A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Barnet
Nowhere in the UK is free from the blight of substance abuse and addiction, but popular tourist towns such as Barnet are, unfortunately, especially susceptible. Alcoholism and addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medication are a growing problem, causing countless individual tragedies and collective social strife on a grand scale.
However, the picture is not an entirely gloomy one: recent years have seen significant advances in the treatment of addiction and the establishment of a growing number of dedicated treatment facilities.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in or near Barnet it is not too late to get help. Read on to discover how rehab can set you back on the path to a happy, healthy, addiction-free life.
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What is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – is widely accepted as the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of overcoming the immediate challenges of physical and psychological dependency whilst also creating a strong platform (via a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more) upon which an addict can build a solid, lifelong recovery.
At rehab, patients have 24/7 access to highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, whilst being able to focus solely upon their recovery in an attractive, tranquil environment perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing. Moreover, rehabs are totally confidential institutions, ensuring that patients can relax confident that their condition will not become common knowledge in the outside world.
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.
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.
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.
Rehab Cost in Greater London?
The cost of private rehab in or near Barnet 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.
Barnet 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 Barnet and across London 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 offputting 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
Several 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.
They 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.
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 Barnet, see the relevant websites:
To find information on meetings in or near Barnet, 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.
Reaching Barnet in London
Barnet is a suburban North London borough, served by a number of large roads including the North Circular Road, Edgware Way, Falloden Way/A1, and Barnet Way. This said, it’s easy to reach Barnet by car from any point in London or beyond. If you prefer public transportation, then you can use any of the tube station in the area, which are Brent Cross, Burnt Oak, Colindale, East Finchley, Edgware, Finchley Central, Golders Green, Hendon Central, High Barnet, Mill Hill East, Totteridge & Whetstone, West Finchley, and Woodside Park. They are serviced by London Underground’s Northern Line (black).
Bus lines that reach the borough include 34, 107, 234, 263, 307, 326, 384, 389, N20, and 606.
The Barnet wards are: High Barnet, Underhill, Oakleigh, East Barnet, Totteridge, Hale, Edgware, Brunswick Park, Mill Hill, West Finchley, Burnt Oak, Coppetts, Woodhouse, East Finchley, Colindale, Hendon, Finchley Church End, Hendon, West Hendon, Garden Suburb, Golders Green, and Childs Hill.
Facts about Barnet
- Barnet High Street is where Oliver Twist meets Dodger in the popular novel by Charles Dickens.
- The oldest school in the area is Queen Elizabeth School, founded in 1573.
- Barnet’s oldest club is considered to be not Barnet FC, but Hadley FC which was founded in 1882.
- During the War of the Roses, there was also the Battle of Barnet; it happened on 14 April 1471.
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus named Finchley as the place where the world’s funniest joke was set.
How to Get to Liberty House Clinic from Barnet
Liberty House Clinic is a fully furbished 18-bed drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation facility in a peaceful, picturesque suburban setting in the heart of Luton. Its large, spacious grounds are the ideal place in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction and to embrace its fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme focused on mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
To get to Luton from Barnet, head out on Hadley Green Road until you reach the A1000; take that road, and then St Albans Road/A1081 as far as the M25. Join the M25 anticlockwise and continue until junction 21, at which point take the M1 towards Luton Airport. Exit at junction 10 and take the A1081 towards London Road; follow signage to the town centre.
Liberty House Clinic
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