A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Bury St. Edmunds
Nowhere in the UK remains untouched by addiction, and sadly that includes even picturesque Bury St Edmunds; indeed, such towns often currently appear to bear more than their fair share of the addiction burden, as traffickers and suppliers of illegal drugs have become very aware in recent years of the vast market for their wares represented by Britain away from inner-city hotspots.
If you are struggling with addiction in or near Bury St Edmunds you may well feel that you have lost all hope of turning your life around. However, hold on to that hope because help is out there: read on to discover how rehab can make the difference between life and death and can set you on the path to recovery.
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What Is Rehab?
Rehab – more properly, “residential rehabilitation” – describes both the treatment of addiction on-site at a dedicated facility, as well as the facility itself. Rehab is typically set in spacious, tranquil surroundings ideal for allowing addicts to focus wholly on their recovery, confident in the confidentiality of the facility and addresses both the immediate pressures of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges posed by psychological addiction.
As a result of this bilateral approach to treatment rehab is often considered to be the most effective means of treating addiction, In terms of its ability to provide a solid platform upon which a patient can build a lifelong recovery. Indeed so successful has the model become that in the public’s mind “rehab” has now become synonymous with the treatment of addiction.
How Can I Get Someone into Rehab?
It is a well-known truism that an addict will only be able to benefit from treatment when they truly want to recover; until then even the most capable therapist is unlikely to make much headway against the overwhelming force of physical and psychological addiction.
However, it is crucial to act as soon as an addict reaches the point of admitting to their need for help: in the treatment of addiction time is of the essence, as the longer a person labours under the burden of addiction the greater the chance that they will fall victim to overdose or to a drug-related accident or act of violence.
With this in mind, the lengthy waiting lists for NHS services (suffering under the strain of high and growing demand right across the country, including in Bury St Edmunds specifically) become less of an irritation and more of a tragedy in waiting.
If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and requiring urgent help, do not risk becoming this tragedy: instead, call 0800 024 1455 today to speak with an addiction specialist about which private options may be available to you.
Advantages of Private Rehab
While specific details and options will of course vary from one rehab to the next, generally speaking the process of treatment is similar across facilities. Upon entering rehab, an addict will be assessed by a medical team looking to establish their physical and mental condition and the true extent of their addiction.
Following this assessment the addict will embark upon the process of detoxification (“detox”) monitored and assisted by highly trained and experienced medical professionals providing round-the-clock care in order to make the process of detox, and the experience of withdrawal, as safe and as comfortable as possible (perhaps via the administration of certain medications).
Once detox is complete, the patient is able to move through the therapy phase aimed at uncovering the original causes of their addiction and subsequently providing them with psychological defences against relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will be given bespoke dietary and fitness plans – on the basis of “healthy body, healthy mind” – and will also benefit from rehab’s peaceful, secure, pleasant and confidential setting in which they can focus entirely upon the recovery process and their journey of self-awareness.
At the end of a stay in rehab, patients will leave the facility – but it would be a mistake to think that this implies that recovery is complete. Recovery is a lengthy – often lifelong – process with a host of intense challenges around every corner, requiring constant commitment and dedication if the recovering addict is to remain free from substance abuse. With this in mind, good rehabs will offer up to a year’s free aftercare to provide former patients with the support they may need during times of crisis outside the facility.
What Does Rehab Cost in Suffolk?
Private rehab in or near Bury St Edmunds comes at a cost which can vary significantly by treatment programme. Roughly, 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 Bury St Edmunds
You may feel that private rehab is not an option for you at present – possibly for reasons relating to cost, or perhaps because you do feel that you are unable to spend the required time away from your family and your job. If this is the case, do not despair: there are a host of NHS and charity resources which can be found in Bury St Edmunds and across Suffolk and which can help you tackle your addiction. You should consult your GP about which of these resources may be available to you.
Advantages of NHS Treatment
The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is, of course, financial: NHS services are free at the point of use while private rehab comes at a cost which may seem prohibitive to some addicts (although, compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of addiction, this investment may be considered almost minimal: what price a life?)
NHS services are also very accessible geographically since the NHS operates in every corner of the country (although waiting times vary and may be substantial). Furthermore, the NHS can offer a high standard of service although quality does tend to vary from one trust to another.
Addiction Support Groups
Across the UK numerous organisations are actively helping recovering addicts as they continue their path towards a happy and sober life, and some of these organisations operate a support group model: individuals in recovery convening for meetings – usually on a weekly basis.
Here they able provide each other with love and support, advice, solidarity, practical assistance, and even simple companionship (often overlooked as a crucial ingredient in any recovery journey). Attendance at support groups is usually free, with the only qualification for attendance being a commitment to leading a life free of substance abuse.
The most famous support group organisation is also the oldest – indeed, the original – one, and the one on which most others are modelled: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was founded in 1935 and has saved countless lives since then around the world.
AA’s famous 12-step programme of personal and spiritual development, (with one of the steps being a recognition that a higher power can assist with an alcoholic’s recovery, has been adopted by a great many other support groups, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), founded in 1953 and catering to recovering drug addicts specifically.
In a similar vein, and also operating 12-step programmes, but focused upon those in recovery from addictions to specific substances, are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Marijuana Anonymous (MA) and Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA). Meanwhile support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are actively assisting the families and friends of addicts, typically holding meetings alongside those for the addicts themselves.
Each local chapter is managed independently and meeting times and venues are subject to change. To find information on meetings in or near Bury St Edmunds, see the relevant websites:
Types of Counselling
Individual counselling is a form of assistance for people in recovery which is often particularly useful for attractive to those with especially busy schedules, thanks to its relatively light commitment and flexibility timetable-wise. Private addiction counsellors, offering a broad range of therapy models and different approaches to treatment, work in a very similar way to regular psychotherapists (although with a clear emphasis on the causes and consequences of addiction) and can be seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – typically, week by week.
This kind of counselling is often utilised by recovering addicts who have already been through a full treatment programme at rehab and who now require supplementary aids to recovery – perhaps accompanied by participation in support groups and other agencies; at the other extreme, it is also frequently adopted by addicts who have not yet gone to rehab – perhaps because of a desire first to clear up outstanding professional obligations – and who seek a means merely to manage their addictions ahead of such a stay and their engagement in a full treatment programme.
How to Get to Sanctuary Lodge from Bury St Edmunds
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 Bury St Edmunds, take the A1302 onto the A134 and follow the road to the A131. Keep going along this road until you approach Halstead; follow signs to the town centre.