Drug & Alcohol Rehab Middlesex

Situated in south east England, Middlesex is a well-known, well respected county. It has a long history of association with the rest of the Greater London area, sharing in the trials and tribulations as they pass through the city. Middlesex has been an area of notoriety ever since the Anglo-Saxons settled the area, all the way back in prehistoric times.

In spite of all this wonderful notoriety, Middlesex is an area of the country that has suffered deprivation poverty, and a lack of social and community based projects. As such, there is a criminal underworld to the county that is lousy with drugs. As much as alcohol intake has become the norm on a Friday or Saturday night, in some areas of Middlesex, drug taking is just as prominent.

With so much drug activity in the urban area of Middlesex, it is only right that some of us would fall foul to the problem of addiction. Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are rife throughout England because of the immoral types that make them or bring them to our shores. There is no shame in suffering from addiction. However, there are a whole lot of reasons why you should get help.

Fortunately, if you have found yourself on the Help4Addiction pages, then you are already in the right place. Contact us now, on 0203 955 7700 if you want to get help to recover from addiction in Middlesex. Otherwise, see our online consultation service for more information.

Drug and Alcohol Has Hold of Middlesex County

Since Middlesex County is an important geographical location in terms of drugs, it sees a lot of traffic go through. Lots of traffic means drugs are making their way from the important ports in the south, all the way up the country to other counties. Lots of drug traffic also means lots of dealers, and access to drugs leads to more addiction, all round.

In January of 2020, a drug dealer operating out of Hayes was charged with providing high purity crack cocaine to the community. The fact that it was high purity reinforces the location of Middlesex in its relation to drug trafficking. Drugs such as cocaine often arrive in Britain at full purity. When each new drug dealer cuts something else into it, then the purity goes down. My London reported on the case, noting that the drug dealer was found after police searched her car.

According to statistics, more than 20% of all men and women in England drink more than the recommended amount, every week. Middlesex county does not escape this problem. Alcohol abuse is one of the biggest causes of death in the young adult age groups in the UK. If you want to stop drinking before you add to these statistics, then you can contact Help 4 Addiction and put a stop to it. Contact us now, on 0203 955 7700 and don’t wait a minute longer to get help.

How Can I Stop Drinking?

Stopping drinking is harder than anyone can imagine. Once you have formed an addiction, the combination of the serotonin (the happiness chemical) that your brain releases when you drink, and the pleasure of the act itself, is what you have to give up. This can lead to some strange symptoms, of which depression or anxiety are completely normal.

It is not impossible to stop, however, and you are not alone. Some half-a-million dependent drinkers exist in England, each of them with the chance to get the help to stop that they need. The first step is to contact services that can get you the resources all UK residents have access to when they want to quit an addiction. See our online consultation page to start now.

For more on how you, as an individual, can stop drinking too much, see this article in the Help 4 Addiction online library.

What’s Detox?

When you do decide to stop drinking alcohol (or to stop taking drugs) you will go through the detoxification process. This is often shortened to the simple term ‘detox’. It may be alcohol detox and it may be drug detox, it may even be that you are on detox from a non-substance related addiction, such as sex or gambling. Whatever your addiction, the first few days off going through withdrawal and removing the substance from your body are known as detox.

The reason we refer to this stage as the detox stage is because the toxins are leaving your body. You can learn more about what constitutes a detox procedure by visiting our page on Detox. During the detox procedure you will suffer from some terrible withdrawal symptoms. We will look at the symptoms of drug withdrawal in Middlesex in a moment, if you are getting off alcohol, however, then see this segment on alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Drug Detox in the Middlesex Area

Drug detox involves getting the last of the remaining drugs out of your system without replacing them with more. When you go through drug addiction, you need to go through this unpleasant step when you want to start your recovery. It is, by far, the worst part of getting better. Recovery from addiction is much easier once you are through this period.

Detox from drugs usually lasts between three and four days but you may feel unwell for a week or two afterwards. Do not let your brain fool you! The feeling of nausea or dizziness, or even severe depression, is all in your head. In a very literal sense, prevailing with your abstinence at this point is completely necessary to stay off drink and drugs. If you persist, you will eventually be recovered from your addiction and free to go back and lead a regular, healthy life.

For more on how to find Middlesex drug detox near you, visit our dedicated page to getting you off drugs! Don’t forget that you can call us too, should you need help. If you have taken an overdose or need urgent medical care, be sure to call the emergency services. However, if you have chosen to get off drugs and start a detox of your own, then call us today on 0203 955 7700.

What Are the Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal?

After the initial withdrawal period, you will go on to experience slightly more long term symptoms of drug withdrawal. There are many different ways your body might try to convince you that it needs the drugs to feel better. It will start with aches and pains but, depending on what type of drugs you are withdrawing from, can be as bad as hallucinations.

Some other symptoms of withdrawal from drugs and alcohol can include irritability, excessive tiredness, depression and anxiety, and hypermobility. Some people will feel they have no energy or motivation, while others will feel hyper motivated, like they cannot sit still. Withdrawing from drugs will cause many symptoms, some of which are similar to alcohol withdrawal and some of which vary in degree, depending on the drugs taken and the length of time you were an addict for.

Some common symptoms of drug withdrawal cover:

  1. Night terrors, horrible nightmares, or the inability to sleep.
  2. Sweating, shaking, feeling hot, cold, or numb.
  3. You may feel like you have the flu, a blocked nose, or allergies flaring up.
  4. Sickness and diarrhoea are to be expected.

This is a trying time and it might feel awful, but you will get through it. In most cases, the detox process itself is enough to scare you into never doing drugs again. Once you have detoxed yourself from an addiction once, you do not want to have to do it twice.

However, once you have endured that initial period of pain and desire to use, the urges will lessen. Every day that you spend without taking drugs is a day won. Gradually, time will make it easier to stop thinking about drugs. One day, you will wake up and you won’t think about them at all. It might not be today or tomorrow – but it is achievable, especially with Help4Addiction at your side.

Help for Addiction and Rehab is Available in All Areas of Middlesex

No matter which area of Middlesex you reside in, you can get help for your addiction near you. We cover all areas of the county, here at Help 4 Addiction, so whichever area you live in, help is at hand. Some of the towns in Middlesex we offer help for addiction services to include:

  • Acton
  • Ashford
  • Brent Cross
  • Brentford
  • Bushey Heath
  • Ealing
  • Edgeware
  • Enfield
  • Feltham
  • Greenford
  • Hammersmith
  • Hanworth
  • Harlington
  • Harrow
  • Hayes
  • Isleworth
  • Northolt
  • Northwood
  • Pinner
  • Potters Bar
  • Ruislip
  • Saffron Hill
  • Shepperton
  • Sunbury-on-Thames
  • Stanmore
  • Teddington
  • Uxbridge
  • Wembley
  • West Drayton

If your area of Middlesex isn’t listed, then try not to worry. All areas of Middlesex are covered by the Help 4 Addiction team. To get the help to get off drugs or to stop drinking alcohol that you need, simply call us on 0203 955 7700 today or start your online consultation.

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Luton, Watford, Bedfordshire, London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Manchester, Huntingdonshire


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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.