A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Preston
Addiction – whether to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication – is a malaise affecting every corner of the UK; contrary to popular representations in the media, this is not an issue limited to Britain’s inner cities, but one which causes personal tragedy and social strife right across the land, including in areas like Preston. However, although this problem is already an incredibly serious one – and unfortunately is worsening year after year – help is out there for addicts in Lancashire and anywhere else wishing to turn their lives around. If you or a loved one are wrestling with addiction, read on to find out how rehab can set you on the path to recovery.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – more commonly known as “rehab” – is the name given to addiction treatment carried out on-site at a dedicated facility (which is also known as a rehab), usually comprising both a detoxification phrase (often medically assisted) and an extended period of therapy. At rehab, patients can benefit from the facility’s attractive and peaceful setting, in which they can focus entirely upon their recovery, far from the temptations of daily life and their usual environment of substance abuse; crucially, rehabs are also confidential facilities, ensuring that patients need not worry that details of their condition may become common knowledge.
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 is 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 an array of addiction treatment services, including rehab; however, places are extremely limited and waiting times lengthy at best. 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.
The 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 rejoin 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 Preston?
The cost of private rehab in or near Preston 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 Preston
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 Preston 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
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 Newmarket 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.
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 (often weekly) meetings for mutual support, advice on staying sober and clean, and simple companionship and friendship (which can be key for many addicts who struggle with loneliness after turning their backs on drug-abusing peer groups).
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is considered the most well-known support group, 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 Preston, 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 Runcorn from Preston
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 a recovery from addiction, and its intensive treatment programmes 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 Preston, head out on the A6 and follow that to the M65; join the motorway and take the M61 exit towards Burnley. Merge onto the M6; at junction 22, take the A49 as far as 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