Rehab 4 Addiction

Residential & outpatient options in Bristol

We offer a variety of addiction treatments for alcohol, cannabis, heroin, cocaine and prescription medications in Bristol.

We may recommend a range of CQC-registered rehab and alternative treatments, ranging from a 7-day detox, a fully 28-day rehab programme, and home detox options in Bristol.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, our helpline staff are here to guide you through this process of seeking alcohol rehab bristol.

Below, we outline treatments available in Bristol. Treatments may include residential rehab, inpatient detox, home detox or outpatient therapy. 

What is drug addiction and alcohol rehab?

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Addiction rehab in Bristol helps people recover from substance abuse disorders.

When you become addicted to drugs or alcohol, your body becomes dependent. This means it is not able to function normally without substances.

When you stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol, your body goes into withdrawal.

It has become reliant on these substances, and it takes time to get used to sobriety.

Going to rehab gives you the best chance of a good recovery.

It is not easy quitting drugs or alcohol, especially after a long period of drug abuse.

In our rehabs, you will be looked after. Our medical staff will take care of you. They will help you through this difficult stage.

There are many centres providing drug and alcohol rehab in Bristol. Here are some key points to note about our centres:

  • They provide treatment and recovery for a variety of substance addictions. That includes everything from heroin to cannabis to methamphetamine. They also treat drug addiction, alcohol addiction and prescription drugs.
  • These rehab centres offer a variety of treatment options. You can opt for outpatient or inpatient treatment. There are also short-term and long-term programmes.
  • Each of the drug and alcohol rehabs in Bristol has its own treatment programme. This includes a variety of drug addiction and alcohol  therapies. Examples range from family therapy to group therapy, to support groups.
  • The treatment programmes in our Bristol rehabs have all been approved by the Care Quality Commission.

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Is going to alcohol rehab Bristol the right decision for me?

Not everyone who is seeking to access treatment for substance misuse will necessarily need to have treatment as an inpatient at a rehab service.

Many people will be able to complete detox at home and gain access to psychosocial interventions in the community without needing to spend several weeks at a treatment centre.

However, there are some people who medical practitioners would strongly recommend consider receiving treatment as an inpatient in rehab, these include:

  • Any person who has been consuming excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol for several months and has been unable to fulfil any work and family commitments because of this. They may be diagnosed as having a severe SUD and therefore in need of a comprehensive assessment and monitoring
  • Those who are experiencing poor mental health and feeling vulnerable as well as using substances and who have been having suicidal thoughts
  • Someone who has attempted to give up drugs or alcohol before but has failed to achieve abstinence for any significant period of time. They may have had treatment before but not managed to sustain their recovery; they may also have been through detox treatment as an outpatient in Brisol. People who fall into this category may benefit from closer monitoring and support and have all the temptations of their domestic and social environment removed
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with another mental health condition on top of their SUD should consider opting for treatment in an inpatient setting. Dual diagnosis patients do require regular, specialist care which they will only receive if they attend a rehab clinic for several weeks
  • There are people who become violent and aggressive when under the influence of alcohol and drugs, if this means that they become physically violent towards family members or friends then their substance misuse has become a huge cause for concern. It is therefore likely that they need specialist treatment for physical dependence and poor psychological functioning and an inpatient setting would be the best option to receive this

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How does the initial assessment process work in Bristol?

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When being admitted for treatment in the Bristol area, our experienced substance misuse practitioners will carry out an assessment of your needs and design a treatment plan for you.

This assessment will focus on 6 dimensions which seek to gather information on the biological, social and psychological areas of your substance misuse.

These 6 dimensions were developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) who provide expert guidance to all medical and psychological practitioners working in the field of substance misuse [7]

The 6 dimensions seek to investigate:

  1. Current drinking patterns and level of intoxication
  2. The presence of any medical conditions that need to be considered when developing a treatment plan.
  3. The current state of a person’s mental and emotional health, and whether this may negatively impact treatment
  4. Whether a person is ready and motivated to change their behaviour
  5. Vulnerability to relapse in high-risk situations
  6. Aspects of their social and living environment, including any legal or financial concerns that may distract people from making progress. [7]

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How an interventionist can help a loved one in denial

Family members and friends can play a key role in persuading their relative or close friend who is struggling with substance misuse to consider engaging with rehab treatment services in Bristol.

There are several interventions that substance misuse specialists can utilise which involve family members.

An intervention is a carefully constructed course of action designed to reduce harmful behaviour, which in this case involves the potential physical harm done by excessive consumption of psychoactive drugs.

An example of such an intervention is the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach (CRAFT), which is based on the assumption that family and friends of substance misusers are well placed to influence them towards reducing their drug-taking behaviour.

They spend a lot of time with their fellow family member and because of this, they can use the concepts of rewards and punishment to try and shape their behaviour for the better. [8]

For example, if the substance user went through a period of heavy drinking the family could react by refusing to spend time with them or withdraw from any planned recreational activity.

It is hoped this behaviour from the family would lead to the person seriously considering their behaviour and as a result, become motivated to change because of the negative consequences of their behaviour around family members.

All family members would be trained by CRAFT practitioners in the necessary communication and behaviour skills required to carry out this intervention.

The idea is to communicate in an open and honest way without attaching any blame, or expressing any anger or disappointment. [8]

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How much does rehab cost in Bristol?

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It is more than likely that the cost of rehab will be different for each person as it is dependent on their treatment needs, budget, the location they choose to have their treatment and how long for,

If a person is in alcohol rehab Bristol for one month, which is the usual duration for treatment and decides to have a room on their own then this will cost approximately £8,000 – £12,000.

However, if they would like to reduce the cost then they could choose to share a room with other inpatients and this would set them back around £6,000.

There is also the possibility of having a home detox which would also reduce the overall cost, this depends on them being assessed as being low risk for severe symptoms for alcohol withdrawal.

Home detox treatment costs around £1,500 at your Bristol home.

Being an outpatient, however, means that any support that you require may be slower getting to you as you are further away from the support than you would be if you were based in the treatment centre.

You would also be vulnerable to certain temptations in your immediate social environment that may trigger a relapse.

This could be controlled and managed much easier if you are an inpatient.

However, many people successfully complete a home detox programme.

If you would like a detailed breakdown of the cost of your treatment, please call Rehab 4 Addiction today on our helpline number.

Rehab clinics in Bristol and the surround areas include:

  • Backwell BS48
  • Bedminster BS3
  • Clevedon BS21
  • Cotham BS6
  • Easton BS5
  • Hengrove BS14
  • Kingswood BS15
  • Lawrence Hill BS11
  • Montpelier BS6
  • Portishead BS20
  • Redcliffe BS1
  • Redland BS6
  • Southville BS3
  • Totterdown BS4
  • Upper Easton BS5

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Private Rehab vs. Council funded rehab treatment in Bristol

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People wishing to engage with treatment for substance misuse on an inpatient basis have the option of choosing between private and council-funded rehab, both of which have their own advantages and drawbacks

1. Private rehab

One positive aspect of funding your own treatment in a private rehab clinic is the speed and ease in which you will gain access to treatment.

Once you have decided that you are going to engage with the treatment you can expect to be admitted to the treatment programme within a matter of days of making payment.

Self-funded patients also have more options to choose from in terms of the location they choose to have treatment, whether they have a private room and how long they will stay.

They are also more likely be able to gain access to all of the recommended interventions that have been suggested on their treatment plan.

They will be able to choose a more prestigious location with more therapeutic interventions they can take part in.

Some treatment centres have a wider range of options available, particularly in terms of holistic therapies and recreational activities.

This of course is dependent on the financial budget people set for themselves for treatment, patients with a bigger budget will be able to access treatment at a centre that has a higher staff to patient ratio.

The range of treatment options open to anyone depends on the money available and how they choose to spend the money they have.

Each person needs to think carefully about their treatment needs and personal needs, these have to be balanced to ensure people spend most on their money on effective treatment, which may mean certain options like having a room to yourself would have to be sacrificed.

However, it is worth mentioning that money doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome, that is down to the motivation, determination and perseverance of each individual as they work hard on themselves and fully engage with treatment.

2. Council / NHS funded Rehab in Bristol and Avon

There are opportunities for people seeking treatment for substance misuse to apply for funding for rehab through local council / NHS avenues.

There are drawbacks however to this option as the funding can take a long time to be approved, so people may be waiting months if not for over a year to access treatment

The application process in itself can be very time consuming and applicants will need to show perseverance, motivation and determination to put their funding application together.

There is likely to be a long waiting list as there are a limited number of funding places available in certain areas.

However, if you are willing to travel a long distance to receive your treatment rather than stay close to your family this can reduce your waiting time.

Your funding may not be able to cover all the recommended treatment options that are beneficial for your recovery, you will not have access to as many of the interventions and facilities as private clients with a greater budget.

However, the funding obtained should enable people to gain access to effective treatments such as detox and a range of psychological therapies.

The more holistic and recreational aspects of a treatment plan may not be covered by this form of funding.

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Criteria for Substance Use Disorder in DSM-5

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The DSM is a reference tool used to diagnose a range of mental health conditions and illnesses.

The diagnostic process is based on the notion that for a specific condition to be diagnosed a person must display behaviour that matches a certain number of criteria for that disorder.

In terms of Substance Misuse Disorders (SUD), there are 11 criteria, that a person’s behaviour is compared against which assess:

  • Their current level of consumption of the substance
  • Whether they have tried to stop but been unsuccessful
  • How much of their time is spent seeking to obtain a substance and recover from it
  • The level of cravings and desires to use their chosen substance
  • Whether they neglect work and family commitments and activities to consume substances
  • If they continue to use the substances despite the obvious harm it is doing to many aspects of their life
  • Whether they stop social activities because of misuse
  • If they continue to consume the substance despite the potentially harmful consequences involved and the likelihood it may be making their physical and psychological health worse
  • If they have built up a tolerance to the substance and withdrawal symptoms are apparent

A person can be diagnosed as having a mild, moderate or severe SUD if their behaviour over a 12-month period matches a certain number of the set criteria.

Meeting 2 / 3 of the criteria would lead to a diagnosis of a mild SUD, 4 / 5 would lead to a diagnosis of a moderate SUD, and for 6 and over a severe SUD would be diagnosed. [3a]

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How long does rehab last?

This varies from person to person, although the majority of people tend to stay in rehab for 28 days.

However, if you are just there for an alcohol detox without following any programme featuring psychosocial interventions then you will probably only be there for a week to 10 days.

A person receiving detox from an opioid drug may need to spend up to three weeks in rehab due to the more complex nature of opioid withdrawal.

It is recommended to allow a period of 3 to 4 weeks to ensure you receive maximum benefit from all the psychological therapies that will aid your recovery.

So, if someone has been through a detox treatment for an opioid drug and then engages in psychological therapies, they may well be in treatment for 6 weeks.

Tips for effective drug addiction and alcohol addiction treatment in Bristol rehab

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Here are some tips that will help you get the best treatment for your needs.

  • Confirm that the centre you are enrolling in focuses on your particular drug addiction and alcohol addiction. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we know the ins and outs of all the rehab centres in the Bristol area. We will make sure you get the right rehab for your specific substance abuse problem.
  • Be open to finding out more about yourself. Addiction is often related to an underlying mental condition. You may have mental health problems you didn’t know about before treatment. Keep an open mind, and you may learn something useful.
  • Stay flexible. Be open to adjusting your treatment programme when needed. This will allow you to optimise your addiction treatment for the desired outcome.
  • Stick to evidence-based therapy and avoid any new programmes that don’t have reliable results yet. It’s not wise to take a gamble with your addiction treatment as there is a lot to lose. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we don’t take any risks with our drug and alcohol treatment. We’ll make sure you get safe and reliable therapy for your specific needs.

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Types of counselling/therapy you can receive in our Bristol rehabs

Once withdrawal symptoms cease, patients undergo counselling and therapy.

Bristol alcohol rehab centres offer these sessions in either group or individual settings.

Counselling and therapy sessions are run by qualified counsellors.

These counsellors have been helping people through rehab for years.

They will help you to understand the root causes of your substance abuse problems. They will teach you to spot and challenge thoughts that lead to relapse.

Patients also take part in holistic therapies such as Reiki, meditation, and aromatherapy.

These therapies provide a different experience to talking therapies such as CBT. They work best in concert with these talking therapies.

We discuss these therapies below:

1. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT targets a person’s thought patterns and helps them understand how these have negatively impacted their behaviour.

Anyone who has low self-esteem or is susceptible to self-blame can benefit from CBT.

Substance misusers may well have developed inaccurate and irrational beliefs about the way others perceive them, how they perceive themselves and how they interpret events that happen to them.

CBT primarily provides people with cognitive strategies to help them deal more effectively with the challenging situations that they encounter so that they can reduce their anxiety levels and avoid needing to consume substances to cope when faced with adversity. [1a]

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2. Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)

DBT helps people deal with the strong feelings that are present in themselves and helps them understand where they originate from and how to manage these feelings more productively.

As many substance misusers find it difficult to manage their feelings and hence turn to substances, DBT can be a very effective intervention to help people move forward.

A key part of the therapist’s work involves helping people reconcile two concepts that appear to be incompatible with each other, these are, being able to accept yourself for who you are and being comfortable with that, and then developing the courage and determination to elicit positive changes in your own behaviour. [2]

3. Brief interventions

Not everyone with a substance misuse problem is diagnosed with a severe SUD, however, in some cases their levels of substance use could become problematic if it carries on for too long into the future.

Even though their health is not a cause for concern at the moment, many would benefit from brief interventions which could encourage them to reflect on their current behaviour and discuss the various options that may be open to them if they wish to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Therapists delivering brief interventions adopt a supportive, empathic approach rather than an aggressive one.

The aim is to work WITH the client and help them understand the consequences of their current substance use and to explore options that may lead them to change. [2,4]

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4. Motivational Interviewing (MI)

MI is a counselling approach with the primary aim of helping people find the motivation to change their behaviour and significantly reduce, if not eliminate substances from their life.

MI is an approach used to combat any resistance to change on the part of the client and by showing empathy and understanding the therapist will work with the patient to try and identify reasons that can provide the motivation to change their behaviour. [9]

An example of a motivating factor could be helping the client see how important their job or career is to them and how upsetting it might be for them if they were unable to continue working in that area.

The MI approach works well in tandem with the Stages of Change Model and the therapist can adjust their approach depending on which one of the stages the client is in, and in doing so facilitate their progression to the next stage [9]

5. Equine Therapy

Equine therapy involves working with a therapist and a horse, with the therapist guiding interactions between the patient and the animal.

Through this form of therapy, people are able to get an idea of their own behaviour when interacting with others as the horse provides them with valuable feedback on their communication style through its superior ability to read human behaviour and body language.

Equine therapy has been known to improve people’s social and communication skills, self-esteem, and allow them to be more assured when setting boundaries and also help them eradicate any aggressive tendencies. It is possible to benefit from this sort of therapy at a drug rehab and alcohol rehab in Bristol. [13]

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6. Art Therapy

Diverse people in a support groupThis is a form of holistic therapy.  Many people in recovery from substance misuse struggle at times to find the right words to convey how they are feeling.

Engaging in art therapy exercises provides people with a different pathway to getting in touch with unexpressed emotions and help them overcome adverse life experiences. [17]

Art therapy has the distinct advantage in that it works well in helping people tackle issues that are synonymous with the main principles of the AA 12 step programme in Bristol, these include the concept of powerlessness and connecting to a power greater than oneself.

Through art-based activities, people can gain an element of control, which may have been absent for a long period of time due to the chaotic nature of their substance misuse.

Denial and shame are two issues that people can also work through by utilising their creative abilities. [17]

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7. Music Therapy

Music has been said to enable us to connect to our innermost, emotional and spiritual selves and because of this, it has immense therapeutic value.

It also enables us to feel more human and has a strong social element that facilitates our ability to connect with each other.

Music has a strong tradition in its use as a vehicle for healing going back centuries and it has developed into a well-respected therapy that has a role in treating people in recovery from substance misuse. [1b]

The key aim in music therapy at a Bristol drug rehab is the application of music or sounds to help a person express negative emotions.

This is achieved through the development of a supportive relationship between the therapist and client which results in the latter obtaining an improvement in their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. [1b]

8. Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy has started to gain popularity recently as a therapeutic option to help people build their confidence levels, learn new skills and develop positive relationships with others.

Being surrounded by nature has been seen to have huge therapeutic value and so adventure therapy utilises this by arranging activities for people to tackle in inspiring and picturesque settings, such as forests other green areas.

Being in a new and more exhilarating environment should help to boost people’s energy levels and alter their negative mindset. [2a]

The therapy may focus on team challenges and also offer exposure to activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and map reading.

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9. Group therapy

Group therapy forms a key component of any addiction treatment programme in Bristol and many of its principles are based on the important AA value of fellowship and supporting each other.

Many people in treatment for substance misuse have had disruptions in their family life and relationships through no fault of their own.

The group can become the family some people never had and fulfil the attachment needs that have eluded them up to now.

Group therapy helps people re-connect with others in a positive way and promotes feelings of empathy, positive regard and a genuine concern for others which will help people have more fulfilling relationships in the future.

Engaging in group therapy improves people’s communication skills and self-esteem and helps them feel connected to others

10. Individual therapy

Individual therapy is a feature of most people’s treatment plan and helps clients understand how their substance misuse behaviour developed.

Therapy can help clients understand how their relationships with others, childhood and adolescent experiences and trauma and negative life experiences all potentially played a role in their substance use.

A qualified therapist at Bristol clinic will help you make sense of your life experiences and help you develop the psychological resilience to move forward.

Your comprehensive assessment will help determine the most suitable type of therapy for you, based on your life experiences.

The types of therapy people usually receive are from the Psychodynamic, Person-centred, Gestalt or Transactional Analysis schools, although trauma-based therapy is a common therapeutic intervention recommended for a significant number of substance misusers.

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11. Family therapy

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Family therapy at Bristol treatment clinics is based on a systemic approach that views the family as a system and if someone in that system has become psychologically unwell then the way the family functions and interacts with each other may in some ways have contributed to that.

A skilled therapist will help the family improve their ability to communicate more positively and therefore operate in a less dysfunctional manner. [19]

Family therapy engages many, if not all members of a family together where they can explore the unhealthy dynamics and communication patterns that may go back several years to see if they offer any clues to explain the substance misuse behaviour of one or more of its members. [19]

Families can explore patterns of behaviour such as what behaviour is approved or disapproved of, whether emotions are expressed or not, and what unconscious messages were transmitted within the communications styles of all the members of the family.

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12. Co-dependency treatment

People in Bristol who are co-dependent tend to have difficulty looking after their own needs but tend to over-focus on the needs of other people to such a degree that it can become controlling and manipulative.

There is a high prevalence of co-dependency in substance misusers and their families and it is a complex behaviour to try and untangle.

Co-dependency is thought to have its roots in early childhood trauma which leads to negative emotions and unmet needs, but through therapy, people can begin to slowly overcome the main traits of co-dependency.

This includes poor boundary setting, low self-esteem, not knowing their own needs, a lack of understanding about their own reality and interacting with and responding to others at an extreme rather than a moderate level. [1, 7a]

13. Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy

The 12-step programme is based on one of the main principles of AA and consists of a series of psychological and reflective challenges for people to work on, with the ultimate aim of helping people in Bristol put their old life behind them and build a new one.

The steps are designed to enable people to acknowledge what has happened to them, and how they became powerless which led to their lives becoming unmanageable.

The challenge of the 12 steps involves people reflecting on, and making a list of many aspects of themselves, their behaviour and various shortcomings and character defects.

Once this process has begun, they can then work on making amends to everyone they have hurt and improve aspects of their character that they deem to be undesirable. [16]

The programme will also require them to support and connect with other people who have been through similar experiences and take up spiritual practices such as meditation to get in touch with what they perceive to be their higher power. [16]

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Drug rehab and alcohol rehab programmes available in Bristol

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As mentioned earlier, there are many drug and alcohol addiction rehab centres in Bristol. Each of these centres has a specialised treatment programme.

Most of these centres have one form or another of support group programmes.

These include Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. These 12-step programmes require you to attend and participate on a regular basis around Bristol and Avon.

There are no specific guidelines on which programmes you should choose. It is up to you.

Despite this, there are factors that you should take into consideration.

These include:

  • The degree of treatment that you require. If you have been using drugs or alcohol for a long time, you will need more intense drug rehab treatment. If you are in the early stages of addiction, your body will not be as dependent.
  • The cost of the rehab programme. Cost is quite a significant consideration when it comes to choosing a Bristol drug rehab programme.
  • Your treatment goals. What is looking to achieve by the end of your treatment programme? This should be at the heart of your decision.

There are several types of alcohol and drug treatment in Bristol that cater to different needs.

These include:

  • Outpatient Programme: In this case, you will be living at home throughout your addiction treatment period. This is more appropriate for you if you prefer some degree of privacy during your addiction treatment. Each treatment session, in this case, will take a few hours every day until you achieve your addiction recovery
  • Residential Programme: This addiction treatment program will require you to live at the rehab centre for the duration of your recovery. At the rehab centre, you will be provided with individual and group counselling. Here, you can settle for a 30-day regular program or a 90-day long-term programme
  • Individual Therapy: This treatment option entails you having private counselling sessions with an expert substance abuse counsellor who is board-certified. This counsellor will equip you with healthy coping skills that are needed to deal with this problem. Stress is one of the main reasons why people get into substance abuse. Leaning alternative methods to deal with stress can come in handy in avoiding addiction
  • Medical Intervention: As you begin your recovery journey, withdrawal symptoms can be quite challenging to handle and, in some instances, they are life-threatening. It is in such a time that medical intervention is critical in your addiction recovery. This will help you manage the withdrawal symptoms and bring them down to a withstandable level. Therapeutic intervention for addiction treatment always involves detoxification which helps the body get rid of the harmful substances present in it
  • Group Therapy or Support: If you don’t have money to go to a proper drug rehab and alcohol rehab in Bristol, group therapy or support is a good option. These group therapies are not only provided by accredited drug rehab facilities but also churches, volunteer organizations, and community centres. The sessions can be daily or weekly, depending on the group. This type of treatment offers a supportive environment through which recovering addicts can encourage each other by sharing their experiences. Some group therapies in Bristol incorporate both inpatient and outpatient approaches.

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Alcohol detox & drug rehab in Bristol

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A person giving up alcohol after a period of heavy use can experience many adverse withdrawal symptoms such as headaches nausea, fever-like symptoms and heavy sweating.

The heavier users may be at risk of having tremors and seizures, the latter of which can have life-threatening consequences. [10]

The first step for a patient entering treatment for alcohol misuse would be to go through a detox treatment in Bristol which will last between seven to ten days.

This will help the patient slowly decrease the levels of alcohol within their body in a safe manner, avoiding any of the negative consequences that can occur when withdrawing from alcohol

This treatment will be overseen by experienced medical practitioners who will monitor you carefully throughout the process and prescribe specialist medication like Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) which will help you withdraw slowly and safely as it has chemical properties that protect people from the risk of any seizures. [12]

Once the withdrawal symptoms are under control then the patient can begin to work on their programme of psychosocial interventions for several weeks which will include many of the treatments found later on in this page.

These psychosocial therapies will enable people to comprehend the nature of their substance misuse and the factors that led to it.

Gaining an understanding of their own thoughts, feelings, relationships and behaviours will help people think about the changes they need to make in these areas in order to get better.

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The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

It is imperative that any person requiring an alcohol detox consults with medical professionals and does not try this on their own.

Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can have serious consequences as it can result in a person having a life-threatening seizure.

This is because alcohol is a central nervous depressant and withdrawal symptoms tend to have the opposite effect on the body to the usual effect that a drug has. [10]

The brain adapts to regular ingestion of any psychoactive drug, and when this ceases the brain can behave erratically as it is missing the presence of alcohol which is has got used to processing.

Luckily the medical profession has devised safe and effective treatment methods for helping people withdraw from alcohol so consult with your GP / medical practitioner to discuss treatment options in Bristol. [12]

Alcohol home detox in Bristol

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There is an option for a home detox available in the Bristol area and Rehab 4 Addiction can provide you with more information about this.

Anyone interested in receiving a home detox will be required to go through a detailed assessment to ensure that they do not need to be monitored more closely.

This is particularly important for those people who tend to have severe withdrawal symptoms if they regularly consume large amounts of alcohol.

A person’s daily consumption should not exceed 30 units if they wish to register for a home detox.

You will receive Librium in the post which will help you to withdraw safely as it contains properties that drastically reduce the risk of seizures which is a significant risk when giving up alcohol.

You will be monitored daily over the phone to check the treatment is going well by your designated medical team which will be led by a psychiatrist.

Home detox is preferable to self-detox, in which a person tries to withdraw from alcohol on their own without any medical assistance which is a very risky thing to attempt.

It must be emphasised though that home detox patients will not be able to have medical assistance as swiftly as they would if they were based at a treatment centre where the response would be immediate if any problems occurred. [5]

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Rehab for Cocaine in Bristol

Cocaine is a popular recreational drug that stimulates the central nervous system and so provides people who take it with a great deal of energy and makes them more alert.

There are expert treatment options for Cocaine that are accessible in the Bristol area, and they primarily tend to focus on getting the psychological withdrawal symptoms reduced to a manageable level by the use of specific medication. [10]

Once this has been achieved then psychological and social interventions will be used to help people understand the nature of their behaviour and to provide them with the tools to move forward.

A range of the psychosocial interventions available can be seen below,[6a]

Rehab for Heroin in Bristol


Rehab 4 Addiction offers specialist heroin rehab programmes to help people deal with the physical and psychological dependence they have developed towards Heroin in Bristol.

The physical dependence is targeted by using a substitute drug such as Methadone or Buprenorphine in reduced doses over a period of weeks, if not months in order to control the withdrawal symptoms and to reduce the level of Heroin in the body. [6a]

The amount of the substitute drug prescribed is just enough to stave off withdrawal symptoms and nothing more, and as the weeks go by, less of the substitute drug is required in order to prevent uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

The substitute drugs used tend not to have chemical properties that can lead to feelings of euphoria, unlike Heroin.

Once the physical dependence is taken care of patients can begin to receive various psychological therapies which will help them to avoid relapsing in the future and to help manage cravings and to build positive relationships. [10]

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Rehab for Cannabis in Bristol

Cannabis has been used for recreational and therapeutic reasons for thousands of years and has a depressive effect on the nervous system.

Regular cannabis use leads to negative emotional states and short-term memory impairment but is nowhere near as harmful as drugs like Cocaine and Opioids. [6a]

Withdrawal effects from Cannabis tend to be on the minor side and may experience a mild chest infection, however regular users may find it hard to give up if they have been consuming the drug for years.

The rehab for Cannabis recommended by Rehab 4 Addiction would include medication to control the withdrawal symptoms and various therapies to help with the psychological dependence that has developed over the years.

Having therapy will help people understand the reasons for their Cannabis in Bristol use and provide tools to help people learn to function without the need for the drug. [6a]

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The importance of dual diagnosis for co-occurring disorders at rehab in Bristol

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Many people who seek help for their substance misuse may also have a coexisting mental health condition as well.

The term dual diagnosis is used to describe people who fall into this category.

The common mental health conditions that people with a SUD tend to be diagnosed with include Schizophrenia, Depression, various personality disorders, Anxiety and trauma-based conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. [18]

Ideally, anyone with a dual diagnosis should be treated in an inpatient setting where they can receive regular specialist care from practitioners that understand the complications that arise when treating people with addiction and other mental health conditions.

Rehab 4 Addiction has years of experience in a wide range of mental health conditions that occur alongside addiction and can balance the treatment programme to account for the way the two conditions interact with each other.

This is vitally important as a high proportion of people receiving inpatient treatment will have a dual diagnosis and patients with two occurring conditions tend to have poorer health outcomes on the whole than patients with just one diagnosis.

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Relapse prevention planning at rehab

The acquisition of relapse prevention skills is essential for people in rehab, these skills will help them maintain the positive behaviour that they have developed, and prevent the older, more maladaptive behaviours from creeping back into their life

There are two main components involved with relapse prevention strategies, firstly the identification of high-risk situations that may make you vulnerable to taking substances again and secondly, applying newly learned cognitive skills to prevent them from relapsing in these vulnerable situations.

An example of a high-risk situation may be when you are in the company of people with who you have a long history of taking substances or a location or context which is strongly associated with drug or alcohol consumption.

These could be social events such as sporting events or work-based social gatherings.

Working with a therapist will enable people to recognise these situations and then put a plan in place to tackle them. [3]

If a person relapses, however, it’s not the end of the world, many people relapse, what’s important is to learn from the situation and use this knowledge to formulate a plan for the next high-risk situation you encounter.

Anticipating these events is a vital skill to maintain recovery as is knowing how your thought processes operate.

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The importance of aftercare

Once you are done with detox and rehab, the final step is getting into aftercare. Aftercare in addiction treatment in Bristol is just as vital as the programme itself.

Aftercare will help you cope with your new life free of drugs. Moreover, it will help you avoid relapsing.

Here are the top three aftercare options that you can engage in for successful addiction recovery:

  • Individual therapy. In this aftercare option, you will learn how to avoid high-risk relapse situations.
  • 12-step programmes. This aftercare option will give you the support you need to live a drug-free life
  • Group counselling. Here, you will work as a group with an addiction counsellor and learn how to live sober lives.

Once rehab draws to a successful close, patients receive a personalised aftercare plan.

This plan helps patients in their quest to remain clean. It eases the transition into normal life outside the Bristol alcohol rehab clinic.

Patients are typically permitted to return to the rehab centre for an additional twelve months after they leave.

Most Bristol rehabs offer aftercare sessions on a Saturday afternoon or at another convenient time.

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What are the alternatives to going to rehab in Bristol?

Attending rehab is not suitable for everyone and is very much dependent on your individual circumstances, there are other treatment options available in the Bristol area, shown below:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Narcotics Anonymous (N/A)

The Bristol area is home to a large number of support groups such as AA and NA who are there to offer support and understanding for people whose lives have been blighted by substance misuse.

Rehab 4 Addiction will have details of all the relevant support groups in the Bristol and surrounding area who you can turn to receive empathy and respect with no prejudice or judgement whatsoever.

It is more than likely that there will be several meetings available for you to attend during the course of each week, where you can gain insight into your behaviour and receive valuable information on how to make effective progress.

2. Outpatient services in Bristol

There are also opportunities to have treatment on an outpatient basis, this can be achieved by registering with a local community drugs team in the Bristol area or with a GP surgery, who after carrying out an assessment will recommend a personalised treatment plan for you.

You do not need to be an inpatient to have access to treatment now as home detox treatment is now a realistic option and there are many psychosocial interventions that people can attend as an outpatient and still access regularly throughout the week whilst living in their home.

Examples of this could be support group meetings such as AA, group therapy sessions and relapse prevention training.

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3. SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)

SMART Recovery is a national charity that offers valuable advice, strategies and resources to people seeking to recover from excessive use of substances.

SMART Recovery utilises specially trained facilitators who will work through a carefully designed programme with you to equip you with the cognitive and personal skills required to help you move forward.

One of the key aims of SMART recovery is to empower people to make positive personal choices and to reflect on what they want out of life and then provide them with the tools to achieve it.

Many of SMART’s programme includes cognitive behavioural elements and applies this approach to helping people to manage negative thoughts and emotions.

Their programme also focuses on maintaining motivation, dealing with cravings and ensuring they have a healthy balance in their lives.

SMART’s courses are available online and so are easy to access whenever you feel you are ready to contact them.

Drug and alcohol rehab FAQs

Here are the frequently asked questions on drug and alcohol rehab in Bristol:

  • Are addiction recovery and drug abuse rehabilitation centres two different things?: Addiction recovery is a lifelong undertaking of putting your life back together after drug abuse and rehabilitation. On the other hand, drug abuse rehabilitation is the process of helping an addict successfully overcome their addiction. Addiction recovery comes after drug abuse rehabilitation
  • How much does a drug and alcohol rehab program in Bristol cost?: The price varies from one rehab centre to another. If you choose to go with the support group option, it’s free as volunteer organizations run most of them. Typically, a rehab program in Bristol will cost from £1,500 to £30,000 for a month for a residential program. If you chose to do outpatient rehab, the cost might be lower
  • Do you need insurance to enrol in a rehab programme?: You don’t need insurance to enlist for a rehabilitation program in Bristol. Just keep in mind that if you are paying out of pocket, you might have to dig deep

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Getting help today

Now that you have all the info on drug and alcohol rehab in Bristol, we hope you will make the correct decision for your well-being.

Remember that the road to recovery begins with the first step.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a helpline for those affected by addiction in Bristol.

This includes friends and family members.

Click here to contact a counsellor, or call us today on 0800 140 4690.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a variety of drug and alcohol rehabs in South West England, including Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Gloucester, Wiltshire, and Bristol.

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