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A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Havering, London
There are many different options for addiction treatment in Havering, and we understand that taking the decision to get help for addiction can be a difficult and emotional process. We’ve created this guide for drug and alcohol addiction so that you can decide on the best treatment and detox options in London.
Frequently asked questions about rehab in Havering, London:
Rehab aims to help individuals live meaningful lives free from addictive substances by guiding them through detox and a programme of holistic therapy in a supportive and compassionate environment. Many therapists working in addiction centres have been through an addiction (such as drug addiction, alcohol addiction or gambling) and can use their knowledge and expertise to provide support for you on your journey to recovery.
Medical professionals will assist you to withdraw from an addictive substance cautiously and may recommend a medical detox, while therapists are on-hand to establish the underlying reasons for addiction and provide important care in the form of private and group therapy.
A high-quality rehabilitation programme will also provide an aftercare service in order to help keep you free from addiction after your programme has ended. Each centre has its benefits, but UKAT patients have automatic access to our Alumni network, helping them continue to build strong support mechanisms once their time at a treatment centre has concluded.
Is rehab free?
Some free addiction services are NHS funded and provide an alternative to treatment at a private clinic. Charities such as Turning Point offer a small number of beds for residential care, but the vast majority of free treatment takes the form of outpatient care, group counselling and, in severe cases, detox programmes. All free services are accessible through self-referral.
Private treatment offers an immediate and proactive approach to recovery from addiction and gives you the choice of inpatient and outpatient programmes. In contrast, free services can take weeks before you are offered an appointment for an assessment and outpatient programmes are often the only choice that’s on offer, due to limited funding.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Havering
There are several treatment options local to Havering, and each service has its benefits. Private treatment centres offer quick access to inpatient rehab services, while outpatient programmes (day rehab services) are available through NHS funding.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
Each patient lives at home when receiving outpatient treatment, and they only visit the rehab premises when they have a scheduled treatment session. This kind of treatment makes up the majority of NHS funded rehabilitation services. In contrast, some private treatment centres offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment programmes, as each service comes with its own benefits.
Pros of outpatient treatment
Flexible for those that have childcare and work commitments
You can remain in control of your home routine
Cheaper than private care
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
Also known as residential rehab, inpatient addiction treatments help you to reach sobriety by providing a safe and comfortable environment to live at the rehab premises. Patients are constantly supported and cared for by on-site professionals and can focus all their attention on living a life free from addictive substances, without external distractions.
How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?
Understanding the process of residential rehab is key when deciding if it’s the best treatment option for you. The following will help you understand what to expect from inpatient rehab treatments.
A GP can refer you to a specialist once they have assessed your specific circumstances, and this is the first step toward accessing free addiction treatment. Unfortunately, it can often take a few weeks to hear back with a scheduled appointment and this delay can put you or your loved ones at further risk.
Private treatment is a much faster option and you can expect to be at a specialised facility within just 24 hours of getting in touch. If you have any questions about your treatment, a licensed psychiatrist will be on-hand to provide support and explain the rehabilitation process.
Every treatment centre operates under its own set of rules, but we’ve created this list of essential items that should be taken to your rehab:
We recommend that you bring:
iPod or radio
You may be limited to how often you can use your laptop and mobile phone during treatment, to increase your chances of recovery. The following items are usually not permitted:
Illicit alcohol or 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
Drug and alcohol detox describe dedicating time for your body to rid itself of a harmful substance. If there are high levels of an addictive substance present in your bloodstream, then a medical professional might decide there is a requirement for a medically-assisted detox. Specialised detox medication is used to wean you off a substance gradually, because suddenly decreasing the volume of an addictive substance can cause a shock to the body, which is lethal in severe cases. Weaning off a substance slowly reduces any withdrawal symptoms and ensures you are as comfortable as possible.
12-step programmes, one-to-one-therapy, group therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are just some of the treatment options available as part of rehab, and many centres offer a range of recovery approaches.
Choosing the right programme
Person-centred treatment built around each individual’s needs should be the focus of any good rehab, and an inclusive atmosphere should be promoted in each therapy session and treatment option. Medical staff ought to be on-hand to address any concerns that you have, and a dual diagnosis option made available to help provide treatment for anyone entering rehab with a compound disorder. Any competent rehab programme will provide the option for group, individual and family therapy as part of their treatment.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) provides a compulsory rating system for every rehab treatment centre in the UK and you can search for the rating of your centre of choice on their website. This will help you decide if a specific rehabilitation centre is equipped to provide you with the necessary level of care, as the CQC rating is a testament to how safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led a clinic.
It’s common for the friends and family of someone addicted to drugs and alcohol to be wholly affected by the situation. The behavioural aspects of addiction can often be the hardest and most apparent for a family to deal with, so a supportive rehabilitation centre will offer family therapy sessions to encourage everyone to make positive changes together.
How long does rehab last?
A rehab programme will commonly last between four and twelve weeks, but longer programmes are a more effective solution for long-term recovery. If a person spends longer in treatment, they are more likely to maintain a life free from substance abuse once they have left. For this reason, we recommend choosing a treatment programme that is at least eight weeks, so that you have ample time to adjust to the detox process and build strong relationships with your peers at the rehab centre. Many people who book into rehab for a short time insist on extending their stay, to ensure the greatest long-term success.
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?
The process of recovery continues long after you have left the rehab clinic, and aftercare is a valuable tool during the ongoing journey to a life free from addiction.
Free aftercare is an important part of any high-quality residential programme, as it’s important to remain well-connected and active in the community after treatment has ended. If you complete treatment at UKAT, you are automatically enrolled in our Alumni community, where regular events and activities help you stay committed to long-term recovery.
Addiction support groups focus on substance abuse, and they provide free support for anyone suffering or recovering from addiction. Groups are separated into specific types of addiction so that members can concentrate on their particular issues, and build connections with others who share their experiences.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART recovery are all free of charge and can be attended after your addiction treatment. They offer an invaluable environment in which to socialise, support others and share your experiences.
Long term recovery from addiction
Maintaining a life free from the use of addictive substances requires tremendous dedication and focus on the techniques you learned during rehab and therapy. Stepping back into a life beyond rehab, where drugs, alcohol and other temptations are readily available is not easy, and those in early recovery are the most vulnerable to these triggers. Aftercare services offer an invaluable resource that should be accessed in order to live a life in recovery, which UKAT will ensure is always available.
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.