Drug & Alcohol Rehab Edinburgh

The first step in treating any alcohol or drug addiction is finding the help you need to beat it. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, Help4addiction can help you find the alcohol and drug rehab in Edinburgh that’s right for you with some impartial, free advice on a wide range of different facilities and professionals. Here, we’re going to look at the types of rehab options on offer, so you know what to expect and which options might work best for you.

Types of programs

There is a wide variety of different drug and alcohol rehab programs that are suited to a range of needs. Some involve some level of separation from society with an intensive focus on treatment while others allow you to still live in the wider world while recovering from addiction. Here are some of the programs available:

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  •         Residential rehab: For this kind of program, you are housed for the duration of your treatment in a secluded environment alongside others who are seeking treatment for their own addictions. The lack of outside triggers and temptation that can lead to relapse can be highly effective. Some are locked-door facilities, meaning patients are restrained from leaving, while others allow you to leave freely if you wish.
  •         Inpatient rehab: These programs involve intensive treatment within a hospital that lasts a minimum of 28 days. It is often considered for those who have severe addictions and are concerned for their safety or the safety of those around them, while the care staff helps to manage your detox and recovery safely.
  •         Halfway houses: Also known as sober living houses, these are small communities of those recovering from addiction, often led by a former addict or care professional. They aren’t secluded from society, like residential or inpatient rehab, but do offer accountability and some separation from friends, family, and potential triggers to help you take a step closer to complete reintegration.
  •         Outpatient rehab: For those who are unable or unwilling to commit to separation from society, these are programs that allow you to fully attend the routines of everyday life. They often involve attending the hospital or rehab facility daily, weekly, or several times a week depending on your needs.
  •         Community programs: The programs are operated and driven by the community, rather than professional care providers. Many addiction therapy groups that use the 12-steps treatment model fall into this category, and often focus on regular meetings that help members track progress and talk about challenges they face with others who can understand and provide advice or feedback.

Which program works best for you depends on the severity of addiction and other factors such as mental health and the environment and contacts around you. The costs of rehab must also be considered when considering treatment. Get in touch so we can learn more about your situation and help you better consider the options of alcohol and drug rehab in Edinburgh that may work best for you.

Approaches to treatment

Within the different programs, there are still likely to be multiple approaches to treatment incorporated as part of the whole. These treatments help to address not just the addiction and how you build healthier coping and avoidance mechanisms, but issues like mental and physical health that can attribute to addiction as well. If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Edinburgh, here are some of the approaches you may expect.

  •         Detox: A process that often takes place at the beginning of a recovery program with the aims of completely flushing the body of substances like drugs and alcohol. It can be a painful, dangerous process with withdrawal symptoms that are best managed through professional care and can be treated with medication.
  •         Individual therapy: There is a range of different types of therapy that can be used throughout recovery. They can help address the addiction, as well as stress, depression, and anxiety that may be closely related. Other types, like cognitive behavioural therapy, focus on learning about triggers and habits that lead to relapse and building a healthier lifestyle that helps you manage them.
  •         Group therapy: Many of the same approaches as used in individual therapy may also be applied to group therapy, headed by a group leader. However, many people find success when they have others that can empathise, challenge excuses, provide accountability and offer feedback. Regular sessions help you relate your struggles, address your concerns, and celebrate the steps you make on your recovery.
  •         Family therapy: Since addiction often affects family, partners, and loved ones rather than just an individual, this therapy can help with the aspects of your life beyond yourself. Family members can be educated on the realities of addiction and how the may be able to help, while the bonds that have been negatively impacted by the condition can receive some help in the healing process.
  •         Holistic treatment: Many programs take an experimental approach or one that is not strictly medical, to recovery with a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Many patients find success with holistic treatment which can include anything from Reiki, yoga, and meditation to art therapy and music therapy, though this is far from a complete list of types of treatment available.

Again, which type of treatment works best for you is a matter of the type and severity of addiction you are facing, as well as cost considerations and factors tied to the addiction like mental or physical health. Many programs will make use of multiple approaches to treatment, providing a well-balanced, comprehensive approach to care to ensure you not only get clean but build the habits, routine, and mindset that allow you to stay clean in the long-term as well.

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Get in touch with Help4addiction on 0203 955 7700 today if you’re looking drug and alcohol rehab in Edinburgh but you’re not sure where you start. We’re an independent hotline that’s dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction and those close to them find the help that’s both effective and cost-effective, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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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.