A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Slough
The ravages of addiction reach into every corner of the UK, and even popular resorts like Bognor Regis are no exception – indeed, though Britain’s inner cities tend to receive the majority of media attention on this topic, the drug problem in the country’s towns is no less acute, and Slough is especially susceptible as a result of its particular demographic mix and its proximity to various points of ingress for illegal substances.
However, as the addiction epidemic grows, so too does our understanding of the condition and how to treat it, and there are now numerous facilities in and near Berkshire set up to help those in need. If you or a loved one are fighting addiction and need such help, read on to find out how rehab can make the difference between life and death.
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What is Rehab
Residential rehabilitation is the name of the process by which an a person gets treatment for their addiction at a dedicated facility, and also describes the facility itself. At rehab, a patient is able to go through the detox and withdrawal stage with medical assistance – often in the form of pharmaceutical as well as therapeutic support – and engage in therapy aimed at discovering and addressing the root causes of their addiction, in a secure, peaceful, pleasant and (crucially) confidential environment perfect for the necessary introspection and contemplation.
Private rehab is thought to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of its being the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the erstwhile addict. Its ability to address both short- (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one holistic treatment programme conducted under one roof is unparalleled, and indeed in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can set out upon the road to recovery, the better – not simply because every day that goes by whilst they struggle with addiction is one more which cannot be spent enjoying all the wonderful things which a drug-free life can offer, but because the consequences of addiction for physical and mental health can be catastrophic, and each day spent feeding an addiction is another day of damage to mind, body and soul.
The quality of NHS addiction treatment services is very high, but unfortunately so is demand for them and waiting times can be extremely long. If you or someone you love are wrestling with addiction, don’t waste any more time: reach out today to discuss some of the private options which may be available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
Rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which an addict can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world and the environment in which they have succumbed to repeated substance abuse and addiction. Upon entering rehab, an addict will undergo a thorough assessment before embarking on a period of detoxification supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel on hand to assure that detox and withdrawal are as safe and as comfortable as possible.
After detox, patients engage in various forms of therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction and developing the defence mechanisms necessary to safeguard against relapse; they will also benefit from bespoke dietary and fitness plans and from an array of other resources available on site. At the end of a stay in any quality rehab, patients will receive free aftercare for up to a year: recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is an ongoing process with numerous pitfalls which rehab can continue to help the recovering addict navigate around.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Slough?
The cost of private rehab in or near Slough can vary significantly by treatment programme, and depending on which of a variety of optional extras are selected. As a rough guide, standard costs range from between £5,500 and £11,000 per month, though the cheapest rehab treatment can start from as little as £834 per week. For more details, call 0800 804 4755.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Slough
You may feel that private rehab is not the best option for you for reasons of cost, or if you do not feel that you are able to spend the required time away. However, various NHS and charity resources can be found in Slough and across Berkshire which can help you combat your addiction. Consult your GP about which of these resources may be available to you and would be most appropriate for your specific situation.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The primary advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may be off-putting to some addicts (although, set against the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be comparatively minor) and NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically in that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (though waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS offers a high standard of service – though quality does vary by location.
Addiction Support Groups
A number of organisations exist across the country to provide assistance to recovering addicts, and some of these operate a support group model. Support groups are groups of individuals who are themselves recovering addicts – some only recently free from addiction, while others may have been clean for many years – and who come together at regular meetings to give and take mutual support: sharing their stories of addiction, giving advice on how to resist relapse, showing solidarity and sympathy when group members are struggling, and providing the simple companionship which can mean so much in times of difficulty and loneliness.
Support group attendees can come from all walks of life, brought together by their shared experience of addiction and recovery; typically, attendance at support groups is free and the only qualification for participation is a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse.
The most famous support group organisation, and the one on which most others are modelled, is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which was founded in 1935 and runs on a 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development, with one of the steps being a recognition that a higher power – such as God – can assist with an alcoholic’s recovery. Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953 and based directly upon the AA model, is the second-largest support group organisation worldwide and caters to recovering drug addicts specifically. In a similar vein, but supporting those recovering from addictions to specific substances, are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes. There are also support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assisting the families and friends of addicts which typically hold meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.
Support groups typically meet weekly, though each local chapter is managed independently and meeting times and venues are subject to change. To find information on meetings in or near Slough, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
One form of assistance for recovering addicts which is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules is individual counselling – which can be engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery, or potentially as a means of managing an addiction prior to engagement in a full treatment programme.
Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction. Private counsellors offering a wide variety of different approaches to therapy can be found across the country; they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access while others limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Slough
Primrose Lodge is a unique rehab clinic located in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey. Boasting a private gymnasium, purpose-built treatment rooms and en suite bedrooms, this attractive, spacious building is the perfect getaway for those battling addiction, while Primrose Lodge’s highly experienced staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure patients’ safety and comfort. Integrated treatment programmes designed to address the root causes of addiction are provided in a tranquil and confidential environment in which patients can focus wholly upon their recovery.
To get to Worplesdon from Slough is extremely simple: just head south down the A332 all the way to Guildford and follow signs for Worplesdon proper.