A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Gillingham
Sadly, nowhere in Britain is untouched by the modern addiction epidemic – and this is as true for towns like Gillingham 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?
Rehab – more properly “residential rehabilitation” – is the process of attending a dedicated facility to undergo treatment for addiction, and also describes the facility itself. In rehab, patients enjoy the benefits of a quiet, secluded, pleasant and confidential environment and are treated and assisted by very experienced medical professionals familiar with the nature of addiction who are on hand 24/7, allowing patients to focus entirely on their own recovery and well-being.
Rehab is widely considered to be the most effective way of treating addiction, because it tackles both the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term ones of psychological addiction: it consists of a detoxification (“detox”) phase followed by a longer period of therapy and care, whereas many other approaches to combating addiction focus only on one or the other aspect and thus do not provide the level of holistic treatment which patients require if they are to remain abstinent once the initial dependency has been overcome.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
It is not excessive to say that when it comes to the treatment of addiction every day counts: thousands of people die each year in the UK from substance abuse and countless more fall victim to accidents or acts of violence in which alcohol or drugs – or both – are a factor.
Because of this terrible toll, and because even an apparently otherwise healthy addict can succumb at any time to overdose or the aforementioned accidents, getting help as soon as possible is crucial to minimise the risk that you will become another heartbreaking statistic.
While the NHS can offer high-quality addiction treatment services, the waiting lists for these services can be distressingly long, and if you or someone close to you need help time is of the essence: reach out today to discover what private options may be available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As noted above, a good rehab provides a peaceful, highly secure, secluded and confidential setting in which an addict is able to concentrate on their recovery away from the temptations of the outside world and the environment in which substance abuse has become a way of life.
When an addict enters rehab they will be given a thorough assessment of their condition and the extent of their addiction, and will then begin a detox to cleanse their system of substances of abuse; this detox will be supervised by highly experienced medical personnel to ensure that the process is as safe as possible and that the experience of withdrawal is made as comfortable as it can be (which may involve the provision of certain medications).
Following the detox phase, a patient will engage in various forms of therapy which will uncover the root causes of addiction (crucial if the patient is to go on to lead a drug- and/or alcohol-free life) and will give them psychological defence mechanisms to prevent relapse.
They will also benefit from tailored fitness and dietary plans, and from a plethora of other resources available in the facility. Following a stay in rehab, because recovery is an ongoing process which is not simply complete when the patient leaves the facility, they will also receive aftercare in various forms, which is usually free for up to a year at good facilities.
What Does Rehab Cost in Gillingham?
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 Gillingham 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.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options near Gillingham
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 Gillingham 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
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 Gillingham; 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
Several support group organisations exist across the country to provide assistance to recovering addicts. Support groups comprise recovering addicts who come together at regular meetings for mutual support, advice, solidarity, sympathy and friendship.
Attendees can come from all walks of life, united by the shared experience of addiction and recovery; attendance at support groups is typically free with the only qualification for participation being a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse. The best-known support group organisation (and the one on which most others are modelled) is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which was founded in 1935 and runs on its famous 12-step programme.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953 and based directly upon the AA model, caters to recovering drug addicts specifically.
In a similar vein, but supporting people 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. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assist the families and friends of addicts, typically holding 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 Gillingham, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling can be engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery – or potentially as a means of managing an addiction prior to engagement in a full treatment programme – and is especially useful for those who currently do not have the ability to take the time out necessary for an in-depth treatment programme such as rehab.
Private addiction counsellors operate like regular psychotherapists, and counsellors offering a variety of different therapy models can be found across the country; they are usually seen by private appointment – typically on a weekly basis – and charge a fee per appointment. While some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access, most limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Gillingham
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 Gillingham, take the A289 onto the A2, and then take the M25(S) ramp to M23/A225/Dartford. 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.