Whatever your situation may be, here at Addiction Advocates, we can offer guidance, we can offer professional insights and we can provide access to a reccomended rehab. We have a great knowledge of drug addiction and treatment outcomes can help find the most suitable rehab centre for your specific circumstance.

Are you concerned that your drug or alcohol addiction has taken over your life? We can help you to gain control again, diminish your addiction and get you well on your way to a long-term addiction recovery.

It can be very difficult to admit you have a substance abuse problem and to raise the subject with a friend or family member. Realising that yourself or a loved one needs professional help can take a big push, it’s importa to remember there are people out there who can really help to turn your life around.

Your Treatment Options

You have a few choices when looking for drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres in Sunderland.

You can visit your Local GP and be provided with a list of free local resources that help people with drug and alcohol abuse.

You can also visit a private residential rehab. These rehabs offer a variety of rehab programmes where you will be under the full time care of addiction specialists.

Our purpose-built rehab centres provide a place of comfort, understanding and patience during your stay. With a welcoming environment, you’ll never feel alone in your recovery at one of our recommended treatment centres, they’re well regarded as one of the best in the country.

Alcohol Rehab Sunderland

According to the NDTMS, a huge 86% of people alcohol addicts in Sunderland are not receiving any treatment.

The North East does have a drinking culture and high levels of binge drinking are widely reported in the area.

We would urge you if you are suffering from alcohol addiction to contact us so we can find you a suitable alcohol rehab in the area.

Alcohol Statistics Sunderland

The Dangers of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a serious condition that can lead to a wide range of negative consequences, both for the individual with the addiction and for those around them. Some of the dangers of alcohol addiction include:

  1. Physical health problems: Chronic heavy drinking can lead to a variety of health problems, including liver disease, pancreatitis, brain damage, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. It can also weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to infections.
  2. Mental health issues: Alcohol addiction can cause or worsen mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Alcohol abuse can also affect the brain development, which can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems.
  3. Social problems: Alcohol addiction can lead to problems in relationships and at work, as well as financial difficulties. It can also lead to legal problems and other alcohol-related crimes.
  4. Increased risk of accidents and injuries: People who are heavily intoxicated are at a higher risk of accidents, including falls, car crashes, and drowning. They may also be more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as unprotected sex, which can lead to sexually transmitted infections.
  5. Increased risk of overdose: Alcohol addiction can lead to tolerance and the need for more alcohol to achieve the desired effects, but excessive consumption may lead to overdose, which can be life-threatening.
  6. Suicide risk: Research has shown that people who suffer from alcohol addiction have a higher risk of suicide.
  7. Withdrawal symptoms: Abruptly stopping drinking after a period of heavy drinking can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and even death.

It’s important to recognize the dangers of alcohol addiction and to seek help as soon as possible if you or a loved one is struggling with an alcohol problem. Treatment options include counseling, therapy, support groups, and medication, and should be supervised by professional in order to get the best outcome.

What happens when you have a drug or alcohol addiction?

Drug and alcohol addiction can damage you physically and mentally, without even taking into consideration those around us.

You may notice that you can’t focus or think as clearly as you could prior to misusing drugs or alcohol. Daily life may have become too difficult to bear, your friends and family may not be able to recognise who are you anymore and all stability from your life has disappeared.

Addiction can destroy relationships so bad, you may be left with no friends or family to turn to in some cases.

Your mental health can deteriorate very quickly when addicted to drugs or alcohol as your main focus becomes where you’re getting your next ‘fix’. This becomes your priority over work, family, and everything else, leading to more and more problems.

It can be too easy to become depressed when in this state of addiction. Signing up for an addiction treatment programme at our rehab centres will give you the chance to lead a healthy life again.

Addiction Counselling Sunderland

A huge part of any recovery program is addiction counselling. When you join a rehab programme as an inpatient you get daily therapy sessions from an addiction counsellor. This therapy is applied right the way through your programme and different therapy techniques are applied depending on your diagnosis.

One such treatment applied is cognitive behavioural therapy, this therapy works by breaking your issues into smaller manageable pieces you will come to realise.

Of course, how intensive this therapy is can depend on any mental health issues that are working alongside your addiction. We call this a “Dual Diagnosis” and is where addiction can fuel mental health issues or where mental health problems are contributing to a chronic drug or alcohol problem.

If you are an inpatient at a private residential rehab centre you will benefit from mental health support from specialist counsellors on one of the personalised treatment programmes.

If you are accessing free services provided by the local community or NHS your therapy may be accessed as an outpatient. This could be one session per week and is usually a lot less intensive. In addition, you may have different counsellors and it may take longer to build a rapport.


What is it Like at Drug and Alcohol rehab Sunderland?

Many people have a negative perception of what rehab places for alcohol or drugs are like. In truth, they’re comfortable, warm, and welcoming, not faceless doctors in locked rooms like what you might expect.

We avoid the clinical feel of a hospital and instead encourage the luxury hotel atmosphere, aiming to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your recovery with us.

Our centres are easily accessible by public transport, if you’d feel more comfortable, we can provide you with transportation ensuring your safe start to our treatment programme.

Our medical professionals are all highly trained and experienced in providing detox clinics, therapy sessions and tackling any withdrawal symptoms you may encounter.

We provide counselling and seek to improve your physical and mental health, important factors helping to achieve your recovery goals. At Addiction Advocates, we believe in cooperating with you to find which treatment options work best for your personal journey.

What Are The First Steps of Addiction?

The truth is that every person who suffers with drug or alcohol addiction will have had a different experience when first participating in substance misuse, so it’s difficult to generalise these circumstances.

In some cases, individuals may come from an abusive family resulting in a negative upbringing, therefore resorting to drugs or alcohol. Trying to deal with situations like this, most of the time alone, can be extremely tough but once addiction takes hold, it’s even harder to cope.

A commonly used phrase is the ‘gateway drug’ which means the first substance to be consumed that will likely head on to regular misuse of drugs or alcohol and ultimately to addiction. We often hear of marijuana being described as a ‘gateway drug’, although it truly doesn’t really matter how you got into it, once you’re addicted, it can very quickly turn into a dangerous addiction.

Although we may perceive painkillers to be safe at first, as they’re prescribed by a doctor, these can commonly become another kind of ‘gateway drug’.

Dependency on painkillers can come on quite rapidly as in order to retain the same painkilling effect, the dose has to be increased. This is a dangerous situation to be in and rehabilitation treatment may be necessary.

Like with any substance misuse, if you don’t reduce the intake carefully, you can experience painful withdrawal symptoms. This is how the teams at our drug and alcohol rehab centres in Sunderland can help you. You’ll follow a tailored treatment programme to benefit your needs, overseen by our team of medical professionals.

Long term damage to your physical and psychological health is a serious consequence of drug or alcohol addiction – it can be life-changing. The only way to avoid these severe effects is to get started on the road to recovery as early as possible and remove the toxins from your system.

Here as Addiction Advocates, we have numerous alcohol or drug rehabilitation centres across the North East of the United Kingdom, including Sunderland and the Tyne and Wear area. We’re confident we have a centre to suits your wants and needs in order to achieve long-term recovery.

How Do I Get Started?

We understand how difficult it can be to take the first step to admit you need help. Once you’ve decided it’s time to turn your life around, you simply contact us, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll find the right specialist drug and alcohol treatment centre for you to start our life-changing treatment programme.

Get in touch with us today to find a Drug and Alcohol Rehab, by calling 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222


  • [1] Local GP - https://www.nhs.uk/Services/Trusts/GPs/DefaultView.aspx?id=89819
  • [2] 86% of people alcohol addicts in Sunderland are not receiving any treatment - https://www.ndtms.net/ViewIt/Adult
  • [3] high levels of binge drinking are widely reported in the area - https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/20517790.health-impact-alcohol-consumption-covid-among-worst-north-east/
  • [4] people who suffer from alcohol addiction have a higher risk of suicide - https://mentalhealthcommission.ca/resource/alcohol-use-and-suicide-fact-sheet/