A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Blackpool
Like every other town in the UK, Blackpool suffers from the devastating impact of addiction: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are taking a tragic toll on the inhabitants of the town and its surrounding areas, with serious ramifications for policing and social care. The cost to individual addicts and their families, meanwhile, is immeasurable.
Nevertheless: across the country, there are now a great number of facilities dedicated to treating addiction, all of which are staffed by highly experienced professionals. If you or someone you love is wrestling with addiction in or near Blackpool, that help could be at your disposal if you are prepared to reach out for it. Read on to discover how rehab could, quite literally, save your life!
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – more properly, “residential rehabilitation” – is the term given to both the treatment of addiction on-site at a dedicated facility and the facility itself. At rehab – typically set in spacious, pleasant tranquil surroundings in which they can focus wholly on their recovery, safe in the knowledge that the facility is completely confidential.
Addicts are provided with a holistic treatment comprising a detoxification phase (which may be medically assisted) and a period of therapy aimed at uncovering the root causes of their addiction and providing them with defence mechanisms against relapse for their return to the outside world.
As a result of this bilateral approach to treatment – addressing both the immediate problem of physical dependency and the longer-term challenge of psychological addiction – rehab is generally considered to be the most effective means of combating addiction, in terms of its ability to set patients on the path to a permanent recovery.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can set out upon the road to recovery, the better – not simply because every day that goes by whilst they struggle with addiction is one more which cannot be spent enjoying all the wonderful things which a drug-free life can offer, but because the consequences of addiction for physical and mental health can be catastrophic, and each day spent feeding an addiction is another day of damage to mind, body and soul.
The quality of NHS addiction treatment services is very high, but unfortunately so is demand for them and waiting times can be extremely long. If you or someone you love are wrestling with addiction, don’t waste any more time: reach out today to discuss some of the private options which may be available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.
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 detoxification supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel on hand to assure that detox and withdrawal are as safe and as comfortable as possible.
What Does Rehab Cost in Blackpool?
The cost of private rehab in or near Blackpool 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.
Blackpool NHS Addiction Treatment
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 Blackpool and across Lancashire 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 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 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.
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 Blackpool, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
,Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
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 Runcorn from Blackpool
Oasis Runcorn is a unique detoxification and rehab centre in the heart of Runcorn, Cheshire, able to accommodate up to 34 patients at any time. Its spacious and tranquil environment, world-class facilities and hugely experienced and caring staff make this the perfect place to embark upon recovery from addiction.
Here you will embrace intensive treatment programmes that are aimed at healing on a holistic level, addressing medical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Support is available 24/7 and all patients completing treatment programmes receive 12 months’ complimentary aftercare.
To get to Runcorn from Blackpool, take the A538 to the M55 and merge onto the motorway heading towards M6/Preston. At interchange 32, merge onto the M6 and follow the motorway to junction 22; take the a49 exit to Warrington (N) and stay on the A49 until the M62. Merge onto the M62 and at junction 7 take the A557 exit. Keep going until the A533 toll road and then join the A558; follow signs to Runcorn town centre.
38-40 Bridge Street