A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Ashford
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 Ashford, which is suffering from an addiction epidemic exacerbated by its proximity to Kent.
However, although the challenges are substantial, there is hope: many treatment facilities lie within easy reach of Kent 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. If you suspect that someone you love is battling an addiction, it is important you encourage them to reach out and seek help – Call us now for help!
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What is Rehab?
Rehab – more properly “residential rehabilitation” – describes the process of staying at a dedicated facility to undergo treatment for addiction; “rehab” also describes the facility itself. Rehab usually consists of a detoxification (“detox”) phase, by which a patient’s system is cleansed of substances of abuse (during which process they usually go through a period of withdrawal, the worst effects of which managed through various medications).
Followed by a longer period of therapy and care during which the root causes of their addiction are investigated and addressed, and they begin the process of learning to live without the substance or substances upon which they have come to rely.
In rehab, patients have the assistance of highly trained medical professionals who understand the nature of addiction and are on hand 24/7 to make the withdrawal and therapy phases as comfortable and safe as possible, allowing the patients to focus entirely on their own recovery and well-being, safe in the knowledge that the confidential nature of rehab means that their condition will remain secret.
Rehab is generally considered to be the most effective way of treating addiction, in that it tackles both the immediacy of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of rebuilding an enjoyable and worthwhile life without drugs.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
It is a truism that an addict will only become ready for treatment when they are able to admit to their addiction and voice a desire for help. However, the longer someone continues to bear the burden of addiction, the greater the damage they do to themselves and to those around them, and the higher the likelihood that their illness will have permanently catastrophic – even fatal – consequences.
It is therefore imperative to get them help as soon as possible. While the NHS can offer some excellent addiction treatment services, demand is very high and the waiting time for some of those services can be very long.
If you would like advice on how to help an addict into treatment – or if you or someone you know are ready to take that step and reach out to help – don’t waste any time in contacting an addiction specialist to talk about the private options available to you in your area. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with a professional today.
Advantages of Private Rehab
The specific treatment programmes offered by rehabs vary from one facility to another, as do the level and type of facilities available. However, all have in common that they provide a secluded and secure environment in which healing can take place away from the temptations of an addict’s daily life (including of course access to substances of abuse).
Patients will be assessed upon arrival to allow medical professionals to get a firm idea of their condition and the severity of their addiction before undergoing a supervised detox (which may involve the administration of relevant medication). After detox and withdrawal are complete, patients undergo therapy aimed at ensuring they understand what led them into addiction originally and preparing them to resist the temptation to re-join that path.
Rehabs will typically offer tailored nutritional and physical fitness plans (on the basis that a healthy body is vital for a healthy mind) along with various other facilities; patients will also usually be offered free aftercare for up to a year after their stay in rehab, in the knowledge that recovery is not complete upon leaving the facility, but is a lifelong process.
What Does Rehab Cost in Kent?
The cost of private rehab will vary from one facility to another depending on the nature of the treatment programs offered and of the standard of the facility in question (for example, luxury rehabs can logically be expected to cost more).
Roughly speaking, standard costs in or near Ashford range from £5,500 to £11,000 per month, although the cheapest treatment may be obtained for as little as £834 per week. For more specifics, call 0800 804 4755.
Ashford NHS Addiction Treatment Options
Private rehab may not be an option for everybody – possibly for reasons of cost, or perhaps because you do not feel it is feasible for you to spend a significant period away from your family and/or work commitments.
Do not give up hope if this is the case: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in and near Ashford which can help you or a loved one tackle even the longest-standing addiction. Talk to your GP about which of these might be open to you and would be appropriate for your situation.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
Most obviously, one key advantage of going via the NHS for addiction treatment is that treatment will be free at the point of service: the cost of private rehab can discourage some addicts from seeking treatment (though compared with the costs – financial and in terms of physical and mental wellbeing – of not doing so and continuing with an addiction, this investment may seem minimal).
The NHS also operates right across the country, thus making facilities comparatively very accessible (though, again, waiting times can be excessive). The NHS is also able to offer a high quality of service (though this does vary geographically).
Addiction Support Groups
Alongside treatment facilities and programs able to address the immediate challenges of addiction and dependency, various organisations are active across the UK helping addicts who are in recovery. Some of these operate on a support group model: groups of people who are themselves recovering addicts who convene at regular meetings for group therapy, mutual support, friendship and advice for staying sober and clean.
Support group attendees may be only recently free from addiction or may have been clean for long periods; they come from all demographics and are brought together by their shared experiences of addiction and recovery. Usually, attendance at such groups is free: the only requirement is a commitment to abstaining from substances of abuse.
The best-known support group organisation – and one on which many others have been modelled – is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Founded in 1935, AA provides the famous 12-step programme of personal and spiritual progress (one of the steps is to acknowledge that a higher power can help with an alcoholic’s recovery).
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was founded in 1953 based on the AA model and is the second-largest support group organisation internationally, specifically aimed at helping recovering drug addicts. Along similar lines 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.
Each local support group chapter is run independently, and meeting schedules and venues are of necessity subject to change. To find information on meetings in or near Ashford, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
,Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Many recovering addicts – especially those with particularly busy schedules – benefit from individual counselling, which can be provided following the completion of a treatment programme at rehab or elsewhere as a supplement to that programme, but which is usually not considered an effective alternative to such a programme (in part because it would not provide medical assistance during detox and withdrawal).
Individual counselling is also sometimes utilised as a means of managing an addiction in advance of engaging in proper treatment. Private addiction counsellors offer a huge variety of different approaches to therapy, and operate across the country; like regular psychotherapists, they are typically seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – often weekly – charging by appointment. Access is usually limited to predefined working hours, although some councillors do make themselves available on an emergency basis.
How to get to Primrose Lodge from Ashford
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. While 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 Ashford, take the A292 onto the A20, and then merge onto the M20. Take the M26 exit towards M25(W), join the M26, and then merge onto the M25 and stay on until junction 10, at which point take the A3 exit towards Guildford. Stay on the A3 as far as the A3100, then take the A320 and then the A322 and follow signs to Worplesdon town centre.