Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Norwich

Do you live in Norwich and are you concerned about your drug or alcohol use? Is your drinking or drug use affecting your health, family and employment?

We provide instant access to many rehabilitation centres located in Norwich.

You will not be expected to join any sort of ‘waiting list’ before you are able to join the comprehensive residential treatment options we provide.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we believe your addiction is a medical emergency requiring urgent treatment.

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Who is rehab suitable for?

It can be difficult to spot addiction, and it is common for individuals to therefore have doubts regarding whether they are in need of rehab treatment.

While the details of each person’s addiction can vary, some of the most common signs that rehab is needed are:

  • Consuming drugs or alcohol on a day-to-day basis or in excessive quantities – i.e. more than 25-30 units of alcohol per day
  • Being unable to stop substance use by yourself
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop substance use
  • Experiencing financial or relationship problems as a result of your substance use
  • Losing interest in hobbies or your career as a result of substance use
  • Experiencing more frequent health problems or exacerbated mental health troubles as a result of substance use

If some of these traits are present, it is likely that an individual is suffering from addiction and needs support.

If unsure, it can be helpful to reach out to a doctor or GP and get a professional opinion.

The stages of addiction treatment in Norwich

When you attend our Norwich rehabilitation centre, you will take part in a holistic and evidence-based treatment programme.

This programme has long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as its principal aim.

This ensures you avoid the ‘revolving doors’ approach to drug and alcohol treatment that’s prevalent in so many treatment centres around the United Kingdom today.

The stages of drug and alcohol addiction treatment include:

  1. Assessment
  2. Initial detoxification
  3. Therapy and education
  4. Aftercare planning, reintegration and relapse prevention

Each of the above stages of your treatment must be tackled if you wish to achieve your long-term abstinence goals.

Your treatment programme taking place in Norwich aims to devote a substantial amount of time to each of the above four stages.

Now we outline each of these four stages below.

Stage 1: Assessment

The assessment you receive begins before you gain access to the treatment centre in Norwich. The initial assessment takes place over the telephone with one of our advisors.

During this assessment, we aim to determine the severity of your addiction to drugs and alcohol. We also note down any prior treatment programmes you have attended in the past.

When you attend a Norwich rehab centre, you will then be assessed by a psychiatrist. This assessment is more thorough than the telephone assessment we describe above.

Following this in-person assessment, the psychiatrist will prescribe you medication designed to control withdrawal symptoms that arise during detoxification.

Stage 2: Detoxification

The second stage of rehabilitation is to undergo a full detoxification programme. Here you receive medication that will slightly sedate you.

This ensures you are able to function without experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms.

The detoxification programme you receive in Norwich will be supervised by a team of medical professionals.

This ensures you are not placed in harm’s way should you experience a seizure during your detoxification.

Stage 3: Therapy and education

Stage 3 takes place when the acute period of withdrawal has concluded.

Whilst detoxification treats the physical aspects of drug and alcohol addiction, therapy and education aim to treat the underlying mental aspect of drug and alcohol addiction.

Therapy takes place in group and one-to-one settings. All therapy sessions are led by a trained psychotherapist or counsellor.

This ensures you tackle deep emotional problems that cause you to resort to drug and alcohol consumption.

Education aims to teach you about the ill effects your drug and alcohol addiction cause on your body.

We employ experts in fields such as neurobiology to teach the most up-to-date information on how addiction affects the brain and major organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Whilst therapy provides an emotional outlet for your mental issues, education allows you to logically realise the damage you inflict on your body through drug and alcohol use.

Stage 4: Aftercare planning, reintegration and relapse prevention

The fourth and final stage of your rehabilitation programme in Norwich aims to help you cope without drugs and alcohol once you have returned to your home.

Aftercare sessions allow you to return to a Norwich rehabilitation centre for weekly ‘top-up’ therapy sessions.

Relapse prevention techniques are taught both during your rehabilitation programme and during aftercare sessions.

These techniques allow you to cope with cues such as stress and anxiety in ways that do not involve drug and alcohol use.

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Pre-rebab steps: Intervention

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It is common for those suffering from addiction to not want to pursue rehab treatment.

Denial and anxiety can put a lot of people off starting the process, so family and friends can sometimes hold interventions in order to encourage their loved ones to begin the road to recovery.

An intervention involves the close family and friends of an individual coming together to support them in their pursual of treatment.

They establish the problems they are seeing, highlight the effects that the addiction is having on them, and encourage the individual to start treatment.

Proceedings can also be supported by the presence of a professional interventionist who can be present and ensure that the conversation remains supportive and productive.

A specific kind of intervention style that has been known to have good results is the CRAFT approach, a method that involves an individual’s family and friends rewarding them for taking the route of sobriety and recovery.

How does CRAFT work?

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) interventions involve the family and friends of an individual actively encouraging them to stop their substance abuse.

They do this by acknowledging and rewarding them when they make positive and healthy decisions.

With this approach, the goal is to positively encourage the individual to become sober and make them feel like they are doing it for good reasons rather than pressure and shame.

This attitude improves their chances of successfully becoming sober, and the support of others ensures that an individual feels surrounded by those who want to help.

A range of practices can be incorporated in the CRAFT approach, including:

  • Recognising what situations spark substance abuse – such as when an individual is upset or anxious – and establishing a reward in these moments which an individual can have in mind when they are tempted.
  • Establishing goals and targets that an individual must reach in order to be rewarded.
  • Keeping in touch with a CRAFT therapist in order to learn new techniques and reward systems that could apply to an individual’s situation.

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How much does rehab cost in Norwich?

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The cost of undergoing the rehab process will depend on the kind of programme an individual chooses.

The options and their respective prices are as follows:

  • 10-day detox (single room)£3,000 to £6,000
  • 10-day detox (multi-occupancy room) £2,000 to £4,000
  • 28-day rehab (single room)£8,000 to £12,000
  • 28-day rehab (multi-occupancy room) £6,000

Private Rehab vs. Council founded rehab treatment

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There is a range of options out there for the rehab treatment, and each individual must decide whether they are going to enrol on a public council programme or pay for private treatment before they begin.

There are, of course, positives and negatives to both, and so each case will need to be assessed to determine which option is most suitable for that individual.

Council rehab treatment

Below we’ve listed the benefits and drawbacks of council rehab treatment.


  • Low price – Admission to publicly provided treatment programmes tends to be the cheaper option. Because a lot of them are provided by, or partially funded by, the NHS, they are more affordable, and so many people find them to be the more money-wise choice.
  • Staying local – There is almost always a rehab facility within your local area or not far from it. As a result, getting help via a public programme does not mean that individuals will be required to move far from home.


  • Waiting lists – Public health services are often in high demand, and so while addiction can be in serious need of treatment, there might not be enough space for an individual to immediately enrol. It is common, therefore, to have to join a waiting list, and this can sometimes delay treatment by weeks and even months.
  • Patient-to-doctor ratio – Unfortunately, there are often far more individuals seeking help within public treatment programmes than there are addiction specialists to provide it. This means that treatment sessions can be delayed and spread out, and facilities can often be required to be shared.

Private rehab treatment

Below we’ve listed the benefits and drawbacks of private rehab treatment.


  • Excellent accessibility to treatment – Within a private facility, individuals are surrounded by medical experts who are on-hand to provide assistance and support 24/7. Not only are places on relevant treatment programmes immediately available, but access to therapy and recreational activities is also in abundance, so there is always someone available to talk to about progress, fears, and the future.
  • Top-quality professionals – With the price individuals have to pay for private treatment, these facilities have the ability to attract some of the best doctors and specialists in the field of addiction recovery.
  • Personalised care – Upon entering private treatment, individuals are catered towards in every aspect of their care. The circumstances relating to their specific addiction are taken into consideration when designing the treatment plan, and their personal comforts and preferences are also noted to make the experience as seamless and comfortable as possible.
  • Additional facilities and activities – In order to optimise comfort, many private facilities offer a range of activities and holistic treatments to aid and balance the fundamental methods of addiction treatment. These can often include sporting activities, spa sessions, and outdoor recreational events.


  • Expensive – In order to pay for the range of benefits that come with private treatment, the price tag for getting onto such programmes tends to be quite steep.
  • Location – To accommodate for such a range of facilities and treatment options, private clinics are not going to be in every town or county. Accessing these programmes may require relocation.

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How long does rehab last?

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Undergoing rehab treatment will require individuals to arrange for time off from school or work, and knowing how long they can expect to be away can make this much easier to arrange.

On average, it takes around 28-days for an individual to complete rehab, however, this duration can vary based on several factors.

These include:

  • The type of rehab programme (some can specialise in 7-day rehab processes)
  • How well an individual takes to rehab treatment
  • How developed an individual’s addiction is
  • How severe an individual’s withdrawal symptoms are
  • What other physical and mental health conditions an individual is experiencing

The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

While it is possible to detox at home without medical assistance, the likelihood of it being successful is very limited.

It is not recommended that individuals with addictions attempt this method because there are a lot of risks associated with unmonitored alcohol withdrawal, and mismanaging the process can prove very dangerous.

Some of the risks that come along with this include [1]:

  • Acute Alcohol Withdrawal SyndromeWithin the first few hours of alcohol withdrawal, a range of symptoms can spark. These can include shaking, increased anxiety, and insomnia. After a few days, additional symptoms such as sweating, fever, and unsteady breathing can begin.
  • SeizuresMuscular contractions are common. These often occur within the first 48 hours of stopping the substance use.
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome – Sparked by thiamine deficiency, this condition of the nervous system causes severe cognitive complications, delirium, attention deficit, and eye paralysis.
  • Mood swings and exacerbated psychological troublesThe imbalance of brain chemistry caused by alcohol withdrawal tends to throw an individual’s mental health into disorder, triggering increased anxiety and uneasiness.
  • Delirium TremensStopping alcohol use after years of dependency can trigger hyperactivity of the nervous system, triggering infections and, in some circumstances, sudden death.

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Alcohol home detox in Norwich

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For many, the prospect of entering a rehab facility can be daunting. The options that allow individuals to stay at home and undergo detox, therefore, can be of immense interest.

While entering a rehab facility is the most effective way to overcome an addiction, for those who have relatively manageable addictions (more specifically, those who consume less than 30 units of a substance per day) there are two alternative options.

These include home detox and self-detox.

Home detox

With this form of detox, individuals are first assessed by a medical professional to determine that their addiction is suitable for home treatment; i.e. their symptoms do not pose a threat to their wellbeing.

Following this, arrangements are made to supply them with a substance called Librium, also known as generic chlordiazepoxide.

As an individual stop their substance use, their body and brain chemistry are thrown into an imbalance, and harmful withdrawal symptoms spark as a result.

Shaking, nausea and insomnia can be triggered, as well as heightened stress and anxiety.

These symptoms often stop individuals from going through with their detox, but the deliveries of Librium help them cope with this.

Taken in the form of tablets, these benzodiazepines help with the first few days of detox by reducing the impact of withdrawal.

By keeping the hyperactive transmitters of the brain under control, Librium keeps the body calm and regulates the spike in distress so that an individual can withstand the obstacles of becoming sober.

It is important to remember that home detox, while effective, is not as safe as that which takes place within a medical facility due to the lack of medical supervision.

While there are routine check-ups conducted, constant monitoring of physical and mental wellbeing can only be achieved within a dedicated facility.


Very different from home detox, self-detox is an option for those who have very recently developed an addiction and are in a position where they can recover from their substance use by themselves.

It must be distinguished, however, that there are clear differences between self-detox and home detox.

Self-detox does not involve any check-ups or medicinal support, and it is solely up to the willpower of the individual to combat the addiction.

Self-detox is very unlikely to be successful, and the health risks associated with breaking a substance abuse habit without help – also known as going ‘cold turkey’ – can put an individual in danger of hurting themselves.

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Rehab for Cocaine in Norwich

In order to treat cocaine addiction, rehabilitation involves a process of working through the underlying causes of why an individual feels the need to sustain their substance use.

Unlike with alcoholism, the physical component of cocaine addiction is not dominant, and so working through the psychological motivations for taking cocaine is the fundamental route to recovery.

Within a rehab programme, there are several methods that can be utilised to work through an individual’s motivations for sustaining their cocaine use.

The choice of which one to use will depend on the individual and their preferences.

One-on-one therapy

Working directly with a therapist, individuals talk about their feelings and work through some of the underlying problems that contribute to their desire to use cocaine.

This can involve them working through trauma or opening up about their depression.

In doing this, the objective is for individuals to ease the pressure they feel, hopefully relieving them of their sense of being alone, and learn to accept and handle their mental health obstacles in a more healthy way.

Support groups

Within rehab, individuals are surrounded by others who are going through a similar process of treatment. As a result, it can help to bring these people together and allow them to help each other.

In a support group setting, individuals are encouraged to talk to each other and learn from one another about the process of getting better and what it takes to become sober.

By exchanging experiences and tips, those who are further along in their recovery can help those closest to the beginning and give them a sense of hope as to how their situation can improve.

This also works the other way around too as those who are further along in their recovery and are close to leaving rehab and returning to their everyday lives can be reminded of how far they have come and what they have worked so hard to achieve.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cocaine consumption tends to arise when individuals are stressed or under pressure.

They take the drug to handle their anxiety or to feel more confident, and the situations that provoke such emotions tend to threaten future sobriety.

Within CBT, these kinds of situations are focused on and discussed, and coping mechanisms are suggested and encouraged which offer individuals alternative methods of handling their problems.

For example, when they are under pressure at work or are feeling anxious about their responsibilities, mindfulness techniques and breathing exercises can be practised to keep them calm without cocaine having to be taken.

Rehab for Heroin rehab in Norwich

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Heroin is a substance that strongly influences the mind and body, and addictions develop due to both a physical and psychological dependency on it.

In order to tackle these two aspects, two processes of treatment are used.


To alleviate the body of its dependency on heroin, consumption of the substance must be gradually withdrawn.

Within a treatment facility, this is a carefully monitored process and the progress and wellbeing of an individual are closely watched by doctors and addiction specialists.

The reason for this level of care is that detoxing from heroin is not a simple process.

Like alcohol, the withdrawal symptoms brought on by quitting heroin can trigger a lot of harmful health complications, so it is essential to maintain positive progress and ensure that an individual does not come to any harm during detox.

For this reason, heroin detoxification is often assisted via the prescription of benzodiazepines.

Buprenorphine or Naloxone, for example, can be used to limit the impact of withdrawal symptoms and protect both an individual’s wellbeing and progress.


Once detoxification has been undergone, the focus of treatment then shifts to the psychological side of addiction.

Just as much as the body, an individual’s mind can become reliant on the regular consumption of heroin.

In order to address this dependency, a range of therapy activities can be employed.

One-on-one counselling, support groups, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can all be used to allow an individual to talk about and work through their mental health problems and establish healthier ways of handling them.

For example, individuals can work with a therapist or their peers to establish what situations provoke their heroin use.

This includes those that heighten their anxiety or worsen their depression – and learn to utilise healthier coping mechanisms such as breathing techniques, mindfulness, or reaching out to friends for support.

Rehab for Cannabis in Norwich

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Cannabis contains THC, and when individuals take the substance, this chemical causes a variety of effects in their brains.

Individuals feel drowsier and have a poor ability to make decisions, but they also feel an intense sense of pleasure.

The desire to regain this sensation of being ‘high’ – as well as an increased tolerance to the substance thanks to repeated use – can encourage individuals to take cannabis more frequently.

It also encourages them to take it in higher doses, eventually triggering a psychological dependency on the drug.

To curb cannabis addiction, the rehab process involves a variety of therapy activities.

Unlike alcohol, cannabis does not trigger physical dependency but instead relies on individual’s having a psychological reliance on the regular consumption of cannabis.

Treating this, therefore, does not follow the route of detoxification but instead depends on tackling the underlying causes of an individual’s desire to become ‘high’.

Including counselling, support groups, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), therapy activities are designed to help individuals open up about and recognise their mental health complications.

They are encouraged to identify what emotions or thoughts tend to push them towards a desire to consume cannabis – such as anxiety, fear, or stress – and practise healthier coping mechanisms that can help them.

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Types of therapies on offer in Norwich rehabs

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Within addiction rehab in Norwich, there is a range of therapeutic activities that can be used to help individuals engage with and work through the underlying causes of their behaviour.

These can take place on a one-on-one basis or as part of a group, and it can be helpful to learn what options are available for this aspect of recovery.

1. Cognitive behavioural therapy

For many individuals who struggle with addiction, their tendency to use a certain substance correlates with certain situations that make them feel uncomfortable.

They, for example, might turn to drugs or alcohol to feel more confident when under a lot of pressure or to alleviate stress when they are overwhelmed.

In order to break the association that individuals make between these situations and substance abuse, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) involves helping them identify what emotions, thoughts, and experiences push them towards substance use and assisting them in breaking this link.

This involves a therapist helping an individual to highlight what situations trigger their addictive behaviour, understand what aspects of it cause them to act in that way, and develop alternative ways of coping.

Positive routines are encouraged to break up their established yet harmful behaviour cycles, and these can include mindfulness, breathing exercises, and talking about their emotions.

2. Dialectical behavioural therapy

Similar to CBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a kind of counselling that encourages individuals who feel very strong emotions to talk about them.

The goal of DBT is to help individuals work through difficult or destructive emotions that lie at the heart of their addiction.

Therapists guide them as they open up about their sadness, guilt, or anger, and help individuals develop methods for keeping such emotions in check.

For example, if an individual is easily overcome by anger, techniques can be developed to help them stay calm and see through their rising frustration so that they do not immediately resort to substance use in order to cope.

3. Brief interventions

Also referred to as ‘short-term counselling’, brief interventions involve medical professionals providing individuals with advice or guidance as to how they can better handle their substance abuse.

This might involve suggesting how an individual might be able to reduce their substance use, or a series of check-ups whereby a professional can offer advice as an individual’s recovery is progressing.

As this method is limited in terms of what support it can offer, brief interventions tend to only be used for cases that are relatively recent or do not consist of serious withdrawal symptoms. This method will not have the same level of effectiveness as full-time rehab [2].

4. Motivational interviewing

An important component to consider during addiction rehab is motivation.

Whether an individual has the drive to become sober can greatly impact the odds of them being successful, and motivational interviewing can help in this area.

Guided by a skilled interviewer, this treatment looks to help individuals clarify what motivations they have in life and what desires they have regarding their career, family, or social life.

The goal of this is to boost an individual’s autonomy, allow them to feel more in control when it comes to their recovery, and give them much needed clarity when it comes to why they are getting sober and what they can gain if they stick with it.

5. Holistic therapies (e.g. equine therapy/music therapy/art therapy/adventure therapy)

Not all types of treatment look to tackle a specific area of an individual’s recovery.

In fact, therapy can also help by addressing an individual as an entire person and instead of looking to heal them by boosting their overall mindset and wellbeing.

Holistic therapies, therefore, are designed to address an individual’s overall health, mental state, and soul, and improve the condition of each through an enjoyable and peaceful activity.

In boosting how they feel in general, the idea is that individuals will begin to feel better about themselves and no longer feel a desire to abuse a substance.

Of course, the specific therapy activity used can range from person to person depending on what works for them.

For some, movement therapy is very valuable, giving them a workout and helping their body to feel healthier and more alive.

For others, walking and hiking is the answer, bringing them closer to nature and allowing them to see the world in a clearer, more peaceful light.

6. Group therapy

Within a rehab facility, individuals are surrounded by those who are going through similar experiences. Speaking to these peers, therefore, can be incredibly helpful.

In group therapy, individuals of varying progress are brought together to discuss their addictions.

A therapist guides the conversation, but each participant is encouraged to open up and speak freely about how they feel, what they think, and what they have been through.

When bringing a range of people together who are at different stages of their recovery, it is found that those who are starting their rehab gain a lot of insight as to what the future can look like.

They gain tips and techniques for handling cravings and withdrawal, as well as motivation from seeing first-hand what progress can be made.

Also, it helps the individuals who are further along in their recovery as they can remind themselves of where they began and what they stand to lose if they lose focus or motivation.

7. Individual therapy

Speaking to someone one-on-one can really help those struggling with addiction.

At the heart of many substance abuse cases, individuals behave in the way they do due to a sense of feeling misunderstood or alone in life, and so building a rapport and opening up to a counsellor can help reduce this.

Within individual therapy, the conversation can structure itself according to the needs of the individual in question.

The counsellor can direct it towards addressing an individual’s motivations to abuse a certain substance, or it can focus on what positive changes can be made to reduce the risk of addiction returning in future.

By establishing a relationship and working closely with a counsellor, individuals tend to relax and trust in them and therefore take on what they say.

The adaptability of the conversation also ensures that individuals are addressed as unique cases and that support is therefore specific to their situation.

8. Family therapy

Unfortunately, the stresses that trigger substance abuse are often a result of family tensions and conflicts.

Overcoming addiction can therefore be difficult for an individual to manage by themselves, so it can often be helpful to tackle these familial problems and initiate conversations between siblings, parents and children in order to make progress.

Family therapy looks to bring family members within the counselling sessions and allow for productive dialogue to take place between them and the addicted individual.

Under the guidance of a therapist, conversations can look to heal family wounds, resolve underlying conflicts, and provide members of the family with a new sense of peace and stability to relieve an addicted individual of the pressure they feel.

Additionally, these sessions can help families to develop techniques for managing problems in the future and preventing such conflicts from triggering substance abuse among family members again.

9. Co-dependency treatment

As well as a great number of other problems, addiction can be fuelled by co-dependency.

For those who experience this, they gain their sense of self-worth and personality from getting the approval of someone else or from having a degree of control over their life.

In terms of addiction, these desires can cause individuals to behave in unhealthy ways.

Co-dependency can sometimes trigger addiction, for example, if an individual’s partner or friend also engages in substance abuse and they feel an overwhelming need to do the same.

To tackle this, a specific kind of treatment is required.

Within co-dependency treatment, counsellors work to help individuals identify this unhealthy relationship in their lives and recognise what they are doing to themselves.

Healthier boundaries are then drawn, and an individual’s sense of self is supported by the practice of other activities and techniques.

10. Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

In this treatment method, individuals engage in therapy sessions that encourage them to participate in a wider structure of addiction self-help within their community.

Each programme will specify its own set of goals and standards, but the underlying values that are promoted tend to be as follows [3]:

  • Accepting that addiction is a condition that cannot be controlled but must be managed through healthy engagement with treatment.
  • Acknowledging that an individual cannot recover alone. Participants are encouraged to give in to the support offered by the structure of treatment and help from other recovering individuals.
  • Taking advantage of all activities on offer and trusting in the proven effectiveness of the programme.

Not only will participation in a twelve-step facilitation programme increase an individual’s ability to overcome their addiction, but it will also likely lead them to actively engage in the community programme when they are sober and support future participants.

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

Addiction is a complicated condition to treat because it very often arises in connection with another mental health condition.

While physical dependency stems from the regular consumption of an addictive substance, the initial decision to take a substance and the resulting psychological dependency often stem from conditions such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

When treating addiction, it is therefore incredibly important to acknowledge the presence of any of these conditions and what relationship they might have with the substance abuse.

This is known as dual diagnosis, and relapse will always be a threat to an individual’s progress if it is not acknowledged.

Once an individual’s other mental health problems have been identified, treatment can then focus on untangling an individual’s dependency on drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.

It will also help establish healthier ways of handling their depression, anxiety, or trauma in future.

The alternatives to going to rehab


While rehab is the most effective method of working through addiction, there are alternatives.

Not everyone will have the necessary time or funds to enter a rehab programme immediately, so it can be helpful to know what other options are out there that might be helpful.

It must be emphasised, however, that the following methods of recovery will vary in effectiveness based on the severity of an individual’s addiction and what symptoms they are experiencing.

Rehab is the most appropriate option in most cases, and severe substance abuse should ideally be treated under the supervision of medical professionals.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

During AA or NA meetings, individuals come together with other people struggling with alcoholism or addiction and speak about their difficulties.

In group meetings, a topic is chosen by the leader of the discussion, and each person is encouraged to open up about their experiences and thoughts relating to it.

All members of AA or NA have ‘sponsors’ which are people who personally support their individual progression away from addiction.

This, along with the regular meetings, looks to support individuals in their sobriety and keep them on track by establishing a sense of camaraderie and mutual support.

SMART Recovery

SMART is an addiction recovery programme that looks to help individuals gain sobriety via a series of meetings.

Using a range of supportive techniques, meetings seek to help individuals move away from their current helpless state and towards a position of control and happiness via a set of steps.

The steps involved in SMART Recovery are:

  • Becoming and staying motivated
  • Handling cravings
  • Coping with difficult thoughts and feelings
  • Living a substance-free and healthy life

Within each meeting, an individual will be assisted in progressing through these steps.

In practice, the progression from step 1 to 4 is not a linear process, and it is normal for individuals to remain on one step for a significant period of time.

The SMART approach is all about patience and resilience, and the programme acknowledges that recovery is a life-long process and maintaining it is all about effort and dedication.

Home detox

For those who wish to remain at home throughout their recovery journey, a home detox allows them to do this.

In this process, individuals stop their substance abuse and resist the urge to relapse via the supply of withdrawal-easing medication.

Librium, for example, is arranged to be delivered, and individuals take it to cope with the body’s initial negative reaction to stopping the substance use.

Progress is monitored through a series of check-ups with a medical professional, and individuals are able to continue working and seeing families with the freedom they gain from remaining out of a treatment facility.

Outpatient treatment via a local Drug & Alcohol team in Norwich

Outpatient care involves an individual checking in with an addiction specialist while living at home.

One of the most flexible treatment options, it allows individuals to retain personal freedoms while having access to medical professionals while they undergo recovery.

In regular meetings, individuals discuss their addiction with a therapist or addiction specialist and work through their rehab with them.

This can take the form of them receiving advice as to how they can better cope with physical cravings, or it can focus on their emotional motivations to continue their substance abuse.

Therapy sessions can help individuals work through the depression, anxiety, or trauma lying at the heart of their addiction, and therefore allow them to disassociate their substance use with its self-medicative properties.

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The admissions process in Norwich

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When it comes to finding the right kind of treatment in the Norwich area, it is common for individuals to be assessed via the ASAM Criteria.

Structured around six fundamental dimensions, this assessment looks to build an idea of what physical, psychological, and social factors might be important to note.

Then relevant recommendations can be made regarding what rehab programme will be most suitable for their situation.

The six dimensions of the ASAM Criteria are as follows:

  • Acute intoxication/Withdrawal potentialAssessing an individual’s relationship with substance use, taking into consideration an individual’s current and previous consumption and withdrawal tendencies.
  • Biomedical conditionTaking a look at an individual’s physical health and what conditions or complications they have experienced in the past or are currently living with.
  • Emotional, cognitive, and behavioural conditionInquiring as to an individual’s mental health and behaviour traits, paying specific attention to any negative trends.
  • Readiness to change Simply asking how an individual views the rehabilitation process and whether they consider themselves able/willing to change.
  • Relapse potentialAssessing an individual’s experience with relapse as well as factors that could potentially spark relapse in the future.
  • Recovery/Living environmentBuilding a picture as to what an individual’s living situation is and what factors might come into effect during their recovery.

Before treatment can begin, it is essential that the symptoms of an individual’s addiction are assessed in order to ensure that an appropriate method of recovery can be implemented.

A useful criterion to follow is the DSM-5 Three Levels of Severity, an assessment that helps identify how serious a substance abuse problem has become.

According to the DSM-5 system, the severity of an individual’s addiction can be determined via the acknowledgement of a certain number of symptoms.

If two or three of the following symptoms are present, an individual’s addiction is mild.

If there are four or five, their addiction can be noted as moderate. If there are more than six, the addiction is classed as severe.

The symptoms that are to be looked for within this assessment include:

  • Consuming excessive quantities of a substance
  • Being unable to stop or reduce substance use
  • Losing interest in relationships and responsibilities due to substance use
  • Abandoning old hobbies due to substance use
  • Falling behind at work or school due to substance use
  • Consuming a substance in a risky or unacceptable setting
  • Continuing substance use despite the associated risks
  • Developing an increased tolerance for a substance and needing to consume higher quantities of it as a result
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when a substance is not taken

Call our expert team today on: 0800 140 4690.

Contact Rehab 4 Addiction today

For the ultimate rehabilitation experience in Norwich, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690.

Alternatively, contact us through our online contact form. We have assisted thousands of addicts in East Anglia, and we are confident we can help you too.

We look forward to speaking to you on the telephone.

Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in Norfolk, including Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn.





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