A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest, like many other regions within the London area, is no exception to the rule: its combination of affluence and relative poverty, and its vibrant mix of cultures and ethnicities, make it home to a broad variety of different lifestyles, and a similar variety of patterns. Unfortunately, substances – legal and otherwise – are often times used and abused.
The growing problem of addiction-related destitution and public intoxication in Waltham Forest is only the most visible symptom of an increasingly challenging addiction issue which causes most damage behind closed doors. However, if you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction in Waltham Forest, it is vital not to lose hope: there is help out there.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab is generally accepted to be the most effective means of treating addiction: tackling both the immediate problem of physical dependency and the longer-term, more pernicious challenges of psychological addiction. This is where inpatient rehab provides the best match. Private rehabs provide a holistic combination of therapy, medication and support upon which an addict – even someone who has been abusing drink and/or drugs for their entire adult life – can construct a permanent recovery.
The term “rehab” is applied to both the process of attending a dedicated facility to receive treatment for addiction and to such a facility itself. Although outpatient programmes are offered by some facilities, treatment is usually provided on an inpatient basis (hence the saying “going to rehab”). If you’re an addict in rehab, you will benefit from pleasant, peaceful and confidential surroundings in which you can focus totally on your recovery with the help of highly trained medical professionals and the support of your peers.
Rehab typically comprises two main phases: detoxification (“detox”) and therapy, addressing physical dependency and psychological addiction. Because each case of addiction is unique, each rehab patient should receive an individual treatment plan drawn up based on an initial assessment of their condition and the nature and severity of their addiction. The confidential nature of private rehab means that you can receive this treatment safe in the knowledge that details of your condition will remain secret.
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 the problem. The prospect of tackling their addiction and confronting what it has done, and 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 their addiction.
This assistance may come in the form of an intervention (which is something we can help you with), advice from a GP, or in many 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 and in many other ways, and the higher the risk that it will eventually prove fatal.
While the NHS provides high-quality addiction treatment services, waiting times can be very lengthy and, tragically, many people have died before getting the treatment they have sought. If you or a loved one desperately require help to tackle an addiction, don’t waste any more time: s
Advantages of Private Rehab
Anyone who has wrestled with an addiction will be well aware that the temptations of daily life and the environment in which addiction is developed can make it extremely hard, if not impossible, for someone to attempt to overcome that addiction independently. Private rehab provides a peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting far removed from those temptations – such as pubs and off-licences, drug dealers, and easily renewable prescriptions. In the secure private settings of rehab, you can focus completely on your recovery and your well-being.
Upon entering rehab you will be assessed by medical professionals so they can get a full understanding of your condition and the nature and severity of your addiction. Together, you will draw up an individualised treatment plan prior to your embarking upon the detox phase, during which any withdrawal symptoms you experience can be treated to a certain extent and your progress can be monitored to ensure your safety.
After detox, you will move into therapy phase during which you will have access to different therapy models (provided in both one-to-one and group settings). They are designed to get to the root causes of your addiction and to provide you with psychological defence mechanisms against relapse. Throughout your stay, as part of your individualised treatment programme, you will receive a bespoke fitness schedule, and nutritious meals in accordance with a tailored dietary plan (on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind”).
At the end of your treatment programme, you will leave rehab for the outside world clean of substances of abuse and equipped with the aforementioned defences against relapse. However, this does not mean that you will be “cured” of your addiction. Recovery is an ongoing process which requires dedication and constant attention. As a result, you will receive free aftercare for up to a year after the completion of your treatment programme, to give you an extra layer of support during the crucial next phase of your recovery.
What Does Rehab Cost in Waltham Forest?
The cost of private rehab in or near Waltham Forest 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 SUBAREA
If you feel that private rehab is currently not an option for you for reasons of cost, do not despair: various NHS and charity resources can be found in Waltham Forest 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
One obvious advantage of NHS treatment is cost-related: NHS services are free at the point of use. Another benefit is geographical accessibility: the NHS operates throughout the country, while some rehabs may be a long way away from Waltham Forest. In addition, NHS addiction treatment services are typically very good. However, it should be borne in mind that quality does vary from one NHS trust to another, and waiting times can be excessive.
Addiction Support Groups
The UK benefits from the activities of numerous support group organisations set up to provide help to recovering addicts. Support groups comprising individuals from all walks of life, brought together by their common experience of addiction and recovery, meet regularly across the country to give and take mutual support in the form of advice, solidarity, sympathy and companionship. Attendance at support groups is almost always free; attendees must commit to a life free of substances of abuse.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the oldest (founded in 1935) and best-known of these support group organisations; its 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development is the model for many other organisations, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA) which – as its name suggests – caters specifically to those recovering from drug addiction.
Some organisations support people in recovery from addiction to specific substances: these include Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), all of which operate 12-step programmes. Meanwhile, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon assist the families and friends of addicts and typically hold meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.
Support groups usually 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 Waltham Forest see the relevant websites.
Types of Counselling
One form of treatment which has proved very popular both for recovering addicts who have completed a treatment programme, such as those provided at inpatient rehabs and for addicts who have not yet engaged in such a treatment programme but who intend to and seek meanwhile to manage their addiction, is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors operate rather like regular psychotherapists (though of course with a focus primarily on the causes and consequences of addiction). They’re typically seen by private appointment, usually on an ongoing basis (for example weekly), and charge per appointment.
Access to individual counsellors is usually limited to pre-agreed working hours, although some do make themselves available for emergencies. Private counsellors offering a huge range of therapy models and approaches to treatment can be found throughout the country, with a great many working within Greater London.
How to Get to Liberty House Clinic from Waltham Forest
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 Waltham Forest by road, head out onto Blackhorse Lane to the North Circular Road/A406 and keep going anti-clockwise until merging onto the M1; stay on that motorway until junction 10; then take the A1081 towards London Road; follow signage to the town centre.
For those preferring to travel by train, Luton is served by Thameslink; take the Victoria Line from Walthamstow Central or Blackhorse Road to King’s Cross St Pancras and then ascend to London St Pancras to take a train direct to Luton.
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