Drug & Alcohol Rehab Lancashire

Did you know that the North West of England is one of the worst places for alcohol and drug abuse? The Lancashire region is known to have high alcoholism rates, with drugs also being easily accessible. As a result, there are many places set up throughout the county to help combat addiction.


Help4Addiction is here to serve individuals or families in the local area that are struggling because of drug addiction or alcoholism. We have a helpline that’s open 24/7, with the phones operated by addiction experts who will advise you on what to do. We create tailormade treatment plans to set you on the road to recovery, and we even point you in the direction of the best rehab clinics in the area. So, if you need help with your problems, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Do I need to go to rehab?

Rehab is seen by many as a last resort in the fight against addiction. It is possible to get over an addiction on your own, but it’s much harder to do so. By going to rehab, you’re surrounded by people who have been through this before and know what it takes to make this dramatic change in your life. The simplest way to determine if you might need to go to rehab or not is by looking for these symptoms:


  • An everpresent need to drink alcohol throughout the day
  • A reliance on drugs to brighten your mood
  • Feeling sick or in pain, unless you have a drink or take drugs
  • Dramatic changes in your behaviour and mood
  • Feelings of depression or anxiety
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Spending all your money on drugs/alcohol
  • Losing friends/cutting people out of your life


All of these things show that you clearly rely on drugs or alcohol in one way or another. Not only that, but your addiction has got to a point where you’re closing yourself off from others, or your friends/family no longer want to be associated with you. It can be very damaging to your life and mental wellbeing, so going to rehab is highly recommended.

What happens if I delay going to rehab?

On a basic level, drug addiction is just another health problem. It’s a mental health issue where you feel compelled to take drugs all the time, and your life seems worthless without them. But, just like any other health problem, drug addiction or alcoholism get worse when left unattended. In the same way that a small tumour can grow into incurable cancer, an addiction can spiral out of control and potentially cause early death. Many people die every year from drug overdoses or drinking too much alcohol. This is not something we ever want to even begin to consider happening to you. But, if you delay going to drug rehab and getting the help you need, then your problem will continue to get worse and worse until it’s sadly too late.


Consequently, we strongly suggest that anyone suffering from the common signs of addiction should seek help right away. Remember, our helpline is always open, so never be afraid to call when you need someone to advise you.

What will happen when I go to rehab in Lancashire?

After chatting to us over the phone, we will recommend a treatment plan that suits you and your addiction. This will most probably include going to a rehab clinic in the Lancashire area. There are a plethora of private rehab facilities offering residential treatments at different price ranges. As such, your experience might differ slightly depending on where you go.


However, all rehab clinics in Lancashire follow a similar framework for addiction treatment. It usually looks a little like this:


  • Step 1: Assessment
  • Step 2: Detoxification
  • Step 3: Follow-up assessment
  • Step 4: Counselling/Therapy (and other treatments)
  • Step 5: Discharged
  • Step 6: Aftercare


Every patient must be assessed to see the extent of their addiction and gain an understanding of any potential triggers. Then, the detox will remove these addictive substances from your life for good. The follow-up assessment will see how you feel after the detox and which withdrawal symptoms you’re struggling with the most. Your counselling and further treatment will be designed to address your mental triggers and stop you from feeling the need to drink or take drugs. Then, you get discharged and can return home, but you will keep going back for around 18 months at regular intervals for aftercare services.

Are aftercare services mandatory?

Nobody will force you to do anything during the rehabilitation process. But, if you pay for private rehab, then you get aftercare included for the price. So, it makes sense to get all the care that’s offered to you.


Furthermore, some of the main reasons people relapse are because they struggle when leaving rehab. They’re exposed to their old world once more, and it’s harder to resist triggers. With the regular aftercare services, you get access to 24/7 helplines that are set up to help people on the verge of a relapse crisis. You can also attend counselling sessions and places like Narcotics Anonymous to stay on the path to recovery. The odds of you getting over addiction and maintaining sobriety for the rest of your life are much higher when you get aftercare as well as rehabilitation.

Do I need to live in the rehab clinic?

No, this is only if you want to partake in residential rehab. There are numerous outpatient clinics funded by the NHS which you can use as well. You’ll still get treatment and support for your addiction, but it’s not going to be as thorough, and you may take longer to see results.


We’ve helped people figure out what kind of rehabilitation treatment will work best for them. If you want suggestions or advice on anything relating to alcohol rehab and drug addiction treatment, then please call us today. Ring our helpline on 0203 955 7700, and one of our rehab experts will calmly answer your questions and create a treatment plan for you.


Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Wrexham, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, West Midlands, Cheshire, London, Bradford, Swinton, Barnsley

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

  • Accrington
  • Bamber Bridge
  • Blackburn
  • Blackpool
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Darwen
  • Fulwood
  • Lancaster
  • Leyland
  • Lytham St Anne’s
  • Morecambe
  • Nelson
  • Preston
  • Skelmersdale


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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.