Rehab in Essex

You can overcome your addiction to drugs and alcohol with the right help. If you’re based in Essex and have been finding it hard to put an end to your substance misuse, treatment options are available to help you through the worst of this turbulent phase.

Withdrawal symptoms can make recovery unbearable and seem almost impossible, but these can be managed appropriately. Overall, you should have peace of mind that addiction is treatable.

Substance dependence has proven to be a menace, but does not necessarily represent a weakness in personality or indeed a character flaw. People find themselves hooked on drugs and alcohol for many reasons, including career and academic pressure, peer influence, and medical conditions which require prescriptions drugs with high abuse potential. Whatever the reason you find yourself using a substance compulsively, you can successfully quit and lead a productive life again.

Treatment options include NHS and community funded programmes, charity services, and private rehabilitation. An ideal treatment plan starts with a detox programme that will lessen the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and see your body expel the substance you’ve misused with relative ease. Private rehab programmes are well equipped to provide a 24-hour medically supervised detox programme, where you’ll be monitored by professionals round-the-clock.

We run a private rehabilitation centre in Essex which provides a serene, safe, and suitable environment where you can fully focus on recovery. We will apply different remedies and provide details of support groups and treatment services in Essex, as well as our own rehab programmes.

A brief overview of the services offered by our Rehab Centre

Sanctuary Lodge is a top-of-the-line treatment facility, equipped with state of the art amenities and highly respected and experienced addiction treatment experts. We boast years of experience and a high success rate for recovery and are one of the few private rehab centres in the UK with integrated detox and rehab programmes for a wide range of addictions.

Our rehab facility is designed to treat addiction, providing a serene seclusion that motivates addicts to focus on recovery. We also provide residential amenities, such as spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi, gym, BBQ, as well as an outdoor centre for recreation and relaxation, which ensure total comfort and a homely feel.

Our detox programmes (for legal / illegal drugs and alcohol) will help you through withdrawal and reduce symptoms that would otherwise make recovery appear difficult. Once detox is over, you’ll go through rehab in our facility, where you’ll be put through different therapies such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Fitness programme
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • 12-step Therapy

From detox to rehab, all our programmes are tailored to the needs of clients, while staff are well placed to care for your needs. We boast a remarkable staff-to-patient ratio of three-to-one, which means you won’t lack adequate care and support throughout your stay in our rehab centre.

Sanctuary Lodge is located in Halstead in the Heart of Essex, which serves as a central location to Essex residents and is easily accessible to those coming from London and other parts of the UK. You won’t have to worry about finding your way, as we offer a sober transfer service to and from our centre. We also provide a one-year aftercare service that will see you access some of our group therapy programmes on a weekly basis during this period. Other added services provided at Sanctuary lodge include a secondary rehabilitation programme (at our Fenton House), where you can extend recovery away from drug-accessible environments.

Pros and Cons of Private Rehab

At Sanctuary Lodge, you’ll find one of the best levels of care in the UK. Private rehabilitation is typically the best route to recovery, while inpatient programmes have been cited by professional studies as the best means to treat addiction. At Sanctuary Lodge, we raise the bar further by offering top notch care in our cutting-edge facility. Some of the benefits of Sanctuary Lodge over other treatment options include:

  • Individualised treatment programmes
  • Speedy admission (and possible immediate entry)
  • Year-long aftercare programme that will see you comfortably readjust to your surroundings
  • Easy access to some of the best therapists in the country
  • Free transfer service to and from our facility
  • Family programmes and workshops
  • Strict confidentiality
  • Recovery in modern facility with homely amenities
  • Integrated detox and rehab programmes in the same treatment centre

Common challenges of private rehabs

Common issues concerning private rehabilitation include the cost of care, addiction treatment provided, and the treatment environment. These problems can easily discourage people from going through recovery, but you will find few of these when you attend Sanctuary Lodge.

The cost of treatment for private rehab centres is assumed to be fairly high. This is due to the fact that maintenance costs, staff salaries – and other provisions that ensure premier care is provided – are all covered by treatment fees. However, we accept insurance and other forms of payment, which will be made available when you contact one of our counsellors.

When it comes to the type of addiction being treated, you’ll find that our services cover a broad range of substance misuse – and even behavioural disorders that aren’t drug and alcohol related. You’ll also find nothing wrong with the social ambience of our facility, as we always ensure suitable living arrangements are put in place.

How Much Does Rehab Cost in Essex?

Rehabilitation costs in Essex vary and depend on the kind of service you undertake. Some charity treatment programmes are low-cost and others may even be free. This also applies to NHS and community funded programmes in Essex. However, the NHS does not provide inpatient treatment, while in cases of charity funded residential rehabs, admissions are lengthy and living circumstances are hardly ideal.

Private rehabs come with higher fees, but offer the best level of care, quick admission and a better chance of a successful recovery. Treatment costs also vary in rehab centres like Sanctuary Lodge. When you call us, we can discuss treatment options, according to their duration and therapies applied, allowing you to find one that works with your budget and tackles your addiction.

Counselling accompanies rehab treatment, but if you want additional therapy afterwards, you can find this in Essex. However, this comes at a cost, as private counselling services usually charge by the hour. However, support groups don’t charge a penny, as they are free to attend.

Free/NHS Addiction Treatment Options in Essex

Essex Specialist Treatment and Recovery Service: Essex STaRS works to deliver a treatment service to those living with substance misuse in the county. This service provides a wide range of support, including relapse prevention and counselling, advice and information, care co-ordination, one to one support, community detoxification, and Motivational Interviewing. Services are based in Chelmsford, Basildon, Harlow and Colchester.

Addiction Support Groups in Essex

We urge you to regularly attend support group meetings so that you can gain insights from other addicts. This will go a long way in increasing your motivation and fuelling your drive to stay drug and alcohol-free.

Support groups in Essex include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: an international fellowship of recovering alcoholics who find mutual support and are guided by the 12-step facilitation model. Meetings are free to attend and usually held weekly. However, you can sometimes find group meetings taking place every weekday.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: this is another mutual aid group based on the 12-step principle. It mainly comprises people who are recovering from an addiction to drugs. Meetings are also weekly, with some held on different days of the week across Essex.

How to Choose a Recovery Programme

Your choice of recovery programme should be primarily determined by what works best for your particular situation. While other factors like cost are important, your wellbeing should take top priority. There are numerous options available in Essex which can be confusing, as to which path to follow. This is why it’s important to get professional guidance during this process; our helpline is dedicated for just this purpose.

Treatment on an inpatient or outpatient basis is one choice you’ll be faced with. However, we urge you to consider inpatient treatment at Sanctuary Lodge before you entertain any other considerations. This is because inpatient care enhances your chances of a successful recovery – more so than any other methods. Call us today and our counsellors will give you a run-down of our services and the programmes that are ideal for your situation.

Support groups are also recommended, as maintaining abstinence is a long-term commitment which you shouldn’t undergo on your own. With help from group sponsors and peers, you’ll be motivated to fight cravings and remain on the path to recovery.

NA meetings in/near Essex

Below is a list of NA meetings spread across the county of Essex, where you can attend any day of the week. Meetings are held weekly and require no obligation from you, other than to turn up. Some meetings are open to all and others are open to just addicts, so please take note when you can (and can’t) be accompanied.

Sundays 6:30 pm
All Saints Church, Springfield Green
Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7HS
‘Open to all’

Billericay Meeting: Makers Make It!
Mondays 10:30 am
The Christian Link, Queens Park Community Church
Queens Park Avenue, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0UA
‘Open to all’

Southend-on-Sea: Newcomers Meeting
Tuesdays 7:00 pm
Bradbury Centre, 103-107 York Road
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2DL
Open to addicts only

Colchester: Step into Recovery
Wednesdays 6:45 pm
Open Road, 5A Queen Street
Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
‘Open to all’ on request

Canvey Island: The One Promise Of NA
Thursdays 8:00 pm
Upper Room, St Nicholas Church
Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0JR
‘Open to all’ on request

Colchester: Experience Strength and Hope
Fridays 8:00 pm
Open Road, 5a Queen Street
Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
‘Open to all’ on request

Sudbury Share Meeting
Saturdays 6:30 pm
Christopher Centre (round the back)
10 Gainsborough Street
Babergh, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EU
‘Open to all’

Chelmsford: Clean on Saturdays
Saturdays 7:00 pm
Open Road, 107-109 New London Road
Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0PP
Open to addicts only

AA meetings in/near Essex

Chelmsford: Back to Basics
Top Floor, Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Rd, CM1 2XB
Sundays 4.30 pm

Basildon: Honeypot Lane
United Reformed Church Hall, Honeypot Lane, (off Whitmore Way), SS14 2JZ
Mondays 8.00 pm

Rayleigh: Lunchtime Recovery
Bethany Room, Our Lady of Ransom RC Church, 50 London Hill, SS6 7HP
Tuesdays 1.00 pm

Ilford: Barkingside Recovery
Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gants Hill Crescent, Barkingside, IG2 6TU
Wednesday 8.00 pm

St Albans Church, St John’s Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7JY
Thursdays 8.00 pm

Harlow: One Day At A Time
ADAS Building, 118-124 The Stow, (next to hairdressers), CM20 3AS
Friday 10.30 am

Brentwood: As Bill Sees It
Pilgrims Hatch Parish Hall (corner Orchard Lane/Ongar Rd), CM15 9RD
Saturdays 10.30 am

Addiction Counselling in/near Essex

This is a list of UK online directories that can help you find a counsellor close by if you need expert guidance from time to time:

Local Government Addiction Resources in Essex

Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service: (EYPDAS): this service works in partnership with social care, schools, and local authorities to provide support to young people who are 24 and under, living in the county of Essex (excluding Thurrock and Southend).

Open Road: this is a registered charity funded via the NHS, local authorities, and donations. It works to help people suffering from the effects of addiction find appropriate care and achieve recovery.

How Can I Get to and From Essex?

By car

Both the M11 and M25 motorways cross Essex in the far west and south, enabling transportation to and from the county to Hertfordshire, Kent and Cambridge. The A12 passes through Essex to the north east from the south east, providing connections within the county and also carrying traffic between Suffolk and London. It connects the A120, which goes on to meet the A131 that continues through Halstead to Sudbury.

By train

Essex is served by a dense railway network that connects to different parts of the county and the wider UK. Major train operators include Abellio, Greater Anglia and c2c.

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