A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Lambeth

Addiction – whether to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication – is a malaise affecting every corner of the UK. However, although this problem is already an incredibly serious one – and unfortunately is worsening year after year – help is out there for addicts in Lambeth 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.

There are many options for those suffering from addiction in Brixton, Streatham, Tulse Hill and other areas in Lambeth… if you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism or addiction to drugs such as cocaine, heroin, crack, cannabis etc… then please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our experienced addiction counsellors. All our staff are in recovery from a range of addictions and many have been through detox, rehab and therapy and local addiction support groups – so we are well placed to guide you – Call us today!

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab – short for “residential rehabilitation” – is the term given to the process of getting treatment for addiction as a dedicated facility, and also applies to such a facility itself (which is where we get the phrase “going to rehab”). It is generally considered to be the most effective approach to treating addiction in terms of its ability to deliver a permanent recovery, thanks in large part to its dual approach tackling both the immediate challenge of physical dependency and the longer-term one of psychological addiction (many other forms of treatment focus only on either one of those two).

Rehabs are tranquil, secure, aesthetically pleasing, welcoming and – crucially – confidential institutions in which clients can concentrate fully on recovery having removed themselves from the day-to-day environment of substance abuse (confidentiality is crucial because patients are able to relax in the knowledge that their condition will remain secret).

If you attend rehab – typically on an inpatient basis, though some facilities do provide outpatient services – you will benefit from the presence of highly experienced medical professionals who understand the nature of addiction, and from the support of a peer group whose members are, like you, determined to turn their lives around and get back onto the path to happiness and success.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

Addiction is a terribly destructive illness, and in a tragically high number of cases proves to be a fatal one. Every day that goes by while you struggle with addiction could be your last, either as a result of a fatal overdose or because of an accident or act of violence in which a substance abuse plays a key role; because of this, it is no exaggeration to say that getting into rehab as soon as possible can genuinely be a matter of life or death. However, it is vital to recognise that if an addict is unwilling to seek help of their own volition any attempt to treatment is almost certainly doomed to failure: you need to want to get well if you are put in the effort required to ensure a successful recovery.

Admitting that you need help to fight addiction is often an extremely hard step to take. If you are seeking help for a loved one, who has thus far been unable to make such an admission, we can assist you with planning an intervention; if it is for yourself that you are seeking help, and you are ready to admit to your condition and do whatever it takes to embark upon recovery, we can give you all the information you need prior to starting treatment. Either way, once again time is of the essence: do not let addiction do any more damage than it already has done. Call us now to speak with an addiction specialist about what rehab can do for you or your loved one.

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Advantages of Private Rehab

The advantages of rehab are manifold. Most importantly it provides a peerless combination of detox – addressing the immediate challenges of physical dependency – and therapy aimed at revealing and addressing the root causes of addiction, and at providing clients with an array of defence mechanisms to help prevent relapse.

This combination of treatment is provided in one location, away from the distractions and temptations of the outside world and an addict’s usual environment which has proved so conducive to substance abuse up to now. Rehabs are typically aesthetically very pleasant, calm and safe places in which an addict can concentrate completely upon recovery, benefiting from the presence of highly experienced medical personnel and from the provision of tailored dietary and fitness plans (on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind”).

Following a stay in a quality rehab, a client will receive free aftercare for up to a year: the recovery process is by no means complete upon leaving rehab, but is instead a constant endeavour requiring dedication and peppered with pitfalls, which the provision of aftercare can go some way to negating.

What Does Rehab Cost Near Lambeth

The cost of private rehab in or near Lambeth 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.

NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Lambeth

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 Lambeth and across Greater 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

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 Lambeth. Another benefit is a generally high quality of service (though that quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next).

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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 Lambeth, see the relevant websites:

Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

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; 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.

This type of counselling is 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; on the other hand, 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 Lambeth

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 Lambeth take the A205 to Clapham Common, then join the A3 and remain on that road for another 35 kilometres before taking 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 either direct to Worplesdon.

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