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Drug & Alcohol Rehab London

Drug & Alcohol Rehab London

Addiction recovery is a challenging and important step on the journey to a better future free of drugs and alcohol.

Rehab Guide advise on drug and alcohol rehab in London to help you or a loved one get back on your feet. London is at the heart of the UK’s addiction problem and is well known for drinking, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis addictions.

If you want help in making a decision about drug and alcohol rehab contact us today for detox and treatment in London.

Take back control of your life and seek help now: Call 020 7205 2845 

The guidance on this page is intended to help those struggling to abstain from drugs or alcohol. The following advice provides extensive information for those seeking a regimen at an alcohol rehab treatment center near London.

A UK government study found that the highest rates of alcohol and opiate use in London tended to be in the inner boroughs such as Islington and Hammersmith and Fulham, and the lowest rates were in outer boroughs such as Harrow and Richmond upon Thames.

If you are struggling with alcohol dependency, opiate, opioid or prescription drug misuse, we can help you. The team at Rehab Guide are only a message or a phone call away from giving you the aid you need. You may think you need a rehab near London if you have strong commitments or local ties. We can help you find somewhere local and within your budget or we can find the best alcohol rehab London City suburbs have to offer. If you can’t find the perfect rehabilitation center in London we have many options across the UK.

Contact us today and we can connect you with a drug or alcohol rehab treatment center that will help you kick your habit and get you back on your feet.

Locations we serve: Havering, Camden, Westminster, Havering, Hackney, Redbridge, Barnet, Chelsea, Nottinghill, Enfield, Islington, Hounslow, Croydon, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Signs you need rehab

A common question we get asked is ‘do I really need rehab?’. Alcoholism is characterised by a preoccupation with alcohol, excessive drinking, frequent loss of control of the amount of alcohol consumed.

“The continuation of drinking despite mounting negative consequences is a red flag.”

If the above resonates with you, have a read of the following signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse. Once you have finished, you will hopefully have an answer to the question, ‘am I an alcoholic?’.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse:

  • Being unable to reduce, moderate or stop alcohol despite a desire to do so
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the inebriating effects of alcohol
  • Consistently drinking more than 20+ units of alcohol per day whether that be wine, beer, spirits etc. 
  • You have an overreliance on alcohol, cravings or a strong overwhelming desire to get drunk on alcohol.
  • Relationships, home life, work or school commitment have suffered because of alcohol consumption
  • Refusing rehab and continuing your fixation with alcohol despite the presence of harm to your physical or mental wellbeing
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol and suffering withdrawals when you stop drinking intoxicants 

The rehab treatment program

A typical day in an addiction rehab will follow a structured program. This usually includes psychological therapy, detoxification treatment, holistic therapy and recreational activities. 

Medical detox from alcohol

Heavy drinkers or drug users stopping suddenly can experience extreme withdrawal symptoms without treatment. Therefore, drug or alcohol rehab is recommended during the detox stage. Symptoms can include anxiety, headaches, hallucinations, sleep issues, sweats, tremors and seizures.

When things get severe, the addiction recovery centers in London have the tools needed to ensure that you’re safe whilst you get better. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics have alcohol and drug detox medication and doctors on hand who can ease symptoms and prevent severe outcomes.

“Residential rehab clinics provide a safe and comfortable refuge while you detox from alcohol or other drugs.”

Medical detoxification can be carried out for all types of drug addiction such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, valium, benzodiazepines and more.

Once your body is cleared of addictive substances, you can begin restoring your health and begin psychological treatment.

Psychiatric and psychological treatment

Psychiatry is a medical field in which professionals are qualified in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of mental illness. Addiction psychiatry treats individuals recovering who abuse substances by identifying the mental disorders that lead to substance abuse.

In drug and alcohol rehabs in London, psychiatry treats addiction issues and co-occurring disorders. Mental health treatment usually involves medication and counselling. Substance abuse on the other hand is normally treated with detoxification, behavioural and talking therapy to help you remodel your thinking.

The rehab clinic key worker will be assigned to you and they will be responsible for your care plan. An addiction recovery care plan is like a road map that will form the basis of your treatment. An addiction key worker will meet regularly with you to look at other problems that might be affecting your life and therefore your recovery. People can have other difficulties apart from substance abuse such as debt or housing, children or families, physical or mental health issues. Your key worker can help you set a plan to overcome these difficulties.

Therapies in rehabilitation centers can include:

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • One-on-one psychological therapy
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • 12 step program
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness through yoga and reiki
  • Breathing Techniques,
  • Independent Reflections and journaling
  • Meditation
  • Anger and stress management
  • Music and art therapy
  • Nutrition guidance and planning
  • Fitness through our gym, outdoor walks, recreational activities, and fitness boot camps

Holistic therapy 

The holistic therapies usually offered in a rehabilitation center are yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, art or music therapy. Holistic therapies are designed to help individuals recuperate physically and understand their symptoms. You will also foster a sense of self-awareness to understand their body, mind, and relationships and how these elements play a role in mental health.

Exertion and rest are both necessary components of mental health improvement.

“Your brain needs rest to sort things out and make sense of what is going on in your life.”

It helps us to have a calmer and clearer mind which aids positive thinking, concentration, memory and decision making. Relaxation slows our heart rate, reduces our blood pressure and relieves tension. All of these aspects will heighten your recuperation.

Relaxation & Recreation

Addiction rehab clinics in London provide a safe and stress-free space during recovery; a retreat to heal your mind and body.

There will be allotted slots in between the treatment program allowing you to relax by yourself in your room, shared living room or grounds. For physical improvement, recreational activities such as exercising will be encouraged in a group setting.

Rehab clinics will usually have a garden, library, gym, swimming pool, holistic therapy room, relaxation room and a communal room where you can socialise or make tea/coffee.

Drug or alcohol rehab clinics are the perfect places to attempt to heal the body and mind. During ‘relaxation time’, you will get the opportunity to reflect on your time in therapy. Perhaps the reasons why you feel the compulsion to drink alcohol and how you can fix the root causes of your drinking problem.


The importance of attending drug & alcohol rehab

Addiction rehab programs are designed to successfully help people get sober in several ways: 

  • To help an individual lead a productive and meaningful life without alcohol and other substances
  • Help repair the relationships destroyed by their addictions to alcohol or other drugs
  • Achieve self-awareness of the issues behind the drug or alcohol addiction, helping them cope with potential triggers
  • Directing the individual towards beneficial habits and coping mechanisms to remain sober and clean from substances.

Keyworkers will direct you towards local self-help drug or alcohol groups in your area. Frequent attendance of addiction support groups has been shown to give members better momentum to remain sober. A study conducted in 2020 by Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioural science concluded that individuals attending the world-renowned ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ group were more likely to remain sober than other types of alcohol intervention. [1]

‘If you want to change your behaviour, find some other people who are trying to make the same change’ – Keith Humphreys

‘If you want to change your behaviour, find some other people who are trying to make the same change’ – Keith Humphreys

Addiction support groups, much like rehabilitation clinics, work because they are both based on social interaction. Members of support networks in rehab, AA, NA or SMART Recovery benefit from each other’s emotional support. You can also gain advice on how to keep clean from drugs and alcohol.

How to access rehab 

To gain admission to an alcohol rehab clinic in London, you can phone Rehab Guide to arrange your admission. We will link you with the appropriate rehab if you feel it is a good fit for you.

These are the steps to enter a rehabilitation center for substance misuse:

  1. Call our addiction advisors for an informal chat on 020 7205 2845 
  2. Carry out an anonymous addiction assessment over the phone with a member of our team
  3. We will provide you with all the information about the alcohol rehab clinics available and book you in

The cost of rehabilitation 

Not every residential rehab clinic will charge the same cost. Here are some factors that can influence how much you pay.

  • The staff and their relative qualifications and experience
  • The location. Depending on location, clinics will vary in price.
  • Luxury rehabs will cost more

Usually, you can expect inpatient rehab centers to charge about £1,500 per week. In a typical 28-day programme, you’ll spend around £6,000 for the whole rehabilitation treatment.

The average stay is a 28-day rehab program in London. Although you may have heard of a 2 week drug rehab this is referring to detox.


To concerned parents, family and friends

To help a friend, family member or partner get into a drug or alcohol rehab treatment clinic in London, you can phone our helpline service for guidance. 

If you have found yourself on our site, you are likely experiencing a great deal of pain and confusion in regard to a loved one in your life. Our team have first-hand experience in the effect that addiction can cause on the entire family unit. Rehab Guide will provide you and your loved one with the knowledge, tools and emotional support to get on the route to recovery.

Signs that an individual needs drug or alcohol rehabilitation: 

  • Lowered sense of financial, personal or family responsibility
  • Drinking out with normal hours e.g. early morning
  • Hiding in unusual places to drink alcohol or take drugs
  • Drinking without regard for potential danger such as driving a car
  • Anxiety in places where alcohol is not available

At Rehab Guide we help those with substance abuse disorders on a daily basis. Our staff facilitate those struggling with addiction into rehab treatment. We believe that drug and alcohol rehabilitation will help them recognise the underlying, unresolved emotional issues that manifest themselves into substance abuse.

Treating external symptoms such as substance use, depression, self-harm is not enough. We believe that it is of utmost importance for individuals with addictions to get into a drug or alcohol rehab before it’s too late. Arming those who attend residential rehab programs with a newfound self-awareness, and the power to get and remain sober.

Addiction can be very difficult for anyone to understand that is not fully educated around the facts. Even the sufferer is unlikely to understand why they do what they do; it truly is a baffling illness.

Our alcohol counsellors can advise you on persuading someone to go into a rehab clinic. We can hold an alcohol addiction intervention for you over the phone, or we can advise you on how to carry this out yourself.

When someone you love and care for enters a rehabilitation clinic you should be involved. Family counselling sessions as well as communicating frequently with you throughout the entire treatment program is vital.

After rehabilitation is complete, we will give you advice on how to best help your loved one remain sober.

Intervention: When a loved one rejects your help

An intervention is a process that’s planned by family members and close friends with the aim of persuading an individual to enter rehabilitation for their addiction. Planned with the help of an addiction counsellor and interventionist. The intervention will be held at a designated time and place. The meet-up should be planned so that each family member gets to say the things they want to say.

The intervention will focus on offering the individual a chance to get clean and sober by entering a clinic for addiction issues.

When holding an intervention, placing blame should be avoided. This includes things like blaming the person for their current condition or venting about things that the family member has done to you in the past.

Remember to focus on instilling hope and providing support for your loved ones. They will need it as they begin their recovery journey.

Rehabilitation treatment has the focus of facilitating an individual outlook, behaviour and attitude to help them lead a healthy life filled with dignity and purpose. People change, when there’s life, there’s hope.


After rehab

Your key worker will help you devise an aftercare plan. While rehabilitation will certainly put you on the right path for recovery, aftercare is what will strengthen you and dramatically decrease your chances of relapsing.

Aftercare is vital for relapse prevention. This is because you learn further methods to learn your triggers and cope with them, as well as any cravings you might get.

When people go into rehab they can often feel physically and emotionally depleted.

Once you’ve finished your program, it’s time to improve your health, mend your mind and work on the relationships. All of these are affected by your alcohol addiction.

These are the common feelings individuals have when they arrive at alcohol rehab, in comparison to how they feel on completion.

Before RehabilitationAfter Rehabilitation
Vulnerable: In need of special care and support.Resilient: Better equipped to withstand or recover from difficult conditions.
Poor health: Physically weak and feeling rundown. Headaches, nausea, shaking, tremors, pains, tiredness, seizures, apathy, alcohol-related illness etc.Improved health: Clean from alcohol/drugs, on the road to better health and have learned how to look after yourself better.
Scared: Scared to eliminate emotional crutch (alcohol/drugs), meeting new people or facing up to the problems your addiction has caused.Accepting: Accepts responsibility for their life, the damage they have caused to their life and is compassionate to themselves and others.
Irritable/angry: Angry for problem drinking/drugging. Worried about cravings and withdrawals.A Critical thinker: Rationalises and evaluates information to reach a solution. Thinking is clearer. 

An aftercare plan includes: 

A list of ‘Al-anon’ and 12 step groups in north, west, south and the east is available on the following page: 12 step groups


What are my options apart from rehab?

Numerous addiction support groups to accommodate the population of individuals with addiction issues in every borough. 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

A fellowship dedicated to helping alcoholics peer to peer in sobriety through its spiritually inclined Twelve Steps program

Alcoholics Anonymous or ‘The AA’, is an international fellowship of individuals who have been abusing alcohol.

The AA is not a professional body, nor is it funded. It is a self-sustained group of individuals with one goal in mind; to remain sober.

A quick search on the Alcoholics Anonymous website will give you a list of meeting dates and times in almost every area. If you enter a rehabilitation program, the team will take you to a meeting to familiarise yourself with self-help resources.


Narcotics Anonymous 

A group run by individuals recovering from drug addiction who aim to help those with drug addictions get and stay clean.

The guidance, support, and friendship offered by NA groups are always of great value to people during drug addiction recovery. Also, those seeking recovery by providing support and sponsorship from those who understand their plight have experienced similar problems.

Go to the Narcotics Anonymous website to search for meetings in your area. If you enter a rehabilitation program, the team will take you to a meeting to familiarise yourself with this kind of self-help resource which will ensure you stay clean.


SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a form of self-help recovery programme, delivered through groups and meetings. 

SMART offers structured mentoring, teaching scientifically proven addiction treatment techniques to those afflicted with drug addiction or alcoholism, as well as their family’s. 

Its programme aims to help those that suffer from addiction maintain abstinence from addictive substances and behaviours.

Physical meetings that are available are in the following locations: Hackney, Lewisham, Walthamstow. There are, however, several online meetings available to anyone who cannot travel.

London Friend

Advice for LGBT+ mental health & chemsex drug use

An organisation that delivers guidance to the LGBT+ community regarding any troubling issues they may be experiencing in their life. This includes helping those with mental health, sexual health and alcohol, drug and chemsex concerns.

This group aim to improve the health and mental well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer people.

The clinic even takes face-to-face or phone appointments for informal chats about issues. Please make sure you phone first to book a chat.


Accessing free rehab 

We solely deal with private residential rehabilitation clinics, meaning the treatment has a price. However, those that cannot afford instant access to private rehab, can try to receive treatment from a council-run rehab or addiction service. 

A GP is a good place to start. They can discuss your problems with you and can get you into treatment. They may offer you treatment at the clinic, practice surgery, hospital. In some areas, they will refer you to your local drug service.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) defines being addicted to substances as a mental health disorder. Medical clinicians will assess a persons eligibility for free addiction rehab treatment by the following criteria:

  • Cravings for the addictive substance
  • Wanting to cut down on drug or alcohol use
  • Taking the addictive substance in larger amounts or for longer than meant to
  • Neglecting life responsibilities
  • Continuing to use alcohol or drug despite dangerous consequences.
  • Your living environment is not suitable for recovery
  • Mental health issues
  • Intoxication and overdose risk
  • Willingness to change addictive behaviours

NHS Addiction Services: Start the process: click here

Ask your GP how long the waiting list is. If you feel you need to be admitted to alcohol rehab, private alcohol rehab may be the best option for you.

Take back control of your life and seek help now: Call 020 7205 2845 

Page last reviewed: 10th Jan 2022

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