Drug and alcohol rehab in Tyne and Wear

The misunderstood problem of drug and alcohol addiction is growing in scale year on year across the whole country. Those who are suffering from addiction can find themselves alone without friends or family and without knowing where to turn. Being able to recognise that you have a problem and seek drug and alcohol rehab in Tyne and Wear can change your life. With so many fantastic rehab centres in Tyne and Wear providing both alcohol rehab and drug rehab, you are sure to find a centre and a programme that can help you get started on your road to recovery.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Tyne and Wear

Making the best choice between treatment centres can be difficult, as there is both outpatient treatment in Tyne and Wear and inpatient treatment in Tyne and Wear. The two types of treatment clinics offer different programmes, so in order to make the right decision, you need to know the differences.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

For many people, the biggest benefit of outpatient treatment is that you won’t have to stay in the centre between sessions. You can attend the centre for your addiction treatment and then go home again afterwards. While this may seem like a good option, as it allows you to carry on with your normal life, drug and alcohol addictions often have their roots in certain triggers which manifest in your day-to-day life. Returning to these triggers each day (whether they are caused by a difficult job or by unsavoury people in your life) means a relapse can occur.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Because of the addictive triggers in many people’s home lives, receiving inpatient treatment in a residential rehab centre is often the best course of action. There are a number of rehab centres in Tyne and Wear which offer clients residential care so that they can get the full benefits of their treatment programme. Clients have more choice when they apply for a residential addiction treatment centre and can decide on which therapies they undergo, as well as the accommodation best suited for their stay. These treatment centres are generally privately funded, unlike day rehab, which is available through the NHS.

Why inpatient rehab?

As well as providing clients with the opportunity to escape their triggers, inpatient treatment is also more effective as it provides a mixture of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and one-to-one therapy. Inpatient treatment offers a holistic approach to rehab alongside the recovery steps, as every aspect of a client’s life is carefully considered during their residential stay. There are also family support programmes and special sessions called conjoints, during which clients’ loved ones can receive help and advice on how to cope during the recovery process.

With so much on offer, it can be difficult to even choose which rehab centre is the best one. Fortunately, an independent body called the Care Quality Commission (CQC) assesses the different centres and gives them CQC ratings based on factors such as client care and safety. You can use these ratings to get a good idea of which clinic is the most suitable to begin your recovery journey.

What should I expect from a detox in Tyne and Wear?

All effective recovery programmes require clients to undergo detox to remove the addictive substances from their bodies. Alcohol or drug detox can cause major withdrawal symptoms like vomiting and confusion, so it is always best done under the supervision of a medical professional to ensure clients are safe.

Medical detox

Upon admittance, all new residential rehab clients are assessed so that the doctors and other medical staff can measure the severity of their addiction. This enables the staff to decide which kinds of therapy and treatment may be best for you, as well as whether you are safe to undergo drug or alcohol detox. If they decide that you are likely to experience very severe withdrawal symptoms, you will usually be advised to undergo medical detox. This will require the administering of detox medication, after which you will be supervised by medical professionals.

This supervision is to ensure that you are safe during the whole process until all of the substances have left your body. Medical alcohol and drug detox are only available to residential rehab clients, so outpatients will usually have to wait until a spot becomes available for an inpatient bed if they need to do a medical detox.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

Each rehab centre in Tyne and Wear will have its own recovery approach incorporating one-to-one therapy, group therapy and CBT. These will be used as part of an underlying 12-step programme or non-12-step programme, which everyone at the clinic partakes in. Incorporating many different therapies in this way means that all clients will have the best chance of a successful recovery, as different clients respond better to different approaches. As only the initial stages of a programme can usually be completed in a one-month rehab stay, this is the minimum recommended time for residential rehab.

Is rehab free?

While there are free addiction treatment services that can be accessed through the NHS, waiting lists are long. Only day rehab is available this way, and gaining admittance can be difficult, as your doctor may prescribe a detox programme rather than full rehab treatment. Self-referral is possible in some NHS outpatient clinics, but these are usually very over-subscribed, so you will have to wait. If you do wish to attend inpatient rehab but don’t have the financial means, try reaching out to Turning Point, a charity that helps people pay for residential treatment who cannot afford it on their own.

Free addiction treatment services in Tyne and Wear

There are other services available that may be able to offer your help and support. Alcoholics Anonymous is a free support group that has helped many people with their recovery.

The downside to free services

While not having to pay for treatment is obviously a major benefit, there are some significant downsides to the free services available. As well as limited spaces, there is also a shortage of available treatment times, meaning that outpatient treatment may not be as kind to your schedule as you might think. The NHS is not able to offer the same level of holistic treatment as private rehab centres, as a lack of government funding means only day rehab is available. This leaves clients exposed to their triggers and also makes medical detox next to impossible for the vast majority.

The benefits of residential rehab in Tyne and Wear

  • 24/7 on-site staff – round-the-clock medical care at most residential centres
  • Holistic treatment programmes – immersive therapy for maximum results
  • Comfortable accommodation – ensures you feel at home during your stay
  • Client treatment input – you are able to discuss your programmes before admission
  • Professionally supervised medical detox – in case of severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Conjoints and family support – to advise and guide your loved ones through the recovery process
  • A mixture of therapies – one-to-one, CBT and group sessions
  • No waiting lists – you can begin your recovery when it suits you
  • CQC ratings – you can see an unbiased assessment of the available options

What happens after a rehab programme?

Successfully completing a rehab programme is a monumental step to recovery, but it is just the first of many. Rest assured, your Tyne and Wear addiction centre will be there by your side for every other step and will ensure that you never have to face your addiction problems alone.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare is a vital part of every rehab programme, and your treatment centre will help you during this process. Many centres offer former clients further outpatient group therapy and help to connect their clients with other people, both online and in real life, who are going through the same journey.

Support groups

There are various local support groups that can help former rehab clients to stay on the right path. Try reaching out to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) or SMART Recovery in your local area, so you can meet and learn from other people who are on the same journey.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Achieving long-term recovery is a major achievement, and each and every step is something to be proud of. With the support of your loved ones and the dedicated team at Sanctuary Lodge by your side, you will soon be completely free from addiction and ready to start your new life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Tyne and Wear during Coronavirus lockdown?
Rehab centres to treat addiction are deemed to be essential healthcare and so have remained open during the Coronavirus lockdown. While some private addiction centres in Tyne and Wear may have closed on a temporary basis, Sanctuary Lodge and all clinics run through the NHS are open and operating under the government’s safety guidelines.
How much does an alcohol/drug rehab cost in Tyne and Wear?
There are various factors which determine how much an addiction treatment programme costs, such as how long you stay in rehab and who is providing the treatment. You can pay anything from £4,000 to £12,000 for a 28-day stay in private rehab. Some of this cost can be subsidised, however, if you have private insurance.
How do you sign up to a rehab?
If you want to apply for NHS rehab, you will need your GP to refer you for treatment. Private rehab on the other hand can be accessed through self-referral. The treatment centre which you choose will then arrange a full assessment and take care of all of the details for you when you are ready to be admitted.
How can I pay for a rehab?
You will need to pay privately for rehab if you choose not to access it through the NHS, but if you have private health insurance, your policy may cover the costs. Contact your policy provider and see whether all or part of your rehab treatment will be covered under the terms.
What rehab programmes are there?
There are various addiction treatment programmes available, including in the 12-step method and other holistic therapy options. Most clinics follow the 12-step programme but will also offer supplemental treatments and activities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and yoga practice.
Can you force someone to go to rehab?
You cannot and should not force a loved one into going into rehab. For the person to make an effective long-term recovery, they need to first recognise the need for rehab, and then take active steps to change their behaviour.
Can I sign up for rehab for someone else?
Unless someone recognises the need to change and is willing to do what it takes, then addiction treatment in rehab will not be successful. This means that signing up for rehab on someone else’s behalf is not an option. If you do this, you could end up making their addiction worse, or cause them to become more isolated.
How long does a rehab process take?
Addiction treatment programmes can take anything from a week to three months, depending on how severe the addiction is. When entering rehab, there is usually a period of detox to start. Therefore, a minimum of four weeks is usually recommended to get used to the new environment and build positive relationships with staff and other clients.
What is treated in rehabs?
Rehab can be effective in treating every kind of addiction such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet use, pornography and compulsive gaming. In addition, Sanctuary Lodge also treats clients suffering from eating disorders, and can help support co-dependency and dual-diagnosis.
Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
Addiction to every kind of illegal and prescription drug can be effectively treated in rehab and this includes sleeping pills and stimulants. The most common addiction is to alcohol and this can be treated either as an isolated dependency, or alongside treatment for other drugs.
Is rehab confidential?
When you access rehab through the NHS, it will come as the result of a GP referral, and so will be entered into your medical records. It is, however, illegal for anybody to access these records except for medical purposes. If you choose to enter private rehab, your stay will be 100% confidential.
Can I visit a person who is in rehab?
The majority of clinics allow family visitations at various stages of the programme. At Sanctuary Lodge, these visitations take place every Sunday. Unfortunately, it was necessary to temporarily freeze visiting hours during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that the virus was unable to spread into our addiction centres.

The process of restarting visitation sessions is ongoing, with the safety of clients, staff, and visitors our top priority.

Are there free rehabs in Tyne and Wear?
There are various rehab clinics in Tyne and Wear offering free outpatient treatment. However, if you would like to stay as a resident during your treatment and receive round-the-clock care and support, entering private rehab as an inpatient is the best option.
Can I get rehab funding through the NHS?
There is the possibility of securing NHS funding which will require a conversation with your GP. It is important to note, however, that securing funding can be a lengthy process and very few applications are ultimately approved.
Why is going to a rehab important?
Rehab does not just focus on the physical aspects of an addiction, but rather looks to address the underlying causes of it. This approach helps people to develop healthy coping mechanisms and learn how to apply them in difficult situations when their cravings may flare up.

Private rehab centres offer clients medical detox, and provides invaluable aftercare through access to a support network which helps former clients support each other on their road to long-term recovery.

What is the difference between rehab and detox?
Detox is the period when you stop taking addictive substances like drugs and alcohol, to give the body the opportunity to heal. While this is necessary for physical recovery, rehab focuses on the emotional side of addiction. It uses therapy and other recovery techniques to help people overcome their dependency on a harmful substance.
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