A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Doncaster
Although addiction is a problem throughout the UK, it will come as little surprise that the country’s urban areas are especially susceptible to its ravages. Doncaster is no exception: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medication are taking a terrible toll on the town’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?
Rehab – more correctly, “residential rehabilitation” – is a term that describes both the process of staying at a dedicated addiction treatment facility, and the facility itself. While methods vary from one facility to another, rehab typically consists of a detoxification (“detox”) phase, during which a patient’s system is cleansed of substances of abuse; followed by a period of therapy during which the root causes of their addiction are addressed, and they begin the process of resuming a substance-free life.
Rehab provides patients with the assistance of highly trained medical professionals familiar with the nature of addiction, who are on hand 24/7 to make the withdrawal and therapy phases as safe and as comfortable as possible; this allows patients the psychological space to focus entirely on their recovery and well-being, secure in the knowledge that rehab’s confidential nature means that their condition will remain secret.
Rehab is widely considered to be the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction since it tackles both the immediate challenges of physical dependency and the longer-term ones of psychological addiction.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction ruins lives, and all too often brings them to a premature end; every day spent struggling with addiction is another day during which the addict is at risk of death from overdose or from an accident or act of violence in which substances of abuse have played a crucial role.
Because of this, it’s not mere hyperbole to suggest that every day counts, and the sooner an addict is able to reach out for help, the sooner that help can be delivered and the sooner they can leave behind those risks and resume a happy, healthy, drug-free life.
While the quality of NHS addiction treatment services is high, demand is equally so, and waiting times can be distressingly long even for those fortunate enough to be given places.
With time such an important factor in the treatment of addiction, if you or a loved one are an addict seeking help this situation is literally a matter of life and death.
Do not allow such matters to derail your recovery: call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist about some of the private options which may be available to you in or near Doncaster.
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 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, patients are provided with 1yr free aftercare to safeguard against relapse.
What Does Rehab Cost in Yorkshire?
The cost of private rehab in or near Doncaster 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.
Doncaster 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 Doncaster and across South Yorkshire 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 most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is one of cost: NHS services are free at the point of use, while private rehab, as noted above, does come at a cost (although compared with the potential costs – in all senses – of not seeking help, and continuing to suffer from addiction, this may be considered a very valuable investment).
Another positive aspect of taking the NHS route is the geographical accessibility of facilities: the NHS operates across the country while some rehabs may be very distant from Doncaster. Moreover, NHS services are typically of a very high standard (though quality does vary by location and, as noted, waiting lists can be long).
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.
Here, they 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 Doncaster, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Many private addiction counsellors – like “regular” psychotherapists, though with an obvious emphasis on addiction – can be found throughout the country, with a wide variety of therapy models available.
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 – is especially beneficial for those with extremely busy schedules.
Counsellors are usually seen weekly and typically charge a fee per appointment; some counsellors make themselves available in emergencies while others strictly limit access to working hours.
How to Get to Oasis Recovery from Doncaster
Oasis Recovery is a unique and pioneering detox and rehab centre located in the heart of Bradford in a quiet secure location perfect for those struggling with addiction. Spacious and tranquil, Oasis Recovery’s highly skilled medical and support staff, and its excellent infrastructure mean it can facilitate all manner of medical detoxes, including complex detoxes and those who require a higher intensity of medical care.
Oasis Recovery boasts 19 en-suite bedrooms – furnished to a very high standard – with walk-in showers, disabled facilities, large communal living areas, well-equipped treatment rooms, outside courtyard, and holistic spa jacuzzi. The medical team provide close monitoring of all patients throughout the day and night, while patients can also undergo structure therapeutic treatment alongside any medical detox which may be necessary.
To get to Bradford from Doncaster, take the A630 to the A19 and then join York Road/A638, and then Barnsley Road/A635. Join the A1(M) towards the M62/Wetherby, keep going onto the Doncaster Bypass/A1, then continue on the A1(M) towards Wetherby/Manchester before joining the M62 towards Manchester/Bradford. At junction 26, take the M606 exit and stay on the motorway until junction 3, at which point take the A6177 and then the A641/Manchester Road; then follow signs to the city centre.
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