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Find help and support for addiction via drug and alcohol rehab Southampton

    Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Southampton

    Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a horrible thing for anyone to live with. If you are a resident of the Southampton area and looking to break free from that cycle of self-destruction, you have come to the right place.

    We at OK Rehab can help you to find a rehab placement within Southampton or the surrounding areas, and through intensive treatment over a number of weeks, you will be able to get your life back on track.

    There are “1.3 people per 1,000 adults in Southampton… in treatment at specialist alcohol services”.[1]

    In relation to heavy drug use, “an estimated 1,649 people in Southampton use opiates and/or crack cocaine and 636 people inject drugs”.[2]

    It’s very clear how hard hit the area is by substance use and with that comes a whole host of worrying health implications.

    To begin a new life focused on recovery and healing, a stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in Southampton provides the foundation you need.

    To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 326 5559

    Interventions you can try with your loved one before rehab


    As a family, there are a couple of interventions you can consider as a way of supporting your loved one to enter rehab services in Southampton.

    The first approach is where a professional such as a GP or drug and alcohol worker accompanies you to meet with your loved one to discuss treatment options. You’ll discuss openly the concerns you have about their substance use and firmly suggest rehab as the next move.

    Another intervention people use is a family approach where everyone around the person who has an addiction learns about addiction, how to have healthy communication that inspires change, and how to look after themselves at the same time.

    The goal of both approaches is to support your loved one to alcohol rehab in Southampton or wherever feels appropriate. The first way is more direct, the second is a long-term strategy.

    Signs you have an addiction severe enough to go to rehab

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    Many people spend time denying they have an addiction and then when they realise that perhaps they do have a problem with alcohol or drugs they’re unsure it’s at the level that warrants rehab support.

    One point that needs to be made is that whether you have a mildsubstance use issue or a severe dependency, rehabilitation input is important.

    At the lower levels of use, you can access information and help that stops your use from becoming severe.

    Signs of addiction include:

    • Thinking about the substance a lot.
    • Craving/wanting the substance.
    • Being secretive about your alcohol/drug use.
    • Manipulating others to get money to fund substances.
    • Feeling unwell, experiencing symptoms when you don’t have alcohol or drugs.
    • People you care about worrying about your substance use.
    • Breakdown of relationships.

    The financial aspect of rehab in Southampton

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    It’s beneficial to have an idea about the cost of a stay at rehab in Southampton. Sometimes people immediately think they can’t afford it, but there are various clinic options, prices, and ways of paying.

    In the UK, there are both high-end treatment facilities that charge larger amounts for a luxury experience. These types of clinics can cost around £495 a day.

    At the more affordable end of the scale, rehabs can cost around £1,000 for a whole week.

    Will my health insurance policy cover rehab costs?

    Some people have health insurance policies that pay out for residential treatment programmes. If you have health insurance, have a read of the terms and conditions to see what it covers.

    While this is a great way of affording rehab, it’s likely to increase the cost of your insurance going forward.

    Also, if your insurance policy is offered through your place of work then there are other factors to consider. When people want to access rehab through this type of policy, it’s likely there’s a clause in the paperwork which stipulates that you need to inform your place of work that you’re claiming on the policy and that it’s for recovery treatment.

    How the NHS supports rehab placements

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    For people who are from low-income backgrounds, there is another way of affording private treatment. You can apply for funding through the NHS to pay for the placement.

    As well as being on a low income or on benefits, you’ll also need to be dedicated to recovery, and be receiving treatment from local NHS drug and alcohol services.

    If you meet this criterion, you can then apply to the local Southampton council with your substance misuse worker for the funded placement.

    To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 326 5559

    Private treatment; the length of time it takes

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    As you can imagine, the longer you use alcohol or drugs, the more difficult it can feel to stop for some people.

    While a stay at an alcohol rehab in Southampton can quickly bring you to sobriety, it takes a while longer for this sobriety to sink in on a cognitive and behavioural level.

    Some people enter rehab for a ten-day detox. This is essential if they need to wean off alcohol or heroin, for instance.

    However, more time is needed in this instance, as well as for anyone else entering rehab, to tackle the psychological underpinnings of the addiction.

    It takes twenty-eight days to form a new habit. Coincidentally, the recommended amount of time to stay at rehab is also at least twenty-eight days. Some residents will stay for an extra week or two.

    NHS rehab services in contrast to private rehabilitation options

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    In relation to rehabilitation services, you can either go for NHS treatment or to a private clinic. There are some key differences between the two.

    Local drug and alcohol services provided through the NHS are run from outpatient clinics in the community.

    They’re open to anyone who self-refers and treats people who are actively trying to stop using alcohol and drugs as well as people who are unlikely to quit but need support around staying safe.

    There are weekly group sessions such as SMART groups, casual drop-in clinics, one-to-one input, and needle exchange services.

    Private clinics mainly offer inpatient services where people go to stay and become a “residents” of the house. Everyone at the rehab is at the stage where they’re actively about to quit using alcohol or drugs and want to learn the skills to remain sober long-term.

    Staff are specialists and range from drug workers, to psychological therapists, to alternative therapists. Support is available 24/7. Detoxes, immersive therapies, and group sessions are all available.

    Inpatient and outpatient facilities and what will suit you…

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    An inpatient clinic provides you with an immersive experience where you’ll become sober. You stay at the clinic for between one and six weeks to focus on learning the skills needed to manage cravings.

    You’ll become sober in a substance-free environment. This approach is mainly offered in the private treatment area. It’s particularly suited to you if you have a moderate to severe addiction.

    Contact OK Rehab if you want guidance about whether this type of treatment would suit you.

    Outpatient services are mainly how NHS alcohol and drug services are run, although some private clinics offer this to people who were once residents. You go to the clinic as and when arranged.

    It’s helpful for people who have mild substance issues, or who require less contact.

    To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 326 5559

    Alcohol detox and rehab in Southampton

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    Going to alcohol rehab in Southampton is really important if your alcohol use has gotten out of control. There are ways of telling if this is the case from how you behave around it to what occurs when you stop drinking.

    If you try to hide how much you drink from others, think about alcohol a lot, and use it to cope or face each day, then there is a psychological addiction. Alcohol also creates physical dependency which causes serious symptoms during withdrawal.

    To come off alcohol safely, you’ll need a detox including a Libriumprescription. This reduces the distress of withdrawal and looks after your well-being. It takes around ten days and you’ll be looked after by a doctor at the rehab.

    After detox, you’ll then begin participating in treatments that heal the mind and brain. This is essential in relation to overcoming and managing addiction. It takes a little time, but at rehab each day you’ll learn and practise techniques to remain sober into the future.

    Rehab for cocaine in Southampton

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    Finding support for cocaine addiction is important. This substance has worrying effects on your mental and physical health, but also people find their families falling apart and finances become a real problem because of the expense of the substance.

    As well as causing a serious problem, many users immediately associate it with drinking, or particular friend or environments so it can feel impossible to get away from.

    Some people who use cocaine in the chase for the original high go on to try and become addicted to crack-cocaine.

    Health implications of cocaine and crack use include:

    • Increased colds and flu.
    • Nose bridge collapse.
    • Skin sores.
    • Heart problems.
    • Lung diseases.
    • Increased risk of cancer.
    • Mental health conditions such as anxiety.
    • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

    At rehab, you’ll get up each day and have a nutritious breakfast. Meal times are set and a healthy diet is provided to support your body at a physical level. Good nutrition supports you to heal and become more mentally ready for treatments.

    Throughout the day as well as individual sessions, you’ll take part in group therapies where you’ll learn from and share with others.

    Together you’ll explore addiction from a social perspective and challenge each other while providing supportive guidance.

    Rehab for heroin in Southampton

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    It’s important you get support around heroin addiction because trying to quit on your own can be especially difficult. In fact, for the vast majority, heroin withdrawal proves to be so uncomfortable it’s what instigates a cycle of abuse and relapse even when you’re determined not to use it again.

    Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

    • Feelings of fear, dread, and overwhelm.
    • Emotional dysregulation.
    • Severe pain in the body.
    • Cold-like symptoms.

    A rehab detox lasts around ten days and begins as soon as you enter the clinic. The in-house doctor will prescribe Subutex to manage your symptoms and to support you off heroin in a comfortable way.

    The next stage of rehabilitation is to take part in therapies which help you to practise sobriety every day.

    You’ll develop a deep level of self-understanding as well as become aware of those external influences that don’t serve your health and well-being.

    Together with therapists and other staff you’ll start to form a healthy focus for life outside the clinic.

    Rehab for cannabis in Southampton

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    When you smoke cannabis regularly it can feel next to impossible to imagine a day without it. This is especially difficult when you spend time with other people who also smoke.

    THC forms of cannabis have a psychoactive effect on the brain which leads to various psychological symptoms as well as the formation of addiction.

    Withdrawal from cannabis can include:

    Rehab treatment includes learning about how the brain has been changed by cannabis use and how this impacts your thoughts and behaviours.

    You’ll become more aware of automatic thoughts and how unhealthy these can be. Under guidance, you’ll learn how to manage your thoughts and change your behaviours.

    To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 326 5559

    What happens at rehab if you have a dual diagnosis?

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    When some people enter the alcohol rehab in Southampton, they might be informed by a therapist that they have a dual diagnosis of addiction as well as another mental illness. Usually, it’s anxiety or depression. However, in some cases, it might bipolar disorder or psychosis.

    As well as people using alcohol and drugs to manage mental health conditions, substances cause mental health conditions and so it can be especially hard to know which came first. Not that it particularly matters.

    What does matter is that you receive a high level of care and the best treatments to help you recover in both areas.

    Rehab clinics offer treatment programmes to help you to heal both your addiction and your mental health. This is often done through using medications as well as psychotherapies.

    How to rehab staff support you around relapse

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    You’ll have an aftercare programme in place when you leave rehab. This will outline different parts of your life to focus on with steps you’ve identified with staff that will support you to remain sober long-term.

    The plan will include various hobbies to begin and incorporate into your life. There will be links to organisations that promote health and well-being.

    What’s really important, however, is your relapse prevention plan which you’ll devise with a member of staff during your time in treatment.

    It will outline how to manage cravings, there will be guidance on coping mechanisms, and vitally, advice on how to manage a lapse.

    Other support environments in Southampton

    As well as private rehab care in Southampton, there are other places that offer support for people with addictions who want support around recovery:

    • A home detox overseen by a doctor is an option for some people so long as they’re assessed by a professional as being able to handle a prescription without 24-hour supervision. This is especially useful for those who have recently been to rehab and have lapsed.
    • Alcoholics Anonymous is very popular for people with alcohol addictions and offers a space of healing through social connection. The community offers a new aspect to recovery that is often missing in a person’s life when they have an addiction which is an isolating disease.
    • Narcotics Anonymous is much the same as Alcoholics Anonymous but suitable to those addicted to drugs. You’ll identify a source of strength to draw from and regularly meet with others to remain focused on recovery.
    • Alcohol and drug services are provided through the NHS. These are free. You get a caseworker who will offer some individual sessions and invite you to group sessions.
    • SMART recovery sessions offer you a place to meet others in your situation and to come up with useful ideas on how to tackle recovery on a daily basis.
    • Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are available for your family members who might require support around their own self-care and feelings in relation to your illness as addiction really is a condition that affects the whole family.

    What is rehab?

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    Rehab, short for rehabilitation, is a shorthand term used for the process of treating addiction – in this case, specifically addiction to psychoactive substances such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and cannabis. Usually, this takes place in a residential facility, over the course of about four weeks.

    During this time, service users can detox, get sober, go through various types of therapy, and plan for staying in sobriety and recovery once they leave the rehab centre.

    There are hundreds of rehab centres around the UK, all of which differ slightly in terms of their approach to treatment. That’s where OK Rehab comes in – we are an expert agency with an extensive understanding of these different facilities, and we can make a decision on which rehab facility would be the right for you. We can only do this once we have found out more about you through your telephone assessment.

    We have links with a lot of different facilities in Southampton and the surrounding areas, and we can make referral as easy as possible. Staying close to Southampton will mean that you won’t have to stray too far from your support network while you recover.

    It may even be possible to attend rehab as an outpatient if you are close enough. However, this will only be offered in a minority of cases, usually for those whose alcohol or drug dependence is not too severe.

    You may also have the chance to involve your loved ones in some of your therapy sessions – again, this will depend on whether it is deemed suitable for your treatment plan. It will only happen of you consent to it.

    To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 326 5559

    Withdrawal and detox

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    Going through detox is something that you should mentally prepare yourself for before arriving at rehab; it is something that is an unavoidable part of everyone’s recovery journey. At your rehab facility, you will be able to go through detox under medical supervision from a small team of medical professionals.

    They will be able to plan out your detox properly and help you through any of the unpleasant sensations that go along with withdrawal.

    These withdrawal symptoms differ for everyone, depending on a number of factors, including how severe your drug or alcohol use has been.

    Physically, your withdrawal symptoms might include things like chronic headaches, twitches, nausea, cramps, and other muscle aches and pains. On the mental side of things, withdrawal might cause you to feel increasingly anxious or irritated, have trouble sleeping, or experience general low mood.

    These sensations have the potential to be very unpleasant, but they will soon pass.

    Alcohol detox usually involves reducing alcohol intake steadily over a week or so, sometimes over a period of up to 10 days.

    Please do not attempt to go through any kind of detox before arriving at rehab. You may think that you would be helping the staff, or ‘getting ahead; of the process – this is not the case. All you would be doing by detoxing alone is putting yourself in danger of seizures or even death. To reiterate – do NOT attempt to detox or go cold turkey by yourself.

    Wait to be treated by the detox experts at rehab.

    How addiction can damage people

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    There is no end to the amount of damage that addiction can inflict on a person’s life. For a start, it can cause incredible strain on interpersonal and romantic relationships.

    Even if someone truly loves another person, it is hard to stick around when that person is indulging in the self-destructive behaviours that addiction can cause.

    Addiction can have a devastating effect on physical health – for a start, there is always a chance that you could overdose on drugs or alcohol.

    Even if you don’t, long-term substance abuse can cause chronic health concerns, such as heart or liver disease. It can also take an immense toll on a person’s mental well-being, with addicts being much more prone to depression, anxiety, and other chronic mental illnesses.

    Being addicted to a substance can also destroy a person’s career or livelihood, and swallow up all of their disposable income. It is a horrible disease, and anyone who has experienced the abject misery of addiction would likely not wish it on their worst enemy.

    Still, there is always hope – you just need to accept that you have a problem and commit to taking the steps necessary to achieve recovery. This is not easy to do, but the professionals that you will meet at rehab can guide you every step of the way.

    Your telephone assessment

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    We can get you a placement in rehab as soon as possible, but first, we need to conduct a brief assessment to find out a bit more about you as a person and discuss the impact that substance abuse and addiction have had on your life.

    We will ask some questions about the severity of your addiction, your relationship with addiction, and your other current circumstances, such as living arrangements and personal relationships.

    Some of these questions may come off as personal or intrusive, but please know that we only ask them in order to identify the best possible course of action for you. We want to get you into the right rehab centre, to give you the best chance of recovering.

    To achieve this, we cross-reference the information you give us with our knowledge of the various facilities within your area.

    We treat any information that you tell us with the strictest of confidence and abide by all applicable data protection laws of the UK. Your information is safe with us – we just want to get you the right help.

    Treatment at rehab in Southampton

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    You may be wondering about the specifics of the therapies and other treatments that you will receive at rehab. As mentioned above, the first step involved once you arrive is go through your detox process.

    Once this is complete, you will be able to move on to your therapy schedule, which will be planned out towards the start of your stay.

    This will include one-to-one therapies as well as group therapies, the aim of which is to examine the psychological issue that might be underpinning your addiction.

    Your therapy plan may also include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectal behavioural therapy (DBT), motivational therapy, art therapy, reiki, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practice.

    The idea is that all these different therapies and activities combine to have a massively uplifting effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.

    Another important part of rehab is planning for your ongoing sobriety and recovery once you leave – after all, this is where your recovery journey really begins. Again, this will be planned out with help of a professional.

    They will help you to use everything you have learned at rehab, in order to maximise your chances of staying in recovery and avoiding the harmful habits of your life before rehab.

    Alternatives to Rehab in Southampton

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    1. Recovered 4 Life

    Address: 8 Edelvale Rd, Southampton SO18 5PR

    Telephone: 07736167600


    2. Street Scene – Francis House

    Address: 2 Hulse Rd, Southampton SO15 2JZ

    Telephone: 02380634988


    3. Inclusion

    Address: 41 High St, Eastleigh SO50 5LG

    Telephone: 03001240103


    Free and reliable information is available via the NHS.

    Attending Cocaine AnonymousNarcotics Anonymous (NA)  and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings can be a great way to connect with others in recovery.

    SMART Recovery can help you to cope with relapse triggers, manage your thoughts and feelings, and stay sober.

    Al-Anon are another useful tool that will make addiction easier to navigate for you and your loved ones.

    Find mental health support at Rethink Mental IllnessMindYoung Minds, Samaritans and Papyrus.

    Contact OK Rehab Today

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    If you are ready to tackle your drug or alcohol addiction, please give us a call as soon as possible on 0800 326 5559. We have a team of well-trained, knowledgeable, and friendly staff who can talk you through any questions or issues that you may have.

    We can provide advice on the personal specifics involved in making the switch to rehab – for example, arranging care for your kids or other dependents while you are away receiving treatment. Rehab will be tough, but you will have people to help you during every stage of your journey.

    The end result, if you commit fully to the healing process, will be a healthy new life free from the despair of drug or alcohol addiction.

    All of the rehabs we recommend are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (England and Wales) or the Care Inspectorate (Scotland).

    We also offer access to rehab clinics near to Southampton, including in Eastleigh, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Winchester, Salisbury, the Isle of Wight, Southsea, Gosport, Portchester, Hayling Island, Lee-on-Solent, Fareham, Havant, Southampton, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Emsworth, Waterlooville and Fareham, Over Wallop, Overton, Sandford, Sandleheath, Sarisbury, Sarisbury Green, Segensworth, West Ovington, Ower, Owslebury, Owslebury Bottom and many more towns and cities across Hampshire.

    At OK Rehab, we offer free advice from a team of non-judgemental professionals, many of whom are in recovery and understand how hard it can be to change your relationship with addiction.

    To find out more about rehab in Slough, simply reach out to our 24/7, confidential hotline on 0800 326 5559.

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