Drug & Alcohol Rehab West Midlands

Help 4 Addiction can connect you to the drug and alcohol recovery services you need.

Drug and alcohol addiction are on the rise throughout England. The UK is the victim of drug traffickers, gangs, and a slow growing population of drug criminals. We are at the mercy of addiction, so it seems – but there are those out there who are fighting back. Help 4 Addiction is but one of the services helping to actively bring addicts into drug and alcohol rehab clinics, up and down the country. Do you need help? If so, you need us.

If you are in an emergency situation (such as an OD) then please get in touch with the emergency services. If not, but you want to get off drink or stop taking drugs, then we can connect you with who you need to know. Call us today, right now, on 0203 955 7700. We are already rooting for your recovery… are you?

The West Midlands and Drug Addictions

According to the West Midlands police departments, around £1.4 bn GBP is spent annually in the area, combatting substance misuse. They admit that their drug policy is failing and have expressed concerns on this matter. Unfortunately, we have heard a similar story repeated on a country-wide scale.

In March of 2020, the Express and Star reported on a West Midlands based drug ring that supplied cocaine throughout the county being jailed. Collectively, the group faced 40 years for providing thousands of pounds worth of cocaine to residents. It is thought that they carried around £60k of drugs at one point, shipping it between locations in order to supply it to their customers. Cocaine is Class A, and one of the most addictive drugs you can buy on the market, today. It is big money and worth big time. The Caucasian male group were only the tip of a drug underworld iceberg. Every county in England has a similar story, most of which involve underage teenagers being paid to do dirty work.

Obviously we know that drug addiction and drug crime are not the same thing. We do appreciate though, that drug addiction wouldn’t be possible if suppliers like these weren’t in operation. It must be a business where you make a fortune if there are so many dealers willing to risk jail time to supply.

The conclusion? That there are drugs all over the West Midlands, resulting in drug addictions, violence, and an increased level of crime. If you have fallen victim to this cycle of drugs and misuse, then contact us. We can help you get rehab for addictions in the West Midlands, right now. Call 0203 955 7700 for more advice on how to get off drugs for good.

Alcohol Addictions in The West Midlands

Alcohol addictions aren’t any less easy to come by, here in the West Midlands. Overall, England is undergoing an epidemic of alcohol misuse. It is so rife because it is so simple to find. You do not need to track down a street dealer to buy alcohol. You can just walk into any grocery store or supermarket and spend as much as you like on drink. It’s actually scary when you consider that it is the most widely used drug in Britain besides caffeine.

Specific to the West Midlands, there are more than a few horror stories about alcohol addiction or abuse. Birmingham is a big focus for the regional councils since it has higher rates of alcohol abuse than the other towns in the area. In fact, reports say it is one of the top 50 cities for alcohol abuse in the entire country. The problem has been ongoing since 2014-2015, when more than twenty thousand people were checked into hospital for alcohol issues in a single year in the city. That blows the national average out of the water. The point we are trying to make is that if you have an alcohol addiction and you live in the West Midlands, you are most certainly not alone.

One good thing about having such high numbers of alcoholism incidents is the surplus of rehab clinics and centres dotted around the county. This whole region sports hundreds of rehab clinics near you, all of which have different attributes to choose from. It is this overwhelming choice that makes our service here at Help 4 Addiction so valuable. Don’t forget that you can contact us online if you need help recovering from alcohol addiction in the West Midlands.

Does Detox for Addictions Hurt?

It can hurt to go through detox in a physical, emotional, or mental way. You will become enlightened as to the things you may have done in order to sustain a high. You may feel guilt, frustration, and anger at the time you have wasted. You may need to process all of this on a headache, shakes, sweats, and a fever – or much worse than that if you had a heroin addiction.

Physically, you can expect to be nauseous and maybe vomit, you might have an upset stomach and lose your appetite. There will be a hundred other tiny things like aches and pains or second-guessing yourself. The short answer, however, is that yes, detox does hurt. However, recovery doesn’t hurt so much as it heals. Once the process is complete you will have absolutely no doubt that it was worth it.

Detox is like jumping into a freezing cold pool. At first, you break out in goose-bumps and shiver all over. Next, you start to get used to the cold. After enough time has passed, you forget it was ever cold to begin with.

See our home alcohol detox kit information page or interact with our online consultation service to see if you are eligible to go through the detox process in your own home. These are only granted to those that meet stringent conditions because alcoholism is dangerous to quit cold turkey.

Alcohol Detox

An alcohol addiction starts with a detox program. There are a variety of ways you can do this, some of which mean you can stay at home. To be safe, most medical practitioners will advise you to come into a centre where you can be closely monitored while you go through alcohol detox. This covers everyone for insurance purposes but does give you the best chance at not giving in to addiction.

When you go through alcohol detox the rehab program can begin. The best rehab program for you will be in the West Midlands, near your home, and will cater to everything you need. You can get help towards this from the NHS, or you may have to fund all or part of it on your own. Needless to say that investing in your health is a vital investment that will repay tenfold, but some people are put off rehab because they don’t think they can afford it. Don’t let this happen to you.

Drug Detox

Drug detox is more dangerous than alcohol detox, not that getting off alcohol cold turkey is a good idea to begin with. The longer you have taken the substance you are abusing, the harder it will be to overcome. In terms of both your brain’s reaction to missing the chemicals and your own ingrained habits, it will be difficult to quit. We suggest that you go into a specialist facility when going through drug detox in the West Midlands. This is to keep you safe. There are some drugs (such as heroin or cocaine) that can be harmful to you when you stop taking them all at once. This is why heroin addiction is often treated with Methadone – a similarly addictive drug that is slightly less lethal in nature.

Drug detox isn’t a pleasant experience. It will challenge you to your limits. It is essential that you hang on in there and ride it out. At some point the feelings, urges and cravings will disappear, and you will be left clean, and able to progress on with your drug rehab program. If this sounds like a challenge you would be willing to take, contact us now, on 0203 955 7700 to start today.

Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Available in All Areas of the West Midlands!

If you live in the West Midlands, then you automatically qualify for our services to help you find a rehab clinic near you. It takes great strength and bravery to admit that you have a problem and even more so to ask for help to combat addiction. With us on your side and the aid of a rehab program tailored to suit you, we can get you back on track to a regular life. Some people think it is boring, the rest of us dream of it.

If you live in these places, Help 4 Addiction can aid your recovery from drugs or alcohol:

  • Halesowen
  • Knowle-Bentley Heath
  • Oldbury-Smethwick
  • Pelsall
  • Solihull

If your area is not on the list, but you do have a drug or alcohol problem and you live in West Midlands, then rest assured you can contact us for more information. We are eager to help recover as many lives as possible. Addictions ruin everything, it is high time you started claiming yours back. Call Help 4 Addiction on 0203 955 7700 for help, today.

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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.