Drug & Alcohol Rehab Huntingdonshire

If you live in the Huntingdonshire area and you have a drug addiction or a problem with alcohol, then we need you to pay attention. This is your warning – a sign, if you like – that it is time to quit. Stopping taking drugs and giving up alcohol will dramatically change your life, putting you back on the path you were supposed to be walking. All it takes is determination and stubbornness and you could be in recovery from your addiction.

If you need urgent help to detox or if you are in an overdose situation and need medical help, stop reading now and go phone an ambulance. However, those that want to find out more about how to get off drink for good should keep reading. We here at Help4Addiction are motivated to help you quit – just like our founder once did. You could be that inspiration too if you just get off drugs or alcohol.

If you are already decided upon quitting, then don’t wait any longer. Call us now on 0203 955 7700 or start an online consultation, right away. If you still need some convincing that drugs or alcohol problems exist in your area, then stay exactly where you are. We looked into the Huntingdonshire drug and alcohol statistics and the area where you live is no less innocent than anywhere else in the UK. The numbers, alas, don’t tend to lie.

How Big A Problem Is Drug And Alcohol Use in Huntingdonshire?

Unfortunately for the residents of this seemingly sleepy county, Huntingdonshire is just as likely to harbour drug dealers as other places in England. However, alcohol abuse is a known problem throughout every county in England. Since it is available over the counter for anyone old enough to buy it, alcohol is one of the most frequently used drugs in the UK… and we often forget that it is, in essence, a drug.

As recently as January, Huntingdon police had a drink-driving crackdown that saw fifty people found guilty and charged. Drink driving is a serious offense in itself – but it represents a greater problem in society. If you are willing to take the chance of driving drunk the morning after and risk your license – then you definitely have a problem with drinking too much.

Remember, if you think you have a problem with either drink or drugs, you can call us right now for help. Reach Help 4 Addiction on 0203 955 7700.

The Hunts Post frequently reports stories of drug dealers selling crack and heroin in the area. Although Huntingdonshire District Council have a ‘no-tolerance’ policy to drugs and alcohol rule breaches, this seems to do extraordinarily little to limit the damage drugs have on the community.

How Does Drug Use Impact Society?

When you become hooked on drugs, you are inadvertently contributing to a negative impact on your community. Drug abuse affects us most at a community level since the impact on local areas from those under the influence is the most obvious to acknowledge. Disposed needles and empty drug bags litter our swing parks. Vandalism and breach of the peace are common, as is theft. Furthermore, crimes committed because of drugs or being under the influence have earned the term ‘drug crime’ as a defining feature.

According to the police services of Huntingdonshire, there are 56 crimes committed per thousand people living in the county. Statistics are 5% worse than they were from the previous year. Police put this upward trend down to knife crime and terrorism… There is a proven link between both knife crime and drug gangs, and terrorist funding and drug sales. In the worst of cases, gangs of thugs sell drugs to fund bigger acts of terrorism. Drug use has a directly negative impact on society.

If you have had enough of being a drug addict and want to get better, you need to get help. Get started with your own recovery by calling us now, on 0203 955 7700.

What Are The Symptoms of Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction symptoms and drug withdrawal symptoms are two different things. That being said, both addiction and withdrawal come with difficult-to-manage signs. Some of the symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction include:

  • Taking drugs or drinking alcohol every day, without being able to refuse it
  • Drinking or substance abuse first thing in the morning
  • Missing important events, days at work, or family gatherings, in order to indulge in drink or drugs
  • Disguising the volume of your drink or drug abuse from your friends and family
  • Lying or stealing in order to buy your substance of choice

If you or your loved one is displaying these symptoms, then they may be suffering from an addiction problem. Help is at hand, however, and recovery is possible. Get in touch with Help 4 Addiction today, on 0203 955 7700, to make a start, or simply to have a chat about making those first steps.

To find out more about drug addictions specifically, you can read this article. It is a slightly different beast than alcohol addiction – but the symptoms and signs are remarkably similar.

What Are The Symptoms of Addiction Withdrawal?

When you go through withdrawal from addiction, you experience physical symptoms and can even get pains. This goes to show how much control your mind has over your body. You can experience chills and shakes, nausea and vomiting, and a myriad of other tiny symptoms. Headaches are common, as is a dry or sore throat.

Most of all, withdrawal is characterised by need. The person going through alcohol withdrawal or drug withdrawal will experience a deep-rooted need to use their substance of choice. An addict will do things to get their hands on their substance that they wouldn’t do if they didn’t’ suffer from addiction. It is this loss of control that many find the most difficult to deal with during recovery from addiction.

If you would like to know more about the ins and outs of alcohol addiction, you can find everything you ever needed to know, here. Remember, we are always available at the other end of the phone line and ready to help. Contact us on 0203 955 7700 for more information.

Can you get help managing the Stress and Anxiety of Drug and Alcohol addiction?

When you choose to opt for rehab services in the Huntingdonshire area, you will have several consultations with different medical departments. When you reach out to us, for example, we will put you in touch with rehab clinics in and around Huntingdonshire district. Your GP will also be able to help you devise a treatment plan that works best for you.

Whichever plan they devise, your drug or alcohol rehab will require a combination of medication and therapies. A mix of therapies is needed during recovery from addiction to ensure that you strike on the one that works best for you. You might go to a private rehab clinic, or a residential facility where you live on site for the full 28 days of rehabilitation. It may be that you seek help as an outpatient and receive treatment through the day. With this method, you can continue to work and hold down your normal life, as you recover. There are also options for counselling for drug or alcohol abuse long after you are on the path to recovery. This way, you don’t need to worry about who will support you, should you slip up.

Is Online Help Available for Alcohol Addiction Recovery/Rehab?

The digital world has finally begun to catch up with us in terms of therapies. Some talking therapies can be performed online, through the use of video chatting. This works well for groups as it limits the physical contact and keeps germ contact to a minimum.

Online therapies may be available as part of your recovery plan. You can specify this treatment option to your doctor or mention it when you call us if it is of interest to you. Our number is 0203 955 7700 and we are ready and waiting for your call. Online therapy is no less beneficial than any other talking therapy. The only difference is that you can do it from within the comfort of your own home, and that you can save yourself some travel expenses, to boot.

If you think online therapy might be the winning treatment technique for you, find out more about this therapy tool at Help 4 Addiction.

Help for Drug and Alcohol Addictions is Available in All Areas of Huntingdonshire

We can provide support to those that are all over the county. Help 4 Addiction specialise in connecting you to the help you need, with minimal fuss and the greatest of urgency. If you live in any of the following areas and you want to quit drinking or stop taking drugs for good, then we need to hear from you:

  • Abbotsley
  • Catworth
  • Easton
  • Ellington
  • Elton
  • Fenton
  • Godmanchester
  • Haddon
  • Houghton
  • Ramsey
  • St Ives
  • St Neots
  • Wisbech
  • Wyton

So if you live in any of these locations and you need help overcoming an addiction, contact us today. You can call us on 0203 955 7700, or you can complete our online consultation through our site.

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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.