A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Kendal

Kendal may be close to some of the most beautiful parts of the country, but that does not render it immune to the destruction caused by addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs and/or prescription medicines.

However, if you live in or near Kendal and are suffering from addiction, you must not allow itself to give in to despair: hope really is closer than you may think – as is a life free of substance abuse.

Read on to find out how rehab can turn your life around and set you back on a path towards happiness and success.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – is the name given to addiction treatment provided on-site at a dedicated facility, as well as to the facility itself. Rehab is typically set in spacious, pleasant surroundings in which patients feel able to focus wholly on the recovery process; furthermore, as these facilities are completely confidential, patients need not worry about details of their condition and treatment becoming known to the outside world.

Rehab provides addicts with a holistic approach to treatment, beginning with a detoxification (“detox”) phase (potentially involving medication to ease the withdrawal process) and subsequently involving a period of therapy aimed at uncovering the root causes of their addiction, and at providing patients with defence mechanisms against relapse.

Because of this bilateral approach to treatment – addressing both physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of psychological addiction – there is a broad consensus that rehab is the most effective approach to addiction treatment, in terms of providing patients with the greatest chance of enjoying a permanent recovery.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Because addiction can ruin – and even bring to an untimely end – lives with astonishing speed, the sooner an addict can set out upon the road to recovery, the better: every day that goes by without breaking the chains of addiction is not merely one more which cannot be spent enjoying a drug-free life, but another day of damage to mind, body and soul which may eventually prove too much.

NHS addiction treatment services are very good, but unfortunately demand for them is consequently very high and waiting times can be extremely long – too long, tragically, for many addicts in recent years who have suffered fatal overdoses or died as a result of drug-related accidents and violence before being able to begin NHS treatment. If you or someone you love are fighting addiction, don’t waste any more time and in doing so risk becoming another such victim: call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist today in order to discuss some of the private options available to you.

Advantages of Private Rehab

Rehab offers addicts an oasis of calm, away from what are often extremely volatile and potentially dangerous life circumstances: in peaceful, safe, secure and confidential surroundings, patients are able to focus fully on the recovery away from the distractions and temptations of the outside world (and, of course, from substances of abuse).

Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed by a medical team before commencing a detox supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel, who can make sure that the detox and withdrawal process is a safe one and as comfortable as it can be (possibly with the assistance of suitable medication).

Following detox, patients will benefit from the provision of various forms of therapy in both one-to-one and group settings; the therapy phase aims to reveal and address the fundamental causes of addiction, as well as providing patients with suitable defence mechanisms against relapse. Throughout their stay, patients will enjoy bespoke dietary and fitness plans as well as being able to access an array of other resources on site (varying from one rehab to another).

Recovery is not complete the moment a patient leaves rehab, but is a lifelong journey requiring commitment and dedication. In recognition of this, good rehabs will offer up to a year’s free aftercare to provide the assurance that professional assistance is never far away during this next crucial phase of recovery.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Kendal?

The cost of private rehab in or near Kendal 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 Kendal

If you feel that private rehab is currently not an option for you – maybe for reasons of cost, or because you cannot spend the required time away from family and work, do not give up hope: various NHS and charity addiction treatment resources can be found in Kendal and across Cumbria. Visit your GP to talk about which if any of these resources may be available to you and appropriate for your specific situation.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most obvious advantage of going down the NHS route for addiction treatment is that NHS services are free at the point of use, while private rehab comes at a cost which may put off some addicts (though it’s important to consider the potential costs of not getting treatment, which are not, of course, merely financial ones).

Another benefit is that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (although as mentioned above waiting times may be prohibitively lengthy) while some rehab facilities are a long way from Kendal. Furthermore, the quality of any services is usually high (though does vary from one trust to another).

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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 Kendal, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

A form of ongoing assistance during recovery which is often especially beneficial for people with extremely busy schedules is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists (though with an obvious emphasis on addressing the causes and consequences of addiction) and offer a broad variety of therapy models and different approaches to treatment – some extremely niche and alternative.

Typically, private counsellors can be seen by appointment, usually on a weekly basis but with a great degree of flexibility governing the relationship. Fees are usually charged per appointment; some councillors are available on an emergency basis although most limit themselves to pre-agreed working hours.

Private addiction counsellors are often sought out by recovering addicts who have gone through full treatment programmes at rehab and who desire ongoing professional assistance at this phase of their recovery, as well as by professionals at the other end of the journey who have not yet been to rehab but who wish to try to manage their addictions prior to taking that step.

How to get to Oasis Recovery from Kendal

Oasis Recovery is a unique and pioneering detox and rehab centre located in the heart of Bradford in a quiet secure location perfect for those struggling with addiction. Spacious and tranquil, Oasis Recovery’s highly skilled medical and support staff, and its excellent infrastructure, mean it can facilitate all manner of medical detoxes, including complex detoxes and those who require a higher intensity of medical care.

Oasis Recovery boasts 19 en suite bedrooms – furnished to a very high standard – with walk-in showers, disabled facilities, large communal living areas, well-equipped treatment rooms, outside courtyard, and holistic spa jacuzzi. The medical team provide close monitoring of all patients throughout the day and night, while patients can also undergo structure therapeutic treatment alongside any medical detox which may be necessary.

To get to Bradford from Kendal, take the A65 to the A6, and follow that to the A591. Merge onto the A590, then rejoin the A65 and keep going to the A629; then take the A650 to the B6265, onto the B6146 and straight onto Bradford Old Road/B6269. Finally, take the B6144 and follow signs to the city centre.

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