Drug & Alcohol Rehab Peterborough

If you live in Peterborough and you are suffering from a drink or drug addiction, then Help4Addiction is the firm you need, on your side. We connect those with addiction issues to the rehab clinics near them that will give them the best chance of quitting drinking or getting off drugs, forever. We use our expert knowledge of matching people to the rehab centre that best suits them, to optimize our client’s chances of quitting addiction, for good.

Why do we do what we do? Not many people think about this, but the way addicts find help is a stiff, troublesome process that can be overwhelming. Think about it a moment… if you are addicted to drinking you decide that you have a problem and you want to stop, so you go online and search for rehab clinics near you. You are faced with over a hundred sites, each one telling you that their clinic will give you the best chance of quitting for good. We already know that this is a bit rubbish. The only person who knows which type of rehab will be best for you – is you.

Here at Help4Addiction, we specialise in asking the right questions in order to get you where you need to go. Whether you are in drug rehab or want to get into recovery for alcoholism, we will ask you the right questions to properly discern what aspects of rehab help will suit you best. For example, you might be an active, outdoors type when you aren’t high. We can find you a rehab clinic that includes active outdoor pursuits, perhaps with equine therapy or large areas of ground for you to explore. If you are a more relaxed type who likes nothing more than to watch TV, then fine! We can find a rehab clinic with the biggest widescreen, all for you!

The point we are increasingly aware of is that without the ideal help, you don’t have the top chances of recovering from an addiction. If you attend a rehab clinic that goes against your principles, doesn’t make you feel at least a little comfortable, or isn’t focused on your specific, individual needs, then the chances are that you will shortly find yourself back on the street and using again. This sad fact could be avoided if you choose to find your perfect rehab clinic using our services. We have already vetted hundreds of clinics up and down the country, with Peterborough based rehab facilities just one of the many areas we cover.

We do this because we want you to get off drugs or stop drinking. That way, you can get back to your old life, free of addiction and able to handle things using healthy coping tactics in future. Sound good? We bet it does! Now all you need to quit your addiction is some perseverance, a little understanding from the people in your life, and a start date for detox!

Speaking of detox, not a lot of people know much about it, so we put together these detox explanations to get you on your way. In the meantime, know that you can call us for help any time you like. You will find us at 0203 955 7700 but you can also use our online consultation service, should that suit you better.

What is Detox, Anyway?

For those of you that have never been through a drug or alcohol rehab procedure before (which is most of us, you aren’t alone!) it is worth seeking clarity for any terms you don’t understand. Detox is one of these and often, we find clients are too ashamed to admit they don’t know exactly what it means. If you want to explore detox through and through then please visit our webpage on the subject. If not, stick with us and we will do the short version, right here.

Detox is the term we use to describe the initial stages of quitting addiction. We call it this because it is during this period of time that we are letting the toxins run their course. At the end of this period, there should be no more toxins in your body. Toxins are the chemicals inside alcohol or drugs that make us high. Once they have left your system you will be able to proceed with your recovery in a rehab facility.

The detox process is the same whether you were an alcohol addict or a drug addict. It takes some time for those chemicals to properly leave your systems. For alcoholism, this time period is usually around the 3 days-1 week period. For heroin addiction you can expect to feel the affects of detox for a few weeks. The symptoms of a detox period also range in severity depending on what you were addicted to and for how long.

The symptoms of Detox in Peterborough

If you want to go into rehab for addiction in the Peterborough area, there are a number of symptoms you should expect. For starters, nausea and cravings come as standard. Your brain will try to do everything in its power to convince you that you need the drink or drugs. This means aches and pains, sickness and diarrhoea, itching skin, shakes and sweats, and basically everything in between.

While detox is a necessary part of recovery, you can occasionally qualify for at-home detox kits. You can find out more about these through the Help4Addiciton website. These can be given to those eligible but are only issued for alcohol detox, and to those who match the criteria to the letter. This is because detox is a dangerous process when it comes to substance misuse.

Why is detox dangerous? Because being addicted to a physical substance for a long time can change your central nervous system’s makeup. How your body processes that substance will take up much more of the proper functioning of your body than you ever thought it could. When you take the substance away abruptly and all of your body’s facilities are used to being occupied with processing it, you can suffer severe health problems as a result. If you quit something like coke or heroine all at once, you might be at risk of a heart attack, seizures, or something worse. Going cold turkey can kill you if you do it the wrong way.

Always Seek Medical Help for Detox

No matter if you live in Peterborough or anywhere else in the UK, you need to carefully plan your recovery, specifically because of the fact that cold turkey quitting might induce a cardiac arrest. If you want to quit drugs safely and get back to some semblance of a real life, then the last thing you want to do is have a heart attack while you recover. To avoid this, you need to seek professional help.

Luckily, you are already in the right place! Contact us today on 0203 955 7700 if you would like to go through the detox process in a comfortable, specialised facility where you can get all the help you need. A rehab clinic or detox centre, or even a hospital, can help you get through that difficult initial period to give you the chance you need to quit. Better yet, they will do it in a way that is easiest for you. There will be medications that you can rely on in order to get you off drink or drugs without as much nausea, and certainly with less of a threat to your health, meantime.

Whether you have a drink or a drug addiction, we would always recommend that you see your GP. Once this is done, you can then come and visit us for all the help you need getting in to rehab. We would even recommend that you give us a call before you approach your GP, just to get a good feel for what help is out there for you, when you do decide to quit. We do suggest that you get medical help as and when you require it, of course. We are extremely fortunate to live under the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh NHS resources.

Help for Addiction is Available in All Areas of Peterborough

That’s right, regardless of where you live in town you can get the help you need to quit your addiction. Help4Addiction is here to connect you to the right resources that can help you overcome addiction and get back to your real life. Do you remember what hobbies and interests you used to have? Have a think about these as they can be a big help when it comes to picking the right rehab clinic in Peterborough for you.

We provide relief for addictions in the following areas of Peterborough:

  • Alwalton
  • Barnack
  • Castor
  • Eye
  • Glinton
  • Helpston
  • Marholm
  • Newborough
  • Northborough
  • Orton Waterville
  • Paston
  • Peakirk
  • Southorpe
  • Stanground
  • Sutton
  • Thorney
  • Thornhaugh
  • Ufford
  • Upton
  • Walton
  • Wansford
  • Werrington
  • Wittering

As we mentioned before though, we don’t mind where in the county of Peterborough that you live, as long as you reach out through us to get the rehab help you need. Our databases contain the majority of the clinics in this area so we can connect you to the best possible help. Don’t believe us? Call 0203 955 7700 and see for yourself.

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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.