Drug & Alcohol Rehab Sussex

England, although wonderful, has a bit of an alcohol problem. It seems to be something we are not entirely happy about, slightly ashamed of, and that we don’t want to talk about. Here at Help 4 Addiction, we think it is high time that we started talking about it. Alcoholism is rife in England, with some 29 million people regularly indulging, according to the Office of National Statistics. Of those, some 7.8 million are binge drinkers.

The problem with alcohol stretches throughout every region of the UK, with Scotland and Wales not far behind in terms of consumption. Why do we have this long association with alcohol? Why do we consistently allow it to remain legal, knowing the damage that it does? When more than half of the entire population drink regularly, why do we continue to turn a blind eye to the problems it brings to our communities? These are issues that all need to be addressed in the future of our country.

In the meantime, we can only watch, and offer a helping hand to fight addiction, wherever we possibly can. That means helping people in Sussex to overcome problems with alcohol, and drugs, on a day-to-day basis. That means offering one-on-one support to the individual, to help them get the support they need to quit drinking or to stay away from drugs, forever.

IF you have come to the Help 4 Addiction webpage because you have already decided you don’t want to do drugs anymore, then you are in the right place. Similarly, if you have had enough of alcohol ruining your life, then we can help. Stop your addiction in its tracks by reaching for rehab resources near you. We can connect you, unfortunately we can’t do the hard work on your behalf.

To take that first foray into quitting drinking, make sure you reach out to Help 4 Addiction so that one of our specialists can narrow down your options, to find the rehab clinic in your area that is right for you. Call us now, on 0203 955 7700, or visit our online consultation page for more.

What is a Binge Drinker?

Binge drinking is common among the people of the UK. The health advice issued by the British government is that you should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, as a fully grown male adult. If you are younger than the age of purchasing (18) you shouldn’t be drinking at all in case it damages your liver – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of underage alcoholics. Being younger than the age limit of alcohol means that you are more likely to become addicted to alcohol, not less.

Alcohol addiction is commonly associated with binge drinkers. These are people who often drink more than the recommended amount, or who can drink vast amounts in a single sitting. When you go out every Friday and Saturday night and drink your bodyweight in your twenties – you are suffering from a low key alcohol addiction. If you are a binge drinker who isn’t careful, you could well end up with an alcohol addiction, having to receive help in the future.

Am I a Binge Drinker?

It can be hard to spot an addiction within yourself. If you think you may be a binge drinker then you should look out for the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal when you don’t drink anything that day. Try an experiment on yourself. Don’t drink on the days and times that you normally would and see if you experience any of the following categories…

Mild Symptoms of alcohol addiction

Symptoms of a mild or budding addiction include anxiety, a depressed state of mind, and a headache.

Moderate Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

A slightly more sever alcohol addiction will see you experience all of the above, and likely some nausea and insomnia as well. You may notice a tremor when you try to hold your hands steady. You will also have difficulty concentrating, although this can come with the anxiety and depression.

Severe Symptoms of Withdrawal

When you are completely addicted to alcohol your central nervous system has adapted to the change of constantly having to process alcohol. When you stop cold turkey, you can experience symptoms that match this in terms of severity. These symptoms can be even worse for drug addicts going through rehab. When quitting drinking for good in Sussex, you should expect sickness and diarrhoea, sweating and shaking, all of the other symptoms, a fever, a racing heart, and high blood pressure. You can read more about the symptoms on Web MD if you want to.

What Happens When You Drink Too Much And You Are Underage?

Asides form being on the wrong side of Sussex regulations, those that drink underage will be subject to some health concerns that you simply wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. The saying is that drinking and smoking stunt your growth and this isn’t too far from the truth. According to the NHS, underage drinking can affect the progress of essential organs, leading to developmental problems. This is the same science that means drinking while pregnant might harm your baby.

Prior to the age of fifteen, a child is still developing these vital organs that include your brain, liver, and other important parts. When you drink before this age you put these parts in danger. Drinking at an early age, according to the NHS, also puts you in the category of people most likely to perform risky behaviours. You might engage in sexual activity while still a child, hurt yourself doing something foolish, or become involved in violence through not being in full control of your actions.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t drink underage, however. British teenagers urge each other to drink via peer pressure, thinking that alcohol makes them seem cooler to their friends. There are alcoholics among those that are underage, and most rehab services don’t offer help to those under the age of 18 because of this. If you are underage and struggling against an alcohol addiction, then get in touch with us. We can advise you on the services that should be available to you, regardless of your age.

What About Drug Addictions in Sussex?

There are plenty of drug dealers in Sussex and, even if there weren’t, it is entirely possible to become addicted to prescription medications as it is to illegal drugs. For most law-abiding people, it is more likely that bad luck will see you injured and developing an addiction to painkillers, than it is to see you buying crack cocaine off a street dealer.

Back in March, Sussex Police reported executing 8 consecutive raids on properties around the county. They were successful in finding drugs, phones, and money in all properties. This was the result of an accumulative 10 months of work and resulted in numerous arrests. The drugs in question were crack cocaine and heroin – two of the most addictive Class A drugs known to man. The police believe that this ring was part of a wider drug gang operating up and down the country. These networks are often so vast that there is no way to round them all up at once. A few of them will survive on the outside, they will regenerate numbers and live to deal another day.

Wherever drugs are readily available, there are drug addicts. Drug addiction varies in intensity and can be to any number of Class A, B or even Class C drugs (such as Tramadol). Anyone can become embroiled in an addiction and there is no shame in it. You can fight back, however, and if you can, you should.

Call us on 0203 955 7700 today to find out more.

Help for Addiction is Available in All Areas of Sussex!

Here at Help 4 Addiction we make a point of helping everyone suffering from addictions that comes through our doors. If you reach out to us for help, we will give it to you, and we will do it no matter where you live. Whether you are from the richest part of the city, or whether your home is where you make it that day; we have treatment advice for you.

Some of the areas we frequently hear about in Sussex include:

  • Amberley
  • Arundel
  • Battle
  • Bexhill-on-Sea
  • Bognor Regis
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Chichester
  • Crawley
  • Crockerhill
  • Crowborough
  • Duncton
  • Eastbourne
  • East Wittering
  • Fernhurst
  • Goddards Green
  • Hailsham
  • Hastings
  • Haywards Heath
  • Heathfield
  • Horsham
  • Little Hampton
  • Lewes
  • Midhurst
  • Parnham
  • Petworth
  • Portslaid-by-sea
  • Rottingdean
  • Rye
  • Selsey
  • Seaford
  • Steyning
  • Worthing
  • Uckfield

Although all of these areas are well within reach of one or more rehab clinics, it can be difficult to decide which to opt for – especially if this is your first time in rehab. When it comes down to it, the most important thing is that you have got help in the first place. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers when Help 4 Addiction is here for you. Call us now on 0203 955 7700 to get off drink or drugs and get back to your normal self. We are ready… are you?

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

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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.