Overcoming drug or alcohol addiction includes eliminating physical and psychological substance dependence, whilst addressing the behavioural issues that lead to addiction. 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. Any good rehab facility in Brighton should offer personalised treatment which includes a comprehensive screening process. The treatment plan should be changed to meet the needs of each individual, with their progress regularly monitored throughout the programme.
Treatment is provided on a one-to-one and group basis. Individuals should all receive a treatment and recovery programme customised to fully address their specific needs. A psychiatric evaluation should be provided by certified psychiatrists.
A rehab programme should be carried out by a team of addiction and mental health specialists, as well as spiritual counsellors, wellness specialists and medical staff. In the UK the two main choices for rehab are inpatient residential rehab and outpatient programmes. Unfortunately, Inpatient residential rehab is rarely funded by the NHS, however outpatient programmes are available throughout Brighton on a self-referral basis. Inpatient residential rehab provides many benefits over outpatient programmes, and allows the individual to detox from alcohol and substances in a safe, enclosed environment and away from any temptations.
We also offer free group sessions for families or anyone closely connected to the individual.
These groups provide guidance and support network built and an understanding of addiction acquired. All of which can contribute to ongoing long-term recovery for both addicts and family members.
Rehab empowers people who are struggling with addiction to live meaningful lives without the need for any substances including alcohol. Qualified professionals work to promote an environment that is caring, supportive, and compassionate, so that individuals can start the healing process and facilitate long-term recovery. However, residential programs vary widely and a person struggling with drug or alcohol dependency will not always know what the ideal residential treatment program looks like. It is vital that before deciding upon a residential programme, you know exactly what treatment options and aftercare are available as part of the programme. All strong rehab programmes should consist of group therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy. The treatment centre should have medical staff on standby to help individuals through the detox phase, and address any concerns they may have regarding psychotherapy and detox medication. Good residential programmes should have free aftercare as part of their programmes, and allow for regular sessions to strengthen long-term recovery. All rehab facilities in the UK are required to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC provide a rating of each individual rehab ranging from “Inadequate” to “Outstanding”. To get an understanding of a rehab’s performance, the CQC website is a great place to start, as they provide all inspection reports and summaries of any issues found.
If you or a loved one are seriously struggling with addiction, private rehab provides:
When making enquiries at treatment centres, ask about the different therapy programmes they provide. A respectable rehab should have a variety of therapeutic models to help treat psychological issues associated with addiction. If mental health conditions are present in the individual, it would be beneficial to ask the centre if they specialise in dual-diagnosis. Dual-diagnosis is the presence of addiction and mental health conditions, which often requires a more specialised treatment plan to treat both. Therefore, good rehab centres should ideally be licensed to treat mental health disorders as well as addiction – with the expertise to provide treatment for substance dependency without negatively impacting any existing mental health issues (such as depression or bipolar). Where dual diagnosis is concerned, many considerations need to be made for the individual’s well-being – such as the use of existing psychiatric medication and any therapy undergone prior to rehabilitation. The first phase of rehab is detox. Detox eliminates the substances that affect the individual’s mind, preparing them for psychological treatment.
Detox is a treatment designed to break the physical and psychological addiction resulting from drug and alcohol misuse. A medical detox uses detox medication to help individuals get through the worst of withdrawal safely, by reducing cravings and eliminating any dangerous symptoms that may 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 decide whether a medically-assisted detox is required, with special considerations around the individuals needs and any existing mental health conditions. It is recommended that the detox phase is pursued within a residential setting, so that medical professionals can monitor withdrawal symptoms and any health complications.
After completing detox the individual will begin the rehabilitation phase. Clinicians should utilise a wide variety of therapeutic models to allow for personalised treatment. Usually one-to-one sessions utilise psychotherapy in the form of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), amongst others. Talking therapies form most Group sessions, but may include other forms of psychotherapy such as Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Meditation. The goal for individuals is to create the optimal environment to explore new ways of thinking, to form bonds with peers and to seek healthy, rewarding stimuli without the need for drugs or alcohol.
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. Some inpatient rehabs have options that are “detox only” – but uk-rehab does not endorse this – as detox alone rarely addresses the underlying causes of addictions. Consider a 60-90 day programme for increased recovery. This will allow more time to adjust to a substance free life, and for the therapy to have a long-lasting impact on emotional and spiritual well-being.
Detox makes up a substantial portion of the overall cost of rehab, as well as the length of stay and services provided. Other things to consider include location and amenities. Inpatient rehab centres typically charge £5000 – £10000 for a 30-day treatment. Cost should not be a barrier to getting addiction treatment, as often maintaining an addiction incurs a far greater cost longer-term. Take into consideration the cost to maintain your addiction and the health issues caused by substance abuse. Private insurance can sometimes be accepted by rehabs, but you must make sure your insurance provider covers addiction treatment.
The nearest CQC-registered rehab clinic we recommend near Brighton is Recovery Lighthouse. 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. UKAT provide numerous rehab facilities throughout the UK, all of which provide the same high standard of service and expertise. If you’re seeking addiction treatment in another location, UKAT have a facility near you. For more information about UKAT, call +44 2039 496 584 to speak to their addiction specialists.
Recovery Lighthouse is an alcohol and drug rehab centre based in Worthing. All of our staff are respected addiction treatment practitioners, with a long history of helping people get well for many years, we care about the people we help and have had great success in treating addictions and other related conditions.
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Brighton drug and alcohol recovery service (STAR) – which operates on behalf of CGL is a good place to start for those looking for free treatment. They have two main hubs based in Eastbourne and Hastings.
Brighton drug and alcohol recovery service (STAR)
Telephone: 0300 3038 160
Address: Thrift House, 13 Wellington Place, Hastings TN34 1NY
Commissioned to deliver drug and alcohol services across East Sussex working with the local community and partnership agencies to achieve best outcomes for the service users that they work with.
Addiction support groups are a vital aspect of the long-term treatment process; focused on substance abuse and behavioural addictions, and the various issues associated with recovery, support groups normally bring together people suffering the same kind of addiction so group members can feel that they are part of a relevant peer group which understands their specific challenges and experiences.
What is NA?
NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is a globally renowned non-profit fellowship for people whose drug abuse has had a detrimental impact upon their lives. Everyone attending NA meetings is trying to abstain from drug use and to develop a new way of life. There are no fees to attend and everyone is welcome as long as they are actively striving to stay clean.
What is AA?
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is – like NA – a non-profit fellowship; since its inception in the 1930s AA has helped millions of people worldwide escape from the claws of alcoholism. AA meetings are held right across the country, including a good number in Brighton, and may be particularly valuable for people who have already gone through rehab and are seeking ongoing support.
Peacehaven Evangelical Church, 132 South Coast Rd
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Hailsham Gospel Mission, 15 Station Rd
Mondays at 12:45pm
Summerhayes Centre, Marshall Lane
Thursdays at 8:00pm
See the full list of AA meetings in and around East Sussex
The Lords Vineyard
See the full list of NA meetings in and around East Sussex