A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Wandsworth
Wandsworth, 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 the borough. Unfortunately, the costs – human, financial, environmental, ethical and more – continue to mount, day by day and year on year.
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 – short for “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, especially residential ones, are tranquil, secure, aesthetically pleasing, welcoming and – crucially – confidential institutions in which we can concentrate fully on recovery having removed ourselves from the day-to-day environment of substance abuse.
If you attend rehab, it is typically on an inpatient basis. Though some facilities do provide outpatient services, the complete abstinence from the usual temptations is preferred. Within an inpatient facility, 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?
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 often a futile endeavour.
However, often an addict will strive as far as they can to keep denying. 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, as 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 already lost too much 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: speak with an addiction specialist about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Wandsworth.
Advantages of Private Rehab
The advantages of private 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.
The best 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 we can concentrate completely upon recovery, benefiting from the presence of highly experienced medical personnel and from the provision of tailored dietary and fitness plans.
Following a completion of a full programme in a quality private rehab, your loved one 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 in Wandsworth?
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.
Wandsworth NHS Addiction Treatment Options
You may feel for any of a variety of reasons – including concerns about cost – 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 Wandsworth, which may help you manage your addiction or even attempt to overcome it altogether.
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 Wandsworth. Another benefit is a generally high quality of service (though that quality 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. 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 Wandsworth, see the relevant website.
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling provided by private addiction counsellors is a form of treatment which is often found especially useful by recovering addicts with very busy schedules. Private addiction counsellors operate similarly to regular psychotherapists: they can be engaged for one-off sessions or on an ongoing basis (typically weekly), usually charging by appointment.
Counsellors offering a broad variety of therapy models and different approaches to treatment can be found right across the UK, including a great many in London; most of these counsellors only operate during listed hours, but some do make themselves available for emergencies.
This type of counselling is often an option for people who have gone through rehab or a similar treatment program, and desire supplementary assistance during their ongoing recovery. On the other hand, it is also the preferred choice for many who have not yet gone through rehab but who intend to do so, and meanwhile desire help in managing addiction ahead of an attempt to overcome it altogether.
How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Wandsworth
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 Wandsworth by car, head out on the A205, then join the A3 at West Hill. Stay on the A3 for 35 kilometres, then take London Rd/A3100, then the A320; finally, join the A322/Worplesdon Road and follow signage.
For those travelling by train, head from Wandsworth Common up to Clapham Junction and change for direct services to Worplesdon.