Drug & Alcohol Rehab Cardiff

Looking for answers on how to approach your recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is the first and most important step on your journey to wellbeing. At Help4Addiction, we provide free, independent advice on options for drug & alcohol rehab in Cardiff. With a focus on what is most effective and which options fit within your budget and personal circumstances, we aim to help you take advantage of the help that is out there.

However, treating the addiction solely as a medical condition is not the approach most widely used. Often, factors like depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, neglect, and other past circumstances not only create the perfect storm necessary for a severe addiction but can hamper recovery in the long-term if not address. Here, we’re going to look at the options and how they can help you more comprehensively manage the impact of addiction, not just the drug or alcohol dependency itself.

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How mental health and addiction are tied

The links between mental health and addiction can hard to define thoroughly. Some may not know whether their addiction is anxiety-induced or if it caused their anxiety. In many cases, the answer is both. However, research has shown that mental health issues like stress, anxiety and depression are responsible for over a third of consumption of addictive substances like alcohol, drugs, and even cigarettes. Furthermore, over half of all patients treated for mental illness have at some point admitted to or sought treatment for a drug or alcohol dependency.

In many cases, a drug addiction may begin as a means of self-medicating. A depressed patient may use marijuana or alcohol to numb their pain. Those with social anxiety may have turned to cocaine to make themselves more sociable. Others who suffer from panic attacks may use drugs like Xanax to help calm themselves down. What begins as self-medication and often and easily develop into an addiction over time. Furthermore, those have suffered from abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events in the past are more likely to develop a chronic dependency and an emotional health disorder.

Finding out the causal link between mental health issues and addiction, if there is one, is difficult, but can be done with the help of professional drug & alcohol rehab services in Cardiff.

How drug & alcohol rehab in Cardiff can help

Also known as co-occurring condition, a dual diagnosis is described as a condition where someone may both suffer from mental health issues and alcohol or drug addiction at the same time. For many people with an addiction, they may not know of the layers of complex emotional factors and personal circumstances that play into their condition. By diagnosing and treating such issues, not only can you start the recovery from addiction, but also treat issues like poor physical health caused by mental issues, self-harm, suicidal ideations, and violent tendencies or thoughts.

Many rehab facilities provide an integrated program of treatment that may be hard to find elsewhere. For instance, psychotherapy aims to learn more about your personal circumstances, often including past trauma or deprivation, to better understand the factors that might lead into the depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and the like that can contribute to addiction.

Meanwhile, cognitive behavioural therapy aims to more closely address both the mental habits and lifestyle factors that can act as “triggers,” leading us to turn to our addiction. For instance, it may be social situations like parties, memories of abuse, certain individuals, whether they be friends, loved ones, or those who have harmed us in the past. CBT helps us learn about these triggers, acknowledge them, learn to avoid them and to develop healthier mental and physical habits that can help us stay away from our addiction.

Holistic treatments like yoga, reiki, musical therapy, and others can also help treat mood disorders as well as helping us find distraction and relief from our addictions. By focusing on building more positive interests and habits, and aiming to recover in body, mind, and soul, we can help address the negative mindset that often leads to addiction. By accomplishing and learning new things, we can also develop the self-esteem that helps us be more resilient in the face of temptation.

For those diagnosed with mental health issues like depression, stress, anxiety, or social anxiety, medication may also play an important role in treatment. As mentioned, addiction can often begin as a form of self-medication and finding the safer, healthier alternatives prescribed with the careful recommendation of a doctor can help us address the causes of addiction so we are less inclined to rely on it. Depending on the length of your stay, you may experience a range of these approaches combined as you go through the steps of your recovery.

Other methods of treatment available

There are other methods used to treat addiction that do not focus as much on mental health, as well. In most drug & alcohol rehab programs in Cardiff, both kinds of treatment may be combined together. For instance, severe addictions may begin with a detox. This is a process in which drugs and alcohol are flushed from the system with medical assistance. Depending on the severity of the addiction, it may take as long as two weeks.The detox process involves withdrawal symptoms that can be both physically and mentally unpleasant and potentially dangerous, so it’s best approached with the supervision of a medical professional.

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Another medical treatment that may be combined with other approaches is the use of medication as a means to address ongoing addictions or to prevent severe withdrawal. For instance, this might involve a heroin addict using controlled, scheduled doses of methadone to wean themselves off their addiction without having to worry about craving street drugs instead.

If you want to not only live an addiction-free life but also seek help for the complex layers of factors that contribute to it, get in touch with Help4Addiction on 0203 955 7700. We can help you find the alcohol & drug rehab options in Cardiff best suited to your needs and budget, all completely free.


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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.