Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Belfast

If you’ve found yourself in dire straits due to substance use disorders and alcohol use disorders, it’s time to contact our team.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we are renowned for helping people to gain access to drug and alcohol rehab in Belfast, assisting them in overcoming their issues with drinking and drugs once and for all.

Since 2010, we’ve built up a huge database of leading treatment providers in the area, which means we can suggest only the most appropriate clinics to suit your requirements.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Who is rehab suitable for?

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Rehab is the best treatment option for anyone who has problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

It offers the most thorough treatment, covering every aspect of addiction and allowing a person to heal from their trauma while also developing coping strategies for the future.

There are two basic subsets of rehab clinics: outpatient and inpatient.

Inpatient rehab involves the person staying at the clinic for the entire duration of their treatment, from detox to discharge.

Outpatient rehab means that the person would stay at home and travel to the clinic during the daytime.

Outpatient rehab is cheaper than inpatient rehab, as accommodation costs are not a factor. However, outpatient rehab is only suitable for certain people, which is also the case for home-based detox.

Outpatient rehab or home detox would not be suitable for:

  • People who regularly drink 30+ units of alcohol a day
  • Those who have co-occurring mental health issues and/or suicidal thoughts
  • Those who have previously tried and failed to get sober through either home detox or outpatient rehab
  • Anyone who is known to commit acts of violence against family or loved ones when intoxicated
  • People who suffer with Delirium tremens, alcoholic seizures, or Wernicke’s encephalopathy

If one or more of the criteria above apply to you, it is likely that you would identify as high risk, and therefore be unsuitable for outpatient detox.

In this care, inpatient detox would be a better option, due to the safety, security, and structure provided by a clinical environment.

This is one of the reasons that your free telephone consultation with us is a good resource to have.

We can discuss your circumstances at length in your own time, and based on that information, we can advise as to what kind of rehab treatment would be most appropriate for you.

The admissions process in Belfast

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Here at Rehab 4 Addiction, we aim to make it as easy and painless as possible for you to get into a Belfast rehab that is right for you.

Based on the information which you provide us during your consultation, we can suggest an appropriate clinic and have you arrive there within just a couple of days.

Once you get to the clinic, you will be assessed by the welcome team.

The purpose of this assessment is to make sure that you are not a threat to yourself or others, and crucially, to plan out the right treatment plan for your needs.

There are a number of possible different ways in which patients are assessed on arrival, some of which we have listed below.

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ASAM criteria

ASAM stands for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which has been running since 1954. They have their own set of criteria for judging the severity of addiction, which is often used in preliminary assessments at drug & alcohol rehab.

The purpose of the ASAM criteria is to develop a sense of the individual’s personal characteristics and proclivities, as well as how likely they are to stick to their addiction treatment plan.

There are six different ASAM criteria overall, which are as follows:

  • Acute Intoxication and/or Withdrawal Potential – Exploring the individual’s past and current experience of substance abuse and withdrawal
  • Biomedical conditions and complications – Exploring the individual’s medical history and their current physical conditions
  • Emotional, Behavioural, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications – Taking into account the individual’s thoughts, emotional issues, and mental health problems
  • Readiness to change – Gauging how willing the person is to commit to the process of treatment
  • Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential – Assessing an individual’s relationship with drug or alcohol relapse or their continued substance abuse or related problems
  • Recovery/living environment – taking into account the individual’s living situation, and the people and places involved

DSM5 Categories for Substance Abuse Disorder

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental disorders, DSM for short, is the American Psychiatric Association’s comprehensive guide to the diagnosis of mental health issues. DSM-5 simply refers to the fifth edition of the DSM, which has been in use since 2013.

The DSM-5 has its own standard for judging whether a person has developed a drug or alcohol addiction, and if so, how relatively severe that addiction is.

This method consists of 10 different symptoms within four different categories, as listed below.

  • Impaired Control Using more of a given substance than intended, or using more often than intended; wanting to cut down on the substance but not being able to.
  • Social Problemsneglecting responsibilities and/or relationships; giving up on activities that they used to love; not being able to complete tasks at work or school.
  • Risky Useusing drugs or alcohol in risky settings, situations, or circumstances; continuing to use despite knowing that there are problems.
  • Physical DependenceNeeding more of the substance to get the same effect; having noticeable withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance.

Under this DSM-5 model, the person is asked to count how many of these symptoms apply to them, and make a judgement accordingly. For reference, two or three of these symptoms would indicate a mild substance abuse disorder.

Four or five would demonstrate a moderate substance abuse disorder, while six or seven would demonstrate a severe substance abuse disorder – in other words, a drug or alcohol addiction.

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Alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT)

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) have their own test for gauging substance abuse and addictions problems, which is called the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test.

The person is asked to go through a pre-existing list of statements, mark those which apply to them, and count up their score using the scoring system provided.

In the AUDIT model, a score of 0 to 7 indicates that the person is low risk. 8 to 15 would indicate an increased risk, 16 to 19 a higher risk, and 20 or more indicates a possible dependence.

The AUDIT is available to complete through the UK government’s website – just search ‘audit alcohol test’ in your preferred search engine if you would like to complete the test for yourself.

Intervention for addiction

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Sometimes it can take an intervention to get through to someone who is in active addiction, in order for them to accept that they need help.

The kind of intervention that is most often portrayed in media is the traditional approach of the addicted person’s loved ones sitting down in a room with a person and communicating their thoughts to the person one by one.

This is certainly a viable option and is best facilitated with the help of a trained intervention counsellor. We can provide advice on how to go about arranging this.

However, there is another method of intervention known as CRAFT, which takes a different approach to intervention.

CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training. It takes the approach of positive reinforcement with the hope to modify behaviour.

For example, this could involve providing a tangible reward to a person who abstains from drug or alcohol use for a period of time.

We can provide free advice on both of these methods, and how best to arrange an intervention that is in the best interests of all involved.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

How much does rehab cost in Belfast?

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This is one of our most commonly-asked questions, which is completely understandable. The total cost of attending a private drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast will vary, depending on a number of factors.

The kind of treatment that you opt for, as well as the clinic’s own pricing, will determine how much your treatment costs overall.

For example, if you were to attend rehab as an inpatient for a full 28-day course of treatment, you could expect to pay between £8000 and £12000 for a single room to yourself, or around £6000 for a multiple-occupancy room shared with others.

If you were to attend rehab for a 10-day detox, this would cost between £2000 and £6000, depending on whether you opted to stay in a single occupancy room or a multiple occupancy dorm.

A home detox with medication would cut costs further, down to around £1500.

Whatever your budget, we can provide advice on how to make rehab more affordable. Including making sense of any finance options that you might have available to you.

Private Rehab vs. Council founded rehab treatment

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At Rehab 4 Addiction, we only provide referrals to private clinics. We provide this service across the whole of the UK, including here in Belfast.

However, we do understand that not everyone can afford private treatment, and we want to assure you that if this is the case for you, it is still possible to get help with any addiction problems you have.

There are a number of clinics that are accessible through public health services such as the NHS or other nonprofit organisations. If you secure a rehab placement this way, it is likely that you will not have to pay for treatment, or that your cost will be minimal.

However, it should be noted that there are negative and positives for each kind of rehab.

The main advantage of a public-funded clinic, as stated above, is that you will not have to pay for treatment.

However, the drawbacks are that you will likely have to wait on a list for treatment, which could add up to months before starting your rehab. You will also not have the same amount of choice over your treatment as you would if you were to go private.

The main disadvantage of getting private treatment is that it will be a considerable financial investment. However, there are a number of advantages to doing things this way.

First of all, you can begin treatment straight away, which can be a big help for anyone whose addiction is severe.

Through private rehab, you will also have more say over where you get your treatment, and you will have access to an industry-leading standard of care and accommodation at your Rehab 4 Addiction clinic.

Whether you get treatment through us or choose to go through the NHS, we are happy to provide advice on how to find the best rehab available to you.

How long does rehab last?

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Drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast will last for 28 days for most people. This includes detox and all other parts of treatment. For those who do not require detox, there are 10-day treatment options available.

Some people elect to stay at rehab for up to 9 days, although this is usually only for those with the most severe drug or alcohol addiction problems.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Alcohol detox & rehab in Belfast

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are huge social problems up and down the country. It’s not just the individual alcoholic who is affected, either – everyone around them will feel the weight of their destructive addiction.

This can lead to the person losing friends and becoming isolated, on top of the litany of long-term and short-term health problems associated with alcohol abuse.

The good news is that help is out there if you are willing to put the work in and commit to the process of recovery.

When it comes to getting sober, there is a lot of work to be done, but thankfully all of it can be done within the same rehab facility.

At drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast, you will be able to go through detox and withdrawal safely, with the assistance and guidance of specialist medical professionals.

The team will be able to administer appropriate medication to help you through the worst of it and to reduce the chance of you suffering seizures or other health complications.

This will usually be with a drug called Librium.

Once you have gone through the detox stage, which should take between 7 and 10 days, you can then begin your intensive therapy and treatment plan.

Through a combination of different therapeutic approaches, you will get to the bottom of why you were compelled to drink in the first place and begin to work through those issues in a healthy and constructive way.

Alcohol recovery is a lifelong mission, so as you reach the end of your rehab stay, it is important that you focus on what lies ahead once you leave.

This is where your relapse prevention plan comes in – we go into much more detail about this in its own section below.

The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

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Withdrawing from long-term alcohol abuse is always challenging, and can be extremely dangerous if it is not managed properly.

Going cold turkey always presents the possibility of seizures, and the longer you have been inactive addiction, the more likely this is to happen.

This is why it is always preferential to go through alcohol detox at rehab, where you can have proper medical supervision and medication.

This usually comes in the form of Librium, which is a sedative often used to assist a person’s alcohol withdrawal in a safe manner.

The only time it is appropriate to go through detox alone is if you are able to arrange a home detox with medication and proper guidance.

However, this is only appropriate for people with a less severe pattern of alcohol abuse. We go into more detail about this in the section below.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Alcohol home detox in Belfast

For certain people, it may be possible to arrange for a home alcohol detox.

This means that we would send out appropriate medication to you in the post, along with instructions, and you can complete your alcohol detox by yourself at home.

Some people like the idea of this, as it gives them the option of staying in the comfortable environment of home, and also is much cheaper than going to rehab.

However, there are downsides to this approach, and it will only be available to people with a less severe addiction.

To be specific, you would need to be consuming fewer than 30 units of alcohol per day, as well as having a stable home environment with minimal distractions.

For example, if you have an abusive or toxic partner living with you, it would not be recommended that you go through a home detox or seek treatment as a rehab outpatient.

We can discuss this as part of your initial telephone consultation. There are a number of different factors that go into deciding the right path of treatment, and it is best to discuss this in detail.

Rehab for Cocaine in Belfast

Cocaine use and possession are still illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the drug from becoming one of the most consumed drugs in the UK.

Cocaine is a big part of the club scene in every major city, and Belfast is no exception. If you have developed a cocaine problem, the best thing to do is seek treatment at drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast.

Cocaine rehab does not just focus on getting you clean and sober – the aim is to address the underlying issues that led to you developing a cocaine problem, to begin with.

This could involve a combination of different traumas, behavioural problems, and other factors. At rehab, all these issues can be dealt with through a combination of treatments.

Getting help with cocaine at a rehab does not require you to go through a detox.

There is no such thing as a ‘cocaine detox’ per se, and withdrawing from cocaine does not require any kind of special medication, as it does with alcohol or heroin.

Nevertheless, it is best to go through withdrawal at a rehab clinic, where your psychological wellbeing can be monitored and managed as you withdraw.

After you have been through treatment, one of your last tasks will be putting together a relapse prevention plan to help you to manage any cravings you have in future.

In total, cocaine rehab in Belfast should take no more than 28 days to complete, and from there on out you can look forward to a clean and healthy future without the misery of cocaine abuse.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Rehab for Heroin in Belfast

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Heroin abuse and addiction is an epidemic in the UK, and the results can be seen on the streets of nearly every town and city in the country.

As well as being an incredibly potent and dangerous drug, the destructive lifestyle associated with heroin abuse has its own raft of problems, resulting in an increase in crime, deprivation, and other social problems.

Withdrawal symptoms from heroin can be absolutely horrible, and if a person wants to get clean, they need to go through detox and have their withdrawal managed properly.

The best way to do this is at rehab, where you can go through detox in as safe a manner as possible, with support and supervision from medical professionals.

Heroin detox at rehab will usually involve the use of a medication called Subutex, before eventually moving on to methadone as a substitute for heroin.

This allows the body to get used to life without heroin, and eventually, the person can come off methadone as well. This usually takes about a year.

Aside from detox, rehab also provides the opportunity to get help with any underlying issues that have been bubbling under the surface during active addiction.

Being able to properly deal with these issues in a safe environment will mean that the chances of you relapsing in future are much lesser.

We know how incredibly challenging life in active addiction can be, but with the right treatment and support, there is always a way out through drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast.

Rehab for Cannabis in Belfast

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Cannabis is used all over the country, and among many social groups, its use is completely destigmatised.

For one reason or another, there are a number of helpful myths about cannabis use, with some people saying that it is not harmful, or even good for you.

This is simply not the case, and just like any other substance, cannabis has the potential to cause addiction and cause problems.

While it is true that no one has ever overdosed from cannabis, and it is basically impossible to do so, that does not mean that cannabis is harmless.

Long-term cannabis abuse can contribute to a host of different mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders, and even schizophrenia.

The effects of cannabis can also cause some people to become very socially withdrawn, apathetic, and lethargic. This can easily lead to social isolation, which is always negative in terms of dealing with any mental health challenges.

Cannabis addiction can be treated at rehab, just as with any other drug. Detox is not necessary, but rehab will give you the chance to address any mental health issues you have in a healthy, constructive way, with the help of professionals.

After a number of weeks at the clinic, you will be able to leave with a firm plan for a sober new future without cannabis abuse.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Types of therapies on offer in Belfast

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It is likely that your therapy and treatment plan will use a number of different techniques and therapies to help you address your problems in terms of addiction.

After all, addiction is very complex, and everyone who goes through it has a different experience.

Below are some of the different types of therapy that you can expect to comprise part of your therapy plan at drug & alcohol rehab in Belfast:

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a well-established therapy technique that helps people to lessen symptoms of various mental health conditions by challenging their thoughts, as well as their emotional responses to them.

As well as addiction, cognitive behavioural therapy is used to treat a lot of other different conditions, including depression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviours such as gambling.

Dialectical behavioural therapy

Dialectal behavioural therapy (DBT) is based around the same principles as cognitive behavioural therapy but is particularly useful in terms of treating personality disorders.

These conditions, such as borderline personality disorder, can very often be a comorbidity of drug or alcohol addiction, and DBT is often used within the context of addiction treatment.

Brief interventions

Brief intervention is a term that describes a range of different short-term interventions in a person’s addiction.

This could be something like pointing them to a clinic, providing them with a phone number for a helpline, or helping them to draw out a short-term plan for their near future.

It is used in the context of addiction, as well as other problematic behaviours such as gambling or overeating.

Motivational interviewing

When a person had battled addiction for a long time, it may cause them to become apathetic, jaded, and without motivation for the future.

This can even happen when the person is in recovery – there can be a sense of feeling ‘burned out’ by everything they have been through.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counselling technique that aims to remedy this by encouraging the person to find their own forms of motivation for the future and to help them harness that motivation and put a plan of action into place.

Holistic therapies

In the context of rehab, holistic therapy is a term used to describe a range of different activities that may be helpful in terms of a person’s wellbeing.

This might include things like art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy, yoga, mindfulness meditation, and gardening.

Activities like these can give the person a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness, as well as something positive to focus on as they are going through the process of rehab, which can sometimes be challenging.

Holistic therapies may also lead to the person developing a new passion or skill which may help them in their ongoing recovery once they leave the clinic.

Group therapy

Group therapy is usually a big part of the rehab experience. This is because it provides a great sense of community, as well as the therapeutic value of having a group of sympathetic people to share with.

You may also find that you gain a lot of knowledge and insight from listening to the stories and perspectives of other people in the group.

Individual therapy

Group therapy is a valuable part of rehab, but there are some things that are best discussed with a therapist on an individual basis. This is what one-to-one therapy is for.

Your rehab schedule will be comprised of several different types of individual therapy. This might include psychotherapy, counselling, CBT, DBT, hypnotherapy, and others.

Family therapy

As well as causing a lot of damage to themselves, a person in active addiction can cause a great deal of damage to everyone around them.

It is often families that bear the brunt of this, with those closest to the person experiencing a great deal of damage along with them.

It may be possible at your rehab clinic to engage in some family therapy sessions, with your loved ones joining the session in person or over a video call.

Sessions like this can be very restorative in terms of a person’s relationships.

We understand and acknowledge that a lot of people have very difficult relationships with their families and that they may not want to speak to them at all.

This is perfectly valid, and you should know that these sessions would only happen if you consented to it, and it is judged to be appropriate in terms of your overall therapy and treatment plan.

Co-dependency treatment

Living in active addiction is hard for anyone, and the stress of addiction can often cause people to develop unhealthy relationships as a coping mechanism.

This might mean developing a co-dependent relationship with someone else in addiction, whether romantic or otherwise.

At rehab, you will be able to discuss and explore your relationships with a mental health professional.

Having their perspective, as well as having the benefit of distance from the person in question, can give you a much better idea as to which of your relationships are healthy, and which are potentially destructive.

Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

For those who adhere to the 12-step programmes as set out by Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, this can be incorporated into your treatment plan at rehab.

We can offer advice as to which clinics accommodate the 12-step programme as a part of their day-to-day operations.

Dual diagnosis

Generally speaking, drug and alcohol addiction is not something that exists in a vacuum – there are almost always other mental health issues at play.

A lot of the time, these mental health problems can end up making the addiction much less manageable.

This is why it is so valuable to have access to a team of top mental health professionals at rehab.

They will be able to diagnose any such issues and help you to address them in a healthy way. In the context of drug and alcohol rehab, this is often referred to as ‘dual diagnosis‘.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Relapse prevention planning at rehab

One of the last parts of rehab will be putting a plan together for when you leave the clinic.

This will help you to manage your cravings and deal with stressful or difficult experiences and circumstances, without falling back into a pattern of substance abuse.

This might involve reassessing who you associate with socially, as well as keeping your distance from certain environments that could be triggering, such as bars or clubs.

Your relapse prevention plan will make use of everything you have learned while at rehab, and take your own personal triggers and sensitivities into account.

The alternatives to going to rehab

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If you cannot afford to go to rehab right now, or you would just prefer to go a different way, there are still a number of ways to get help with drug or alcohol addiction.

Below, we have listed a number of options that are either free or much cheaper than a course of private rehab.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an organisation that has been helping people face alcohol addiction for nearly a century now. It utilises a heavily spiritual approach towards dealing with addiction, with attendees encouraged to give themselves over to a ‘higher power’ as part of their recovery.

In the AA model, recovery is centred around the 12-step programme, which is also the case with sister organisations such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Not everyone will get along with this approach, but millions of people around the world find it very helpful.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is an organisation that has been providing free treatments and other resources for fighting addiction since they formed in 1994.

They offer a more evidence-based, scientific approach than AA – for example, they do not require attendees to invoke a ‘higher power’. Instead, they focus on clinically-based techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy.

In simple terms, the SMART Recovery philosophy is that they treat addiction as a behavioural problem to be managed, rather than a spiritual disease of some kind.

If you would like to find out more about the SMART services available in your area, please search ‘SMART Recovery Belfast’ in your preferred search engine.

Home detox

Home detox is a much more affordable way of getting sober than going to rehab for a full 28-day course.

However, it does not provide access to any other kind of therapy or treatment, which will mean that your chances of relapse are generally higher than they would be had you gone to rehab.

Home alcohol detox is available to people who have a less severe alcohol intake – specifically, fewer than 30 units per day on average. There are other restrictions in place as well.

We can discuss during your telephone consultation whether home detox might be a viable option for you.

Al-Anon Family Group meetings

Although it has a similar name, Al-Anon is a separate organisation from Alcoholics Anonymous. Its purpose is to provide support for the relatives and loved ones of people in addiction.

It can be helpful to discuss and share these problems with others who understand, without having to worry about offending the person in addiction or jeopardising their recovery.

Outpatient treatment via your local Drug & Alcohol team in Belfast

If you go to your local GP and explain that you are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction problems, they will be able to provide you with a number of resources for dealing with those issues.

This might be local meetings, classes, or other free-to-attend events centred around addiction.

It may also be possible for you to be under the care of your local drug and alcohol outreach team, usually operated by the NHS. This can be a very helpful resource to have access to.

Book an appointment with your GP today and ask them about what is available in your area.

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

No waiting lists


The Government’s refusal to invest in services designed to tackle substance misuse means that seeking help on the NHS may result in a lengthy wait for treatment, in which time your addiction could become much worse.

If you don’t want to linger on waiting lists for many months, it’s time to get in touch.

We work with private rehab clinics in Belfast, many of which offer immediate access to treatment.

What’s more, because these top clinics have top of the range facilities and luxurious surroundings, you can expect to enjoy a comfortable stay whilst you recover from your addiction.

You’ll also benefit from round the clock care and support from a team of highly experienced medical professionals.

Contact us today

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can help you gain immediate access to drug and alcohol rehab in Belfast.

Call us on 0800 140 4690 and one of our trained counsellors will be on hand to discuss your requirements with you.

Alternatively, message us through the website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. A brighter future is just around the corner, so why not take the first step to recovery today?

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