Drug & Alcohol Rehab Northumberland County

If you need rehab from a drug or alcohol addiction, then you find yourself among friends. We here at Help 4 Addiction have first-hand experience on what it is like to be addicted – and in what it is like to be in recovery from addiction. We exist solely to put you in touch with the resources you need to help you get off drink or stop taking drugs, for good.

If you have already decided that you want to start your recovery journey, then all you need to do now is contact us. You can fill out your details in our online consultation pages and someone will contact you, or you can call us straight away on 0203 955 7700. We are ready and waiting to help you take that first step. It might be an uphill struggle, but you won’t need to go through it alone.

How Do You Know If You Have An Alcohol Problem?

They say that before you can get rehab for an addiction, you need to admit that you have a problem. Why is this such a hard thing to do? Because your brain convinces you that your actions are normal, because you are stuck in the cycle of addiction, and because you are in the throes of a habit.

To ascertain if you have an addiction problem, ask yourself these vital questions. If the answer to any of them is yes, then it is time to start thinking about rehab. There are rehab clinics and outpatient centres all over the Northumberland area, so you will be able to get help near you.

To find out if you have an addiction, ask yourself:

  1. Can I go a full 24 hour period without drugs or alcohol? If so, can I do another 24 hours?
  2. Do I shake, sweat, or feel physically unwell when I go without the substance I might be addicted to?
  3. Do you crave the substance you are perhaps addicted to? Does thinking about it occupy more of your day than it should?
  4. Have you ever missed work because of being drunk or high? Have you ever missed work because you were on a bender the night before? Has anyone at work ever told you that you smell like booze or like a pub?
  5. Lastly: have you ever felt like you cannot go through with something unless you are drunk or high? Allowances can be made for major life events like funerals or weddings, but any other time signifies the possibility of an addiction.

If any of the above sounds like you then you might need help. If you don’t have an addiction, but you do have the warning signs of one, then you would do well for your own future to interfere with it before it goes any further. It is never to early to break the cycle or reach out for help if you think you can’t do it alone.

You can find more ways to quit drinking before you develop an addiction on our website. Follow this link to learn more. In addition, you can read more about what to expect from alcohol withdrawal, here.

Are All Drugs Addictive?

No, is the short answer. However, all people have the possibility of becoming addicted to anything that makes them happy. When your brain releases that burst of feel good chemicals, it could be from an addictive drug, it could be from smoking a cigarette or drinking a beer, and it could be from something like gambling or sex, where no substances are involved at all.

The point is that not all drugs are addictive. Not all prescription drugs are particularly good for you either. There are two sides to the coin. A person may be addicted to drugs that have been prescribed to them through no fault of their own. It is perhaps more likely than an addiction to narcotic drugs, which are harder to come by. Opioids are a class A that transcend the barrier between prescription and non-prescription drug abuse. They are both prescribed as pain medication and taken in the form of heroin, a highly addictive narcotic that will leave you chasing that first hit, every time.

When you do decide to get off drugs you will need to go through detox. This is the period of time when the chemicals are leaving your body. The problem with substance abuse (and what makes it so hard to quit) is that it has chemically altered the way your body operates. These alterations need to be reset when you finish drug detox and go into recovery properly.

After detox, the drugs will be out of your system – but the hard work is not done yet. You will need to continue with intensive rehab over the first few weeks. This work will put you in good stead for staying off drugs or alcohol for the rest of your life. Avoiding relapse will be an uphill battle for a while, but one day you will wake up and your life will be 100% better. That, in itself, is a future worth fighting for.

If you want to get off drugs contact us now, on 0203 955 7700. We can help.

The Link Between Drug and Alcohol Addiction and Depression

Addiction and depression are intricately linked. This is because of the way addictions work. They trick your brain by releasing a little dopamine to make you happy, every time you score a hit or have a drink. When you take this little burst of feel-good chemicals away, you are left with nothing to perk up your mood. Being freed from addiction involves remembering things you used to enjoy before your addiction started.

When you go back to the hobbies and interests you have before, you will eventually start to enjoy them again. As the need for, or urge to take, drugs or alcohol has worn off, you will feel increased enjoyment from your old interests. This takes time, though. At first, overcoming addiction will seem like an impossible task as your own brain convinces you that it needs its serotonin and dopamine injections from the addictive substance.

In the interim, you can expect a wave of depression to hit you. It is also possible that you will need time to recover emotionally from the things that the drug or alcohol abuse has made you do. The emotions experienced will be varied and aggressive. There is a high chance you will need counselling or therapy to deal with them. It will also take time. Hang on in there and wait it out.

If you want to get help for the depressive symptoms associated with addiction, then we can facilitate your needs. Contact us via telephone today, on 0203 955 7700, and start your own road to recovery with a dedicated support team around you. If you want to know more about the way alcohol and depression interact with one another, follow this link.

Is There An Addiction Problem In Northumberland?

There is an alcohol problem in all areas of England, but drug use is on the rise across the board, too. Some of the worst numbers are coming out of the counties in middle England though, counties just like Northumberland. Not so long ago, local newspapers like the Chronicle were detailing reports by police that the number of opiate users between the ages of 15 and 24 was up by a third. That means that there are 1.5k young adult cocaine and heroin users, in the region… that we know about.

As for alcohol, Northumberland county doesn’t get off lightly. In Northumberland you can buy alcohol at any time of the day or night. Deliveries are available even when the shops are closed… no matter how illegal this might be. In the beginning of January the Hexham Courant reported on six Northumberland shops who were selling alcohol illegally – without a license that allowed them to do so. With such rife de-regulation of the systems put in place to protect us against alcoholism, it is small wonder that the odd addiction is popping up in the region.

Luckily, you can find help for any addiction in the Northumberland area, simply by getting in touch with us. Visit our page and start your consultation, now.

Get Help 4 Addiction in All Areas of Northumberland County!

Here at Help 4 Addiction, we have the ability to help you recover from addiction, regardless of where in the county of Northumberland that you live. If you want to start battling addiction, then this is a sign and today is the day! Recovery is possible – especially in the following settlements:

  • Alnwick
  • Amble
  • Bedlington
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • Blyth
  • Corbridge
  • Cramlington
  • Haltwhistle
  • Blyth
  • Corbridge
  • Cramlington
  • Haltwhistle

Of course, you can still get help in Northumberland if you live in the country and not in a town. We don’t turn anyone away that reaches out to us. Addiction is a horrible, life altering tragedy that, if not addressed, might end in your death. Don’t let it do this to you… not when you could get help, today.

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

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


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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.