A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Bath
Nowhere in the UK is untouched by the ravages of addiction and unfortunately, the houses and streets of Bath are the scenes of a great deal of suffering as the abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines takes a terrible toll.
However, there is help for those prepared to reach out for it: in recent years an array of facilities have been set up to treat addiction and set addicts back on the path to happiness and success. If you or a loved one are struggling with this dreadful illness, don’t give up hope: read on to find out how rehab can save your life.
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What is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation – more commonly known as “rehab” – is the name given to addiction treatment carried out on-site at a dedicated facility (which is also known as a rehab), usually comprising both a detoxification phrase (often medically assisted) and an extended period of therapy. At rehab, patients can benefit from the facility’s attractive and peaceful setting, in which they can focus entirely upon their recovery, far from the temptations of daily life and their usual environment of substance abuse
It is generally accepted that rehab provides the most effective treatment of addiction in terms of its ability to produce permanent abstinence on behalf of the addict, thanks to its holistic approach addressing both the immediate challenge of physical dependency (via detox) and the longer-term and more pernicious problem of psychological addiction, which needs to be countered by therapy which can reveal its root causes and provide patients with a range of defence mechanisms against relapse.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction is a personal catastrophe which ruins lives; it can also be extremely dangerous, with thousands of people dying from substance abuse each year in the UK and countless more falling victim to drug-related accidents and acts of violence. As a result, addiction treatment literally saves lives – and the sooner an addict can recognise and admit to their condition, and reach out for help, the sooner that help can be provided within the peaceful, caring setting of a quality rehab.
While NHS addiction treatment services are of high quality, there are very few places compared with the number of addicts currently suffering in this country and waiting times can be extremely lengthy. If you or someone close to you need help now to combat an addiction, don’t hesitate: every day matters. Reach out now to discuss some of the private options available to you, by calling 0800 024 1455 to speak with an addiction specialist.
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 in Somerset?
The cost of private rehab in or near Bath 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.
Bath NHS Addiction Treatment Options
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 Bath and across Somerset 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 although quality does vary by location.
Addiction Support Groups
Several organisations exist across the country to aid 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.
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.
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 Bath, 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 Bath
Banbury Lodge is situated in a delightful, peaceful rural setting in the historic Oxfordshire town of Banbury. Its state-of-the-art 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. It is also one of the only rehabs in the UK offering treatment to people aged between 16 and 18 struggling with addictions.
To get to Banbury from Bath, leave town on the A4 and head onto the A46; join the M4 heading towards London/Swindon and stay on the motorway until junction 15. Take the A419 exit and follow it until joining the A420, then merge onto the M40 heading north (to The Midlands/Northampton/Banbury. Stay on the motorway until junction 11, then take the A422. Follow this road to the A4260, then follow signs to the town centre.