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28 Day Rehab Addiction Treatment & Detox Programs

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If you suffer from an addiction or an emotional disorder and you are based in England or Wales, we can connect you to the best rehab clinic for you, right here at Help4Addiction. We offer a number of tailor-made rehab treatment programs, one of which is our 28 day treatment plan.

This program can be taken across multiple rehab facilities, so you have the most choice in recovery options that is possible. The 28 day treatment program is our top-rated product, the one used by the majority of our clientele. This program gives you enough time to go deep down into your addiction problems, aiding your transition from detox into recovery. That 28 day time limit allows intensive therapies to take effect, letting you get to the bottom of any addiction you may have.

Sound good? If you want to get off drink or drugs and you are already convinced rehab is right for you, contact us today. We offer a 7 day and a 14 day plan too, for those worried about rehab costs or taking time off work to go into a clinic. Call us on 0203 955 7700 right now, even if all you want to do is gently inquire as to what you might potentially do at a later future date. If you don’t feel up to chatting, complete our online contact form and one of our treasured team will be with you, ASAP.

28 Days is Considered the Standard for Time Spent in Rehab

After the 28 day point you will receive an analysis or report from your centre, advising you what to do next. It may be that you need to do a few years of aftercare, where you have telephone or therapy support. Equally, it may be that you have a good grip over your condition after that period. Everyone’s addictions are different, and some people come to rehab for emotional disorders, too.

Why 28 days? If you are an inpatient, the 28 day mark means you have had almost a full month’s worth of daily psychiatry or therapy sessions. It will mean you have met with your group at least 12 times, and that you will have spent enough time apart from your substance misuse that it is no longer a daily habit.

Scientifically speaking, however, the 28 days holds no special significance. It is likely you will have broken a habit by then, but sources say the 28 day turnover was actually invented by a doctor in America. This man saw that his wards were overcrowded and needed a way to turn out the alcoholics that blocked up his wards. He decided 28 days was long enough and turned them free. To stop them coming back, multiple therapies were devised so that their problems could be effectively dealt with… so there you have it! thanks to one doctor in America we now have 28 day rehab programs that keep addicts and those suffering mental health disorders out of full time care.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to opt for the whole 28 days, either. If you wanted to dip your toe into recovery rather than have a full attempt, the 7 day treatment program is an alternative. Each of the treatment plans we devise or advise you on here at Help 4 Addiction, is 100% designed to cater to what you want out of recovery.

What To Expect During a 28 Day Rehab Treatment?

Our 28 day treatment plan is available across a wide range of participating rehab clinics, all placed throughout England and Wales. These centres vary wildly in terms of ‘optional’ support such as art therapy, equine therapy, or other factors designed to attract new clients. However, the core parts of any inpatient care or outpatient treatments will always be roughly the same.

When you go into a rehab clinic you can expect:

  • One-on-one time with a psychiatrist who will perform a consultation and will devise a treatment plan for you to follow. This will be a detailed day-to-day that will run through everything you need to cover to keep you on the right track.
  • Alcohol rehab will contain specialised medication that will help you manage your symptoms of withdrawal. Drug rehab will also contain medications they will just be of a different kind.
  • While you are in the care of the rehab clinic, you will be medically supervised at all times. On the rare occasion that something happens to your health while you are recovering, they will be able to treat you.
  • You will have group therapy sessions, usually every day but definitely more than three times a week. If you are being seen as an inpatient, this will mean you don’t need to travel. If you are being seen as an outpatient, you may wish to consider online therapy to attend your group, if it is possible.
  • CBT, DBT, or MI therapies, all are designed to get to the bottom of any drink or drug addictions that you have. Each of these examines your behaviour and tries to modify it, so that you don’t fall into the same behavioural patterns that had you depending on drug use to begin with.

When in rehab, you can also expect that there will be some leisure facilities in order to keep you entertained. This might not seem like a key consideration when choosing your rehab clinic, but you need to be realistic. If you are going to be receiving inpatient care and staying onsite, then you are going to be bored rigid if you don’t consider it before you commit. A bored person is a person who is at higher risk of returning to drugs or alcohol.

If you are ready to start your 28 day treatment plan to get you off drink or drugs, or to get some inpatient psychiatric help, we are here for you. Call Help 4 Addiction today, to get started. Reach us on 0203 955 7700 for more information.

What’s a Detox?

We often hear this question from clients who are new to recovery. Sometimes, it can take a person two or three attempts at rehab before they are completely substance free. Other times, it takes only a few days before the individual has made up their mind. Whatever length of time your rehab takes, you will need to go through the detox process before you begin.

Detox is the process of freeing your system from the toxins that have plagued it for so long. When you become hooked on drugs your system has to adapt to process those chemicals on a daily basis. Your whole central nervous system will adapt to this, making you dependent on the substance. This is what we mean by being ‘alcohol dependent’ or drug dependent. You physically suffer without substance misuse at this point.

When we detox, we refuse to take anymore of the substance we have abused. Our bodies protest this as fiercely as they possibly can. Your brain thinks it can’t function properly without the toxins, and you develop physical symptoms as a result. Basically, when you are an addict or when you have an emotional disorder, your brain is malfunctioning and sending the wrong signals. Detox gets rid of the toxins that cause the malfunction, thereby forcing your body to return to its unaltered state. Once you finish with detox, the 28 day recovery program will help you fully abstain, giving you tools to fight back against addiction and make it on your own in the real world.

Alcohol detox and drug detox are two different things, although the methods used to go through them are often similar. If you are addicted to alcohol, your detox will give you symptoms of intense withdrawal for anything up to 5 days. If you are addicted to a Class A drug or intensive prescription medication, then you can be suffering for anything up to a fortnight. You might be able to get a home detox kit for alcoholism – but for heavy drug misuse you will likely need to detox as an inpatient.

Inpatient Vs Outpatient

We are also often asked what the difference between inpatient and outpatient is. It is exactly the same as any other NHS hospital treatment. If you need to stay the night after a daytime operation, then you are being seen as an inpatient. If you are sent home with some medication and instructions, you are being treated as an outpatient. It is exactly the same as it is for rehab clinics. All you need is the referral for rehab and the choice is yours.

Both inpatient care and outpatient rehab services contain the same ingredients to contribute to your success. Often, outpatient care will go on for longer since it is seen as part time. Inpatient treatment can take place all in one lump, such as it would be if you decided to spend your 28 day treatment program at a full time residential facility where you move in. Outpatient treatment is often favoured by those who have family commitments, or who cannot get the time off work to attend for the full month. Inpatient alcohol rehabilitation tends to suit those that have trouble breaking old habits.

When you engage with inpatient services you are able to remove yourself from all the things that made you use drugs in the first place. This allows you to gather your thoughts, break the habit, and come back fighting. Outpatient care does not allow this and therefore has a slightly lower chance of first time success.

Remember, inpatient or outpatient – we don’t have a preference. All we here at Help4Addiction want is for you to connect with the resources most likely to help you. If you need to go through rehab ten times before you succeed, we will still be here, picking you up, dusting you off, and sending you out to try again. If that sounds like the king of support you would like, then get in touch. 0203 955 7700… write it down and pin it to your fridge.

I Can’t Stop Drinking – Who Can Help?

Whether your want to learn how to stop drinking alcohol, or whether you are in the grips of a drug addiction, contacting Help4Addiction is one of the best moves you can make. We can connect you with a rehab service near you that will get you a place on a 28 day treatment program. It won’t just be any rehab clinic either, it will be one that contains a number of specifications you outline while you are in touch with us.

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Help4Addiction was founded by someone just like you. Our founder was suffering from a drug addiction but when he first reached out for help, there weren’t any services like ours that could connect him to rehab clinics. He had to go through the long channels, making GP appointments and working with the NHS. While these are fantastic services, they take too long. Someone who wants to quit before they change their mind doesn’t do too well if they are forced to wait.

Help4Addiction was created to solve this problem by filling this gap in the market. Clients come to us for their best chances at recovery success and we pride ourselves on providing them with a safe, non-judgmental space in which to test the waters of recovery. So if you are based in England or Wales and you need a helping hand to quit drugs and alcohol, we are here for you… through thick or thin.

Call 0203 955 7700 right now to start your recovery journey. Call us even if all you want to do is chat about quitting without setting an official date. We promise to do our best by you, no matter where you are in your addiction or recovery. Success comes hard earned but worth it… are you willing to step up and try?

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Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

  • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Diazapam (vailium)


Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

  • Naltrexone
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
  • Nalmefene
  • Acamprosate (campral)

Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

*based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

Local treatment

Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

Treatment Away

Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0203 955 7700.

There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.