A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Dorchester
Sadly, nowhere in Britain is untouched by the modern addiction epidemic – and this is as true for comparatively tranquil country towns like Dorchester as it is for the inner-city areas which most commonly come to mind when thinking about substance abuse.
Every year thousands of lives are lost to drink and drugs – legal and illegal – and the cost to those left behind and the society at large is immeasurable.
However, all is not lost: across the country facilities have arisen to treat addicts and set them back on the path to a happy healthy life. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you too can find help at such a place. Read on to discover how rehab could save your life…
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – describes addiction treatment provided at a dedicated facility, as well as being the name given to that facility itself (“going to rehab”). Treatment rehab typically comprises a detoxification (“detox”) phase aimed at removing a patient’s physical dependency, followed by therapy phase to deal with psychological addiction and to prepare the patient for their return to the outside world.
Rehabs are typically aesthetically pleasing, tranquil and secluded institutions, and are of necessity confidential ones, to allow patients to focus on the recovery without worrying that details of their condition will become common knowledge in the outside world.
Because rehab can target both the immediacies of physical dependency and the long-term challenges of psychological addiction, it provides a very robust platform upon which patients can build permanent recoveries. As a result, it is generally accepted that rehab is the most effective addiction treatment method – indeed, so closely are rehab and recovery linked in the public mind that “rehab” has become synonymous with “addiction treatment”.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
It is a well-known truism that an addict will only be able to benefit from treatment when they truly want to recover; until then even the most capable therapist is unlikely to make much headway against the overwhelming force of physical and psychological addiction.
However, it is crucial to act as soon as an addict reaches the point of admitting to their need for help: in the treatment of addiction time is of the essence, as the longer a person labours under the burden of addiction the greater the chance that they will fall victim to overdose or to a drug-related accident or act of violence.
The lengthy waiting lists for NHS services become less of an irritation and more of a tragedy in waiting. If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and requiring urgent help, do not risk becoming this tragedy: instead, call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist about which private options may be available to you.
Advantages of Private Rehab
The programmes offered by rehabs vary from one to another (as do the level and type of facilities available. However, they all have in common the provision of a secluded, secure, attractive environment in which healing can take place far from the temptations of everyday life and from substances of abuse.
Upon arrival a patient is assessed to give medical professionals an idea of their condition and the severity of their addiction. Following this assessment, the patient undergoes a supervised detox (during which, relevant medication may be administered to ameliorate the worst effects of withdrawal).
After detox and withdrawal are complete, patients move into a period of therapy aimed at revealing what led them into addiction originally and at ensuring they are fully psychologically equipped to resist the temptation to get back upon that path to destruction.
Bespoke nutritional and physical fitness plans will be administered, while patients will be able to take advantage of various other facilities (differing from one rehab to the next). Patients will usually be offered free aftercare for up to a year upon leaving rehab, in the knowledge that recovery is not achieved simply by leaving the facility after completing the treatment programme, but is a lifelong process requiring dedication and commitment.
What Does Rehab Cost in Dorset?
The cost of private rehab in or near Dorchester 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.
Dorchester NHS Addiction Treatment Options
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 Dorchester and across Dorset 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 Dorchester; 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.
Here, they 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.
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 Dorchester, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
A form of help which can be particularly useful for people with very busy schedules, individual counselling may be engaged in following the completion of a treatment programme at rehab, or potentially prior to engaging in such a programme, as a way of managing an addiction on a temporary basis.
Private addiction counsellors are like regular psychotherapists (though obviously with a more specific focus) in that they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing – usually weekly – basis and offer a broad variety of different therapy models. Private counsellors can be found throughout the country and usually charge per appointment.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Dorchester
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.
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 Dorchester, take the B3150 to the A35 and follow that road to the A31. Take the A31 as far as the M27; join the motorway and then at junction 4, exit onto the M3. Stay on the M3 to junction 4, then take the A331 exit. Stay on that road to the B3411; continue onto B3405 and then join the A324. Join the B3032, take the B380 and finally the A322; follow signs to Worplesdon.