A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Southport

No part of the UK is free from the ravages of addiction – be it to alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription medication, or a combination of any of those – and that includes Southport, which despite its comparative affluence is suffering from a serious hard drug problem exacerbated by its proximity to the major market of London. However, although the challenges are substantial, there is hope: many treatment facilities lie within easy reach of Merseyside offering high-quality care to addicts willing to reach out for help. If you are among them, stay strong: the path to recovery is only a phone call away.

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What is Rehab

Residential rehabilitation – “rehab” – is the name given to addiction treatment provided on-site at a dedicated facility, as well as to the facility itself. Rehab is typically set in spacious, pleasant surroundings in which patients feel able to focus wholly on the recovery process; furthermore, as these facilities are completely confidential, patients need not worry about details of their condition and treatment becoming known to the outside world.

Rehab provides addicts with a holistic approach to treatment, beginning with a detoxification (“detox”) phase (potentially involving medication to ease the withdrawal process) and subsequently involving a period of therapy aimed at uncovering the root causes of their addiction, and at providing patients with defence mechanisms against relapse.

Because of this bilateral approach to treatment – addressing both physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of psychological addiction – there is a broad consensus that rehab is the most effective approach to addiction treatment, in terms of providing patients with the greatest chance of enjoying a permanent recovery.

How can I get Someone into Rehab?

Addiction is a devastating illness that ruins lives, and the sooner an addict can take the first crucial step and reach out for help, the sooner they can be on their way to a holistic treatment program at rehab and, subsequently, to a life free of substances of abuse. The NHS provides an array of addiction treatment services, including rehab; however, places are extremely limited and waiting times lengthy at best. If you or a loved one desperately need the professional help which rehab can provide, you may not wish to waste another second before exploring some of the private options available to you: call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.

The Advantages of Private Rehab

Rehab provides a peaceful, secluded, secure and confidential setting in which an addict can focus fully on their recovery without the distractions and temptations of the outside world and the environment in which they have succumbed to repeated substance abuse and addiction. Upon entering rehab, an addict will undergo a thorough assessment before embarking on a period of detoxification supervised and assisted by highly experienced medical personnel on hand to assure that detox and withdrawal are as safe and as comfortable as possible.

After detox, patients engage in various forms of therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction and developing the defence mechanisms necessary to safeguard against relapse; they will also benefit from bespoke dietary and fitness plans and from an array of other resources available on site. At the end of a stay in any quality rehab, patients will receive free aftercare for up to a year: recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is an ongoing process with numerous pitfalls which rehab can continue to help the recovering addict navigate around.

What Does Rehab Cost Near Southport?

The cost of private rehab in or near Southport 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. For more details, call 0800 804 4755.

NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Southport

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 Southport and across Merseyside 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 primary advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: private rehab comes at a cost which may be offputting to some addicts (although, set against the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be comparatively minor) and NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically in that the NHS operates in every corner of the country (though waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS offers a high standard of service – though quality does vary by location.

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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 Southport, see the relevant websites:

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

Types of Counselling

One form of assistance for recovering addicts which is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules is individual counselling – which can be engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery, or potentially as a means of managing an addiction prior to engagement in a full treatment programme. Private addiction counsellors operate very much like regular psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction.

Private counsellors offering a wide variety of different approaches to therapy can be found across the country; they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Some counsellors make themselves available for emergency access while others limit access to working hours.

How to Get to Banbury Lodge from Southport

Oasis Runcorn is a unique detoxification and rehab centre in the heart of Runcorn, Cheshire, able to accommodate up to 34 patients at any time. Its spacious and tranquil environment, world-class facilities and hugely experienced and caring staff make this the perfect place to embark upon a recovery from addiction, and its intensive treatment programmes are aimed at healing on a holistic level, addressing medical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Support is available 24/7 and all patients completing treatment programmes receive 12 months’ complimentary aftercare.

To get to Runcorn from Southport, take the Coastal Road down to the A565 and stay on that road until the A565. Join the A59, continue on the M57, then join the Knowsley Expy and subsequently the A562. Keep going until the A533 toll road and then join the A558; follow signs to Runcorn town centre.

Oasis Runcorn
38-40 Bridge Street
Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7 1BY

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