Rehab 4 Addiction

Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in West Sussex

Is your life falling into chaos due to drug or alcohol addiction? Have things got out of hand? It may be time to get help.

Rehab 4 Addiction is on hand to assist you. We offer a range of rehab and detox options for drug and alcohol in our rehabs in West Sussex.

If you are ready to take back control of your life, then our rehab facilities are the right place for you.

Rehab 4 Addiction offers a variety of drug and alcohol rehabs in South East England, including London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and Brighton.

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Who is rehab suitable for?

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It can often be difficult to determine the difference between moderate drug and alcohol use and full-on addiction.

How do you know when consumption has gone too far, and how do you know when rehab is required?

In general, an individual is recommended to seek medical help for their substance use if they:

  • Consume drugs or alcohol every day or in excessive quantities
  • Fail to stop or reduce their consumption by themselves
  • Behave deceptively when it comes to their drug or alcohol use
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms when they do not take drugs or alcohol
  • Score highly on an addiction severity test, such as the DSM-5 assessment

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What Are My Treatment Options in West Sussex?

Drug and alcohol treatment in West Sussex falls into two categories:

  1. Residential or inpatient rehab
  2. Outpatient rehab

Residential treatment means you live within the treatment centre whilst you participate in the programme.

Outpatient treatment involves going to a treatment centre during the day and returning home in the evening.

Inpatient Treatment in West Sussex

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Residential treatment is one option for drug and alcohol addiction. This is because it removes you from triggers and makes relapse less likely.

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To find out more details about your inpatient rehab options, see the table below:

  • Psycho-Education and Coping Skills: There are two main things a person learns while at rehab. The first is information about their addiction and other mental illnesses they may have. Psycho-education is an important part of staying sober because you need to understand the problem you have to successfully fight against it. The second thing people learn during rehab is coping skills to deal with their problems and life’s stressors without drugs and alcohol. They also typically learn coping skills for when they experience cravings
  • Medically Supervised Detox: One of the biggest benefits of inpatient rehab is that a patient is provided with a medically supervised detox. Detox is the period of time where all remnants of the substance (drug or alcohol) leave the body. During this time, people typically experience the greatest withdrawal symptoms, some of which can even be dangerous or life-threatening if not monitored and treated. For these reasons, most professionals would tell someone entering a recovery program to do inpatient treatment for at least the detox period
  • After Detox: After detox, a person in an inpatient program will receive intensive counselling, therapy, aid, and treatment in a controlled environment that allows them to focus on their recovery. During the day, they will get to partake in various types of therapy and activities that will help them adjust to a sober life
  • Addressing Psychological Addiction: There are two parts to addiction. There is the physical dependency that the body or brain has on the substance, and there is also the psychological addiction, which is generally why the person started in the first place. The physical addiction is treated primarily during detox, but then after detox, a team of doctors, psychologists, and other professionals will work to help the patient recover from their psychological addiction
  • Cost: The cost of rehab does depend on a variety of factors, and inpatient rehab does typically cost more than outpatient rehab because it provides a more intensive level of care. Other factors that go into cost include what amenities they offer, how long you are staying if you are getting a private or shared room, and whether or not you have insurance that covers some or all of the cost

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Outpatient Treatment in West Sussex

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Although residential rehab in West Sussex is the most popular option, outpatient treatment is still worth considering.

It may be better for those with commitments they cannot leave behind, and those who cannot attend rehab full-time.

Below we have outlined the main benefits of outpatient rehab:

  • Lighter Schedules for Recovery: Inpatient rehab is a 24/7 commitment, but with outpatient rehab, a person spends less time in treatment and therefore has more time for other things in their life. This can both be a good thing and a bad thing, as it offers up more time to relapse in the beginning phases
  • Flexible Treatment Options: Inpatient rehab generally has fairly strict plans when it comes to what therapies and groups a person will attend, while outpatient gives patients more choice
  • Structured Therapy Methods: While outpatient programs are not as intensive as an inpatient, they still offer structured and proven therapy methods. For this reason, it is still considered to be more intensive treatment than simply entering a 12-step program or similar group, though those may be incorporated
  • Weekly Routines: People in inpatient rehab typically go to treatment on a weekly or daily basis, rather than overnight, all-day care that an inpatient treatment program requires
  • Similar Counselling, Fewer Services: In outpatient therapy, you can receive the same or similar counselling types, but there are fewer other services because you are typically only at the centre for the time you have counselling, groups, and therapy
  • Greater Availability: Because it costs less, it can be available to people who could not afford to partake in an inpatient treatment program
  • Less Commitment: It is much less of a time commitment, but that does require greater dedication and responsibility of the person in treatment. They have to monitor themselves to avoid relapse sometimes, rather than having full-time support of a team of professionals

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The admissions process in West Sussex

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It is vital in addiction treatment to provide an individual with a rehab programme that caters to their specific situation.

In order to do this, an assessment needs to be carried out in order to generate an idea of what an individual’s addiction looks like and what approach would therefore be most suitable for them.

A popular example of this is the ASAM Criteria, an assessment that looks into different aspects of an individual’s situation in order to recommend suitable and effective treatment.

To do this, the test investigates 6 dimensions of an individual’s addiction and current lifestyle:

  • Acute intoxication/Withdrawal Potential – it is essential to understand what an individual’s consumption habits are, what relationship they have had with drugs or alcohol in the past, and how they have managed in terms of withdrawal
  • Biomedical condition – treatment is physically taxing, so it is important to know what conditions or ailments an individual has faced or is currently facing
  • Psychological and emotional well-being – to get a sense of who an individual is and how they will fare in rehab, can help to develop an idea of their thoughts and feelings in general
  • Willingness to change – motivation is everything when it comes to addiction recovery, so it is essential to know how much pushing an individual might need to achieve it
  • Relapse potential – knowing how an individual has managed with relapse in the past can inform methods going forward and increase their effectiveness
  • Living situation – exploring factors such as living arrangements, location, social bonds, and influences can help identify potential causes of addiction or future threats to recovery

There are a variety of addiction treatments methods out there, and the suitability of each one for an individual’s situation will hugely depend on the severity of their addiction and its associated symptoms.

In order to determine how serious addiction is, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM-5) test can be used.

This assessment involves tallying what symptoms an individual is showing and then determining whether they indicate a minor or major threat.

The DSM-5 assessment uses a criterion of the following 11 symptoms. If an individual exhibits two or three of them, they have a mild problem.

If they show four or five, it can be marked as moderate.

If an individual displays more than six of the symptoms, however, they have a severe substance abuse problem.

The symptoms are as follows:

  • Taking a substance frequently or more than intended
  • Being unable to reduce or stop substance use
  • Ignoring responsibilities or friends due to substance use
  • Abandoning previously enjoyed hobbies due to substance use
  • Failing to perform or concentrate at school or work
  • Taking a substance in risky situations
  • Ignoring the risks and dangers of substance use
  • Developing a tolerance for a substance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when a substance becomes unavailable or inaccessible

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Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDITs)

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Alcoholism is one of the most dangerous forms of substance abuse and understanding how severe an individual’s dependency is on alcohol can be instrumental for executing the swift and effective treatment.

In order to get an idea as to how serious an individual’s alcohol consumption is, the World Health Organization developed the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

This is an assessment that assists the identification of an individual’s alcohol consumption, drinking routines, and abuse-related symptoms.

The first section of the test focuses on how much and how often an individual drinks.

Then the AUDIT focuses on the relationship an individual has with drinking, specifically delving into their withdrawal response.

Finally, the test looks into the symptoms they experience as a result of their drinking.

AUDITs function on a multiple-choice, point-based system.

Individuals answer questions by ticking the response that best reflects their situation, and each of these answers is converted into a number which is tallied at the end.

A score of over 13 indicates that an individual has a severe alcohol dependency. Any score over 8 is considered in need of help or guidance.

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Pre-rebab steps: Intervention

Interventions are a great way of nudging a friend or loved one in the right direction in terms of seeking medical help for their addiction.

In many cases, those who need help are too resistant or uncertain to seek it for themselves, so it is common for those around them to help by stepping in and drawing attention to the problem at hand.

In an intervention, the friends and family of an addicted individual come together to express their concerns relating to excessive substance use.

Attendees are encouraged to share their own feelings and experiences, and the intention is to make an individual see the damage they are doing without causing them to feel attacked.

A supportive tone should be maintained at all times as this approach is more likely to convince an individual that getting help is the right thing to do, rather than making them feel like they are being forced into rehab.

To assist in this, it is common for an intervention specialist to be invited along to monitor and guide the conversation so that the event remains productive and effective.

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CRAFT interventions

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An alternative approach to the conventional intervention format is the CRAFT approach, a style which functions by rewarding an individual for positive behaviours and reactions.

Instead of bringing together a group of loved ones, the CRAFT approach involves those closest to an individual.

They will then work together to draw them away from their addictive tendencies through positive reinforcement.

This involves doing nice things for an individual when they show control over their impulses or respond positively to healthy suggestions, but also requires an equal lack of reward when they choose to sustain their addiction.

Individuals are left to endure the pains of their continued substance use, and the effectiveness of the CRAFT approach depends on the consistency of this treatment from all who are involved.

The goal of this method is to encourage an individual away from addiction.

This is achieved by promoting sobriety as well as a more open dialogue about the problems and issues that fuel their desire to be ‘high’.

Through replacing the positive reinforcement supplied by substance use with a different and healthier form of reward.

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How much does rehab cost in West Sussex?

The price of addiction recovery depends entirely on the kind of programme an individual chooses to treat themselves with.

The general prices are as follows:

  • 10-day detox (single room)£3,000 to £6,000
  • 10-day detox (shared room)£2,000 to £4,000
  • 28-day rehab (single room)£8,000 to £12,000
  • 28-day rehab (shared room) £6,000
  • Home detox£1,500

Private Rehab vs. Council founded rehab treatment


Individuals have a great deal of choice when it comes to what route they wish to take for their recovery.

They have the option to pursue private rehab, but what are the differences between this option and the more conventional publicly provided rehab programmes?

Council-funded rehab

Below we’ve listed a few of the positives and negatives of going down the council-funded rehab route.


  • Price of admission – being under the NHS, these programmes are much more affordable for the average person to enrol upon.
  • Locally accessible – public rehab programmes can be located all over the UK, and it is, therefore, likely that there will be one in your local area, saving you from relocating.


  • High demand – there is often a lot of demand for these public services, and this, unfortunately, means that individuals are likely to be put on waiting lists while the programmes work through the high volume of individuals seeking treatment.
  • Lack of personalisation – partly a result of the demand for these programmes, public rehab does not have the time or facilities to treat every individual’s case with the focus they potentially require, and so individuals will receive more generalised treatment.
  • Poor doctor-patient ratio – the NHS is a public service under an intense amount of pressure, and this means that resources and staff are spread as far as they can be. A result of this is that there are often many more patients than staff in a public facility, and this causes delays between treatment sessions.
  • Sharing facilities – individuals who access public services will likely need to share bedrooms and toilets.

Private rehab

Below we’ve listed a few of the positives and negatives of going down the private rehab route.


  • Unique experience – individuals in private clinics are treated as individuals, and the time is taken to devise a treatment plan which caters to their personal preferences and obstacles.
  • Range of facilities – these programmes usually offer a wide range of facilities, improving both an individual’s accommodation experience as well as their treatment. They can have their own bedroom, as well as access sporting clubs, spa treatments, and outdoor recreational spaces.
  • Best of the best – due to the high wages that these programmes can offer, addiction treatment is usually provided by some of the top professionals in the field of addiction recovery and detox.


  • Not everywhere – in order to provide such a wide range of facilities, private clinics can not possibly be in every town and city. Individuals will therefore likely need to travel far in order to access them.
  • Price of admission – to access such a luxurious experience, the price of getting a spot on these programmes is likely to be very steep.

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Helping You Select Treatment For Your Needs

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It can be confusing looking at all the treatment options in West Sussex. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we specialise in helping you locate the right treatment for your needs.

When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we help you by doing a short assessment. This allows us to match your needs with a suitable rehab in West Sussex.

We maintain a database of treatment providers. Once we have identified your needs, we are then able to advise you on which option is right for you.

This initial assessment helps us to work out the nature and severity of your addiction. It also helps us to get an idea of your mental health and medical history.

Common mental issues that go hand-in-hand with addiction include anxiety and depression.

If you have one of these issues, we can point you towards a rehab in West Sussex which will help you get better.

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We Can Help You In Many Different Ways

After the assessment, we will advise you on treatment options. Here are the things we can tell you:

  • The types of treatment on offer in West Sussex
  • The location of treatment centres in relation to where you live
  • The precise benefits of different centres
  • A list of ‘most recommended’ treatment centres
  • Funding options and the availability of ‘free’ options

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We have treated many thousands of people for drug and alcohol addiction in West Sussex.

Many of these people have turned their lives around. We are confident that you can do the same.

How Long Does Rehab in West Sussex Last?

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The average length of stay in our inpatient rehab centres in West Sussex is between 7 and 28 days. The length someone needs to stay in rehab depends a lot on their situation.

You should try to stay in rehab in West Sussex for the total length of time you decided on at the start. Checking out early can be risky as it puts you in danger of a relapse.

How Do You Prepare for West Sussex Rehab?

Before treatment for drug and alcohol abuse in West Sussex, you need to prepare. The West Sussex rehab centre that you choose will give you a list of what you need and what you cannot bring.

This list will include things like toiletries, your ID, insurance information and medical records.

It may also include pictures from home and activities like books and puzzles for downtime.

You should make sure to deal with any duties before you go. Make sure to call off work or school, arrange pet or child care, tell your loved ones that you are going, and so on.

The risk of relapse is very high when you first leave rehab. Before you set off for rehab, it’s worth preparing for when you get home. Throw out anything that might cause a craving.

Also, delete any phone numbers of dealers you have on your mobile. That way, you give yourself a good chance of staying clean after rehab.

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Can My Family Visit Me In West Sussex Alcohol Rehab?

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When you are visiting someone in one of our West Sussex rehabs, you need to remember a few things.

First, make sure to reach out to the treatment facility in West Sussex before your visit to check their visiting times.

You will probably only be allowed to visit on certain days and at certain times.

You should also try to prepare emotionally. Visiting loved ones in rehab can be emotionally draining. You need to be ready to offer empathy, not judgement.

Visiting loved ones can really help the recovery process. It allows you to see the progress your loved one is making. It also helps them to feel supported.

However, it must be said that if you think visiting your loved one will make things harder, you should not visit. They may need time to heal before you can try to mend your relationship.

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Alcohol detox & rehab in West Sussex

Tackling addiction is a difficult thing to do due to the obstacle posed by withdrawal.

Especially when it comes to alcohol, the body’s response to going sober can be volatile and dangerous, and so kicking the desire to sustain consumption is much more challenging than many realise.

In order to help with this process, alcohol addiction treatment is composed of three major components.

1. Pharmacological intervention

The first and most opposing problem when it comes to beating addiction is withdrawal.

When individuals stop their alcohol use, their body is thrown into a sudden chemical imbalance, triggering a wide range of uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms.

These can include insomnia, mood swings, and even heart problems.

Overcoming this initial obstacle is almost impossible for individuals to do by themselves, so rehab helps by providing medications that look to ease this sudden change in chemistry.

Benzodiazepines like Librium can be prescribed, and these drugs reduce the impact of the withdrawal symptoms that strike within the initial few days of being sober.

The goal of this prescription is to help individuals stay strong during the initial difficulties and help them detox within the desired period of 10 days.

2. Addiction therapy

Following detox, the priority of treatment is to then address why an individual developed their addiction in the first place.

While physical detox is an essential first step, the underlying tensions which initially sparked the substance abuse will only threaten their progress in future if less unaddressed.

As a result, it is important that individuals also go through around 3 weeks of addiction therapy.

Via a range of different methods, this therapy is designed to help individuals identify and understand their motivations for drinking, and then develop healthier routines or methods of coping with such problems.

For example, group support can help individuals open up to others going through rehab about their experiences and learn different methods and ideas relating to handling such difficulties in future.

3. Relapse prevention

Finally, once individuals have worked through their physical and psychological relationships with alcoholism, the ultimate focus of treatment pertains to the sustainment of sobriety.

Relapse is a common part of addiction [2] and many individuals will struggle with the temptation to drink again in the initial few weeks and months following treatment.

This is not a signal of failure, but many programmes look to minimise the risk as much as possible by creating a relapse prevention plan.

Between an individual and the addiction specialists they have been working with, this plan is devised to help prevent the opportunity for relapse to occur. It can include techniques that individuals can utilise in order to withstand stress, or it can involve further treatment which looks to help them continue to conquer difficult emotions such as grief, sadness, or anger.

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The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

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With the forceful way that it impacts the brain and body’s chemistry, alcohol is one of the hardest substances to break a dependency from.

The withdrawal symptoms that spark when individuals stop drinking are among the most dangerous in the realm of addiction.

It is important for those struggling with alcoholism to be aware of the dangers that come with unassisted detox.

1. Cognitive complications

The chemical shift in the brain caused by withdrawal (as well as an initial inability to comprehend the process of lacking alcohol) can cause individuals to experience problems with their cognitive and emotional stability.

They can become more confused or disorientated, have intense mood swings or experience exacerbated versions of their mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression.

2. Acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Within 6 hours of abstaining from alcohol use, individuals can be hit by a range of initial symptoms. These can include insomnia, shaking, anxiety, restlessness and nausea.

While these complications will pass after a short while in most cases, some individuals can experience sustained and additional symptoms including sweating and fever.

3. Seizures

Within the first 2 days of withdrawal, individuals can experience muscular contractions. These spasmodic movements tend to affect only certain areas of the body, and the severity of these seizures tends to correlate with the number of withdrawals an individual has experienced in the past.

4. Wernicke-Korsakoff

During alcohol withdrawal, thiamine deficiency can trigger problems with the body’s nervous system. Common symptoms include cognitive complications – indifference, disorientation, poor attention – and eye muscle paralysis.

These symptoms tend to pass within a few days; however, some individuals can be left with sight problems and memory loss.

5. Heart problems

Alcohol has a great impact on the heart, and so withdrawal can trigger sudden changes in the heart’s rhythm. This can potentially cause cardiac arrest.

6. Delirium Tremens

After years of excessive drinking, this condition occurs when the nervous system is sent into a state of hyperactivity due to withdrawal. Individuals experience hallucinations, infections, and potentially sudden death.

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Alcohol home detox in West Sussex

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Alcohol addiction can look different for everyone who experiences it. Some may endure strong symptoms while others are able to continue with their everyday lives while sustaining their substance use.

For this reason, the methods of treatment for addiction can also look different for each case.

For some individuals, the conventional route to recovery of entering a rehab programme might not seem suitable.

Instead, they may be interested to learn about the treatment options that allow them to stay at home and continue with their daily routine while overcoming their addiction. For those seeking this style of help, there are two main options.

1. Home detox

With this method of treatment, individuals are assisted with their detoxification via the provision of withdrawal-reducing medications.

Specifically, they tend to receive doses of Librium, a benzodiazepine that calms the body’s response to sudden sobriety.

The goal of this is to allow individuals to cope with the initial difficulties of detox and resist the urge to drink again by dampening the impact withdrawal has on their bodies.

In comparison to conventional rehab, this option is much more flexible and affordable.

Due to the lack of supervision provided by this treatment method, it is essential that those with longstanding and severe alcohol addictions do not attempt it.

Home detox is not able to fix such strong dependencies on the substance, and only those who consume less than 30 units a day should attempt it.

Furthermore, it should be noted that this method does not tackle the underlying psychological causes of an individual’s addiction.

Their progress is monitored by frequent check-ups with an addiction specialist, but therapy should also be utilised in combination with home detox to ensure that the problem is not capable of coming back in the future.

2. Self-detox

Alternatively, individuals have the entirely free option of self-detox, but this should not be confused with a home detox. With this method, they receive no support in terms of their detox and only have their willpower to rely upon.

This method very rarely works, and the dangers associated with alcohol withdrawal mean that it is not a recommended method of becoming sober.

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Rehab for Cocaine in West Sussex

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When individuals take cocaine, their brain releases a chemical called dopamine which is known for producing high levels of pleasure and happiness.

With frequent use, individuals can learn to rely on this dopamine hit – thinking that they need cocaine in order to feel calm, happy, or confident – and so sustain an unhealthy rate of usage.

Unlike substances like alcohol, cocaine does not cause physical addiction to occur.

Those who develop cocaine addiction do not need to undergo a process of physical detox and will not experience physical withdrawal symptoms.

Instead, the process of treating cocaine addiction involves treating the underlying reasons why an individual feels the need to take cocaine so frequently and why this dopamine hit is in such high demand.

To do this, a variety of therapy activities can be used.

A common example is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a treatment method that involves a therapist working with an individual to identify what situations, emotions, or thoughts trigger their desire to use cocaine.

This can be feeling stressed at work or feeling alone in the evenings, and the function of CBT is to then target these situations to help individuals develop alternative methods of satisfying their brain’s demand for dopamine.

Instead of using cocaine, individuals are encouraged to perhaps practise breathing techniques in order to regain their sense of calm.

By making this change, CBT gives individuals the skills to fend off addiction in the future and be able to live without the support of medical staff.

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Rehab for Heroin rehab in West Sussex

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Heroin is a substance that has a great effect on the body when it is consumed on a regular basis.

Much like alcohol, the substance causes the body to physically change when it is taken frequently, and this can cause an individual to become physically dependent on it.

As a result of this, treating heroin addiction involves careful and supervised methods of recovery.

First, the body must be weaned via a medically assisted detox programme, and then the underlying problems triggering the heroin usage need to be addressed through addiction therapy.

1. Detox

To assist individuals through the potentially dangerous process of heroin withdrawal, detox involves them stopping their consumption with the support of symptom-dampening medications and professional supervision.

2. Therapy

Once physical dependency has been eased, it is then important to sustain the state of sobriety by working through the underlying problems which provoke heroin use in the first place.

A variety of therapy activities can be used here to understand the tensions contributing to an individual’s craving for heroin and develop healthier ways of managing them.

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Rehab for Cannabis in West Sussex

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When cannabis addiction develops, it is not a physical dependency that causes individuals to want the substance so badly.

It is the chemical THC that creates pleasure in the brain when cannabis is ingested.

This makes individuals feel like they need the drug in order to feel calm, happy, or relaxed, and so it is a purely psychological reliance that they develop.

In order to treat cannabis addiction, therefore, a process of physical detox is not required.

Instead, therapy activities are needed to work through the reasons why an individual feels like they need to depend on cannabis in order to achieve the state that it creates.

This can be due to anxiety, long-term trauma, or family tensions.

Regardless of the trigger, one of the many therapy activities available in West Sussex can be utilised to assist individuals in moving away from their association between cannabis and pleasure.

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Types of therapies on offer in West Sussex rehabs

In order to effectively treat addiction, it is essential to address the emotional and psychological reasons for an individual’s destructive behaviour.

Whether it is due to waves of depression, struggles with anxiety, or long-term trauma, the root of their substance abuse must be tackled in order to provide lasting change.

In West Sussex, there is a range of therapeutic activities available to help individuals make this progress.

The suitability of each type will depend on the situation each individual finds themselves in, so it can help to learn more about the range of options that are out there.

1. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

At the heart of many addictions, there tend to be situations that push individuals towards using a certain substance. Whether it is stress caused by work or depression exacerbated by loneliness, substance abuse tends to be perpetrated by individuals not being able to handle their thoughts and emotions.

CBT looks to help by identifying these situations that trigger addiction, assisting individuals in opening up about what emotions or thoughts they experience within them, and then teaching them techniques and routines for altering their harmful pattern of behaviour.

For example, when an individual feels overwhelmed by work and can’t handle the stress, instead of turning to substance use they can learn to practice mindfulness to remain calm, or they can establish a relationship with someone at work who they can talk to when these cravings strike.

2. Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)

For those who are afflicted by addiction, unmanageable emotions can often lie at the heart of their motivation to sustain substance abuse.

Feelings of sadness, frustration, and anxiety commonly affect them in a greater way, and so they feel a strong motivation to get ‘high’ in order to cope.

To help work through these strong emotions, DBT involves a therapist helping an individual to understand why they arise and why they influence their behaviour so much.

Conversation can focus on an individual’s traumatic experiences, their relationships with family and friends, or their outlook on the world, all with the intention of allowing them to see their emotions in a much more manageable way.

With this new perspective, DBT then works to provide individuals with coping mechanisms to handle instances where their emotions get the better of them without relying on the pleasurable effects of a substance.

3. Brief interventions

Otherwise referred to as short-term counselling, brief interventions involve individuals regularly meeting up with an addiction specialist to receive advice and guidance regarding the progress of their recovery.

In these sessions, an individual will update the professional as to their experiences, obstacles, and successes.

The rest of the session can be tailored to address whatever problems or areas of concern the professional deem necessary.

For example, if an individual is struggling with motivation, the session can be dedicated to drawing out why an individual wants to get sober and clarifying their goals.

It is recommended that brief intervention treatment is used in conjunction with other long-term addiction recovery methods to optimise effectiveness [1].

4. Motivational interviewing

An individual’s motivation for getting sober plays a huge part in the odds of their success.

Doctors and therapists can offer all of their help and expertise but are ultimately up to an individual wanting to get better that makes the treatment so effective.

Of course, not all individuals are motivated to endure the physical and psychological journey of recovery, but this treatment can help in this area.

Motivational interviewing involves a therapist talking with an individual to identify what goals and aspirations they have in life. Whether it relates to their family life or career, their truest motivations are drawn out and identified.

The intention of doing this is to help individuals realise why they are in rehab and allow them to put their goals – which are only achievable if they successfully cooperate with treatment – at the heart of their efforts.

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5. Holistic therapies


Addiction treatment does not necessarily have to target the specific causes of an individual’s substance abuse.

Alternatively, there is a popular idea within the field of treatment that argues that treating an individual as an entire individual can also be effective.

Holistic therapies are those which look to improve an individual’s entire wellbeing.

Either by making them feel physically healthier or boosting their view of their world, these treatments care for the individual as an entire person, helping them in their recovery by giving them a greater overall feeling of self with which they can engage in other, more targeted treatments.

The type of therapy used can be tailored to the specific individual. Music can be used to trigger a new source of joy, exercise can be used to instil a greater sense of physical happiness, or nature walks can be used to bring individuals’ attention to the world around them.

6. Group therapy

Within a rehab facility, individuals are surrounded by others also going through the recovery process. While doctors and therapists are full of expertise, they can actually help individuals to learn from one another.

In group therapy, individuals are encouraged to talk and share ideas with each other. Guided by a group leader, conversation works to allow the knowledge and experiences of each member to help the whole group.

Those further along in the process can share tips and techniques with those just starting out, and new members of the group can help to remind experienced individuals what they have to lose if they stop trying.

This is not to say that individuals do not listen to addiction professionals when they offer advice, but there is an additional sense of trust when they learn from individuals who can personally attest to the effectiveness of such advice.

7. Individual therapy

This kind of therapy is one of the most common and widespread options. It involves a therapist engaging in productive conversations with an individual to get to the heart of why they sustain their substance abuse.

Conversation within these sessions can take any direction as required, working through anything from an individual’s childhood trauma to their consistent anxiety.

These problems are identified and their connections to the addiction are untangled and talked through.

Within these discussions, the goal is to help an individual feel heard, allow them to understand themselves better, and improve their state of mind so that addiction does not pose as much of an unconscious threat in future.

8. Family therapy

Unfortunately, the root of an individual’s addiction does not always involve only them. Broken relationships and longstanding disputes within the family can also play a huge part, and so therapy that involves only the individual may not suffice.

Family therapy is a kind of group therapy that involves bringing the members of a family together to work through the tensions and problems that are linked with an individual’s substance abuse.

A therapist works to help members address and settle disputes and arguments, and healthier dynamics are established and encouraged.

In addition, methods of better handling future problems are practised to limit the likelihood of addiction resurfacing as a result of family tensions.

9. Co-dependency treatment

For individuals who struggle with co-dependency, they have an unhealthy reliance on the people around them for their own sense of identity and validity.

They obsess about pleasing a certain friend or partner, or they try to exert control over the things that they do.

Sometimes, this kind of relationship can trigger addiction.

For example, someone who longs to please their drug-using partner might begin to do the same and take it to an unhealthy level.

To treat this, a specific kind of therapy will be needed to address both an individual’s relationship issues and their motivations for substance abuse.

Co-dependency treatment looks to help individuals establish healthier boundaries in their relationships, learn to see themselves for who they are irrespective of the thoughts and opinions of others, and (most importantly) realise that addiction is not a viable source of approval.

10. Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

TSF is a treatment programme that looks to use sessions to introduce individuals to a wide structure of support and treatment options.

Via these regular appointments, individuals are helped through both direct psychological support and interaction with that offered by the addiction recovery community.

With TSF programmes, certain values underpin each individual’s progression.

In general, these tend to relate to the importance of accepting addiction as a manageable condition and making the most of the support on offer.

Not only does this treatment help individuals get a better grasp of how to cope with their addiction, but it also increases the chances of them contributing to the community of support and helping others who struggle with substance abuse in the future.

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

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Addiction is a condition which very often surfaces due to the presence of another mental health problem.

The feeling of pleasure that drugs and alcohol provide often work to soothe the anxiety, depression, or trauma of those who struggle with these conditions, and so they are at especial risk of developing a reliance on their consumption.

When these two problems strike at the same time, it is known as dual diagnosis, and it is very important that this is identified in order for effective and long-lasting change to be made.

Physical detox is a huge component of recovery, but helping the body become sober is not enough in isolation to treat an individual’s addictive tendencies.

If the dual diagnosis is not acknowledged – and a mental health condition fuelling the substance abuse is not addressed – then the cause of the behaviour will be left untreated.

Therapy which targets the relationship between addiction and these other conditions will be essential. 

Without this therapy, an individual will leave rehab while being very susceptible to relapse as their anxiety, depression, or trauma will likely push them back into the negative behaviours they have kicked.

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The alternatives to going to rehab

Within the field of addiction recovery, it is unanimously agreed amongst experts that rehab is the most effective method for treating substance abuse. However, this does not mean that it is the only option that individuals have.

For some, undergoing rehab treatment might not be feasible in their current situation. It can be of huge help, therefore, to explore some of the alternatives to rehab and explore how effective they can be.

1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Within AA and NA, individuals attend meetings with other addiction sufferers to discuss and work through the obstacles posed by the condition.

Led by a group leader, these sessions can explore different experiences and emotions associated with alcoholism or drug abuse, and individuals are encouraged to contribute and share ideas.

The goal of these meetings is to provide individuals with a sense of belonging which they can use to motivate their road to recovery.

This is further supported by ‘sponsors’ who personally monitor and assist the progression of a certain individual.

2. SMART Recovery

Within this recovery programme, individuals attend sessions and work with other attendees to progress through a series of steps relating to their journey away from addiction.

These sessions focus on promoting autonomy and control, and the intended result is for individuals to establish routines and practices that allow them to no longer rely on substance abuse.

The steps of the SMART recovery process are:

  • Motivating oneself
  • Handling cravings
  • Learning to accept difficult emotions
  • Establishing and sustaining a healthy lifestyle

Progression through these steps is not always linear, and the SMART process does not require individuals to have a seamless recovery journey.

Instead, it looks to help individuals stay patient and consistent in their engagement with treatment with the knowledge that persistence will win in the end.

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3. Home detox

For individuals who want to remain living at home with their loved ones, they have the option of home detox. Within this treatment, they undergo detox with the support of medications delivered to their home.

When individuals stop their substance use after years of consistent consumption, the symptoms they experience often force them to abandon the attempt.

With home detox, however, the provision of benzodiazepines such as Librium works to reduce the impact of this withdrawal and help individuals endure.

It should be noted, however, that this method does not tackle the underlying triggers of an individual’s initial desire to use a substance. In order for more long-term relief, it is recommended that home detox be combined with addiction therapy.

4. Al/Anon Family Group meetings

When addiction strikes, its impacts are not limited to the individuals suffering from the condition. In many cases, the friends and family of that individual are also hit by the emotional and financial implications of the addiction.

To support these individuals, AI/Anon meetings work to bring them together with other family and friends with similar difficulties and encourage them to support one another.

Experiences can be shared, bonds can be built, and methods of handling addiction can be learned.

The benefits of these sessions are not only felt by the attendees, however.

By becoming more knowledgeable about addiction – and gaining a strong network of support – the friends and families of an addicted individual become better able to support them in their road to recovery.

5. Outpatient treatment via a local Drug & Alcohol team in West Sussex

For individuals who want a more flexible method of recovery, outpatient treatment allows them to meet regularly with an addiction specialist while continuing with their everyday routine.

These meetings are designed support and guide an individual’s journey towards sobriety, and the structure and focus of them can therefore be tailored to whatever the individual in question requires.

For example, if they are struggling to resist cravings, techniques and skills can be developed and practiced to help them in moments of temptation.

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What Happens After Inpatient Rehab in West Sussex?

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At Rehab 4 Addiction, we offer 12 months of free aftercare for all of our clients. Nor does our commitment to your recovery end there.

You will have access to a range of resources, including skills and tools to help manage triggers and stressors. You will also have access to a 24-hour helpline which puts you in touch with our advisors in an emergency.

After rehab, it is vital that you continue with some kind of treatment. That may be support groups, therapy, or Alcoholics Anonymous. Relapse is a fairly common occurrence. Aftercare makes it much more likely that you stay sober.

Ready To Get Help

To take the first step on the road towards recovery and abstinence, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today.

Call us on 0800 140 4690, or alternatively, contact us through this website.

When you contact us, we will conduct a free and confidential assessment.

After this assessment, we will outline your addiction treatment options in West Sussex, so you may move forward with your life without the chains of addiction.

Rehab 4 Addiction officers a range of addiction treatments in West Sussex, including Crawley, Worthing, Chichester, Horsham and Bognor Regis.

Make The Change Today

Call us now on0800 140 4690 for a free referral. Our admissions team is dedicated to helping you find rehab & detox treatment for your needs.




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