A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Hemel Hempstead
Nowhere in the UK is untouched by the ravages of addiction – and it will perhaps come as little surprise to know that the Hemel Hempstead area is especially susceptible due to its unique demographic mix and relative proximity to London. Unfortunately the town’s houses and streets are the scene of a great deal of suffering as addiction to alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines takes a terrible toll.
However, there is help for those prepared to reach out for it: in recent years an array of facilities have been set up to treat addiction and set addicts back on the path to happiness and success. If you or a loved one are struggling with this dreadful illness, don’t give up hope: read on to find out how rehab can save your life.
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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?
Thousands of people die from substance abuse each year in the UK, and countless more suffer from drug-related accidents and acts of violence in which substance abuse is a factor. It’s not too much to say that addiction treatment literally saves lives. Moreover, the sooner someone is able to admit to their addiction, and the sooner they’re then able to reach out for help, the sooner they can get that help within the tranquil and caring environment of a quality rehab.
Addiction treatment services are available on the NHS, and many of these are of a high quality; however, there are unfortunately comparatively few places available when set against the very large number of addicts to be found in the UK, and as a result waiting times are often extremely lengthy. If you or a loved one are looking to get help now to tackle a potentially fatal addiction, do not hesitate: reach out today to talk about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Hemel Hempstead. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.
Advantages of Private Rehab
Rehab offers addicts a peaceful, confidential, safe, secure and secluded setting in which to focus on recovery without being distracted by the temptations of the outside world and the lifestyle in which they have succumbed to addiction.
Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed to establish their physical and mental condition and the severity of their addiction before going through a period of detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal which will be supervised by highly experienced medical personnel to ensure the process is a safe and as comfortable as possible; this may include the provision of medication to ameliorate withdrawal symptoms.
Following detox, a patient will engage in therapy (of various forms, and in both group and one-to-one settings) which will uncover the root causes of addiction and provide the patient with psychological defence mechanisms safeguard against relapse. During their stay they will benefit from bespoke dietary and fitness plans as well as from other resources which will vary from one rehab to the next.
Upon leaving the facility, they will receive free aftercare for up to one year, in recognition of the fact that recovery is no simple matter and is not achieved simply by leaving rehab, but must be worked for on an ongoing basis.
What Does Rehab Cost in Hemel Hempstead?
The cost of private rehab in or near Hemel Hempstead 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 Hemel Hempstead
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 Hemel Hempstead and across Hertfordshire 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
The most prominent benefit of NHS treatment is, obviously, that it is free at the point of use, while private rehab does come at a cost (though set against the cost of not getting help and continuing to sustain a potentially fatal addiction, this may be seen as an extremely valuable investment). The NHS also has geographical advantages in that it provides services across the country, while some rehabs may be a long way away from Hemel Hempstead. Furthermore, the quality of NHS services tends to be high (though 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 Hemel Hempstead, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous
Types of Counselling
For those addicts with extremely busy schedules, one very useful form of assistance is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors – who operate like regular psychotherapists, but with an obvious emphasis on addiction and its consequences – can be found throughout the UK, with a broad variety of different approaches to treatment and different therapy models available.
Individual counselling can be especially useful for those who have gone through a treatment programme such as that provided by rehab and who seek a supplementary aid the recovery, and for those who are as yet unable for various reasons to engage in a full treatment programme but who seek to manage addiction prior to such engagement.
Private counsellors are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing – typically weekly – basis, charging a fee per appointment (with other fee models possibly negotiable). Most counsellors are only available by such appointment during working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.
How to get to Liberty House Clinic from Hemel Hempstead
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 Hemel Hempstead, take the St Albans Road (A414) to the M1; stay on the M1 heading north until junction 10. Exit and take the A1081 towards London Road; follow signage to the town centre.