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A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Bromley
Getting the right support is vital when recovering from addiction. It is a difficult time that can bring forth a lot of emotions and finding which rehab facility is right for you is not always a clear-cut choice. We have created a rehab guide for alcohol and drug addiction in Bromley to allow you to make an informative decision based on your detox and treatment requirements, and to find the best option for you within the Bromley borough.
Frequently asked questions about rehab in Bromley, London:
When you are suffering from an addiction, whether it is alcohol addiction (alcoholism), drug addiction or gambling, rehab can be the best option to help you recover. Rehabilitation can help those suffering from addiction to carefully eradicate the need for a given substance, through detox and holistic therapy, in a safe and protected space. You may also undergo medical detox if necessary.
Our medical professionals not only utilise their qualifications to help you through your journey to sobriety but also their own experiences. In an effort to end your addictive behaviours, you will receive help from medical professionals and therapists via private therapy, and others who understand your experience via group therapy.
Aftercare programmes are common within rehabilitation and provide constant encouragement and guidance to remain sober, to those in recovery and to those who have completed their treatment. Each clinic has its own benefits, but at UKAT you receive the extra benefit of having automatic access to our Alumni community.
Is rehab free?
Free addiction treatment services are mainly funded via the NHS and accessed through self-referral. Treatments are constructed of detox programmes, outpatient care and group counselling. There are also various charities, such as Turning Point, that despite their limited number of beds for residential care, do a lot of work for people suffering from addiction.
Free addiction treatment services in Bromley
Knowing what support is near you is important and so here is a list of viable options for free addiction treatment services in Bromley:
Although Bromley has various free services available, they have limited government funding despite addiction peaking over the years. They are also known for being relatively slow, with extremely limited residential (inpatient) spaces, leaving outpatient treatment as the only feasible option. Regrettably, free treatment can take weeks to organise, risking you or your loved one’s health.
For anyone in need of immediate assistance, private treatment can offer you immediate care, some of which include specialist programmes, full-board lodging and aftercare community projects.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Bromley
There are different addiction treatments and rehab programmes available within Bromley, each with their own benefits. Examples of treatments include outpatient programmes, also known as day rehab (commonly treated through the NHS) or inpatient rehab (commonly found through private treatment clinics).
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab) involves visiting the clinic for scheduled treatment sessions. You will continue to stay at home for the duration of your treatment, only visiting the clinic for your appointed consultation.
Pros of outpatient treatment
You can remain at home and continue your normal routine
Less expensive option
Cons of outpatient treatment
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
Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab) involves staying within the rehabilitation premises for the duration of your treatment. This allows you to have constant care and much-needed stability throughout your recovery.
Private rehab facilities such as UKAT enable you to break away from harmful behaviours in a safe environment. Staying in a residential rehab allows you the time you need to focus on getting clean.
How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?
Finding which residential rehab is best for you can be a daunting experience. The amazing thing about seeking help via inpatient treatment facilities is the endless amount of help and patience the medical team can provide at all times.
Admissions for free addiction treatment can be tiring and long. Only after visiting your GP and they assess your current situation can they refer you to a specialist, if they deem it necessary. You could be waiting for weeks to hear back for an appointment.
Private treatment, however, can offer help from the very moment you make a phone call. You will even gain access to the facility within the first 24 hours. On arrival, you will be greeted by our licensed psychiatrist who will readily answer any questions you may have, explore the best treatment options for you and help you effortlessly settle into our facility.
Here is an overall guide to what you should pack for treatment. However, take into consideration that every centre has its own rules.
Advisory items to bring with you include:
iPod or radio
Please bear in mind that you may be advised to limit your laptop and mobile phone use for the duration of your stay to improve your chance of 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
Detox is the process where you allow your body to rid itself of any harmful substances you have ingested. Alcohol detox and drug detox is a frequent practice, however it needs to be done in a controlled and secure environment. If there are high levels of a toxic substance in your bloodstream, such as alcohol, then medication can be an option that can help slowly reduce the levels of addictive substances, and in turn, improve your health.
Our medical professionals may deem detox medication necessary in any case they feel is severe. This reduces any withdrawal symptoms you may experience, as any sudden decrease in an addictive substance can cause a considerable shock to the body. The professionals in our centres will strive to make you as comfortable as possible.
Choosing a good quality alcohol or drug rehab programme is essential – especially one that is catered to your needs and obtainable within your Bromley area. There are numerous approaches to tackle addiction. Some people prefer using a 12-step programme while others prefer a non 12 step programme. Some people feel they benefit from interaction and group therapy whereas 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
A competent rehab should consist of not only a mix of private and group therapies but should also create an inclusive atmosphere for each person’s personal and religious beliefs.
A skilled rehab programme should also help support those handling psychological problems. We understand that dual-diagnosis is essential for helping anyone with a mental health diagnosis to comfortably complete their recovery.
Checking a rehab’s accreditation is an important step when choosing the right place for you. Be sure to check each facility’s 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.
Addiction, whether that be drug abuse, alcoholism, or any other coercion, can have devastating effects on your loved ones. So, it is just as important that the families and loved ones of individuals suffering from addiction also get substantial support.
A supportive centre will offer family workshops, providing a safe place for communication and understanding to family members affected by those struggling with addiction.
How long does rehab last?
Rehab programmes can last between four to twelve weeks, although it is hard to estimate an exact length of time, as each person is different. Our admissions team have discovered that the longer a person is treated at the centre, the more likely they are to remain in recovery even after returning home.
We encourage booking a treatment programme eight weeks or longer to achieve the best results.
The benefits of residential rehab
Removing any temptations and life distractions
On-hand medical specialists and support staff
Opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded residents
Luxurious/comfortable grounds to stay in during your detox
Schedule and meals set up for you, allowing time to focus on recovery
Immersive aftercare programme
What happens after rehab?
It can feel uncomfortable leaving the encouragement of our treatment centre. However, our support won’t end when you leave, as we understanding that a big part of recovery happens after rehab.
Most residential rehabs 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 its use after their treatment. UKAT clients also have access to our UKAT’s Alumni community which brings people going through recovery together through planned events and activities, allowing for continued support and to solidify lifelong connections made after rehabilitation treatment.
Support groups are also available as a form of aftercare. These are confidential groups within your local Bromley area that offer you a safe place to confide in people as you go through the rest of your journey, free of charge. Examples of these groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.
Long term recovery from addiction
At UKAT, we aim to help everyone on their road to recovery. We understand that you will need time and patience when it comes to putting yourself back into the normalcy of your home life. Various stresses and situations can be a trigger that could set you back early within your recovery. We are here to provide you with enough support to battle any setbacks in a safe and inclusive environment.
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.