Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Gloucester

Admitting to yourself you may be an ‘addict’ is undoubtedly painful. However, overcoming denial is an essential first step that’s needed for long-term recovery.

In fact, many people are simply unable to stop using drugs or alcohol because they are unable to accept that they have a problem in the first place.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, our mission is two-fold. Firstly, we offer a free telephone assessment.

This assessment allows us to determine the severity of your alcohol and/or drug addiction. Our advisors are trained in helping you overcome any feelings of denial.

Many of our advisors are themselves in addiction recovery. Secondly, we aim to assist you in selecting a suitable addiction treatment provider in Gloucester.

Gloucester and the wider South West region is saturated with residential and outpatient treatment providers, so the risk of choosing a poorly suited treatment provider is very real indeed.

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Who is rehabilitation suitable for? 

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Rehabilitation refers to the process of returning someone’s health or mental state after a period of alcohol and/or drug addiction. 

This is necessary for those who consume large quantities of substances and often is the cause of (or worsening of) associated mental health problems.

However, rehabilitation is not a process to be taken lightly and requires the correct mindset and preparation to recover. 

Often, an individual’s chance of success in rehabilitation is relative to their motivation.

Without the correct mindset to focus and commit to addiction recovery, treatment programmes and activities are likely to have little effect or efficiency in treating alcohol and/or drug addiction. 

Telling whether someone has an addiction or not, however, can be difficult in some circumstances.

In these cases, it can be helpful to use the guidance of official diagnostic manuals. 

For example, the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has four categories of behaviours that could signify an addiction. The categories are as follows:

  • Impaired control – the desire for more of the substances than planned/intended, failing to cut down due to increased desire for the substance
  • Social problems – neglecting responsibilities due to substance use, quitting past activities that used to be of greater significance, failure to complete tasks at home/school/work
  • Risky use – substances used in risky environments/settings, continued substance use despite issues arising
  • Physical dependence – building tolerance and therefore requiring a greater amount, drug and/or alcohol withdrawal symptoms upon stopping substance use

The presence of six or more of these behaviours is categorised as a severe substance use disorder and is also known as an addiction.

The more of the behaviours displayed, and with a higher level of severity, the more intense the treatment will need to be. 

To assess the need for rehabilitation, Rehab 4 Addiction follows the dimensions laid out by the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Patient Placement Criteria.

These dimensions allow members of the team to analyse the intensity of the services that may be required later in the rehabilitation process. 

This process is holistic, meaning that it covers a large range of different factors that may be affected by alcohol and/or drug addiction.

For a brief overview, here are the dimensions at a glance:

  • Individual’s substance use – both past and present
  • Individual’s medical history (includes current health)
  • Individual’s mental health history
  • Individual’s motivation and readiness to recover
  • Individual’s relapse risk
  • Individual’s current situation (living, environment, relationships)

These dimensions form the basis of Rehab 4 Addiction’s admittance process and are essential for recommending the best course of care. 

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Why go to rehab in Gloucester?


Many of the rehab clinics we recommend in Gloucester offer treatment at beautiful locations.

Gloucester is well known for its countryside and many rehab centres purposefully were established in Gloucester to take advantage of this fact.

When you are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, it’s always beneficial to do so in an environment where you have access to fresh air and natural beauty.

When it comes to this, Gloucester clearly is at a distinct advantage compared to other counties located throughout the United Kingdom.

Since many drug and alcohol rehab clinics in Gloucester offer treatment in rural settings, many also offer holistic therapies that are compatible with nature.

This includes outdoor activity, art therapy and equine therapy to name but a few.

When you are exposed to the outdoors, you are allowed to renew and reconnect with nature.

This will be particularly useful if you are accustomed to an urban and stressful lifestyle that’s likely serving to encourage you to turn to drugs and alcohol.

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Specialist addiction treatments on offer in Gloucester

Two people huggingWhilst undertaking rehab treatment in a natural and rural setting is beneficial, what’s equally important is the quality of treatment you receive during therapy sessions.

A drug and alcohol rehab centre in Gloucester is guaranteed to be invested heavily in the variety and quality of treatments on offer.

You will begin your treatment with either a drug or alcohol detox. All detoxes are carried out in accordance with NICE guidelines, and drug and alcohol rehabs are regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

You will also have access to the local NHS facilities if complications arise whilst you detox requiring hospitalisation

Modern therapies are mixed with the traditional 12-step programme for maximum effectiveness in helping you rid yourself of your addiction for good.

Some of these specialist therapists on offer at drug and alcohol rehab Gloucester include:

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Interventions – what are they and when can they be used?


Before an individual enters rehab, it may also be beneficial to hold an intervention, many of which take place in and around Gloucester.

This refers to the inclusion of a counsellor or interventionist in family meetings to encourage treatment or bring to light the addiction of someone they care about. 

Standard intervention processes have been shown to have success rates of around 30% in terms of the individual going on to enter treatments, but there are more modern techniques that boast higher rates of success.

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement And Family Training) focuses more on engaging with the individual suffering from addiction and improving the communications between family members to help get this person the help they may require.

It was formulated to be less confrontational and more invitational when approaching this delicate topic. 

This may involve the family learning to identify triggers, seek suitable treatment programmes, and work together to create long-term family plans for substance abuse support. 

Although attending residential rehab may not always be the most suitable option, it is important to consider the alternatives in order to make a more informed choice. 

In some cases, especially when it is a case of alcohol addiction, a home detox may be more suitable.

This is only suitable for those consuming above a certain amount of alcohol per day and includes the postage of detox-supportive drugs such as Librium. 

This is only suitable in some cases where the individual may not be so affected by addiction and its health impacts.

It is also important to consider the distinction between a home detox and a self-detox. 

Where a home detox is supervised by regular telephone meetings and face-to-face check-ups, a self-detox is completely unsupervised and is therefore considered far riskier and is never recommended or suggested by Rehab 4 Addiction. 

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Private rehabilitation vs. council-funded rehabilitation

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When considering private or public rehabilitation in Gloucester, it may be helpful to assess the benefits and drawbacks of each. 

Using council-funded services can be a good option for many as it is often the first port of call for getting access to help for long-term issues. 

However, these services can often come with long waiting lists, meaning that the problem can often become worse, just by waiting for the help needed.

Also, formally diagnosing every issue can require a lot of specialists, meaning that no problems or issues may be detected immediately. 

Private rehabilitation also comes with drawbacks. It can be an expensive option, depending on the choices made such as room occupancy and location.

Organising visitation from friends and family may also be difficult depending on the location and visiting rules of each dedicated establishment. 

However, there are many more benefits.

Most private rehab centres offer immediate admission depending on an individual’s needs as well as fully supported detoxification processes and 24/7 medical assistance available.

The staff at these centres are generally fully-qualified and are extremely experienced in helping individuals to recover from a variety of addiction-related issues – both physical and mental. 

For care after leaving rehab, private residential centres also offer aftercare programmes that support the individual for at least a year after leaving treatment. 

In addition, most centres in Gloucester offer a dual diagnosis approach to rehabilitation.

This focuses on both physical and mental aspects of addiction and is vital for a full and efficient recovery process. 

By focussing on underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, the individual is also able to give more attention to their other treatment programmes. 

As part of these treatments or treatment programmes, an individual is likely to undertake relapse risk prevention training. 

This type of training is designed to reduce the risk of an individual restarting old habits or behaviours after leaving rehabilitation – something that is essential when moving from full-time care to reduced support. 

It includes planning for the emotional, mental, and physical aspects of relapse, and is most often written down or saved somewhere physical for the individual to refer to if required.

When creating the plan, the individual is reminded that the process of addiction recovery will be gradual, it is a journey of self-improvement, and that they must be honest and flexible with themselves throughout this journey. 

With all these factors, an individual is likely to make much better progress with their remaining treatment programmes in Gloucester.

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The cost of private residential rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation is often renowned for being expensive, but this is not always the case. Often, the total cost depends on many choices, factors, and decisions made by the individual.

The longer the duration of the stay, the more expensive the final cost will be – much like rent. The quality of accommodation will also affect this.

Most centres will offer a choice of private or shared accommodation. Those who opt to stay with others in the same room, like a dormitory, will incur a smaller cost. 

For example, detox with a duration of 10 days in a single occupancy room can cost between £3,000 to £6,000, but the same stay in a multi-occupancy room will generally not cost more than £4,000. 

For the full recommended 28-day stay, multi-occupancy rooms can cost £6,000, but for single occupancy rooms, this is far higher, at around £8,000 to £12,000. 

Additionally, it is important to consider insurance within these calculations. Rehab 4 Addiction provides budgeting and financial advice to all who require it. 

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How long does rehab last?

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Many of the clinics we recommend in Gloucester offer four-week long rehab programmes.

Many of these drug and alcohol rehabs argue that it’s less effective to attend rehab for a week or two because therapy sessions are not able to treat the underlying mental causes of addiction over such a brief period.

From our experience, we typically recommend you remain in a rehab clinic for 28-days.

Lasting recovery requires a lifetime commitment, so committing 28 days to your recovery is a clear signal that you are taking your recovery seriously.

Your home environment will serve as a constant relapse trigger.

In order to loosen these addiction triggers and build up the mental might to overcome urges, you must remove yourself from your using environment for at least four weeks.

If you understand a one-or-two-week rehab programme, there is much more of a relapse risk when you return home.

A relapse will typically mean you must restart rehab all over again.

We urge you to avoid this situation by investing ample amounts of time in rehab the first time around.

It’s also worth noting that specialist addiction treatments such as cognitive behaviour therapy must be given enough time to take effect in helping defeat your addiction.

When it comes to therapy, alas there is no magic wand that is able to ‘cure’ you of your addiction.

However, specialist therapies applied vigorously over a four-week programme have proven to be a highly effective means of treating addiction and in helping you establish your long-term recovery.

If you suffer from severe mental health conditions or if you have relapsed on many occasions, it’s possible you may be better off attending a long-term rehab facility.

These facilities help you to change your behaviour so that you may stop using drugs and alcohol for good.

Typically, you must apply for Government funding for long-term rehab, and you will also be expected to contribute to the community in which you will be living during this time.

This could include working on an on-site farm or cooking and cleaning.

Some short-term rehab providers in Gloucester also offer longer-term programmes.

Contact us today to learn more about attending a long-term rehab in Gloucester.

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Alternatives to private rehabilitation

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Although private residential rehab is proven as the most effective and efficient method for treating addiction and recovery, there are several options for those who feel as though this is not the best option.

For example, there are numerous outpatient treatment programmes available within Gloucester.

Attending addiction support groups, support meetings or group therapy sessions such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are often recommended for those for whom residential rehab is not suitable. 

Completing programmes such as SMART Recovery is also very popular.

This includes working through a number of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques as well as motivational tools provided by a service provider. 

Additionally, and as mentioned previously, there is also the option of a home detox in cases where it is suitable and safe to do so. 

The risks of unmanaged drug and alcohol withdrawal

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Without seeking help for a problem with addiction, the issues can quickly become worse.

If left untreated, addiction can rapidly deteriorate, meaning that different features of addiction will also increase such as consumption level, withdrawal effects, and mental health issues. 

This, in turn, can cause massive health issues that range from mild such as headaches and flu-like symptoms, to severe such as organ damage to the heart, lungs, kidney, and brain.

Many other factors in the individual’s life may also suffer such as career, finance, and personal relationships. 

Finding help as soon as possible is in the individual’s best interest as it will reduce the intensity of care required as well as reduce the total time that may be spent in rehabilitation services.

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Cocaine addiction and rehabilitation 

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In addition to providing support for drug and alcohol addiction, there are a number of specific substances that Rehab 4 Addiction provides specific support for. 

One of the most common addictions in the UK is cocaine. This is a powerful stimulant and individual’s with very small usage can quickly find themselves caught in the cycle of addiction.

Taking cocaine long-term can result in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, and an increased risk of panic attacks.

An initial detox is essential for cocaine addiction, as the substances left in the body can cause long-term health impacts if not immediately alleviated. 

Further treatments can then be explored as mentioned in the later paragraphs. 

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Heroin addiction and rehabilitation 

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Another common substance that Rehab 4 Addiction has experience of handling rehabilitation for is heroin. This is another class A drug, and it derives from morphine.

The short-term euphoria that this drug causes make it a common substance for causing problems with addiction. Long-term use severely impacts the individual’s cognitive functioning. 

Again, an immediate detox is vital, especially in the case of a long history of addiction. This allows the individual to concentrate more on the rehabilitation programme ahead. 

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Cannabis addiction and rehabilitation 

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The final substance on which Rehab 4 Addiction offers specialist advice is cannabis.

Also known as marijuana or weed, this substance affects the body’s central nervous system, therefore impacting mood, perception, and other functions of the body. 

For all of these substances, there is a set process in which individuals can work through to treat their addiction.

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How these addictions can be treated through rehabilitation 

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Though the process differs for each type of addiction, as well as the individual differences involved, there are several steps that can be taken to design and work out a rehabilitation programme. 

A brief overview can be found below:

  • Meet/call the Rehab 4 Addiction team
  • Discuss and explain addiction and addictive behaviours 
  • Begin to gather an understanding of addiction and its effects 
  • Express individual needs and requirements
  • Understand the impact of addiction on other people e.g., friends and family
  • Create and talk through a personal addiction plan – tailored and flexible to your needs

This process can start as soon as today, so please do not hesitate to contact Rehab 4 Addiction today, either for yourself or on behalf of someone you know. 

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Facilities on offer at rehab in Gloucester

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The rehab clinics we recommend in Gloucester offer accommodation for up to 35 clients at one time. Many offer ensuite bedrooms and executive suites.

All are fitted with large beds and ensuite bathrooms for maximum comfort and privacy.

Many rooms have the benefit of a lush panoramic view of the serene Gloucester countryside.

A list of some facilities you will benefit from include:

  • Infra-red saunas
  • 40+ acres of land to explore
  • A jacuzzi hot tub
  • Many lakes for swimming, kayaking and fishing
  • On-site gym
  • Quality nutritious meals served by an in-house chef and kitchen staff

In addition to the above, you will also benefit from custom therapy. All recovery plans are tailored to your precise needs for maximum long-term benefit.

Once your treatment is concluded, you will then gain access to an excellent aftercare programme.

This ensures your recovery is continuously assisted once residential treatment has concluded.

Your recovery journey is really only just about to begin once rehab concludes, and you will require ongoing support, particularly during those initial critical months when relapse is most likely to strike.

How to choose a centre in Gloucester

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Since 1999 our partner drug and alcohol rehab clinics in Gloucester have continuously improved their offerings so that they may better serve your needs.

Before your treatment begins, you will be assigned to a caseworker. This person will help to ensure your recovery goals are being met during your stay at a Gloucester drug and alcohol rehab clinic.

You will also work closely with this person during aftercare sessions. These aftercare sessions commence once your residential rehab programme concludes.

Aftercare takes place at the same location where you underwent residential addiction treatment. You will also be encouraged to attend local Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

For many people in Gloucester who are battling with drug or alcohol addiction, a suitable course of action is to attend an inpatient rehab clinic. Gloucester has a good mix of private and charity run rehab clinics.

The key benefit of attending a private clinic is the speed at which your admission will take place.

Applying for publicly funded drug or alcohol rehab in Gloucester takes time, and unfortunately, not everybody will be successful in receiving state funding.

In contrast, private rehab clinics allow you to access their services without a prolonged application process. You may access the services of a private rehab clinic within hours rather than months.

For this reason, many people do elect to self-fund their own treatment.

When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we can recommend private rehab treatments that are right for your needs and affordable.

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What happens at rehab in Gloucester?

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  • Medically assisted detox programme: If you are addicted to alcohol or opiates, a medically assisted detox is essential. Each year, thousands of people die unnecessarily because they undergo a detox without medical assistance. For instance, alcohol detox may cause you to experience a range of deathly withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include a seizure, cardiac arrest, and a stroke. Fortunately, when you undergo a detox from the safety of an alcohol or drug rehab centre, you will be given powerful medications that all but avoid the risk of you suffering from deadly withdrawal symptoms.
  • Therapy sessions: These therapy sessions allow you to address the underlying mental causes of addiction. These causes may be due to co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. Many people who experience addiction may also have suffered a traumatic experience in the past. Therapy sessions aim to help you manage and alleviate negative emotions in healthy ways that do not involve substance misuse
  • Full psychiatric assessment: The psychiatrist will assess your physical and mental health conditions. Following this assessment, a fully personalised detox and rehab programme are then compiled. This plan will then be passed on to your assigned key worker for implementation over the course of the next 3-4 weeks.

How may I find out more?

To find out more about how Rehab 4 Addiction can assist you in selecting effective drug and alcohol rehab in Gloucester, contact us today.

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Rehab 4 Addiction offers effective addiction treatment across the South West region. We look forward to helping you or your loved one today.

Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

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