Drug & Alcohol Rehab Somerset

When it comes to fighting addiction, doing so with a helping hand is always recommended. It’s never easy, but the support, guidance, and tools you learn from both professional healthcare providers and others who have shared your experiences is worth seeking out. At Help4Addiction, we offer independent advice helping people fighting addiction and their loved ones find the alcohol & drug rehab options available throughout Somerset.

Here, we’re going to look a little into the process of steps and techniques often used to help you get addiction out of your life, whether you choose public treatment through the NHS or opt for the more expensive, but often faster private option.

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Getting clean

In many cases, your journey towards recovery will begin with removing the physical influence of dependence as best as possible. Usually, this means going through detox. This is a process, often assisted with some medication, to flush the body of drugs and alcohol so that you can recovering with what is essentially a clean slate. There are home detox kits you can use to do it yourself, but for those with heavier dependencies, the physical and mental withdrawal symptoms may be too painful or even dangerous to manage on your own. Consider the help of a rehab facility to ensure you get the supervision and care you need during detox.

For those whose addictions are very severe, and from whom the risks of detox may be too high, you may instead be weaned off the addiction gradually. For harder drug addictions, like heroin, you may instead be given scheduled, regimented doses of methadone, which acts as a replacement without the high. This also allows you to focus on other aspects of recovery without worrying about being tempted to turn to street drugs.


Addiction sometimes forms in isolation but is just as often tied to issues like stress, depression, anxiety, abuse, deprivation, or other past traumas. In many cases, addiction begins as self-medication, such as a person turning to Xanax in order to treat anxiety and prevent panic attacks.

Many alcohol & drug rehab programs in Somerset will aim to treat not only the addiction but also the circumstances that lead or contribute to addiction, as well. This can mean carefully exploring a complex weave of personal and emotional factors through psychotherapy. It can involve giving you a safe place to share your experiences, learning how to cope with specific problems like depression and panic attacks, or developing social, interpersonal, and growth skills that can help you improve your mental health.

Which types of therapy and counselling are on offer will differ depending on the treatment centre and the length of the rehab program, and when you start looking at your options, we can help you find out what different options in Somerset have to offer.

Learning about addiction

On your way to recover, you may also find yourself becoming much more aware of the mechanisms of your own addiction and recognise conscious or subconscious habits that you may not have been aware of. Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the main practices focusing on this. It involves becoming much more aware of your mind’s own processes, especially in relation to what leads you to indulge or relapse in an addiction. For instance, it can involve learning about triggers, whether they are reminders of past trauma, social situations, certain people, or stressors that lead you to substance abuse. By learning about these triggers, you can learn to cope with them and to avoid them, building healthier habits to help resist those urges when they arise.

Group therapy can also help you gain perspective on your own addiction. By sharing and listening to experiences, you can hear how others’ experiences might differ and be similar to yours. This allows you the chance to see struggles you can identify with from a new angle so you can better understand them.


Both individual and group therapy also offer the advantage of having relatively impartial individuals to keep you accountable. Having someone to track your progress, relate to your struggles, and celebrate your victories can be a great help. Yet, many people find that the pressure of expectations from family and friends can only make it easier to relapse, so having another source of accountability can help greatly.

What’s more, private treatment options like residential drug & alcohol rehab centres in Somerset allow you to avoid the outside world and focus entirely on your recovery without worrying about the ongoing pressures of family life, education, and work. Halfway houses, also known as sobriety houses, offer a middle-ground. In these situations, you often live with others facing addiction, with a leader who may have once been an addict themselves. You can live independently, improving your career and education, but in an environment that helps to keep you accountable and surrounds you with positive influences, keeping you away from the addiction.

Lifestyle changes

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For someone with an addiction, it’s easy to find our lifestyle and routine becoming more and more focused around our habit, whether it’s drugs or alcohol. A range of treatments can focus on changing your lifestyle, effectively creating less room for that addiction to exist. Many rehab programs may also include exercise therapy or holistic treatments like yoga, art therapy, music therapy. Not only can this help fight the impact of issues like stress and anxiety which can influence addiction, but it also helps build new habits and hobbies that serve as a distraction between you and your triggers. You may also focus on evaluating hobbies or relationships that serve as triggers or gateways to your addiction. For instance, you may focus on leaving behind friendships with others who have indulged in substance abuse with you in the past.

The approaches used to fight addiction are varied, but they all begin with the first step of asking for help. Get in touch with Help4Addiction and we will gladly help you find the drug & alcohol rehab in Somerset most relevant to your needs and most cost-effective for your budget.


Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Southampton, Bournemouth, Surrey, Somerset, Plymouth, London, Kent

Help for Addiction and Rehab is available in all areas of Somerset including:

  • Axbridge
  • Bath
  • Bridgwater
  • Burnham on Sea
  • Chard
  • Cheddar
  • Clevedon
  • Crewkerne
  • Dunster
  • Exmoor
  • Frome
  • Glastonbury
  • LLminster
  • Langport
  • Martock
  • Minehead
  • Nailsea
  • Porlock
  • Radstock
  • Shepton Mallet
  • Somerton
  • Street
  • Taunton
  • Watchet
  • Wellington
  • Well
  • Weston super Mare
  • Wincanton
  • Wiveliscombe
  • Yeovil


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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.