A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Cheltenham
In every corner of the country – and Cheltenham is no exception – Britons are struggling with addiction. Alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are all taking a terrible toll, and as austerity continues to bite and fears for the future intensify there is little to suggest that the burgeoning addiction epidemic will ease any time soon.
Such a gloomy national picture is made up of countless individual tragedies – and you may be worried that your story or that of a loved one is becoming one of them. However, that picture is not hopelessly gloomy: a new wave of high-quality addiction treatment facilities are now working to transform and save the lives of addicts right across the UK, and if you are prepared to reach out to help you too can benefit. Read on to discover how rehab can make the very biggest difference.
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What Is Rehab?
More formally entitled “residential rehabilitation”, rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to addiction treatment in terms of providing an addict with the greatest chance of a permanent recovery.
Rehab addresses the immediate challenges of physical and psychological dependency whilst also (via a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support) enabling patents to understand the origins of their addiction and work to ensure they do not return to such destructive patterns and habits once back in the outside world.
At rehab, patients are treated by and have 24/7 access to highly qualified medical professionals who understand the nature of addiction and the great difficulty of escaping it once it has set in. Within attractive, peaceful and secure settings perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing, patients can focus solely upon their recovery; moreover, rehabs are totally confidential institutions.
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
As discussed above, one key element of rehab is the peaceful secure, secluded and totally confidential setting it can provide for an addict to begin the recovery process away from the temptations and distractions of everyday life and from the environment of substance abuse within which their addiction took hold.
The dedicated, caring, highly experienced and highly skilled medical staff working in a rehab understand the nature of addiction and can bring their vast experience to bear when working with patients from all demographics and all walks of life; this can be hugely comforting when a patient enters rehab not knowing what to expect, and full of trepidation regarding their forthcoming stay.
Upon entering rehab, a patient will go through a period of detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal, monitored and assisted by the medical team who may prescribe certain medication to alleviate some of the worst withdrawal symptoms. When this process is complete the patient will then engage in various forms of therapy – in both group and one-to-one settings – to address the root causes of their addiction and equip them with defence mechanisms against relapse.
Throughout their stay a patient will benefit from tailored fitness dietary plans – “healthy body, healthy mind” – as well as other facilities which will vary from one rehab to the next. The recovery process is not complete when a patient leaves rehab but is an ongoing journey; in recognition of this, and to fill each patient with the reassurance that they are not alone during the next phase of the recovery, rehabs provide 1yr free aftercare
What Does Rehab Cost in Gloucestershire?
The costs of rehab differ from one facility and organisation to the next, depending on the nature of the treatment provided, and on numerous other factors. Roughly speaking, the standard costs for rehab near Cheltenham 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.
Cheltenham NHS Addiction Treatment
It is quite possible that for various reasons you may not currently feel that rehab is an option which is available to you. If this is indeed the case, however, you must not despair: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in Cheltenham and across Gloucestershire which can help you fight your addiction. Reach out your GP to get details on which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The most obvious advantage of taking the NHS route through your addiction is one of cost: the fees mentioned above for private rehab may be off-putting, while NHS services are, of course, free at the point of delivery.
It is worth bearing in mind, nevertheless, that even if you are put off by the aforementioned costs, compared with the long-term costs – financial and otherwise – of not seeking treatment, rehab may be considered an extremely worthwhile investment in your future.
Another benefit offered by the NHS is geographical accessibility: the NHS provides services throughout the UK, while many rehabs lie a comparatively long way away from Cheltenham. The standard of NHS services is typically high but this can vary significantly from one NHS trust to another, and as mentioned earlier waiting times can be distressingly long.
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.
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 Cheltenham, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
One type of treatment which is proving of particular interest to professionals with busy schedules is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors work along similar lines to regular psychotherapists, offering a broad variety of different approaches to therapy and different therapy models. Counsellors can be found throughout the UK, and are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis (typically weekly) with a fee charged per appointment.
Some people engage in private counselling following attendance at rehab if they wish to retain some kind of professional treatment and contact during this next phase of recovery; on the other hand, private counsellors are also often useful for addicts who have not yet been through a treatment programme at rehab, but who wish to attempt to manage their addictions to a certain extent ahead of such a step.
How to Get to Banbury Lodge from Cheltenham
Banbury Lodge is situated in a delightful, peaceful rural setting in the historic Oxfordshire town of Banbury. Its state-of-the-art facilities and highly experienced medical and support staff create the ideal environment in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction and to embrace its fully comprehensive holistic rehabilitation programme. It is also one of the only rehabs in the UK offering treatment to people aged between 16 and 18 struggling with addictions.
To get to Banbury from Cheltenham, take the A4015 onto Montpellier Terrace, thence to Bath Road as far as Old Bath Road/A40. Follow that road to the A436, and then take the B4068. Keep going until Fosse Way Road/A429, and thence onto the A44. Stay on that road to the A3400, and after Tadmarton take the B4035; from there, follow signs to the town centre.