Drug & Alcohol Rehab Dorset

You can find help for a drug or alcohol problem in Dorset through Help4Addiction. Our specially trained team can connect you with the services you need, to give you the best possible chances at quitting drinking (or getting off drugs) for good.

When you make the decision to give up drinking you are taking control back over your life. We can be there to guide you towards the best options for rehab care in the Dorset area. Whether you struggle with prescription medication or are hooked on narcotics and want to stop taking drugs – we can help. Get in touch today on 0203 955 7700 to start your journey towards better health.

Are Drugs a Problem in Dorset?

Although it seems like a wholesome area of the country, looks can be deceiving. This popular tourist destination in the south and west of England sports a bad record when it comes to illegal drugs. As recently as January of this year (2020), the Dorset Echo reported on the yearly statistics provided by the local police force. They made 300 drug seizures per million residents, a statistical nightmare for the county. Dorset earned the nickname of ‘heroin capital of England’, a title nobody wants.

While we are aware that drug arrests and seizures don’t necessarily equate to addiction problems within an area, there is no smoke without fire. The presence of drugs means there is already a problem, without addiction even entering into the equation. If you think you have fallen subject to a drug addiction, then you need to get help before it spirals out of control. Drug related crime is only a bad trip away when you are a victim of drug abuse.

Alcohol Addiction in Dorset

Alcohol is the most commonly taken drug in the UK, besides caffeine and nicotine. Since it is readily available to anyone with money who is over the age of 18, alcohol causes several thousand cases of hospitalisation, every year. In Dorset the problem has become so bad that the police department were forced to put together an action plan for alcohol and drug abuse in the region.

Fortunately for both alcohol and drug addicts living in England, they have access to the resources provided by the National Health Service. This means they are entitled to help towards the costs of rehabilitation – and help is out there. If you think it is time to quit drinking and get your life back and you are in the Dorset area, then we want to hear from you. Contact us now, on 0203 955 7700.

The Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

If you suspect someone you know – or even yourself – to be abusing alcohol, drugs, or any other substance, then there are some symptoms to look out for. They may become distant and withdrawn, reluctant to spend time with the ones that know them best in case they spot something is going on. They may also be financially worse off than they were before or suffer from sudden weight loss. Some of the other symptoms of alcohol addiction can include:

  • Shaking and sweating when you withdraw from it
  • Hangovers most days of the week, weekend or otherwise
  • You cannot go a day without drinking
  • You start drinking in the morning
  • You are frequently sick because you drank too much
  • You frequently forget events because you were drunk
  • You suffer from anxiety and depression causally related to whether or not you have access to alcohol

These are not all of the symptoms. There are many more, most of which include high levels of anxiety, nausea, and even heart palpitations.

Alcohol and Depression are Directly Related

Alcohol abuse and depression are never far from each other. One can lead to the other and vice versa. It is also easy to become depressed during the recovery process, or to feel suspended in a state of high anxiety because you are missing your ‘fix’. This takes time, medication, and therapy to solve but making a start is easy. You can read more about alcohol addiction and depression in the Help4Addiction pages.

Can I get Counselling for Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Dorset?

When you take those first steps towards getting rehab in Dorset for your drug addiction or alcohol abuse problem, you will find that counselling is part of the package. Counselling is often part of the therapy needed for you to get to the root cause of your addiction problem. It is only by treating addiction at the source that you can prevent future relapses and strengthen your resolve to quit.

You can get counselling for alcohol or drug addiction in Dorset and the surrounding areas. All it takes is for you to complete our online consultation form, or to call us on 0203 955 7700, today. Only a combination of treatments will help you stay off alcohol for good. Counselling is an essential part of this.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

Whether you want to go to rehab for alcohol addiction or whether you want to go to rehab to quit taking drugs, you can be admitted rehabbing near you, for affordable rates. It can cost up to £1400 to go through a full 28 day rehab course with NHS assistance and as an outpatient. If you choose to go to a full time facility where you move into a room for 28 days, then it will cost more. There are also high-end, luxurious rehabilitation centres for celebrities and those who can afford a higher rate.

Regardless of where you get treated for an alcohol addiction in Dorset, you will get a high standard of care that has been tailored to your needs. An individual treatment plan will be devised during initial consultations that will be aimed towards giving you the best chance at success possible. You can get all the information you need about the costs of alcohol rehab, or the costs of getting off drugs, by visiting our section on affordability.

Can I Get Help To Do Alcohol Rehab At Home?

Believe it or not, some people find it much easier to get off prescription medications and narcotic drugs at home, in their own space. Where some of us do better if we retire to a residential facility to get off alcohol, others find the home more comforting and supportive. Although this is a great option for some who are seeking recovery, you must meet health requirements before you are issued with a kit.

To discern whether or not you are eligible to go through alcohol detox at home, you will need to partake in a consultation. You can do this through our website. You can also find more information about the alcohol home detox process by visiting our pages.

Home detox kits include a mixture of prescribed medications, information, and other resources you will need to get through the first 72 hours without the substance you are addicted to. You will also have a whole library of online resources to draw from, as well as telephone support. Once you are off drugs or have stopped drinking and it is all out of your system, counselling and other therapies can begin.

Can I Get Rehab As An Outpatient?

You do not need to go into a full time residential facility in order to recover from drug addiction or get off alcohol. Help is available to recover in Dorset without living in a facility away from your family and life. Some people find it easier to recover as an outpatient, meaning that they can come and go as they please.

As an outpatient, you still get the same quality of care as you would if you were living in the clinic for 28 days. You will often get telephone support, group and one-on-one therapies, and medication to aid you in your journey to wellness.

If you feel like it will help you to recover by going into a facility and spending time away from your triggers for the few weeks it takes to break the habit, this is also possible. A good treatment plan will be tailored to you. There is no point in seeking treatment if the plan devised is something you don’t think you will stick to. Identifying and seeking out the rehab you need most will best work for your individual rehabilitation.

There are different types of rehab available throughout the Dorset area, each offering different price points of care.

If you need help and you are resident in the Dorset area, then this is your sign that it is time to go to rehab. Call us now on 0203 955 7700 to start your journey to recovery.


Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Luton, Watford, Slough, London, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Herefordshire, Southampton, Surrey, Cheshire

Help for Addiction and Rehab is Available in All Areas of Dorset

  • Blandford Farm
  • Bridport
  • Dorchester
  • Easton-Weston
  • Ferndown
  • Gillingham
  • Lyme Regis
  • Overcombe-Preston
  • Saint Leonards
  • Shaftesbury
  • Sherborne
  • Swanage
  • Verwood
  • Wimborne Minster
  • Weymouth


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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.