Drug & Alcohol Rehab Northamptonshire

Alcohol and drug addiction are at epidemic proportions throughout England and Wales. Although a well-off area, the Northamptonshire region hasn’t managed to escape unscathed from the violent cycle of drug gangs, crime, and substance abuse. Addicts are all around us as a result. If you are suffering from an addiction then first of all, it is important that you know you are not alone. Second of all, you should be aware that help for addiction is here.

If you are suffering from addiction and you need help, contact us right now. We put addicts in touch with the services they need to recover and bounce back stronger than ever before. All you need to do is reach out via our online consultation service, or call us, on 0203 955 7700, today.

Drug and Alcohol Use in Your Area

Northamptonshire shows classic symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. Although a pleasant place to live, this county has a hidden underworld you probably don’t know anything about. However, it is this criminal section of society that provides illegal drugs and brings death and despair to so many.

The County of Northampton has more than 723,000 people living in it. Known as ‘the rose of the Shires’ it is a centrally located county that has been settled since the first century. Most of the settlements in this county pre-date history… and since they have existed, there have been those who seek to corrupt them for their own gain.

If you don’t believe that Northamptonshire has a drug problem then check out the statements released by Northants Police department in December of last year. In one single raid, they caught an entire drug gang, arresting 105 individuals at the same time, in relation to the trafficking and supply of Class A drugs. Class A drugs are the worst kind of narcotics. They are rated A because they are some of the most dangerous, and fatal.

Despite getting such large numbers off the streets there are still drug gangs to be found. Compared to other police forces, however, the department in charge of Northamptonshire seems to do an exceptionally good job.

As for alcohol, abuse of this substance in the Northamptonshire area has become so prevalent that the local county council have put together online guidance on the subject for young people. There is also mention here of so-called ‘legal highs. Just because something is legal does not mean it isn’t bad for you. Tobacco and caffeine are good examples of this.

With all the readily available alcohol and drugs in Northamptonshire, it is no surprise that some people are suffering from addiction. If you have fallen into the cycle then get help to recover, now. You can contact us on 0203 955 7700 or visit our online consultation page, today.

The symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

There are several ways to tell whether you have an addiction or not. Similarly, if you are worried about a loved one then you should look out for these symptoms. Ascertaining that you have a problem with substance abuse is the first step to getting better and getting your old life back. Who knows? Once you recover, you may even have a better life than the one you had before.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of alcohol misuse are:

  1. Drinking daily is a good indicator of alcoholism
  2. As is being unable to turn down the offer of a drink
  3. Drink driving is a sign of alcoholism – if you can’t stay sober enough to drive, then don’t do it
  4. Hiding how much you drink from your loved ones is a bad sign of an addiction
  5. Spending rent or food money on alcohol is another bad sign

If you recognise any of these signs, either in yourself or in others, could symbolise the start of alcoholism. If this seems like something you should be worried about – don’t panic. These symptoms are very similar to that of a drug addict, too. It is possible to be addicted to more than one thing at once.

For more on alcohol addiction and the symptoms it has, see our article on alcoholism.

The Symptoms of Drug Use in Northamptonshire

Drug use is a symptom of underlying issues and should never be ignored. If you suspect you may be suffering from a drug addiction, read this page and see how your symptoms compare.

Do You Need Rehab for Alcohol or Drug Addictions?

Although rehab centres often offer both drug and alcohol rehab from the same building, the types of therapies and services offered will sometimes differ. Make sure that you enlist yourself for the right help!

What Happens During Alcohol Rehab?

There are several stages of alcohol rehab in Northamptonshire, each of which has its own set of symptoms. First of all, you will need to detoxify yourself by going through a strict process of abstinence. During this detox period, the alcohol completely leaves your body. This stage has physical symptoms that include an upset stomach, migraines, cold sweats, restlessness… and in the worst case: seizures.

Once you are through the first 72 hours and your body has processed the shock, you will start to go through a series of changes. This is because the addiction to alcohol has caused mutations as your body accommodates it over time. Without the alcohol, your body will revert back to its natural state. It is best to do this in a rehab clinic or a specialist facility.

When you arrive at your alcohol rehab centre in Northamptonshire, you will be checked in, shown to your room if the facility is residential, or taken directly to your doctor in the case of an outpatient rehab clinic. You and the doctor will devise a treatment plan that will include a range of therapies, medications, information, and support, all geared towards maximising your chances to get off drink for good.

Alcohol rehab typically lasts around 28 days. After this period you may receive further help as an outpatient whenever you need to revisit your therapies. To arm yourself with all the information possible before you check in to a rehab clinic, visit our page on alcohol rehab and consider our online consultation service.

What Happens During Drug Rehab in Northamptonshire?

Drug rehab is a similar process in many ways. It will start with a visit with a doctor to make sure the treatment plan includes detox this time. Depending on what type of drug you are addicted to, the doctor will adapt a detox method that works for you. There are some drugs that make the ‘cold turkey’ approach dangerous to your nervous system. To this end, the doctor will want to consult with you before the detoxification process begins.

Once you have decided on the best plan to get you off of drugs for good, your recovery can begin. You will need to either attend a hospital or a rehab clinic in order to be closely monitored while you detox from the drugs. Some people choose to remain in a full time, residential rehab centre for the whole 28 days, until they have kicked the habit for good. This method separates you from the triggers of your everyday life, simultaneously putting some distance between you and your supplier.

Some people choose to seek help for addiction in Northamptonshire as an outpatient. There are many rehab clinics in the region that will help facilitate this. Recovery is possible, no matter which style of rehab suits you best. Nowadays, you can seek treatment through the day, go to work, come home, and have an online therapy session at night. Other rehab options include full telephone support, various types of talking therapy, and group work.

If you live in the Northamptonshire area and you think you might need help with drug addiction, reach out now. You can read a little more on the specifics of suffering from drug addiction (and finding the help you need) here.

Help for Addiction is Available in All Areas of Northamptonshire!

We here at Help 4 Addiction can put you in touch with the team you need to aid in your recovery. We want to give each of our service users the most varied array of tools to succeed – and that extends to all areas of Northamptonshire. No matter where you stay in the region, help is not only available, but it makes recovery fully possible, too!

Some of the most common Northamptonshire areas we hear from are:

  • Brackley
  • Burton Latimer
  • Corby
  • Daventry
  • Desborough
  • Earls Barton
  • Higham Ferrers
  • Irthlingborough
  • Kettering
  • Northampton
  • Raunds
  • Rothwell
  • Towcester
  • Wellingborough

Better yet – if your area isn’t listed but you do live in Northamptonshire, then it will be covered by the talents of Help 4 Addiction, too. Addiction is difficult to overcome but it isn’t impossible… especially not when you have the right team on your side.

Call us today, on 0203 955 7700 to start your journey towards recovery. A better life is possible, regardless of where in England you are based.

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Bedfordshire, London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire


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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.