A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Richmond

Few people who know and love Richmond upon Thames can ignore the darker side of the borough, presenting itself in the form of a long-standing and serious addiction problem. Alcohol, illegal drugs – especially hard drugs such as crack and heroin – and prescription medicine are all taking a terrible toll on Richmond’s inhabitants, with knock-on consequences for crime and social health.

However, the picture is not an unremittingly gloomy one: there are now many facilities available for those struggling with addiction, and they are prepared to help. If you are among those looking, do not give up – rehab can set you back on the path to happiness.

If you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism or addiction to drugs including, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and crack, please do not hesitate to call us and speak to one of our trained addiction counsellors. All our staff are in recovery from a range of addictions and many have been through detox, rehab, therapy and local support groups. Call us today and take the next steps towards lifelong recovery!

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab 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. The way is a holistic combination of medicine, therapy, fitness and dietary regimes, and more. It allows us to understand the origins of their addiction and therefore to work to ensure they do not make similar mistakes going forward.

Rehab, describing both the process of treatment at a dedicated facility and such a facility itself, typically offers two main phases of treatment. One individualised treatment plan for each client consists of a detoxification (“detox”) and withdrawal phase, to cleanse the system of substances and a therapy phase wherein we 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, often within tranquil, attractive, secure and confidential settings perfectly conducive to physical and mental healing.

How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?

If you are suffering from an addiction and are ready to acknowledge your condition and reach out for help, it is important not to waste any more time before investigating private options.

It’s vital to recognise that it is well-nigh impossible to treat somebody for an addiction who is not willing to be treated. If someone you love is struggling with an addiction, and you are conscious that for the aforementioned reasons time is a factor, you may despair that they are not showing themselves ready to own up to their addiction and ask for help.

We can assist at this point, by engaging with you to discuss arranging an intervention or other tactics that you can try with the intention of getting them to acknowledge their condition. If you yourself are struggling with addiction and are ready for help, we can assist you in making the necessary preparations ahead of a stay in rehab. Either way, do not let more time go by: speak with an addiction specialist about what private options are at your disposal.

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Advantages of Private Rehab

Private 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.

A highly skilled and experienced medical team will assist you throughout your stay in rehab on a 24/7 basis. From your initial assessment, into detox and therapy, you will be supported by a team of professional, expert staff members. As private rehabilitation focuses on the client, a bespoke, unique treatment plan is set up for everyone.

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 a variety of holistic therapies, CBT, DBT and stimuli for the mind, as well as 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 Richmond?

The cost of private rehab 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.

Richmond NHS Addiction Treatment Options

Various NHS and charity resources can be found in Richmond upon Thames 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

The most obvious advantage of going down the NHS route for addiction treatment is one of cost: while private rehab entails a financial cost, NHS services are free at the point of use. The NHS also has a geographical advantage in that it operates right throughout the UK, while some rehabs are a significant distance from Richmond, although this appeals to those who wish to be as far as possible from their daily temptations. Generally speaking, the standard of NHS services is very high, though quality does vary from one NHS trust to the next.

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Addiction Support Groups

There are various organisations providing assistance to recovering addicts in the UK, and some of these operate a support group model. Support groups are made up of individuals who themselves are recovering addicts, who come together regularly at meetings – usually free to attend, with the only qualifying criterion being a commitment to lead a substance-free life. They focus on mutual support in the form of advice, solidarity, sympathy, and the companionship which can be so important when someone is struggling with the challenges of recovery and perhaps with simple loneliness.

The most famous support group organisation – and the model for most others – is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); founded in 1935, AA runs on a 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development. Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953, caters to recovering drug addicts specifically and is based directly upon the AA model.

Supporting those recovering from addictions to specific substances, again based on AA’s 12-step model, are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). Support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, meanwhile, help the families and friends of addicts and 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 Richmond upon Thames, 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 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 private 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 Richmond upon Thames

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 Richmond by car, take the A305/A307 to St Margaret’s Road/A3004, and then join the A316. Keep right to continue on the M3, and stay on the motorway for 20 kilometres; finally, join the A322/Worplesdon Road and follow signage.

For those travelling by train, go from Richmond to Clapham Junction and change for direct services to Worplesdon.

Primrose Lodge
Perry Hill
Worplesdon
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 3RY

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