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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Swindon

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

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab Swindon

    Alcohol and drug counselling is the staple of any rehabilitation program. Without being able to confront and cope with the issues which triggered the addiction in the first place patients will find it impossible to achieve any long term success.

    Swindon alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities offer programs involving counselling to attack the addiction on all levels.

    The 2021 UK Drug and Alcohol Use Survey estimated that there were around 586,780 dependent drinkers across the country.

    Unfortunately, only 20% of people in those numbers were getting help.

    Alcohol sales also increased by about 25% during lockdown – a worrying trend that could result in many more addictions.

    Professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab Swindon is the best way to recover from any kind of addiction, for a multitude of reasons.

    Addiction is a disease of the brain, not a moral failing – it’s not your fault and you deserve to get help.

    You don’t necessarily need to go through residential rehab – if it’s not for you, there are plenty of other options, including inpatient treatment, support groups and other strategies.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Dual diagnosis

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    Addiction is primarily a symptom of underlying mental health issues – many people use drugs or alcohol and then become addicted because of emotional gaps in their life.

    Some common dual diagnoses that often happen alongside addiction include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    Drug and alcohol rehab Swindon aim to unroot all of these, via evidence-based treatments.

    A variety of therapy and counselling techniques are used.

    This includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which specifically targets the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns that may be causing you to spiral, as well as DBT, which teaches you to regulate your emotions and Motivational Interviewing, which encourages you to change via a series of non-judgmental questions.

    Overall, when looking into treatment, it’s very important that you’re open about your full physical and mental history.

    The people helping to arrange your recovery need to know all the facts, so they can create an appropriate plan that’s safe for you and takes your full situation into account.

    The benefits of residential rehab in Swindon

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    Although it’s not for everyone, with further options being detailed below, residential drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon is the best choice for moderate to severe dependencies.

    First of all, if your addiction is being driven by any environmental factors, a chance to reset and recover in a new space could be key.

    Getting away from your current personal and professional situations, whatever those might be, will likely put you in a good headspace to recover.

    At the same time, you’ll also be in a space where you’re surrounded by treatment. You’ll have full access to one to one care and you’ll be able to recover amongst people going through the same things as you.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Private vs. Council founded rehab treatment

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    Private and council founded rehab treatment both have their benefits and drawbacks.

    If you have a more severe addiction issue, you might benefit from the one to one treatment and instant access to care that private rehab provides.

    On the other hand, speaking of access, council-founded rehab is available to everyone.

    If you’d feel more comfortable staying close to home, recovery services in your local area could be beneficial.

    If and when you choose to get in touch with addiction services, you should talk through which option would work best for you.

    Before you take that step, you should also fully research both choices, finding out everything you can and thinking about what might be best for you specifically.

    Why residential rehab is not for everyone

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    Residential drug and alcohol rehab Swindon aren’t for everyone – in fact, it’s designed for people who meet several specific criteria.

    These are:

    • People with significant mental health problems which would inhibit their recovery and would make an at-home detox difficult, or even dangerous
    • People who are drinking over 25 units of alcohol a day, with co-occurring mental health issues
    • People who have suicidal thoughts
    • People who have failed to remain sober after multiple attempts at at-home treatment
    • People who’ve committed acts of violence against loved ones while intoxicated
    • People who experience severe withdrawal symptoms if and when they attempt to stop, including delirium tremens and alcoholic seizures
    • People who have Wernicke’s encephalopathy

    The DSM-IV-TR also has diagnostic criteria for substance dependence.

    This is one of several assessments used in the early stages of addiction treatment, to judge the severity of each individual case.

    The seven most significant points that these particular one judges are:

    • Hazardous useare you using to a point that’s hazardous? Not just to your health (although that is important), but to your personal and professional life, as well as your mental health?
    • Social or interpersonal problems relating to use linking to that penultimate point, the impact that your addiction is having on your personal relationships is also significant
    • Neglected major roles to use is your use making you neglect major parts of your life?
    • Withdrawaldo you experience withdrawal symptoms if and when you attempt to stop using?
    • ToleranceHow much tolerance have you built up to drugs and/or alcohol in your time of heavy use?
    • Using larger amounts for longer is also a sign of increased tolerance
    • Repeated attempts to control the use or quit an inability to stop is what essentially defines addiction

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    The alternatives to going to rehab

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    Alongside residential drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon, there are also several alternatives, including:

    • Outpatient treatment via a local Drug & Alcohol team in Swindon – This is probably the first alternative that will be offered if you do decide that residential drug and alcohol rehab Swindon isn’t for you. Following this course of action, you’ll recover at home while receiving regular support from an expert team. This option might also suit people who would be more comfortable staying at home.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – Support groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous can be a huge source of support for a lot of people recovering from addiction. They’ll allow you to recover alongside people going through the exact same thing, which is especially helpful if your addiction has made you feel alone. You can also share your story with those people and hear their stories in turn.
    • SMART Recovery – SMART Recovery is a strategy that differs from some others. They see addiction as a dysfunctional habit, rather than a disease and generally aim for you to lead your own recovery from it. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. More specifically, it teaches you to control your own urges, manage your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours and ultimately lead yourself to a more balanced life.
    • Home detox – A detox is the first stage of overcoming any physical addiction. In more severe cases, this should occur in a residential space, where you’ll be able to fully resist temptation and avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. We should also note here that an unsupported detox is different to an at-home detox. In an unsupported detox, you’ll go completely alone, without any medication or help. In an at-home detox, on the other hand, you’ll slowly reduce your intake over a set period of time, with a full team supporting you and providing medication so you can avoid the worst withdrawal symptoms.
    • Al-Anon Family Group meetings – Addiction can also have a devastating impact on the families of suffers. In a lot of cases, family members of addicts could benefit from AI-Anon family group meetings. These essentially function like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous, allowing you to share your feelings on a really difficult situation while meeting people that are going through the same thing.

    The admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab Swindon

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    Assessing the severity of your case is one of the most important parts of the early admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon.

    Depending on how bad your addiction has become, you might need full residential treatment, or you might just need an at-home detox.

    We won’t know for certain until we assess you in further detail – but we do need to know so we can treat you appropriately.

    Any treatment will likely be ineffective if it doesn’t suit your exact scenario.

    One of the ways we judge this is via the DSM-5’s 3 levels of severity. This sliding scale allows us to categorise everyone correctly.

    While 0.5 is considered at-risk, 1 is a mild case. Going further up the scale, 2 is moderate and 3 is severe.

    Of course, just giving you a number randomly won’t be enough – so there are also criteria designed to look at your situation in more specific detail.

    The ASAM criteria in particular use 6 dimensions to look at all the important aspects of addiction.

    Those being:

    1. Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential – what potential do you have for withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to quit? Withdrawal symptoms can become dangerous in a lot of severe cases, making residential rehab a safer choice. An at-home detox will also mean that you’re surrounded by temptation, which some may struggle with.
    2. Biomedical conditions and complications – underlying health conditions could also influence your treatment. Recovering from addiction can take a physical as well as an emotional toll, so it’s important that we know the full state of our health.
    3. Emotional, Behavioural or Cognitive Conditions or Complications – Your mental health will also be a huge part of any plan. Addiction is often caused by underlying mental health issues, which are targeted during drug and alcohol rehab Swindon through specific mental health treatments. If we don’t acknowledge your overall mental health when laying out your treatment, we might not be able to place you appropriately.
    4. Readiness to change – As hard as it can be, recovering from addiction often takes major lifestyle changes. If you’re in an environment that’s worsening your addiction, you might need to remove yourself from that space to make a full recovery. We need to know from the start how willing you are to make that change – alongside this, you need to be willing to change your current life, instead of spiralling further into addiction.
    5. Relapse, continued use or continued problem potential – relapse is always a major risk, especially if you’ve just finished treatment. To decide an aftercare plan for you especially, we need to know how at-risk you are of relapse.
    6. Recovery environment – where are you right now and what kind of environment would suit your recovery? Would be better for you to stay at home or go to a residential space?

    Finally, AUDITS (or the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test), also asks 10 questions, going across 3 categories.

    Questions 1 to 3 cover intake. They are:

    1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
    2. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you’re drinking?
    3. How often have you had 6 or more units if female, 8 or more if male, on a single occasion the last year?

    Questions 4 to 6 then move on to dependency, asking:

    1. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
    2. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of your drinking?
    3. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get you going after a heavy drinking session?

    Finally, as addiction can often have such devastating consequences for your personal and professional life, questions 7 to 10 follow along with that theme.

    Each answer is worth a certain number of points – a score of more than 3 points indicates alcohol dependency, while a score above 8 is a cause for concern.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    When is professional intervention is needed?

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    Whatever form they take, interventions are often a vital stage of recovery.

    A lot of people going through addiction are in denial about their issues at the start. Interventions can make them wake up and see that they need help, especially as they’ll be hearing it from the people who they know care about the most.

    A traditional intervention is a meeting where all those concerned about the potential addict come together, to speak to them directly.

    They’ll each speak, talking about their concerns for the person and the way that the addiction has affected their lives. They’ll also say how they’d like things to change moving forward.

    Or if you want something a bit less confrontational that will help your family structure as a whole, the CRAFT approach could be for you.

    CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. Using this strategy, you’ll learn how to support your loved one through addiction, whilst also clearly communicating with them and amongst each other.

    You could always start with a more typical, traditional intervention and then move forward to the CRAFT approach, as a way of helping them post-rehab.

    How much does drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon cost?

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    The prices of drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon, or anywhere else, may vary based on where you go for treatment, as well as what kind of treatment you choose.

    But generally, a 10-day detox with a single occupancy room ranges from £3,000 to £6,000, while multiple occupancies go down to £2,000 to £4,000.

    Moderate to severe addiction cases will need more than 10 days – more specifically, a 28-day stay is normally available, typically at a cost of £8,000 to £12,000 for single occupancy and £6,000 for multiple occupancies.

    Finally, a simple at-home detox costs the least, usually coming to about £1,500.

    While researching any addiction organisations, you should always look at pricing to check that they’re affordable for you.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Tips for choosing the right drug and alcohol rehab Swindon

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    Choosing the right drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon can be really tricky, especially as there are so many options out there.

    Here, we have a few handy tips and tricks to choose the right drug and alcohol rehab Swindon for you.

    First of all, you should fully research and compare notes on every place you’re considering.

    Specifically, you should look at their track record first, as well as their reviews and general success rates – how long have they been going? What have other people experienced with them?

    You should also check if each place is affordable to you. What are their prices? All that information should be on each website.

    As a final step, you should then try speaking to each of them, if you feel up for it. Judge how comfortable you are after speaking to each one and then make your decision based on that.

    What is a detox, and do I need one?

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    Detox is essentially a medical procedure where your intake of drugs or alcohol is slowly reduced in a safe, secure manner.

    This is important, as dependency can often result in dangerous withdrawal symptoms if you simply go cold turkey without any help.

    Specific withdrawal symptoms for alcohol include:

    • Shaking hands
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Insomnia
    • Sweating

    Medication will help to curb these symptoms.

    For example, an alcohol detox specifically uses Librium over a 10 day period to reduce the risk of withdrawal seizures.

    This is then followed by approximately 3 weeks of further rehab, to truly tackle the emotional causes of your addiction.

    We’ll then carefully craft a relapse prevention plan, with all risks and triggers taken into account.

    More information about detoxing specifically from drugs is available from our website here.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    How long does rehab last?

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    Like many other parts of this process, the amount of time you spend in drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon can depend on a variety of factors.

    We’d recommend an absolute minimum of 7 days for alcohol detox, to break down your physical connection to it.

    To fully recover emotionally, you should really take at least 28 days. This will give you time to focus on various therapies and develop a full relapse prevention plan.

    Your physical and psychological dependence both need to be dealt with for you to make a full recovery.

    Some addictions, however, aren’t physically addictive, meaning they don’t need medical detox.

    Examples of this include cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines.

    Rehab for Cocaine in Swindon

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    Across the UK in 2020, there were 777 deaths involving cocaine – a 9.7% increase from 2019.

    Cocaine is specifically known to cause periods of manic energy, followed by a crash. Its fast effects also encourage repeat uses.

    This then means that it’s very easy to build up a tolerance to it, making it highly addictive.

    Its withdrawal symptoms include:

    • Irritability
    • Fatigue
    • Cravings
    • Insomnia/a disrupted sleep pattern
    • Cravings to use

    As cocaine isn’t physically addictive, it doesn’t create dangerous physical withdrawal symptoms. This means that at the beginning of your treatment, you won’t need medical detox.

    We will however put a strong focus on mental health, looking into the root causes of your cocaine addiction and attempting to heal them.

    We have more information on cocaine rehab specifically here

    Rehab for Heroin rehab in Swindon

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    Unlike cocaine, heroin is physically addictive, meaning it requires a detox.

    Some of the worst withdrawal symptoms include:

    • Muscle spasms
    • Diarrhoea
    • Shaking
    • Sweating
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Agitation

    This means that a carefully planned medical detox is needed to get you off heroin safely. Then, we can follow the same pattern as non-physical addictions, focusing on your mental health through various kinds of therapy and counselling.

    Heroin binds to opioid receptors in your brain, affecting your pleasure and reward centres. This then means that both your mind and body can react in severe ways when it’s taken away.

    Rehab for Cannabis in Swindon

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    Cannabis is unusual in the fact that it’s a lot more socially accepted. It’s even legal in many places.

    But it’s been predicted that around 30% of users have some kind of problem.

    The key signs are the same as any other addiction. If you find that you can’t function without cannabis, that your use is causing personal or professional problems, or that you’re continually craving it in increased amounts, you should seek out help.

    Cannabis in particular creates feelings of relaxation and tranquillity, while also altering your perceptions of your immediate surroundings.

    If you’d like to learn more about drug and alcohol rehab Swindon for Cannabis in particular, we have more information here.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Kinds of therapy on offer through drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon

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    As mental health issues and addiction are so closely linked, therapy and counselling are a huge part of drug and alcohol rehab in Swindon.

    It’s important that we target all underlying causes of your addiction – you’ll struggle to recover if you don’t tackle these.

    Some of the most significant mental health treatments usually on offer via drug and alcohol rehab Swindon are:

    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – Often shortened to CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy targets the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns that may be causing you to spiral, via talking therapy.
    • Dialectical behavioural therapy – DBT uses the same model as CBT. But instead of focusing on those toxic patterns we mentioned earlier, also known as cognitive distortions, this teaches you to effectively process your emotions.
    • Brief interventions – Interventions are often a vital step in recovery. They give you an outside perspective, allowing you to see the harm your addiction is doing, to yourself and to others. Brief interventions specifically are a bit different – they’re essentially check-ins with professionals, to see how you’re doing throughout your treatment.
    • Motivational interviewing – Motivational interviewing is a counselling technique, where you’re asked a series of non-judgmental questions. As the first word of the strategies’ name would suggest, the intention of these is to motivate you to change, while giving you an outside perspective.
    • Holistic therapies – The term “holistic” comes from the Greek word “holos”, meaning whole. Holistic therapies are so-called because they focus on healing the whole self, often through activities like art, music and team-building exercises.
    • Group therapy – Recovering amongst people going through the same things as you can be a huge help for a lot of people, so group therapy can be very important
    • Individual therapy – At the same time, one to one therapy that solely focuses on you can be beneficial too.
    • Family therapy As we’ve already explored here, addiction can have a huge impact on families. If you feel that damage has been done to your family relationships, you might want to consider family therapy as part of your recovery plan.
    • Co-dependency treatment – Co-dependency is an unhealthy relationship structure that can often arise from addiction. As the “dependency” part of the name might indicate, this is a kind of relationship where one person’s needs are put over another. This can be dealt with via specific therapy, which can be accessed at the same time as other addiction treatments.
    • Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) – 12 step facilitation therapy uses the famous 12 step approach to help you recover In amongst the 12 steps, which you can read in full detail here, the three major themes are acceptance, surrender and active involvement in your recovery.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Relapse prevention plans and abstinence during drug and alcohol rehab Swindon

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    Aftercare might seem like an afterthought in comparison to the others, it’s actually a vital stage.

    It’s your final transition into post-rehab life – and relapse prevention plans are a really important part of that.

    To start off, we’ll create a relapse prevention plan to try and ensure your full recovery.

    Various strategies can also be woven into this plan, to make it truly effective. HALT is one of the biggest ones – this stands for hungry, angry lonely, and tired.

    That might look like a random list at first glance – but these are some of the biggest emotions that can trigger a relapse.

    Using the HALT strategy, you’ll learn to identify these feelings, so you can process them in a healthy way.

    Tense, anxious feelings can also trigger you in the same way – so mind-body meditation can also be very helpful.

    There are also a few other important aspects to an effective relapse prevention plan, including:

    • A plan in case you do relapse, including what should be done in addition to contact details
    • Any personal or professional lifestyle changes you might need to make
    • Triggers, cravings and general warning signs of a relapse

    Abstinence is also a very important part of recovery. In a majority of addiction cases, especially severe ones, fully staying away from drugs and alcohol after your treatment is nearly always the healthiest choice.

    If you continue to use after your treatment, even in smaller amounts, there’s always a risk that you’ll go out of control again.

    Even staying around drugs and/or alcohol will increase temptation, making it more difficult to avoid relapse.

    This links back to the earlier point about lifestyle changes – continuing to put yourself in environments where you’re around or have access to addictive substances could be dangerous.

    To discuss your drug and alcohol rehab options with one of our team, call us on 0800 088 66 86.

    Contacting Rehab Recovery

    For more information on detox and rehab options in Swindon, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86. When you contact us, we shall outline a variety of treatment options that are available to you in Swindon.

    This includes both private and statutory addiction treatments.

    We also offer our drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of locations across the UK, including BristolDevonCornwallSomersetDorsetBathCheltenhamGloucester and more!

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