Drug & Alcohol Rehab Greenwich

At Help4Addiction, we regularly help those suffering from drug and alcohol dependencies, as well as those who love and seek to support them. We do this primarily by offering free, impartial advice and information on drug & alcohol rehab in Greenwich, looking at different facilities, groups, treatments, and programs. By helping to find those best suited to the needs of the individual, and severity of the circumstances, we can make the road to recovery all the more accessible.

But, how do you know whether you need our help or not? If you’re concerned that you might be struggling with a drug or alcohol dependency, read on. We’re going to look at some of the signs and symptoms that can help you see whether you need help.

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The difference between symptoms and signs of addiction

We’re going to break down the evidence of a potential addiction down into two categories. The first is the symptoms of addiction that only you (or a loved one) experience as part of an addiction. The signs of addiction, on the other hand, are observable patterns of behaviour and habits that others might see from an outside perspective. Those with a growing addiction may not be personally aware of them until they are highlighted

Of course, it’s worth remembering that the evidence of addiction can change from person to person. You are not looking to get a “full house”, so to speak. Rather, if any combination of the signs and symptoms mentioned below are applicable, that should be cause for further concern.

Symptoms of addiction

Here are some of the physical and personal symptoms you may experience as a consequence of a growing addiction. This is not a comprehensive list, nor will every symptom apply to every person, as different substances have different effects. However, here are some things to keep an eye out for:

  •         Withdrawal symptoms: If you have a dependence, you may feel a surge of negative symptoms when you haven’t fed it in some time. Drugs like marijuana and cocaine have mostly emotional withdrawal symptoms, like stress and anxiety. Alcohol, opiates (like heroin), and tranquilizers may bring about a broader range of physical symptoms like sweating, nausea, shakes, sleeplessness and more.
  •         Appetite changes: A range of substances change how we experience eating and appetite. Cocaine, for instance, is known to reduce our appetite while marijuana can increase it significantly.
  •         Sleep changes: Both the overuse of alcohol and drugs and the withdrawal from them can greatly impact our sleep. They may cause sleeplessness, difficulty staying asleep, oversleeping, or major changes in when we sleep.
  •         A growing tolerance: As our body gets used to drugs and alcohol, we may feel that their effects are not as strong over time. If you find yourself taking more to achieve the same effect as you once experienced, that’s a strong sign of a dependency.
  •         Substance-related damage or disease: If you are diagnosed with a medical issue specifically related to the use of drugs or alcohol, then that is the clearest indication of an addiction in full force. This may include respiratory disease as a result of crack use, liver damage due to alcohol consumption, or problems with veins and arteries related to injectable drugs.

If more than one, or the last symptom, in particular, apply to you and your use of drugs or alcohol, then you may be in the midst of an addiction. However, drug & alcohol rehab services in Greenwich can help.

Signs of addiction

These are signs that may be noticed by someone with an addiction themselves, but more often they are more easily spotted by those with an outside perspective, such as friends, family, and even strangers from time to time.

  •         They are seemingly unable to give up, with past attempts or verbal declarations of attempts to give up that have been unsuccessful or led to no change in habit.
  •         They have been diagnosed with health issues related to or exacerbated by drugs or alcohol but continue to use them.
  •         When dealing with stress, anxiety, depression or other problems, they use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.
  •         Losing hobbies and other interests over time as the substance takes over more of their life.
  •         They become obsessed with drugs or alcohol, spending more energy, time, and making sacrifices to obtain it.
  •         Financial difficulty due to substance abuse, but the use of said substance still continues.
  •         They become secretive about their habit, trying to hide stashes and becoming angry or upset when attempts to help or stop them are made.
  •         They take major risks, including visiting unsafe areas, making potentially dangerous contacts, or even committing criminal or dangerous activities, such as theft or trading sex for their addiction.

If you know someone that fits several of the signs above, then it may be worth communicating your concerns with them. You cannot force someone with an addiction to change or see help, but by sharing your worries without threatening, criticizing, or yelling at them, you can help them see the seriousness of their situation.

What comes next

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If you believe you have a drug or alcohol addiction, it can be a scary thing to admit to yourself and may feel scarier to ask for help. However, there are plenty of good drug & alcohol rehab services in Greenwich, from free assistance from the NHS to dedicated private services. They can help you detox to clean your body of the issues, look at techniques to identify and stop mechanisms leading to addiction, and help fight issues like stress, anxiety, and past traumas that have contributed to addiction in the past. From outpatient care to residential centres, Help4Addiction is here to look at your options alongside you, exploring them in a safe environment to identify the best potential road to recovery. Programs can last from weeks to months, depending on your needs.

The signs and symptoms may confirm what you already have a suspicion of. However, in reality, if you are concerned that your relationship with alcohol and drugs has become unhealthy, then it probably has. If you’re worried about a potential addiction, get in touch with us today. Together, we will look at alcohol & drug rehab options in Greenwich and which options are best suited to help you.


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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.