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Addiction, Recovery….and Affordability

Addiction, Recovery….and Affordability

No matter what our addiction is, many of us worry that the path to health is mired by the cost of rehab. This belief has been ingrained in us thanks to the media spotlight on Celebrity rehabilitation. Private rehab clinics conjure images of luxurious recovery… and rehabilitation simply isn’t like that. It is a long, hard path. Luckily we live in the UK, so less expensive help is always available.

Is Rehab Too Expensive?

 

There are different types of rehabilitation centre. The reason that most celebrities opt for private sector rehab clinics is that they are generally residential. This allows the celebrity to recover away from the public eye. It would be a mistake to think that this is the only method of rehabilitation from addiction. Actually, in the UK, we are very lucky to have the NHS as a standard. The NHS can provide rehab for you for little-to-no costs, depending on where you live.

How Much Does Rehab Cost in the UK?

 

If you decide that you would like to go private facilities, instead of getting treatment through NHS rehab, then payments will need to be made. The rehab UK cost might be high – but if you can’t afford it then just use the NHS. Rehab costs shouldn’t put you off if you are ready to get help.

If you opt for a private rehab centre then the average cost is around £1,000 per week. A fully residential, 28-day rehab program would cost you around £4,000. This is a high price tag – but it isn’t your only option. You can get help for addiction for much less if you live in Great Britain, whether you are worried about mephedrone rehab cost or finding cheap rehab in the UK.

Free Rehab for Addictions in the UK

 

Here in the UK you have access to NHS rehab, should you require it. This means there is always help available for your addiction. The NHS do have some free inpatient drug rehab centres you can take advantage of.

NHS Rehab

The National Health Service can provide suitable recovery options for alcohol addiction for no added cost. All that you need to do is to schedule an appointment with your GP. Whether you are suffering from alcohol or drug addiction in the UK, your GP will be able to help. They will refer you to a treatment centre and you can attend counselling sessions and receive support for wellness.

There is a high chance that your GP will also prescribe you medications that will combat your symptoms. It is important that you take these medications as directed. If you live in Scotland, any medications your GP provides will also be subsidized; further reducing the cost of rehab. In the UK; whether you need drug rehab in Highgate or alcohol rehab in Hampstead – the NHS can do something to help.

Cheap Rehab Options

 

There is a middle ground in between the two extremes. There are a few different options for getting help to recover from an addiction without either accepting the free (yet less thorough) NHS help or going into private residential rehab facilities. We listed some of these alternatives to help you make a more informed decision.

Get Addiction Help Online

 

Coming to Help4Addiction is a great place to start. We have all of the information you could ever need to help you understand your options. There are other online services that also provide help for addiction in the UK. The Online Rehab is just one of our options. You can learn more about it by following this link.

Online rehab offers a range of activities, daily sessions and one-on-one counselling to help you progress treatment. There is a small cost attached but for those of us too shy for a centre it offers the perfect solution.

Can you do Rehab Part-Time?

 

Those who check in to a residential rehab centre will need to take time off for the full 28 days – or until they check themselves out. Most patients who opt for online or NHS rehab also take the time off to recover – but this depends on the patient. Some people find it easier to recover while maintaining as regular a routine as possible. The choice is yours.

Rehabilitation for alcohol or substance abuse is a difficult process that is completely worth doing. However, it can be very stressful. We would suggest you consider taking holiday time if you think you will need it. If you feel the need to adopt a part-time approach to rehab then make full use of both the NHS and the online rehab options.

Where can I find a Free Rehab Centre in the UK?

 

If you need to find a free rehab centre near you, then your first course of action should be to make an appointment with your GP. They will make an assessment of your needs and refer you to a relevant centre. Nevertheless, we have a full list of available rehabilitation centres that you can view, here.

Are there Free Residential Rehab Centres in the UK?

 

There are a few. Most of them are charity run and area specific. In most instances, the NHS covers the costs (or part of the costs, depending on your financial situation) towards a rehab centre. Effectively this means that the centres are not free – but that they may be free to you.

The best way to find out is to contact us here at Help4Addiction, today. Help is available to you no matter what your addiction, situation, or status. We can talk you through all your options in an informal, no-obligation manner. Our main aim is to inform you of your choices and perhaps get you back on the path to full health.

Finding Rehab Near Me

 

Looking for rehab in your local area? You can browse our website to find out what help is available, and where. You can also partake in a free consultation to help assess your needs. Help starts with a phone call… all it takes is the strength to reach out.

Dipesh Pattni / 30th October 2019/ Posted in: Latest News

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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.