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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Wiltshire

Have you decided to get off drink for good, or to stop taking drugs forever? Great! We are happy for you… but this is where the real work starts. We want the process of quitting addiction in Wiltshire to be as easy for you as possible. This means that we will go out of our way to match you with the right rehab centre for you, near you, and with your best intentions as a top priority.

Help 4 Addiction have years of experience in aiding people to find the right recovery program for them. This started as a labour of love by our founder, a former addict himself. When he realised the difference that recovery from drug addiction made to his own life, he set out to make that miraculous change happen for those around him… and for those around Wiltshire.

If you want to quit drink, stop drug taking, or simply just want to dip your toe in the pool and start planning ahead, then we want to hear from you. Our job is to save the lives of the people who turn to us for help and we won’t let you down. No matter what your poison or where in Wiltshire you are from – don’t be put off. Contact us via our online consultation process or on the phone, at 0203 955 7700. Don’t wait. Do it right now. It’d be rude to leave us hanging.

Why You Need Professional Rehab

Wiltshire is a beautiful area of the country, but from Amesbury to Warminster – drugs are too easy to get and alcohol is a serious issue. Addictions run rife if they are not treated, in some cases they even lead to death. Why should you go get some professional rehab? There are so many reasons bit primarily for your health.

When you stop drug taking your body goes into a sort of shock mode. The same if you are trying to get off drink. Your body and brain will both try to convince you that you need the substance to make the pain stop. You can go through this at home, where you have the same access to substances to abuse as you had before, or you can do it in a rehab clinic surrounded by specially trained staff.

Simply put you need professional rehab to stack the odds in your favour.

What’s Detox?

Lots of people come to us with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, and no further knowledge. It is not uncommon for them to be confused over what the stages of rehabilitation and recovery from drug or alcohol misuse actually are. If you are addicted to alcohol and you want to stop, the first stage you go through is known as detox. This process is when all the toxins are allowed to leave your body. After you have gone through this process, it is not uncommon for people to say they are ‘clean’. This simply means they have cleaned the toxins out of their system by refraining from their substance for long enough to be in rehabilitation, or in recovery as opposed to detox.

Still confused? That’s OK. There is a whole world devoted to drug and alcohol rehabilitation that most of us might never even need to know about at all. Detox is just part of that, whether it be for alcohol or drugs. If you want to find out more about this exact process, visit our page on detox. Otherwise, contact us to start a detox of your own on 0203 955 7700. We hope to hear from you soon!

How Long Does Detox Take?

That depends on your drug of choice. Heroin users typically experience flu-like aches and pains for a for anything up to two weeks after they go through the initial detox process. Cocaine addicts will suffer depression and other emotional problems for around 8 days. For alcohol addictions, three days is usually enough to get back on your feet to some degree. You may still experience some of the more acute symptoms of alcohol withdrawal for up to a full week afterwards – but you will be over the worst of it in around 72 hours.

What About Rehab – When Will I be Recovered From Drug or Alcohol Addictions?

Private rehab might be a little different, but the basics are as follows. How long the rehab takes is entirely dependent on your substance misuse. What you took, for how long, and in what quantities, all impact the time it takes you to recover from drug or alcohol addiction.

Rehab can take anything from a few months up to a few years. It might feel like it is taking far too long, and that you will never reach the end of it, but one day you won’t think of drink or drugs anymore. Think of it like this… If you stop taking your substance of choice today, tomorrow you will hurt. The day after that, however, it will hurt a little less. The third day, even less… after a month, the craving to take drugs is just that: a craving. Nothing more than a passing though or a memory of how your life has turned around. Surely that feeling of freedom is worth a few days, weeks, or even months, of pain.

Aftercare from Rehab Clinics in Wiltshire

Any decent rehab clinic will give you an option for aftercare. Sometimes these are free, like when you are treated as on outpatient through ongoing CBT sessions in NHS sponsored facilities. Some are not free, like when you go through a private rehab clinic and want to opt-in on that aftercare. Usually, the service will include a mixture of the following…

Phone Support

Phone support is the most common type of aftercare by a long shot. This allows you to seek support when you come up against your triggers or any situation that may have made you rely on drink or drugs in the past. You can call the centre and they can refer you on to other services if you need more support. Phone support is good rehab clinic aftercare because it lets you stay in contact with your support network and access further resources at any time, should you need them.

Online Therapy

Online Therapy is reasonably new and makes help possible even when circumstances prevent you physically reaching your centre. It allows you to take part in talking therapies and counselling sessions from your own home, an internet café, or anywhere else in the world. You do not need to be in Wiltshire to get support for alcohol or drug addiction when you use online therapy as a coping tool.

Counselling and Talking Sessions

You may be offered the chance to sit in on a group therapy session once a week or once a month, depending on how often you need it. Counselling and talking therapies for addictions and recovery are vital to create positive coping tactics to replace the bad habits you had before. The aim of these is to keep addiction at bay, for good.

Addiction and Depression – is Aftercare Available?

Yes, you should go through your GP to ensure your depression is alcohol or drug addiction based. It would not be a good idea to neglect seeking help for any kind of depression, and there is no guarantee that it will fade with time when you are trying to recover. It’s not necessary to feel as low as depression can make you feel – and it makes your recovery far more difficult if you don’t seek out help. Go to your doctor or speak with your rehab clinic to ensure you have this base covered, at all times.

Help For Addiction Is Available All Throughout the Wiltshire Region

When we say we help with addictions in Wiltshire, we mean we help anyone who comes to us who is Wiltshire based. It does not impact your treatment if you are from a rich area or a poor area, all rehab clinics will give you the upmost level of care. You might even be able to get help towards the cost of rehab should you need to go through the NHS as an outpatient.

Regardless of who you see for therapy, what counselling you get, or which resources you prefer to use; you can get help for addictions to drugs and alcohol in these areas of Wiltshire:

  • Amesbury
  • Bradford-on-Avon
  • Calne
  • Chippenham
  • Corsham
  • Devizes
  • Durrington-Bulford
  • Lyneham
  • Marlborough
  • Salisbury
  • Tidworth
  • Trowbridge
  • Warminster
  • Wootton Basett

However, if you can’t find the name of your town on our list then have no fear. There is no need to panic. We accept clients from all over the Wiltshire area and that means those that live outside of towns and cities, too. Contact us today via our online consultation service or call us, on 0203 955 7700. Together, we can get you on the path back to good health. It might just be that one phone call is all it takes to start achieving a happier life, all round.

Other Related Areas To Consider For Rehab

Bedfordshire, London, Birmingham, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Manchester, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, Northumberland County, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire County, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Sussex, West Midlands

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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.