A recent inquiry into alcohol and substance misuse by the National Assembly for Wales found that alcohol abuse is the biggest problem in Wales, flagging issues such as an increase in alcohol-related brain damage and alcohol misuse in older people. Drug use remains a serious issue, with notable trends including new psychoactive stimulants and more polydrug use (people using more than one drug).1
Data shows that alcohol and drug misuse in Pembrokeshire is broadly in line with the rest of Wales.2 While areas like Goodwick might not have more of a problem than other towns and cities, they are certainly not immune to this issue. And it’s worth remembering that everyone caught in a destructive cycle of addiction is an individual and not just a statistic.
You might not know where to turn if you are struggling with these issues. There is always help available, whether you reach out to your GP, look for a local support group or decide that a private drug and alcohol rehab might be your best way forward. If you think that rehab might be the right fit for you, Action Rehab can help you find the best place for your personal situation.
Local Support Groups in Goodwick
Goodwick is a relatively small town, so you might struggle to find support groups in the immediate area. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) might have an in-person meet-up in the area, but details can vary over time, so you are best to check their websites. You can easily find your nearest meeting by postcode or place name. Many other resources and support groups are available, and many have a telephone or online support that you can access from anywhere.
Mental health charity Mind has a good list of contacts and organisations for those struggling with drugs or alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services in Goodwick
Another option is to look for drug and alcohol services available via the NHS. Across Wales, you will generally contact your local community drug and alcohol team (CDAT). They say they will help “individuals with significant drug and/or alcohol misuse, where there is a related risk to themselves or others, and there is evidence of a commitment to actively engage in the treatment programme and comply with the required standard of conduct”.3
Pembrokeshire County Council adds that CDAT Health can provide a number of services, including:
- Opiate substitute prescribing
- Community alcohol and opiate detoxification
- Relapse prevention medication
- Access to hospital inpatient detoxification
Residential alcohol and drug rehab can sometimes also be provided through this route. You will need to undergo an assessment and meet certain criteria to be considered for a means-tested place, which is limited. Pembrokeshire County Council typically commissions Brynawel House near Bridgend, the closest residential rehabilitation placement to Pembrokeshire and has a proven record of providing high-quality treatment. It is also one of the many private residential rehabs that Action Rehab works with.
Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS) provides a single point of contact to Pembrokeshire Adult Substance Misuse Services for anyone seeking help in relation to their own or someone else’s alcohol and/or drug use.
Inpatient Vs Outpatient Addiction treatment
CDAT Health provides a limited number of residential places to suitable candidates precisely because inpatient rehab is recognised as the most effective treatment for serious drug and alcohol addiction. Unlike community-based treatment, you will be in a safe and secure environment, away from the people, places and triggers associated with your regular drinking and/or drug use.
When you are facing particularly challenging times – particularly when detoxing – it can be easy to give in to the cravings or alleviate any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms by getting ‘one more’ drink or hit of your substance of choice. This is not easily done in rehab, where you will have no access to the substance.
You will undergo a drug and alcohol detox – the process whereby you get rid of the alcohol and drugs already in your system – in a medically supervised setting. This is important as you may experience psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms that can be challenging and sometimes dangerous. While alcohol is a legal and generally socially acceptable drug, for example, heavy use and physical dependency can lead to extreme withdrawal symptoms, including hallucinations and seizures.
Beyond detox, residential rehab also delivers a tailored package of therapies and other treatments to address how you think about and behave around drugs and alcohol. You will also learn to develop your own relapse prevention and coping methods for when you experience cravings or temptations further down the line – as you inevitably will. Other sessions might concentrate on various aspects of your health and well-being. As well as encouraging a healthier lifestyle can be a beneficial part of the recovery process.
Why Should I Choose Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab?
As mentioned, residential rehab is generally considered the most effective treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, resources are increasingly stretched across an NHS frequently described as being ‘in crisis’. Residential rehab is extremely limited via this route. There may be long waiting lists, you will have to meet strict criteria and you will not have much choice about where you can go.
If you choose a private drug and alcohol rehab, you are likely to be able to start treatment very quickly. You will also have more flexibility around the facility choice and the treatments offered. While you may want to stay as close to Goodwick as possible, you might also opt to go further. As you will be a resident, the location may not matter much. The only issue might be getting to and from the centre, and we can help with your transport.
Help with Action Rehab
At Action Rehab, we have a wealth of experience matching people who want to break free from their addictions with the right place to help them do so. If you think you might benefit from drug and alcohol rehab in Goodwick or further afield, contact us today to find out how we can help. Alternatively, you can call on 0151 268 6992.
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