Drug & Alcohol Rehab Barnsley

Are you worried that you drink too much? Have you become dependent on drugs? If you’re searching for help or advice in Barnsley, we can help. At Help4Addiction, we provide impartial, tailored advice to help you find the best rehab centres in your local area.


What exactly is alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is more common than you might think. Alcohol is not a banned substance, and many of us enjoy a drink from time to time. The problem with alcohol is that it can pose risks when consumed excessively.

When you drink frequently, you might put your own safety, as well as the safety of others, at risk. You could also increase your risk of developing serious mental and physical health conditions.

Addiction is a compulsion, and it’s very different to fancying a cool beer on holiday or treating yourself to a glass of wine on a Friday night after a busy week at work. When you suffer from alcoholism, you become dependent on alcohol, and this means that you drink more than you should on a regular basis.

If you turn to drink to relax, or you feel like you need alcohol to get through a bad day or quash anxiety, this may be a sign that you’ve developed a dependency and you would benefit from professional help.

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Finding help for alcohol addiction in Barnsley

If you’re concerned about how much you’re drinking, or alcohol is taking over your life, reaching out and seeking help is an incredibly positive step. There are different levels of dependency, and in some cases, professional intervention may not be required.

If you are addicted to alcohol, it’s very difficult to suddenly stop drinking, and this is where alcohol rehab in Barnsley plays a vital role.

Rehab is designed to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms and modify your life so that you are able to cope with and enjoy your day to day life without the need to open a bottle or a can.

If you’ve reached a point where you know you need help, we’re here to work with you to find the best alcohol rehab in Barnsley for you.


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Recognising the signs of drug addiction

Like alcohol addiction, drug addiction can creep up on you, often without you even realising. Experimenting with different substances can spiral into a habit, which takes over your life.

If you’re addicted to drugs, you will probably think about your next hit all the time, and you’ll start to prioritise drugs over everything else, even your closest friends, your job, and your family.

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Drugs may represent a coping mechanism for you, or you may start to crave that high they give you. When you have an addiction, you want more, and as your body gets used to drugs, you need stronger drugs or larger quantities to achieve the same feeling. Here are some common signs of drug addiction:

  • Mood swings
  • Restlessness and irritability when not taking drugs
  • Increased tolerance to drugs
  • A compulsion to take drugs even when you know the consequences are negative
  • Becoming secretive and telling lies about your drug taking habits
  • Getting into debt or stealing from others to buy drugs
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking and sweating


Exploring different kinds of rehab

There are various kinds of rehab programmes available in Barnsley. Residential rehabilitation is often recommended for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. This option involves staying in a rehab centre and undergoing treatment under the supervision of trained medical staff. Many rehab facilities provide aftercare in addition to the residential programme.

Rehab can be a bubble for some, and life after rehab can be tricky. With the right aftercare, it’s possible to make the transition as seamless as possible and to minimise anxiety and fear.

NHS rehab centres are available, but there is often a waiting list, and you may be able to get treatment a lot earlier if you choose a private rehab centre.

Private facilities are usually all-inclusive, which means that the fee covers everything. If you are thinking about finding drug or alcohol rehab in Barnsley, it’s wise to explore all the options, and we can help you do this.


The benefits of alcohol and drug rehab in Barnsley

Addictions are incredibly powerful, and they are difficult to overcome. It’s challenging to break habits, and if you try and go it alone, you might find that it’s virtually impossible to stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol.

Rehab centres offer programmes that are specially designed to tackle both the physical and mental signs of addiction and to equip the individual for life after rehab.

Rehab centres are staffed by medical experts, and the programmes are based on scientific research and tried and tested methods that are proven to work. When you’re trying to conquer an addiction, there are multiple hurdles to overcome, and rehab is the best place.

With the help of medical professionals and the safety and security of a residential setting, it’s possible to nullify the threat of withdrawal symptoms and get to a point where your mind and body are able to manage, and even thrive, without the need to take drugs or have a drink.

Rehab combines medical treatments and psychological therapies, such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, to achieve long-term results. Many people find that it’s easier to focus on getting better and working towards sobriety when they’re away from their usual daily routine and social circles.

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Getting the help and support you need in Barnsley

If you need help to deal with addiction, Help4Addiction can recommend incredible alcohol and drug rehab in Barnsley. We offer free, independent advice, and we will provide you with the information and guidance you need to take that first step.

We have extensive experience in working with rehab centres and drug and alcohol services in Barnsley, and we can discuss treatment options with you and offer recommendations. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today on 0203 955 7700 if you’d like to talk.


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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.