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    Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Norfolk

    At OK Rehab, we work exclusively with a wide range of treatment providers in the Norfolk area. By calling us on 0800 326 5559, we can conduct a short assessment to find out which form of treatment may suit your needs.

    At the end of our conversation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and information required to go forward with our support and seek out a better life free from the strains of addiction.

    This article will discuss drug and alcohol rehab in Norfolk.

    Norfolk Insight defines substance dependency based on a person having no capacity to control their substance-taking behaviour.

    In Norfolk, it is estimated that 3.1% of the population has a substance dependency. 2.3% of this can be attributed to cannabis and 0.8% to other substances.

    The age group with the highest recorded dependencies is 16 to 24, and dependency is higher amongst the male population – 4.3% male and 1.9% female.

    In Norfolk, it is estimated that 9.4% of adults (1659) have used a substance in the past year, 7.6% have used cannabis, and 3.7% have used other class A drugs.

    It is estimated that there are 9,045 adults in Norfolk with an alcohol dependency and 4,389 opiate and crack users (OCUs). (1)

    For more information about drug and alcohol trends in Norfolk, please follow this link.

    For those seeking drug and alcohol rehab in Norfolk, this article will provide useful information – it will discuss what treatment is available, how much it costs, and what to expect from the treatment program.

    At OK Rehab, we work exclusively with a wide range of treatment providers in the Norfolk area. By calling us on 0800 326 5559, we can conduct a short assessment to find out which form of treatment may suit your needs.

    At the end of our conversation, you will be equipped with the knowledge and information required to go forward with our support and seek out a better life free from the strains of addiction.

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    What Rehab and Treatment Options are Available in Norfolk?

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    For those looking for drug and alcohol services in Norfolk, there is a range of free and private services.

    It is recommended, however, that people first speak with their GP.

    Not only will they be able to assess medical needs but will be able to advise on what treatment options might be best and what services are available.

    With regards to free services, Norfolk is home to Change Grow Live.

    Change Grow Live is a free service that helps people based in Norfolk gain access to recovery treatment for drugs and/or alcohol dependency.

    Grow Change Live acts as a single point of access to all available services that people with a substance dependency might need.

    Help that Grow Change Live can provide includes:

    • Advice and information regarding substance dependency and treatment
    • Group work
    • Therapy and counselling
    • Support for affected loved ones
    • Volunteering and mentoring
    • Medical interventions
    • Aftercare

    Grow Change Live is accessible via self-referral or through a referral from a professional – a GP or a key worker, for example. (2)

    For more information about how to access NPS services, please follow this link.

    Another option in Norfolk is the Matthew Project. The Matthew Project provides a lot of services for young people, veterans, and people in recovery.

    Services that the Matthew Project provide include:

    • Advice and information about substance dependency
    • Support for families
    • Brief interventions
    • One-to-one support
    • Help to back into education and/or work
    • Wellbeing

    Another free treatment option is to try to access rehab through the NHS. This will require a referral from a GP/key worker and an application for funding from the Norfolk Council.

    NHS rehab is reserved for the most severe cases, and even then, people are expected to have tried free local services before making an application.

    NHS rehab also has a long wait time – on average, between six months to a year.

    Alternatively, Norfolk is home to many private rehab facilities, such as Hebron Trust, Verve Health, and Phoenix House.

    However, this means paying for treatment, and the cost of private rehab is often expensive.

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    How much does rehab cost in Norfolk?


    The cost of private drug and alcohol rehab in Norfolk will depend upon the facility and the type of treatment the person opts for.

    On average, however, recently collected data estimates rehab in the UK to cost between £400£450 per day – roughly £13,000 per month. (3)

    Certain programs can be a lot cheaper, however.

    For example, Hebron Trust charges £950 per week for residential treatment.

    This covers staff costs, utilities, food and amenities, and other services.

    Most private rehab facilities in Norfolk will accept health insurance to pay the costs.

    Insurance companies such as Tricare, Aviva, and BUPA all offer health insurance packages that cover private treatment costs.

    Although such packages are more expensive than regular health insurance – on average between £150£200 per month – this is significantly cheaper than covering the cost through personal finances.

    In addition, many employers offer health insurance that would cover the cost of private treatment. It is worth, therefore, exploring this as an option – by either speaking to management or Human Resources.

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    How do I know if I am addicted?

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    Knowing that you have a substance dependency is the first key to getting help.

    However, the signs of addiction are not always obvious – this could be due to inexperienced users not knowing the signs but also that some signs of addiction might be attributed to other reasons.

    For example, some signs of addiction, such as changes in mood or personality, might be due to other life experiences.

    However, it is worth covering the most prominent signs of addiction.

    These include:

    • Changes in personality
    • Changes in mood
    • Changes in behaviour
    • Experiencing withdrawal

    Personality changes occur due to the damage substances cause to the brain.

    Personality changes because of addiction include:

    • Becoming paranoid and suspicious
    • Becoming anxious or depressed
    • Becoming emotionally volatile

    In addition, alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, and heroin, have been found to damage people’s cognitive functions.

    Cognitive functions refer to, for example, thinking, reasoning, remembering, decision-making, and attention.

    Each of these is negatively impacted by the consumption of substances over a period.

    An example of this might be reflected in behaviour changes, such as:

    • Risk-taking – engaging in criminal activity, for example
    • No longer socialising – unless the substance is involved
    • Hiding substance use
    • Losing interest in hobbies
    • Becoming messy and unhygienic

    Another clear indicator of addiction is if people become unwell when not taking the substance – this is known as withdrawal.

    Withdrawal occurs when the mind and body crave the substance. The body will begin to detox without the substance, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms.

    This varies between substances but can include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, and sweats. (4)

    Withdrawal will be covered in more detail below.

    To help uncover if substance dependency has emerged, there are useful tools available.

    The CAGE questionnaire is an example of this.

    CAGE is an acronym for:

    • C – Cutting Down
    • A – Annoyance by Criticism
    • G – Guilty Feeling
    • E – Eye-openers

    Based on this acronym, people are asked a series of yes/no questions that help the person think about their substance use and habits.

    For alcohol, these are:

    1. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
    2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
    3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
    4. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?

    For drugs, the questions are:

    1. Have people annoyed you by criticising your drug use?
    2. Have you felt bad or guilty about your drug use?
    3. Have you ever used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye-opener)?

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    Pre-rehab: Substance Dependence Intervention in Norfolk

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    Substance dependency can harm people in many ways. One such way, as previously noted, is that it damages cognitive functions – for example, the ability to think clearly and understand that professional help is needed.

    From the perspective of concerned others, this can be worrying. Concerned others will want their loved ones to seek help and address their addiction.

    For those with a loved one with substance dependency, a common question is: how can I get my loved one to seek help?

    A good answer to this question is to organise an intervention.

    As the name suggests, an intervention seeks to intervene in the person’s substance dependency.

    It has several goals, such as encouraging the person to seek professional help, enter treatment, and take accountability for their substance use.

    It also provides concerned others with an opportunity to express their feelings and how their loved one’s addiction has impacted them.

    Experts suggest that there are three important aspects to organising a successful intervention:

    • Persuasion – convincing the loved one that they need help
    • Accountability – that the loved one is responsible for their dependency and, therefore, it is up to them to change
    • Enabling – addressing behaviours that have allowed the loved ones to become dependent, such as lending money or providing accommodation

    This is a difficult process, so there are some useful tips to remember when preparing for an intervention.

    These include:

    • Take the time to plan the intervention
    • Practice positive communication and what you want to stay
    • Write down what you want to say
    • Remember to be encouraging and not to condemn
    • Do some research on interventions and substance dependency
    • Seek the help of a professional interventionist

    The last point – seeking the help of a professional – is highly recommended.

    A professional – interventionist, social worker, key worker, or psychologist, for example – will be able to help organise and plan the intervention.

    They can also act as mediators, which will help reduce the potential for confrontation.

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    The CRAFT Method of Intervention

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    Another recommendation is the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) method. (5)

    CRAFT is aimed at families that are struggling to get their loved ones to seek help.

    The CRAFT method was developed for two reasons: to help families conduct successful interventions and to conduct interventions that do not lead to negative confrontation.

    This is achieved by focusing on several key goals, such as:

    • Reducing the frequency of the addiction
    • Helping families reinforce positive behaviour changes
    • Developing positive communication tools
    • Being proactive and using problem-solving to address substance dependency
    • Helping families learn about potential triggers and how addiction occurs

    CRAFT is home-based, and a professional will conduct sessions with these goals in mind.

    CRAFT usually lasts for several months.

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    Rehab Duration: Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment

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    Another common question that people ask before entering treatment is: how long does rehab last?

    Unfortunately, there is no specific answer for this. In general, however, people can expect to be in rehab for several weeks to several months. Most facilities recommend a minimum of 28 days.

    Recently collected data suggest that, on average, rehab for alcohol takes between one week to three months, one week to one month for cannabis, and three weeks to three months for heroin.

    This can vary, however. The reason being is that the duration of rehab is based on several factors:

    • The substance being treated
    • How long has the person used the substance
    • If the person has other medical issues
    • The treatment type – is inpatient versus outpatient, for example.
    • The type of therapy required

    Treatment for heroin and alcohol is likely to be more arduous than treatment for a substance like cannabis.

    This is due to the nature of the addiction being more complicated. The rehab process, therefore, might take longer.

    As mentioned, a big part of the duration is the type of treatment.

    Examples of this include inpatient versus outpatient treatment.

    Inpatient is residential – staying overnight at a facility – and is, therefore, more intense.

    The result is that it usually lasts for a shorter period than outpatient treatment, which does not require the person to attend a facility.

    Instead, outpatient treatment is fitted around a person’s life and requires attending weekly appointments.

    On average, inpatient treatment lasts for one month, whereas outpatient treatment can last for several months to a year. (6)

    Again, this is dependent on the person’s needs.

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    Pre-Admission and Entering Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Norfolk

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    Before entering rehab, people will be subject to a pre-admission interview.

    This will involve a phone call with one of the facilities’ staff members – usually a medical professional.

    This is a formality to determine the person’s wants, needs, and what treatment might be best suited.

    The phone call will go over some of the person’s substance uses and habits – the substance to be treated and how long they have been using, for example.

    A start date will also be discussed, and what to expect from the treatment program.

    When the treatment does start, the first stage is a medical examination.

    This is aimed at uncovering any existing mental or physical health issues.

    This will help inform the staff of any possible needs and medication required during the detox process.

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    Should I seek private treatment?

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    Within Norfolk, there are many forms of treatment, such as community groups, as well as public and private options.

    Whilst the National Health Service offers drug and alcohol addiction treatment. You are usually placed on a waiting list that can last up to 12 months or longer. If your addiction is severe, you may not have this time to wait.

    Demand for free services is very high, and there are sadly limited funds. Deciding to seek private care means you can avoid long waiting lists and begin treatment as soon as possible.

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    What is Dual Diagnosis?

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    It is also likely that part of the medical examination will involve checking for dual diagnosis.

    Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe a person that has both substance dependency and mental health issues.

    Unfortunately, both go hand in hand, with one often leading to the other.

    To elucidate, research has found that substance dependency increases the chance of people developing mental health issues.

    Substances such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and cannabis can all lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

    On the other hand, studies have also found that substances are commonly used by people to help cope with and alleviate mental health issues.

    In a recent study on cannabis and depression, for example, many people stated that they used the substance to help improve their overall mood.

    The consequence of this is that prolonged use of any substance increases the risk of substance dependency.

    Dual diagnosis, therefore, is important for treatment – it helps determine the cause of addiction, the medication that might be used, and what therapy might be helpful. (7)

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    Rehab for Alcoholism in Norfolk

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    The medical assessment stage is then followed by the detoxification stage.

    As previously mentioned, this is the process of the body removing the substance from the system.

    This leads to a variety of withdrawal symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. (8)

    Alcohol withdrawal is medically known as Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) – this usually occurs between 6-12 hours after the final consumption.

    AWS symptoms include:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Tremors (shakes)
    • Sweats
    • Restlessness

    Mild symptoms will continually reduce over 24 hours, but some might persist for several days.

    More serious symptoms include seizures, high blood pressure, and respiration issues.

    People will likely receive medication to help with AWS, such as a sedative.

    One of the most common sedatives used is Librium.

    Librium helps reduce anxiety, disturbed sleep patterns, and loss of appetite.

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    Rehab for Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin in Norfolk

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    Cannabis withdrawal is relatively mild and does not require medical assistance.

    Symptoms include restlessness, agitation, headaches, a loss of appetite, and anxiety.

    Although cannabis can stay in a person’s system for up to six months, withdrawal symptoms usually subside within several days.

    Cocaine withdrawal is mostly psychological – paranoia, anxiety, stress, irritability, for example – although some physical symptoms might occur, such as sweats and tremors.

    Symptoms from cocaine can occur quickly – sometimes only an hour after the final dose.

    In most cases, however, symptoms will peak between eight-to-twelve hours after the final dose.

    Symptoms from cocaine withdrawal often last between five-to-seven days.

    Heroin is considered by medical experts to be one of the hardest detoxes – this is due to it being very psychologically and physically addictive.

    At best, the symptoms are still very unpleasant, including gastrointestinal issues, sweats, fatigue, anxiety, stress, and even hallucinations.

    Symptoms will begin to show between three-to-six hours after the final dose and usually last up to five days. However, some symptoms will reduce after 24 hours.

    More serious symptoms can be life-threatening, such as seizures, respiration issues, and high blood pressure (hypertension).

    Because heroin detox can be dangerous, people will rarely do it without medical assistance.

    Most people will be prescribed opioids, such as Methadone or Buprenorphine.

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    What happens during your time at rehab?

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    There are many forms of treatment on offer during your time at their respective rehab, which can significantly change your thoughts, feelings, and actions towards drugs and alcohol.

    Detoxification is usually the first process and can allow your body to expel any toxins present from substance abuse. A detox programme is monitored by medical professionals and can be vital to your success in rehab.

    During this programme, you will likely experience unfortunate withdrawal symptoms as your body craves the substance it has become so dependent on.

    Whilst this can be very unpleasurable, you will have the support of dedicated staff ensuring your safety and comfort at all times. These members of staff can also prescribe medication if you need it at any point during your detox.

    All of the clinics we partner with are Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected, and we can issue reports to you upon request.

    After detoxing, you will be encouraged to work through your thoughts and feelings surrounding addiction through behavioural counselling and therapy.

    Some of the various therapies encouraged are group therapy, one-to-one therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy as well as a holistic therapy, with some clinics specialising in spiritual healing and wellness.

    We also value the importance of schedule and routine, something many of our clients have been living without.

    We introduce this in the form of scheduled mealtimes and sleep times, meaning you will be well-rested and prepared to face the day ahead.

    Routine can help you take back aspects of your life that have been lost to addiction. The team members at our partner clinics know exactly what care to provide to ensure you can make the most out of your time at the facility.

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    What Therapy Will I Receive During Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Norfolk?

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    During rehab, people will undergo therapy.

    Popular therapies in drug and alcohol rehab in Norfolk include:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
    • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    • One-to-one therapy (talk therapy or psychotherapy, for example)
    • Holistic therapy (art, poetry, yoga, for example)
    • Group therapy
    • Family therapy

    These are some of the different types of therapy. However, each shares relatively similar goals: to uncover the cause of addiction, to help overcome the addiction, and to provide useful tools to maintain well-being and sobriety. (9)

    The most common therapy is talk therapy.

    This will involve the person sitting with a medical professional and discussing the reason why the addiction might have occurred – past traumas, family issues, past or present relationships, and social or economic issues, for example.

    Trained professionals will listen and use up-to-date research to inform their analyses.

    Another popular therapy is CBT. The purpose of CBT, in essence, is to teach the person cogitative reappraisal, that is, the ability to change thought patterns.

    By doing so, the person should be able to change negative thoughts that might have led to harmful behaviours such as using a substance.

    Most rehabs also employ some form of group therapy. This involves sitting with a medical professional and several peers.

    Group therapy provides an opportunity to share experiences and struggles related to substance dependency and treatment.

    Group therapy has been proven to help encourage accountability and alleviate feelings of loneliness.

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    What can holistic treatments do?

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    Holistic treatments can be very beneficial to you when you are in recovery. These forms of therapy can ensure that your psychological and spiritual needs are met as well as your physical.

    Often these forms of treatment are more niche than traditional forms of therapy and can include things such as:

    • Art and music therapy. This can allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings by creating pieces of art or music
    • Acupuncture. This involves stimulating nerves under the skin and in the muscles, which helps to release endorphins. This can be a great treatment when recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction as it helps the brain feel happier and content
    • Meditation and yoga. Both of these are great skills to learn and can allow you to create a sense of calmness and inner peace. Meditation can help reduce feelings of anxiety and cravings for substances. This is a skill that can be extended to your life outside of a treatment clinic

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    Relapse Prevention and Aftercare in Norfolk

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    Although rehab often has a high success rate, people are still at risk of falling back into old habits and behaviours.

    Substance dependency emerging again after rehab is known as relapse. Preventing this is an important part of the rehab process.

    Following detox and whilst undergoing therapy, medical professionals will assist people in developing a relapse prevention plan.

    This involves two main things: uncovering potential triggers – environments, relationships, and situations, for example – and developing relapse prevention tools, such as cognitive reappraisal and emotional management. (10)

    Relapse prevention also involves establishing post-rehab aftercare. All rehabs in Norfolk offer aftercare.

    This means continued support, often involving post-rehab therapy and engaging with local services.

    For example, this might involve being part of therapeutic communities such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – both are readily available in Norfolk.

    Both AA and NA offer group therapy and their version of 12-step recovery.

    For more information about AA and NA in Norfolk, please follow this link.

    Another example of services available that provide useful aftercare is SMART recovery.

    SMART recovery offers many different aftercare services, such as CBT, group therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

    For more information about SMART, please follow this link.

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    What happens after treatment ends?

    You may be worried about what will happen when you conclude your treatment programme.

    We work with your clinic and help you set up plans such as relapse prevention that can significantly reduce the risk of you using substances again in the future.

    It can feel intimidating thinking of returning home to the same place your addiction started or having to socialise with the same people who played a part in your substance abuse, but this is where you have to put the things learned and gained at rehab into practice.

    If you make the best use of rehab, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge for how to effectively deal with cravings and any defeatist attitudes.

    Working with your support worker when you are still in treatment means you can help create a structure that will help you succeed outside of rehab.

    Aftercare is vital in ensuring your success outside of treatment, and there are many ways your facility can help put this into place.

    Your treatment will always include aftercare as part of your programme, and it can help your transition back into society a lot easier.

    Family support is also very important, and this can be encouraged through family therapy opportunities. This sort of therapy can be a great way to repair damaged relationships that have been affected due to addiction.

    Your family and friends can be a great support network for you when you live back home. Many clinics will offer family therapy on a weekly outpatient basis for you to continue recovery from home.

    If you don’t have relationships with family members, there are other ways to seek support from a larger network.

    Attending groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous can be a great way to talk to others who can relate to your problems.

    Many self-help groups and community-based networks offer things like 12-step programmes which can help you break down the next steps in your recovery. Consistency is key, and attending meetings weekly can help you succeed.

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    Call OK Rehab Today

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    Get in touch with a member of our team today at 0800 326 5559. Our team are friendly and trained to a very high standard meaning every conversation you have with us will always remain confidential.

    Our helpline advisors are here to listen and can offer you free advice at all times.

    If you have read the above information about rehab in Norfolk and are ready to commit to a new life free from substance abuse, what are you waiting for?

    We understand that choosing to go to rehab is a big decision, but we promise to stand by your side throughout this journey.

    Only you can choose to leave substances behind. Are you ready to step into a more positive future? Are you choosing to recover for yourself? Are you wanting to actively seek out a better life for yourself?

    Make that call today or speak to one of our advisors online. We can help take the stress out of finding effective treatment and do this on your behalf, enabling you to seek treatment as soon as possible.

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