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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Cambridge

We here at Help4Addiction are an organisation created specifically to help users get off drugs or stop drinking, for good. If you live in the city of Cambridge, we are able to connect you to the rehab clinic that suits you best.

You might not realise this, but there are so many rehab clinics in the city of Cambridge that it is overwhelming – especially if you are doing it for the first time (as many of our clients are). Rehab is daunting. Not only do you need to worry about detoxing from drugs or alcohol, you have to resist cravings while going through major changes in your life. It isn’t easy – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the most rewarding thing you will ever do with your life. If you are able to get through a course of rehab and stay off substance abuse for the rest of your life, you will be in a position of power the likes of which you have never experienced before. Taking control of your life and refusing to do any more drugs, or refusing to stay embroiled in alcoholism, will show you your true power as a living, breathing being. You will never feel more empowered than you will when you finally master that addiction.

If you are interested in giving it a go, we here at Help 4 Addiction specialise in connecting you to the right rehab clinic for you. We will ask you a series of questions, all focused on finding the best match in terms of treatments. You could be the type of person that will best recover when removed from your triggers, or when taken away from your dealers, and therefore need a residential rehab clinic. You might be the type of spiritual person who will respond best to holistic therapies like Kinetic Chain Release, Reiki or massages. Whichever tools you want to use to get off drink or drugs, we can help you find them… it’s what we do.

So if this sounds like something you are interested in, we want you to call us for a chat. The chat could be informal, based around a potential future date for quitting that you might not even go through with – or we can fix a plan in stone that helps you get off drink or drugs. We can find your residential rehab near you, or we can find the ultimate outpatient rehab clinic to get you free from addiction. The choice is in your hands. All we do is provide the support that you need, to reassure you that you are not alone. It is possible to quit a substance addiction. We can help.

Call 0203 955 7700 today, to begin getting free of the cycle. Drink and drugs don’t need to control your life. You should be in control. Take it back.

Detoxing in Cambridge – The First Stage of Breaking Free of Addiction

There are two types of detox, one for drink and one for drugs. They both differ in terms of withdrawal symptoms and length of time. We went into more detail on each individual detox type, below.

Detox for Alcohol Addictions

Alcohol detox tends to take less time than drug detox might. This depends on the type of drugs taken, of course. When you go through Alcohol detox you spend a few days waiting on all of the alcohol to be out of your system. Coupled with the symptoms of withdrawal, you also need to fight those cravings. We would advise that you go through alcohol addiction rehab in a specialised facility although you may be eligible to go through at-home detox for alcoholism.

If you do qualify to detox at home, you can learn more about it on our page, here. If you are able to go through with it, be sure that you still check in to a rehab clinic afterwards. There are also specialist centres that deal exclusively with detoxing from drink or drugs and, should you choose to use Help 4 Addiction to quit drinking, we can direct you towards the best one to suit your needs.

Detox for Drug Addictions

Detox from a drug addiction is slightly different. First of all, the symptoms you experience will depend entirely on the drug you were addicted to. If you suffered a heroin addiction your detox will be substituted with Methadone, which is a slightly less addictive substance. The team supporting you will then provide lesser drugs for you to get off heroin in a safe manner, sort of like providing you with stepping-stones. This is because withdrawing from heroin is incredibly dangerous if it isn’t managed properly. It might cause you to suffer a cardiac arrest if you were to suddenly stop taking it after years of misuse.

Similarly, if you are suffering from a cocaine addiction, the process for detox will be hard to go through. These are highly addictive substances that literally change the way your body works. When you are exposed to a substance for a long time, your body gets used to processing it through its system. When you suddenly take that substance away, your body needs to ‘rewrite’ what it knows. This can take a few days or a few weeks. It is likely that you will never be comfortable in the presence of the substance again. However, once you are through detox you might never want to!

Once you are free of the drink or drug addiction, or specifically free of those chemicals at least, then you can recover from that addiction safely, healthily, and with all the support you need. Call us today if this sounds like something you are interested in. We can be reached on 0203 955 7700.

Are Drink and Drugs a Problem in Cambridge?

Next, we took a closer look at how big of a problem drug addiction or alcoholism were in Cambridge. We know that alcoholism is an issue plaguing Britain at the moment, with the NHS recording slightly more than 5,000 alcohol specific deaths every year and countless more incidents of injury. We also know that this is a country-wide problem – but what about alcohol addictions specific to Cambridge? We did a little digging to try and find out.

The first thing we noticed about the problems with drugs and alcohol in Cambridge is that the university is so worried about them, they provide their own guidance on how addictions should be dealt with. Cambridge is a high-pressure university so it is understandable that young people might turn to drink or drugs to cope with exam stress. Another valid point regarding alcohol consumption and the Cambridge area is the research done on drinking here. As a university and college city, Cambridge has contributed greatly to studies on alcoholism. One of their most recent was last year, when they discovered that there is no real ‘safe’ limit for consumption of alcohol.

As for drugs in Cambridge, it was only a couple of years ago that the council was dealing with an ‘out of control’ drug use problem in the centre of the city. Cambridgeshire Live went so far as to point out that people were shooting heroin only a handful of yards from the police station! The Varsity News has contributed to more recent reporting on student use of drugs. They find that students are partially driving demand for the class A drugs that are plaguing our country. If there is no demand, then there can be no supply… but we think that is a step too far. A drug addict is a victim of circumstance in more cases than you might think. Besides, quitting is not an easy thing to do. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is not worthwhile.

Call us today if you are a Cambridge student hooked on drink or drugs and let us help connect you to the support you need. Our number is 0203 955 7700.

Help for Addiction is Available in all areas of Cambridge!

We aim to provide support to find the right rehab clinic for you throughout Cambridge and the surrounding areas. This means that we will help those who live in the middle of nowhere in England, those that live in the suburbs of Cambridge, and those that live in the city centre. Neither location nor class is an issue to receiving help for addiction in England since we have the marvel of the NHS. This means that you can afford to quit drinking or taking drugs, no matter how much money you actually have. Together, we can break you out of the cycle of addiction and get you back to a life worth living.

We help those from:

  • Balsham
  • Bassingbourn
  • Bottisham
  • Comberton
  • Cottenham
  • Duxford
  • Earith
  • Exning
  • Fenstanton
  • Girton
  • Glinton
  • Harston
  • Haslingfield
  • Histon
  • Melbourn
  • Meldrith
  • Needingworth
  • Oakington-Lonstanton
  • Papworth Everard
  • Royston
  • Sawston
  • Stretham
  • Swavesey
  • Waterbeach

And all of the other areas of Cambridge, suburbs, nearby villages or even estates. We can give you help for addiction regardless of where in the country you actually live. If you think you want our help to quit drinking or get off drugs for good, we can bring the relief you have been looking for. So call us for an informal chat, or to find the right rehab centre for you, today. We are waiting to hear from you on 0203 955 7700. The rest of your life starts with a single phone call.

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Bedfordshire, London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Manchester, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, Northumberland County, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire County, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Sussex,West Midlands, Devon, Derbyshire, Cumberland, Durham, Newport, Swansea, Derby, Kingston-Upon-Hull, Portsmouth, Northampton, Reading, Bolton, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Peterborough, Warrington, Hemel Hempstead, Oxford

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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.