When is the best time to seek help for a drug or alcohol addiction? The answer is as soon as you realise – or are able to admit – that there is a problem. Left unchecked, an addiction problem can ruin not only your life but those of your loved ones and other people around you. It can have a serious impact on your relationships, work and career, financing, housing and health.
If you leave it too long to seek help you might not even get another chance. Figures published by the NHS show there were nearly 3,000 deaths related to poisoning by drug misuse in 2019. ONS figures, meanwhile, show that there were over 7,500 deaths in 2018 related to alcohol-specific causes. The Office for National Statistic said these “only include health conditions where each death is a direct consequence of alcohol misuse, such as alcoholic liver disease”. There are many more cases every year where drugs or alcohol plays a contributory factor.
No one wants to be one of these statistics but it can be incredibly difficult to beat addiction without expert help. Addiction changes the very structure of your brain, making the desire to keep using the substance a compulsion, even if there are extreme negative consequences. Willpower alone is unlikely to be enough, even with the help of friends and family – which is not always readily available.
Structured drug and alcohol rehabilitation programmes, which are put together and delivered by experts in the field of addiction, have a proven track record. Beating addiction is never easy and always requires effort on the part of the addict, but the people who work at alcohol and drug rehab clinics have a wealth of experience and expertise. This can give you the best possible chance of getting clean and staying that way as you embark on a drug and alcohol-free life.
Is there a drug or alcohol rehab near me?
We work with a wide range of addiction treatment clinics and rehab centres right across the UK. If you are looking for rehab in Merseyside, we can put you in touch with the right places and people who can help you to beat your addiction and make a long-term recovery.
Different options might be better for different people and situations. There are a number of factors to consider when you are choosing the right drug and alcohol treatment centres for you. These include:
Inpatient or outpatient
Serious, advanced and long-standing addictions are usually better suited to inpatient or residential treatment, which means that you stay at the treatment centre while you undergo the treatment program. This allows you to concentrate on getting well and removes many of the pressures, triggers and associations that are connected to your addiction. You will also have access to support around the clock and the best facilities in which to undergo detox and other treatment options.
On the other hand, a substance abuse issue that is milder or caught earlier after being identified as a problem, might be a suitable case for outpatient or community-based treatment programmes. This could allow you to deal with the issues with a minimum of disruption and without taking ‘time out’ from your everyday life – although it still takes commitment in order to be successful.
Private or NHS
The NHS has a lot of dedicated people and expertise in certain areas of dealing with addiction. Its services are also free at the point of use but it does not always have the resources that many – including those who work within the health service – would like to see. Residential places tend to be rare and almost always involve a substantial waiting time. Considering the destructive nature of addiction, any major delay in starting treatment for alcohol or drugs could prove very costly – not only in financial terms but also in terms of relationships and other aspects of your life.
Private drug and alcohol rehab centres, by contrast, are usually able to admit people very quickly. In many cases we can get you into a residential rehab on the same day or very soon after first contact is made. Private drug rehab UK clinics can also offer a personalised treatment service that is tailored to your own individual circumstances, where an NHS programme might be limited in the treatment options they can offer.
NHS services are free at the point of use and private drug and alcohol treatment centres can vary widely in costs, depending on factors such as location and the facilities and treatment options on offer. A cheap rehab might not always be the best choice for you, but that doesn’t mean that a rehab and detox clinic should be unaffordable.
If you have medical insurance this might cover addiction recovery treatment but there may be limitations – such as only providing for detox treatment or a limited timescale. Many rehab centres also offer payment plans allowing you to spread the costs of your treatment.
If you go for residential treatment, you will still need to think about location. Some people benefit from being far away from their everyday life while others might wish to have friends and family involved in aspects of treatment such as group therapy. For outpatient programmes, you will need to be able to travel there but might not want your treatment hub to be in your immediate neighbourhood or community. We can provide choices throughout Merseyside and beyond, allowing you to find a place that is right for you.
The treatment on offer is obviously very important. Detox is an important step in getting the drugs and alcohol out of your system and helping you deal with the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Other treatments are designed to provide you with the tools you need to stay clean long-term and could include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, talking therapy and educational workshops on addiction and health.
If you or a loved one have an addiction problem, don’t hesitate. Get in touch with Action Rehab today to find out how we can help.