Drug and alcohol rehab in Essex

If you find you have developed a reliance on drugs or alcohol, you do not have to face any difficulty alone. While each person has a different story behind their addiction, everybody should have access to drug and alcohol rehab in Essex and have clear and easy-to-access information about how to get help.

Throughout the Essex area, there are plenty of treatment options available, whether you require alcohol rehab or drug rehab. Whether it’s inpatient or outpatient services, there are rehab centres in Essex that will start you on your recovery journey.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Essex

It can seem like a daunting prospect to choose the right sort of treatment for you, but once you understand the various treatment options available to you, you will be in a much stronger position to make an informed decision. Every addiction service will fall into either inpatient or outpatient care. Inpatient treatment in Essex means that you will spend your time in the treatment centre for the entirety of your rehab, while outpatient treatment in Essex means that you will visit the treatment clinic on a daily basis.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

If you were to opt for outpatient treatment, you would be required to attend planned sessions at your chosen treatment centre or clinic, but after you have finished each session, you would return home rather than staying overnight. This option does allow people to fit their addiction treatment around other commitments, such as childcare, but it doesn’t provide you with round-the-clock medical care. Often, when treating drug and alcohol addiction, a detox will be deemed an appropriate treatment, and this can put you in a vulnerable situation if you have no accommodation to help you stay away from addictive substances. It should be noted that outpatient services are not available through UKAT.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Inpatient treatment, sometimes called residential rehab, is usually the preferred choice when people are looking for a treatment programme. Unlike outpatient treatment, this form of treatment enables you to stay in-centre, in a safe environment and away from bad habits and temptations, as well as spend time with other people who are following a similar journey. You will be provided with a room and board, and often you will find that the staff have all been through similar experiences – it creates a very positive and inclusive environment.

You will often have much more choice when you opt for residential rehab. There are many rehab centres in Essex, so you will be able to find the addiction treatment centre that is most suited to you and your situation. There are both private and NHS options for inpatient treatment. You may find that you have to sit on a long waiting list if you go down the NHS route. However, with private rehab, you could be admitted the following day after calling them.

Why inpatient rehab?

The biggest advantage that inpatient treatment has over outpatient treatment is that it represents a clean break away from the difficult situations that you have been dealing with. These harmful habits are difficult to get rid of, but by opting for inpatient treatment, all you need to worry about is your recovery – everything else is taken care of for you.

Spending time with people who are going through similar experiences to you has been proven to aid recovery, so the other patients and the staff will help you to reflect and identify areas of your life that may have brought you there.

CQC ratings

When looking at the various options available for addiction treatment, it is a good idea to look into the quality of the service that you will be getting. This is where the Care Quality Commission (CQC) can help. As an independent governing body, they regularly assess the quality of caregiving services, focusing on safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership. When looking at your potential treatment clinics, it is a good idea to pay close attention to the CQC ratings. It is worth noting again that if you go through the NHS, you will be given the first available space, rather than picking your preferred centre.

Mixture of therapies

Another benefit of inpatient treatment is the more diverse recovery methods available, which are not accessible through outpatient care. Each treatment centre will have its own programme, and it is a good idea to have a look at a range of options to see which one is right for you. The best advice is to talk with an advisor who will be able to answer your questions and help you establish your best treatment options.

Family support programmes

You will probably already be aware, but addiction’s grasp reaches far further than just to the individual. Many people find that involving their loved ones in their treatment helps on a number of levels – to help repair relationships, to help loved ones understand your difficulties and to create a stronger support base for the next stage of your recovery journey.


With this in mind, an option you may want to consider is conjoints, in which meetings are held between a person in rehab and their loved ones. These meetings are great for people to share their feelings and progress, which can aid healing and long-term recovery.

What should I expect from a detox in Essex?

A detox is when you abstain from or rid the body of a toxic or unhealthy substance so that your body can function without it. This process can be a shock to the body and may lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms – but it is a critical stage in the body’s recovery from addiction.

Medical detox

The best way to manage the risks involved with detox, whether it is an alcohol detox or drug detox, is to consult a medical professional before you begin. Once you have been admitted to a treatment programme (either inpatient or outpatient), you will be offered a full assessment in order to determine the best treatment that can be made available to you. If you are deemed to be at severe risk of withdrawal symptoms, medical detox will be offered to you. This will involve the prescription of detox medication, as well as monitoring from medical professionals.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

There are many different options when it comes to choosing a drug or alcohol rehab programme, and it is important to look into various options before you make your final decision – every treatment centre will have its preferred recovery approach. The main options tend to be a 12-step programme, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or a non-12-step programme. Whichever treatment you decide on, it will most likely combine one-to-one therapy and group therapy.

In terms of how long a rehab programme will last, the general rule is that the longer a person stays in residential rehab, the more likely they are to remain sober in the long term. Everybody will respond to the treatment at different rates, but generally, a minimum of four weeks is recommended.

Is rehab free?

It is possible to receive free addiction treatment services through the NHS; however, unfortunately, it is usually just outpatient care, and it is likely that you will have to wait a long time to be admitted, and you will not get any choice in where you receive your treatment. Obviously, not everyone will be able to afford private care or have private insurance, but there are still options available. The charity Turning Point has a limited number of beds available for people who fit their criteria.

Many clinics accept self-referral, but you will need to speak to your GP to start that process. It is also possible that the NHS will refer you to counselling or a detox programme if your case is deemed to be severe enough.

Free addiction treatment services in Essex

If you are able to travel, there are locally funded support meetings available in Essex, which may offer some respite while you wait for free addiction treatment to become available.

The downside to free services

We are, of course, aware that not everyone can afford private addiction treatment. However, cuts to government funding have put many of the free services that are still available under considerable pressure. They have had to change the way they work, with reduced meetings, restricted times and fewer locations.

As the majority of free services are outpatient, you will not be afforded the break from your lifestyle, and it is very unlikely that you will experience any one-to-one therapy. It is so important that you explore every conceivable option when you are choosing which treatment to go for in order to give yourself the best possible chance of long-term recovery.

The benefits of residential rehab in Essex

  • Getting away from previous lifestyle, harmful habits and temptations, creating a clean break
  • No worries or hassle; everything is taken care of so you can focus on your recovery
  • Meet other people who are going through, or have already gone through, similar experiences – this can help you to reflect on aspects of yourself
  • A calm and peaceful atmosphere in which you can start to make plans for your future after your treatment
  • A wide variety of treatments are available – much greater than the choices with outpatient care

What happens after a rehab programme?

Once you have finished your rehab programme, it is imperative that you seek ongoing support and care as you return to your life. It is important that you plan for your life after rehab while understanding that your recovery journey is one that is ongoing.

Aftercare programmes

The good news is that there are plenty of aftercare programmes available to you. Many residential addiction treatment programmes will be able to support you with aftercare, which may involve group therapy or peer support. There are also plenty of support groups available in the community that can help you once you have completed your treatment.

Support groups

It is highly recommended that following your treatment, you seek out a support group. You will find that you will meet a whole community of people who have been through similar experiences and who can help you with your recovery. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery all offer local support groups.

Long-term recovery from addiction

It is both exhilarating and daunting to complete your addiction treatment. Everyone will respond to treatment and return to their life, in their own way and with mixed success. Many people find that they require further treatment. Some will only require one – but everybody needs support. There are plenty of people that can help you – you don’t have to face any step alone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Essex during Coronavirus lockdown?
While many businesses have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, Banbury Lodge is recognised as an essential healthcare provider. This means that the clinic has been able to remain open, and will continue to do so no matter what happens with potential future restrictions. Some private rehab centres have closed on a temporary basis during the pandemic, but Banbury Lodge and all local NHS rehab centres have been able to remain open by closely adhering to the government’s guidelines on safety.
How much does an alcohol/drug rehab cost in Essex?
There are a range of factors that affect the cost of addiction treatment such as how long you need for your treatment and which therapies and services you receive. A 28-day residential rehab programme usually costs between £4,000 and £12,000, but you may be able to offset some of this with private medical insurance depending on your policy’s terms.
How do you sign up to a rehab?
To be admitted to NHS rehab, you usually need a GP’s referral, but for private treatment, you can simply refer yourself. As soon as you are ready to start a new life free of addiction, just contact Banbury Lodge for a full medical assessment and to discuss the best possible course of treatment.
How can I pay for a rehab?
You will need to cover private rehab fees yourself, but some private health insurance policies cover all or at least part of addiction treatment costs. If you have private health insurance, check your policy and speak to your provider to find out what your options are.
What rehab programmes are there?
There are rehab clinics in Essex offering various addiction treatment programmes, which follow the holistic 12-step recovery method. In addition, many of these clinics offer additional therapies and wellness activities including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy), mindfulness sessions, and yoga.
Can you force someone to go to rehab?
Nobody can be made to go to rehab, and you should never try to force a loved one to seek treatment if they are not ready. This rarely ends successfully, and so it is vital that they first arrive at the point in their life where they recognise and accept that they need to make a change.
Can I sign up for rehab for someone else?
As much as you may want to help, you cannot sign someone else up for rehab. Not only will all rehab clinics refuse, if your loved one isn’t ready to tackle their addiction, the treatment is likely to fail. Trying to force a loved one to receive help that they are not ready for may ultimately just end up pushing them further and further into isolation.
How long does a rehab process take?
The length of various rehab programmes can vary dramatically with some lasting only a week and others continuing for up to three months. There are various factors which can affect the length of your treatment such as the extent of your addiction and which treatment approach your programme follows. You will most likely complete a detox before you start residential rehab treatment, so it is usually best to give yourself at least four weeks to recover from detox, get comfortable, and dedicate yourself to your treatment.
What is treated in rehabs?
The modern world is full of potentially harmful things that are designed to get people hooked. Alcohol, drugs, pornography, and gambling can all be incredibly addictive and so there are rehab programmes specifically designed to help people overcome these dependencies. Banbury Lodge also helps clients with eating disorders through special recovery programmes which can help with both dual-diagnosis and co-dependency situations.
Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
There are effective treatment programmes for addictions to all types of drugs, both prescription and illegal. These include cocaine, heroin, and other commonly used “recreational” drugs, as well as sleeping pills, painkillers, and other legally prescribed medications. Alcohol addiction is sadly ever-present in society, but it can be treated both as an isolated dependency or as one element of a wider substance use issue.
Is rehab confidential?
When you receive any treatment through the NHS, addiction treatment included, your records are always confidential, with only medical professionals able to check them if there is a medical issue. When you receive treatment through a private rehab clinic, there is no one but yourself and the clinic’s professionals who will be able to access any of your records.
Can I visit a person who is in rehab?
Most rehab clinics facilitate and encourage visits during the course of an addiction treatment programme. At Banbury Lodge, there are usually weekly family visitations on Sundays. It is an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic that these visits have had to be temporarily suspended to protect clients and staff, but the process of getting them safely started again is now in advanced stages.
Are there free rehabs in Essex?
Essex has various addiction treatment centres which offer free recovery programmes as outpatient services. While outpatient treatment is less intrusive and easier to fit around a normal schedule, effective addiction treatment usually requires a more holistic approach which is only possible through inpatient treatment.
Can I get rehab funding through the NHS?
The NHS may be able to help with private funding but you will need to speak to your GP. This is very rare, and can also take a long time, which can seriously delay your treatment.
Why is going to a rehab important?
Rehab can be life-changing with effective treatment programmes designed to help you overcome the physical aspects of addiction, as well as addressing the underlying causes. You will be provided you with all the weapons you need to fight cravings and will also be taught alternative ways of dealing with life’s difficulties rather than using drugs or alcohol as a crutch.
What is the difference between rehab and detox?
Detox is the process of abstaining from a substance so that your body is able to clear your system and start to heal. This is a very important first step in alcohol and drug addiction treatment because it will provide you with a clean slate. Rehab is the name giving to everything that comes after detox including addiction therapy and aftercare services which will enable you to start out on your journey to long-term recovery.
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