Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem throughout the UK and Formby is no exception. If you are struggling with substance misuse in Formby you might not know where to turn, but help is always available. One option is to look for drug and alcohol rehab in Formby or further afield at a private drug and alcohol rehab centre.

This has been shown to be the most effective way to treat serious drug and alcohol problems such as addiction, but it is not the only option available.

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Your Rehab Formby Options

As well as residential rehab, you will also have access to outpatient drug and alcohol services in the local area. These services will provide help, advice and limited treatments on an outpatient basis.

This means that you remain at home while you undergo any programme, attending individual sessions and appointments. You may also be able to access third-party services such as recovery coaches, support groups and community fellowships.

Outpatient Treatment Services in Formby

For many people seeking help for a problem with drugs or alcohol, their first port of call will be their local GP. Others may feel embarrassed talking to their GP, especially if they are their family or long-term doctor, but GPs are used to dealing with a wide range of problems and will treat you with sensitivity, respect and discretion.

Your GP may not be able to provide specialist addiction treatment, but they can signpost and refer you to people and places that can. They can also check your general health and any problems that may have been caused or worsened by your substance misuse.

If you are not registered with a GP, Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group has a list of member practices with full contact details.

When it comes to drug and alcohol services in Formby, this is provided by Change Grow Live. While the services for Sefton are headquartered in Southport, they can be accessed by people across the borough, including those living or based in Formby.

The service includes:

  • Advice and support
  • Access to experienced health and care staff, doctors and nurses
  • Support with employment and training
  • Links to recovery coaches, community fellowships and support from people with experience of substance misuse
  • A specialist family service
  • Connections to a range of local partners in the care sector and the NHS
  • Naloxone – a drug that can counter the effects of an opioid overdose
  • Ongoing support including relapse prevention, wellbeing and support groups, post treatment check-ups, volunteering and mentoring opportunities.1

Support Groups and Other Free Resources for Addiction in Formby

There are numerous support groups and resources for advice information available nationwide – either online or over the phone. These include well-known organisations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, which also offer in-person meet-ups. The location and timings of these can change, so it is always best to check on the organisations’ websites. You can easily find a meeting near you by entering the town or postcode.

Adfam is a national charity that works to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol. It also has a page of useful links for further resources and organisations that can help.

The Benefits of Residential Rehab

Another option is looking for a residential rehabilitation centre. Unlike community-based treatment, this takes you away from your everyday situation, which may include the people, places and triggers associated with your drinking or drug use.

At an inpatient rehab, you will be in a safe and tranquil environment where you can really focus on your recovery. You will not have access to drugs or alcohol, meaning it is far less likely that you will falter during detox or other challenging parts of the recovery journey.

You will have access to the finest care and support from a team of experienced professionals in alcohol and drug rehab, the chance to undergo a medically assisted detox and a tailored, evidence-backed treatment programme that aims to address every aspect of your alcohol or drug addiction.

The Drug and Alcohol Detox Process

Detoxification, or drug and alcohol detox, is the process during which your body gets rid of the elements of drugs or alcohol already in your system. Over time your system can come to rely on the chemicals provided by the drugs you use, adjusting your internal chemistry in response.

When the drug is suddenly removed or drastically reduced, this can result in a range of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

These can vary widely depending on the substance involved and other factors like the length and heaviness of usage. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be particularly severe for example, despite the fact that it is a legal and generally socially accepted drug. At the worst end of the scale, delirium tremens can involve confusion and disorientation, hallucinations, fever, tremors and even seizures.

It is always best to undergo drug detox and the immediate aftermath in a supervised setting like rehab if this is possible, whatever type of substance is involved. As well as medical supervision you may be given prescription medication where clinically appropriate, which can help with some withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

Common Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatments

Beyond the medical detox process, a programme of addiction treatment therapies will help you to change the way you think and behave around drugs and alcohol, as well as to develop strategies for avoiding relapse – a return to drinking or using – once you leave. The exact treatments available can vary but will generally include proven psychological techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling.

Group therapy and family therapy can be very useful and well-being therapies such as mindfulness, meditation, art or music therapy are also often used.

Find a Formby Rehab with Our Help

If you think residential rehab in Formby or further afield might be your best option, we can help you to find the right place.

We work with a number of different places to make sure that you can get the treatment and facilities that are right for you. If you want to learn more, contact us today for confidential advice and information. It might be your first step towards a brighter future free from the grip of addiction – call on 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is dual diagnosis treatment?
Dual diagnosis treatment is a form of treatment that is offered to individuals who have a coexisting mental health disorder and substance addiction. Unlike drug and alcohol addiction treatment, dual diagnosis treatment combines a range of treatments that are proven to eliminate addictions and mitigate the severity of mental health disorders.
How long does rehabilitation take?
Most stays in rehab last between 14 and 90 days with 28 days perhaps being the most common. This can vary though depending on your own circumstances and requirements. In general terms, a longer rehab will tend to be more effective as more work can be done through therapy and other treatments.
What happens after Rehab?
Rehab aims to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to move forward into a more positive life free of drugs and alcohol. The journey can still be challenging, however, and cravings and after-effects can remain. A good aftercare plan can help keep you on the right path forward by providing help and support when you need it.


  • [1] list of member practices - https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/our-member-practices/
  • [2] Change Grow Live - https://www.changegrowlive.org/sefton/info
  • [3] Alcoholics Anonymous - https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
  • [4] Narcotics Anonymous - https://ukna.org/
  • [5] national charity that works to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol - https://adfam.org.uk/