Alcohol & Drug Rehab In London

Getting help for Addiction & Substance Abuse in London

Recovery from drug or alcohol addiction involves curbing physical and psychological dependence while resolving addictive behavioural issues. Trying to stop using drugs without professional help can be challenging, and at times dangerous, where physical dependence needs to be overcome. Alcoholism and addiction to other drugs are detrimental to both physical and mental health. Usually the friends and family of addicts find the behavioural aspects of addiction the most apparent and troubling.

For rehab to be successful, one must be willing to make significant behavioural changes whilst in treatment. The recovery success rates are entirely dependent on the individual’s willingness for change. All good rehab facilities in London should offer person-centred treatment which includes a comprehensive screening process. The treatment plan should be tailored to the needs of each individual, with regular monitoring and progress reports throughout the programme.

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How Does Rehab Work

Individuals receive treatment on a group and one-to-one basis, and have a customised treatment and recovery programme developed to fully address their specific needs. Also, individuals should have a psychiatric evaluation carried out by certified psychiatrists. A rehab programme should involve a team of addiction and mental health specialists, and medical staff, as well as spiritual counsellors, and wellness specialists.

In the UK, inpatient residential rehab and outpatient programmes are the two distinct options for rehab. The NHS rarely provides funding for Inpatient residential rehab, but outpatient programmes are available across the whole of London on a self-referral basis. Inpatient residential rehab has significant advantages over outpatient programmes. For example, in inpatient rehab the individual is provided an enclosed environment, away from any temptations. This allows the individual the opportunity to detox from alcohol as safely as possible.

What Happens During Alcohol and Drug Rehab in London

Rehab empowers people who are struggling with addiction to live meaningful lives without the need for any substances including alcohol. Qualified professionals promote an environment that is supportive, caring and compassionate, so that individuals can begin the healing process and walk along the road to long-term recovery. This aside, not all residential programs are identical and a person who’s struggling with alcohol or drug addiction may not be able to identify the right residential treatment programs. It is important that prior to choosing a residential programme, you understand what is offered to you in terms of treatment options and aftercare.

Rehab programmes should ideally consist of individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy. Medical staff need to be made available 24 hours a day to aid with the detox process, and address any concerns that individuals express regarding their detox medication and psychotherapy. Good residential programmes should provide free aftercare as part of any programme, and should allow for regular sessions to promote long-term recovery. All rehab facilities in the UK are regulated by, and must be registered with, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC provide a rating of each individual rehab ranging from “Inadequate” to “Outstanding”. To find out how a rehab is performing, the best place to look is the CQC website, as this will identify any potential issues with an individual facility.

Addiction Therapy & Treatment Options in London

When you begin making enquiries, ask about the different therapy programmes the centre provides. A good rehab should have several therapeutic models to help those dealing with psychological issues. If the individual presents mental health problems, it’s best to ask the centre if they specialise in treating dual-diagnosis. Dual-diagnosis is the presence of mental health conditions and addiction, a specialised treatment is recommended to effectively treat both conditions. A good rehab centre therefore, should be licensed to treat both addiction and mental health disorders – with the expertise to treat substance disorders without hindering on the state of any existing mental health problems (such as bipolar or depression).

Where dual diagnosis is involved, a range of factors need to be taken into consideration for the well-being of the individual – such as re-assessing the use of current psychiatric medication as well as therapy undergone before rehabilitation. Rehab begins with detox. The detox stage works to remove the mind-altering substances from the individual’s body before they move on to psychological treatment.

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Medical Alcohol and Drug Detox

Detox is a treatment used to stop the psychological and physical addiction resulting from drug and alcohol misuse. A medical detox helps to guide individuals through the worst of withdrawal safely, by using detox medication, you can reduce cravings and eliminate any dangerous symptoms that often result from sudden withdrawal. Detox medication is not always needed, and is usually confined to individuals who are dependent on opiates, benzodiazepines, alcohol,and barbiturates.

Medical professionals will assess whether a medically-assisted detox is needed, with special considerations around the individuals existing mental health conditions and other needs. It is advised that the detox process happens within a residential setting, so that medical professionals can accurately assess any health complications and withdrawal symptoms that may arise.

Therapy for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Once the individual completes their detox, they will move on to the rehabilitation phase. Clinicians focus on person centered treatment utilising a wide variety of therapeutic models. One-to-one sessions should involve the use of psychotherapy as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), amongst others. Group sessions should also take the form of talking therapies, but may also include different forms of psychotherapy such as Art Therapy, Meditation, and Drama Therapy. The goal is to provide the best possible environment to allow the individual to gain new ways of thinking, bond with others and seek healthy, rewarding stimuli without the inclusion of drugs or alcohol.

How Long is Rehab?

The length of stay will vary depending on individual circumstances, with the majority of inpatient programmes ranging from 14 days up to 90 days. Extended rehab programmes have been shown to of recovery, so it may be best to choose a longer rehab programme. Occasionally inpatient rehabs offer “detox only” options – but detox alone rarely treats the underlying causes of addictions, therefore uk-rehab does not endorse this option. Consider a 60-90 day programme for better recovery. This will allow plenty of time to adjust to a life free from substances, and for the therapy to have a longer lasting impact on spiritual and emotional well-being.

Cost of Alcohol and Drug Rehab

A substantial portion of the overall cost of rehab is from Detox, as well as the length of stay and services provided. Other considerations include location and amenities. Typically, inpatient rehab centres price a 30-day treatment at £5000 – £10000. Cost should never be a barrier to seeking addiction treatment, as often maintaining an addiction has far greater cost implications longer-term.

Take into consideration how much you currently spend to keep up your addiction and the health ramifications associated with substance abuse. Some, but not all rehab facilities accept private insurance, but you should check with your insurance provider first as to whether addiction treatment is covered.

Nearest CQC Registered Rehab to London

For rehab near London we recommend the CQC-registered rehab clinic, Primrose Lodge. This Rehab offers a comprehensive addiction treatment programme for alcohol and drug-related addictions, has a good/outstanding CQC rating, provides treatment plans for existing mental health conditions and offers 1-year free aftercare for both the individual and their families.

If you are looking for addiction treatment in another location, UKAT provide several rehab facilities throughout the UK, all of which provide the same high standard of service and expertise. For more information about UKAT, call 02031511488 to speak to their addiction specialists.

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