Are you living in Richmond and thinking about recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction?
Perhaps you are interested in finding out more about local rehab clinics and the benefits provided?
If you’re ready to withdraw from substances and live an addiction-free life, we’re here to help.
A shocking 21.5 in every 100 were alcohol-related.
Drug use is not as prevalent in Richmond as in other parts of London, however, there are still a concerning number of people with opiate dependency, many of whom (18%) are parents, or other adults residing with children.
The most recent stats (2019-2020) however, show that there are 594 people currently in treatment for their opiate or other class A drug addiction, which is encouraging.
If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in the Richmond area, we are here to help.
The CRAFT method (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) has been successful in helping many people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to acknowledge their issues and seek help, such as rehab treatment.
Contrary to the confrontational interventions used for decades, this is a gentler approach to persuading people to find help.
It involves the hiring of a professional interventionist, who will help guide the conduct of the closest friends and family of the affected individual.
These people, who are usually close relatives, reward their loved ones for abstinence, and remove praise when they fall ‘off the wagon’.
This method is heavily reliant on family support, but if you have a close network of family or friends supporting you, the chances of a successful recovery are much higher.
If you feel that a loved one may benefit from this type of intervention, reach out to Rehab 4 Addiction for help setting up an interventionist appointment.
Questionnaires regarding drug and alcohol use are especially useful for determining when rehab is necessary.
If you’re unsure whether you’re struggling with an addiction yourself, you can ask for a CAGE assessment.
This is also available to complete online if you want to read through it individually before contacting a professional.
It’s a very simple assessment that consists of 4 questions:
There are a number of things that will affect the cost of your rehab stay.
First and foremost, NHS rehab is free of charge, however, it is incredibly difficult to obtain.
When considering private rehab in Richmond, the main factors that will influence cost are:
Some rehab facilities are quite luxurious, and these are, of course, more expensive than basic facilities.
The chart below shows typical costs of different lengths of stay, based on the different room types available.
Please note that these costs are for representation only, and you should research current prices or speak to a Rehab 4 Addiction adviser for clarity.
If you have private health insurance, it should cover the cost of your addiction treatment.
However, you should consider the effect this will likely have on the price of your insurance premiums, as you will be considered a higher risk to cover from a health perspective.
If you have employee health cover from your employer, then this should also cover rehab costs.
Bear in mind that this means you would need to disclose your addiction to your employer.
Whilst this should be kept completely confidential, there are circumstances where this could affect your job.
For example, some employment contracts either ban the use of recreational drugs by their employees or, in some cases, demand regular drug testing programs.
If you are considering drug and alcohol rehab in Richmond, there is the option to attempt to access NHS services in your area.
However, spaces are incredibly limited, and residential rehab (inpatient care) is reserved for those with the most significant drug and alcohol addictions.
Access is made more difficult by the fact that this type of treatment does not exist at the point of attendance.
This is because local authorities, and not the NHS themselves, manage the funding of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
With frequent cuts to local budgets in the last few years, this is becoming out of reach for more and more people.
Applying for funding usually involves proving that you have exhausted all other forms of intervention, such as outpatient treatments.
Time can also be a critical factor here, as the entire process can take months.
Of course, there is always the case that you could be refused funding, which for some people, at the end of an arduous and grilling assessment process, can be even more detrimental to their condition.
Even those who successfully secure funding may have advanced symptoms, compared with those they struggled with at the time of application, simply because of the time elapsed.
Despite the difficulty in obtaining community-funded NHS treatment, it is still free of charge for those who need it, if they are successful in securing a rehab slot.
This may be the only option for people that have no other financial means, and therefore it is still likely to be more accessible than private treatment for some.
As the NHS is widespread, local Richmond facilities are available.
Whilst many of the drug and alcohol services that you would receive in the first instance require a high degree of self-management, due to the outpatient nature, some people do benefit from these services.
Outpatient treatments, however, are not usually effective for those with severe drug or alcohol addiction problems, as they put too much responsibility on the individual.
As mentioned above, free rehab treatment on the NHS involves a very lengthy application process, which has no guarantee of success.
There is an ongoing issue with underfunding in the area of local authority healthcare allocations.
Continuity of service can also be a barrier for some people that access free drug and alcohol treatment services.
There is a substantial level of trust involved in confiding in therapists or doctors that may be dealing with your case.
The potential to have a different specialist, or even treatment centre at any given time can be very disruptive to the progress made.
Private residential rehab really only has one negative, which is the cost.
The relatively high costs, especially when compared with free NHS rehab, can instantly rule out private rehab for many.
If you are able to afford private treatment, however, the list of benefits far outweighs the one negative.
You can even speak to one of our advisers about attending a treatment facility that is happy to accept residents on a payment plan.
In contrast to NHS rehab, private rehab is almost instantly available.
When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we’ll talk to you about the availability of drug and alcohol rehab in Richmond, and outline the different pricing structures available.
Sometimes the difference between luxury and standard accommodation, or being willing to share a room, can make the process much more affordable than you realise.
Aside from entering rehab within a few days of contacting us, you will benefit from a whole host of residential benefits, such as a calm and welcoming environment with excellent welfare facilities and highly trained staff.
A typical stay for those with a significant substance use disorder is around 28 days, however, you should be willing to be flexible about your discharge date.
This is because people respond differently to treatments depending on their own individual circumstances.
For example, the type of substance used can significantly increase the length of stay, with rehab for heroin addiction often taking as long as 90 days.
Our advocates will also consider affordability when organising your rehab stay, and the vast majority of treatments will do everything possible to provide a treatment plan that is both affordable and suitable for your needs.
If you’re considering drug and alcohol rehab in Richmond, then it’s highly recommended that you seriously consider private residential rehab, despite the costs involved.
Below are some of the ways that inpatient treatment (residential rehab) is more effective for those who have a substantial drug or alcohol addiction, than outpatient addiction treatments.
Those individuals with alcoholism that causes any of the following symptoms will usually need to attend a residential rehab facility:
In this case, a Librium-based detox will be used for a period of 10 days initially.
This will reduce the risk of additional alcoholic seizures that are brought about by the detox process.
Various psychotherapies will help the patient to identify and overcome their triggers.
Detox will involve some elements of withdrawal symptoms, and the best place to experience these is in an environment monitored by medical professionals.
These specialists are able to monitor your welfare and ease symptoms through the use of drugs.
Following your detox, a robust program of psychological treatments will be available to you, should you attend residential rehab.
There are outpatient services in Richmond that treat heroin addiction, however, residential rehab is far more intensive and ensures that every element of your addiction is treated, resulting in the greatest potential for long-term recovery.
Unlike alcohol and heroin, cocaine is not a physically addictive substance and there is, therefore, no need for detox.
People with cocaine addiction are psychologically dependent on the drug, so rehab will be slightly different in structure.
You will still be required to completely abstain from use, and commit to abstinence in the future in order to be accepted onto a rehab program.
The addiction specialists will first use the DSM-5 model to diagnose the severity of your SUD (Substance Use Disorder).
There are both residential and outpatient treatments available in Richmond, and only those with the highest DSM-5 scores are likely to enter residential rehab for cocaine addiction.
Those individuals demonstrating milder SUD symptoms will usually benefit from outpatient services that focus on psychological treatments, such as talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Cannabis is not a physically addictive substance, so again, detox is unnecessary for cannabis addiction.
It is possible to become psychologically dependent on cannabis, and therefore treatments exist in the Richmond area for this issue.
You are very unlikely to be recommended for residential rehab in this instance.
Your treatment would most likely be a community-based outpatient clinic, which focuses on disrupting your psychological connection with cannabis.
Treatments that are based on learning how to ignore those factors that trigger cannabis use, and usually involve examining the cause of these triggers, which can often be existing mental health conditions or traumas.
It’s been long-established in the medical community that there is a prominent link between addiction and mental health.
Unfortunately, this link is reciprocal, meaning that one condition is likely to exacerbate the other, no matter which came first.
They additionally have the potential to cause the other condition, with depression and similar mental health issues being a well-documented cause of addiction.
Those with addiction problems commonly experience new mental health conditions that didn’t exist prior to their substance use.
In fact, the long-term effects of drug and alcohol addiction can lead to the development of mental health issues as serious as psychosis.
In fact, people with mental health issues are at a greater risk of developing an addiction throughout their life than people with good mental health.
If a dual diagnosis is picked up on entry to rehab it is treated accordingly, with the patient receiving mental health support for the duration of their stay, and being referred on to outside help post-rehab, if necessary.
As mentioned, most residential rehab stays will include an element of physical treatment, such as detox (if necessary), followed by psychological treatment.
Therapy plans can take many forms and may differ depending on the substance used, and the length of your addiction, and most treatment plans will incorporate multiple different therapies.
Detox alone is rarely successful, and whilst it’s the most recognised element of rehab treatment, it’s really just the beginning.
The psychological treatment helps people to reassess their life, and discover things about themselves and their addiction that help them in their recovery.
Some examples of the most commonly used therapies are found below, and often each patient will have access to most, if not all of them:
These treatments use different methods to establish or improve the coping mechanisms that people can use to help prevent the issues that lead to substance use, such as negative emotions.
Often there will be a focus on activities that calm the individual, whether this is some form of creative activity or simply controlled breathing exercises.
Establishing a relapse prevention plan is essential to the ongoing success of your recovery and involves finding a way to avoid those circumstances which can trigger addictive behaviours.
This may be emotions, people, environments, or any combination of them.
The HALT method is frequently used, and this principle is based on the fact that humans overreact to the experience of negative emotions when they are in any of the following states:
Those with addictions are already in a vulnerable state when it comes to experiencing emotions, so it follows logically that preventing the above states will minimise the chance that a situation will become emotionally triggering.
It’s perfectly natural for those who go through rehab to become reliant on their surroundings and wonder how they will cope in the outside world.
Although most people leave rehab in a far stronger state than when they entered, addiction is not a curable disease and therefore it will take work to maintain sobriety.
The good news is that the vast majority of residential rehab programs offered through our partner rehab facilities in Richmond offer an aftercare plan that spans at least the initial 12 months post-rehab.
Aftercare plans usually involve regular checks with the specialists that helped with your recovery.
There is also a 24-hour support line provided, alongside recommendations for a range of community-based groups that could help you, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
If you feel that you are ready to recover, reach out to our team at Rehab 4 Addiction.
Our services can help support you during this troubling time and see you step towards a happy future free from drug and alcohol addiction.