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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Cumbria

Although considered to be a ‘quiet’ area of England, Cumbria is one of the places that we here at Help 4 Addiction frequently come across. We specialise in referring those in need to the rehab clinics, centres and services dotted throughout the Cumbria region. It is our mission to make sure that anyone suffering from alcohol or drug addiction in this county is able to get the help they need. If you live in Cumbria and you need help for addiction, then you have landed in the right place. Contact us now, without waiting another moment, to get connected to a recovery network capable of getting you off drink or drugs, for good.

Reach us on 0203 955 7700 and start your recovery, right now. We are all rooting for your success. Too shy to talk with us in person. We still want to help. Use our online consultation service, instead. With Help 4 Addiction at your side, nothing will stand in the way of your success!

Are there Drug/Alcohol Problems in Cumbria?

It seems that there isn’t a corner of the UK that doesn’t suffer from a substance abuse problem at this time. The problem is so bad, in fact, that local news reporters are frequently recording the cost of alcohol dependency to the county. In 2017, the Whitehaven News reported on how Cumbria’s hospital admission rates for alcohol dependency was one of the worst in England. The same report detailed that Cumbria council spends £200 million + every year on alcohol services. Of course, we can all agree that this is a hefty sum of money.

As for the drug problem, drug use is harder to spot than alcoholism in England. This can largely be put down to the legality issue, in that sales of alcohol can at least be recorded. On a similar note, we cannot accurately gauge real drug taking and addiction since people are more likely to lie about drug use, out of shame. What we can do, is look to the drug crime figures, and make educated guesses. The presence of drug crime means there are drug gangs in operation selling drugs in your area. They must have customers, or they wouldn’t be in business.

Heroin is a known problem for Cumbria residents. One report from Cumbria Police Department records a £26,000 haul of Class A drugs being removed from the streets. The same department managed to bust a drug gang ring in 2019, putting the notorious members behind bars for a combined total of 90 years. So yes, there are drug problems in Cumbria, but the police are very much on the case.

Does My Partner Have a Drug Addiction/Is My Partner An Alcoholic?

There is no set test to discern whether or not you are living with an addict. That being said, you are able to ask them a few questions to gauge how much of a substance abuse problem they have. You can then gently urge them towards the Help 4 Addiction pages or ask them to give us a call (0203 955 7700).

A great indication of whether or not a person has an alcohol or drug addiction, is by noting if they have withdrawal symptoms or not. If they are suffering from an alcohol addiction, the symptoms will be considerably milder than if they had been suffering from a drug addiction. Some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include sweating, shaking, and physical sickness. Some of the symptoms of drug withdrawal include sickness, hallucinations, and even heart attacks if the drug addiction has been strong enough for long enough. This is why detox should always be done under strict, supervised, medical conditions.

Another way to tell if a person has an addiction or not is to ask them the following few questions. If they answer “yes” to any of the following 2 queries, they may have an addiction. Ask them:

  • If they have had a drink/taken drugs in the last 24 hours?
  • Do they do this on a daily basis?
  • Do they often take more and more in order to achieve the same effect? Substance misuse requires you to use larger and larger quantities to keep the ‘buzz’.
  • Do they owe anyone money for their drugs? Have they borrowed for drink?
  • Have they ever spent food, utility bill, or rent money, on drink or drugs?
  • Do they use alcohol to cope? Do they take cocaine, marijuana, or heroin to cope?
  • Do they feel anxious when they don’t know where the next hit will come from?
  • Are they afraid to move to a new house in case they are too far from their dealer?

Again, if the answer to any 2 or more of these questions is yes and there isn’t a good reason for it, then your SO may have an addiction. Speak out and urge them to get help before it is too late. Contact us today, on 0203 955 7700, for a no-obligation call with your best interests at heart. Together, we can overcome addiction throughout Cumbria.

Where Can I Find Cumbria Rehab Near Me?

You have come to the right place! We can connect you to rehab resources near you, throughout the Cumbria region. Whether you are based in Carlisle city or are living in the Eden District, we have all the information you need to make a full recovery from drink and drug abuse. It won’t happen overnight, but if you set your mind to it – it will happen for you. Let Help 4 Addiction be your springboard to success.

I Have Quit Drinking and/or, Drug Taking But I Am Depressed. What Do I Do?

Alcohol (or drug) abuse is commonly associated with mental health problems. The problem has many layers and the two can offset each other in a bad way. Where it is already difficult to give up drinking or to stop taking drugs when you have a healthy mind, it is even more awful for someone with mental health problems. We cannot rule out the possibility that they have an addiction because of these problems, to begin with. All of this makes for a multi-layered issue that needs to be carefully handled by the experts.

If you happen to have mental health issues like anxiety or depression, you need to be supervised throughout the detox process, and you need to get regular help when you need it, afterwards. We suggest a rehab clinic that offers great aftercare and for as long as possible. Something as small as telephone support gives you that extra crutch to know you can call someone if you need to. When you are feeling especially low, make sure you reach out to the correct services.

Of course we would urge you to see a GP through your normal doctor’s practise, call NHS 24, or reach out if you feel suicidal at any point. Experiencing this type of depression is an emergency so do not feel bad if you phone the emergency services.

When you stop taking the substance that made you happy your brain wants it back. It craves it, urging you to provide it with some. When this little burst of serotonin doesn’t come, depression can result. Do not be fooled. All you have to do is wait it out and it will eventually lessen. That being said, there is no reason to wait it out in silence. Talking helps. Contact your rehab service, call us on 0203 955 7700, or get in touch anonymously with a charity service such as those mentioned on the NHS website, here.

Help For Addiction Is Available In All Areas on Cumbria!

We help with drug or alcohol addictions through all the different towns, villages, cities and settlements in Cumbria. This means that we won’t turn away an addict in need, regardless of where they come from. We support those who want to try NHS rehab services, those who prefer a private, residential rehab clinic, or those that simply want to dip their toes into the world of recovery with the aim of returning at a later date for therapy. Hey, we don’t judge, we just want to help.

Our very own founder is a recoveree. His own struggle against the world of substance misuse was what inspired him to put Help 4 Addiction together. When we say we know what you are going through; we know. When we say we won’t judge you; we won’t. When we say we are here to help? We are here to help.

We have extended our services to people from all over Cumbria, which includes the following areas (and more):

  • Allerdale
  • Appleby
  • Askham
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Bolton
  • Brampton
  • Carlisle
  • Copeland
  • Dalston
  • Duddon Valley
  • Eden District
  • Eden Valley
  • Grosforth
  • Great Broughton
  • Harker
  • Hayton
  • Keswick
  • Newbiggin
  • Penrith
  • South Lakeland
  • Ulverston
  • Workington

Realistically speaking, we know that there are more than a hundred settlements in the Cumbria area – and that most of them have their own rehab centres! There are so many towns, hamlets, and villages, that we can’t possibly list them all here. Instead of being overwhelmed with choices in rehab clinics throughout the north of England, reach out to us, instead. Call 0203 955 7700 today, to start a recovery of your own. It might just be the most worthwhile phone call you ever make.

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

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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.