Do you want to get clean and sober in Watford, but don’t want to have to wait for months to receive the treatment that you require?
Then why not call Rehab 4 Addiction?
This fact is as shocking as it is devastating.
We specialise in helping addicts to gain access to addiction treatment facilities in Watford.
We also refer people to rehabs across London.
People who aren’t familiar with drug or alcohol addiction can think that a diagnosis of addiction is straightforward and self-explanatory.
This is a misconception, and it can be a lot harder than it seems for a person to recognise their addiction.
Recognising your own addiction is made harder by the social associations that are linked to the concept of addiction.
If you or someone you know has an unacknowledged drug or alcohol addiction there are a few ways to get a firm indication without seeking professional advice.
The CAGE questionnaire was first created in order to act as a general way of informally diagnosing alcohol addiction.
It is a short, simple, and accessible questionnaire that can be found online.
The CAGE questionnaire is composed of four questions, which are answered with yes or no answers only.
Answering yes to two or more of the questions provides a strong indication that the person taking the test could have serious problems with alcohol addiction.
The CAGE questionnaire has been amended to include an assessment of the possibility of drug addiction, as well as alcohol addiction.
The amendments are small, and the questionnaire is still easy to use.
In summary, the questionnaire asks about:
Completing the CAGE questionnaire, or persuading someone you’re concerned about to complete it, can be a powerful first step.
It can make a person realise that they have a problem with addiction if it has previously gone unacknowledged.
Understanding this can then make the success of an intervention more likely, and can also motivate a person to seek professional advice on rehab treatment which is the best outcome.
The CAGE questionnaire should not be relied on in place of a formal diagnosis, and it is always recommended that professional advice from a rehab clinic is sought with regard to addiction issues.
As you start to read more about drug and alcohol rehab, you might wonder if it fits your situation.
The former option is likely to work best for you if:
The DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for substance dependence also summarises the key points of addiction.
This criterion is used by addiction treatment providers in Watford to ensure your issues are correctly diagnosed.
It’s primary criteria are>
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Rehab admission is a large and complex issue.
A variety of factors could be at play, from your previous addiction treatment experience to any other substances or mental health issues you might struggle with, down to what you’re actually addicted to.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine places those seeking addiction treatment through six dimensions.
The first of these, Dimension One, is Acute Intoxication and/or withdrawal potential. This explores your experiences if you attempt to stop using, including any withdrawal symptoms.
The actual symptoms themselves can be different depending on what you’re addicted to, but they’re nearly always a barrier to recovery.
Dimension Two is Biomedical Conditions and complications. In any addiction assessment, it’s important to look at your health overall.
We’ll need to know about any conditions you might have before we get started, especially considering the physical side of recovery with concern to detox.
Dimension Three is Emotional, Behavioural or Cognitive Conditions and Complications. It’s also very important to take your mental health as a whole into account.
Drug and alcohol rehab is a tough process sometimes – we need to make sure you’re fully emotionally prepared for it.
Readiness to change is Dimension Four, as you need to be willing to fully embrace the process for it to work.
Relapse is always a major consideration, which is why this is the Fifth Dimension.
If you have a history of relapsing, we’ll need to look at what’s gone wrong before.
That way, we can try to find a solution that works for you this time.
The Sixth Dimension is recovery/living environment, as the space you’re healing in is very significant.
Lifestyle changes are an important part of effective relapse prevention plans.
To permanently get better, you might need to make major changes to your personal life, your professional life or your environment.
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The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test consists of 10 questions, focusing on your alcohol use and its consequences.
Drug rehabs and alcohol rehabs may make use of this when you are admitted into their care.
It’s designed to measure the severity of your addiction and has a scoring system from one to four for each question.
Any overall score above 8 should be ringing alarm bells, but a score over 13 is specifically a sign of dependency.
Questions 1-4 focus on your intake.
Questions 5-8 then put a focus on dependency.
Finally, questions 9 and 10 focus more specifically on the consequences of your addiction.
If you’re reading this on behalf of someone else, you may also be wondering where to turn.
It’s a tough situation, which can also vary based on how well you know the person and how severe you think their problem is.
If you’re concerned about someone’s potential drug addiction or alcohol addiction, the best thing you can do is talk to them about it.
You should always approach with caution in such a tricky situation.
But getting the issue out in the open is at least healthier than bottling everything up, or ignoring it.
If you still can’t get through to the person and get them help, an intervention could be the next best option to formal addiction treatment.
Two of the most common ways of doing this are the traditional approach and the CRAFT approach.
In a traditional intervention, you’ll write and read out a letter to the person you’re concerned about.
This might include things like the way that the drug addiction has affected you, as well as how would like to move forward.
This isn’t done to guilt the person into getting help, or to make them feel ashamed.
It gives them an outside perspective on the impact of their drug addiction or alcohol addiction, with the hope that it will finally jolt them into action.
Having said that, the CRAFT approach is possibly less confrontational and more gentle.
As a unit around the person suffering from drug addiction or alcohol addiction, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively with them.
You’ll also be able to encourage them by reinforcing positive change.
CRAFT also works very well for a wide variety of other family issues.
So even if you don’t have a particular problem with drug addiction or alcohol addiction, it could be worth checking out.
The cost of rehab is also something very important to consider.
Like many other parts of this process, it’s flexible, changing based on several factors.
These are primarily the length of your treatment, the type of room you want in the case of residential rehab, any luxury amenities the facility offers and finally the kind of treatment you’re receiving.
An at-home detox, for example, would usually come to £1,500.
You could be recommended this, or you could be recommended for residential treatment.
In terms of the latter, 10-day detox with a single occupancy room is between £2,000 to £4,000.
If you go for multiple occupancies, it then goes down to £2,000 to £4,000.
If you stay at rehab for longer, that will also change things.
A 28-day stay, for example, will be between £8,000 to £12,000 for a single occupancy room and £6,000 for a multiple occupancy room.
To find out more about specific pricing, call us today on 0800 140 4690.
In the UK, having access to private health insurance is not common.
However, it can be the route to accessing drug and alcohol rehab in Watford.
Private health insurance is sometimes provided by an employer as a benefit of employment.
Drug and alcohol rehab can be covered by this insurance, however accessing it isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem.
The person looking to use insurance to cover drug and alcohol rehab treatment will have to disclose their addiction to their employer, which can be a difficult conversation to have.
Some people have private healthcare insurance that isn’t associated with their work.
In certain circumstances, this can also be used to cover drug and alcohol treatment in Watford.
However, it will depend on the specific insurance cover that has been taken out.
If you’re looking to use your private healthcare insurance to cover rehab treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, you will have to disclose your addiction to your insurer.
This can be easier to do than disclosing your addiction to a boss, or co-worker, however it can substantially raise insurance costs in the future.
Overall, only approximately 10% of the UK has private healthcare insurance as most people rely on the NHS.
However, if you think you can use private healthcare to cover your drug and alcohol rehab treatment, you will need to conduct extensive research first and it can still be costly.
There are pros and cons to both private and council-funded rehab.
To start off, private alcohol rehab is usually a lot more personalised and is much quicker to access.
You’ll be able to skip the often long waiting lists of council-funded rehab and treatment in Watford will be much more tailored to your exact needs.
Related to this, in private rehab, it’s likely that you’ll have more access to a personal therapist.
To add to this, residential alcohol rehab is best for a lot of people, as it allows you to fully focus on recovery.
It also has the potential to take you out of toxic environments, which often drive drug addiction or alcohol addiction issues.
On the other hand, a wide variety of fantastic services are available through the NHS and local councils.
These include care planning, counselling, support for families and medication.
It also has the advantage of being within your local community – this is a positive both emotionally and in terms of convenience for a lot of people.
Finally, it is essentially available to everyone.
For more information on the different private or NHS options open to you, reach out today.
Inpatient rehab is when the person accessing the treatment remains in the clinic for the duration of the treatment, whether that’s 7 days or 28 days.
Inpatient rehab is highly recommended for several reasons.
It can be hugely important when a person is detoxing from a substance that has serious withdrawal symptoms (for example heroin, where withdrawal symptoms can be fatal without proper care).
This is because it’s likely that a person will need continuous monitoring and hands on support.
It is better at tackling long-term addictions where huge behavioural changes are necessary.
By staying in the rehab clinic, a person can become immersed in the treatment and direct all focus to beating their addiction, which can lead to longer-term success.
It keeps a person away from addictive substances for the entirety of their rehab treatment, and away from any people who might be a negative influence on their recovery.
Outpatient treatment is when the person accessing the rehab treatment is doing so without remaining in the clinic.
Outpatient treatments are often shorter, and not as intense as inpatient treatments.
This means they are less likely to affect long-term behavioural change, but can still be helpful in some circumstances.
In summary, inpatient treatments are vital when withdrawal symptoms could be serious, and result in a more successful treatment.
Outpatient treatments are less expensive and can be helpful for short-term detoxing.
The DSM-5 is the document that many modern diagnoses are based on.
In it, substance abuse disorder is defined based on several criteria, making it much easier to diagnose.
There are 11 criteria in total. If you meet two to three of them, you have mild substance abuse disorder.
If you meet four to five, you have it moderately. And if you meet six or more then you have a severe case.
The criteria themselves are:
Making amends to people you might have hurt is a major part of the 12 step programme for this reason.
Speaking generally, some of the most common symptoms include sweating, diarrhoea, vomiting, tremors, seizures and hallucinations in the worst cases.
It may also change depending on the severity of your addiction, as the most extreme symptoms tend to come with the worst cases.
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The amount of time you spend at drug or alcohol rehab will depend on the severity of your case, in addition to how well your treatment goes.
When you first discuss treatment options in Watford with us, we’ll be able to talk through all of this, taking into account the specific circumstances of your situation.
Overall, beyond initial practical discussions like that, we don’t recommend focusing too much on how long treatment will take.
It’s much better to put your attention on treatment, without putting a ticking clock onto everything.
Having said that, an alcohol detox lasts for a minimum of 7 days, but to get the full benefits of rehab we’d usually recommend at least 28 days.
Like with many other substances, alcohol detox comes with a unique set of symptoms.
Here, it’s primarily physical.
The chemicals in your brain have adjusted to your excessive alcohol use, resulting in a reaction when your alcohol levels suddenly drop.
These withdrawal symptoms are on a sliding scale, largely depending on how severe your addiction is.
Going from lighter to heavier, some of the most well-known alcohol withdrawal symptoms are:
After this, we can move forward with the rest of your addiction treatment, generally focusing more on the emotional side of your addiction after your physical recovery.
In cases of alcohol addiction, this part usually lasts for about 3 weeks.
But, like almost every other part of this process, it can very easily change depending on your specific needs.
Now, let’s look over the three worst withdrawal symptoms in a bit more detail.
On a technical level, delirium tremens consist of severe confusion, as well as “sympathetic overdrive”.
This essentially means that your levels of both cortisol and adrenaline are increased.
This then causes many other physical symptoms such a:
This can then lead to severe heart problems and other physical issues.
Seizures can also occur at various stages of alcohol withdrawal, sometimes happening 72 hours after your last drink.
People who are addicted to alcohol may also experience these seizures after binge drinking and have a much higher chance of developing epilepsy.
The neurological impact of alcohol can also lead to tremors, in addition to other physical symptoms.
Hallucinations generally happen 12 to 24 hours after your last drink and are caused by the same changes as other withdrawal symptoms.
Home detoxes have a few advantages.
They’re cheaper than inpatient treatment and if you have a less severe issue, you may be more comfortable at home
On the other hand, it’s not as safe as an inpatient alcohol detox.
You won’t be monitored in the same way and if you’re high risk, you could experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
To be recommended specifically for at-home drug detox in Watford, you need to be drinking under 30 units a day.
If you’re not identified as high risk, Librium will be posted out to you.
If you are identified as high risk, you’ll need to be more closely monitored.
It’s important to not confuse an at-home detox with a “self-detox”.
Receiving support from a professional is always the better option.
In an at-home detox, you’ll be prescribed specific medication.
Simply stopping your use could produce dangerous withdrawal symptoms and you wouldn’t be equipped to stop them from happening.
If you do choose to pursue a home drug detox instead of inpatient treatment in Watford, you’ll be prescribed anti-withdrawal medications and will be monitored daily through phone conversations.
Cocaine is psychologically addictive because it affects your brain chemicals, elevating your mood and producing a sense of euphoria.
Other results of initial use are mental alertness, extreme energy, dilated pupils and the user being extremely talkative.
Cocaine addiction doesn’t come with physical withdrawal symptoms and there is no need to detox from it.
However, as you attempt to recover you might experience the following:
This will then help with any withdrawal symptoms.
It’s also one of the most addictive substances out there, so it will likely need a higher level of addiction treatment.
The withdrawal symptoms for heroin are also mostly physical, although there are some psychological ones too.
They generally start about 6 to 12 hours after your last dose, peaking at 1 to 3 days and then subsiding after a week.
Some specific withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction are:
These generally last for about a week – during a heroin detox, we’ll slowly and safely reduce your intake, to try and lessen them.
Like cocaine, cannabis isn’t physically addictive and withdrawing from it doesn’t result in physical symptoms.
There also isn’t “detox” for this one, so the focus will once again be psychological, especially as it’s a mood-altering substance.
This also goes for many other kinds of drug addiction.
But a huge proportion of those who end up with cannabis dependence has underlying mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Many people casually use cannabis and don’t develop a drug addiction.
Unlike other drugs on this list, it’s even legal in some places and has been shown to have medicinal uses.
Around 20 to 30% of people who smoke cannabis will develop a dependency, while 9% will develop a full-on drug addiction.
Cannabis specifically affects your levels of dopamine, a very important neurotransmitter that specifically affects your brains’ reward system.
Over time, these different levels will change the way that dopamine is produced.
Do you find that you can’t stop yourself from using, are you constantly neglecting other parts of your life because of your cannabis abuse, or if it’s affecting your professional and or personal relationships?
You need to reach out for help before any more damage is done.
As we’ve already seen here, mental health treatments in Watford are a huge part of alcohol rehab.
Undoing the psychological damage drug addiction does is one of the most significant parts of the process.
The kinds of therapy on offer through drug and alcohol rehab in Watford include:
When starting you off on your alcohol rehab or drug rehab journey, it’s also important that we acknowledge any underlying psychiatric issues.
As drugs impact your brain, they can cause these problems to occur.
At the same time, they could have caused you to develop an alcohol addiction in the first place, by leaving a severe emotional impact.
Either way, these can be treated via the same therapy and counselling techniques as alcohol addiction itself.
This includes cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectal behavioural therapy and holistic therapies.
An effective relapse prevention plan is also a vital part of recovery.
This is something you will plan during your addiction treatment in Watford, taking your specific situation into account.
The first thing we’ll need to go through is triggers and cravings. You’ll need to learn how to identify these, so you can avoid them.
You’ll also learn the symptoms you’ll encounter when you come across triggers, like feeling nervous or tense.
We’ll also need to include a plan in case you do relapse. This will feature what specifically needs to happen, in addition to contact details.
Finally, we’ll also go over any lifestyle changes you might need to make once your treatment finishes in Watford.
Often outside forces can have a huge negative impact on alcohol addiction.
Toxic relationships you had before might need to be identified, and either made healthier or left for the sake of your recovery.
If something in your previous life was causing you immense amounts of stress or anxiety, you might want to consider leaving that too.
Finally, if you can, you might want to consider changing the environment you’re living in.
The bottom line is if you’re in any kind of space that won’t encourage your recovery, that might need to change post-treatment in Watford.
None of this is set in stone, of course, and it all depends on the specific situation.
It’s just a conversation that might need to happen when planning out your next steps.
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If you don’t feel like residential alcohol rehab will suit you, there are plenty of other recovery options in Watford.
One of the best known of these probably supports groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Both organisations are active in Watford and across Hertfordshire.
Addiction can often make people feel alone and isolated.
Support groups can show you that you’re truly not, giving you connections with people who truly understand what you’re going through.
You can also air out all of your feelings in a confidential space, where you know that everyone present will understand.
The SMART in SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.
Unlike alcoholics anonymous, alcohol isn’t viewed as a disease here, rather a dysfunctional habit.
The focuses here are on building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings and behaviours and living a balanced life.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the person suffering from it.
Because of the way it changes behaviour and affects personal relationships, it can also have a devastating impact on families.
If this applies to you, then family therapy is definitely something to consider
Linking with the at-home outpatient treatment via a local Drug & Alcohol team in Watford also works effectively for a lot of people.
You’ll have access to most of the same treatments as residential alcohol rehab.
But you’ll experience them via regular visits to a centre, while you continue to stay in your regular home environment.
A major disadvantage of this is, of course, the temptations and distractions that will be around you.
This choice is definitely something you should think over and discuss.
At Rehab 4 Addiction, we can match you with private rehab centres in Watford.
You won’t face a waiting list for months, as is common with the treatment provided through the NHS.
Treatment is available right away, whenever you’re ready to battle your addiction.
This will make it much less likely that you’ll relapse upon returning home.
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When you’re ready to take the first step to overcome your drink and drug issues, we’ll be waiting for your call.
Contact us on 0800 140 4690 to discuss your treatment in Watford needs with one of our experienced and knowledgeable advisers.
We have an excellent knowledge of the various drug and alcohol rehab centres in Watford, so you can rely on us to make sure you receive the treatment that you need.
So, take action today to overcome your addiction once and for all.