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What We Do – Opiate/Opioid Rehab & Treatment
Safe and nurturing environment for the start of your new, healthier life.
If you or someone close to you is suffering from opiate addiction, you have likely been through many distressing experiences. It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking opiates on prescription, buying over-the-counter medications, purchasing drugs online or getting them from a dealer, all opioids carry a high risk of physical and psychological addiction. This is particularly the case when opiates are used over the medium to long term.
Opiate addiction not only affects your physical health and mental wellbeing, but it usually impacts negatively on your family, friends, employment, education and finances. If your life revolves around getting hold of opiates and using them to fend off withdrawal symptoms, then we can help you to detox and recover. There are hope and a way out in opiate rehab.
Common Opiate Addictions We Treat
Whether you’re addicted to prescription painkillers or you use opioids recreationally, our detox and rehab programme is a powerful catalyst for change. We treat all opiate addictions at Sanctuary Lodge, including to codeine, tramadol, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone.
Many of our opiate clients use other substances too – including prescription medications, illegal drugs and alcohol. We tailor your detoxification programme according to your needs, helping you to stop taking all non-essential addictive substances. Our rehab programme is also highly effective in treating co-existing process addictions – such as gambling or gaming disorder, food disorders or internet addiction.
How Does Rehab for Opiate Addiction Work?
Your treatment begins with a medical assessment to determine the severity of your addiction, so we can prescribe the right detoxification protocol for you. Your medical detox will be designed to help you to taper off opiates safely, minimising the physical and mental effects of opioid withdrawal. We also take great care to ensure your detox regime allows you to participate in our rehabilitation programme straight away, so you can benefit from intensive therapy and psychological support.
Our skilled team support you day and night, as you withdraw from addictive opiates. Clinical staff, including our psychiatrist and addiction nurses, oversee your medical care. Our addiction therapists and recovery support workers have diverse professional skillsets and therapeutic specialisms to help you manage your emotions and improve your wellbeing. Many of our staff are in long-term abstinence-based recovery, meaning they have direct experience of what you are going through, as well as how to recover.
On admission to Sanctuary Lodge, all our clients undergo a medical assessment. This determines the extent of your physical addiction to opiates and whether you can taper off existing opiate medications or you need to be prescribed an opiate replacement to withdraw safely.
If you’re taking opiates on the prescription, it is helpful to bring medical information or a letter from your GP with you. However, even if you have been using without a prescription, we urge you to tell us as much as possible about the quantities, so we can successfully plan a working, tailored programme for you.
Stopping opiates is the essential first step towards recovery from opiate addiction. Abstinence-based treatment centres around the principle of clearing your system of physically addictive and/or mind-altering substances, so that your rehabilitation programme can be effective.
Medically-managed detoxification minimises opiate withdrawal symptoms associated with abrupt cessation – including nausea and vomiting, headaches, anxiety, shaking, sweating, stomach pains, diarrhoea, muscle cramps and more. Every step will be taken by clinical staff to reduce your side effects and help you to sleep at night, whilst ensuring you can benefit from life-changing therapies.
Is medication provided to manage withdrawal?
Depending on the amount and the type of opiates you’ve been taking, we may prescribe an opiate replacement such as Subutex to support your withdrawal (1). Our psychiatrist will determine the right medication for you, including the correct dosage and tapering.
We don’t advocate the use of opiate substitutes in the long-term.
Some worry that they won’t be able to cope with the effects of opiate withdrawal. However, at Sanctuary Lodge, your detoxification is closely monitored throughout your residential stay. If you are in any discomfort or distress in the detoxification stage, you can get help from the clinical team straight away. Often, it’s a case of providing psychological support to help you manage the changes you’re going through, but where adjustments to medication are required, this can be managed swiftly too.
The psychological aspect of opiate addiction is treated with psychotherapy. Rehabilitation is the key to sustainable personal transformation, allowing you to gain insights into your illness and learn how to stay safe and well.
At Sanctuary Lodge, our programme comprises a wide range of therapies and holistic treatments. This is the gold standard for addiction treatment because every individual responds uniquely in rehab. Whilst one person might make an important breakthrough in a group process session, another might access emotions or insights through art therapy, music therapy, or participating in a family conference with a counsellor.
Core elements of our opiate rehab programme include:
- Individual therapy – these are one-to-one sessions with a focal therapist, where you can talk in private about anything on your mind.
- Group therapy – most of the structured treatment in our opiate rehab programme takes place in group settings.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – this is a goals-orientated therapy, which helps people identify problematic thoughts and behaviours, as well as the ways in which they can replace them with more helpful beliefs or actions. (2)
- Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) – there are four elements to DBT: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance.
- Holistic treatments – our clients participate in complementary therapies that are proven to support addiction recovery and promote wellness.
The main goal of our opiate detox and rehab programme is to prepare you for life in recovery, including the strategies you need to prevent relapse. Once you have detoxed from opiates, your physical tolerance level will change, so it’s vital to know how to manage cravings.
During your inpatient stay, you will learn many different techniques to deal with opiate cravings. We also offer family support programmes which will create a safe and supervised environment for you and your loved ones to talk freely about addiction, emotions, feelings and to find solutions.
All our clients who complete our programme get access to our aftercare programme beyond treatment. Attending these free sessions allows you to continue benefiting from professional and peer support. As part of UKAT, we also offer an Alumni programme, where clients can benefit from ongoing involvement with our centre, as well as connections with their peers in recovery.
The Benefits of Opiate Rehab
Residential opiate rehab is widely accepted as the most effective form of addiction treatment. For clients who wish to achieve abstinence from opiates, rehab provides the most structured support to achieve permanent recovery.
The benefits of our residential opiate programme include:
- Admission can be arranged very quickly – often within hours or days of your first contact with your service
- Discrete service – you will stay at our treatment centre during your programme, so you won’t be seen walking into a drug treatment facility each day
- 24/7 care from qualified nursing and therapeutic staff – including at weekends and bank holidays
- Safe, secure and clean environment – comfortable en-suite bedrooms, serviced by our housekeeping staff
- Singular focus on your treatment programme without external distractions
- Access to the widest range of specialist and proven treatments for opiate addiction
- Therapeutic sessions for family and close friends
- Peer support in the early weeks and months of your recovery
- Balanced and healthy meals – prepared by our on-site chef
- Ongoing support beyond treatment – including free aftercare sessions and peer support networks.
The cons of residential opiate rehab include:
- Having to spend time away from family or work commitments
- For some, the cost of rehab may be prohibitive – though low-cost rehab options are available.
Another option would be outpatient rehab, but it is not a dedicated treatment, and you will not have a dedicated therapist available 24/7 to you. Most NHS programmes have a long waiting list, and you may not be able to start your treatment right away. (3)
How long does opiate rehab last?
If you’re detoxifying from physically addictive opiates, the minimum length of stay depends on your detox protocol. It’s important that you commit to this timeframe in inpatient care, so you are not exposed to unnecessary health risks in opiate withdrawal. There is no standard length of time for detoxification – depending on the substances you’ve been using and the severity of your physical addiction, it can take several weeks to complete your detox.
There are proven benefits for staying longer in residential addiction treatment. Many opiate clients opt for our 28-day programme, which usually allows enough time for detoxification and psychological interventions to bring about positive change.
The Cost of Opiate Rehab
If you’re unsure about investing time or money in opiate rehab, it’s worth weighing up the costs of your addiction. Start with the financial cost of opiates – including any drugs that you’re paying for on prescription, buying online or obtaining from a street dealer. Add up the costs to your health – including any physical or mental illnesses connected to your addiction. Consider the effects on your ability to work and earn money and the damage to your relationships. Lastly, consider the price of continuing in your addiction – what is at stake if you don’t get help now?