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Drug & Alcohol Rehab York

Alcohol has such a ubiquitous presence in our lives that it’s easy to overlook the ways in which it can damage our physical, mental and social health. We can view it as something harmless and even necessary; a facilitator of fun. The truth, however, is that it’s one of the most addictive and potentially damaging substances on the face of the planet. Likewise, recreational drug use may seem harmless and innocuous enough. It can be presented as a necessary outlet to alleviate the stress and anxiety that have become such a part of modern living. However, the more we come to see these substances as normal or necessary, the more vulnerable to addiction we have become.

 

If you feel that you may have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol or illicit substances it can be hard to know where to turn. It may seem as though you have no support available to you or that you will be judged or belittled if you reach out for a helping hand. Likewise if someone close to you demonstrates signs of addiction to drugs and / or alcohol it can be hard to broach the subject without alienating or angering them.

 

At Help 4 Addiction we aim to help people of York who are suffering with drug and alcohol dependency and those close to sufferers to get the help and support they need to take control of their lives.

 

Finding help for drug and alcohol addiction in York

 

York is a beautiful city filled with quintessential attractions that draw tourists from around the country and the world while also delighting residents. From the spectacular Minster to the cobbled streets (and random Harry Potter themed shops) of the Shambles there’s a lot to love about this picturesque and historic city.

 

But behind this tourist-friendly exterior lie some troubling statistics. In recent years York and Sheffield have topped national charts of drug-related deaths, and York is significantly worse than the national average in terms of binge drinking statistics (although it is significantly better than the national average in terms of  alcohol related crime).

 

If you one of the many people in York currently experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or a combination of both it’s our mission to help you to get the help you need by providing you with free, expert and impartial advice to help you get access to the right help for you. Your GP will also be a useful port of call for help and advice or to make you a referral to a residential rehab facility (more on that shortly).

 

Depression, anxiety and addiction: It’s time to break the cycle

 

Drug and alcohol addiction rarely come out of nowhere. We often find ourselves relying on these substances as an antidote to the rigours of modern living. We live in stressful times. Many of us are working longer and harder than ever. We endure a great deal of professional, financial and personal stress and we can find ourselves experiencing anxiety and depression as a result. These common psychological disorders are exacerbated when we turn to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate for them. In fact, people with anxiety disorders are twice as likely to be diagnosed with substance misuse disorders.

 

This can lead to a destructive cycle which increases dependency without alleviating the causes. If you’re to live a happy, healthy life free of addiction and dependency it’s imperative that you get the help you need to break the cycle.

 

Rehabilitation is rarely an easy process. However, it is absolutely necessary in breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and dependency. Let’s look at the different types of rehab available…

 

Private and residential rehab- What’s the difference?

 

Those seeking drug or alcohol rehabilitation have two options; residential rehab or private rehab. Residential rehab refers you to a residential facility in which you can receive treatment for your addiction through a range of cognitive, talk and behavioural therapies. If you are referred to rehab through the NHS you will likely be referred for residential rehab. However, a referral may take some time and those who experience residential rehab can experience frustration when they are referred to different centres or support professionals.

 

Private rehab, on the other hand offers much more continuity. Private rehab facilities are generally better equipped and more luxurious although they can be costly. The cost of residential rehab can vary considerably depending on the level of  luxury and wealth of facilities they offer. Your personal costs may also vary depending on which specialist treatments you may require and how long you intend to stay.

 

Therapies available and how they can help

 

Most rehab facilities will offer a range of therapies with a range of intended purposes. Some will help to relieve your stress and help you to find a rewarding outlet that lessens your dependence on drugs or alcohol. Some will be intended to help you to identify the psychological issues at the root of your addiction. Others will allow you to recognise the triggers that lead to drug or alcohol use and how to replace these behaviours and thought processes with more helpful and wholesome alternatives. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and counselling are extremely important in this regard. Relaxation therapies on the other hand may include;

 

  • Relaxation therapy
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Art therapy
  • Massage
  • Group and individual talk therapies

Withdrawal symptoms: What can you expect?

 

When you go without drugs or alcohol you can expect to go into withdrawal, even if you undertake a course of medically assisted detoxification. It’s important to know what to expect in this challenging time as this can help you to navigate possibly the most difficult safe towards a cleaner and healthier life. Drug and alcohol use affect the whole body in a number of ways and as such their absence in our bodies can cause a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Some are relatively benign while others can be highly traumatic. It depends on the level of addiction.  These may include;

 

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal pain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium
  • Fevers
  • Heart palpitations

 

While these may seem distressing the better prepared we are for them and the better assisted we are by trained professionals the easier they are to mitigate and overcome.

 

How can we help?

 

Whether you’re worried about your own addiction or that of someone close to you we can help by giving you the free, impartial advice necessary to get you the help you need. Get in touch with us today on 0203 955 7700 and take the important first step towards a happier, healthier life!

 

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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.