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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Glasgow

Tackling an addiction to drugs or alcohol takes strength, but that strength doesn’t have to come from you alone. The right support is crucial if you want to give up alcohol or drugs, and a rehab programme offers you the resources that you need to get started. If you’re looking for a drug rehab in Glasgow,  Help 4 Addiction can connect you with the services that you need. When your drug or alcohol use is having a negative impact on your life, our helpline can offer you advice, help you explore treatment options and refer you to possible rehabilitation clinics.

 

Getting help for addiction in Glasgow

 

Finding support to help you gain control of your substance abuse doesn’t have to be difficult. Before seeking out a solution from rehab, many people try to solve the problem on their own and might be successful at staying away from drugs and alcohol for a while. However, you can soon find yourself relapsing and falling back into bad habits. When you’re ready to ask for help, you can get the support you need to identify the causes of your addiction and find ways to avoid relapsing, as well as help getting back on the right path if you do happen to relapse.

 

Addiction clinic locations

 

We can recommend rehab clinic across Glasgow, as well as in other cities and parts of Scotland. Our links with some of Glasgow’s top rehab clinics in the city centre help us to find you the most convenient place to receive addiction treatment. We offer advice on which clinic would most suit your needs and the treatment options available.

 

Rehab for alcohol and drug addiction

 

Both alcohol addiction and addiction to other drugs are serious problems, but they are issues that can be addressed in a rehab clinic. Drug addiction can involve many different drugs, both legally prescribed and illegal drugs. Of course, alcohol is also a drug, but one that is legal and much more socially acceptable to use than most others. This can make it more difficult to accept and seek treatment for alcohol addiction. However, with the right advice from Help 4 Addiction, you can begin to discover your treatment options and understand what your next steps could be.

 

Types of drug rehab in Glasgow

 

When you are considering attending a rehab programme, there are various choices that you can make to find the right one. Your options include private rehabilitation clinics, as well as residential clinics. If you need to find a suitable rehab facility, you might be able to gain a referral to an NHS treatment programme. However, private rehab facilities are also available, giving you the opportunity to self-fund your treatment for a wider choice and faster access to the treatment that you need. You can also consider both inpatient and outpatient treatment options, which can offer different benefits for those seeking treatment.

 

Free vs private rehab

 

If you’re looking for a rehab clinic, you might start to explore the differences between NHS treatment and private facilities. While treatment for addiction is available on the NHS, there are some issues to consider. Treatment spaces are limited, particularly when it comes to residential treatment, which can mean that patients must wait a long time before they can access the services that they need. The process to find the right treatment can be long, and it often means that you will be limited in choice. On the other hand, a private rehab clinic doesn’t impose such restrictions. If you find one that seems right for you, you will only need to consider funding and ensure that the clinic can accept you.

 

Mental health support

 

Drug and alcohol addiction are often connected to other illnesses, including anxiety and depression. Some people start using alcohol or drugs to self-medicate or to try and forget about other problems in their life. Finding the root of your addiction is vital if you want to overcome it for good. If you don’t take care of the things that drive you to abuse drugs or alcohol, it’s much more likely that you will keep slipping and fall back into bad habits. Help 4 Addiction can connect you with the right rehab services in Glasgow to receive the treatment and support that you need for any underlying or comorbid conditions that could affect your recovery. Dual diagnosis is the term used for when someone has both an addiction to drugs or alcohol and a mental health condition. It is also sometimes referred to as a co-occurring condition.

 

Treatment for drug and alcohol addiction

 

At Help 4 Addiction, we can help you to explore the available treatment options at rehab clinics in Glasgow. A free addiction assessment from our helpline can help you to get started if you’re unsure whether you need to seek treatment or you don’t know what sort of treatment might be suitable for you. Our knowledgeable staff will help you, and some of them even have personal experience of issues relating to addiction. Treatments for both the physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal and for the mental health issues related to addiction are both important. When connecting you with potential rehab clinics in Glasgow, we will assist with finding the right doctors and counsellors to meet your needs.

 

Types of therapy for addiction treatment

 

There are several types of treatment and therapy available for anyone who wants to address a drug or alcohol addiction. For many people, beginning with a detox is one of the first stages and one of the most important. This is best carried out in a controlled environment such as a rehab facility, with trained medical staff who can support the patient. Other treatments can include prescribing medication that helps with withdrawal symptoms and cravings, as well as psychological treatment including talking therapies and other types of therapy. Help from both doctors and counsellors gives you the support that you need to address the different causes and complications of drug and alcohol addiction.

 

Dealing with withdrawal

 

Going through withdrawal is often one of the most difficult parts of giving up drugs or alcohol. As the body detoxes, a variety of symptoms can be experienced, which depend on things like the severity of the addiction, frequency of use and the addictive substance itself. For many people who try to give up drugs or alcohol on their own, without the correct support, even making it through the initial stages of withdrawal can seem impossible. However, with the right support and a rapid detox plan, withdrawal can be more manageable. Medication can be prescribed, and support from various therapies can also help to make the process easier to manage.

 

Helping a loved one

 

Some people who have a friend or relative who needs assistance with treatment for drug or alcohol addiction want to help them get the support they need. Although you might wish you could offer a loved one all of the necessary support to help them recover, the best people who can help them are medical professionals. However, you can still play a role in providing emotional support and helping to find the best resources for treatment. If you’re trying to help a spouse, child, friend or even a work colleague, Help 4 Addiction can offer you advice and resources so that you can help them in the most useful way.

 

The cost of alcohol and drug rehab in Glasgow

 

Many people worry about the cost of attending rehab. Although a private rehab clinic can help you to access treatment faster and give you a greater choice of where to go and what treatment to receive, it also means that you need to fund it yourself. But if you don’t want to wait for NHS referrals and deal with other related issues, paying privately is your best choice. Costs can vary greatly, depending on location and other factors. In Glasgow, you are likely to pay less than if you were to choose a rehab clinic in London, for example.

 

There are different costs depending on the level of luxury offered by the clinic, as well as the types of treatment you receive and, of course, the length of the treatment. If you feel that you can’t afford private rehab, there are alternatives, such as NHS treatment, self-help and support groups. However, it’s important to keep in mind the benefits that treatment in a rehab clinic can bring you and whether the cost is worth it.

 

The length of a rehab treatment programme

 

You might be wondering about how long rehab takes. The answer is that there is no set length for a stay in rehab. How long you stay might depend on the severity of your addiction, the treatment you choose, how much it helps you, and your budget. You might stay for just a week, up to 90 days, or perhaps even longer.

 

Call Help 4 Addiction today on 0203 955 7700 for advice on drug and alcohol rehab in Glasgow for yourself or for a loved one.

 

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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.