A Guide To Alcohol And Drug Rehab Treatment In Walton-On-Thames

In every corner of the country – and Walton-on-Thames is no exception – Britons are struggling with addiction. Alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medicines are all taking a terrible toll, and as austerity continues to bite and fears for the future intensify there is little to suggest that the burgeoning addiction epidemic will ease any time soon.

Such a gloomy national picture is made up of countless individual tragedies – and you may be worried that your story, or that of a loved one, is becoming one of them. However, that picture is not hopelessly gloomy: a new wave of high-quality addiction treatment facilities are now working to transform and save the lives of addicts right across the UK, and if you are prepared to reach out for help you too can benefit. Read on to discover how rehab can make the very biggest difference.

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What Is Rehab?

Residential rehabilitation – or “rehab” – describes the process of getting treatment for addiction at a dedicated facility, as well as being a term for such a facility itself (“going to rehab”). Rehab typically comprises two phases: detoxification (“detox”), during which a patient’s system is cleansed of substances of abuse and they go through withdrawal; and therapy, designed to uncover and examine the root causes of addiction and to give patients psychological defence mechanisms with which to resist relapse.

Rehab’s ability to address both short- (physical dependency countered by detoxification) and long-term (psychological addiction, tackled by therapy) challenges in one programme conducted under one roof is unparalleled. As a result, the general consensus is that rehab is the most effective approach to the treatment of addiction, in that it is the most likely to result in permanent abstinence on the part of the erstwhile addict – and, indeed, in mainstream culture “rehab” has become synonymous with addiction treatment.

How can I get Someone into Rehab?

Because of the speed with addiction can take hold, and subsequently ruin an addict’s life (and even bring it to a premature end) time is of the essence when seeking treatment: as soon as someone is willing and able to acknowledge their addiction, it is important to begin the process of getting help.

NHS addiction treatment services are typically of a high standard; however, unfortunately demand is high in every corner of the country, and waiting times can consequently be very lengthy – tragically too lengthy in many cases. If you or a loved one are in Walton-on-Thames and in urgent need of help to combat addiction, do not waste any more time and risk becoming further entangled in a potentially fatal web of substance abuse: reach out to an addiction specialist today on 0800 024 1455 to discuss some of the life-saving private options available to you.

The Advantages of Private Rehab

As noted above, a good rehab provides a peaceful, highly secure, secluded and confidential setting in which an addict is able to concentrate on their recovery away from the temptations of the outside world and the environment in which substance abuse has become a way of life.

When an addict enters rehab they will be given a thorough assessment of their condition and the extent of their addiction, and will then begin a detox to cleanse their system of substances of abuse; this detox will be supervised by highly experienced medical personnel to ensure that the process is as safe as possible, and that the experience of withdrawal is made as comfortable as it can be (which may involve the provision of certain medications).

Following the detox phase a patient will engage in various forms of therapy which will uncover the root causes of addiction (crucial if the patient is to go on to lead a drug- and/or alcohol-free life) and will give them psychological defence mechanisms to prevent relapse. They will also benefit from tailored fitness and dietary plans, and from a plethora of other resources available in the facility.

Following a stay in rehab, because recovery is an ongoing process which is not simply complete when the patient leaves the facility, they will also receive aftercare in various forms, which is usually free for up to a year at good facilities.

What Does Rehab Cost Near Walton-On-Thames?

The cost of private rehab in or near Walton-on-Thames 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.

NHS Addiction Treatment Options Near Walton-on-Thames

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 Walton-on-Thames and across Surrey 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 – though quality does vary by location.

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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 – 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. 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 Walton-on-Thames, see the relevant websites:

Alcoholics Anonymous
, Narcotics Anonymous; Cocaine Anonymous; Heroin Anonymous; Marijuana Anonymous; Crystal Meth Anonymous

Types of Counselling

One type of treatment which is proving of particular interest to professionals with busy schedules is individual counselling. Private addiction counsellors work along similar lines to regular psychotherapists, offering a broad variety of different approaches to therapy and different therapy models. Counsellors can be found throughout Surrey and the UK as a whole, and are usually seen by private appointment on an ongoing basis (typically weekly) with a fee charged per appointment.

Some people engage in private counselling following attendance at rehab if they wish to retain some kind of professional treatment and contact during this next phase of recovery; on the other hand, private counsellors are also often useful for addicts who have not yet been through a treatment programme at rehab, but who wish to attempt to manage their addictions to a certain extent ahead of such a step.

How to Get to Primrose Lodge from Walton-on-Thames

Primrose Lodge is a unique rehab clinic located in the historic town of Guildford, Surrey. Boasting a private gymnasium, purpose-built treatment rooms and en suite bedrooms, this attractive, spacious building is the perfect getaway for those battling addiction, while Primrose Lodge’s highly experienced staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure patients’ safety and comfort. Integrated treatment programmes designed to address the root causes of addiction are provided in a tranquil and confidential environment in which patients can focus wholly upon their recovery.

To get to Worplesdon from Walton-on-Thames, take the A244 to the B365 and thence onto Byfleet Road/A245. Merge onto the A3, take the A3100 onto the A320, and finally join the A322/Worplesdon Road.

Primrose Lodge
Perry Hill
Worplesdon
Guildford
Surrey
GU3 3RY

Walton-On-Thames