A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Blackburn
The ravages of addiction reach into every corner of the UK, and although Britain’s larger cities tend to receive the majority of media attention on this topic, the substance abuse (alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicine – or a combination of all three) problem in places such Blackburn is no exception.
However, as the addiction epidemic grows, so too does our understanding of the condition and how to treat it, and there are now numerous facilities in and near Lancashire set up to help those in need. If you or a loved one are fighting addiction and need such help, read on to find out how rehab can make the difference between life and death.
Furthermore, our admissions are all addicts in recovery and many have been through detox, rehab and therapy programmes themselves. If you are suffering with alcohol and/or drug addiction, then don’t hesitate, call us today for a free and private assessment.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – is the term for the process by which an addict gets treatment for their addiction at a dedicated facility, and also describes the facility itself. At rehab, a patient is able to undergo detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal with medical assistance – often in the form of pharmaceutical as well as therapeutic support – and engage in therapy aimed at discovering and addressing the root causes of their addiction, in a secure, peaceful, pleasant and (crucially) confidential environment perfect for the necessary introspection and contemplation.
There is a general consensus that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of its being the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the erstwhile addict. Its ability to address both short- (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one holistic treatment programme conducted under one roof are unparalleled, and indeed in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction is a devastating illness that ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can take the first crucial step and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to a holistic treatment program at rehab and, subsequently, to a life free of substances of abuse. The NHS provides addiction treatment services, including rehab, however, places are extremely limited and waiting times lengthy.
If you or a loved one desperately need the professional help which rehab can provide, you may not wish to waste another second before exploring some of the private options available to you: call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.
Advantages of Private Rehab
Rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which an addict can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world and the environment in which they have succumbed to repeated substance abuse and addiction.
Upon entering rehab, an addict will undergo a thorough assessment before embarking on a period of supervised detoxification, assisted by highly experienced medical personnel on hand to assure that detox and withdrawal are as safe and as comfortable as possible.
After detox, patients engage in various forms of therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction and developing the defence mechanisms necessary to safeguard against relapse; they will also benefit from bespoke dietary and fitness plans and from an array of other resources available on site.
At the end of a stay in any quality rehab, patients will receive free aftercare for up to a year: recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is an ongoing process with numerous pitfalls which rehab can continue to help the recovering addict navigate around.
What Does Rehab Cost in Lancashire?
The cost of private rehab in or near Blackburn 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.
Blackburn NHS Addiction Treatment Options
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 Blackburn and across Lancashire which can help you combat your addiction. Consult your GP about which of these resources may be available to you
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The primary advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may be off-putting to some addicts (although set against the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be comparatively minor) and NHS options are free at the point of use.
They are also very accessible geographically in that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (though waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS offers a high standard of service although quality does vary by location.
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.
Here, they share their stories of addiction, discuss relapsed prevention, show 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 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 Blackburn, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
One form of assistance for recovering addicts which is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules is individual counselling – which 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.
Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction. Private counsellors offering a wide variety of different approaches to therapy can be found across the country; they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access while others limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Oasis Recovery from Blackburn
Oasis Recovery is a unique and pioneering detox and rehab centre located in the heart of Bradford in a quiet secure location perfect for those struggling with addiction. Spacious and tranquil, Oasis Recovery’s highly skilled medical and support staff, and its excellent infrastructure mean it can facilitate all manner of medical detoxes, including complex detoxes and those who require a higher intensity of medical care.
Oasis Recovery boasts 19 en-suite bedrooms – furnished to a very high standard – with walk-in showers, disabled facilities, large communal living areas, well-equipped treatment rooms, outside courtyard, and holistic spa jacuzzi. The medical team provide close monitoring of all patients throughout the day and night, while patients can also undergo structure therapeutic treatment alongside any medical detox which may be necessary.
To get to Bradford from Blackburn, head out on the A6078 (becoming the A678) and join the M65 towards Bury/Burnley. Take the A6068 exit, join the B6172 and then the A629. Keep going onto the A650, and head to the B6265, onto the B6146 and straight onto Bradford Old Road/B6269. Finally, take the B6144 and follow signs to the city centre.
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