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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Dorset

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

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab Dorset

    At Rehab Recovery, we aim to empower individuals in Dorset who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. We achieve this aim by offering an entirely free helpline.

    When you contact Rehab Recovery, we carry out a short but important assessment so we may determine the best way forward for you.

    Specifically, we determine the precise nature of your problems that relate to drug and alcohol addiction.

    We then match you with a rehab provider in Dorset or surrounding areas that we believe are best suited to helping you resolve your problems with drug and alcohol addiction.

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    The dangers of addiction

    Addiction is generally classified as a ‘disease of the mind.’ Unfortunately, addiction carries with it some real and significant risks.

    Addiction is often compared to a ‘downward spiral’ for this very reason. Generally, the longer you are addicted to a substance, the more you should expect to lose.

    It follows from the above that the quicker you receive professional addiction treatment, the less you will end up losing. When it comes to seeking professional addiction treatment, time is thus of the essence.

    Drug and alcohol statistics in Dorset


    Figures from the Dorset council show that in 2019-2020, there were over 600 people in treatment for alcohol abuse, and over 730 people in treatment for drug abuse (1).

    However, it is thought that the number of people dependent on drugs or alcohol is actually much higher with an estimated 72.9% of people with alcohol addiction in Dorset not seeking treatment, and 43.7% of people with an opiate addiction not seeking treatment (2).

    With these figures in mind, it is obvious that there is a clear need for drug and alcohol rehab Dorset with a focus on getting more people into rehab.

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    Why should I seek drug and alcohol rehab in Dorset?

    In a large number of cases, addiction is a symptom of other underlying mental health conditions that are often undiagnosed.

    Conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and bipolar disorders often accompany addiction and make it much more difficult to treat without professional help.

    When these underlying conditions are treated alongside addiction, your chances of obtaining sobriety are heightened while also reducing your chances of relapsing in the future.

    Within drug and alcohol rehab facilities, the staff understand that addiction is an illness that needs to be treated as any other illness would.

    You are not judged or seen as a failure because the team of professionals within rehab facilities understand that addiction changes the chemistry of the brain.

    With this in mind, rehab facilities focus on abstinence rather than harm reduction or moderation management.

    This is because rehab focuses on the disease model of addiction, meaning that addiction is seen as an illness that a person will always suffer from, even after years of sobriety.

    Once you have suffered from an addiction, you are at a greater risk of relapsing. Abstaining from the substance entirely is the safest way to ensure that you are not tempted to indulge and risk falling back into the grips of addiction.

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    What is the difference between private rehab and council-funded rehab?

    You would be forgiven for believing that private residential rehab is reserved for the rich and famous and is mostly unattainable for the average person.

    For this reason, many people go straight to the NHS for treatment instead of exploring the private rehab options available in their area.

    However, private rehab facilities are more affordable than you’d think, and many offer payment plans so anyone can avail of the treatment they provide.

    If you are considering drug and alcohol rehab Dorset, it is important to look into both private and council-funded options, so you are equipped with all of the information needed to make an informed decision.

    The benefits of privately funded rehab

    • Immediate admission means that your treatment can begin straight away
    • Treatments tailored to your individual needs
    • 24/7 access to medical professionals
    • Safe and comfortable environment
    • Comprehensive treatment program including dual diagnosis and uncovering the root cause of your addiction
    • Learning relapse prevention strategies
    • Learning to identify your triggers and using coping strategies to overcome them
    • High rates of success
    • Dedicated aftercare teams

    The cons of privately funded rehab

    • High costs can make it out of reach for many people, even with payment plans available.

    The benefits of council-funded rehab

    • Free of charge
    • Available to anyone
    • In your local area
    • There is normally no need to stay away from home
    • Confidential

    The cons of council-funded rehab

    • Long waiting times for admission mean your addiction could be worsening while you are waiting for treatment
    • Only the addiction is treated, meaning underlying conditions are often not diagnosed or treated
    • Greater risk of relapse
    • You will likely see different therapists each time, making it difficult to build a rapport with a therapist you trust
    • You will not have immediate access to addiction specialists should you need one.

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    Can I go through rehab at home?

    It can be overwhelming looking into the various rehab options available and because of this, it can be tempting to try to deal with it alone at home.

    If your addiction is relatively new and not severe, you may be able to safely detox at home.

    If you do decide to do this, it is a good idea to have a friend or relative stay with you to keep an eye on you in case you need medical help or support.

    However, if your condition is severe and has lasted for a long time, or if you drink more than 30 units of alcohol in a day, it can be dangerous to go through the detox stage without medical intervention.

    If you fall into any of the following categories, it is not recommended to go through detox at home:

    • You have co-occurring mental health issues, have suicidal thoughts, or if you are at risk of self-harming
    • You suffer from any mental or physical health condition that may be worsened by a home detox
    • You have made several attempts at maintaining sobriety but have failed each time
    • You have become violent while under the influence in the past
    • You have suffered from alcohol seizures or delirium tremens – or your addiction is so severe that delirium tremens is a possibility throughout your detox
    • You have been diagnosed with Wernicke’s encephalopathy
    • You are considered ‘high-risk’ on the DSM-IV-TR criteria for substance abuse and substance dependence.

    The DSM-IV-TR criteria for substance abuse are:

    • Problems at work, school, or home as a direct result of substance abuse. This could be poor performance, poor attendance, or child neglect.
    • Using drugs or alcohol when you know it is dangerous to do so, for example, when you know you will be driving.
    • Have legal trouble as a direct result of your substance abuse.
    • Ignoring the negative impact the substance is having on your life and continuing to use it anyway.

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

    • Building up a tolerance for the substance means you need to take larger amounts more often to achieve the desired effect.
    • Intending to take small amounts but frequently ending up taking more.
    • Feeling sick or shaky if you haven’t taken the substance for a while, and the only way to feel ‘normal’ again is to take more of the substance
    • Repeatedly trying and failing to give up the substance.
    • Obtaining and using the substance takes up a lot of your time.
    • Lack of interest in hobbies or activities that you once enjoyed and withdrawal from people who do not use the substance.
    • Knowing that the substance is having negative effects on your health but continuing to use it anyway (2).

    What are some alternatives to rehab?

    As previously stated, residential rehab or council-funded rehab is not for everyone.

    If you have researched drug and alcohol rehab Dorset and have decided that your addiction is not so severe that you need to avail of these services, there are alternatives that you could consider.

    Some popular alternatives to rehab are:

    • Alcoholics Anonymous – a weekly meeting where people with an alcohol addiction can talk about their experience in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
    • Narcotics Anonymous – similar to Alcoholics Anonymous, only for people with drug addictions.
    • SMART Recovery meetings – Self-Management and Recovery Training – these meetings teach you that you are in control of your behaviour and have the power to change.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous Family group meetings – meetings for friends and family members affected by a loved one’s addiction.
    • Outpatient rehab with drug and alcohol specialists – visiting an outpatient facility for scheduled appointments but continuing to detox and live at home.

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    What is the admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab in Dorset?

    A team of drug and alcohol addiction specialists assess the severity of your addiction using the ASAM criteria.

    The ASAM criteria have six elements that determine how far along your addiction is, and what level of treatment you will need.

    The six dimensions of the ASAM criteria are:

    1. Understanding your history of substance abuse and withdrawal
    2. Assessing your physical health
    3. Assessing your mental health
    4. Exploring your determination to get better
    5. Understanding your history of relapse
    6. Knowing your living situation and surrounding triggers (3)

    As well as the ASAM criteria, the drug and alcohol addiction experts will use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, or DSM-5, to diagnose the severity of your addiction.

    The DSM-5 has three levels – mild, moderate, and severe, with four categories of symptoms.

    The four categories of substance use disorder symptoms as laid out by the DSM-5 are:

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

    If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, the addiction experts will use a tool called AUDIT to determine your level of addiction.

    AUDIT stands for Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.

    AUDIT is a 10-question test with a specific scoring system that will allow the addiction specialists to better understand your level of addiction. Anything above 8 in this test indicates a concern (5)

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    When is a professional intervention recommended?

    Many people believe that in order for rehab to work, the person attending needs to go willingly. However, in some circumstances, people can enter rehab with some encouragement from friends and family and it will still work.

    If you do decide to stage an intervention for someone you know, there are different ways to approach this.

    Usually, the first intervention is when close friends and family members gather together and confront the person about their addiction.

    They each take it in turns to talk about their concerns for the person struggling with an addiction, and how their addiction is affecting their life.

    In many cases, this is enough to make the person own up to their struggles.

    However, there are times when a professional interventionist may be needed.

    Community Reinforcement and Family Training, otherwise known as CRAFT, approaches interventions from a different angle.

    Instead of confronting someone about their addiction, CRAFT teaches friends and family members to think about the ways in which they may be unintentionally enabling the addiction.

    Friends and relatives will learn to reward positive behaviours and ignore negative behaviours, allowing the person struggling with an addiction to learning that when they show self-control, their behaviour will be rewarded.

    As well as this, a professional interventionalist can teach families how and when to approach the idea of rehab with the substance user.

    This is a less confrontational way to begin the journey towards sobriety and is often easier for the substance user to handle as they will not feel that they are being ganged upon.

    How much does rehab cost in Dorset?

    The price of drug and alcohol rehab Dorset varies depending on several factors, including the amount of time you need to spend in rehab, whether you are attending rehab as an inpatient or an outpatient, and the treatment centre you choose.

    Attending a private rehab clinic in Dorset can cost between £8,000 and £12,000 if you are staying for 28 days in a private room. This can be reduced to around £6,000 if you opt to share a room.

    A 10-day detox in a private rehab clinic in Dorset can cost between £3,000 and £6,000. Again, if you wish to share a room, the price could drop to between £2,000 and £4,000.

    Opting for a home detox reduces the price again, and you can expect to pay around £1,500 for this.

    However, there is no way for us to give you an accurate price until we have spoken directly to you and set out a specific treatment plan.

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    How to choose the right drug and alcohol rehab Dorset?

    Choosing the right rehab clinic can be quite a difficult and overwhelming task. There are lots of options to consider, including the type of care you’ll need and whether you want to opt for inpatient or outpatient rehab.

    However, you should also consider the following:

    • Does the rehab facility have a long track record?
    • Does the rehab facility have good reviews?
    • Does it have a high success rate?
    • Is the treatment you need within your price range?
    • Is the facility staffed with highly experienced nurses, doctors, and addiction specialists?
    • Do you feel comfortable in the facility and around the staff?

    Most rehab facilities in Dorset use a combination of talk therapies and alternative therapies.

    It is important to understand exactly what the facility offers and if their approach to rehabilitation is the right fit for you.

    What is a detox, and do I need one?

    Simply put, a detox is a process of eliminating drugs and/or alcohol from the body.

    After prolonged use of drugs or alcohol, your body will build up a dependency on the substance. This means that you need more of the substance more often in order to feel the desired effect.

    This is how a physical dependency is created.

    When you have a physical dependency, suddenly stopping the substance can cause harmful mental and physical side-effects. These are known as withdrawal symptoms.

    If it has been established that you have a physical addiction, undergoing an unsupervised detox can be dangerous.

    It is recommended to attend an inpatient rehab facility to go through the detox stage as this way you will have 24/7 support and direct access to medical professionals should you need it.

    In severe cases, doctors may prescribe you certain medications to counteract the withdrawal symptoms with a view to reducing the dosage over time.

    An example of this is Librium based detox. Librium is a benzodiazepine that is often used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety – a common withdrawal symptom.

    Librium comes in doses of between 5mg and 25mg, and you will only need to take it for a week to 10 days to offset the anxiety.

    Once your dosage has been reduced or stopped, you will be referred to a therapist who can help you tackle the psychological and mental effects of your addiction.

    In an inpatient rehab setting, this will be done immediately, while you may have to wait longer if you decide to undergo rehab as an outpatient.

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    How long does rehab last?

    Every addiction is different, and different people will require different lengths of stay in a rehab facility.

    If addiction is relatively short-lived and not too severe, some people can opt for a 7–10-day detox. This way, they go through the worst and most dangerous stage of rehab with medical supervision.

    Shorter stays in rehab often happen when the addiction does not cause a physical dependency, such as cannabis or cocaine.

    If the substance you have been addicted to causes a physical dependency, such as alcohol or opioids, you will need a medical detox and a longer stay will be recommended.

    In these cases, a 28-day stay is common. This is because the physical addiction is treated first, and then the remainder of the time can be focussed on a full emotional and mental recovery.

    Rehab for cocaine in Dorset

    Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that causes short bursts of energy in the user. Cocaine is so addictive, that even one dose can lead to immediate addiction.

    Because the effect of cocaine is short-lived, users tend to take large quantities more often, thus creating the addiction.

    In 2020, 777 deaths in England and Wales were directly related to cocaine use, an increase of almost 10% from the year before (6).

    Cocaine is not a physically addictive drug, which means that detoxing from cocaine will not cause any physical withdrawal symptoms and medical detox is not required. This usually means that a shorter stay in rehab is possible.

    Rehab for heroin in Dorset

    Heroin is a highly dangerous and highly addictive drug; it is also one of the most difficult drugs to detox from.

    Heroin causes a psychological addiction as well as a physical addiction, meaning that a medical detox will be required when you first enter rehab.

    Often, methadone will be prescribed to counteract the withdrawal symptoms, and the dosage will be reduced over time.

    Heroin withdrawal can be dangerous, with side effects lasting weeks or months. Vomiting, diarrhoea, intense cravings, palpitations, and involuntary bodily movements are likely.

    In extreme cases, heroin withdrawal can cause heart attack or strokes.

    In England and Wales in 2020, 1,337 deaths were directly related to heroin and morphine (7).

    Rehab for cannabis in Dorset

    Cannabis is a widely abused drug that many people use to counteract other health problems such as joint pain. However, it is also highly addictive.

    Cannabis is not a physically addictive drug, so you will not need a medical detox in order to stop taking it safely, however, you may have prolonged cravings for the drug.

    If you decide to attend a rehab facility for an addiction to cannabis, you should expect to be there for 7 to 10 days.

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    What therapies are available in drug and alcohol rehab Dorset?

    Attending drug and alcohol rehab is a big decision, and it is important to know that you are getting the best possible treatments while you are there.

    Rehab facilities aim to treat the physical addiction if there is one, the psychological addiction, as well as any underlying undiagnosed mental health issues such as OCD or depression.

    Each facility will have its own program of treatments, ranging from traditional treatments like therapy, to holistic treatments such as yoga.

    Some treatments that you are likely to encounter within an inpatient rehab facility in Dorset are:

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    CBT teaches you that your negative thoughts have negative consequences.

    It teaches you ways to change the way you approach certain situations so that you can increase your chances of having positive experiences instead of negative ones. It can help to stop the cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours.

    Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

    Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is similar to CBT in that it teaches positivity, however, it is geared towards people who struggle to manage their emotions. It most often occurs in group sessions.

    Brief Interventions

    A brief intervention is a one-to-one session that tackles a specific issue. They usually don’t last very long but they encourage the service user to face a problem head-on until a solution is agreed upon.

    Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing encourages the service user to find positive things within their own lives that are worth getting better for.  People often feel empowered during these sessions, and the positive emotions can be very motivating.

    Holistic Therapies

    Holistic therapies come in many forms and different facilities will offer different types of holistic therapy.

    Common holistic therapies used in rehab facilities are art therapy, music therapy and yoga. These types of therapies are very calming and relaxing and can give the service user a healthy direction in which they can focus their anxieties.

    Group Therapy

    Group therapy is popular in and out of rehab facilities, with many people attending community group therapy even after leaving rehab. The purpose of these sessions is to allow the person to understand that they are not alone in their struggle, they are not a failure, and they are not judged at these sessions.

    Individual Therapy

    Individual therapy within a rehab setting is usually when co-occurring or underlying mental health issues are diagnosed and treated. As addiction often co-occurs alongside other issues, therapists will know exactly what signs to look for to make sure you are being fully treated.

    This also ensures that you have a better chance at maintaining sobriety long after you leave rehab.

    Co-dependency Treatment

    Co-dependency often affects the family members of drug and alcohol users as they find themselves neglecting their own needs in order to fulfil the needs of the user.

    If the therapist believes that you are in a co-dependent relationship, they will help you discover what caused it and how to overcome the behaviour that enables it.

    Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy

    Twelve-step facilitation therapy finds a twelve-step program within the local area of the user and actively get them involved.

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    Does drug and alcohol rehab Dorset provide aftercare?

    When you attend a drug and alcohol rehab clinic, you will be taught prevention techniques to reduce your chances of relapsing in the future.

    It is a common misconception that relapse prevention is put in place for when a user is struggling to cope, however, relapse prevention works better when good choices are made on a daily basis – becoming a routine.

    Some common relapse prevention techniques are:

    • Self-care

    Following an eating and sleeping routine, as well as taking some time out to unwind and do things that bring you joy will mean that you are less anxious and fatigued, which are common triggers of relapse.

    • Know your triggers

    Knowing what will trigger your desire to drink or use drugs is a good idea because when you recognise a trigger, you can remove yourself from the situation.

    • HALT

    Common triggers of relapse are Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, Tiredness (HALT). If you are feeling a desire to revert back to your old ways, take a minute to ask yourself if you are feeling any of the above.

    Once you have pinpointed which of these you are feeling, you can address it accordingly.

    • Meditation and mindfulness

    Studies have shown that people recovering from addictions that practice mindfulness techniques have a smaller chance of relapsing than those that don’t practice any mindfulness techniques (8).

    When you are mindfully meditating, you are more in touch with your emotions and your needs.

    • Support Groups

    Support groups are beneficial to people recovering from addiction long after they have taken their last sip of alcohol or used drugs.

    When people are struggling, even years later, a support group can remind them of how far they’ve come in their journey.

    How to get treatment today


    Unfortunately, most NHS Trusts no longer offer addiction treatment. Many statutory providers that do still offer free treatment often require you to submit to a lengthy waiting list before you may access available treatment.

    This sorry state of affairs means it is probably in your best interests to seek out affordable yet quality private treatment for your addiction to drugs or alcohol. This is really where Rehab Recovery comes in.

    When you contact Rehab Recovery, we assess your needs. We then recommend you to a suitable treatment centre in Dorset that’s best suited to your unique needs.

    This means you avoid a lengthy research process and also means you avoid the situation where you engage with a treatment programme that’s less than optimal for your requirements.

    Although the vast majority of treatment centres we partner with within Dorset are private, we are able to locate a treatment that’s both affordable and highly effective.

    Thousands of people located across Southern England rely on our services each year, and we are utterly confident in our ability to help you too.

    About addiction treatment in Dorset


    Rehab Recovery offers a range of treatment types in Dorset. This includes home detox options, outpatient treatment and residential treatment. For these three options, residential treatment is by far the superior option.

    Why? Because residential treatment requires you to leave your home whilst you undergo treatment. You are thus utterly removed from all “relapse” temptations.

    Fortunately, Rehab Recovery has partnered with several residential treatment centres in Dorset that are available to accept your admission into their care within as little as 24 hours after you contact us.

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    Gaining access to treatment centres in Dorset


    You may wonder how you may gain access to treatment centres in Dorset. All you must do is contact Rehab Recovery by telephone.

    When you contact our helpline, an addiction worker will run you through a quick assessment so we may determine the precise nature of your needs.

    Following this assessment, you will then be referred to one of several residential rehab clinics in Dorset. This process is vitally important as it allows us to recommend you to rehab providers that are best suited to your needs.

    This process also allows us to deselect treatment centres that may not be appropriate for solving your particular problems with drug and alcohol addiction.

    Get in touch today

    Decide to take back control of your life today by contacting Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86. When you contact Rehab Recovery, all information you give us is held in the strictest of confidence.

    We only refer your details to our Dorset rehab providers with your express permission. We truly look forward to hearing from you and helping you meet your recovery goals.

    We also offer our drug and alcohol rehab services in various other locations across the UK, including Somerset, Devon, Bristol, Cornwall, Plymouth, Truro, Bath, Exeter, Cheltenham and more!



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