A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Greenwich
Greenwich, like the rest of the UK, is in the grip of an increasingly serious addiction epidemic. Old scourges such as alcohol, heroin and cocaine have been joined by newcomers like spice and an array of legal prescription drugs to bring individual tragedy and collective social woe to the streets of Greenwich and the costs – human, financial, environmental, ethical and more – continue to mount, day by day and year on year.
Nevertheless, this picture is not unremittingly bleak: help is out there, in the form of growing expertise and increasingly capable facilities in the field of addiction treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction in or near Greenwich, and are ready to seek help, read on to find out how you can find that help in rehab – and how it could save your life.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – more formally entitled “residential rehabilitation” – is broadly considered to be the most effective means of treating addiction, in terms of its ability to provide the greatest chance of long-term recovery. Rehab tackles both the immediate challenge of physical dependency and the longer-term one of psychological addiction, in one holistic combination of medicine, therapy, fitness and dietary regimes, and more; it allows addicts to understand the origins of their addiction and therefore to work to ensure they do not make similar mistakes going forward.
Rehab (the term describes both the process of treatment at a dedicated facility and such a facility itself) typically offers two main phases of treatment (treating physical and psychological addictions respectively) within one individualised treatment plan for each client: a detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal phase, to cleanse an addict’s system of substances of abuse; and a therapy phase wherein clients are equipped with psychological defence mechanisms against relapse.
Rehab offers access to highly qualified medical professionals with a great understanding of addiction and its associated challenges, within tranquil, attractive, secure and confidential settings perfectly conducive to physical and mental healing.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
The sooner someone is able to reach out to help, the sooner that help can be forthcoming (whether via rehab or otherwise); the flip side to that coin is that the longer you labour under the burden of addiction, the greater the chance that it will prove fatal (either as a result of an overdose or because of an accident or an attack in which substance abuse is a major factor).
With this in mind, the great strain being placed at present upon NHS services in densely populated areas such as Greenwich, and the resulting strict limits on places and distressingly lengthy waiting times, form a very serious problem.
If you’re struggling with an addiction and are unwilling to take such risks, you may wish to explore some of the private options available to you, and we can help provide this information and, as and when necessary, help you prepare in advance of a stay in rehab.
If your concern is not for yourself but for a loved one suffering from an addiction, who has not yet proven able to acknowledge their condition and as such is not ready to engage in treatment, we can assist you in planning an intervention or with other tactics that you can use to get them to confront their addiction and reach out for help.
Either way, with time being of the essence as discussed above, don’t delay any further: call us to speak with one of our addiction specialists about next steps.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned above, rehab provides the perfect combination of security, tranquillity and confidentiality within which to focus fully upon recovery away from the distractions and temptations of the environment within which you have fallen into the addiction trap – and away also, of course, from the substance/s of abuse to which you have become addicted.
A highly skilled and experienced medical team will assist you throughout your stay in rehab, from your initial assessment, into detox (during which you will be monitored for your safety, and medication may be prescribed to alleviate as fully as possible any withdrawal symptoms you may experience) and subsequently into therapy.
A broad variety of therapy models (in both group and one-to-one settings) are available at rehab, aimed at uncovering the fundamental reasons for your addiction (and addressing them) and providing you with the necessary psychological defence mechanisms against relapse. Your individual treatment plan will encompass bespoke dietary and fitness regimes, while you will also have access to an array of other facilities (which will vary from one rehab to another and according to the level of treatment which you have requested).
Because recovery is by no means complete at the end of a stay in rehab – it is instead a lifelong process requiring constant dedication and diligence – good rehab providers offer free aftercare (typically for up to a year following your stay) to continue supporting you during this next crucial phase of your recovery.
What Does Rehab Cost in Greenwich?
The cost of private rehab in or near Greenwich 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 us to speak with one of our advisers.
Greenwich NHS Addiction Treatment Options
Perhaps for reasons of cost, or because they may feel that despite the damage addiction is doing they are not able or willing to spend several weeks or even months away from their families and/or their jobs, some people decide that private rehab is not an option for them. Various NHS and charity resources can be found in Greenwich and the wider Greater London area; speak with your GP about which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
Although there are certain problems associated with seeking treatment from the NHS, as have been mentioned previously, it’s important to recognise that there are advantages to taking the NHS route. The most obvious of these is of course cost: NHS services are free at the point of use.
The NHS also has a geographical advantage in that it operates across the country while some rehabs are a long way away from Greenwich (though this may in fact be an advantage for those wishing to be as far as possible from temptation…). NHS services are typically of a high standard – though quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next, as do waiting times as noted above.
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 Harrow, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
Some people who have completed a treatment programme in rehab want the security of ongoing professional assistance during the next phase of their recovery – even potentially for several years afterwards. On the other hand, some addicts who have not yet been through rehab, but who intend to do so and who wish meanwhile to manage their addictions, desire a similar level of professional health. For these two groups – and indeed for any recovering addicts with especially busy schedules who want the ability to access support as and when they require it – one especially useful model is individual counselling.
Private addiction counsellors work rather like regular psychotherapists, in that they can be seen by private appointment (perhaps on an ongoing – typically weekly – basis, or maybe less regularly) charging a fee per such appointment. Private addiction counsellors can be found right across the UK – with a great many active in Greater London – offering a broad variety of therapy models and approaches to treatment. Usually such counsellors will be available only during set working hours but some may make themselves available in emergencies.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Greenwich
Primrose Lodge is a unique rehab clinic located in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey. Boasting a private gymnasium, purpose-built treatment rooms and en suite bedrooms, this attractive, spacious building is the perfect getaway for those battling addiction, while Primrose Lodge’s highly experienced staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure patients’ safety and comfort. Integrated treatment programmes designed to address the root causes of addiction are provided in a tranquil and confidential environment in which patients can focus wholly upon their recovery.
To get to Worplesdon from Greenwich, head out on the A206, and take the Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach to the A2, before joining the M25 clockwise (towards Dover/M23). At junction 10, join the A3 and remain on that road for another 10 kilometres before taking the A3100 onto the A320, and finally join the A322/Worplesdon Road.
For those travelling by train, head into London Bridge from Greenwich, and change for Waterloo: national rail services run from there direct to Worplesdon.