A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Milton Keynes
No part of the UK is free from the ravages of addiction – be it to alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medication, or a combination of any of those – and that includes Milton Keynes, which is suffering from a serious hard drug problem exacerbated by its relative proximity to the major market of London. However, although the challenges are substantial, there is hope: many treatment facilities lie within easy reach of Milton Keynes, offering high-quality care to addicts willing to reach out for help. If you are among them, stay strong: the path to recovery is only a phone call away.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – more properly, “residential rehabilitation” – describes both the treatment of addiction on-site at a dedicated facility, as well as the facility itself. Rehab is typically set in spacious, tranquil surroundings ideal for allowing addicts to focus wholly on their recovery, confident in the confidentiality of the facility (crucial for anyone concerned about the prospect of their condition becoming known beyond the facility’s walls), and addresses both the immediate pressures of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges posed by psychological addiction.
As a result of this bilateral approach to treatment rehab is often considered to be the most effective means of treating addiction, in terms of its ability to provide a solid platform upon which a patient can build a lifelong recovery. Indeed so successful has the model become that in the public’s mind “rehab” has now become synonymous with the treatment of addiction.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction ruins lives, and all too often brings them to a premature end; every day spent struggling with addiction is another day during which the addict is at risk of death from overdose or from an accident or act of violence in which substances of abuse have played a crucial role. Because of this, it’s not mere hyperbole to suggest that every day counts, and the sooner an addict is able to reach out for help, the sooner that help can be delivered and the sooner they can leave behind those risks and resume a happy, healthy, drug-free life.
While the quality of NHS addiction treatment services is high, demand is equally so, and waiting times can be distressingly long even for those fortunate enough to be given places. With time such an important factor in the treatment of addiction, if you or a loved one are an addict seeking help this situation is literally a matter of life and death. Do not allow such matters to derail your recovery: call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Milton Keynes.
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 in Milton Keynes?
The cost of private rehab in or near Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes
If you feel that private rehab is currently not an option for you for reasons of cost, or if you do not feel that you are able to spend the required time away from family and/or work obligations, do not despair: various NHS and charity resources can be found in Milton Keynes and across Buckinghamshire 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
Logically, the most prominent advantage of NHS treatment is financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may put off some potential patients (though this cost is comparatively minor set against the potential costs of sustaining an addiction) while NHS services are free at the point of use.
NHS standards are very high, and extremely accessible geographically in that the NHS operates across the UK while some rehab facilities may be a long way from Milton Keynes; it is important to bear in mind, however, that, as previously mentioned, waiting lists can be very long and waiting times distressingly lengthy, while quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next.
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 Milton Keynes, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling is one form of assistance especially beneficial for recovering addicts with extremely busy schedules. This can be engaged in following a stay at rehab as a supplementary aid to recovery; on the other hand, it is also used to help manage an addiction ahead of engagement in a full treatment programme.
Private addiction counsellors operate similarly to “normal” psychotherapists (though of course with an emphasis on dealing with the causes and consequences of addiction specifically). Private counsellors providing a range of therapy models can be found across the UK, including in Milton Keynes itself; they can be seen by on an ongoing – usually weekly – basis and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some are available for emergencies while others limit access to working hours.
How to get to Liberty House Clinic from Milton Keynes
Liberty House Clinic is a fully furbished 18-bed drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation facility in a peaceful, picturesque suburban setting in the heart of Luton. Its large, spacious grounds are the ideal place in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme focused on mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
To get to Luton from Milton Keynes, take the A509 all the way to the M1, at which point merge onto the M1 heading south towards London/Luton. Exit at junction 11 and take the A505 towards Luton; follow signs to the town centre.