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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Reading

When you choose to use the Help 4 Addiction service to treat Reading based drug or alcohol addictions, you can find the best rehab clinic near you. Not only will it have the highest success rates, it will also be tailored to what you need and want to recover. We know everything there is to know about pairing the right person with the right rehab clinic – and we could be working our magic on your behalf, to help you quit drinking, or get off drugs, for good!

Help 4 Addiction was set up by a former addict that wanted to make the recovery process easier. Drink and drugs are two things that can affect anyone, no matter their social circumstances and no matter where they are from or what they do. All it takes is for things to go wrong in life and for us to feel like we can no longer cope. We turn to drugs or alcohol in desperation and before we know it, we are hooked.

Our founder recognised that Reading needed a service that would help connect the people who were suffering with the rehab clinic that could help them the most. When he tried to quit, he noticed that there was a huge gap between the services and entry into those same services. Using the firm he set up from his own personal experience, you can bypass this problem and get your rehab clinic referral if you live in Reading.

If this sounds like a service of interest to you, contact us now on 0203 955 7700 and let’s get started.

What is Detox?

Detox is the process of getting off alcohol or drugs. Those first few days when you decide to stop using your substance anymore is the crux point. If you can get them completely out of your system without going back to that cycle of addiction, then you can start rehab proper. In order to do this, the first step we take is to detox. In other words, you let all of the toxins out of your system, so you are no longer at their mercy. Once you do conquer this stage, the craving will lessen with every passing day you keep it up.

Once you have strung enough of those days together you will be in recovery. If you keep going, one day you will be an ex-addict.

For more information on the detox process to properly arm yourself before you go through with it, you can see this page of our website. We went into detail over exactly what it is that you will go through on a chemical basis, just to ensure that we all have the same information. We believe in the equality of detox and rehab for all – whether you go through detox at home or in a facility.

Drug and Alcohol Detox are Different

There are small differences between drug and alcohol detox in Reading. In order to come off drink or drugs you will need to stop taking them and let the chemicals out of your body – but you won’t experience the same detox process each time.

We reviewed some of the differences between drug and alcohol detox, below.

Drug Detox

While drug detox is known to be far worse than the alcohol detox process, that doesn’t make either of the two easy. Drug detox comes with a variety of symptoms all of which are subject to change. Those changes will depend on what you have been addicted to, and for how long. As a general rule, Class A drugs are known to be the most addictive and will be extremely harmful to your body over time. In this instance, simply stopping taking them could be more dangerous than weaning yourself off them slowly.

We would always advise that you only detox from drugs in a controlled manner, safely, and under the direct supervision of medical professionals. If you have been taking cannabis for prolonged periods you probably don’t need this extra layer of security – but you should still be wary. Seek medical advice or come to an organisation like ours to get some professional views on what your next move should be. In either event, you do not need to go through this alone.

Alcohol Detox

When it comes to getting off alcohol, learning to quit drinking for good is just as difficult as it is with drugs. Throughout the rehab process you will face multiple obstacles… but the detox process is undoubtedly the worst. During detox from alcohol, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal will be at their worst. Expect sweating, shaking, nausea, dizziness, and other withdrawal symptoms. These will continue for some time after you initially stop drinking. However, if you keep it up you will eventually find it easier. In the end, every day passed sober is a day you have won. One morning you will wake up and you won’t be an addict anymore. That is the point you should keep in your mind when going through rehab.

Does Reading have a Drink/Drug Problem?

We wanted to know exactly how much of a problem with alcohol or drugs the Reading area might have, so we did a little digging. We already know that there are numerous alcohol submissions to hospitals in the UK every year, with 2018 sporting more than 5,000 alcohol related deaths. Every other region of England and Wales has an alcohol problem and it is mostly to do with how we regulate it. The supply of alcohol is so abundant that we can buy it from most shops. While drug dealers are confined to back alleyways and side streets, Britain proudly displays its alcoholism as a stereotype. If we want to treat addictions to alcohol at the source, then we really need to address the ways we supply it to people.

The first thing we discovered about drink and drugs in Reading was that the NHS are providing guidance. This is normal and is usually echoed by the local city or county council. The next thing we found was in the InYourArea newsroom. Apparently, the sheer size of the drink problem in Berkshire was not being recognised. Councillors were voicing concerns over the issue and making moves for change in recent years. Watch this space to see how their schemes work out.

Drug use is often harder to trace in an area simply because they can’t usually be bought over the counter. Prescription drug addiction has been on the rise across the country and the Reading area is no exception. The same website we used for the stats above have Reading Borough Council revealing that Reading city has one of the highest rates for heroin deaths in the entire country. When we read a little more, we managed to find out that Reading has a bit of a reputation in the drugs world. It is known to be one of the worst places in England for drug crime, as well as deaths and use. We even managed to find this BBC article, which reports on the day-to-day lives of three addicts living in Reading.

With both drink and drug use being so prevalent in the area, what else is there to do but offer support? We are in an era where the funding for prevention of these things is outweighed by the funding given to the cure of addiction, instead. If you have fallen victim to drug or alcohol addiction in Reading, don’t forget that Help4Addiction can offer you the support you need to get into rehab. Call us now, on 0203 955 7700 to start your recovery journey, today.

Detox, rehab, and Help 4 Addiction is available in all areas of Reading!

We provide help for addiction regardless of which area of the city you come from. We even cater to the different counties of England, and even help the Welsh to find rehab clinics near them. So if you live in Reading and you want to make the most of your attempt at recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, then we want to help. We can narrow down all the options on your behalf, whether you want to get inpatient or outpatient rehab help. We can even advise you on where you should get a detox that suits you.

If you reside in the following Reading areas, then contact us now for further help:

  • All areas of Berkshire
  • Beansheaf Farm
  • Calcot
  • Caversham Heights
  • Caversham Park Village
  • Caversham
  • Coley Park
  • Coley
  • Earley
  • East Reading
  • Emmer Green
  • Fords Farm
  • Green Park Villange
  • Holybrook
  • Katesgrove
  • Little Heath
  • Lower Caversham
  • Lower Earley
  • Newtown
  • Norcot
  • Purley on Thames
  • Southcote
  • Tilehurst
  • West Reading
  • Whitley Wood
  • Whitley
  • Woodley

And all of the areas in between! If you live in the country surrounding the city, or even in a nearby town, then we can still help. The whole of Berkshire is covered by our exemplary service to support those recovering from drugs or alcohol. If you want help then call us now, on 0203 955 7700. We are here for you. All it takes is for you to make the first move.

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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.