Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Dorset

Admitting to yourself that you may be addicted to drugs or alcohol isn’t easy. We’ve been there before ourselves, and we know that it’s not easy to ‘come to terms’ with a substance use disorder.

Likewise, it’s equally difficult to pick up the phone and seek out help.

Furthermore, when you do finally reach out for help, you will likely be confused by the amount of conflicting information you will hear.

Fortunately, Rehab 4 Addiction is on hand to take the pain out of seeking out and completing drug or alcohol addiction treatment in Dorset, from Poole, Weymouth and Portland.

Over the last decade, we’ve built up an extensive network of treatment providers in Dorset.

When you contact us, we carry out a free telephone assessment. This assessment then allows us to filter treatment providers so that we only recommend facilities that are ideally suited to your needs.

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

Call our friendly team today on: 0800 140 4690

Who is rehab suitable for?

Rehab is suitable for anyone who wants to overcome dependence or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Residential rehabilitation offers the security and stability that many people find helpful during recovery.

If you are wondering if rehab is suitable for you, consider the following:

  • Have you tried to ‘go sober’ in the past but every attempt has failed?
  • Has your mental health quickly worsened as a result of your substance abuse?
  • Do you consume over 30 units of alcohol daily?
  • Do you have suicidal thoughts?
  • Do you become violent when you consume alcohol?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Delirium Tremens, alcoholic seizures, or Wernicke’s encephalopathy?
  • Do you feel that you are unable to complete a home detox?
  • Have you scored highly on the DSM-5 and have been diagnosed with a severe addiction?

What does the admissions process look like?

Before you enter a facility and begin your tailored programme, staff will determine the severity of your addiction according to multiple criteria, such as the ASAM Criteria, the DSM-5, or the AUDIT.

The ASAM Criteria is a set of guidelines followed by healthcare professionals to determine the placement, discharge, or transfer of patients with addiction.

It follows 6 dimensions that are as follows:

  • Dimension 1 – Acute Intoxication and Withdrawal Potential: The first dimension explores the client’s past and their experiences with substance use. It also includes experiences with withdrawal.
  • Dimension 2 – Biomedical Conditions and Complications: The second dimension explores the client’s health history as well as their current mental and physical condition.
  • Dimension 3 – Emotional, Behavioural, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications: The third dimension explores the client’s thoughts, mental health, and emotions they are feeling.
  • Dimension 4 – Readiness to Change: This fourth dimension determines the client’s readiness and interest in changing behaviours.
  • Dimension 5 – Relapse, Continued Use, or Continued Problem Potential: The fifth dimension explores the client’s relationship with relapsing and continued use of substances.
  • Dimension 6 – Recovery/Living Environment: The sixth, and final, dimension explores the client’s recovery and living situation. It also includes exploration of things such as social groups, friends, support networks etc.

The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition), on the other hand, is a manual used for the diagnosis of mental disorders and helps practitioners to determine an accurate diagnosis.

It is continuously under review as the understanding of mental health changes. It helps to diagnose substance abuse for 10 classes of drugs including:

  • Opioids
  • Alcohol
  • Hallucinogens
  • Caffeine
  • Hypnotics
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants
  • Anxiolytics
  • Inhalants
  • Tabacco

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Addiction guidance offered by DSM-5

If you identify with 2 or 3 of the symptoms listed, this typically indicates a mild substance use disorder (SUD), 4 or 5 symptoms suggest a moderate SUD, and 6 or more show a severe SUD/addiction.

  1. Consuming the substance in large amounts or for longer than was originally prescribed.
  2. Understanding the consequences of prolonged substance use but continuing to abuse them regardless.
  3. Spending the majority of your time consuming or attempting to recover from the substance.
  4. Wanting to stop taking drugs and drinking alcohol but find it incredibly difficult to.
  5. Need more and more of a certain substance to achieve a high.
  6. Developing withdrawal symptoms that you believe can only be made less unpleasant by consuming the substance further.
  7. Ignoring important work-related duties or quitting your job to consume substances.
  8. Cancelling events and losing interest in hobbies because of substance use.
  9. Intense cravings and a longing to consume substances every day.
  10. Using substances even though they could have potentially caused or worsened health problems.
  11. Continuing to use substances even though they have destroyed important relationships in your life.

The DSM-5 diagnoses clients within three levels of severity, this helps to draw up an effective treatment plan.

The higher the severity of the addiction, the more intense treatment will be needed.

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How is an alcohol addiction diagnosed?

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a 10-question screening tool to determine the severity of alcohol dependence.

It was originally developed by the World Health Organisation and has since been modified for use in the UK. The 10 questions are as follows:

  1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
  2. How often have you had 6 or more units if female or 8 or more if male, on a single occasion in the last year?
  3. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
  4. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of drinking?
  5. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
  6. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
  7. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
  8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
  9. Has a relative or friend or a doctor or another health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?
  10. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?

The responses to the questions are scored from 0-4 with the total score ranging from 0-40.

A score of 0-7 indicates low-risk consumption.

Scores from 8-15 suggest a harmful consumption.

And a score of 16 or more points towards a moderate-severe alcohol use disorder.

Can interventions help?

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Interventions can seem off-putting to all parties involved. If you are worried about a loved one, you may know better than anyone how they will react to you questioning their addiction and helping them seek professional advice.

Many people are in denial about their substance abuse and lash out at family members that try to help.

A professional interventionist can help to eliminate pressure from you and, using their expertise, facilitate a healthy conversation about the dangers of prolonged substance misuse.

Interventionists help families to understand their feelings more and can act as a bridge from one party to another to help them understand why people are worried.

They can show the person struggling the severity of their addiction and the effects it is having on their family.

Many interventionists recommend families to learn the CRAFT approach which involves positive reinforcement when the person who is abusing substances chooses not to.

The CRAFT approach helps you and your loved one to:

  • Effectively communicate in a positive way even when challenges arise
  • Use positive reinforcement to show what things are working
  • Develop an acute awareness of what it means to take care of yourself and your family

Ultimately, the CRAFT approach works by helping you change your interactions with your loved one so that sober behaviour becomes the most rewarding.

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Rehab facilities on offer in Dorset

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The rehab in Dorset is located in an out-of-town location in rural settings. Here, you may enjoy the countryside setting. Each bedroom is single occupancy, with en-suite bathroom facilities.

An executive room is available at an additional cost. The rehab is equipped with an on-site gymnasium and swimming pool, a conservatory and a living room/dining area.

Each room is decorated to a high standard. The rehab also has access to a significant amount of land and garden area. You also gain Wi-Fi access across the rehab estate.

How much does rehab in Dorset cost?

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The total cost of your rehab programme will depend on the facility you attend, the types of treatment you engage in, and whether you opt for a single or dual occupancy room.

If you decide to engage in a 10-day detox in a single occupancy room, you will most likely pay around £3,000 to £6,000. For a dual or multi-occupancy room, prices range from £2,000 to £4,000.

For those who wish to complete a 28-day residential stay, expect to pay around £8,000 to £12,000 for a single occupancy room and around £6,000 for a dual occupancy room.

Many clients favour the privacy a single occupancy room offers, so it is worth keeping this in mind. Many rooms also include en-suites which means bathroom amenities are not shared.

Home detoxes are also on offer which can help save potential clients money if their budget is tight.

These are often priced at around £1,500 though it is worth mentioning they do not shield from temptation in the same way a residential programme does.

For more information on the price of rehab in Dorset, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690.

Should I opt for private or council-funded addiction treatment?

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Many people begin their journey by opting for public treatment such as that offered by the NHS.

Whilst this treatment option has its benefits such as it being free and close to your home it often restricts patients due to lengthy waiting lists which can sadly cause relapses.

Council-funded treatment doesn’t often cater to mental health needs which means people with co-occurring disorders fail to secure dual diagnosis treatment.

On the other hand, private treatment can provide exactly this.

Many clinics around the UK, and in Dorset, offer dual diagnosis treatment programmes to help clients overcome their addiction and mental health disorders.

Private treatment also provides you with privacy and medical support at all times.

The main reason people deter from choosing private rehab is the cost involved. Though, notably, this is often due to misconceptions about rehab.

Nowadays, rehab clinics are accommodating and accessible places, catering to the budgets of all.

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How long does rehab last?

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Again, this depends on a variety of factors including the severity of your addiction.

The minimum stay at rehab is typically around 7 days though it is recommended that clients enter a residential facility for around 28 days to focus entirely on their recovery.

A 28-day stay is deemed the most appropriate time for old habits to be replaced by far healthier ones, as well as for physical dependencies to end.

Alcohol detox and rehab in Dorset

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Deciding to end an alcohol addiction can be tough, especially when alcohol is a very normalised aspect of socialising within the UK.

Attending rehab for alcohol addiction will be in your best interest as you can engage in therapies as well as leading treatments to overcome your dependence.

Most alcohol rehabilitation programmes begin with Librium-based detoxification. Librium, which is the brand name for the generic chlordiazepoxide, eases the anxiety of alcohol detox and helps many clients overcome the initial wave.

After this, clients are expected to remain in rehab for around 3 more weeks to overcome the emotional and psychological ties to alcohol.

Tackling the emotional causes can help you put into place effective relapse prevention plans for when your time in rehab has finished.

Leaving an alcohol addiction unmanaged can cause you to experience fatal alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

AWS (Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome) occurs when someone who struggles with heavy drinking, suddenly halts their consumption.

AWS typically includes anxiety, increased heart rate and blood pressure, seizures, vomiting, nausea, fainting, and Delirium Tremens which can be fatal if left untreated.

Detoxing at home in Dorset

Whilst you may be ready to overcome your addiction to alcohol, residential rehab may not be for you.

You may find yourself with too many commitments or financially cannot afford to commit to a 28-day stay.

In cases like this, a home detox will be recommended.

To qualify for a home detox, you must be drinking less than 30 units a day and will be assessed by a psychiatrist and doctor before your programme begins.

Librium is usually posted out to your home address and you will be expected to stay in contact daily with your chosen clinic so that they can effectively monitor your progress.

Whilst home detoxes are a cheaper option than residential treatment, they pose higher risks since you do not have access to 24/7 medical supervision.

It is also important to state the difference between a home detox and a self-detox.

Home detoxes are medically overseen and tailored to your needs by professionals whereas self-detoxes are attempted alone without medical help.

By choosing to engage in a home detox you are choosing the safer option. From medical assessments to prescribed anti-withdrawal medication, you can gain access to the best support available.

This form of treatment is best suited for those who are at low risk of developing complications arising from a detox programme.

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Rehab for Cocaine in Dorset

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Cocaine is a very addictive drug that can cause both physical and psychological harm.

It is one of the most addictive substances available which is why, at Rehab 4 Addiction, we can offer tailored support to help you overcome your dependency.

Cocaine is so addictive that even one-time usage of the drug can lead to a pattern of continuous misuse.

However, with our care, we can help you to take back control and begin a new chapter free from the clutches of cocaine.

Cocaine is a Class A drug meaning it alters how the brain perceives pleasure.

Using it for the long-term means that your tolerance is built up and your need for higher doses increases.

By beginning an inpatient treatment programme as soon as possible, you can begin to change your life for the better.

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Rehab for Heroin in Dorset

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Similarly to alcohol, heroin is a physically addictive substance. This means that detoxification is required for you to overcome your addiction.

Heroin is often considered the most highly addictive substance and makes users feel powerless in overcoming its effects.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can help clients overcome their addiction and also extend our support to friends and loved ones too.

Opiates are very difficult substances to overcome an addiction too but with a tailored detox and therapy programme, rehab can help you achieve your recovery milestones.

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Rehab for Cannabis in Dorset

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Although cannabis is not physically addictive, it is often considered a gateway drug for further substance abuse.

It can also quickly destroy a person’s quality of life making them feel constantly tired and dependent on consuming the drug.

Due to the THC in cannabis, it affects your nervous system causing feelings of calmness.

However, when you stop consuming the substance or you misuse it by consuming too large of a quantity it can make you feel very anxious and paranoid.

Attending rehab can help you overcome your cannabis usage and allow you to learn more about your behaviour.

As there is no detoxification programme required, rehab can help by offering therapies that change your thought patterns.

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What types of therapy are on offer at rehab in Dorset?

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The types of therapies offered to you at rehab in Dorset depend on the severity of your addiction and the type of treatment you decide upon. However, most clients are typically offered:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): This is a talking therapy that can help you to recognise and overcome negative thought patterns by working closely with a therapist.
  • Group therapy: This can help you develop communication skills and express your inner feelings. There is no pressure to share stories, though it can help to develop relationships with peers who are going through similar situations to you.
  • Family therapy is a type of psychological counselling that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflict in a safe and healing space.
  • Holistic therapy integrates spiritual practices and focuses on healing your emotional wellbeing. It helps clients to develop a deeper sense of self. In rehab, holistic therapies include arts and crafts, equine therapy, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.
  • Motivational interviewing: this is a counselling approach that focuses on the client and helps to explore and resolve ambivalence.
  • The 12 step therapy programme was founded by Alcoholics Anonymous and is widely used around the world to help people in recovery, though some clients prefer to opt for different forms of therapy due to the religious element involved

Dual diagnosis treatment

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Dual diagnosis treatment is very important for those facing co-occurring disorders at rehab.

With addiction, the majority of people are facing underlying mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia.

Treating a dual diagnosis typically begins like this:

  1. Detox
  2. Counselling
  3. Individual ownership

Co-occurring conditions are not easy to manage, however, by choosing to attend a private rehabilitation facility, you are choosing to opt for high levels of care at all times.

Specialists work around the clock to develop efficient treatment plans that will help both your addiction and your mental health disorder.

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Will rehab help me to make relapse prevention plans?

In short, yes. By opting for a residential programme, you will work with support staff to develop relapse prevention plans before your programme is complete.

This means that when you return home, you will have the necessary skills and foundations needed to manage relapse urges if they occur.

You are also asked to contact your clinic if you feel you are about to relapse. From here, they can offer more direct support such as arranging a re-admission.

Relapse prevention plans can help you to locate and identify potential triggers surrounding your addiction.

This means that you will have to make certain changes in your lifestyle upon your return homes such as the people you socialise with and the places you frequent.

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Are there alternatives for attending rehab?


If you are wanting to end your addiction but are unsure if rehab is right for you at this moment in time, there are alternatives.

Firstly, we recommend reaching out to community support groups in Dorset such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

These groups can help you create support networks with local people in similar positions to yourself.

Secondly, home detoxing will be advised, and our helpline workers can help to facilitate this for you. By completing a pre-admission assessment, you will be able to begin a home programme catered to your needs.

SMART Recovery is also another option and is a self-help addiction recovery programme for those facing alcoholism, substance abuse, and gambling addictions.

We also recommend Al-Anon Family Group meetings that offer support for families of those with alcohol addictions.

Speaking about your worries and anxieties in a safe space can help you to alleviate the pressure you are under.

How we assess your needs

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When judging the suitability of treatment centres in Dorset on your behalf, we take into account the duration and severity of your addiction. We also assess the existence of any ‘co-occurring’ addictions and mental health issues you may be experiencing.

Once this information is discussed, we then recommend treatment centres to you in Dorset that we feel are suited to help you work through these issues to a successful conclusion.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, our team consists of trained addiction counsellors. The vast majority of our team discovered addiction counselling through necessity.

That’s because we’ve been addicted to drugs and alcohol ourselves in the past.

We’ve experienced exactly what you are going through, and we can help you overcome your addiction so that you can live your life in ways that bring you true happiness.

How we can help

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Below we list some ways we can help in your search for quality addiction treatment in Dorset:

  • The assessment of your addiction over the telephone
  • Telephone and email support both before, during and after your treatment
  • Expert intervention and treatment planning
  • Locating home detox, residential and outpatient treatment
  • Tailored detoxification and rehabilitation

Why use Rehab 4 Addiction in Dorset


Rehab 4 Addiction is well-known to drug and alcohol treatment services in Dorset. We’ve built up a strong relationship with the region over the last ten years.

When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, you can access treatment immediately.

If you choose to seek out treatment yourself, you can usually expect to wait for around 12 months before treatment becomes available due to the high demand for statutory services.

When you contact us, we discuss your various treatment options in Dorset. We may recommend you access treatment via a residential treatment provider in Dorset.

This is because residential treatment is typically the most intense and structured form of treatment available today.

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What types of treatment are available?

If you have not sought addiction treatment in the past, you may be confused about what it actually entails. The most important thing to remember is that you really have nothing to worry about.

Addiction treatment is designed to put you at ease and give you the tools and techniques to live your life without drugs and alcohol.

It’s thus important that you embrace, rather than resist the notion of seeking out help for your addiction.

Essentially, you may seek out treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis. The Inpatient basis is also known as ‘residential treatment’.

This is because you become a ‘resident’ of the treatment facility for around 28 days whilst you undergo treatment.

Unlike outpatient treatment, when you choose to undergo your treatment on an inpatient basis you are entirely removed from all those ‘bad influences’ that encourage you to drink alcohol or consume drugs.

What happens during rehab?


Modern rehabs in Dorset offer evidence-based treatments. Medicated detox follows NICE Guidelines. These treatments include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and modern psychotherapy.

Upon arrival at a residential rehab clinic, you will begin your treatment by undertaking an initial assessment. This assessment is typically conducted by a psychiatrist or prescribing nurse.

This assessment will form the basis of your detoxification programme. During your detoxification programme, you will likely experience a range of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

However, medication is given to you to help significantly ease these symptoms. Whilst you undergo your detoxification programme, you will concurrently engage in therapy and counselling sessions. These sessions help to heal the emotional aspects of addiction.

Typically, you will also suffer from anxiety and depression. In fact, it’s usually these mental ailments that fuel or even cause your addiction to arise in the first place.

Therapy sessions take place in groups. You will also receive ‘one to one’ therapy sessions, so you can explore the more private and intimate emotional problems you are experiencing without the knowledge of the wider group.

Clients generally make significant progress during therapy sessions. They discover the precise reasons why they resort to excessive alcohol or drug use.

They are taught to recognise the precise ‘triggers’ that cause their addiction to spiral out of control.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we only refer you to rehab clinics that subscribe to the ‘abstinence’ model.

This means you will be given the knowledge, tools and techniques to live the rest of your adult life without drinking alcohol or using drugs.

All the rehab clinics we work with also offer you an extended package of aftercare. This provides you with an ongoing safety net to fall back on whilst you begin your life ‘in recovery’.

Access treatment in Dorset now

To access treatment in Dorset today, contact us now on 0800 140 4690

When you contact us, we shall walk you through a quick but important assessment. This assessment allows us to match your needs to a suitable treatment provider in Dorset.

We sincerely look forward to assisting you through this troubling time.

Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in Dorset, including Bournemouth, Weymouth, and Poole.

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