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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Birmingham

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction provides the medical, emotional and social support needed to tackle a substance abuse problem. Help 4 Addiction offers a helpline to connect you with the services that you need to help yourself or a loved one. Finding the right alcohol or drug rehab in Birmingham helps you to find the support that you need to confront your problem and find an effective way of addressing it. Our online resources and expert advice from our staff over the phone give you the guidance to discover which treatment path is right for you and have some of your top questions answered.

 

Who can benefit from rehab in Birmingham?

 

It can take a while before someone is ready to admit that rehab for alcohol or drug abuse could help them. Facing up to the problem or even working out if you have a problem isn’t easy, and even if you want help, you might be unsure about whether a rehab clinic is the right choice for you. With other treatment options available, you need to consider whether rehab is the right one for you. Rehab treatment offers a number of benefits for people looking for treatment for an addiction. It removes the person from their usual environment, which can be useful for avoiding bad influences and habits, as well as triggers. Rehab can include a number of different treatments so it’s possible to choose the treatment programme that will work best for each individual.

 

How you can get the help that you need

 

The first step to getting help with an addiction is realising and accepting that you have a problem. But once you know that you need help, where do you get the assistance that you need? Help 4 Addiction provides resources to make it easier for people to find the right solution for their addiction treatment. Our helpline is staffed by knowledgeable professionals, including some who have personal experience with addiction and recovery. By reaching out to the right people, you can get the advice and support that you need to start recovering from your addiction.

 

Where to find alcohol and drug rehab in Birmingham

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Finding the right rehab clinic isn’t a task that you want to rush. It’s important to consider not just the effectiveness of the treatment but also the overall environment, safeguarding of patients, location and other factors. Many people want to choose a clinic close to home, while others might want to spend some time away from their usual environment in order to avoid addiction triggers and bad influences. Help 4 Addiction is partnered with various rehab clinics in and around Birmingham, as well as across the UK, to help you find the perfect facility.

 

Alcohol rehab in Birmingham

 

It can be difficult to assess and accept whether you have a problem with excessive alcohol consumption. Drinking alcohol is not only legal but it is also a regular activity for many. However, if alcohol is starting to negatively affect your life, that’s when it’s important to think about whether you might be addicted or have a drinking problem. Some people might be able to slow down or stop drinking altogether on their own. Others need more support and will benefit from some time in a rehab programme. People who have been drinking excessively may need to be monitored during detox, and many people benefit from a change of environment while they try to stop drinking.

 

Drug rehab in Birmingham

 

Many drugs have addictive qualities, both physically and mentally. When you’re looking for treatment for a drug addiction, a drug rehab facility in Birmingham can provide the medical attention and support that you need. A combination of medical treatment and therapy can help you to start tackling a drug addiction, with clinics in and around the city offering knowledge and support concerning a variety of addictions. We can help you to find the right drug rehab in Birmingham that is not only in a convenient location but also meets your needs in all other ways.

 

Should I choose NHS or private rehab?

 

When you want to choose a rehab clinic, you have a choice between going through NHS channels or selecting a private treatment facility. If you decide to try to access NHS services, which are free at the point of use, it will mean that you don’t need to fund your treatment yourself. However, you can faced with long referral times, leaving you waiting a long time before you are able to access the support that you need. When you choose a private rehab clinic, you have much more control of when and where you receive your treatment. While it isn’t always easy to find the money, you need to consider the benefits that the treatment will offer you.

 

Residential rehab facilities

 

Some rehab programmes for alcohol and drug addiction offer outpatient support. This means that you receive the treatment that you need by visiting medical professionals for appointments but staying in your own home. Residential rehab facilities are often viewed as the better choice for people who want effective treatment. They can allow you to focus on your recovery and remove you from environments and people that might make it more difficult to remain sober. When you choose a residential rehab facility, the support that you need for your physical and mental health are right there when you need them most.

Co-occurring conditions

 

Another important thing to consider when looking at your addiction treatment options is that many people with drug or alcohol addictions also have co-occurring conditions. These are mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, which might have led someone to turn to drugs or alcohol or in some cases might be caused by substance abuse. The right rehab for people with co-occurring conditions can help to address both issues, not simply treat the addiction while ignoring other illnesses that connect to it.

 

What treatments are available?

 

You can look at various treatments for addiction that are available in rehab clinics in Birmingham. It’s important to consider both the aspects of physical health and mental health that relate to addiction. In addition to having doctors and nurses who can help you to detox and recover physically, you should also have support from counsellors who can give you the emotional and psychological help that you need. When you call our helpline, we can offer advice on the different types of treatment and which ones might be more suitable for you or the person who you are trying to help.

 

Detox and withdrawal

 

Detoxing is an essential part of treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. When your body and mind are used to large amounts of a drug, taking it away can cause various effects. The withdrawal symptoms that might be experienced vary depending on the drug, the severity of the addiction and other factors. When going through withdrawal symptoms and detox, being in a safe environment is important. A rehab clinic can provide the right place, with supportive and knowledgeable staff who are trained in helping people to deal with withdrawal and addiction.

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Funding your treatment

 

You might be thinking about the cost of attending rehab. If you choose to try and get a place in a rehab clinic through the NHS, you might be able to secure one but you could be waiting a long time for a referral and for a place. It’s possible that you wouldn’t be guaranteed a place in a rehab clinic in Birmingham. The cost of a private rehab clinic depends on a few things, including location, luxury level, the type of treatment you receive and how long you stay. If you can afford to attend a private clinic, it offers a number of benefits over other treatment options.

 

What happens in a rehab clinic

 

When you first attend a rehab clinic, you will want to understand what is going to happen. In a residential rehab, you will have the support that you need to help your recovery. You will often share a room with someone else and enjoy a regular routine that will help you to be physically and mentally healthier. You will usually have some form of counselling or therapy each day, and you might also have counselling sessions with family members or friends. The goal is to give you the tools that you need to stay sober once you leave the rehab clinic.

 

Helping friends, family and colleagues

 

If you have a friend, relative or perhaps colleague who you think needs help with an addiction, you can’t do everything for them. It’s ultimately up to them to want to get help, but you can help them by doing some research and assisting with finding the right resources. Help 4 Addiction can help you to help them by offering advice and guidance on alcohol and drug rehab in Birmingham.

 

Call Help 4 Addiction on 0203 955 7700 to find out more about how we can help you with rehab services in Birmingham.

 

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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.