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A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Hounslow
Deciding it is time to seek help for addiction is a big step and looking at options may feel overwhelming. Whether it be drugs, alcohol, or gambling, you need to do your research. There are lots of services in Hounslow. UKAT have put together the following pages to help guide you through finding detox in London which works for you.
Frequently asked questions about rehab in Hounslow, London:
Rehab is the name for addiction treatment services whereby qualified professionals support you to detox from drugs or alcohol, and plan for managing cravings in the future. For some people this may include a medical detox as well as ongoing time spent with a therapist. You will also attend groups with others on a recovery journey to share ideas and experiences through holistic therapy.
The qualified professionals you meet at rehab may include doctors, nurses and therapists. However, many staff will also be able to draw on their own experiences of addiction to best support you.
Treatment programmes are made up of group and individual activities which can help you to think about your addictive behaviours and plan for the future. Rehab treatment provides a safe space for you to reflect on how you came to this point in your life, and think about what you might like to change.
When the rehab programme is over, you will still need support to maintain your sobriety.
UKAT gives you instant access to an online Alumni community; which helps you to stay in touch with others who have successful completed treatment.
Is rehab free?
Some rehab treatment is funded by the NHS; however, services may be limited so many prefer to fund privately. Free services can be accessed via your GP, where you will most likely be referred to NHS outpatient services and be able to access activities at your local clinic. If you need inpatient treatment, you may be able to get support through charities such as Turning Point. However, most residential treatment is privately funded.
Free addiction treatment services in Hounslow
The following are free drug and alcohol services available in the Hounslow area.
Free services are available to those who need them; yet, places are limited, and the demand is currently high. Inadequate funding by the government means that programmes may be restricted, so it may be hard to fit a treatment programme around your day-to-day routine. Many people also end up on long waiting lists which some find frustrating, and it is most likely that NHS funded places will be outpatient, which may not meet your needs.
If you are able to privately fund or you have private insurance, private rehab allows you to choose your clinic and tailor your treatment programme, so you have the best chance of success. Residential (inpatient) services include high quality room and board, alongside medical professionals, in a safe and supportive environment to support you through this difficult time.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Hounslow
When looking at treatment options in Hounslow, there may be a lot to consider. The following guidance aims to talk you through both inpatient (residential) and outpatient (day rehab) services, both NHS and privately funded.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
When attending a day rehab programme, you are expected to go to the treatment clinic regularly for organised meetings and groups. You do not stay at the clinic whilst taking part in treatment.
Pros of outpatient treatment
Good if you have concerns about childcare
Keep your daily routine
Free treatment options
Cons of outpatient treatment
Not as intensive
You may not be admitted to your chosen clinic
No opportunity to break routine
Less opportunity for one-to-one support
Inpatient addiction treatment
If choosing admission to a residential rehab (inpatient rehab) you are required stay at the centre until your treatment programme has been completed. Residential services are advisable for those with long-term addiction, as they provide you with an opportunity to make significant changes in a safe and supportive environment.
How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?
It may be helpful to contact prospective rehab centres to learn more about individual approaches and styles. Not every service is the same but there will be some underlying principles all programmes abide by.
If you would like to be admitted to a free treatment service, you will first need to get assessed by your GP. They make the first decision to refer you to a specialist who can then allow access to an outpatient centre. It is important to remember that there may be waiting times involved in this process which can delay your admission for many weeks.
If you are privately funded, however, admission can be completed overnight. Within 24-hours of first contact a private room will be made available and staff will be prepped with information for your stay. A psychiatrist will greet you on arrival for a discussion about your needs and requirements so the treatment programme can be tailored for you.
Below is an advised list of items you may like to bring with you. Some rehab centres may have rules which vary.
Advisory items to bring with you include:
iPod or radio
Laptops and mobile phones may be restricted and are advised to be used minimally during your stay to allow time to focus on 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 may involve the prescription of medication to ensure you withdraw from substances safely and with minimal discomfort. You will also be closely monitored by medical professionals until there is minimal risk. Not everyone will need a medical detox, but It may be advised by the consultant on arrival.
Not all rehab programmes are the same. Some may follow a 12-step programme, whereas others use various therapeutic models to enable the best results. There is no wrong or right answer; you need to find what works for you. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is often used in drug and alcohol services, however, some people prefer individual or group psychotherapy if available. It may be helpful to find out more about these models and talk to on-site advisers to make an informed decision.
Choosing the right programme
Many people have individual needs relating to religious practice, disability, or existing health conditions, as well as other requirements. Inclusivity and diversity are especially important in a rehab centre, therefore it is important you let someone know prior to your arrival so they can accommodate you if needed.
Many people receive a ‘dual-diagnosis’ from their healthcare professional which means that they are experiencing addiction and mental illness at the same time. This happens regularly, as the problems which lead to addiction are also the triggers for poor mental health. If you have mental health needs, it will not restrict you from accessing a treatment programme. Again, it may be helpful to talk to your chosen centre to find out what provision they allow prior to admission.
The CQC website allows you to check inspection results for all healthcare facilities and discover quality ratings in the areas of safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership. You may feel reassured by checking out the rating of your chosen rehab centre as many, such as UKAT, have respectable results.
Family support programmes
Addictive behaviours affect whole families as well as the person suffering, so it is considered essential that programmes extend to include those close to you. Family support programmes may include groups and workshops to involve others in your treatment so that they can encourage and support you to maintain sobriety.
How long does rehab last?
For the best results it is recommended that you take part in as long a programme as possible (more than eight weeks is ideal). But it is understood that this may not always be possible. Programmes most often range between four and twelve weeks.
The benefits of residential rehab
A break from the stresses of everyday life
Opportunity to meet lifelong friends
A pleasant stay in a private on-suite
24-hour access to medical care
Pre-planned meals to keep you focused on recovery
Aftercare options available
What happens after rehab?
After rehab you will need ongoing support to help you maintain sobriety. The following information outlines the options you have available.
Aftercare is an important part of post-rehab life and it is highly recommended you get involved. With UKAT, you are given the option to take part in group therapy for up to a year, as well as becoming part of the Alumni community. Alternative programmes may be available with other rehab centres.
Support groups are often available independent of rehab treatment centres, but can be equally as helpful for maintaining sobriety. You may have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.
Long term recovery from addiction
Once you have completed your rehab programme and started your new life, no one is expecting you to go it alone. It is important not to compare yourself to your peers but instead support each other as you travel the path less trodden. Some people may find certain methods or approaches don’t work so well for them and may need to repeat a programme or find something different. Others gain a lot from their first time and discover everything they need to maintain sobriety. UKAT will provide you with support no matter which way you turn.
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.