A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Lichfield
The ravages of addiction reach into every corner of the UK, and although Britain’s larger cities tend to receive the majority of media attention on this topic, the substance abuse (alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicine – or a combination of all three) problem in places such as Lichfield is no exception.
However, as the addiction epidemic grows, so too does our understanding of the condition and how to treat it, and there are now numerous facilities in and near Staffordshire set up to help those in need. If you or a loved one are fighting addiction and need such help, read on to find out how rehab can make the difference between life and death.
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What Is Rehab?
Residential rehabilitation (or “rehab”) is the name given to a dedicated facility where addiction treatment is provided, and to the treatment itself – usually comprising both a detoxification (“detox”) phrase and a period of therapy. At rehab, patients benefit from a peaceful, attractive, confidential setting in which they can concentrate upon their recovery, away from their usual environment of substance abuse, and confident that details of their condition will not become common knowledge.
It is nowadays generally accepted that rehab provides the most effective treatment of addiction, in terms of producing permanent abstinence on behalf of the addict. Rehab’s holistic approach, addressing both the immediate challenge of physical dependency (via detox) and the more pernicious problem of psychological addiction (which needs to be countered by therapy) contrasts with a plethora of treatment methods addressing only one aspect (typically physical dependency) of addiction; the latter are unlikely to result in a permanent recovery since the underlying causes of addiction remain untouched.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
Addiction is a cruel illness that ruins lives and can end them in an instant: the risks of overdose or of death in an accident or as a result of violence in which drink, drugs or both have been a factor are ever-present, and as a result 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 life free of substances of abuse.
NHS addiction treatment services, including rehab, are of a high quality; however, places are extremely limited and waiting times can be lengthy at best. To be sure of avoiding the risks mentioned above, it is imperative to move as quickly as possible; if you or a loved one desperately need help in the fight against addiction, including the kind of help which only rehab can provide, don’t waste another second before reaching out to explore some of the private options available to you. Call 0800 024 1455 now to discuss next steps.
Advantages of Private Rehab
The advantages of rehab are manifold. Most importantly it provides a peerless combination of detoxification (“detox”) – addressing the immediate challenges of physical dependency – and therapy aimed at revealing and addressing the root causes of addiction, and at providing patients with an array of defence mechanisms to help prevent relapse.
This combination of treatment is provided in one location, away from the distractions and temptations of the outside world and an addict’s usual environment which has proved so conducive to substance abuse up to now. Rehabs are typically aesthetically very pleasant, calm and safe places in which an addict can concentrate completely upon recovery, benefiting from the presence of highly experienced medical personnel and from the provision of tailored dietary and fitness plans (on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind”).
Following a stay in a quality rehab, a patient will receive free aftercare for up to a year: the recovery process is by no means complete upon leaving rehab, but is instead a constant endeavour requiring dedication and peppered with pitfalls, which the provision of aftercare can go some way to negating.
What Does Rehab Cost in Lichfield?
The cost of private rehab will vary from one facility to another depending on the nature of the treatment programs offered and of the standard of the facility in question (for example, luxury rehabs can logically be expected to cost more). Roughly speaking, standard costs in or near Lichfield range from £5,500 to £11,000 per month, although the cheapest treatment may be obtained for as little as £834 per week. For more specifics, call 0800 804 4755.
NHS Addiction Treatment Options near Lichfield
Private rehab may not be an option for everybody – possibly for reasons of cost, or perhaps because you do not feel it is feasible for you to spend a significant period away from your family and/or work commitments. Do not give up hope if this is the case: there are a number of NHS and charity resources in and near Lichfield which can help you or a loved one tackle even the longest-standing addiction. Talk to your GP about which of these might be open to you and would be appropriate for your situation.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
It should not come as a surprise that the primary advantage of NHS treatment in many people’s eyes is a financial one: NHS services are, of course, free at the point of use, whereas private rehab comes at a cost (though compared with the cost of sustaining addiction, you may feel this to be an extremely valuable – not to mention life-saving – investment).
The NHS operates in every corner of the country, and services are therefore very accessible geographically compared with some rehab facilities. Another advantage offered by NHS services is that standards are generally high – though quality does vary by location and, again, waiting times can be extremely lengthy.
Addiction Support Groups
Alongside treatment facilities and programs able to address the immediate challenges of addiction and dependency, various organisations are active across the UK helping addicts who are in recovery. Some of these operate on a support group model: groups of people who are themselves recovering addicts who convene at regular (often weekly) meetings for mutual support, advice on staying sober and clean, and simple companionship and friendship (which can be key for many addicts who struggle with loneliness after turning their backs on drug-abusing peer groups).
Support group attendees may be only recently free from addiction, or may have been clean for long periods; they come from all demographics and are brought together by their shared experiences of addiction and recovery. Usually, attendance at such groups is free: the only requirement is a commitment to abstaining from substances of abuse.
The best-known support group organisation – and one on which many others have been modelled – is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Founded in 1935, AA provides the famous 12-step programme of personal and spiritual progress (one of the steps being to acknowledge that a higher power – such as God – governs one’s life and can help with an alcoholic’s recovery).
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) was founded in 1953 based on the AA model and is the second-largest support group organisation internationally, specifically aimed at helping recovering drug addicts. Along similar lines 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.
Each local support group chapter is run independently, and meeting schedules and venues are of necessity subject to change. To find information on meetings in or near Lichfield, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.
Types of Counselling
Private addiction counsellors operate like “normal” psychotherapists (though with an obvious emphasis on tackling the causes and consequences of addiction) and are often a very useful option for individuals with very busy schedules who cannot immediately take the necessary time to undergo a full treatment programme at rehab, as well as being a valuable resource for those who have completed rehab and wish to have supplementary support during recovery.
Private counsellors can be found across the country (including in Staffordshire), providing various different therapy models; they can be seen by private appointment – typically on a weekly basis – and charge accordingly. Some counsellors are available on an emergency basis.
How to get to Oasis Runcorn from Lichfield
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. It’s 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 Lichfield, take the A51 to the A5127 and stay on that road to the M6 (Toll), joining the motorway heading north (M6 North/Burntwood). At junction 18, take the A54 exit and then join the B3509; continue to the A530 and keep on that road to Manchester Road and thence to the A559. Continue to the M56, and join the motorway towards North Wales. At junction 11, take the A56 exit and keep on that road to the A558; then follow signs to Runcorn town centre.