Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Leicester

At Rehab 4 Addiction we believe addiction is a disease. Like all diseases, addiction must be tackled with scientific and therapeutic methods that lead to long-term recovery.

Despite its negative consequences, people addicted to drugs and alcohol will continue to seek out these substances due to uncontrollable cravings.

When you attend Rehab 4 Addiction’s revolutionary treatment centre in Leicester, you will begin to untangle your addiction and finally be able to control these cravings without resorting to drug and alcohol use.

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Understanding the disease of addiction

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To understand the complexities of addiction and its neurobiology, it’s important to understand the brain’s reward pathways.

Information travels through the VTA area of the brain up to the nucleus acumens and finally to the prefrontal cortex.

This is known as the brain’s ‘reward structure’ or ‘reward pathways.’ Information travels via the neurotransmitter known as ‘dopamine’.

These messages trigger the pleasure-producing chemical known as opioids.

Thanks to this evolved structure contained in your brain, you are able to experience pleasure when you eat food, drink water or have sex.

However, addiction hijacks this system, so you experience urges to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Specifically, alcohol or drug use alters the way your brain functions.

Long term abuse of drugs and alcohol alters the chemical and physical structure of your brain, so you crave drugs and alcohol akin to the way you crave sex, water and food.

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Who is rehab suitable for?

Professionally supported drug and alcohol rehab is nearly always the best way forward.

If you’re at a stage where your addiction is having any kind of negative impact on your life and you still can’t stop? That’s the point where you should seek out help.

Rehab also works for all kinds of addictions, from heroin to cocaine, to alcohol. Whatever your issue is, we’ll be there to help support and guide you.

If you’re still not sure if it’s right for you, you could always contact an organisation like Rehab 4 Addiction, which will be able to objectively and professionally assess your situation.

The admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab in Leicester


In the early stages of drug and alcohol rehab in Leicester, both the ASAM patient placement criteria and the DSM-5 Three Levels of Severity will be used to analyse your case.

The former of the two uses 6 dimensions specifically to analyse the severity of your case.

These are:

  1. Acute intoxication and/or Withdrawal potential – This looks into your past and your potential for withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Biomedical conditions and complications – The second dimension takes a look at your current health specifically.
  3. Emotional, Behavioural or Cognitive Conditions and Complications – This goes more towards the mental health side of recovery. It explores your thoughts, emotions and current mental state overall.
  4. Readiness to change – As the name would suggest, this stage of assessment looks at how prepared you are to change your life, as well as your behaviour.
  5. Relapse, continued use or Continued Problem Potential – The potential for continued addiction issues, including relapse, is also significant.
  6. Recovery/Living Environment – The final step of the patient placement criteria takes a look at your current environment, including your living situation and the people around you

The DSM-5 also has eleven criteria for addiction – but only three levels of severity: mild, moderate and severe.

The severe level is where a problem is defined as an addiction.

These stages are defined by the number of symptoms. If you have two or three symptoms, you’ll be diagnosed with a mild substance abuse disorder.

If you have four or five, that will be considered a moderate substance abuse disorder.

Finally, six or more symptoms indicate a severe substance abuse disorder, which is defined as an addiction as we said previously.

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Pre-rehab stages: addiction

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If you’re concerned about a loved one and can’t get through to them, an intervention might be your best option.

A professional interventionist will help you in both a traditional intervention and the CRAFT approach.

In a traditional intervention, the friends and family of the person potentially at risk will gather, to air their concerns.

More specifically, they’ll write letters detailing what the person means to them, the ways that the addiction has affected them and how they’d like to move forward in the future.

The CRAFT approach encourages healthy, constructive conversation. While following this, you’ll reward and positively reinforce the person with the addiction.

You’ll also learn how to communicate with them positively, while also taking real steps to live a healthy lifestyle as a family.

CRAFT seems like a handy acronym, but the name actually has a meaning behind it. More specifically, it stands for Community Reinforcement And Family Training.

Beyond even the person suffering from addiction themselves recovering, it’s important that the people around them learn how to deal with the situation appropriately too.

Addiction issues can often fracture all kinds of relationships, including family ones. Through CRAFT, everyone can heal together.

What are the criteria for DSM-5 addiction/substance abuse disorder?

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Before we go into detail on addiction treatment, let’s look at what addiction is in a bit more detail.

There are a couple of key criteria for substance abuse disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as DSM-5.

The 11 official ones are:

  1. A lot of time spent using the substance you’re addicted to, or drinking. When we bring this up, we mean using to a level that is completely unhealthy. You should remember that use, abuse and addiction are three separate things, although they are interlinked. Use simply means using drugs or alcohol on any level. Abuse means used to an unhealthy extent, as we just mentioned. Addiction is a disorder where you can’t stop yourself from using. All three often lead into each other, but not in every case. Another massive warning sign of this criteria is if even other people have started to notice it.
  2. Repeated failed attempts to quit using, because of either psychological symptoms/barriers or withdrawal symptoms. If you keep trying to quit and find that you either physically or mentally cant’, then this is a huge sign that you need help.
  3. Withdrawalwithdrawal symptoms occur at a point where dependency has developed and can range from tremors to seizures and hallucinations. As we’re going to discuss a bit more later, this is primarily dealt with at the beginning of treatment via detoxes.
  4. Cravings for whatever you’re addicted to – This also falls under psychological symptoms. Cravings are a huge withdrawal symptom Potential triggers for cravings (and how to deal with them) are also often a huge part of any good relapse prevention plan.
  5. Skipping activities you would have previously enjoyed and/or participated in. This is one of many ways that addiction takes control of your life. If you have a serious enough level of addiction, you’ll likely find yourself withdrawing from things you would have previously enjoyed. Giving up hobbies, interests or clubs is a good example of this.
  6. Neglecting major responsibilities in your professional and personal life – This is similar to the above but on a more serious level. If you have responsibilities in your workplace, to your family, or do anything else and you’re neglecting that for the sake of your addiction, you need to get help. This is a point where relationships and other important parts of your life can really be damaged.
  7. Social or personal problems based on your use. This can also link back to addiction damaging your personal life in particular. Addiction can often have a devastating impact on personal relationships. If you do choose to seek out help, this will be something you’ll need to fix later down the line. Making amends to people you might have hurt may not be easy – but
  8. An increased tolerance, which can be an early sign of dependence. If you need to take more to get the same effect, this could be an early warning sign of a more serious addiction developing. Dependence then causes withdrawal symptoms and we’ve already established that those can be a major barrier for many people.
  9. Using large amounts of whatever you’re addicted to for a longer period of time, linking back to the point we just made about increased tolerance. As well as long term health damage, this will increase the impact of addiction on your life overall.
  10. Physical health problems and mental health issues/psychological problems as a result of repeated and continued use. This could include depression and anxiety, or long term health impacts of the kind we just discussed, ranging from liver damage to permeant brain damage.
  11. Using to the point where you’re going to harm yourself. This often comes from the increased tolerance we mentioned earlier. If your use keeps on increasing, it may reach a point of overdosing, which can be deadly.

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How long does rehab usually last?

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This can vary by quite a bit, depending on the kind of addiction that you’re recovering from, as well as its severity. Residential rehab could last any time from a month to a few months, to a year.

If you choose to get in touch with Rehab For Addiction, we’ll assess you right from the start, to look at what you specifically need.

The three factors that could go into this decision are:

  • What you’re addicted to – different substances can be addictive at different levels, with alcohol also falling into its own category. Certain addictions might need longer treatment periods, especially in more severe cases.
  • How long you’ve been addicted for – This is also something that can have a huge impact on the severity of your case. Addiction typically gets worse over time. So if you’ve been suffering from addiction for a long time, you might need more intensive treatment.
  • The level of support that you currently have around you/your current home environment – If you’re not currently in an environment that will be helpful for your recovery, you might want to spend longer at residential rehab.

Detoxes often last for around 3 weeks, with the absolute minimum for alcohol detox being 7 days.

How much does drug and alcohol rehab in Leicester typically cost?

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The price of any kind of rehab can vary based on the centre you choose. The kind of room you choose can also have an impact, as single and multiple occupancy rooms will also have price differences.

Unfortunately, it could also end up being more costly if you have worse issues, as you might need longer and more frequent stays in residential rehab.

It’s important to fully research this, to ensure that you’re financially as well as emotionally prepared.

With Rehab 4 Addiction, a 10-day detox with a single room will range from £3,000 to £6,000, while the cost of multiple occupancies will vary from £2,000 to £6,000.

Things can also change depending on how long your stay in rehab is.

For example, a 28-day stay usually costs £6,000 for a multiple occupancy room, while a single occupancy for that length of time would usually be £8,000 to £12,000.

Finally, as we’re going to detail later, home detoxes are also an option. These usually cost around £1,500 and we’re going to have more detail on what they entail a bit later.

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Private vs Council Funded Rehab

Both private and council-funded rehab have their benefits. To start off, private rehab is often more specialised and geared towards your personal needs.

If you go for council-funded rehab, you might also have to face long waiting lists.

Council-funded rehab also has a wide variety of fantastic services, including one to one support, stabilisation, counselling and relapse prevention, motivational interviewing and assessments for residential rehab.

Like everything else in this process, it all just depends on what you specifically need.

At home alcohol detox in Leicester

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Now let’s look at detoxing, specifically in Leicester. You might be recommended this if you’re not identified as high risk – if you have a more severe addiction, it could be dangerous.

In that case, it’s much better for you to go into an environment where you’re continually surrounded by treatment and where you can constantly be kept on track.

Generally, you’ll be recommended for an at-home detox for alcohol if you’re drinking more than 30 units a day.

If this does turn out to be your situation, you’ll get an assessment from us and then will be guided through the rest of your detox from a distance.

The point where you don’t require a detox can vary from substance to substance and it’s also different with alcohol.

But generally in the latter case, if you’ve gone 24 hours without a drink and aren’t experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you should be fine to move past this first stage.

And finally, in terms of timings, it might vary slightly based on the organisation you go to and how severe your case is – but alcohol detox of any kind lasts for about 7 to 10 days on average.

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The risks of unmanaged withdrawal

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Like any other kind of addiction, alcohol withdrawal comes with several risky symptoms.

Unlike drugs which cause a period of manic energy followed by a crash, with cocaine being one of the biggest examples, the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol are mostly physical.

The mildest are probably tremors, while the worst are vomiting, sweating, headaches and anxiety. All of these occur at a point in addiction where your body has adjusted to alcohol.

This is called dependence. This is why we nearly always recommend professional support.

Detoxes can leave a huge emotional impact on both the person going through it and those around them.

As you’ve already seen, the symptoms are often highly unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst, no matter what you’re detoxing from.

But breaking down your physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol is a vital part of the process, which will allow you to move on to subsequent treatments.

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Rehab for cocaine in Leicester

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As we previously mentioned, cocaine is known to cause a period of manic energy, followed by a crash. As a result, it causes strong psychological withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia/a disrupted sleep schedule
  • Fatigue
  • In the most extreme cases, paranoia, or at least extreme suspicion

More specifically, cocaine has been linked to neurotransmitters in your brain, which are essentially chemical messengers.

Research has shown cocaine specifically to influence:

  • Serotonin (a lack of this is linked with depression)
  • Nnorepinephrine (a stress hormone)
  • Glutamate (which sends signals between nerve cells and is also connected to learning, as well as memory)
  • and Gamma-aminobutyric acid (an amino acid that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which blocks certain signals in your brain and decreases activity in your nervous system).

This then produces a calming effect and helps to prevent seizures in some cases.)

This strong psychological impact then means that cocaine withdrawal requires more focus on mental health.

The key signs of a cocaine addiction might also be more behavioural, as a result of these withdrawal symptoms.

Contingency management, which uses a system of rewards known as “reinforcements”, has also been shown to be highly effective when treating cocaine addiction in particular.

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Rehab for heroin in Leicester

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The withdrawal symptoms for heroin are once again more physical. As it’s an opiate, they’re also among the most extreme in that category, with some of the most common being:

  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Agitation/anxiety

Heroin use, in particular, activates opioid receptors in the brain, which gives users euphoric feelings and alters pain perception.

It creates a surge of dopamine in your brains’ reward system, which runs from your prefrontal cortex. This then compels the user to try it again, which is why it’s so addictive.

In this case, an increased tolerance doesn’t just result in withdrawal symptoms.

This can also apply to other drugs that can be taken by snorting or smoking – but those who do may soon start injecting themselves if they weren’t doing that already.

This can expose you to a whole host of diseases like HIV, as well as skin infections.

When it comes to detoxes, symptoms usually start about 6 to 8 hours after your last dose, will peak after one to three days and will subside after about a week.

But even after this time, symptoms may persist, especially if you have a more severe addiction.

The most effective treatments for heroin are ones that reinforce positive patterns of behaviour.

Three of the biggest examples of this are cognitive behavioural therapy, contingency management and motivational interviewing.

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Rehab for cannabis in Leicester

The withdrawal symptoms for cannabis are generally a mix of physical and psychological.

If you experience any of the following, it’s highly likely that you have a dependence:

  • Headaches
  • Not being able to focus properly
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping/insomnia

Many people like to use cannabis casually, with it even being legal in a lot of places. But long term use does have side effects and there’s potential for addiction there like any other drug.

In fact, around 10% of people who are exposed to it go on to become addicted.

Even in the short term, many people find that they feel nauseous, anxious or paranoid after only using it once.

Overall, cannabis affects your central nervous system, meaning that long term psychological damage can be done with extended use/abuse.

If you experience any of the withdrawal symptoms above or find yourself unable to stop using, you should seek out help.

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Types of therapy on offer through drug and alcohol rehab in Leicester

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As mental health is such a huge part of addiction, it stands to reason that mental health treatments like therapy and counselling will be a big part of treatment.

As we discussed earlier, brief interventions can often help a person in denial see that they need help.

Cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing can also help a person to analyse their current behaviour. In the former specifically, toxic thinking and behaviour patterns will be rooted out.

In the latter, a series of non-judgmental questions will encourage you to re-examine your previous actions.

Dialectal behavioural therapy meanwhile, is built on the same model as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. But here there’s a stronger focus on emotions and more specifically controlling them.

Holistic therapies, meanwhile, put the focus onto a particular activity. Art and music therapy, for example, allow you to express yourself creatively while you heal.

Co-dependency means sacrificing your needs for the sake of others. This often occurs in any type of relationship where someone has an addiction.

The person on the opposite side of it can feel like they need to take care of the person suffering, but this can become toxic and unhealthy in the long run.

Treatment to help you both heal from this could be something to consider.

Healing amongst people with similar experiences can also be highly important. As a result, group therapy is often used for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

This is also why support groups and fellowship groups are so commonly used.

As the name would suggest, twelve-step facilitation therapy means following 12 step programmes. These self-help groups use 12 essential stages to get you through treatment.

The three key ideas at the centre of this are:

  • Acceptance (accepting that you have a problem and that you need help with it)
  • Surrender (giving yourself to a higher power, which doesn’t necessarily have to be religious)
  • and Active involvement in treatment/12 step meetings and activities.

On the opposite side of things to group therapy, individual therapy will allow you to truly work through your trauma.

Finally, addiction can also have an extremely negative impact on a family – so family therapy could also be good for everyone involved.

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The importance of dual diagnoses for co-occurring disorders at rehab

Many people about to go through addiction treatment may also be facing multiple diagnoses. They could have a multitude of mental health issues.

These can sometimes be a reason for addiction starting in the first place, or they could be caused by continual drug and/or alcohol abuse.

The chemical impact that both drugs and alcohol have on your brain are known to cause conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Part of the reason why they’re so addictive and why they produce the effects that they do is because of the way they affect your mind.

Many people also end up with addictions due to underlying mental health issues. These will also need to be dealt with for you to move forward.

You don’t need to be worried if you have a multitude of issues – Rehab 4 Addiction is fully equipped to deal with a variety of addiction issues, meaning everything you need to heal from will be covered.

Relapse prevention planning at rehab

Once you’ve completed your initial treatment and are at the aftercare stage, relapse prevention planning will also come into play.

The exact plan to (hopefully) prevent relapse and make the impacts of one less severe if it does happen, needs a few essential items.

One of those is a list of any potential triggers and cravings, so you can become aware and can avoid them.

Similarly, you might also need to list off lifestyle changes to make once you finish rehab.

This could include your job, relationships, your living situation, or anything else that was triggering you before.

You should always, always talk it through with experts before making any dramatic life changes. But it could be what’s best for your future.

Finally, as we briefly mentioned before, any good relapse prevention plan will also include a strategy for if the worst happens.

This should be exactly what should be done in this scenario, as well as any necessary contact details.

This doesn’t just include professionals – it could be support people in your life or loved ones who fulfil the same role.

The important thing is that all the people who need to be there can get to you in an emergency.

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How Rehab 4 Addiction may help

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When you attend treatment in Leicester, you are educated on how the disease of addiction arises. This knowledge empowers you in your fight against addiction.

Understanding how the disease of addiction works allows you to consciously understand your destructive behaviours and also arms you with strategies to finally defeat your addiction once and for all.

Information about the rehab clinic in Leicester

The rehab clinic provides a range of professional staff members to help you through this delicate period. These professionals include nursing staff, as well as psychiatrists and addiction counsellors.

You will be assessed by a psychiatrist when you arrive at the rehab clinic. This is important because you may require medications to treat withdrawal symptoms.

The role of counsellors and therapists is important once you feel strong enough to engage in your rehabilitation. Loved ones and friends may visit you too during your stay.

The rehab clinic has many therapy rooms, including private therapy rooms where you may engage in one-to-one therapy sessions.

The rehab itself is located just outside the city in a suburban setting. The rehab has a large dining room with a grand piano and a traditional fireplace.

There is also a small library. As well as therapy rooms, there is also a small gymnasium and steam room/sauna.

The gardening areas are large enough to allow you to stretch your legs and get plenty of fresh air.

There is also a kitchen area for you to prepare snacks, although the rehab clinic does employ chefs and cooks to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Developing self-soothing strategies and defeating self-attacks


It’s very difficult for people to stop drug or alcohol use when an addiction to these substances has arisen.

Self-medication through substance misuse becomes a way to ‘soothe’ the self when natural self-soothing mechanisms have not been developed in early childhood.

For instance, a child may be left crying for a long period of time without being picked up or a child may be abused or humiliated on a consistent basis.

This trauma interferes with self-soothing mechanisms that develop during early childhood.

It’s important to keep in mind that as much as a person wishes to stop their drug or alcohol use, cravings make it difficult to stop.

It makes sense that this ambivalence towards addiction exists because alcohol and drug use is a way to adapt to stress and conflict.

These substances are usually viewed as a ‘friend’ during periods of loneliness and a way to feel comfortable during social interactions.

It’s thus understandable why many addicts struggle to ‘let go’ of this ‘friend’ manifesting itself in the form of addiction.

Identifying triggers and defeating addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction’s team of dedicated therapist help our patients recognise these ‘triggers of addiction’.

We achieve this by offering a range of therapeutic techniques such as voice therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and rational emotive behaviour therapy.

Therapy is given on a residential basis. This means patients are removed from their normal environment whilst therapy is given.

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No pressure treatment at your pace

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When we treat people with drug or alcohol addiction in Leicester, it’s important that we suspend what we think the patient wants or what we feel is a suitable treatment approach.

We instead listen to what the person wants as they struggle with their drug or alcohol addiction.

When we listen and investigate, we gain insight into their reasons for continuing to abuse drugs and alcohol.

Above all, no particular treatment is ever ‘imposed’ on any of our clients.

Addressing shame and negativity


Substance users are commonly plagued with feelings of guilt and self-attacks.

This shame and self-attacks result in depression, psychosomatic illness and thought confusion.

Many of these people may be resistant to the idea of seeking therapy.

For this reason, many of our patients often take a ‘step back‘ in their therapy until real progress is made.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we do not impose pressure on our patients to make immediate progress.

Instead, we create a relaxing and calming therapeutic environment where patients are allowed to make progress at their own pace.

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Abstinence-based treatment without the shackles of failure

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At Rehab 4 Addiction, we solely provide abstinence-based programmes. This means patients are encouraged and given the tools to eliminate drugs and alcohol from their lives entirely.

However, patients may experience feelings of failure when they cannot meet the abstinence expectation.

For this reason, our patients are taught to avoid relapse and to view relapse as part of their journey to long-term recovery should it occur.

To reduce the risk of relapse, we offer a generous aftercare service. This service is free of charge and included in all the rehabilitation and detoxification plans we offer.

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The alternatives to going to rehab


If residential rehab really isn’t for you, there are alternative options. The first of these is inpatient treatment. Here, you’ll mostly receive the same treatment as inpatient treatment, but in an at-home setting.

This is less intensive than healing in a residential space, so it’s normally recommended for those with less severe addiction issues.

It can also be beneficial for those who are more comfortable staying at home for treatment.

You could also get treatment through your GP – or you could attend support groups, outside of a specified treatment plan. These will allow you to connect with people who’ve had similar experiences.

You can share your story with them and hear their stories in return, which is very freeing for a lot of people.

Whichever way you go, any kind of treatment is better than not getting help at all. If you’re struggling in any way, please reach out.

Another option is to attend a local fellowship group in Leicester. Examples include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery.

Getting help now in Leicester

To access Rehab 4 Addiction’s revolutionary drug and alcohol treatment in Leicester, contact our admissions team today without delay on 0800 140 4690.

Alternatively, contact us through this website. We offer a range of detox and rehab options in Leicester to suit most addictions and mental health issues.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers drug and alcohol rehab in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and Lincolnshire.

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