Drug & Alcohol Rehab Preston

There are few things in life as devastating as drug or alcohol addiction. It can ruin relationships, destroy careers, and tear families apart. If you suffer from either of these problems or have a loved one that does, then finding the best rehab clinic is crucial.

Attending rehab will benefit you in so many ways. For starters, it’s a tried and tested method of getting rid of addictions and restoring your purpose in life. You will be treated by an expert team of medical and psychiatric professional who help figure out what causes your addictive tendencies and how to stop them. You don’t just learn how to give up drugs or alcohol, you also learn how to kick the habit for good.

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By going to rehab, you get continuous support that ensures you don’t have any relapses along the way. It’s simply the best way of ensuring an addiction is kicked to the curb, and your life can change forever. Plus, there are lots of drug rehab clinics in Preston that are funded by the NHS as well. So, you don’t even have to pay for the treatment, which is a very welcome bonus.

What are the symptoms of alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction is often referred to as alcoholism, and it’s when you become dependent on alcoholic beverages. Some people develop a physical dependency in that they must drink a certain amount to stop themselves from getting withdrawal symptoms. Others develop a mental dependence where they need alcohol to cope with particular events.


It’s a widespread problem, and there are different levels to which you can be addicted. Many people may have an alcohol problem without even being aware of it. Typically, these are the main symptoms of alcohol addiction:


  • Feeling like you need a drink to mask physical pain
  • Relying on alcohol to help you in tough situations
  • Getting panicked or worried when you’re not sure when your next drink will be
  • Drinking in the morning
  • Struggling to stop drinking once you’ve started
  • Getting withdrawal symptoms like sweating, the shakes, or nausea when you stop drinking


If you notice these symptoms in yourself or someone you care about, then it’s well worth looking for treatment. The early you spot addictive behaviour, the easier it is to treat.

What are the symptoms of drug addiction?

Drug addiction can be much different to alcohol addiction, depending on the drugs you’re addicted to. Numerous recreational drugs are highly addictive, including cannabis, cocaine, and heroin. But, it’s also extremely common to become addicted to prescription drugs like paracetamol, ibuprofen, or various medications for depression/anxiety.


Here are some of the telltale signs of drug addiction:


Bloodshot eyes and a lack of sleep

  • No appetite
  • Personality changes and mood swings
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mental health issues like depression or anxiety
  • A compulsive need to take drugs as a coping mechanism


Much like alcohol addiction, drug addiction can be treated. Once any of these signs are identified, you should find a rehab clinic in Preston that can help you out. The experts at these clinics will give you the best treatment possible to help kick your addiction for good.

How does a detox work?

One of the most common ways of treating addiction is with a detox. This is short for detoxification, and it’s one of the early stages in the treatment process. When you go to a rehab clinic, you’ll be put on a detox that aims to make you sober. It works by gradually flushing out all the bad things in your body. You see, when you regularly drink or take drugs, your body becomes full of these substances. Not only that, but it becomes used to them, which is why you’re often compelled to keep taking drugs or drinking alcohol.


With a detox, you will stop filling your system with these bad things until all the toxins are flushed out. Usually, the best way to do this is by utilising medication. This is because you will experience severe side-effects from the detox, mainly in the form of withdrawal symptoms. The number one reason for relapses is that people can’t cope with their withdrawal symptoms and go back to drugs or alcohol to soothe the pain.


By giving your medication, the withdrawal symptoms are easier to manage, and you will gradually wean yourself off the drugs/alcohol. After the whole detox process, you’ll be in a much better place to continue with other forms of treatment – like counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.

How much does rehab cost?

Understandably, one of your main concerns is how much rehab will cost you. In fact, this is one of the main reasons people choose to forego treatment. The assumption is that it costs a lot of money, which many people don’t have. On the contrary, rehabilitation can be entirely free as some clinics are funded by the NHS. However, you will have to go through various checks and assessments to ensure you are entitled to the treatment. It often results in long waiting times, but it’s worth it if you want to get the treatment without needing to pay.


On the other hand, there are private clinics where you can pay for your treatment. The cost of your treatment will vary depending on a few factors. Firstly, the length of your rehab treatment comes into play. If it takes you a long time to be cured, then you naturally have to pay more. Also, different clinics have different facilities, which influence the price. Don’t worry, we can help you find a private rehab clinic in Preston that fits your budget and gives you everything you need.

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Where is the best alcohol & drug rehab clinic in Preston?

Here at Help4Addiction, we firmly believe that everyone is different. There’s no such thing as ‘the best alcohol & drug rehab clinic in Preston’ because some might work better for you than others. The best approach is to give us a call on 0203 955 7700, and explain your situation to us. By discussing it with one of our expert advisors, we’ll point you in the direction of a clinic that will work for you.


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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.