Drug & Alcohol Rehab Gateshead

Addiction, whether it’s to alcohol or drugs, is much harder to fight, alone. At Help4Addiction.com, we know that and help those under the influence of a dependence find the best drug & alcohol rehab options in Gateshead that can build a sustainable, cost-effective road to recovery.

If you have a partner, family member, or loved one who is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you may wonder what role you can play in helping them. Here, we’re going to look at steps you can take and support you can provide that can truly bolster their chances of success.

Communicate your concerns

If your loved one is not yet fully aware of their addiction or if they simply don’t see or refuse to see the impact it is having on their life and relationships, then you may be able to help them come to better see the situation. Establishing trust during the process is crucial. It’s easy to react in anger or fear, falling into habits like criticizing or lecturing, name-calling and shouting, or enabling them. However, that only makes it more likely to break their trust. Do not protect them from the consequences of their own addiction, but don’t seek to actively punish them, either.

When the time comes, honest communication about your concerns without threat is the most likely way to help them understand your feelings. You cannot force them to seek treatment, the decision to change has to be theirs. You can only provide an honest perspective that can help them better see their addiction when they are ready to see it.

Learn more about the treatment programs out there

Though there is little you can do to actively convince them to get to this stage, when they admit their addiction and are willing to change, there’s plenty you can do to facilitate it. Many may feel ashamed or frightened of treatment, but you can help by learning more about the different drug & alcohol rehab options in Gateshead and what they involve. For instance, you can help them learn about the differences between outpatient treatment and residential therapies and help them weigh up those options.

You can also learn more about what they can expect from detox, therapy, counselling, and the other treatment paths available to them. Again, you cannot pressure them into choosing one form of help over another. You can, however, learn about resources by getting in touch with Help4Addiction. When they are ready to take that step, you can have them get in touch, too, so they can feel much more active in their recovery.

Become educated on their condition

It’s easy to look at addiction with a simplified perspective when you are not in the middle of it. It can seem like a choice that your loved one is making time and time again, which can lead you to become overly critical or negative about their behaviour. However, addiction is as physical as it is mental. It’s a condition that affects our brain chemically, meaning that dependence can feel like a vital need.

Learning more about the mechanisms of addiction can help you better understand your loved one. You can learn about the strong links between addiction and mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and past trauma, for instance. Many addictions begin as self-medication for mental health issues before spiralling out of control. You can also learn about triggers and how environment, people, and other factors (potentially including your own behaviour) may serve to further facilitate an addiction. The more you learn about addiction, the better you can help your loved one keep to a healthy routine and lifestyle after their rehab program.

Help to repair the relationships damaged by addiction

The onus of repairing the damage caused by an addiction is, to some degree, on the person who is recovering from it. However, if you’re both invested in the recovery and repair process, you can both be more closely involved in it, too. Family and couples therapy are often recommended for those who have relationships that have suffered the strain of addiction. They also look at how relationship dynamics can factor in the addiction in the first place. For instance, do not be surprised if your loved one suggests or states that your own behaviours or reactions in the past may have served as a trigger or enabled them to feed their addiction in the past.

The process is not about blame, so try to put aside feelings of being attacked and avoid being highly critical or humiliating your loved one during counselling. It’s about better understanding the role that every facet of life, including the closest relationships we have, play into addiction. If you want to help your loved one change, you may have to undergo some change yourself.

Take care of yourself, too

Loving someone with an addiction to alcohol or drugs can be difficult. It’s important that your first priority is taking care of yourself. Sacrificing yourself for another does not help you or them in the long-term, it may simply serve to further enable their addiction or cause feelings of guilt and resentment that contribute to their dependency. Furthermore, you have to place value in your own wellbeing for your focus on theirs to be effective. Learning how to manage your own stress, when to keep your distance, and when not to help is just as important as learning how to help. As mentioned, for instance, don’t actively help them evade the consequences of their addiction, especially at risk to yourself. There may be a time you have to consider walking away if you feel threatened or like your trust has been broken.

If you or a loved one are seeking help with addiction, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Help4Addiction. We offer free, independent advice on alcohol & drug rehab in Gateshead, with strong links to local treatment centres, professionals, and support groups. We’re here to help you find the best road to recovery that works to your specific needs.


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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.