Drug & Alcohol Rehab Kent

Do you – or someone you know – have a drug addiction? With recreational drugs becoming more popular, and mental health problems on the rise, the number of drug addiction cases is sadly rising too. If you’re searching for help or rehab in and around Kent, then you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of options for you to think about.


Don’t worry if you haven’t got a clue where to start – we will take care of things for you. All you need to do is admit to yourself that you have a problem, and make a big leap in the right direction by giving Help4Addiction a call.

How can Help4Addiction help me?

A lot of people are aware that they have a drug problem, but they don’t know what to do or where to go. Sadly, this means that many issues get unsolved as people just don’t know how to tackle them. At Help4Addiction, we bridge the gap between addiction and rehab. People ring our helpline and explain their problem, and we take the time to talk them through all the possible options. By the end of the call, you’ll have a treatment plan laid out for you to follow, along with some recommendations for the best rehab clinics in Kent.


All of our advice is honest and impartial, and it’s all confidential as well. We never judge, all we want to do is ensure you get the right support to finally wave goodbye to addiction. Plus, as experts, we can answer any of your addiction questions, many of which will already be explained below.

What is an addiction trigger?

When someone feels the need to take drugs or drink alcohol, they’re usually triggered into doing so. Essentially, this is what causes you to go through with the action – it’s something that sets off a chain reaction in your mind and forces you into bad habits. Some people have one trigger, others have multiple.

What are the most common addiction triggers?

These vary from person to person, and it is linked to the root cause of your addiction in the first place. For a lot of people, this is a mental health issue. People with depression will face multiple triggers surrounding their mood. When they experience feelings of depression, this makes them want to take drugs to mask the emotions and get some respite from the pain.


But, triggers can also be random objects, people, or places. If a particular place brings back feelings of doing drugs or reminds you of getting drunk, then it can cause you to proceed and take more drugs or start buying drinks. The same goes for people as well; certain individuals may be fuelling your addiction by purchasing alcohol or drugs for you, which essentially triggers your issue.


When you attend rehab, a lot of the treatment revolves around dampening your triggers. This is done by assessing your behaviour and asking you questions about your addiction and when you usually have the urge to drink or take drugs. From here, cognitive behavioural therapy is generally introduced to change your habits and prevent your triggers from causing a relapse.

Is a detox the same as rehab?

Commonly, people use the term detox when talking about addiction. Some people even say that they’re going on a detox to try and kick their bad habit. A detox is not the same as rehab, though it is frequently used as a treatment during the rehabilitation process.


The best explanation is that detox simply refers to a form of treatment wheres rehab covers the whole journey from beginning to end. You will have an alcohol detox in rehab, along with multiple therapies and other treatments as well.

How are withdrawal symptoms managed during rehab?

During rehab, it’s impossible to not go through stages where you have horrible withdrawal symptoms. This commonly occurs when you’re going through a detox, primarily because you’ve basically gone cold turkey. You’re used to taking drugs daily, and suddenly you aren’t. It’s a massive shock to the system, and your body almost malfunctions as it learns to deal with this new state.


Thankfully, your symptoms are managed by health care professionals during rehabilitation. They usually use medication to counter your withdrawal symptoms and make it easier for you to relax and forget about drugs. The dosage is reduced as your body gets used to the lack of drugs in your system, and you eventually end up not needing any medication to help at all.

How long will rehab take to work?

It’s impossible to give you an answer because no two patients are the same. You may go to rehab and be discharged within three weeks, while someone else there could stay for three months. What we can say is that rehab takes less time when you check yourself in early on. As soon as you notice that you’re becoming somewhat dependent on drugs or alcohol, then you need to get help.


Also, the facility you go to will play a role in how long rehab takes. In Kent, there are private and NHS-funded clinics. The private ones often yield faster results as they can afford better resources and more extensive treatments. What’s more, they’re inpatient rehab facilities, meaning you stay there until you’re fixed. With most NHS-funded ones, they’re outpatient clinics, so it takes longer to see positive results and changes in your behaviour.

How much does private rehab cost in Kent?

When you pay for private rehabilitation facilities in Kent, you’re paying for a room, leisure facilities, treatment, and so on. As a result, the cost of rehab varies depending on the clinic. If you want to live a life of luxury and stay somewhere with large bedrooms, loads of different leisure facilities, and a range of interesting services, then it will cost more money.


Please don’t hesitate to call Help4Addiction if you want advice on how much to pay for rehab, or anything else relating to drug addiction. We’re here to find the best treatment for you, so call us on 0203 955 7700 today.


Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Surrey, Essex, London, Brighton, Hertfordshire, Slough, Greenwich, Croydon

Help for Addiction and Rehab is available in all areas of Kent including:

  • Aldershot
  • Andover
  • Basingstoke
  • Christchurch
  • Eastleigh
  • Emsworth-Southbourne
  • Fareham
  • Farnborough
  • Fleet
  • Gosport
  • Havant
  • Hythe
  • Locks Heath
  • New Milton-Barton-on-Sea
  • Romsey
  • Totton
  • Waterlooville
  • Winchester


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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.