A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Watford
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 Watford, which is suffering from a serious hard drug problem exacerbated by its proximity to London. However, although the challenges are substantial, there is hope: many treatment facilities lie within easy reach of Watford, 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 – short for “residential rehabilitation” – is commonly considered to be the most successful approach to addiction treatment in that it provides patients with the greatest chance of successfully transitioning to a life free of substance abuse. It does this via a two-pronged assault, tackling the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term ones of psychological addiction in one holistic treatment program.
Rehab – which refers both to the process of receiving treatment at a dedicated facility and to the facility itself – provides patients with 24/7 access to high-quality medical care and a broad range of proven therapy models, delivered within an attractive, secure and confidential setting. In that setting, patients can go through detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal, with the support and assistance of medical professionals (and, potentially, appropriate medication) before focusing upon the psychological aspect of recovery and the challenges which lie ahead upon their return to the outside world.
How can I get Someone into Rehab?
Thousands of people die from substance abuse each year in the UK, while countless more fall victim to accidents and acts of violence in which alcohol and/or drugs are a major factor. As a result, it is by no means excessive to say that addiction treatment saves lives; by extension, it is also crucial to recognise that the sooner an addict is willing to recognise and admit to their condition, and reach out for help, the sooner that help can be provided and the greater the chances of success.
Although NHS addiction treatment services are typically very good, waiting times can be extremely lengthy due to the very high demand for services and the limited number of places available (especially at resource-intensive sites like rehabs). If you or someone close to you are in Watford and need help urgently, such a wait may be catastrophic, so do not hesitate: every day matters. Call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist and discuss some of the private options available to you.
The Advantages of Private Rehab
For those struggling under the burden of addiction, rehab is a life-changing experience. In the tranquil, safe, secure and confidential confines of rehab, addicts can concentrate on recovery away from the environment in which they have succumbed to substance abuse and addiction. The immediate pressures of physical dependency will be dealt with upon entering rehab as a patient undergoes a period of detox and withdrawal, assisted by highly trained medical personnel (and potentially by the appropriate medication designed to ameliorate the worst impact of withdrawal).
Following detox, the patient will engage in therapy – both one-to-one and group – addressing the root causes of addiction and designed to provide defences against relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will be provided with tailored dietary and fitness plans and will benefit from an array of other on-site resources. Upon leaving the facility they will receive a year’s free aftercare – because recovery is not accomplished simply by leaving rehab, but is an ongoing process.
What Does Rehab Cost Near Watford?
The cost of private rehab in or near Watford 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 Watford
If you believe that private rehab is not an option for you at present 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 addiction treatment resources can be found in Watford and across Hertfordshire. Talk to your GP about which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is financial: as noted above, private rehab comes at a cost (although compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of sustaining an addiction, this investment may be considered minor) while NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country, and provides addiction treatment in Watford – and of a high standard of service; however, it should be noted that quality does vary from one NHS trust to another and that, as discussed above, waiting times can be prohibitive.
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 Watford, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
Many recovering addicts benefit from individual counselling – especially useful for people with very busy schedules – provided by private addiction counsellors who operate very much like “normal” psychotherapists (though with an understandable focus on addiction and its ramifications). This model is often of particular interest to people who have completed a rehab programme and who desire a supplementary aid to their recovery, as well as to those who have not yet engaged in such a programme but who seek a means of managing an addiction prior to doing so at an appropriate time.
Private counsellors can be found across the country and abroad variety of therapeutic models are delivered. Counsellors are typically seen on an ongoing basis by private appointment – usually weekly – and charge a fee per such appointment. The majority of counsellors limit access to set working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.
How to Get to Liberty House Clinic from Watford
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 Watford Is very straightforward: head out of town on the A411, and join the A4008 (Stephenson Way) and then the M1. Follow the M1 north until junction 10; take the London Road exit and follow signs to the town centre.
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