The Office for National Statistics’ most recent report into drug misuse in England and Wales estimated that 1 in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a drug in the year ending March 2020.
More than 4,561 deaths by drug poisoning were also registered in that same time frame.
Moving on to alcohol, the government also reported that there were 275,896 adults in contact with drug and alcohol services between April 2020 and March 2021.
And that’s not even considering the number of people who haven’t reached out for help.
A professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford will be the best way to recover from addiction.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we have more information on the rehab process, including specific types of treatment, costs and how to know if you have an addiction in the first place.
Unfortunately, addiction treatment only works if the person wants to recover.
If you can’t get through to someone struggling with addiction, an intervention might be your best option.
Interventions give an outside perspective, allowing the person to truly see the impact of their addiction.
Here we’re going to look at two different approaches to intervention: the traditional approach and the CRAFT approach.
Both employ the services of a professional interventionist – but one is more confrontational and about showing the person an outside perspective, whilst the other is more about guiding them in the right direction.
In a traditional intervention, friends and family of the affected person will gather in a direct conversation.
It doesn’t happen in every case, but letters are commonly read aloud, detailing how the addiction has affected the person reading and how they’d like things to change moving forward.
Then there’s the CRAFT approach.
CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training.
Participants will learn to positively communicate with the addict, while also reinforcing their positive progress and discouraging negative behaviours.
Both of these can of course happen together.
Overall, it’s important to carefully plan out any intervention, from the style you’re using to the people involved and what you want to say.
While looking for addiction treatment, you might be wondering if you even have an addiction in the first place.
The first thing to know is that there’s a difference between use, abuse and addiction.
Use simply means using drugs or alcohol on any level.
Abuse means using to a harmful extent, both for yourself and for others.
Addiction is a disease or disorder where you can’t stop yourself from abusing drugs or alcohol.
If you can’t function without drugs or alcohol, if you’re damaging your relationships, your career or anything else important for the sake of your use, or if you can’t stop in spite of the danger, you should seek out help.
On a more technical level, several criteria are also used by professionals to measure addiction.
One of these is the CAGE questionnaire, designed to be easy to remember with just four simple questions about alcoholism.
Have you ever felt like you should Cut down on your drinking?
Have people Annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking?
Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning as an Eye-opener?
Each of these questions covers an important sign of alcohol addiction.
The cost of drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford can vary based on several factors.
This includes where you choose to go for treatment, what kind of treatment you go for, how long your treatment lasts and what kind of room you go for if you choose residential rehab.
Speaking generally, private inpatient rehab typically costs £495 a day, adding up to £14,000 for a 28-day stay.
This could go up or down if you go for a more or less luxurious rehab, or if you choose a single or multiple occupancy room.
The simple answer to this is yes, but it can be a little bit complicated.
Addiction can be included in your health insurance plan, but this can make it more expensive.
It can also be covered under employee health insurance – but this does mean that you’ll need to tell your employer about your addiction.
Although this is advised, not everyone will be comfortable with this, so employee health insurance might not be an option for everyone.
Overall, this is something that you should definitely research in as much detail as you can, taking your specific situation into account.
This is another yes with complications.
Drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford is available on the NHS, but it’s notoriously difficult to get.
This is because the funding that you can get for rehab via the NHS is ring-fenced, meaning that you will need to go before a funding committee to obtain it.
It’s also administered by local councils instead of the NHS, so they’ll have no control over whether or not you get funding.
You’ll need help from a statutory body like Change Grow Live before you can apply for this funding in the first place.
Overall, this is a very tricky and lengthy process, which can often be emotionally draining, especially considering you’re already going through addiction.
Some people might be emotionally prepared for this, but others won’t be.
It’s important to figure out which side you fall on before you get started with any of this.
An average alcohol detox takes a minimum of 7 days – but we recommend 28 days to fully focus on your recovery and rehabilitation.
Rehab will begin by slowly and safely reducing your intake, while also using specific medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
With alcohol, these can include:
Then, once you’re fully sober, we can look into the psychological root causes of your addiction, using therapy and counselling to (hopefully) help you overcome it.
Both NHS and private treatment have their benefits and drawbacks.
NHS drug and alcohol services are available to all and can often be great, but they also won’t be as tailored to you.
You might also have to face long waiting lists, while private rehab will be much faster to access.
Residential private rehab will also give you a more intensive level of treatment, whilst also taking you out of any toxic situations that might have been driving your addiction.
While inpatient treatment happens in a residential space, outpatient treatment happens in the home.
In a lot of cases, outpatient treatment is both more convenient and more comfortable – but inpatient treatment has its benefits too.
As we’ve previously noted, it gives you a chance to get away from an environment that might have been driving your addiction.
And in pretty much every case, it can be good to be able to “reset”, going into a new space to make a fresh start.
It also offers a more intensive level of treatment – but this might not be necessary in all cases.
Outpatient treatment might work better for you if you have a less severe addiction, as it will allow you to recover at home.
Like most other addictions, alcohol comes with its own set of withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms occur at a stage where your body has become reliant on whatever you’re addicted to.
For this reason, a lot of treatment plans start off with a medical detox, where your intake is slowly reduced over a set period of time, while you’re also given medication to curb the worst withdrawal symptoms.
This will then allow you to move on to stages that focus more on healing your mental health, while also minimising the chances of relapse.
In this case, as alcohol is a physical addiction, the withdrawal symptoms you’ll get with it are also physical.
6 hours after your last drink, you may experience:
If you have a more severe case and try to detox without any support, within 12 to 48 hours you may experience seizures and hallucinations.
About 5% of people who withdraw from alcohol also experience delirium tremens within 72 hours.
This can come with severe symptoms like:
For alcohol specifically, we recommend a Librium-based detox over about 10 days to reduce the risk of withdrawal seizures.
This will be followed by a further 3 weeks in rehab, to tackle the root emotional causes of your addiction with therapy and counselling.
We’ll also lay out any lifestyle changes you might need to make, alongside an exact plan for if you do relapse.
Its withdrawal symptoms are mostly psychological and include:
While these can be unpleasant, they won’t harm you in the same way that other withdrawal symptoms would and they definitely won’t kill you.
As cocaine causes a euphoric high quickly followed by a crash, it encourages repeat uses and is therefore highly addictive.
It’s also very easy to build up a tolerance to it.
Like many other psychologically addictive drugs, cocaine affects your brain’s pleasure centres, leading to the above withdrawal symptoms if your intake suddenly drops.
If you’d like to know more about cocaine rehab specifically, we have more information here.
Referred to by some as the most deadly substance in the UK, heroin comes with a wide range of physical withdrawal symptoms.
As a result, a full medical detox is always required at the beginning of treatment for heroin.
Symptoms will usually start 6 to 12 hours after your last dose, will peak at 1 to 3 days and will subside after about a week.
But this can of course vary based on the treatment you go through, as well as the severity of your addiction.
Just a few of the best-known symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal are:
Heroin addiction often comes from addiction to opioid painkillers, as they’re in the same category.
Like other forms of rehab, once you’re through an initial detox, we’ll then be able to move on to mental health treatments that tackle the root emotional causes of your addiction.
More information about Heroin detoxes is available here.
Cannabis is considered by many to be a tamer drug, particularly as it doesn’t produce severe physical withdrawal symptoms.
And some research has suggested that about 30% of cannabis users have some kind of problem.
If you feel like you can’t function without cannabis, you should seek out help.
Some withdrawal symptoms associated with cannabis use are:
Long term effects of cannabis addiction can include:
More information about cannabis rehab in particular is available here.
As rehab has such a strong focus on mental health, a wide variety of therapies are available through drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Many people with addiction (and other emotional problems) will find themselves spiralling when faced with negative emotions or situations.
CBT aims to eliminate these toxic thinking and behaviour patterns, as it teaches you to break down your problems until they’re in relatively manageable chunks.
It also uses real-world scenarios to help develop your problem-solving skills.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – DBT uses a similar model to CBT, but here the focus is specifically on managing your emotions.
Brief Interventions – During drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford, you’ll have a full professional team supporting your recovery.
In brief interventions, someone from this team will catch up with you to see how you’re doing in your recovery.
Motivational Interviewing – Motivational interviewing employs a series of non-judgmental questions to encourage you to change.
From a practitioners perspective, the 5 main principles of motivational interviewing are:
Holistic Therapies – Holistic therapies focus on healing your whole self, often through a variety of enjoyable activities.
Group Therapy – Group therapy will allow you to share your recovery journey, which can make a lot of people feel less alone.
One therapist will work with your group, with the effect being similar to that of a mutual support group.
Individual Therapy – Individual therapy, on the other hand, offers a more private experience.
Here, you’ll work through any and all emotional issues with a therapist on a one to one level.
Family Therapy – Addiction doesn’t just hurt the person suffering from it.
If you feel like you need therapy as a family, this is often on offer as part of treatment too.
Codependency Treatment – Codependency is an unhealthy relationship structure where one person’s needs are put over another’s.
This is sometimes called relationship addiction, as people who suffer from it will often form relationships that are emotionally destructive and one-sided.
Treatment for this is also available through drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford.
Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) – As its name would indicate, twelve-step facilitation therapy uses the twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous to outline your recovery.
As we’ve already established, addiction nearly always has underlying psychiatric disorders behind it.
Drug and alcohol rehabs in Chelmsford directly target these root causes, which can include:
If we just cure you physically and don’t examine these underlying causes, they’ll continue getting worse, causing you more emotional distress and potentially leading to relapse.
As a result, it’s very important that we take every bit of context into account when planning out your treatment.
At the aftercare stage, the main focus of drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford is preventing relapse.
And one of the main ways we do this is through an effective relapse prevention plan.
To work to its full effect, this plan should include many important elements, including:
Triggers and cravings – We’ll identify any potential triggers, and will help you to recognise and handle them.
Lifestyle changes – We’ll also work with you to lay out any lifestyle changes that might need to be made.
A plan for relapse – A plan for if the worst does happen is also very important.
This should include a step by step guide as to what should happen, as well as contact details of anyone you should get in touch with.
Although it varies based on the kind of addiction you have, drug and alcohol rehab in Chelmsford generally happens in three stages: detox, rehabilitation and aftercare.
The last stage is a transitional one, where you’ll continue to receive support while you adjust to post-rehab life.
A few treatments available to you at this stage will be:
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – Support groups like these allow you to recover amongst people who can truly understand what you’re going through.
It will also allow you to share your story, while also hearing the stories of others, which can be very freeing.
SMART Recovery – SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.
As you might have already guessed, SMART recovery is all about self-sufficiency.
It teaches participants to manage their own urges and cravings, regulate their own emotions and ultimately steer their own recovery.
This is of course great for preventing relapse – but its independent style might not be for everyone.
Home detox – If you have a less severe addiction, where your withdrawal symptoms aren’t as drastic and you’re more able to stay away from temptation, an at-home detox might be a good option.
Al-Anon Family Group Meetings – Support groups aren’t just available for the addict themselves.
If you’ve been impacted by the addiction of a family member, support groups like AI-Anon could help you to heal.
Outpatient Treatment Via A Local Team– Going to a residential facility isn’t your only option.
If you’d feel more comfortable staying at home, outpatient treatment via a local drug and alcohol team in Chelmsford is also an option.
A rehab team can and will support you in whatever recovery space you feel at your best in.
And you can of course get this kind of support and treatment after completing residential rehab too.
For information on rehabs available in Chelmsford, contact us today on 0800 140 4690.
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We help to ensure that your rehabilitation is tailored to your needs for maximum effectiveness.
Each and every caller is fully assessed to ensure that any recommendation we make is tailored to your unique rehab needs.