Rehab 4 Addiction

There were 161 drug-related offences reported in Cheltenham in 2021.

It’s safe to assume that many more people possess and take drugs that are simply not reported.

What this means is that there are hundreds of people in the county struggling with addiction who require support.

Through treatment, addiction sufferers get the chance to recover for good.

How To Support A Loved One Before Rehab

Many families face a huge amount of stress and tension when one of them is suffering from addiction.

Before your loved one might enter a drug and alcohol rehab in Cheltenham, there are ways you can support them.

For many, this news comes as a relief because of how helpless the situation can feel.

People with addictions suffer from a disease where, despite the obvious negative consequences, they’re unable to stop compulsive behaviours.

It’s a unique situation in comparison with other diseases., and one which afflicts both the mind and the body.

CRAFT

A family can pull together around their loved one using the CRAFT intervention approach.

Doing so brings the family together, recognising where their loved one is in terms of their ability to change.

With this knowledge, the approach offers various techniques to use based on positively reinforcing healthy behaviour.

This offers practical support which empowers the family to action.

The CRAFT approach makes life easier for the family by supporting the addicted person towards entering treatment services.

How Do You Know If You Have An Addiction?

People who use substances fall into various categories of use.

There are those who might be in the experimental stage, those who use socially, and then there are those whose use has become a serious problem.

It can be difficult to tell whether there is a problem, particularly when denial has arisen.

To identify whether you have an addiction, there are questions you can ask yourself;

  1. Does drinking or taking drugs make you feel guilty?
  2. Have you ever thought that stopping using substances would be beneficial?
  3. When you wake up, do you need drugs or alcohol to relax and start the day?
  4. Does it annoy you when people talk about how you use substances?

What Will It Cost Me To Go To Rehab?

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To stay as a resident at a drug and alcohol rehab in Cheltenham for any period of time will cost money.

This is because of the amount of specialist treatment you will receive, as well as the cost of accommodation.

Services range from more budget-friendly options, starting at around £1000 a week, to luxury options that can be around £10,000 a week.

The treatments you have, the length of time you stay, and clinic you choose will all affect the overall cost.

To find out the specific price of rehabs available in Cheltenham, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today.

Will Health Insurance Cover Rehab?

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Thousands of people opt for private health insurance

It may be one they choose themselves, or their place of employment might have offered them health cover.

Many policies cover addiction treatment, whether it be under the addiction or mental health heading.

You’ll need to check your policy or contact the provider to find out if a rehab stay is included.

When you go through a private policy, be aware that it will increase your overall premium going forward.

Also, if you opt to go through a health insurance provider through your employer, then it’s likely you’ll have to declare this as part of the original contract.

Does The NHS Pay For Private Rehab Residential Stays?

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There is some NHS funding available for those who have addictions to enter a drug and alcohol rehab in Cheltenham.

However, this route is steeped with eligibility requirements that, even when you meet them all, doesn’t guarantee a place.

This is due to the number of people who apply for the funding and the limited amount of funding there is.

To be eligible, you must be able to provide evidence that you are actively doing everything you can to achieve sobriety.

You must also be in contact with your local government-funded drug and alcohol service and be participating in all recommendations made by workers to support your recovery.

If you can provide evidence of these, then you can apply to the council for funding.

NHS VS Private Options

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NHS drug and alcohol services offer their local communities various treatments.

There is always a rolling programme of group sessions such as 12 Step and SMART groups. 

Each person who self-refers is allocated a keyworker who will have some light contact with them.

There are usually additional group workshops around harm reduction, and there will also be a needle exchange.

Private services are funded by the individual (rather than the government) and are usually a clinic where people go to spend a length of time becoming sober.

Every individual has a tailored programme to suit their needs.

Each day there will be a variety of therapies for residents to take part in.

This will range from individual psychotherapy sessions and group therapy and alternative activities such as yoga, mindfulness and equine therapy.

Outpatient VS Inpatient Services

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All “outpatient” means is that you’re a patient being treated for a condition but remain living at home.

You go to a clinic to receive a specific treatment.

Government-funded services are usually outpatient, whereas private clinics are usually inpatient services.

This means that patients live at the clinic for a period of time, receiving continuous treatment and an environment free from temptations.

How Long Does Rehab Last?

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People go to rehab for various lengths of time depending on what they’re addicted to and how severe the addiction is.

The most common length of time to stay at rehab is 28 days.

This ensures you have access to all the psychological and alternative therapies required to give you the most robust and all-encompassing start to your healing journey.

Some people might go to rehab for 7-10 days in order to detox.

This could be around alcohol, heroin, benzodiazepine or any other physically addictive substance.

Although it’s highly important for people to complete a detox when they have developed a physical dependency, it’s just as important to undergo treatments for psychological healing.

This is why another 3 weeks of treatment are advisable.

By learning more about addiction, its causes and how to overcome it, specialist treatments are essential.

The highest chances of success in recovery are found where people are supported to heal in all areas.

Alcohol Detox And Rehab In Cheltenham

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It’s really important that, when people have an addiction to alcohol, they access a supervised detox under the guidance of a doctor.

This ensures their safety and their life.

A person with a serious problem with alcohol will develop distressing withdrawal symptoms when alcohol leaves the body, including:

  • Delirium tremens
  • Severe sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia and nightmares
  • Seizures

It’s the seizures that occur that can lead to death.

A person at a private rehab will be supported by a clinical team as the alcohol leaves their body.

They’ll follow a Librium-based tapered detox in order to minimise symptoms and stay safe.

Tapered is where more of the medication is prescribed at the start but the dosage is reduced as it goes on so that the person is “weaned off” alcohol in a safe way.

After detox, the residential stay changes its focus.

In the following few weeks, the staff will support the patient through therapies to gain insight on the addiction, its true impact on their life, and to develop skills that help them to overcome cravings.

Rehab For Cocaine In Cheltenham

There has been a distinct increase in cocaine use in the UK, due to how much the substance is flooding the world.

Despite its expense, people are using it often and can build up a huge amount of debt alongside the addiction.

Extended cocaine use comes with a wide range of issues, including:

Rehab supports people to understand what it is about the way they think that keeps them using drugs.

Addiction specialists support the resident to pinpoint what happens in the mind that leads on to unhealthy habits.

With this knowledge in hand, residents begin to make changes.

There is also practical support put in place around how to manage finances going forward.

Much of the work is focused on how to change the perception of the self and develop authentic self-compassion.

This type of work supports a stable and long-lasting recovery.

Rehab For Cannabis In Cheltenham

With the growing trend in cannabis use and its increasing strength over the last twenty years, it’s unsurprising that addiction as well as unwelcome side-effects are gripping many users.

Whilst there is some evidece of cannabis being used as a medicinal substance, many forget that cannabis releases toxic substances when smoked.

Strains that are high in THC are psychoactive, which can lead to severe consequences around seriously impaired mental health.

At rehab, people are treated for both the addiction and any associated mental health problems.

Psychotherapies and alternative therapies support a person to view life and addiction through a new lens in order to begin the healing process.

Rehab For Heroin In Cheltenham

If you have a heroin problem, the best place to begin recovery is at a drug and alcohol rehab in Cheltenham.

On entering rehab, each resident is assessed in order to make clear what treatments they need.

For heroin addiction, the initial phase of treatment is detox.

This is where the physical aspect of the addiction is addressed.

You’ll be given medication such as Subutex to start weaning off heroin safely.

This way any withdrawal symptoms (shaking, sweating, deep body pain, and hallucinations) are kept to a minimum.

After the detox period, which lasts up to ten days, therapies begin.

You’ll undergo cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand what goes through your head in the lead up to you taking heroin.

This is also a space where you begin to understand how to change those thoughts and behaviours.

Narcotics Anonymous groups are especially beneficial for people overcoming heroin addiction and group sessions will feature regularly during your stay.

What Therapies Are Offered At Private Clinics?

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At a private clinic, many types of therapies are available.

Those that are psychological, social, and alternative.

This way you benefit from a holistic approach, tackling every aspect of you that is affected by the substance and the parts of you that you can change going forward.

Therapies include:

  • 12 Step Groups, which focus on finding your higher power, whatever that term means to you, and learning to lean on this and others in the group to draw strength.
  • SMART Recovery Groups, which support you to understand how to create small, achievable goals that will practically help you to recover.
  • Brief Interventions, which use conversations, worksheets or activities that aim to offer you a quick revelational perspective. These can bring a powerful new way of looking at life.
  • Art and music therapies, which offer residents creative ways to express their experiences and emotions without using words. These approaches often reveal new understanding while feeling very calm and explorative.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence-based therapy meaning it has been proven to be successful in treating people who have addictions. It focuses on identifying thoughts, understanding how they impact behaviour, and learning to change both.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is offered to people who have experienced deeply traumatic events and who require specialist therapy to address this in a sensitive way.

Mental Health And Addiction As A Dual Diagnosis

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When you enter rehab, you’ll have a psychiatric assessment so that the staff understand how severe your addiction is, what would be the best way to support your recovery and to learn more about you.

For many people, it will become clear that they suffer from both a mental health condition and an addiction.

The two are highly correlated.

The reason for this is that when people feel depressed, stressed, anxious, confused or delusional, they will often turn to substances to try and ease those feelings and experiences.

When people do this often, an addiction might begin.

On the other hand, due to the chemical and hormonal imbalances that substances create, addiction can cause mental illness.

When residents are given a dual diagnosis they’ll then also receive a treatment programme which addresses both issues.

This is essential as it increases the likelihood of recovery.

Planning For Relapse Prevention

During a stay at rehab, people are supported by staff to think about life when they return home.

This planning is essential in making sure that any triggering events that might have made a person use in the past are prepared for.

With a staff member, you’ll discuss those usual triggers as well as what you can do in the moment when you start to emotionally respond.

Here, you’ll learn how to identify what need it is that you want to fill when you think about drugs or alcohol.

Substances are usually taken to fill an emotional void of some sort.

At rehab, you’ll begin to understand what it is inside you that feels empty and what you can do instead of taking substances to fill that void.

Your relapse prevention plan will therefore also include a section dedicated to healthy actions for you to take during those difficult moments.

Support Services Post-Rehab

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On completing your stay at rehab, you’ll have a 12-month aftercare programme which could include a variety of services that you can access to support your recovery into the future.

Accessing support and keeping regular contact with organisations and other people who understand your situation is vitally important when you’re quitting drugs and alcohol.

Support services you might stay in contact with include:

  • Al-Anon is a service that offers support to family members who are affected by your addiction, giving them an outlet for stress and helping to show them how to support you effectively.
  • SMART Recovery Groups keep you focused on a series of increasingly larger goals, giving you a clear structure towards a substance-free life.
  • 12 Step Groups are there primarily to keep you connected to others. Having a social support network that understands what you are going through is one of the key pillars of recovery.
  • Counselling, through the rehab outpatient services or through a local drug and alcohol team, can offer you invaluable insight and guidance into the future.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction Today

Our team of expert advisers are waiting for your call.

When you contact us on 0800 140 4690, we will advise you on the various treatment options available in Cheltenham.

If you wish for us to contact you, simply complete and submit our online contact form.

We sincerely look forward to hearing from you soon.

When we work together, there is no addiction too powerful to beat.

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