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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Norfolk

Help for addiction is available to every resident of Norfolk County. If you suffer from an addiction with drugs or alcohol, then we can get you the help you need to recover. Recovery is possible when you have the right support on your side. If you think you need help recovering from an addiction ed

Norfolk County Council are responsible for seven other districts, making them an important centre of government. However, even important governmental counties can fall foul to drug dealers. They are insidious, getting into every subsection of society, and Norfolk is no different. Whether you live in Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk, Norwich city, King’s Lynn, West Norfolk or in the south – you are never all that far from a drug dealer or an alcohol outlet.

Drug and alcohol rehab in Norfolk let you get help for addiction and get off your substance and get your life back. Addiction catches you in a cycle that is not easily broken – but once you decide you have had enough; it is possible to recover. If you want to start your recovery now then contact us or fill in our online consultation form, here. You can also call us on 0203 955 7700.

The Cycle of Addiction

The cycle of addiction is something you need to explore if you want to get help with an addiction of your own. You can break the cycle and recover but in order to do so, you need to seek support from the health services in your area.

Addiction is a chronic disease. This means that it is difficult to get rid of, is likely to take over your entire life, and will most probably come in waves. It is not uncommon to relapse when you are an addict. The process of being stuck in a cycle of habitual substance abuse is known as the cycle of addiction, and it is exceptionally difficult to break free from.

The cycle does not start from the moment you first use drugs. The cycle starts when problems in your life become unbearable and you feel you don’t have the coping skills you need to survive. As a result, your body seeks any outside help it can get to process events, and you turn to a substance out of desperation. Every time you get high or drunk you add another layer to the cycle. You get a burst of happiness that lasts for only as long as the drink or drugs do. When it wears off there is shame and guilt, which you respond to by getting high again. Thus begins an endless cycle that it difficult to break for a wealth of reasons.

Why the Cycle is so Difficult to Break

Often, the cycle of addiction is habitually instilled in the subject, making it difficult for you to break. You live in an area, or you surround yourself with, people that have encouraged your addiction up until this point. Those that love you genuinely want you to get well. Those that enable you, or that you enable, rely on your addiction to feed their own. It all adds up to your whole life needing to change simply to remove you from the situation.

Rehab from drug and alcohol addiction around Norfolk works both by breaking the cycle (interrupting old habits, removing you from the situation, and giving you tools to distract yourself) and by treating the root cause of the problem. This means intensive therapies to get to the bottom of the trauma that kickstarted all this in the first place.

Exploring past trauma is not easy. Your brain is beating out pathways that it has never trodden before. It is working out the correct ways to respond to that trauma in a healthy, positive way – with the help of a trained therapist or counsellor. Rehab for addictions treats this, and once it has been treated two things will happen. The first; that you will learn how to handle similar situations in the future in a healthy way. The second; that you will be much, much, much less likely to fall into the throes of addiction a second time around.

To learn more about drug addiction you should see our pages, you can also find more information on alcohol addiction specifically if you need more data.

Recovery from Addiction in Norfolk Starts with Detox

Detox is the first stage of coming off drugs or quitting drinking.

What is Detox?

Detox is what happens when you finally stop taking the substance you are addicted to. As it leaves your body, you will experience physical symptoms that can be awful to manage alone. For this reason, we suggest that you try to go through detox only with someone you trust, or in a clinical environment. If you are still unsure about what it means to go through detox, you can find all you need on the Help4Addiction website.

Do I have to Go To Hospital to Detox?

We would advise you don’t go through it alone. If you do not have someone who can take care of you then yes, you should go to hospital or a specialised facility until you are free of the chemicals. You will not feel good during this process, it will be painful and unpleasant. Being in the care of qualified staff will make all the difference to the process.

Home Detox in Norfolk County

If you do have someone with you who can take care of you at home, then home detox may be an option. These packages contain everything you need to get off drink or stop taking drugs, all without having to spend an overnight elsewhere. You will need to be assessed in a consultation to ensure you are suitable for this. If you are eligible then home detox could be easier for you. You can visit our Home Detox page for more information.

How To Tell If You Have An Addiction?

It is entirely possible to have an addiction and not know about it. Just as your brain can trick you into believing you are in physical pain when you go through withdrawal, it can also trick you into believing you don’t have a problem to begin with. This is how the notion of the first step to curing an addiction being to admit that you have a problem comes from.

If you have an addiction, however, there will always be some tell-tale signs. Ask yourself if you experience any of the following withdrawal symptoms. If the answer is yes, then the time is now to get some help.

Some of the common signs that you have an addiction include:

  1. You cannot go a day without drinking or taking drugs. If you do not get your fix you are irritable, tired, and depressed.
  2. Secret drinking or sneaking away through the day to take drugs are both signs of substance abuse. It is one thing to get drunk with friends, but if you are taking so much that you have to hide that drinking then there is an issue.
  3. You may frequently decide to turn your back on social events, people, and activities that you used to enjoy, in favour of taking drugs or drinking.
  4. You need to take more and more of your drug of choice in order to reach the same feeling of being high.
  5. You cannot say no. If you aren’t able to turn down a drink or say no to a ‘hit’ then you probably have an addiction.
  6. You miss work, miss family events, or choose to drink or take drugs instead of going out with friends.

If you are even a little unsure about the answers, if any of the statements above sound like you, it might be time to seek help for addiction in Norfolk. You can go into addiction rehab as an outpatient, for a full 28 day residence, or even seek help through online talking therapies. Whichever way you do it, recovery is well within reach. It’s difficult, yes, but it is also the most worthwhile thing that you will ever do.

Help for Addiction and Rehab is Available in All Areas of Norfolk County

No matter where in Norfolk county you live, you can get help to recover from a drugs or alcohol addiction, right now. With the help of our services, you could connect with the resources you need – both online and offline – to quit drugs for good. When you decide you wish to stop drinking, we want to hear from you.

We offer support for those that want to get of alcohol or quit taking drugs in the following areas:

  • Acle
  • Attlebridge
  • Bircham
  • Brexfield
  • Brundall
  • Caister-on-Sea
  • Cromer
  • Diss
  • Downham Market
  • East Dereham
  • Fakenham
  • Friars Quay
  • Gateley
  • Great Hockham
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Hethersett
  • Hingham
  • Itteringham
  • Kenninghall
  • King’s Lynn
  • Litcham
  • Longham
  • Martham
  • Norwich
  • Sheringham
  • Swaffham
  • Tatterford
  • Thetford
  • Walcott
  • Wymonham
  • And other areas of Norfolk

Regardless of where in the Norfolk area you are based, you can get help for addiction, right now. If you think it is time to start your journey towards good health, then this is the time. Contact us today online, or by phone on 0203 955 7700. We are ready and waiting to help. You can also start with our online consultation.

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Bedfordshire, London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Manchester, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex

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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.