Overcoming drug or alcohol addiction includes eliminating physical and psychological substance dependence, whilst addressing the behavioural issues that lead to addiction. Attempting to stop using drugs without any form of professional help can be extremely difficult, and at times dangerous where physical dependence has developed. All forms of drug addiction and alcoholism negatively impact the individual’s mental and physical health. Friends and family often find the behavioural aspects of addiction the most apparent and troubling to experience. 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. In Harlow, a good rehab facility should have tailored treatment which includes a comprehensive screening process. The facility should customise the treatment plan to the needs of each individual, with their progress being regularly monitored throughout the programme.
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. A psychiatric evaluation should be provided 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 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 Harlow 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.
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 gives individuals the tools they need to live meaningful lives without the need for alcohol or any other substances. Qualified professionals support a caring and compassionate environment, so that individuals can start the healing process and begin their journey to long-term recovery. However, not all residential programs are the same and a person struggling with drug or alcohol addiction may not 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.
A strong rehab programme should consist of individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy. Medical staff should be on standby 24-hours a day to help individuals through the detox phase, and address any concerns they may have regarding detox medication and psychotherapy. Good quality residential programmes should supply free aftercare as part of any programme, and should allow for regular sessions to help 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, ask about the therapy programmes available to you. All good rehabs should have a few different therapeutic models to help those 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. 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 can be defined as medically-assisted, as often detox medication is provided to alleviate many of the dangerous symptoms associated with withdrawal. Detox medication is usually confined to those who are dependent on alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and barbiturates. Detox medication is often not necessary for treating other substance dependencies. As part of a person centred approach, medical professionals will decide whether the individual requires a medically-assisted detox, with special considerations around the individuals needs and any existing mental health conditions. The detox phase is recommended within a residential setting, so that medical professionals can properly assess withdrawal symptoms and any health complications the individual may be facing.
The rehabilitation phase begins once the individual completes their detox. Clinicians should employ a wide range of therapeutic models to allow for person centered treatment. One-to-one sessions should involve the use of psychotherapy as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) or 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 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.
The length of stay will vary depending on individual circumstances, with the majority of inpatient programmes ranging from 14 days up to 90 days. Longer rehab programmes have been associated with , so it may be prudent to decide on an extended 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. For optimal recovery consider a 60-90 day programme. This will give you plenty of time to acclimatize to a substance free life, and allows the therapy to have a long-lasting impact on emotional and spiritual well-being.
Detox makes up a sizable portion of the overall cost of rehab, as well as the length of stay and services provided. Other considerations include location and amenities. Typically, an inpatient rehab centre charges £5000 – £10000 for a 30-day treatment. 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. In some cases inpatient rehabs accept private insurance, but you must make sure addiction treatment is covered by your insurance provider first.
Sanctuary Lodge is the closest CQC-registered rehab clinic we recommend near Harlow. This Rehab offers a complete and comprehensive addiction treatment programme for drug and alcohol related addictions, provides treatment plans for mental health conditions, has a good/outstanding CQC rating, and offers 1-year free aftercare for both the individual and the individuals family. If you are looking for treatment outside of Harlow, UKAT provides many rehab facilities across the UK, all of which provide the same level of expertise and service. For more information about UKAT, call +44 2039 496 584 to speak to their addiction specialists.
Sanctuary Lodge is a UKAT facility set in the heart of Harlow, close to London and very accessible from the rest of the UK and wider world.
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Whether you or a loved one have completed a private rehabilitation programme, or simply need a support group to work through a problem at your own pace, we always recommend regular meetings with other peers. Building long lasting friendships with those in recovery can promote abstinence and act as a port of call in times of difficulty.
EYPDAS - Harlow
Telephone: 08444 991 323 Helpline: Text CHOICES to 80800
Address: Young People's Centre, 114 Springfield Road, Harlow, Essex, CM2 6LF - www.essexlocaloffer.org.uk
If you're affected by drug or alcohol use - your own or someone else's - EYPDAS will work with you to keep you safe and get things sorted.
CHOICES - Harlow
Telephone: 01245 284 772 - Centre Helpline: 0844 499 1323
Address: Mansard House, 107-109 New London Road, Essex, CM2 0PP www.openroad.org.uk
CHOICES provide an open access service, assessment and case management service for young people and adults, together with psychosocial interventions for individuals affected by drugs & alcohol.
Synergy Therapy & Addiction - Billericay
Telephone: 01277 655 662 Helpline: 0844 499 1323
Address: Rose Hall, 86 Chapel Street, Billericay, Essex, CM12 9LS www.synergytherapycentre.org.uk
Synergy provides help to people of any age who are suffering from an unhealthy dependency to achieve a meaningful recovery with full reintegration into their family and society.
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 Essex, and may be particularly valuable for people who have already gone through rehab and are seeking ongoing support.
Room 2, Christ Church
Mondays at 12.30pm
The Baptist Church
Thursdays at 8pm
Pilgrims Hatch Parish Hall
Fridays at 6.30pm
Saturdays at 9am
Dukes Priory Hospital
Sundays at 4.30pm
See the full list of AA meetings in and around Essex
13 Southview Road
5A Queen Street
See the full list of NA meetings in and around Essex