Whatever your situation may be, here at Addiction Advocates, we can offer guidance, we can offer professional insights, we can offer referrals into rehab. To gauge where you stand with drugs and alcohol, to understand the necessity of professional withdrawal services, to appreciate the deteriorating cycle of addiction, reach out to our team.

Drugs and alcohol are serious problems across the UK. There is no part of the country that doesn’t struggle with these problems but Lancashire has higher than average statistics for problem drinking and drug use. According to Lancashire County Council there are an estimated 9.1 opiate and/or crack cocaine users per thousand people aged 15-64 in the region. This is slightly higher than the 8.9 across England generally but some areas have particularly high rates of drug use – Blackpool has 23.5 opiate or crack cocaine users per 1,000 population and Blackburn with Darwen has 18.8.

Similarly, the county saw 726 alcohol-specific hospital admissions per 100,000 of the population across 2018/19, significantly higher than the average rate of 626 across England. Again Blackpool (1,309) and Blackburn with Darwen (1,391) had particularly high rates and were within the worst 10% of authorities in the country. Other areas including Burnley (1,069), Hyndburn (984), Preston (851) and West Lancashire (756) were also significantly above the national average.


Drug and alcohol rehab near me

At Addiction Advocates we know that every person struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction is more than a statistic. We also understand how difficult it can be to break free of the vicious cycle of addiction, especially without expert help. Addiction can cause serious harm, not only to the addict but also to their friends, families, others around them and society as a whole. If you or a loved one are in the grip of an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it’s imperative to get the right help as quickly as possible. Addiction wrecks lives and can lead to serious long-term health problems and even death.

One of the best and most proven ways to overcome addiction and make a long term recovery is to seek drug and alcohol rehabilitation in a dedicated facility. We work drug and alcohol treatment centres around the country and have a great deal of experience in finding the right treatment centre for each individual. If you’re looking for rehab in Lancashire, we can help you to find the treatment you need to be able to restart your life free of drugs, alcohol and the terrible problems they can bring.


What to expect in alcohol and drug rehab clinics

Rehab centres offer a range of treatment options in a safe and supervised environment. There are a number of benefits to attending an alcohol or drug rehab UK centre as an inpatient. It allows you to really focus on your recovery, away from the triggers, people and places that tend to be associated with your drinking or drug taking. Another advantage is that the substances themselves are not readily available.

Most importantly though, you will have access to expert support around the clock. A spell in rehab tends to be very structured, with a programme of treatments taking place throughout your stay. These can vary widely in their content, as can the length of the stay itself. The shortest stays tend to cover only the detox or detoxification process, while others will last for longer, with follow-up therapies and workshops. Common durations might be 28, 60 or 90 days.


What happens in a detox clinic?

Detox refers to the period and process in which the body metabolises and gets rid of the toxic substances you already have in your system. The time it takes to ‘flush out’ some substances can be quite short. Heroin, for example, leaves the body relatively quickly – typically within a few hours. The physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can last a lot longer however and the detox treatment also has to deal with this immediate fallout.

Cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be severe and potentially dangerous, depending on a number of factors including the substance involved, the length and heaviness of use and the physical and mental health of the individual.

It is never an easy process to go through but detox is safer and more likely to be successful if undergone in a secure clinic with expert support, advice and medical treatment on hand when required.


What other addiction treatment programmes are there?

Detox is a crucial early step but flushing the drugs or alcohol out of your system is just that; one big step of many to come. Alcohol and drug abuse treatment rehabilitation is an ongoing process and not something that can be achieved overnight.

For this reason, a thorough, holistic treatment service will also include a number of drug and alcohol treatments and therapies. One of the most commonly used is cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT. This is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by working on the ways in which you think and behave. It is commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, but studies have also shown it to be very successful in the treatment of addictions.

Other talking therapies may also be used, including group therapy, individual therapy sessions, counselling and motivational therapy. It is important that you are prepared for returning to your life beyond the rehabilitation centre and these therapies are designed to help you explore your own life, behaviours and motivations. This can allow you to deal with the root causes of your addiction, as well as just the symptoms.

Educational workshops can also help you to understand the effects of drugs and alcohol, the mechanics of addiction and how to maintain a healthier addiction-free lifestyle. You might also learn how develop coping mechanism and might be offered other treatments such as meditation, mindfulness or art therapy. The exact mix can vary depending on both the establishment and the individual, so it’s important to choose the right treatment centre for you.

We can help you to do just that as we work with a wide range of addiction treatment and rehab centres throughout the UK.

Every day lost to addiction is a potentially harmful one so don’t delay. Call us today to find out how we can help you find your way to an addiction-free future.