A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Leicester

Although addiction is a problem throughout the UK, it will come as little surprise that the country’s urban areas are especially susceptible to its ravages. Leicester is no exception: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medication are taking a terrible toll on the city’s inhabitants, young and old, with relatively new substances such as spice joining long-established poisons such as heroin and cocaine in causing carnage on the streets.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: there are now many facilities offering high-quality addiction treatment to people struggling with this terrible illness. If you or a loved one are one of those people, help is at hand: read on to discover how rehab can save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – is the name given both to treatment provided to an addict at a dedicated facility, and to the facility itself. Rehab offers a compelling combination of detoxification (“detox”) and therapy, addressing both the immediate pressures of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of psychological addiction.

This combination – delivered in one facility in a peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting – means rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction in terms of its ability to provide a platform for permanent recovery. Indeed, so successful has the model proven that in mainstream culture “rehab” has become more or less synonymous with addiction treatment.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

The sooner an addict can admit to their condition and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to rehab to engage in a holistic treatment programme which will set them on the path to a life free of substance abuse. It is not mere hyperbole to suggest that every day counts: addiction is a devastating illness that ruins – and, tragically, all too frequently ends – lives and every day spent under the burden of addiction is one more day when an addict risks doing irreparable harm to themselves or others.

Although the NHS in Leicester provides high-quality addiction treatment services, places are limited and waiting times can be lengthy – often, too lengthy for addicts in extreme need of urgent care. If you need professional help, you should not waste any more time before exploring some of the private options open to you: to discuss next steps, call 0800 024 1455 now.

Advantages of Private Rehab

For those struggling under the burden of addiction, rehab is a life-changing experience. In the tranquil, safe, secure and confidential confines of rehab, addicts can concentrate on recovery away from the environment in which they have succumbed to substance abuse and addiction.

The immediate pressures of physical dependency will be dealt with upon entering rehab as a patient undergoes a period of detox and withdrawal, assisted by highly trained medical personnel (and potentially by the appropriate medication designed to ameliorate the worst impact of withdrawal).

Following detox, the patient will engage in therapy – both one-to-one and group – addressing the root causes of addiction and designed to provide defences against relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will be provided with tailored dietary and fitness plans and will benefit from an array of other on-site resources. Upon leaving the facility they will receive a year’s free aftercare – because recovery is not accomplished simply by leaving rehab, but is an ongoing process.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Leicester?

The cost of private rehab in or near Leicester 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 Leicester

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 Leicester and across Leicestershire 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 most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is financial: as noted above, private rehab comes at a cost (although compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of sustaining an addiction, this investment may be considered minor) while NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country – and of a high standard of service; however, it should be noted that quality does vary from one NHS trust to another and that, as discussed above, waiting times can be prohibitive.

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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. To find information on meetings in or near Leicester, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

For those addicts with extremely busy schedules, one very useful form of assistance is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors – who operate like regular psychotherapists, but with an obvious emphasis on addiction and its consequences – can be found throughout the UK, with a broad variety of different approaches to treatment and different therapy models available.

Individual counselling can be especially useful for those who have gone through a treatment programme such as that provided by rehab and who seek a supplementary aid the recovery, and for those who are as yet unable for various reasons to engage in a full treatment programme but who seek to manage addiction prior to such engagement.

Private counsellors are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing – typically weekly – basis, charging a fee per appointment (with other fee models possibly negotiable). Most counsellors are only available by such appointment during working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.

How to get to Banbury Lodge from Leicester

Banbury Lodge is situated in a delightful, peaceful rural setting in the historic Oxfordshire town of Banbury. Its state-of-the-art facilities and highly experienced medical and support staff create the ideal environment in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction, and to embrace its fully comprehensive holistic rehabilitation programme. It is also one of the only rehabs in the UK offering treatment to people aged between 16 and 18 struggling with addictions.

To get to Banbury from Leicester, head out on the A47 to the A5460; then join the M69 towards Birmingham. Stay on to the A46 and continue down that road to the M40. Stay on the motorway until junction 11, then take the A422. Follow this road to the A4260, then follow signs to the town centre.

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