A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Hackney
Addiction is causing individual tragedy and collective social strife across the UK, and unfortunately Hackney is no exception. Alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicine are all being abused throughout the borough, with profound implications for policing and social care. It is fuelling much of the crime which has regularly seen Hackney making unwanted headlines in recent years.
Over the same period, several high-quality treatment facilities have been working hard to transform and save lives. If you are struggling with an addiction in Hackney, yours could benefit from their devotion. Read on to discover how rehab can set you back on the path to a healthy and happy life.
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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. Another name for this is inpatient rehabilitation. In most cases, what we understand as “rehab” is a wholesome treatment for addiction, comprising detoxification, therapy, and probably aftercare.
In private rehabs, people can benefit from the attractive and peaceful setting, in which they can focus entirely on their recovery, far from the temptations of daily life and their usual environment of substance abuse. Rehabs are also confidential facilities, ensuring that we need not worry that details of our condition may become common knowledge.
It is generally accepted that rehab provides the most effective treatment of addiction in terms of its ability to produce permanent abstinence on behalf of the addict. This is mostly due to its holistic approach addressing both the immediate challenge of physical dependency and the longer-term and more pernicious problem of psychological addiction.
Therapy aims to reveal the root causes of addiction and provide recovering addicts with a range of defence mechanisms, protecting themselves against relapse. Treatment which only addresses one aspect (typically physical dependency) of addiction is unlikely to result in a permanent recovery.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
It’s vital to recognise the truth behind the old adage that an addict will only be ready for treatment once they are willing and able to admit that they have a problem and to reach out for help. Trying to force someone into treatment, if they do not truly wish to cease their substance abuse, is sure to be a futile endeavour.
However, often an addict will strive as far as they can to keep denying that they have a problem. The prospect of tackling addiction and confronting what it has done, of living a life without the substance/s on which they have come to rely, can be a truly terrifying one. As a result,, it is often the case that they will need assistance even to reach the point at which they are able to acknowledge the presence of addiction.
This assistance may come in the form of an intervention (which is something we can help you with), direction from a GP, and other ways. However it comes, though, it is imperative that it comes as soon as possible; the longer you struggle with addiction the greater the damage it will do physically, mentally, financially. The risk that it will eventually prove fatal increases over time.
While the NHS provides high-quality addiction treatment services, waiting times can be very lengthy. If you or a loved one desperately require help to tackle an addiction, don’t waste any more time: call a trusted addiction specialist to talk about some of the private options which may be available to admit you or a loved one in or near Hackney.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned earlier, rehab offers a tranquil, attractive, secure and confidential environment in which you can focus wholly upon your recovery far from the distractions and temptations of the outside world, your daily routine of substance abuse and, of course, from those substances themselves.
When you enter a private rehab you will first be assessed by the medical team you. Then, you will detox, assisted by medical professionals who are there to ensure that the process is as safe and as comfortable as it can be. This may involve the use of certain medications.
After detox, you move into therapy, where the true benefit of private rehab is. In a private environment, you or a loved one in need of addiction treatment will be able to reap the benefits of various specialised therapies including art, music, CBT, DBT and more.
Your individual treatment plan will also include bespoke dietary and fitness regimes (“healthy body, healthy mind”) as well as access to other resources depending on which specific rehab you attend and the level of treatment you have opted for.
It’s vital to remember that recovery is not complete the instant you finish your treatment programme and walk out the door of rehab: it is an ongoing process requiring dedication and diligence. As a result, good private rehabs will provide free aftercare for up to a year to give you the assurance of ongoing professional support during this next crucial phase of your recovery.
What Does Rehab Cost in Hackney?
The cost of private rehab can vary dramatically from one rehab to another (with a host of factors adding complexity such as which optional extras may be requested). As a rough guide, standard costs for rehab in England and Wales range from between £5,500 and £11,000 per month, though the cheapest rehab treatment can start from as little as £834 per week.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options near Hackney
You may feel for any of a variety of reasons that at this point in time private rehab is not an option you can consider. If this is the case, it is important not to give up hope: an assortment of NHS and charity resources can be found in and near Hackney, which may help you manage your addiction or even attempt to overcome it altogether. Contact your GP to make an appointment to discuss which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
Bearing in mind the aforementioned reluctance of some people to pay for private rehab, one obvious advantage of NHS treatment is that it is free at the point of service delivery. However there are other advantages too: for one thing, the NHS is active across the UK, whereas some rehabs are a long distance away from Hackney. Another benefit is a generally high quality of service NHS clinics have a generally high standard when it comes to service quality, but it does vary from one NHS trust to the next, and as noted above some areas suffer from very high demand and consequently large waiting lists.
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.
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; 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 Hackney, see the relevant websites.
Types of Counselling
Some recovering addicts – in particular, those with very busy schedules – find that individual private counselling is an extremely useful treatment model. Private addiction counsellors work like regular psychotherapists – though with a clear emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of substance abuse and addiction – offering private appointments (one-off, irregular, or on a regular basis – usually weekly) and typically charging a fee per appointment.
You can find private addiction counsellors across the country, with many at work in the capital and near Hackney. A great variety of different therapy models and approaches to treatment are available. Counsellors are usually available only during set working hours, although some do make themselves available for emergency access.
Counselling sessions are often sought by recovering addicts who have already been through a programme of treatment such as may be provided in rehab and who desire supplementary support during the next phase of the recovery. Aftercare counsellors who work as part of a rehab treatment programme are available according to the previously agreed upon schedule. It is also the preferred option for many addicts who have not yet been to rehab but are preparing to do so and who want help in managing their addictions prior to engaging in a full residential treatment programme.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Hackney
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 Hackney, take Mare St to Richmond Road, and then, in turn, take Englefield Road, Essex Road/A104, Upper St/A1, and Pentonville Road/A501. Stay on the A501 as far as the A40, and then take the A3220 towards Hammersmith. At Shepherd’s Bush Green take the A402, then the A219, then join Hammersmith Road/A315 onto Hammersmith Bridge Road/A306. Get onto the A3 at the Kingston Road turning, and keep on it for approximately 35 kilometres; take the A3100 onto the A320, and finally join the A322/Worplesdon Road.
For those travelling by train, take the tube to Vauxhall or Waterloo; national rail services run from both directions to Worplesdon.