Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Aberdeenshire

If you’ve read the papers or watched the news, then you will be all too aware of Government cuts inflicted on the care sector.

Addiction treatment has perhaps been the hardest hit, given the widely held view that addicts are ‘at fault’ for their condition.

However, we are here to tell you that all hope is not lost. Over the past decade, Rehab 4 Addiction has built up an extensive network of addiction treatment providers in Aberdeenshire.

To discover which facility is right for your specific needs, contact us today free on 0800 140 4690.

Addiction is classed as a progressive disorder. This is also termed, perhaps more colloquially, as a ‘downward spiral.

If you hide behind denial and take no action in defeating your addiction, you can be assured that the problem will only get worse.

We urge you to admit to yourself that help is needed. Once you overcome your denial, you have effectively taken one step closer to your long-term recovery goals.

When you contact us at Rehab 4 Addiction for addiction treatment advice in Aberdeenshire, we will discuss the emotional turmoil you are currently experiencing.

Many of our telephone advisors are themselves recovering addicts, so we know precisely what you are going through.

More importantly, we are able to map out a workable plan to help you defeat your addiction to drugs or alcohol once and for all.

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Entering rehabilitation – who is suitable?


Many people are unaware of the requirements for rehabilitation, knowing little about the field itself.

Rehabilitation is a process in which someone returns to a normal state, without addiction to substances. 

To start the process, and potentially enter rehab centres, an individual may display several of the behaviours below:

  • For alcohol addiction, those drinking 30 or more units of alcohol per day
  • Those with mental health issues associated with their substance abuse
  • Those who have previously attempted to abstain, but have failed multiple times
  • Those who may act violently towards loved ones as a result of addiction 

This list is not extensive, but it is important to remember that an individual must also have the correct mindset before entering rehabilitation.

Without motivation and drive to recover, individuals are unlikely to benefit from addiction treatment programmes as effectively or efficiently as those who possess this mindset.

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How to assess the treatment needed for an individual – the ASAM criteria 


Even before starting to evaluate the individual’s need for rehabilitation, there are several techniques that can be employed to assist in determining the level of care these individuals may need.

The most commonly used method is the use of the ASAM criteria.

Developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, this criterion uses 6 dimensions to assess the different types of rehabilitative techniques that can be used.

Below is a brief description of each dimension assessed:

  • Individual’s current and past substance use
  • Individual’s current health and medical history
  • Individual’s mental health
  • Individual’s readiness and motivation to recover 
  • Individual’s future risk of relapse
  • Individual’s living situation at the time of seeking care

This criterion is not used as a formal diagnosis but can be useful when analysing the level of care required for individuals and their addiction. 

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Assessing alcohol usage using AUDITS

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Alcohol usage is difficult to judge, especially when considering the addiction in yourself or in someone you know.

This is why it may be useful to use a test such as the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). 

Using the combination of different questions covering intake, dependency, and consequences of an individual’s addiction.

Each question’s answer is ranked one to four, and a score above 13 indicates an alcohol addiction or dependency. However, any score above 8 should be investigated further. 

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Interventions and their use before entering rehabilitation 

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Before entering rehabilitation, it may be useful for individuals to hold an intervention.

This can be organised by the family and friends of the individual affected, or as a joint organisation. 

In the case of a pre-arranged intervention, the family will discuss the individual’s needs, situation, and history of addiction with an interventionist.

They will then consider different treatments to suggest to the individual at a later time. 

Generally, standard interventions provide a success rate of around 30% in terms of encouraging the individual to enter addiction treatment.

Newer intervention techniques, such as CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training) provide a success rate of around 70%. 

This is due to their invitational approach, rather than confrontational.

This then encourages the relationship between the individual affected and their family to be more conversational about the problems faced, potential triggers, and suitable solutions. 

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How much does rehab cost?

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Although private residential rehab is often thought of as an extremely expensive option, this is not always the case.

Depending on the personal preferences and choices of the individual entering rehab, the costs can differ significantly.

The difference between costs is heavily dependent on the living accommodation arrangements. 

If the individual would like a private room, a 10-day detox programme can cost between £3,000 to £6,000. A recommended stay of 28-days can cost upwards of £8,000. 

However, if an individual opts to stay in a centre in a multi-occupancy room, they can expect to pay around £2,000 to £4,000 for a 10-day detox programme.

For the recommended 28-day stay, can cost around £6,000. 

Individuals should consider these differences carefully before considering the type of rehab that may be most suitable for them. 

Please bear in mind that these costs are a rough guide and are based on current rehabilitation centres at the time of writing. 

Comparing council-funded rehab to private residential rehab

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In general, when beginning to consider rehabilitation, there are two options.

The first is council-funded treatment.

This is the more common of the two options, as it is the first place people think to seek help when faced with a medical or mental health problem.

This has its advantages, as these places are often very local to people and accessing them is often very convenient. 

However, this can come with several drawbacks due to lengthy waiting lists, not speaking to specialists without referrals, and working through the process. 

Therefore, it may be beneficial to consider private rehab. Although this type of care comes with a cost, the benefits are far more numerous.

Care can be accessed instantly in some cases, meaning that people can get the help they need when they need it. 

Additionally, the treatment programmes are far more likely to be specialised for each individual. 

Private residential rehab has a higher success rate compared to council-funded treatment, though both of these options should be carefully considered when beginning to think about entering rehabilitation. 

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How to tell if someone has an addiction and assess its severity – the DSM-5

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Often, it is difficult to assess someone’s addiction and/or the problems that may be associated with this. This is also true for assessing addiction within oneself.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was created to help categorise and identify different behaviours which may indicate different disorders. 

In the case of addiction, there are four categories of behaviour, each with several more defined behaviours.

If an individual displays six or more of these symptoms, they are considered to have a severe substance use disorder – also known as an addiction. 

These categories are further defined below:

Impaired control

  • Using more substance than planned
  • Wanting to cut down but not being able to (failed past attempts)

Social problems

  • Neglecting responsibilities 
  • Stopping past activities that the individual used to enjoy
  • Inability to complete tasks at home/school/work

Risky use

  • Use in risky environments
  • Continued use despite consequences 

Physical dependence 

  • Increase intolerance 
  • Withdrawal symptoms experienced 

The more of these symptoms that are displayed (and the higher the intensity), the further care and intensity of treatment will need to be. 

How long does a stay in private residential rehabilitation last?

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In Aberdeenshire, the length of stay in private rehabilitation depends on the individual themselves.

This will differ across every case in terms of their needs and requirements.

However, there are several set-length treatment programmes. 

The minimum stay is 7 days. This is a set time for detoxification, either in a detox clinic or in a specialised private rehabilitation room.

This stay can be anywhere from 7 to 14 days. Alternatively, the full recommended stay is 28 days.

This gives individuals a chance to rest, recover, and remove themselves from triggers such as the people and places they may have previously associated with. 

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Rehabilitation the effects of alcohol addiction 

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Addiction to alcohol is one of the most common addictions in Aberdeenshire, as well as the rest of the UK. 

When addicted to alcohol, individuals are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms upon attempting to quit. These can be both physical and mental and vary in severity.

Some of the mental effects of alcohol withdrawal include anxiety, paranoia, depression, disorientation, and both audio and visual hallucinations.

Physical effects include tremors of the body, vomiting, fever, headaches, increased sweating, and high blood pressure. 

If left untreated, these effects can become rapidly worse. 

What happens if addiction is left untreated? 

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In the case of untreated alcohol addiction, there are further mental and physical effects that can occur.

These are often more severe than withdrawal effects alone and can cause severe and long-term damage. 

Alcohol addiction has serious effects on vital organs such as the heart, liver, and lungs as well as mental health.

This impairs cognitive functioning and therefore seriously impacts the individuals’ day-to-day life.

In addition, this may begin to affect other areas of the individual’s life such as relationships, career, and finances. 

When is a home detox suitable for alcohol addiction?

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To qualify for an alcohol home detox, a person must be drinking under 30 units of alcohol a day.

This is to ensure that the individual is not more suited to residential care. 

In most cases, the individual would be posted Librium – a drug used to help cope with withdrawal effects.

This would be posted on a daily basis, and this form of treatment can also include one-to-one meetings with a rehabilitation supervisor to help support you throughout this process.

This can be done face-to-face or over the phone.

The following paragraphs describe some of the more common substance addictions, including:

  • What makes them so addictive
  • Some of the long-term health effects
  • And the steps that can be taken for each addiction. 

Addiction and rehabilitation for cocaine


Cocaine is a highly popular drug in the UK, as well as specifically in Aberdeenshire.

Its widespread availability, as well as its strength as a stimulant, make it one of the most common addictions across the UK. 

Long-term usage can lead to depression and paranoia as well as increasing the likelihood of panic attacks. 

When treating cocaine addiction, it is important to focus on the specific aspects of the individual’s life that may be affected.

For example, cocaine is known for inducing ‘psychological crashes’ and so developing a rehabilitation plan that pays particular attention to mental health may be more effective. 

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Addiction and rehabilitation for heroin 

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Heroin is another common drug in the UK, though its usage may be slightly less than the other substances mentioned here.

Deriving from morphine (a powerful painkiller), heroin delivers short term highs that make it one of the most addictive substances available. 

Its long-term effects are far more focused on physical issues such as heart complications and liver disease. 

Any rehabilitation plan should follow the dual diagnosis approach (see in later paragraphs) to focus on both physical and mental problems.

The process of detoxification should also be considered far more carefully dependent on the individual’s history with the substance. 

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Addiction and rehabilitation for cannabis

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Though cannabis is not physically addictive as the other substances are, the need for rehabilitation is still just as strong.

Cannabis affects the central nervous system, meaning that many different aspects are affected when consuming this substance.

The effects experienced can be positive and negative. Some of these effects are listed here:

  • Euphoria 
  • Altered perception 
  • Increased sensitivity 
  • Paranoia 
  • Increased introspection and creativity
  • Libido boost

In all cases of addiction, it is important to consider personal requirements.

Usually, making a rehabilitation plan includes meeting with a professional addiction specialist and working to understand the individual’s triggers and causes of addiction. 

What is the dual diagnosis and why is it important? 

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As mentioned previously, looking for a dual diagnosis approach to rehabilitation is the best option for most different types of addiction.

With a disorder such as addiction, mental health issues are likely to co-occur. This is due to the nature of addiction and how it impacts an individual’s life. 

For example, someone suffering from addiction may also suffer in their career.

This means that their life may become more stressful and lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

This approach focuses on both the mental and physical effects of addiction, allowing the individual to work on several of these different problems to make a more effective recovery. 

During this dual diagnosis approach, common co-occurring mental health issues such as:

All may be identified and treated.

These are some of the most common mental health issues, though there are many others that can co-occur. 

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Preventing relapse in the future – relapse risk prevention planning 

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As part of most rehabilitative programmes, individuals will likely encounter relapse prevention planning and trigger identification. 

This makes up a vital part of rehabilitation, as it prepares the individuals for life outside of rehabilitation and when they are more dependent on their recovery. 

During this process, individuals are taught that relapse prevention is a gradual and slow process.

This means that the individual must be prepared to adapt and change certain behaviours or mindsets to make a more effective recovery.

Honesty with oneself is the biggest factor to aid the efficiency of care.

Generally, individuals are encouraged to write down their plan, as well as any action plans for specific circumstances.

This plan usually includes factors such as:

  • The individual’s past history with substance usage
  • Their triggers
  • Their coping mechanisms
  • And the contact information for any addiction support groups they may be a part of. 

Alternatives to private residential rehabilitation 


Residential rehab is not a viable option for some individuals.

For one reason or another, attending rehabilitation away from home may not be appropriate or effective for some cases of addiction. 

In these cases, there are a few alternatives that can be considered: 

  • Outpatient treatment programmesoutside of dedicated centres and on a part-time basis, this method is far less structured than residential rehab
  • Substance use support groups – groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can provide a great chance to share and learn from experiences
  • SMART RecoverySelf-Management and Recovery Training uses a combination of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and motivational interviewing/tools
  • Home detoxes (such as the alcohol home detox mentioned above) 

Types of treatment we recommend in Aberdeenshire  

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To end the destructive cycle of addiction, it’s essential that you are removed from your daily routines.

One way to achieve this result is to attend a residential or inpatient facility in Aberdeenshire.

During this time, you will break old destructive habits and form new routines that are more conducive to sober living.

Residential treatment begins with a detox programme. During this time, you will be given prescription medications that help combat withdrawal symptoms.

You will also be subject to 24/7 care during this period.

This includes a strong element of medical supervision. A medically assisted detox plan requires around seven days to complete.

However, your overall rehabilitation programme requires around four to eight weeks for maximum results.

When you enter a residential rehab clinic in Aberdeenshire, you will also benefit from an assortment of therapy techniques.

You will enter the 12-step cycle where the overall goal is to maintain complete abstinence for the remainder of your lifetime.

The 12-steps is spiritual in nature. As an alternative to the 12-steps, you will also benefit from a range of non-step therapy approaches.

This includes cognitive behavioural therapy and classical psychotherapy.

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For more help and advice on accessing addiction treatment services in Aberdeenshire, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690. Alternatively, contact us through this website.

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