Rehab 4 Addiction

The office for national statistics’ report into drug misuse for the year ending in March 2020 showed that about 467,000 adults aged 16 to 24 had taken a Class A drug.

Alcohol Change also estimated that there were around 602,391 dependent drinkers in the UK.

And that’s not even considering the number of people who haven’t ever reached out for help, who are suffering in silence.

Help is there for those who need it – all you have to do is reach out.

Here we have more information about drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone, including types of treatment, detoxes and specific addictions.

Pre-Rehab Steps: Intervention

When someone suffering from addiction won’t get help themselves, and won’t listen in a regular conversation, intervention is often the answer.

During an intervention, the loved ones of the person will gather to read out letters, detailing how the addiction has affected them and how they would like things to change moving forward.

This is done with the guidance of a professional interventionalist – it can often give people the outside perspective they need to finally get help.

Beyond that initial conversation, the CRAFT approach is another way of continuing to help the person in recovery.

CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement And Family Training.

Family and friends will learn how to positively communicate with them, while also supporting their recovery and reinforcing positive behaviour.

How Do I Know I’m Addicted?

To answer this question fully, let’s first go over the difference between use, abuse and addiction.

  • Use simply means using drugs or alcohol.
  • Abuse means using to a point that is harmful, to yourself or to others.
  • Addiction is a disorder where you physically can’t stop yourself from abusing drugs or alcohol.

If you find that you:

  • Experience physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop using
  • Neglect important responsibilities in order to use
  • Have an increased disregard for danger or will put yourself in dangerous situations to use
  • Find that your substance use is damaging your relationships
  • Find that your substance use is damaging your professional life
  • You need to use increasing amounts of drugs or alcohol to get the same effect, due to an increased tolerance

There are also several official criteria and questionnaires that can tell you if you’re addicted or not.

CAGE

For alcoholism in particular, the CAGE Questionnaire is often used.

This asks four questions, with each one being represented by a letter in CAGE.

The four questions are, have you ever:

  1. Felt the need to Cut down on your drinking?
  2. Felt Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
  3. Had Guilty feelings about drinking?
  4. Taken a morning Eye opener?

How Much Does Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Maidstone Cost?

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Like many other aspects of this process, the cost of rehab will change depending on your specific needs.

If you go for private residential rehab, the average cost is about £495 a day.

If you have a 28-day stay, which is a typical length of time for treatment, that will add up to approximately £14,000.

But this can vary wildly from centre to centre, with some charging £1,000 a week and some charging £10,000 a week.

Facilities, the treatments you need, the location of the rehab and whether you choose a single or multi-occupancy room all have a significant effect on price.

When researching any particular rehab centre, you should always make sure that they’re affordable to you.

Is Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Maidstone Covered By Health Insurance?

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It’s a little bit complicated, but the short answer is yes.

It’s covered by many policies – but this does depend on the package you have and the insurance company you’re with.

Private healthcare providers that can cover addiction include:

  • BUPA
  • Aviva
  • Blue Cross Shield
  • Cigna
  • WPA
  • AXA

Including addiction can also sometimes make your private insurance more expensive, so be sure to check up on that.

It can also be covered by employee health insurance – but you would be required to tell your employer about your addiction.

Is Drug And Alcohol Rehab On The NHS?

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Yes, funding for private rehab is available via the NHS, but it is notoriously difficult to obtain.

You’ll need to go before a funding committee, with the funding being ring-fenced and administered by the local council.

This can take many months to process, while you also need to meet various criteria to qualify.

Going further back, to apply for funding in the first place, you’ll need to seek help from a statutory body like the Westminster Drug Project.

If you’re already suffering mentally or physically from your addiction, going through an often tough process where you need to consistently prove that you need treatment can be extremely exhausting.

How Long Does Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Maidstone Last For?

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Like many other parts of this process, the amount of time you spend on drug and alcohol rehab will depend on several factors.

Different kinds of treatment take different amounts of time, it will likely take you longer to heal if you have a more severe addiction and, in a worst-case scenario, your initial treatment might not work effectively.

If you have more severe mental health issues, you also might need to focus on that for longer.

This is something that you should research according to the specifics of your situation.

When you get in touch with Rehab 4 Addiction, we can also discuss it with you and answer any questions you may have.

But overall, we’d recommend an absolute minimum of 7 days for alcohol detox, followed by 28 days to focus on your mental health, using various kinds of therapy and counselling.

Therapies take time to work effectively, especially if you have years of issues to work through.

NHS VS Private Addiction Treatment

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Private and NHS treatment both have their benefits and drawbacks – once again, it just depends on what works best for you.

NHS treatment is of course available to everyone whatever their financial circumstances, and there are a lot of great services available.

But it’s also often less specialised and tailored to you, which is often needed as addiction can be such a personal issue.

NHS addiction treatment funding is also infamously difficult to obtain and as a result, it can often be an emotionally draining process.

In particular, private rehab generally has more consistent access to a wider selection of therapy.

Going away to a private rehab space could also give you a chance to “reset”, getting away from whatever might have been driving your addiction so you can make a fresh start.

At the same time, NHS treatment might be more likely to be based in your local area in comparison to private residential rehab.

This is both more convenient and more comfortable for a lot of people.

Inpatient Or Outpatient Treatment In Maidstone

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Residential treatment isn’t the only option for drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone.

If you have a less severe addiction and would feel more comfortable staying at home, outpatient treatment could be a good option for you.

While inpatient treatment involves staying at a residential centre, outpatient treatment involves regular contact with a professional team and visits to a centre.

Which you go for will largely depend on your specific needs.

As mentioned previously, residential treatment often works better for more severe addictions, as they’re more thorough in nature.

They essentially surrounding you with constant in-person care and support.

If the addiction is being driven by a toxic home environment, it can also give the person a chance to get away.

Even if they’re not, in more severe cases it could be vital to get away and reset for a while.

On the other hand, managing your own recovery and having more space in an environment you feel comfortable in could suit some people better.

Alcohol Detox & Rehab In Maidstone

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Like other addictions, alcohol produces withdrawal symptoms if and when you attempt to stop using.

These symptoms come from dependency, where your body becomes reliant on whatever you’re addicted to.

And in the case of alcohol, a lot of these symptoms are physical.

Withdrawal symptoms for alcohol include:

Rehabs offer care and treatment to help you curb these withdrawal symptoms.

During detox, your intake will slowly be reduced whilst you undertake a specific course of medications to minimise withdrawal symptoms.

For alcohol, we’d recommend a Librium-based detox over a 10-day period, followed by a further 3 weeks in rehab to tackle the emotional causes of your addiction with therapy and counselling.

After that, we’ll help you to develop a relapse prevention plan.

In this plan, among other aspects, triggers will be identified and lifestyle changes you might need to make will be laid out.

Alongside this, a plan will be put in place if you do relapse.

Rehab For Cocaine In Maidstone

Although cocaine isn’t physically addictive, it’s still an incredibly dangerous addiction to have.

Long term cocaine use has a range of negative effects, including damage to internal organs, the eyes and the nose.

This can make quitting cocaine use extremely difficult.

Among many others, withdrawal symptoms for cocaine include:

  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of pleasure
  • Extreme agitation and irritability
  • Paranoia

Cocaine causes a high followed by a crash, encouraging repeat uses at ever larger doses.

Strong cravings occur during this crash, while the cycle of use puts you at risk of mental health issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Paranoia

In addition to increasingly reckless behaviour, this can also cause personality changes which can do huge damage to your life.

More information about cocaine rehab specifically is available here.

Rehab For Heroin Rehab In Maidstone

Heroin is highly physically addictive, with withdrawal symptoms including:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhoea

Heroin is an opiate, meaning it binds to opioid receptors in your brain.

It affects your brain’s reward system, producing feelings of pleasure during use.

It’s been estimated that one in four people who use heroin become addicted to it.

In cases of heroin addiction, you’ll need to do a full physical detox.

Your intake will slowly be reduced until the worst above symptoms are avoided.

Then, like other kinds of rehab, we can then move on to your emotional recovery through therapy and counselling.

More information on heroin detox is available here, and more information on heroin rehab treatment is available here.

Rehab For Cannabis In Maidstone

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Although cannabis is generally more socially accepted than other drugs, it can still be addictive.

In fact, some studies have estimated that around 30% of users have some kind of use problem.

If you find that you can’t function without it, you should seek out help.

Withdrawal symptoms for cannabis include:

  • Tiredness
  • An increased appetite
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • A persistent cough
  • Impaired judgment

Like with all withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to remember that these will vary depending on the severity of your addiction.

As cannabis is not physically addictive, it won’t require a detox.

Instead, there will be a strong focus on helping you to emotionally heal, through various kinds of therapy and counselling.

We have more information on cannabis rehab here.

Kinds Of Therapies On Offer

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As addiction links so strongly with mental health, therapies are a huge part of addiction treatment.

Alongside the issues like depression and anxiety that drug and alcohol abuse can exacerbate, abuse itself usually comes from deeper underlying issues.

 

A majority of people with addIt’s important that we confront these root causes during your treatment.

Having said that, the kinds of therapy most often on offer during drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone are:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Often shortened to CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to eliminate the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns that can cause you to use again.

In this context, these thoughts are called cognitive distortions.

More specifically, it teaches you to break down each problem into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Alongside other techniques, CBT also uses real-world scenarios to teach you to problem-solve more effectively.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – The aim of DBT is to teach you to regulate your emotions while using the same model as CBT.

Like most other treatments on this list, this can also be used for a variety of other issues besides addiction.

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Brief Interventions – These are essentially check-ins with a professional to monitor your progress as you recover.

Motivational Interviewing – In motivational interviewing, you’ll be asked a series of non-judgmental questions, designed to inspire you to change.

This is often called a “guiding style of communication” and is as much a conversation structure as it is a counselling technique.

Holistic Therapies – Holistic therapies focus on healing the whole self, as its name coming from the Greek for “whole”, holos, would suggest.

It’s really more of an umbrella term for various therapies, which are often activity-based.

Many of these have different benefits – for example, those who love animals and need to learn more about their communication style would benefit well from equine therapy.

At the same time, people who like to express themselves through art might do well with art therapy or music therapy.

Outdoor adventure therapy focuses on teamwork and developing problem-solving skills in natural environments.

Group Therapy – those going through addiction can often feel alone, especially if those around them haven’t personally experienced what they’re going through.

Group therapy can allow you to form permeant connections with people going through the same things as you, alleviating this feeling as you all support each other.

It should be noted that this is different to a support group – one therapist will work with your entire group at once.

A support group, on the other hand, is where you gather specifically to share your experiences.

Individual Therapy – You also might need a space to explore your personal issues with a therapist, one to one.

Individual therapy gives you a private and confidential space, where your own emotional recovery is the entire goal of your conversations.

If you feel ashamed of your addiction or actions you may have taken because of it, this could also be for you.

Family Therapy – Addiction can have a devastating impact on those around the addict, especially their families.

If you’ve experienced a family members’ addiction, you’ll likely have a lot of your own issues to work through and your family dynamic might need repairing.

Family therapy can help everyone involved to heal.

And it can help the recovery of the addict too, as it will mean they have a much stronger support system moving forward.

Co-dependency Treatment – Speaking of unhealthy relationship structures, co-dependency is one that can often develop from addictions.

It essentially means that one person’s needs being put over another’s, as well as destructive behaviours being enabled.

There are specific therapies and treatments to help deal with this, which can be accessed as part of addiction treatment.

If you would like to learn more about co-dependency, you can do so here.

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Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) – As the name would indicate, Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy uses the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as a guide to structure recovery.

These are:

  1. Admitting that you’re powerless over your addiction
  2. Accepting a higher power (although this doesn’t necessarily have to be religious)
  3. Turning your life over to that higher power
  4. Taking a moral inventory of yourself
  5. Admitting your wrongs to yourself, your chosen higher power and someone else
  6. Being ready for your higher power to help heal these wrongs
  7. Asking your higher power to help remove your shortcomings
  8. Making a list of people you might have harmed before you sought out help
  9. Making amends to the people on your list
  10. Continuing to take personal inventory and admit where you’re wrong
  11. Asking your higher power for help with things you can’t manage yourself
  12. Continuing to grow, learn and change, whilst carrying what you’ve learned to others

The Importance Of Dual Diagnosis For Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Maidstone

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As we’ve already established, drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone doesn’t just tackle the physical side of addiction.

Some of the most frequently occurring psychiatric disorders associated with substance misuse are:

Rehabs aim to tackle all of these with evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy and Holistic Therapies.

This is why it’s very important to acknowledge any underlying mental health issues you might have from the start, alongside any physical conditions.

How Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Maidstone Helps With Relapse Prevention

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It can change a little depending on your specific addiction, but generally, drug and alcohol rehab in Maidstone has three stages: detoxification, rehabilitation and aftercare.

Once the other two stages are done, the main aim of aftercare is preventing relapse.

One of the main ways this is done is via a relapse prevention plan, sketched out during the main part of your treatment.

We usually start off by reflecting with you on your life prior to treatment, as well as your treatment experience.

This plan is there to help you remain sober in the outside world, so it’s important that we establish all the important background information first.

We’ll then identify any of your potential trigger points, teaching you how to avoid them, so you be able to manage if you encounter them in the outside world.

Hopefully, you’ll effectively learn how to identify these triggers at their earliest stages.

We’ll also plan out any lifestyle changes you may need to make – if there’s anything toxic in your life that’s driving your addiction, this is your opportunity to get away from it.

At the same time, we’ll create an effective plan for if you do relapse, including contact details of anyone who should be called if the worst does happen.

Finally, on a more positive note, we’ll also help you to set goals for progress, to help you live a healthier life.

These goals will of course vary and change over time, but they could include getting a certain amount of exercise, getting outside more or even making a new friend.

A Guide To Aftercare

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Aftercare is the final, transitional stage of rehab where you’ll continue your recovery through various local treatments.

Some of the most popular choices are:

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – Like group therapies,  these inspiring support groups allow you to form connections with people who have similar experiences to you.

They also give you a safe and confidential space to air all of your feelings, in a supported environment.

During the aftercare stage especially, you can also help to keep each other on track, further reducing the risk of relapse.

Al-Anon Family Group Meetings – support groups aren’t just for those suffering from addiction.

Al-Anon is made specifically for the families of addiction sufferers, providing support and guidance for those who are worried about their loved ones.

SMART Recovery – Self Management and Recovery Training, or SMART, puts more of a focus on self-sufficiency.

SMART teaches participants to cope with their own urges, manage their own thoughts, feelings and behaviours, build and maintain their own motivation and ultimately manage their own recovery.

This is of course great for avoiding relapse once your initial treatment is done, as you’ll already be fully used to coping in your new sober life.

Home Detox – going further back to the detox stage of recovery, home detox is a great option for those who don’t want to or cannot enter rehab.

We should note that this is different to an unsupported detox, where people try to go cold turkey without any professional help or support.

Professionally supported detoxes will allow you to slowly reduce your intake while avoiding withdrawal symptoms, through both the support of a professional team and various medications.

Contacting Rehab 4 Addiction

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To undertake your free telephone assessment, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690.

This assessment is carried out by a trained counsellor.

We aim to complete this assessment within a thirty-minute time frame.

Following the completion of this assessment, we then match you up with suitable rehab centres in Maidstone.

Whatever your recovery needs may be, Rehab 4 Addiction is here to support you every step of the way.

We sincerely look forward to receiving your call.

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