A Guide to Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Newmarket

Like every other town in the UK, Newmarket suffers from the devastating impact of addiction: alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are taking a tragic toll on the inhabitants of the town and its environs, with serious ramifications for policing and social care. The cost to individual addicts and their families, meanwhile, is immeasurable.

Nevertheless, hope springs eternal: across the country there are now a good number of facilities treating addiction, staffed by dedicated and highly experienced professionals. If you or someone you love are wrestling with addiction in or near Newmarket, that help could be at your disposal if you are prepared to reach out for it. Read on to discover how rehab could, quite literally, save your life.

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What Is Rehab?

Rehab – more formally, “residential rehabilitation” – is the name given to facilities dedicated to the provision of addiction treatment, as well as the term used to describe the process by which an addict gets such treatment. In rehab, patients are able to benefit from the presence and expertise of highly trained and experienced medical professionals, and from a facility’s tranquil, aesthetically pleasing, secluded and, importantly (because of the potentially devastating consequences of a patient’s condition becoming common knowledge), confidential environment in which they are able to concentrate fully upon their recovery.

There is a more or less widespread consensus that rehab is the addiction treatment model with the greatest efficacy in terms of providing the greatest likelihood of permanent abstinence on behalf of the patient. This is the case because rehab tackles both the immediacies of physical dependency and the longer-term challenges of psychological addiction, enabling addicts to overcome both and equipping them psychologically to deal with life back in the outside world; many other approaches to treatment focus on only one element of what is an extremely complex equation.

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 Newmarket 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

The precise nature of treatment at rehab varies from one facility and organisation to another. However, there are of course commonalities, including confidentiality, and the provision of a secure environment in which addicts can begin the recovery process away from the temptations of daily life, such as dealers and pubs, which have hitherto facilitated their substance abuse and their decline into addiction.

Upon arrival at rehab a patient will be assessed to give the medical team an understanding of their mental and physical health and the severity of their addiction. Subsequent to this, they will embark on a period of detoxification (“detox”) during which their system will be cleansed of substances of abuse and they are likely to experience withdrawal syndrome; the detox process will be monitored and assisted by experienced and sympathetic medical professionals, who may be able to alleviate the worst withdrawal symptoms via appropriate medication.

Once detox is complete, the patient will proceed into a phase of therapy: various different therapeutic models may be deployed in both group and one-to-one settings, aimed at revealing the fundamental causes of the patient’s addiction, and at providing them with sophisticated psychological defence mechanisms to counter the threat of relapse. Throughout their stay, the patient will benefit from being given bespoke fitness and diet plans – “healthy body, healthy mind” – as well as having access to whatever fitness and recreational facilities the rehab in question may contain.

Upon the conclusion of their residency at rehab, the patient – now a recovering addict – will be given a year’s free aftercare, recognising that simply leaving rehab does not mean that recovery is complete: recovery can be a lifelong process and requires constant diligence and dedication to remaining free of substance abuse, if the recovering addict is not to slip back into their old self-destructive ways.

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What Does Rehab Cost in Newmarket?

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 Newmarket 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 Newmarket

It is possible that you may feel that private rehab is not at present an option which is open to you, perhaps for reasons of cost or possibly because in your estimation is impossible for you to take the necessary time away from your family and job. It is always worth discussing this with an addiction specialist who may be able to give greater insight into your situation from an external perspective.

However, if even following this conversation you remain convinced that rehab is not currently if you, do not despair: there are numerous NHS and charity resources in and around Newmarket and across Suffolk which may be available to you in the fight against addiction. Reach out to your GP to discuss these resources and which might be the most appropriate for your situation.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

The most obvious advantage of NHS treatment is financial: as noted above, private rehab comes at a cost (although compared with the costs – financial and otherwise – of sustaining an addiction, this investment may be considered minor) while NHS options are free at the point of use. They are also very accessible geographically – the NHS operates in every corner of the country – and of a high standard of service; however, it should be noted that quality does vary from one NHS trust to another and that, as discussed above, waiting times can be prohibitive.

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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 Newmarket, see the relevant websites: Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Types of Counselling

Although it is available to anyone with the means, many recovering addicts – especially those with particularly busy schedules – benefit from individual counselling, which can be provided following the completion of a treatment programme at rehab or elsewhere as a supplement to that programme, but which is usually not considered an effective alternative to such a programme. Individual counselling is also sometimes utilised as a means of managing an addiction in advance of engaging in proper treatment.

Like regular psychotherapists, private addiction counsellors offer a huge variety of different approaches to therapy, and operate across the country; they are typically seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis – often weekly – charging by appointment. Access is usually limited to predefined working hours, although some councillors do make themselves available on an emergency basis.

How to get to Sanctuary Lodge from Newmarket

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 Newmarket, simply take the A1304 to the B1061 and stay on that road to the A1017; then join the A1124 and follow signs to Halstead town centre.

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