Rehab 4 Addiction

Are you addicted to alcohol or drugs? Do you feel that your life is spiralling out of control as a result?

Then it’s time to seek the help you need to combat your addiction once and for all.

To book into a Northern Ireland based rehab, call us today on 0800 140 4690.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we’re here to assist you at this incredibly difficult time.

We’ll help you to access treatment at a leading alcohol and drug rehab in Northern Ireland.

We can offer you various addiction treatment options, including residential, outpatient and at-home treatment. All we ask that you’re willing to give up drugs or alcohol completely. You must be prepared to remain abstinent for the rest of your life.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we don’t advocate ‘moderation management’ solutions, but support the abstinence model of addiction treatment.

Residential or outpatient treatment?

Whilst it’s certainly possible to undergo treatment on an outpatient basis, we instead recommend that you choose residential treatment. This involves staying within a rehab clinic in Northern Ireland for the duration of your treatment programme.

You’ll be completely removed from the ‘addiction triggers’ that cause you to drink alcohol or take drugs.

With outpatient treatment, you’ll attend a rehab centre during the day but return home at night, where you may be tempted by those substances that you’re addicted to.

Many of the residential drug and alcohol clinics in Northern Ireland are very lavish, providing luxurious living quarters for their clients. You can rest assured that you’ll be very comfortable during your stay.

The rehab admissions process in Northern Ireland

If you are looking to get treatment at rehab, the process starts by calling Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690. If you are ready to acknowledge your addiction and commit to getting help, we can help to find the right clinic for you.

We do this by conducting a short telephone consultation to kick off the admissions process, where we aim to find out a little more about your circumstances and needs. We’ll ask some questions about how your addiction has impacted your life, as well as practical questions about your current circumstances.

Once we have enough information to proceed, we can use our expertise to make a recommendation on a clinic in your part of Northern Ireland.

We appreciate that you may be hesitant to talk about matters like an addiction over the phone with a stranger, but please be assured that we treat your call with strict confidence, and are in accordance with all UK data protection laws.

Once you have accepted a recommendation, we can get the ball rolling very quickly, and have you at your clinic within a few days. When you arrive, you will be greeted by the staff, and briefly assessed in order to gauge your mental and physical wellbeing.

They will ask you a few questions about your current state of mind and make a risk assessment based upon their conversation with you. They may ask some questions about how much you have been using in recent days and other questions of that nature.

Please know that there is no answer that you could give that would get you in trouble or have negative implications – they just want to help you. It’s important to be honest so that you can get the right care. Rehab is a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment.

The staff will then give you some more information about day-to-day life at the clinic, as well as telling you the ground rules for residents. Once this consultation is complete, you can begin your detox procedure, as detailed further below.

This is the first stage of your treatment and is necessary to get sober and rid your body of whatever illicit substances you have been using recently.

Whatever substance you are going to rehab for, you can be assured of a high standard of care. All of the rehab clinics that we are associated with are approved by The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland.

This ensures high quality of treatment and resident wellbeing, as well as the right accountability for those running the clinic.

Tips for selecting rehab in Northern Ireland

Rehab 4 Addiction works with a variety of rehabs in Northern Ireland. For a referral, contract us today. We make these recommendations based on a variety of factors, not least how effective these rehabs have been at treating other people who have sought our help in the past.

You may also wish to undergo your own research into the matter.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority inspects all care providers in Northern Ireland, including rehab clinics. You can read up-to-date inspection reports on the RQIA’s website.

When contacting rehabs, it may be a good idea to enquire how many staff members the clinic employs, including therapists, doctors and adult social workers. It’s also a good idea to ask if you will be assigned a central case worker. If you would like your family to engage in your treatment, ask if the clinic offers formal family therapy sessions as part of their rehab offerings.

Many rehabs in Northern Ireland focus their treatment on the 12-steps, which is essentially spiratual in nature, requiring you to “reach out” to a “high power”.

Other rehabs will instead focus on behavioural therapies and relapse prevention planning. Example therapeis include cognitive behavioural therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and motivational interviewing.

A database of treatment providers in Northern Ireland

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we have a robust database of alcohol and drug addiction rehab centres in Northern Ireland. Therefore, wherever you’re based, and whatever type of treatment you require, you can be confident that we can help.

We’ll start by carrying out a detailed assessment over the telephone.

We’ll need to ask you a number of questions to determine the severity of your addiction and identify any mental issues, including depression and anxiety.

Such conditions are common in people addicted to drugs and alcohol, and it’s important that we know about any of these from the outset. You’ll speak to a friendly counsellor who is experienced in working with addicts across the UK.

How much does rehab cost in Northern Ireland?

There are a few variables when it comes to pricing. Firstly, it varies from one clinic to another, as each clinic is a private entity with its own price range.

It also depends on whether you are intending to stay in a single occupancy room or a multiple occupancy dorm. As you would expect, it also depends on how long you stay, and what level of treatment you are receiving.

For example, if you choose a 10-day detox programme with a private room, rather than the full 28-day therapy programme, you would be looking at a cost of between £3,000 – £6,000. That would go down to between £2,000 and £4,000 in a multiple occupancy room.

If you are wanting to get the full month-long rehab treatment package, which also includes therapy and other mental health treatments, you would be looking at a price of between £8,000 – £12,000 for a single occupancy room, or around £6,000 for a multiple occupancy dorm.

We can also facilitate a standalone detox at home, which would also take about 10 days, but would only cost £1,500. We understand that you may be concerned about how you will afford treatment, and what finance options might be available. This is something that we can provide advice on during your preliminary consultation over the phone.

How long does rehab last in Northern Ireland?

Most people end up staying in rehab for a total of about 28 days. This is enough time to accommodate the full treatment schedule of rehab – not just going through drug detox, but also focusing on recovery and rehabilitation, deal with mental health issues, and putting together a plan for the future.

This four week ‘rule of thumb’ has been recommended since the early days of rehab under the ‘Minnesota Model’, and this recommendation has survived to this day largely because it is effective.

The detox phase of rehab is the first thing you do, and will usually take around 10 days – 7 days at the least for alcohol detox. Depending on the substances you have been using, there may be the possibility of supplementary medications to help you through withdrawal.

For example, with heroin withdrawal, it is often the procedure to switch to a medication such as Subutex or Methadone.

Alcohol detox & rehab in Northern Ireland

The primary aim of detox is to safely wean you off drugs or alcohol. Addiction detox should be considered a form of addiction treatment in its own right. Detox is distinct from rehab, and the two terms are often incorrectly used interchangably.

Rehab happens after detox. Addictiont treatment clinics offer a structured rehab programme to help their client’s remain drug and alcohol free. Some rehab centres do not offer detox, because they lack the facilities to carry out the procedure safely.

Residential rehabs operate under strict rules. Family members and friends will only be able to visit their loved ones undergoing treatment at set times. If you attend a residential rehab, you will only be allow outside under supervised conditions.

A great many people who use our services are looking for relief from alcohol addiction. The first step of this is detox, which at rehab is handled by a specialist team of medical staff.

They will be able to monitor you as your Alcohol withdrawal has the potential to present some very unpleasant symptoms, particularly in the case of long-term heavy alcohol use.

These symptoms can include physical symptoms such as shaking, nausea, muscle cramps and vomiting, as well as psychological symptoms such as increased anxiety and disturbed sleep. This is why it is so important to be under the care of professionals as you go through alcohol detox.

Your symptoms will likely be managed with Librium, a sedative that is used to treat anxiety, insomnia and other symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol.

Once you have got through the detox stage of rehab, the rest of your treatment will involve treating the causes and exacerbating factors of your addiction.

With help from mental health professionals, you will be able to identify triggers and learn new coping strategies which will help you to stay sober in the future.

Getting clean is one thing, but you will need to work through these issues with professionals to give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding relapse in the future.

The risk of unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

We always stress that you should not attempt to detox without guidance and supervision, as there are serious health risks involved.

This is particularly true where alcohol withdrawal is concerned. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extreme, and there are always potential health risks as your body goes through a drastic change. Alcohol withdrawal, if not managed properly, can result in seizures, which in some cases can be fatal.

This is on top of the various other symptoms that you could experience, including muscle pain, chronic headaches, and acute depression. This is why having the support of medical professionals is so important as you go through this change.

Do not try to detox alone in any circumstances – even if your alcohol intake is not severe, this is always a very dangerous thing to do if you don’t have access to the right resources.

Alcohol home detox in Northern Ireland

In some cases, it is possible to go through a guided alcohol detox from the comfort of your own home. However, there are certain requirements that need to be met for this to be possible, and you should keep this in mind as you proceed.

Firstly, your regular alcohol intake will need to be less than 30 (thirty) units per day. You will also need to have a stable home environment for this to take place. Home detox will also be carried out with the use of Librium, which we can send out to you in the post.

Going through detox at home is significantly cheaper than doing so in a clinic. However, it will not be as safe, as you will not be under full medical supervision. We are happy to advise further on the pros and cons of these options over the phone.

Cocaine rehab in Northern Ireland

Widely used in the UK, cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs on the market, and has the potentially to be extremely destructive. For one thing, cocaine is highly dangerous in general, as there is a risk of heart attack or stroke with every use, even in users who are otherwise fit and healthy.

Secondly, the effects on the user have potentially disastrous consequences, Cocaine can cause people to become aggressive, violent, and indulge in high-risk behaviours.

It goes without saying that this can lead people to any number of undesirable situations, including prosecution or death. Long-term use can also lead to anxiety, depression, and paranoia.

The good news is that you can get help with cocaine addiction through Rehab 4 Addiction. Cocaine detox is the first step of this process, and you go through that at a cocaine rehab as soon as you arrive.

You will detox under medical supervision, which is important. Cocaine withdrawal can involve a number of nasty symptoms, such as sweating, shivering, and exhaustion, as well as intense low mood and irritability.

As mentioned above, cocaine is a highly addictive substance, so it is normal to experience intense cravings during detox. All of the symptoms above can be managed by the medical team around you, and you will be able to get through detox in safe, comfortable surroundings.

Heroin rehab in Northern Ireland

Heroin addiction is brutal, and has a grip on thousands of people across Northern Ireland. Heroin is a strong, highly addictive opiate that can utterly consume the life of someone who is addicted to it.

The list of health risks associated with heroin use is endless, and the substance is responsible for thousands of deaths across the UK very year.

Despite being an expensive drug, heroin is particularly prevalent in low-income areas, and its use causes massive socioeconomic problems in those communities.

If you want to get clean from heroin, safely, there is only one viable option – going through heroin detox at rehab.

Every clinic that we refer to will have the facilities to put you through a proper medically supervised detox for any substance, including heroin and other opiates.

The experience of detox will be different for each patient, depending primarily on the drug that they have been abusing. The symptoms of heroin withdrawal are among the most severe, and this is something that you should be prepared for.

Potential symptoms include muscle aches, abdominal cramping, severe shaking and sweating, intense anxiety, and insomnia. To manage these symptoms, you will need all the help that you can get, which is where the detox team at your heroin rehab clinic come in.

The medical staff at rehab are highly qualified, experience, and specialised in detox treatment. They deal with hundreds of people every year, and will be there for you to manage any symptoms that you have.

With heroin withdrawal, your detox will likely involve the use of a medication such as Subutex or Methadone, which are specifically designed to help you transition out of heroin use.

As well as managing the physical symptoms, you will have help from the mental health carers on-site to manage the psychological side of withdrawal, which can be just as unpleasant as the physical symptoms.

Heroin withdrawal is tough, but getting through it is an amazing achievement, and opens the door to a much healthier life in recovery.

Cannabis rehab in Northern Ireland

When drugs are discussed, cannabis is often referred to as a ‘soft’ drug, or some people might even call it ‘harmless’. We can assure you that neither of these descriptions are accurate.

Cannabis has the potential to take over someone’s life gradually, sapping them of their ambition, their mental health, and their sense of self.

Long-term cannabis use can even have a detrimental effect on the user’s cognitive ability. A recent study from New Zealand found that chronic cannabis use during adolescence was associated with a loss of an average of 6 IQ points measured in mid-adulthood.

Cannabis addiction is real, and like any other substance addiction, it can be treated through rehab. While the withdrawal symptoms associated with cannabis are generally less severe than alcohol or opiates, it still requires a detox as part of treatment.

Commonly reported cannabis withdrawal symptoms to include insomnia, changes in appetite, increased anxiety, acute depression, headaches, and irritability. These are all symptoms that can be managed by the detox team at your rehab clinic. Learn more about cannabis rehab here.

What happens during rehab in Northern Ireland?

Rehab is an all-encombassing term to describe a wide range of treatments used to combat addiction and encourage recovery. Rehab is not a form of treatment per se, but an enviroment where treatments are offered under controlled circumstances.

There is no accreditted body which dictates which treatments are effective and which are not. Some rehabs offer modern evidence-based treatments, whilst others focus on a spiratual approach. Each rehab will offer a slightly different experience to one another, and so it’s important to research the programme before you attend.

Some rehabs will offer you support with gaining housing, empoyloyment and education. Some may also assist you with legal and financial problems you may be facing as a result of your addiction.

Most rehabs will employ a mixture of medicatal professionals and people who are themselves recovering addictions. This means you will have on hand people who can relate to what you are going through. Medically qualified members of staff are particularly important when it comes to identifying and treating the underlying psychiatric causes of addiction.

A typical day in rehab

Most rehabs in Northern Ireland will strictly monitor your movements during your stay. You cannot simply leave their care unsupervised as you please. Family visits are restricted and limited to set times.

A typical day in rehab could include:

  • 8:30 A.M.: Goals group
  • 9:00 A.M.: Group meetings (depending on the day, acceptance
    and commitment therapy, emotion regulation, self-esteem,
    mindfulness, or men’s and women’s groups)
  • 10:00 A.M.: Psychology education
  • 11:00 A.M.: Individual meetings
  • 12:00 P.M.: Lunch
  • 1:00 P.M.: Group meetings (depending on the day, cognitive-behavioural
    therapy, interpersonal effectiveness training,
    distress tolerance, or group therapy)
  • 2:00 P.M.: Narrative groups
  • 3:00 P.M.: Fitness, yoga, or expressive therapy
  • 5:00 P.M.: Skills practice
  • 5:30 P.M.: Dinner
  • 7:00 P.M.: Twelve-Step
    or other self-help meetings
  • 10:00 P.M.: Wrap-up

The above was shared by the Fernside program operated by McLean Hospital.

Types of therapies on offer in Northern Ireland rehabs

At rehab, you will be under the care of mental health professionals, who can help you to explore whatever mental issues you have in a healthy and constructive way. This will increase the likelihood of you staying in recovery for long-term.

Your plan will include various different types of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and motivation therapy.

As the weeks go on, you will gain a better understanding of your addiction and your own behaviour.

For example, you will identify triggers that can lead to substance abuse or risk-taking behaviours – these are different for everyone. Crucially, you will learn how to deal with those incidents in a healthy way, and reduce your risk of relapse going forward.

Your therapy plan will likely include other complimentary activities like yoga, gardening, reiki, tai chi, or art therapy. You may be wondering why these are part of your plan, but if you keep an open mind, they can be very beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

For example, the gentle exercise involved in yoga is great for your physical and mental health, and an activity like gardening is designed to encourage mindfulness and inner peace. Rehab is not just about going through intense therapy sessions – it is equally important to let your body and soul heal from substance abuse.

Family therapy at rehab in Northern Ireland

The disease of addiction can cause rifts in families, and will often damage those relationships very badly. In order to rebuild those connections, it can be beneficial to have help from a qualified professional.

During your rehab treatment, you may have the opportunity to have some of your family members involved in your therapy sessions, which will be facilitated and overseen by a mental health professional.

Part of the healing process is mending any damage that has been done and rebuilding the trust that has been lost through the effects of addiction.

This type of family therapy is not mandatory, and will only be included in your plan if it is deemed appropriate by the team after they have consulted with you about these issues.

The importance of dual diagnosis at rehab

Most people who struggle with addiction also have underlying mental health disorders, that often have not been properly treated or even addressed.  This is often known as ‘dual diagnosis’ or ‘co-occurring

This can include conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder,attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, and schizophrenia. This is why having qualified mental health professionals on-site at rehab is so important.

They will be able to identify if any of these issues are present, and if so, they will be able to treat them effectively, while being mindful of how that fits into your overall treatment plan.

They can also help you to adjust to your new surroundings once you arrive, as well as giving you the tools and coping techniques to fight addiction effectively in the future.

They are there whenever you need them, and can provide confidential consultation and advice on anything that you are struggling with.

Relapse prevention planning at rehab

As you come to the final few days of your rehab treatment, it is important to shift your focus to your future. Completing rehab is a great achievement, but when you leave, you will need to work hard to stay in recovery.

To help you with this, one of the mental health team will guide you in putting together a relapse prevention plan to implement once you leave.

This will include proactive steps, such as attending regular group therapy sessions or counselling as part of your regular life. It will also include advice on managing your social group – for example, if you know someone who is still in active addiction, you will probably have to cut ties with that person, at least until they are in recovery too.

It is also beneficial to take part in hobbies that naturally tackle stress and promote a peaceful state-of-mind. Examples include yoga, meditation and hillwalking. Many rehabs will offer beginners’ introductory lessons to these type of activies.

Many rehabs will laso off Relapse Prevention Therapies (RPTs), such as “reframing”, “behavioural chain analysis” and “urge surfing”. The latter helps you manage urges and cravings so that you do not simply return to drinking or drug use.

You can also attend fellowship meetings in Northern Ireland, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery.

Taking these proactive and reactive steps will mean that you have the best possible chance of cutting out drugs and alcohol from your life for good.

Further resources

  • Aware – a Northern Ireland depression charity
  • ContactNI – a Northern Ireland 24/7 crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair
  • Drugs & Alcohol NI – delivers 1-2 hour awareness sessions on various drugs and alcohol-related topics
  • Niada (Northern Ireland Alcohol & Drug Alliance) – an alliance that facilitates cooperation among voluntary and community sector organisations supporting those affected by alcohol and drug use, and their families
  • ASCERT Northern Ireland – a charity providing services across Northern Ireland that have been reducing alcohol and drug-related harm in our communities since 1998

Getting in touch today

Contact us today on  0800 140 4690 to discuss your treatment needs with one of our team. It’s the very first step to a brand new you.

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