A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Wokingham
Few people who know and love Wokingham will need reminding that, along with all its positive aspects, the town has a darker side in the form of a long-standing and serious addiction problem. Alcohol, illegal drugs – especially hard drugs such as crack and heroin – and prescription medicine are all taking a terrible toll on Wokingham’s inhabitants, with knock-on consequences for crime and social health.
However, the picture is not an unremittingly gloomy one: there are now many facilities available for those struggling with addiction who are prepared to reach out for help. If you are among them, do not give up hope: read on to learn how rehab can set you back on the path to happiness.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – commonly known as “rehab” – describes addiction treatment carried out at a dedicated facility, as well as being the name for such a facility itself. This treatment comprises both detoxification (“detox”) – medically supervised and often assisted by appropriate medication – and an extended period of therapy during which the causes of addiction are explored.
At rehab, patients can focus entirely upon their recovery, far from the temptations of daily life, and secure in the knowledge that – because rehabs are confidential facilities – details of their condition will not reach the outside world.
It is commonly acknowledged that rehab offers the most effective treatment of addiction (ie, produces the greatest chance of life-long recovery) thanks to its holistic approach addressing both physical dependency and the longer-term, more pernicious challenge of psychological addiction. Treatment which only addresses physical dependency is unlikely to result in a permanent recovery as the underlying causes of addiction will not have been addressed.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
It is imperative to get an addict help as soon as they are prepared to request it: time is absolutely of the essence because addiction can prove fatal at any time, as a result either of overdose or of the type of accident or violent act in which substance abuse is so often a factor. While it is a truism that an addict is only ready for treatment when they are able to admit to their addiction, it is also true that the longer they struggle with that addiction the more likely it is to end in their death or that of another.
With this in mind, the lengthy waiting times associated with NHS services – however high the quality of those services may be – become a serious issue. If you are in Wokingham and are struggling with addiction, do not waste any time: speak to an addiction specialist today on 0800 024 1455 to discuss the potentially life-changing – and life-saving – private options available to you.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned above, rehab offers addicts a peaceful, confidential, secluded and secure setting in which to focus entirely upon their recovery away from the environment which has proven so damaging to them and in which they have been unable to resist the allure of substances of abuse.
When a patient enters rehab they undergo a thorough assessment prior to commencing a period of detox which is assisted by highly trained medical personnel who are there to ensure that the process is a safe as possible, and that the experience of withdrawal is made as easy as it can be (potentially with the help of various medications).
Once detox has been completed and the patient’s system has been cleansed of substances of abuse, they will enter the therapy phase: various forms of therapy – both group and one-to-one – and different therapy models will be provided, aims at uncovering the root causes of addiction and at giving the patient appropriate defence mechanisms designed to help them resist relapse.
Throughout their stay each patient will benefit from a tailored fitness and dietary plan – on the understanding that a healthy mind requires a healthy body – and from various other resources available on site (which will differ from one facility to another). Upon leaving the facility, a patient’s recovery is by no means complete: it is an ongoing process involving countless challenges and potential pitfalls. Because of this, good rehabs will provide up to a year’s free aftercare, giving the patient vital security and reassurance for their endeavours.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Wokingham?
The cost of private rehab in or near Wokingham 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 Wokingham
Some people feel that private rehab is simply not an option for them: perhaps cost is an issue, or maybe they are unable to spend significant periods of time away from their families, from work or from other obligations. If you are among them, do not allow yourself to give up hope: there are numerous NHS and charity resources which can be found in Wokingham and throughout Berkshire which can provide potentially game-changing assistance in your fight against addiction. Speak with your GP about which of these resources you may be also access and which would be most appropriate for you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
It should not come as a surprise that the primary advantage of NHS treatment in many people’s eyes is a financial one: NHS services are, of course, free at the point of use, whereas private rehab comes at a cost (though compared with the cost of sustaining addiction, you may feel this to be an extremely valuable – not to mention life-saving – investment).
The NHS operates in every corner of the country, and services are therefore very accessible geographically compared with some rehab facilities. Another advantage offered by NHS services is that standards are generally high – though quality does vary by location and, again, waiting times can be extremely lengthy.
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 Wokingham, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling is a type of help for recovering addicts which can be particularly beneficial for people with very busy schedules. individual counselling may be engaged in following a stay at rehab (or other addiction treatment) as a supplementary aid to recovery, or perhaps as a way of managing an addiction before engaging in a full training programme. Private addiction counsellors work in ways similar to the operations of “normal” psychotherapists, although obviously the focus is on addressing the causes and consequences of addiction; counsellors offering a broad range of approaches to therapy and different therapy models can be found across the country, including across Berkshire.
Counsellors can be seen by private appointment, typically on a weekly basis, and usually charge a fee per appointment; while some counsellors make themselves available for emergencies, it is more common for access to be limited to working hours.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Wokingham
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 Wokingham, take the A329 onto B3430 and thence to the A322 and follow that road all the way down to Guildford and thence Worplesdon.