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Drug and alcohol rehab in Barnet, London
Recovering from addiction can be a trying and emotional time and getting support from the right people can be crucial. It is not always clear which rehab facility is right for you, especially with so many options for addiction treatment in Barnet. So to help you decide, we have created a rehab guide drug addiction and alcohol addiction. Being able to make a decision based on your treatment and detox needs despite the many options in London and within your borough of Barnet is the first step.
Frequently asked questions about rehab in Barnet, London:
Rehabilitation is a process of detox and holistic therapy which takes place in a comfortable and protected space, so anyone suffering through addiction, such as alcohol addiction (alcoholism), drug addiction or gambling, can end their relationship with addictive substances safely.
The specialists tend to be people who can draw on their own experiences and qualifications to help people through their journey to sobriety. Those experiencing addiction will receive help from medical professionals, therapists, and even their peers through group therapy and private therapy sessions, to end addictive behaviours. You may also be recommended a medical detox if necessary.
Rehab commonly includes an aftercare programme. This enables constant support and encouragement to those in recovery to remain sober, even after their completed treatment. UKAT patients receive the added benefit of having automatic access to our Alumni community, but each clinic has its advantages.
Is rehab free?
There are some free addiction treatment services funded by the NHS, which are accessed through self-referral. The treatments are formed by outpatient care, detox programmes and group counselling. There are charities who do a lot of work with people suffering from addiction, such as Turning Point, which have a limited number of beds for residential care.
Free addiction treatment services in Barnet
Being able to find substantial support in North London is important, and so we have included various options for free addiction treatment services within Barnet:
AA meeting Barnet
St Peters Parish Centre, 63 Somerset Rd EN5 1RF
NA meeting Barnet
Church House, 2 Wood Street EN5 4BW
The downside to free services
Despite free services being readily available in Barnet, they are not fast and unfortunately have limited government funding, despite addiction being at an all-time high. There are limited residential (inpatient) spaces, leaving outpatient treatment as the most likely accessible option. Free treatment could take weeks to conclude, and in turn, risk you or a loved one’s health.
Private treatment offers immediate care and benefits, which include aftercare community projects, specialist programmes within the clinic of your choice and full-board lodging.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Barnet
There are various types of addiction treatments and rehab programmes available. They each have their own benefits, depending on the type and quality of help you are seeking. For example, if you are seeking help with rehabilitation. These include outpatient programmes, also known as day rehab, commonly treated through the NHS or inpatient Rehab, widely found within private treatment centres/clinics.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab) consists of visiting the clinic for scheduled treatment sessions. The person suffering from addiction will continue to stay at home for the duration of the treatment, only visiting the clinic for the appointed session.
Flexibility – especially for those with children
You can remain at home and continue your regular routine
Cheaper than residential care
Not ideal for those with severe addiction
People may be referred to a clinic far from home
Recovery may be affected by life distractions
Takes longer to complete
Does not guarantee a safe space to stay during detox
Does not guarantee a dedicated therapist
Not able to share the experience with like-minded residents
Inpatient addiction treatment, also known as residential rehab, involves staying within the rehabilitation premises for the duration of the treatment programme. This enables constant care throughout the recovery process and much-needed stability. Private rehab facilities allow you to break out from your routine in a comfortable and safe environment. Staying in a residential rehab also allows you time to reflect on your options and in turn, enables all your attention to focus on recovery.
How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?
Looking into residential rehab can be a daunting experience, especially when looking at what is right for you. The good thing about seeking help via inpatient treatment facilities is the countless amount of help and patience our medical team can provide at all times.
Admissions for free addiction treatment can be long and tedious. They begin after a visit to your GP and their assessment of your current situation. If they deem it appropriate, they will then refer you to a specialist, where you will wait for the approval to begin. This process can take up to a few weeks, which leaves you waiting to hear back for an appointment.
Private treatment, however, can take admissions from the moment you make a phone call. Within the first 24 hours, you will even have your very own personal on-suite facility ready. On your arrival, you will be greeted by our licensed psychiatrist who will explore the best treatment options for you. They will also readily answer any questions you may have and help you settle into the facility seamlessly.
Every centre has its own rules; nonetheless, here is an overall guide to what you should pack for treatment.
Advisory items to bring with you include:
iPod or radio
Take into consideration that you may be advised to limit your laptop and mobile phone use during the duration of your stay; this is to increase your chances for recovery.
The following items are customarily not permitted:
Illicit alcohol/ drugs
Any form of weapon or dangerous object
Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, needles, and razor blades
Aerosols or perfume
Mouthwash with alcohol contents
Alcohol detox and drug detox is the process of allowing your body to rid itself of the harmful substances ingested. This needs to be done in a safe and controlled environment, allowing you to feel as comfortable as possible. If there are high levels of a harmful substance in a person’s bloodstream, such as alcohol, then medication is an option that can be used to help gradually reduce them and in turn, reduce discomfort.
Detox medication may also be recommended by our medical professionals in severe cases to help reduce withdrawal symptoms, as we understand that a sudden decrease of any addictive substance causes a significant shock to the body.
It is important to choose a good quality alcohol or drug rehab programme that is catered to your needs and obtainable within the Barnet area. There are various approaches to tackle addiction within a rehab programme. Some people prefer using a 12-step programme; others prefer a non-12-step programme. Some people feel they benefit from interaction and group therapy; others wish to have one-to-one therapy, improving using the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sometimes it takes the advice from a therapist to truly know what is right for you.
Choosing the right programme
Choosing the right programme for your personal needs can seem daunting and confusing. Yet the right programme can help you throughout your recovery. A competent rehab should consist of not only a mix of both private and group therapies but should also encompass an inclusive atmosphere in regards to each person’s personal and religious beliefs.
A rehab programme should also help support those handling certain psychological issues, through dual diagnosis. Dual-diagnosis is only the first step into helping you heal from your distinctive journey, and here at UKAT we can provide individualised and beneficial treatment.
It is important to check the rehab’s accreditation based on their Care Quality Commission’s ratings (how safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led the clinic is) by searching on their website. These ratings give you much-needed insight into how right a facility is to you. You can also check out our centres’ CQC scores, all of which consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ rating.
Family support programmes
Addiction, whether that be drug abuse, alcoholism, or any other coercion, can have devastating effects on the people closest to them, so it is imperative that the families and loved ones of individuals suffering from addiction also receive support.
A supportive centre will offer family workshops and sessions, providing a safe space for communication and understanding to those family members affected by those struggling through their journey to sobriety.
How long does rehab last?
Generally speaking, rehab programmes can last anywhere between four to twelve weeks, although there is no exact length applicable to everyone. Our admissions team have recognised that the longer a person is treated at the centre, the more likely they are to remain in recovery even after returning home.
We advise booking a treatment programme eight weeks or longer to achieve the best results, consisting of forming friendships and adjusting to a new life without addictive substances.
The benefits of residential rehab
Removing you from any temptations and life distractions
On-hand medical specialists and support staff
Opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded residents
Luxurious and comfortable grounds to stay in during your detox
Schedule and meals set up for you, giving you time to focus on recovery
Immersive aftercare programme
What happens after rehab?
A big part of recovery is what happens after rebab. It can be scary leaving the comfort of the treatment centre. However, the support won’t stop there.
The majority of residential rehabs do provide aftercare, ranging from ongoing group therapy, private therapy or support groups.
UKAT offers one-year free group therapy aftercare to all its residents who feel they could benefit from it after their treatment. UKAT clients will also have access to our Alumni community, which brings people going through recovery together through planned events and activities, enabling support to fuel those lifelong connections made after rehabilitation treatment.
Support groups are also available as a form of aftercare. These are confidential groups which anyone can attend within your local Barnet area, during treatment or after. They are free of charge and offer you a safe zone in which you can confide in people who will support you throughout the rest of your journey. Examples of these groups are as follows: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.
Long term recovery from addiction
It is essential to understand that the road to recovery is not a race; it is a marathon. You will need time and patience when it comes to putting yourself back into the normalcy of your routine. Various stresses and situations can be a trigger that could set you back early within your recovery. Being sensitive to the outside world is a regular occurrence, especially for those who are still in the early stage of recovery.
We here at UKAT understand that long term recovery means support throughout your journey, and we are here to provide just that.
Frequently asked questions
Are rehabs open in London during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Rehabilitation centres are operating during the Coronavirus outbreak, as healthcare facilities are essential businesses. This includes private rehab clinics in London, provided they follow the safety regulations implemented by the government.
There are a number of free clinics in London which can help you with alcohol or drug abuse. However, there are no inpatient options. Rehabilitation centres are not free, so for residential rehab your best option is to opt for private treatment.
You cannot force someone to go into rehab; it must be their choice. However, you can organise an intervention if you are worried about someone. This involves sitting and talking to your loved one with the help of a professional, in the hope they will listen and follow your advice.
If you seek treatment through the NHS, the referral will sit on your medical records. However, employers cannot access these records unless under specific circumstances. So, there is a limited chance of them finding out.
Private rehabilitation is completely confidential and does not sit on your medical records.
You can visit your loved one for an hour every Sunday at our private centres. However, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 you will not be permitted to visit loved ones during the lockdown.
Family support groups take place every week at each of our centres and anyone who has a close connection to the patient can join. Not all rehabilitation centres offer this option, so this needs to be checked on their website.
Check out our reviews as our alumni share their thoughts on our facilities and their experiences attending them. All the reviews are verified but full names are removed for confidentiality.
I was satisfied with my treatment and found the groups and step work interesting and helpful. However I did not receive the amount of one to one sessions I was expecting which is disappointing. I otherwise found my stay here a very positive experience, the staff are friendly and approachable and the food was very good and my dietary requirements were catered for, always a good vegetarian option. Especially enjoyed yoga and sound therapy and loved the holistic approach.
Found I learned a lot and was definitely worth my stay here, I have full intentions of leading a full life
Overall my stay at Liberty House was very good, the staff were very professional. The treatment was very good and in sightfull and the one to one treatments were very good. However the facilities need up dating with exercise equipment needed being of high importance to aid clients recovery.
Overall had a great experience at Liberty house, the staff and councillors are very helpful and this was a important part of my recovery. The facilities need to be updated with more recreational activities for clients during downtime. Would recommend Liberty House as a means of rehabilitation to anyone.
The time I spent here was useful to a point however I feel I could have benifited more from more one-to-one sessions with my counsellor. I felt the support staff were excellent.