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What is Secondary Rehab treatment?

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If you are in a position where you have already completed enough time in rehab care to effectively quell your bad habits, then you are not necessarily ready to go back to your old life. There is a transitional period, especially for those who have received inpatient rehabilitation, between leaving rehab and rediscovering what your version of a normal life is. During this transitional period, many of our clients choose to aid their recovery along a little by way of secondary rehab treatment.

There are two main ways to get secondary treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction. Both involve coming to Help4Addiction where we will ask a series of questions. Each of these is designed to determine the programs and rehab clinics near you that are best suited to your likes, dislikes, needs and expectations. It is a well known fact that the wrong rehab clinic will set you back, giving you less chance of quitting successfully.

The two ways in which you can seek treatment during that transitional time period are as follows. The first, by specifically seeking out a recovery from addiction treatment program that caters specifically to your current situation. You may end up in a dayhab centre or joining a support group in such circumstances. The second way to get secondary help for your rehabilitation is to opt for a rehab clinic that provides excellent aftercare services – from the outset of your treatment plan.

To discuss this further and decide how you can work aftercare into your options for rehab clinics, contact us today. Here at Help4Addiction it is our number 1 priority to get those struggling against an addiction the help they need. Our number is 0203 955 7700 but you can also fill in our online consultation form and one of our valued team members will get back to you.

What is Secondary Rehab treatment?

Secondary rehab care is actually the third stage of your treatment. In the first stage, you decide to get help and combat your addiction. To do this, you go through a detox period. Once complete, you move on to that second stage – where you attend rehab and get the therapies that arm you against future relapses. This third stage that secondary treatment plans move you into, is the true recovery period.

This is a transitional phase in your life. You are free of either outpatient or inpatient alcohol rehab nj, and you are looking to go back to your life – or at least to start putting a new life together. This is a difficult period if you have to go through it alone. You have just emerged from one of the toughest times you are likely to have, but you have been in a supportive, understanding and patient environment to do so, up until the point when you go home again.

When you return to the triggers that made you turn to drug or alcohol misuse to begin with, you are in the path of direct danger. If you cannot resist those old triggers then you might well relapse, slipping back into those old ways. Avoiding this is the key to your successful recovery. As we have mentioned before, some people need only a few weeks to break those habits, but some of us can take months or even years to feel normal again.

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Until the day when you don’t get those cravings, you don’t think about using, or that you feel totally safe around the substance you abused, you can opt for a secondary treatment program that keeps you on the straight and narrow. Sometimes known simply as aftercare, this process allows you to stay in touch with certain therapists, keep up your group meetings, or even do a few family or relationship sessions to try and repair the potential damage your addiction has done.

What Do Post Rehab Care Programs Provide?

Now that we have established what secondary treatment plans or aftercare services actually are, we can move on to discussing some of the things that they include. First of all, inpatient care during the secondary stage of treatment isn’t as popular as outpatient rehabilitation services are. This is simply because of the nature of the transitional period. This phase aims to get you back to the real world. That being said you may wish to engage in secondary treatment programs wherein you stay a few nights at home and a few nights at a nearby rehab facility.

You can use a secondary treatment program if you are just out of the inpatient psychiatric care program. It facilitates the 12 steps, can be used to refresh your CBT or DBT lessons, and makes for an excellent tool in your rehabilitation. Asides from the popularity and versatility of outpatient rehab for secondary treatment programs, we detailed some of the techniques you can expect a centre to use while you are in this transitional phase, below.

Some Things Your Secondary Aftercare Program Might Include are:

  • Group sessions are generally kept up although they will operate at less of a frequency. When you first emerge from alcohol rehab or drug rehab it is likely that your group sessions will be once a week, as opposed to upwards of 3 times a week while you are in a rehab clinic.
  • Online Therapy is becoming more and more popular at the moment, particularly after the pandemic, since it allows you to stay at home while still getting the help that you need. You can read more about online therapy through our website, here at Help4Addicttion.
  • CBT, MI, or DBT therapies, sessions with a therapist or psychiatrist don’t have to end if you have found them useful. The average mental health patient will see a CBT therapist for around eight weeks’ worth of sessions. If you are in rehab for 28 days, this is still shy of those 8 weeks. You should feel no stigma or shame regarding therapy.
  • Some programs will offer you telephone support. This allows you to call them on a support line, usually 24/7, and someone will help you deal with situations in your life as they arise.
  • Life Skills Development is often available through workshops, each of which are targeted towards different areas of your life. It may be that you want financial guidance to deal with the debts you amassed while you were an addict. It may be that you simple don’t have any confidence and need to build your self esteem back up.
  • Leisure facilities which help keep your mind off using are quite common. These are the same as what you find in outpatient or inpatient care, which are designed to occupy you while you are in rehab by keeping your mind busy. Art courses, gym access, or animal therapy are all known in the UK.
  • Family sessions are an important part of getting back to your life. When you are going through substance abuse you forget about those closest to you, ultimately hurting them as they watch you suffer.
  • Your treatment plan can include any number of things – as long as they are tailored towards your recovery. Some examples of this might be treatment for an existing medical condition that you have always put off because of your addiction to drugs. You might need guidance to mend your relationships, find work, or help you with day-to-day life.

So as you can see, you ought to go through a comprehensive care plan when you leave rehab and design a system that is going to work for you. If you feel like you are struggling to source a rehab clinic near you for any of the stages of the process, come back to our welcoming team here at Help4Addiction. Together we will re-examine, alter your direction, and get you in touch with the people who can help you most. Your recovery is important to us. Every person that does not contribute to the UK’s annual yearly drink and drug death toll is a person saved. Do you have what it takes to overcome your addiction and score your own name of that morbid list? We believe in you, even if you can’t see a future yet. Call us, on 0203 955 7700 to get the ball rolling on your secondary treatment plan.

Can You Get Secondary Treatment Programs as an Inpatient?

Yes! Although it is a slightly different thing. When you get secondary treatment as an outpatient, the aim is to transition you back to a normal life. When you get secondary treatment programs as an inpatient, you do not return to the normal world when you finish that initial 28 day period. You might decide to stay in inpatient care for a further 7 or 14 days, for example, but do this while lowering the frequency of your therapy sessions so that it feels easier when you tail them off completely.

Inpatient secondary treatment programs are slightly rarer because of the costs involved. Regular rehab clinics in your area will cost around the £1400 mark, since England and Wales are covered by the NHS (which absorbs most of the overheads). If you decided to further your treatment beyond those 28 days and live in the centre as an inpatient, those costs will understandably go up.

It is important that you do not let the costs of rehab put you off attendance. When you are addicted to drink or drugs, you are likely to run up huge debts as you borrow to feed your addiction. When you finally go through drug detox or stop drinking alcohol, you end up having to face those finances. If you spend some of that borrowed money on rehab costs, there is at least the chance that you can repay it at some point in the future. If you stay as you are, engaged in constant substance abuse, you will never be able to sort those finances out and will keep spiralling downwards.

So although it may seem like you can’t afford the initial investment – that’s exactly what it is… an investment. You gain the ability to control your own future, the ability to take back those finances and regain control. Your finances should be the least of your considerations until you are mentally equipped to deal with them, however, which might not be until you are into the secondary treatment stage of recovery.

If you want to discuss your financial situation with regards to getting into a rehab clinic near you, contact us and let one of our advisors listen. Even if all you want is to dip your toe in the pool of recovery, arming yourself with the information you need to possibly recover in future. You can reach us on 0203 955 7700. We are awaiting your call. Alternatively, you can visit our page regarding the costs of rehab by following this link.

Finding Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation Centres and Outpatient Aftercare Near You

Finding both inpatient and outpatient drug rehab services in your area has never been easier. All you need to do is contact us today and we can arrange the connections you need to get you the help you deserve. When you come to Help4Addiciton, your treatment is our top priority. Our founder also suffered from a drug addiction. When he decided it was time to go through drug detox, he found that there was a massive gap between the services available – and actually accessing them. As a result, Help4Addiction was born, and we have helped hundreds get off drink or drugs ever since.

To join our ranks of happy clients, simply contact us right now. You can reach us on 0203 955 7700. Secondary treatment is there and waiting for you, all you need to do to achieve it is call. We can help you with everything from going through the drug detox period to finding the best secondary treatment programs to match your needs. We have connections in 90% of the drug and alcohol rehab clinics in the England and Wales areas and so we really do know our stuff. Join us, start your recovery journey, and together we can try to ensure that you never need to look back again!

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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.