them
    • Up to 12 months aftercare
    • High success rates

    Cons of private rehab in Cornwall

    • Expensive – even with a payment plan, it may not be accessible to all
    • Requires spending several weeks away from home

    Pros of council-funded rehab in Cornwall

    • Free of charge
    • Available in your local area
    • No need to stay away from home
    • Anyone can avail of the services

    Cons of council-funded rehab in Cornwall

    • Long waiting times before admission – this means that your addiction could be worsening while you are waiting to be treated
    • There is no treatment of underlying and co-occurring conditions, meaning that you have a higher chance of relapsing later on
    • No immediate access to addiction specialists
    • You will likely see different therapists each time, making it difficult to build a rapport and find someone you can trust

    Going through rehab at home – is it possible?

    Some people can safely detox from drugs and alcohol at home; however, it is not always recommended.

    If your addiction is new or mild, it may be possible to stay at home and detox. If you do decide to do this, it is recommended to have someone close to you stay with you to keep an eye on you.

    This way, you have someone with you if there is an emergency.

    There are many cases in which an at-home detox is not recommended. If your addiction has lasted for many years, or if it is very severe, it is likely to be dangerous to go through detox alone, and you will need professional medical intervention.

    If you fall into any of the below categories, you are considered as ‘high risk’, and an at-home detox is not recommended:

    • You regularly drink 30+ units of alcohol per day
    • You suffer from co-occurring mental health issues
    • You have struggled with suicidal thoughts in the past
    • You have self-harmed in the past
    • You have tried to get sober before and have relapsed multiple times
    • You are prone to acts of violence when you are intoxicated
    • You have previously suffered from alcohol seizures or delirium tremens
    • You have been diagnosed with Wernicke’s Encephalopathy

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    DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Dependence

    When you present to a drug and alcohol team with a substance abuse problem, they will evaluate the severity of your condition using the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria.

    This is a 7-point criterion that will identify the pattern of substance use.

    The DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for substance dependence are:

    1. Developing a tolerance for the substance
    2. Developing withdrawal symptoms if you do not take the substance for a period of time
    3. Often taking larger amounts of the substance, or using the substance for longer than intended
    4. Continually trying and failing to quit taking the substance
    5. A great deal of time is spent acquiring the substance, using the substance, or recovering from taking the substance
    6. A lack of interest in hobbies or activities that do not involve taking the substance
    7. Continuing to take the substance despite knowing that it is having a negative impact on your day-to-day life (2).

    What are some alternatives to rehab?

    As mentioned above, there are some instances in which neither private rehab nor council-funded rehab is required.

    If you have spent some time looking into drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall and feel that your addiction is not so severe that you need to go to these extremes to overcome it, there are some alternatives to rehab that you can consider.

    Some common alternatives to rehab are:

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    What is the admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall?

    When you and your GP are concerned enough about your addiction, you will attend a meeting with the drug and alcohol team in Cornwall who will assess the severity of your addiction and the level of care needed using the six dimensions of the ASAM criteria.

    The six dimensions of the ASAM criteria are:

    1. Understanding your history of substance abuse and withdrawal
    2. Assessing your overall physical health
    3. Assessing your overall mental health, e.g. do you have any co-occurring conditions
    4. Understanding your willingness to overcome your addiction and get well
    5. Exploring your overall risk of relapse and your history of relapse
    6. Understanding your living conditions and the everyday triggers you will be faced with (3).

    Alongside this, the drug and alcohol team will use the four categories of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, or DSM-5, to get a better understanding of your level of addiction. The DSM-5 has three levels – mild, moderate, and severe, and four categories of symptoms.

    The four categories are:

    1. Impaired control
    2. Social problems
    3. Risky use
    4. Physical dependence (4).

    If you’re struggling with an alcohol dependency, drug and alcohol experts will use the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, or AUDIT, to determine your level of addiction.

    The AUDIT is a questionnaire comprising of ten questions and a scoring system. A score between 0 and 7 indicates a low risk, 8 to 15 indicates an increased risk, 16-19 indicates high risk, and a score of 20 or more indicates a possible dependence (5).

    How do I know if professional intervention is necessary?

    Many people stage interventions by getting close friends and family members together to confront the person who is struggling with an addiction.

    During an intervention, everyone tells the person how their addiction has negatively affected their lives and relationships and try to convince that person to enter a rehab facility.

    If you have tried traditional interventions for a loved one and have so far been unsuccessful, you may want to look into professional interventions.

    Community Reinforcement and Family Training, otherwise known as CRAFT, is a different approach to intervention.

    Instead of a group of people confronting the user, close significant others will instead begin to reward positive behaviours and ignore negative behaviours.

    An important aspect of the CRAFT approach is that users are left to deal with the negative consequences of their actions without the help of friends or family.

    This means that family members need to take a step back sometimes, which may be difficult.

    However, a CRAFT certified therapist can help families with any difficulties in doing this, as well as teach them to identify when to bring up the idea of rehabilitation with the person struggling with a substance use disorder, and how to act immediately if the person agrees to rehab.

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    How much does drug and alcohol rehab cost in Cornwall?


    The cost of rehab will vary greatly depending on the severity of your addiction, the facility you choose, and the length of time you will need to stay in a facility.

    Staying in a private room for 28 days can cost anywhere between £8000 and £12000.

    A 28-day stay in a shared room usually costs around £6000.

    A 10-day stay in a private room will usually cost between £3000 and £6000.

    A 10-day stay in a shared room costs between £2000 and £4000.

    A home detox option is less expensive but riskier, as you do not have immediate access to medical care should you need it. However, a home detox option usually costs around £1500.

    How long does rehab typically last?

    Rehab is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and there is no one way to approach or go through rehab.

    The amount of time you will spend in rehab will be determined by several factors including the severity of your addiction, the substance you are addicted to, whether or not you have co-occurring mental health conditions, and the amount of money you are able to spend.

    If you have an addiction to a substance that causes a physical dependency such as alcohol or opioids, you will likely need to spend longer in a rehab facility.

    First to detox the substance from your system and then focus on emotional rehabilitation.

    The minimum amount of time recommended in the case of a physical dependency is 7 days, this is so you have access to medical staff if your withdrawal symptoms become life-threatening.

    If your addiction does not cause a physical dependency, there is no need for medical detox, so you won’t need to spend as much time in rehab.

    Call a member of our team to find out how long you will need to spend in rehab to completely overcome your addiction.

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    Tips to help you choose the right drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall

    Choosing the right rehab clinic to suit your needs can seem like an impossible task with so much information available and several facilities to choose from.

    A good start is to look into the approach to rehab in each facility, for example, do you think you’d respond better to a 12-step approach? Or would you be more comfortable with a more holistic approach?

    It is important to conduct plenty of research before you make your decision, and it is a good idea to pay a visit to the facilities, so you get an overall feel of the place and the staff.

    Wherever you decide to go, you need to feel comfortable.

    Some things to keep in mind while you are looking for a rehab facility are:

    • What is the track record of the facility? Ideally, try to pick a long-standing facility. Treatment providers that have been around for a long time are well-established, credible, and successful.
    • What are the success rates of the facility? Don’t be afraid to ask this question, you are spending a great deal of money and deserve the best possible outcome.
    • Don’t forget to look at reviews. Leaflets given to you by facilities will likely have some reviews on them, as well as the websites. It is a good idea to look on Google for reviews also.
    • Do the staff make you feel safe and comfortable when you speak to them? Remember, you are going to be staying here for a period of time, it is important that you feel at home.
    • Make sure the facility is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team including nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, and nutritionists.
    • What aftercare is provided? Most rehab facilities offer some type of aftercare program, make sure you know exactly what you should expect from the facility after you have completed your stay.
    • Family support – does the facility offer family therapy? This is especially important if your close relationships have been negatively impacted by your substance use disorder.

    What is a detox? Do I need one?

    Simply put, a detox is a process of eliminating a harmful substance from your body. When you have spent many months or years continually taking a harmful substance, your body builds up a tolerance to the substance, thus creating a physical dependency.

    When you check in to a private drug and alcohol rehab facility in Cornwall, the first thing you will need to do is detox the substance from your system. In some cases, i.e. if your addiction is to alcohol or heroin, you will need a medically assisted detox.

    A medically assisted detox is when you are prescribed medication to offset the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Over a period of time – usually, 7 days – the dosage of the medication will be reduced, until you are clean of all substances.

    In the case of alcohol detox, you will likely be prescribed a medication called Librium, you will take this medicine for up to 10 days to reduce the risk of seizures, and then spend a further 3 weeks in the facility tackling the emotional causes of your addiction as well as diagnosing any co-occurring conditions.

    Librium is a benzodiazepine that can treat anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. Other symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are nausea, vomiting, insomnia, seizures and in extreme cases, delirium tremens.

    Some withdrawal symptoms from alcohol addiction can be fatal, so it is important to seek professional treatment instead of trying to detox alone at home.

    If you are addicted to heroin, your time in rehab will be similar, except you will likely be prescribed methadone.

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    What is relapse prevention?

    Before leaving rehab, you will be taught some relapse prevention techniques to help you deal with any triggers that you might experience as you adjust to a sober life.

    A common relapse prevention technique is HALT, which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. This technique teaches you the importance of not making major decisions when you are feeling any of these feelings.

    You will learn that it is important to busy your mind with other activities if you do find yourself feeling any of these.

    Other popular relapse prevention techniques are:

    • Learning the importance of self-care
    • Joining local support groups
    • Have an emergency contact that you can call if you feel you may relapse
    • Practising deep breathing
    • Mindful breathing and meditation

    Your aftercare package will also provide some help with relapse prevention and may even hold weekly support groups that you can attend.

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    Rehab for cocaine in Cornwall

    Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that increases the amount of dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is also known as the ‘feel-good hormone’, sends signals to your brain that increase your sensations of pleasure.

    Cocaine gives the user brief bursts of energy and a heightened sense of euphoria. Because the high is so brief, users tend to take larger amounts more often to continue to feel the ‘buzz’.

    Cocaine does not cause a physical dependency and quitting cold turkey is not likely to cause any harmful physical withdrawal symptoms.

    However, it will be an emotionally difficult time and you will suffer from intense cravings.

    If you are struggling with a cocaine addiction, you may be able to overcome your addiction in around 10 days in a private drug and alcohol rehab facility in Cornwall.

    Rehab for heroin in Cornwall

    Heroin is a highly addictive and highly dangerous drug that is commonly injected directly into the bloodstream. Heroin can also be snorted or smoked.

    Withdrawing from a heroin addiction can be incredibly dangerous and medical detox will be necessary. You will be prescribed medication such as methadone to counteract some of the withdrawal symptoms, and your dosage will be lowered over time.

    Heroin withdrawal symptoms include vomiting, body aches, sleep disturbances, diarrhoea, body spasms and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

    If you are addicted to heroin, you will likely need up to 28-days in a rehab facility.

    This way, you can spend time detoxing the substance from your body and then focus on the emotional aspect of your addiction.

    Rehab for cannabis in Cornwall

    It can be easy to overlook the dangers of smoking cannabis because so many people use it for health reasons, however, cannabis can be dangerous and addictive.

    Like other drugs, it is easy to build up a tolerance to cannabis, meaning that over time, you will need to increase your dose in order to feel the desired high.

    Taking more over long periods of time will lead to dependency.

    However, cannabis does not cause a physical dependency and quitting cold turkey will be unpleasant, but not life-threatening. You may suffer from anxiety or other mood imbalances as well as intense cravings as you are overcoming your addiction.

    With a cannabis addiction, you may only need to stay in a rehab facility for 7 to 10 days. However, you can opt to stay in for longer if you feel that it is necessary.

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    What are the different types of therapies on offer in drug and alcohol rehab in Cornwall?

    When you enter a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Cornwall, the staff understand that they are treating the whole person and not just an addiction.

    In order to provide a comprehensive treatment program, there are several different therapies on offer to target the addiction itself, the physical symptoms of withdrawal, as well as the emotional issues associated with addiction.

    Addiction is commonly a co-occurring condition alongside other mental health issues, so it is important to diagnose and treat these conditions to get the most from your time in therapy.

    Some common therapies available in drug and alcohol rehab Cornwall are:

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    CBT teaches you that a positive approach can bring a positive outcome. It aims to prevent you from being trapped in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours.

    Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

    DBT is all about personal acceptance. If you are continually feeling shame about your past actions, you will still be partaking in negative behaviour patterns and thinking negative thoughts. Once you have accepted your past wrongdoings, you will be able to accept a more positive outlook for the future.

    Brief Interventions

    A brief intervention is a one-to-one session with a therapist that focuses on one particular issue. The sessions are often quick; however, they can go on for longer if a solution is not met.

    Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing helps people find some motivation to make positive changes in their lives. It asks clients to focus on positive things they have in their lives and encourages them to continue to focus on these things as they strive for positive changes.

    Holistic Therapies

    Holistic therapies such as yoga, art therapy, music therapy and equine therapy are becoming increasingly more common in rehab facilities. The aim of these therapies is to promote a sense of calm and to help clients deal with their anxieties in a healthier way.

    Group Therapy

    Group therapy is one of the most common therapies on offer within rehab facilities and they offer a safe and comfortable environment for people to discuss what led to their addiction, what they have been through, and what motivated them to seek sobriety.

    Individual Therapy

    Individual therapy and counselling are incredibly important steps in any rehab journey. These sessions often uncover any undiagnosed co-occurring mental health conditions and can be an integral part of getting them clean and sober.

    Family Therapy

    Family therapy is on offer in many rehab facilities to help rebuild any relationships that may have broken down as a result of the addiction. These sessions offer a safe space for people with addictions and their families to air their issues in a safe environment and get some advice on how to overcome them.

    Co-dependency Treatment

    If the counsellors in the rehab facility have uncovered an issue with co-dependency, they can address this with sessions aimed at treating co-dependency. They can help you uncover the root cause of your co-dependency and show you ways that you can overcome it.

    Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy

    Twelve-step facilitation gets a service user directly involved with a twelve-step program in their local area. This is often done as part of an aftercare package.

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    Rehabilitating from drug and alcohol addiction in Cornwall


    Following the completion of your detoxification, you typically require up to four weeks in order to fully recover from your addiction. This is known as rehabilitation.

    During rehabilitation, you are exposed to a number of therapies designed to help you build the mental strength to remain drug and alcohol-free once you leave our residential rehabilitation centre in Cornwall.

    Both your detoxification and rehabilitation programme shall take place in a supportive and highly structured environment. This shall instil a sense of organisation into your affairs, and we believe this is vital once you return home.

    Why? Because organisation and routine allow you to plan your life so you may avoid bad influences and ‘addiction triggers’ which threaten your recovery.

    Upon admission to a Cornwall rehab centre, you will be allocated to a single key worker. This key worker will help you clarify and achieve your goals during your time at our Cornwall rehabilitation centre.

    Should you run into any problems during your time at our Cornwall rehab centre, your key worker will be your first port of call.

    During your rehabilitation, we offer you a range of therapeutic offerings such as 12-step work, psychotherapy, CBT and workshops.

    We also offer a range of holistic therapies such as art therapy, music therapy and mindfulness.

    Residential drug and alcohol treatment available in Cornwall takes place in a modern and purpose-built building. The accommodation is excellent.

    Each patient is given an en-suite bedroom with a TV and a double bed. All rooms include disabled access.

    Aftercare in Cornwall


    Before you leave our care, a thorough aftercare plan is put in place. This plan ensures you are completely prepared for life outside our rehab centre.

    This plan contains a number of proven relapse prevention techniques. These techniques help you avoid or cope with most relapse risks you may face when you return to your community.

    Vitally, your aftercare plan provides for aftercare therapy sessions. This allows you to return to the Cornwall rehab centre for up to twelve months following the completion of your residential stay.

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    Contacting Rehab Recovery

    To apply for treatment at our Cornwall rehab centre, contact our admission today on 0800 088 66 86 or submit a message through this website.

    We also offer drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of locations around the UK, including Bristol, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Plymouth, Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester and more.



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