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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Sunderland

If you’re suffering from addiction and are considering Rehab in Sunderland, then you’ve come to the right place. Help4Addiction connects you (or somebody you know suffering from substance abuse) to the right services to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and get back on the path to health.

 

Let Us Help You Find The Best Rehab Centre In Sunderland

 

When you’re experiencing addiction, you’re not always in the best frame of mind to judge which rehab services are best for you. And even if you are somebody who wants to recommend that a loved one goes to rehab, it can be hard to find the right place. You do not know all of the pros and cons of rehab centres throughout Sunderland and can’t make a judgement about which is best.

 

At Help4Addiction, we maintain strong relationships with rehabilitation clinics throughout the area. We know about each facility’s strengths and weaknesses and can guide you as to which is best for your particular circumstances. Together, we can decide whether residential or outpatient is the preferable route and which clinic can best manage the withdrawal symptoms you or the person you know are likely to experience.

 

Anxiety, Depression And Substance Abuse In Sunderland

 

The purpose of rehab clinics is to help you overcome your addiction. Rehab clinics work with you during the acute phase of your recovery (the part where you experience withdrawal), and then continue to offer support once you get home to avoid relapse. The best clinics understand that overcoming alcohol and drug addiction long-term requires dealing with the underlying causes of the addiction – the things in your life which led to your struggle with substances in the first place.

 

Many people with substance abuse disorder begin taking substances to help themselves feel better or more “normal” in an attempt to overcome some kind of trauma or abuse. Often, substance use can begin following:

 

  • An inability to cope with pressures of family or work
  • Sexual abuse
  • Abuse by caregivers during childhood
  • Exposure to conflict
  • Domestic violence
  • A way to deal with a medical injury or condition
  • A way to cope with job loss or long-term unemployment
  • A way to cope with unwanted affective states, like anxiety and depression

 

Each person’s road to addiction is unique, but there is often a trigger or a set of factors which makes the substance more appealing. Taking substances can offer a temporary fix at the expense of long-term health, happiness and recovery. Rehab centres in Sunderland, therefore, not only concentrate on dealing with the immediate symptoms of withdrawal, but also the underlying causes that led to the addiction in the first instance. If you attend a rehab centre, you may receive counselling to help you process psychological issues alongside the physical symptoms of withdrawal. Rehabilitation is most useful as a two-pronged approach.

 

Which Addictions Can Sunderland Rehab Centres Treat?

 

Alcohol and drug rehab centres offer a range of treatments for all kinds of addiction, both legal and illegal. You can get help if you have an addiction to any of the following substances:

 

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Prescription medications
  • Cannabis
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines and methamphetamine (such as Ecstasy)
  • LSD

 

At Help4Addiction we can direct you to alcohol and drug rehab centres with expertise in various types of substance abuse. Rehab centres can treat all substance addictions by providing a safe, supportive and drug-free environment in which to recover.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Check Into A Rehab Centre In Sunderland

 

Although you may be tempted to wait until rock bottom before going to rehab, that’s not a good idea.

 

Drugs rob you of your ability to get better. Overcoming addiction requires both a desire to get better and willpower to make it happen. But drugs and alcohol can damage the brain to the extent that you are no longer able to make decisions that you know are in your best interest. This is why long-term alcohol abuse is such an intractable problem for many people: the alcohol damages the brain to the extent that they can no longer formulate thoughts like “I would like to get better.” Dealing with the problem as soon as you notice it helps to avoid you from becoming trapped.

 

Drugs and alcohol wreck relationships. While you’re in the throes of an addiction, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain family ties and relationships. Over time, your habit becomes all-consuming, and you begin to put that ahead of anything else in your life, including the people you love. If you let your addiction progress unchecked, you could find that you lose the people you care about.

 

Drug and alcohol addiction gets worse over time. Hoping that your addiction will go away on its own is not realistic. Addictions do not disappear without serious, effortful intervention. By checking into a private rehab clinic, you’re committing to a lifestyle of change and arresting the process of addiction in its tracks.

 

Why You Should Consider Residential Rehab In Sunderland

 

Residential rehab is a type of rehabilitation service in Sunderland where you spend all your time at the rehab centre. You sleep there, eat there, and receive medical supervision. It is an around-the-clock live-in service designed to help you through the worst phases of the withdrawal process.

 

Residential rehab has many distinct advantages over other kinds of rehab services, although they are all valuable. When you check into a residential rehab centre, you immediately distance yourself from all substances. No addictive substances are allowed in the rehab centre. You also enter into a different community of people, one in which everyone is committed to your recovery and freedom. During your stay, you’ll receive emotional, nutritional, medical and psychological support to leave your addiction behind and begin to live the life you want.

 

How To Find A Rehab Centre In Sunderland

 

If you or somebody you know is suffering from addiction, then don’t delay. If you’re struggling to find a suitable service or want some advice about substance use, then get in touch with us today. You can call one of our advisors on 0203 955 7700.

 

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Northeast England, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland, Shropshire, Gateshead

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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.