A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in King’s Lynn

Every part of the UK suffers under the burden of addiction, and King’s Lynn and the rest of Norfolk are no exception. In addition to well-established substances of abuse such as heroin and cocaine, a new wave of intoxicants such as spice are now wreaking havoc across the county.

If you or someone close to you are suffering from addiction, it is important not to give up hope: be confident that the expertise is out there which can help you turn your life around. Read on to discover how rehab can get you back onto the path towards happiness and a successful life.

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What Is Rehab?

Widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in terms of providing the best platform for permanent recovery, residential rehabilitation (“rehab” – the term describes both the treatment process and the facility where it is provided) delivers a holistic combination of therapy, medicine, dietary and fitness regimes, peer-group support and more, all in one facility.

At rehab, patients engage in a programme of treatment (usually as an inpatient, although outpatient options are available) with a two-pronged attack on addiction: firstly, a period of detoxification (“detox”) cleanses the addict’s system of substances of abuse; secondly, various therapy models are utilised to uncover and address the root causes of addiction.

Rehab gives patients 24/7 access to highly qualified and experienced medical professionals, and an attractive, tranquil environment perfectly conducive to mental and physical healing. Vitally, rehabs are confidential institutions: patients can focus wholly on their recovery without worrying about their condition or details of their treatment becoming 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, and countless more suffer from drug-related accidents and acts of violence in which substance abuse is a factor. It’s not too much to say that addiction treatment literally saves lives. Moreover, the sooner someone is able to admit to their addiction, and the sooner they’re then able to reach out for help, the sooner they can get that help within the tranquil and caring environment of a quality rehab.

Addiction treatment services are available on the NHS, and many of these are of a high quality; however, there are unfortunately comparatively few places available when set against the very large number of addicts to be found in the UK, and as a result waiting times are often extremely lengthy. If you or a loved one are looking to get help now to tackle a potentially fatal addiction, do not hesitate: reach out today to talk about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near King’s Lynn. Call 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.

Advantages of Private Rehab

As mentioned above, 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. Upon entering rehab, an addict will embark on detox, assisted by highly experienced medical personnel there to assure that withdrawal is as safe and as comfortable as possible (which may involve the provision of medication).

After detox, the addict will engage therapy – both one-to-one and group – aimed at addressing the root causes of their addiction, as well as at constructing defence mechanisms against relapse; they will also receive bespoke dietary and fitness plans and may benefit from an array of other resources available.

Following a stay in any quality rehab, a patient will receive free aftercare (for up to a year): it is important to remember that recovery is not complete the moment a patient walks out of the facility, but is ongoing and may not be a smooth and easy process. Aftercare can help reduce the risk of relapse and provide the recovering addict with vital support at critical junctures.

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What Does Rehab Cost in King’s Lynn?

The cost of private rehab in or near King’s Lynn 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 King’s Lynn

It is quite possible that for various reasons you may not currently feel that rehab is an option which is available to you – perhaps you are put off by the potential costs mentioned above, or you do not feel that you can spend anywhere from a month to 3 months or more away from family, work, and other obligations. If this is indeed the case, however, you must not despair: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in King’s Lynn and across Norfolk which can help you fight your addiction. Reach out your GP to get details on which of these resources may be available to you.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most obvious advantage of taking the NHS route through your addiction is one of cost: the fees mentioned above for private rehab may be off-putting, while NHS services are, of course, free at the point of delivery. It is worth bearing in mind, nevertheless, that even if you are put off by the aforementioned costs, compared with the long-term costs – financial and otherwise – of not seeking treatment, rehab may be considered an extremely worthwhile investment in your future.

Another benefit offered by the NHS is geographical accessibility: the NHS provides services throughout the UK, while many rehabs lie a comparatively long way away from King’s Lynn. The standard of NHS services is typically high but this can vary significantly from one NHS trust to another, and as mentioned earlier waiting times can be distressingly long.

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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 King’s Lynn, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous

Types of Counselling

One popular form of assistance for recovering addicts is individual counselling – which is often engaged in either following attendance at rehab or other treatment as a supplementary aid to recovery, or as a means of managing an addiction prior to treatment.

Private addiction counsellors work rather like regular psychotherapists (though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction): they can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – usually weekly – and typically charge a fee per appointment. Counsellors offering a broad range of therapy models and treatment philosophies can be found throughout the country.

How to get to Sanctuary Lodge from King’s Lynn

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 King’s Lynn, head out on the A148 and then join the A149; follow that road to the A10 and then keep going to the A134. Take the B1112 and then, in turn, take Lynn Road, Park View, South Park, Brandon Road, High Street, Thetford Road, and Beavor Lane/B1106. Keep on the B1106 as far as the A134, then keep going to the A131 and follow that road all the way into Halstead.

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