A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Great Yarmouth
Although addiction is a problem throughout the UK, it will come as little surprise that the country’s coastal urban areas are especially susceptible to its ravages. Great Yarmouth is no exception: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medication are taking a terrible toll on the city’s inhabitants, young and old, with relatively new substances such as spice joining long-established poisons such as heroin and cocaine in causing carnage on the streets.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel: there are now many facilities offering high-quality addiction treatment to people struggling with this terrible illness. If you or a loved one are one of those people, help is at hand: read on to discover how rehab can save your life.
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What Is Rehab?
Widely accepted as the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction – in terms of overcoming both physical dependency and the psychological impulses which both initially lead to and subsequently sustain addiction – residential rehabilitation (“rehab”) provides a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more upon which to build a solid, lifelong recovery.
Rehab is a term for both the process of attending (usually as an inpatient, although outpatient options are available) a dedicated facility for a programme of treatment and the facility itself. Rehab offers, first, detoxification (“detox”) aimed at cleansing the addict’s system of substances of abuse (assisted by medical professionals on hand to ensure the process is safe and as comfortable as possible); and then the provision of therapy to uncover and address the root causes of addiction.
At rehab, patients can focus upon their recovery in an attractive, tranquil environment perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing, confident that their condition will not become common knowledge in the outside world.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Thousands of people die from substance abuse each year in the UK, while countless more fall victim to accidents and acts of violence in which alcohol and/or drugs are a major factor. As a result, it is by no means excessive to say that addiction treatment saves lives; by extension, it is also crucial to recognise that the sooner an addict is willing to recognise and admit to their condition, and reach out for help, the sooner that help can be provided and the greater the chances of success.
Although NHS addiction treatment services are typically very good, waiting times can be extremely lengthy due to the very high demand for services and the limited number of places available (especially at resource-intensive sites like rehabs). If you or someone close to you need help urgently, such a wait may be catastrophic, so do not hesitate: every day matters. Call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist and discuss some of the private options available to you.
Advantages of Private Rehab
As mentioned above, rehab offers addicts a peaceful, confidential, secluded and secure setting in which to focus entirely upon their recovery away from the environment which has proven so damaging to them and in which they have been unable to resist the allure of substances of abuse.
When a patient enters rehab they undergo a thorough assessment prior to commencing a period of detox which is assisted by highly trained medical personnel who are there to ensure that the process is as safe as possible, and that the experience of withdrawal is made as easy as it can be (potentially with the help of various medications).
Once detox has been completed and the patient’s system has been cleansed of substances of abuse, they will enter the therapy phase: various forms of therapy – both group and one-to-one – and different therapy models will be provided, aims at uncovering the root causes of addiction and at giving the patient appropriate defence mechanisms designed to help them resist relapse.
Throughout their stay, each patient will benefit from a tailored fitness and dietary plan – on the understanding that a healthy mind requires a healthy body – and from various other resources available on site (which will differ from one facility to another). Upon leaving the facility, a patient’s recovery is by no means complete: it is an ongoing process involving countless challenges and potential pitfalls. Because of this, good rehabs will provide up to a year’s free aftercare, giving the patient vital security and reassurance for their endeavours.
What Does Rehab Cost in Great Yarmouth?
The cost of private rehab in or near Great Yarmouth 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 Great Yarmouth
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 Great Yarmouth and across Norfolk 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, of course, financial: NHS options are free at the point of use while 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). They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country – and offer a high standard of service (though that quality does vary by location and, again, waiting times may be distressingly high).
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 – to give and take 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 Great Yarmouth, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous
Types of Counselling
For those addicts with extremely busy schedules, one very useful form of assistance is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors – who operate like regular psychotherapists, but with an obvious emphasis on addiction and its consequences – can be found throughout the UK, with a broad variety of different approaches to treatment and different therapy models available.
Individual counselling can be especially useful for those who have gone through a treatment programme such as that provided by rehab and who seek a supplementary aid the recovery, and for those who are as yet unable for various reasons to engage in a full treatment programme but who seek to manage addiction prior to such engagement.
Private counsellors are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing – typically weekly – basis, charging a fee per appointment (with other fee models possibly negotiable). Most counsellors are only available by such appointment during working hours, though some do make themselves available for emergency access.
How to get to Sanctuary Lodge from Great Yarmouth
Sanctuary Lodge is a state-of-the-art, 24-bedroom detox and rehabilitation facility set in a tranquil neighbourhood in the pretty market town of Halstead, Essex. Sanctuary Lodge’s high-quality facilities and highly experienced medical and support staff create the ideal environment in which to address the key questions at the heart of recovery from addiction and to embrace its fully comprehensive holistic rehabilitation programme.
To get to Halstead from Great Yarmouth, head out on the A149 as far as the A47, then take that road all the way down to the A11. Follow the A11 to the A1075/Norwich Road, then take in turn the A1066, Castle Street, Castle Lane, Old Market Street, Ford Street, Nuns Bridges Road and finally the Bury Road/A134. Keep on the A134 as far as the A131, then take that road directly into Halstead.