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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Plymouth

Regardless of whether it’s drugs or alcohol, an addiction will bring a plague on your life. Many lives have been ruined by substance addiction, but many more have been turned around thanks to the proper rehabilitation. If you’re developing a dependency on alcohol or drugs, then the chances are you need help.

 

If you’re unsure whether or not you have an alcohol/drug problem, then here are some common symptoms to be wary of:

 

  • Regular mood swings
  • Mental health issues
  • Isolating yourself
  • Drinking alcohol every morning
  • Feeling in pain when you don’t have a drink or take drugs
  • Insomnia and trouble sleeping
  • Inability to stop thinking about drugs/alcohol

 

We’re here to help anyone that might be feeing these symptoms or has spotted them in a loved one. With our professional and experienced counsellors, we can give you as much information as possible on addiction and the different treatment options. All of our advice is confidential and honest, so you have nothing to fear. Pick up the phone now and give us a call if you need to talk.

What rehab clinics are available in Plymouth?

Help4Addiction can help you find local rehab clinics in and around Plymouth. We find that having an option close to home is the best way to proceed. There are plenty of clinics in this area that offer a range of services such as expert counselling, group therapy, detox, and psychiatric assessments.

 

A lot of these clinics will offer residential treatment as well. If you’re unaware what this is, it’s when you move into the clinic for an extended period. All of your treatment is carried out during the day, but you have some free time to relax, get to know other patients, and stay clear of anything outside that might trigger a relapse. The majority of these clinics only offer residential care for private patients, but it might be possible to get in on the NHS if you’re applicable.

 

There are also loads of clinics offering outpatient treatment, which is where you simply go for your treatment and leave. This type of treatment for alcohol addiction is covered by the NHS so you can get it all for free.

What’s the difference between private and NHS rehab?

The difference is just in how the treatment is paid for. With NHS options, everything is covered for you. You get as much counselling and guidance as you want, without having to pay a penny. In some rare cases, you can get residential care for free too, but you have to see your GP first. They refer you to a free clinic to get outpatient treatment, but if this doesn’t work, then you can try and get residential on the NHS. It’s typically reserved for very extreme cases where nothing else is working for that individual, and they can’t afford to pay for private care.

 

With private rehab, you can choose from any clinics offering drug rehab treatments. As a general rule, the more expensive a clinic is, the more you get from their service. This can include better facilities and more treatment options.

What are the benefits of private rehab?

Mainly, as just mentioned, you can get a lot more from the treatment when you pay for it. A lot of residential rehab clinics in Plymouth can cost a lot of money but make you feel like you’re in a very nice hotel or B&B. This level of comfort can really help someone trying to recover from drug addiction as it makes you feel more at ease while you live there.

 

Also, the waiting times for NHS treatment can be lengthy, and you entirely bypass this when you go private. It’s always best to talk to one of our advisors before making your decision as we’ll help you figure out if private rehab suits you or not.

What will it be like in rehab?

The inside of rehabilitation facilities is usually well-hidden from the public eye. But, rest assured that your time there will be as peaceful as can be. They’re designed to have a very tranquil environment that encourages everyone to let go and relax. You will have your own bedroom and bathroom in some places, and there are all the home comforts you could wish for. Of course, there will be doctors and nurses around at all times to give you your treatment and help with any issues you might be experiencing.

 

Most people will spend up to 90 days in rehab, but this can be much shorter depending on your addiction. There’s no definitive timescale for how long rehab takes, it varies from patient to patient.

What causes addiction?

Many things can cause addiction, but the majority of alcohol and drug addiction cases are related to mental health. More specifically, depression and anxiety. Depression is a mental illness where you almost feel trapped and like a dark cloud is constantly hovering over your head. It can make you want to shut yourself off from the world and avoid social situations. As a result, people with depression often turn to drugs as a release from it. When they realise it makes them feel better, they become dependent on it as a form of self-prescribed medication, which leads to addiction.

 

The same goes for anxiety; it’s an issue where you feel very nervous and panicked in certain situations, often overthinking about everything. So, having an alcoholic drink or taking some drugs will often ease nerves in anxiety sufferers. Again, this leads to addiction as you see these substances as the key to getting rid of your problem.

 

When you go to rehab, the root cause of your addiction is addressed. If it is depression or anxiety, then steps are made to get you the correct mental health treatment. As a result, you’ll cope better with your mental health issues, negating your dependence on harmful substances.

Getting help in Plymouth

Anyone that needs help with addiction should give us a call. Our advice is 100% free of charge, and we’ve helped many people find the best rehab clinics in Plymouth. You can talk for as long as you like – in fact, we encourage this as it helps us tailor a solution to you. Pick up the phone, call 0207 955 7700, and a counsellor will be on the line with you immediately.

 

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Southampton, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Wrexham, Somerset, Bristol

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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.