Drug & Alcohol Rehab West Midlands

Dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction can be incredibly difficult unless you have the right support and assistance. If you could use some impartial advice or want to learn more about addictions, then Help4Addiction is here to offer you free assistance to help you beat your alcohol and drug addictions.


Addictions are often misunderstood because they are difficult to understand. People assume that addictions are something that can be controlled by sheer willpower alone, but the reality is that willpower is only part of the equation and that having the right support network and medication can vastly improve your chances of beating your addiction.


What are the common signs of addiction to be concerned about?


Addiction causes many symptoms to surface but most of them are very subtle and difficult to tell apart from symptoms that could be caused by other conditions. Here are some of the more concerning signs of addiction that you should be worried about:


  • Financial troubles such as debt caused by your addictions
  • Dependency on drugs or alcohol, such as feeling unwell or uneasy if you don’t take them on a regular basis
  • Always looking for more ways to lower the price on drugs and alcohol or obtain them more easily and in larger quantities
  • Sleep issues such as long naps throughout the day or having erratic sleeping schedules
  • Find it easy to get irritated by small things that usually have no effect on you
  • Losing interest in hobbies and activities that used to give you enjoyment
  • Very sudden weight loss or gain


If you notice these signs in your daily life then you may want to get in touch with us at Help4Addiction so that we can help you find the right support in West Midlands. Whether it’s a rehab centre or a doctor that specialises in diagnosing addictions, we’re confident that we can steer you in the right direction so that you get the help you deserve.


What leads to developing an addiction?


Addictions are often caused by environmental and social factors. For instance, someone that has an addiction to certain drugs could be influenced by their peers at school, at work or even their neighbours. The younger a person is, the more susceptible they are to addictions because they’re easier to influence. Influences can also come in the form of media depictions, such as music that speaks highly of drugs and alcohol or the common misconception of alcohol as an antidepressant that is usually used in film and television.


However, once someone has made drugs and alcohol a normal part of their daily life, it changes how their body functions. For instance, your body needs to work harder in order to keep you awake when you’re under the influence of alcohol. Regular drinking will train your body into thinking that it needs to keep up with your alcohol consumption, but when you stop drinking, your body will detect that something is wrong and will start showing symptoms like nausea and headaches. This is because your body has grown dependent and is also why it can feel like taking another drink can often make you feel much better.


Combining these two factors leads to the reason why addictions are so problematic. Not only are addictions mostly caused by your lifestyle and social influences, but they’re made worse because of the way your body starts to create a dependency on it.


Where can you get help for an addiction?


One of the best ways to seek help for an addiction is to get in touch with local services. This could range from rehab centres in West Midlands to simply giving us a call so that we can offer you more information about addictions.


Rehab centres are the ideal place to help you beat an addiction because it allows you to receive immediate medical attention and advice when you need it, but you’re also surrounded by other residents that are in a similar position to you and would like to beat their addiction. This gives the rehab centre a positive atmosphere and you’ll receive plenty of encouragement to help you beat your addiction.


Remember that you can always contact us for free if you’re unsure where your local rehab centre is.


What’s it like in a rehab centre in West Midlands?


One of the easiest ways to explain what rehab is like is to show what an entire day often looks like.


Mornings start early for several reasons. It’s to ensure that each resident has a steady routine and sleeping pattern, but also so that they can have time to eat a nutritious breakfast that will provide energy for the rest of the day. It’s often a community meal that involves interacting with other residents. Before lunch is often the first therapy session. This can be group therapy or a one-on-one discussion with a medical professional or counsellor. The topics discussed will depend on your individual circumstances. Afterwards, you’ll typically have lunch and may have some time to yourself.


After lunch, you may have another therapy session or a group activity that helps you take your mind off your addiction. From here on, the rehab centre usually has full control over the activities and therapy sessions and each centre does things differently. You’ll typically be given a lot of free time to indulge in hobbies and activities which not only help you keep your mind off your addiction, but also give you something productive to fill your time with instead of resorting to alcohol and drugs.


The time you spend in a rehab centre is unique to each individual. Some people find that they can clean up their addiction within a few weeks, while others may stay for a month or more especially if they’ve built a heavy dependency on drugs or alcohol.


Getting the right help so that you can overcome your addiction


Rehabilitation is one of the best ways to help you overcome addiction for good. It’s not a temporary solution, but one that will help you for the rest of your life. You’ll learn to stop being so reliant on alcohol and drugs, you’ll find alternate ways to deal with complications in life, you’ll learn to be a healthier person and you’ll also make friends that can keep you motivated to stay clean. If you need more advice or want someone to talk to anonymously about your addiction, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Help4Addiction.


Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Wolverhampton, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Preston, Coventry, Leicester, West Midlands, Cheshire, London, Bradford, Swinton, Birmingham


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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.