Here at Addiction Advocates, we help thousands of individuals every year overcome their addictions and transform their lives.

We provide a range of traditional and politics treatments provided by dedicated and expert staff.

Contact our friendly team today to find out how we can help you turn your life around.


Residential Vs Outpatient Treatments

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make when finding the right rehab in Woolwich for you, is whether you want to opt for residential or outpatient programmes.

The thought of receiving your treatment whilst living at home, may seem like the most ideal solution, however, you should always proceed with caution when selecting outpatient treatment.

If you don’t have the right support network at home you’ll find detoxing at home, whilst surrounded by all the negative influences that drive your addiction, almost impossible.

Of course this route does work for some people and often if referred by the NHS you’ll undertake outpatient treatments.

Here at Addiction Advocates, we believe that residential addiction treatments are the most effective form of treatment, since they provide distance between you and your toxic lifestyle.

With this geographical distance you’ll have a chance to reflect on your life choices, and make a change that’ll aid the recovery of your mind and body before re-entering daily life.

Alongside the obvious advantage of distance, at residential rehab you’ll receive round the clock care in a luxurious facility that’ll provide you with homely accommodation and meals set out by a nutritionalist.

You’ll be surrounded by peers with similar experience and a dedicated workforce that can provide guidance and support through your recovery.


Our Approach

Before you make any decisions, you’ll undertake a free and confidential initial phone assessment, whereby our team will discuss with you your addiction, lifestyle and medical history.

This assessment will help us to provide you with the best initial advice, when it comes to choosing the type and location of treatment available to you.

Once you’ve decided on your drug and alcohol rehab facility, we’ll arrange an admission dater, which is can be a couple of days later.

Upon arrival you’ll undergo a full medical assessment, so that our medical team can design your personalised treatment programme based on your physical and mental health.

Every treatment programme begins with detox, which is followed by a range of therapies. Throughout your stay you’ll have access to the facilities and amenities at the centre, which include quiz nights, days out, fitness classes and the grounds that belong to the centre.


Medically supervised Detox

Every drug and alcohol rehab programme starts with a detox. Without a clear head therapies cannot be undertaken, which is why detox is the first step for any patient.

At Addiction Advocates, we always conduct our detoxification under medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms are common with most patient, the amount and severity of symptoms experienced will depend entirely on the individual, which is why medical supervision is paramount.

Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeping problems and insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased blood pressure and increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Seizures

Most detoxes last for just a couple of days, after which therapies are undertaken.


Addiction Therapies

Addiction is intertwined with mental health, as mental health can both cause and be caused by addictions. However, before thinking about therapies it’s important to understand what addiction is.

Anyone can become an addict and addictions can be formed over a variety of behaviours including; drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, work, sex, internet. However, the way an addiction works in our minds is the same across all addictions.

An addiction forms a powerful influence over your brain. This means that your consumption levels increase in order to reach that same ‘high’ and before you know it, you’ve lost all control over your consumption, even when it becomes harmful to yourself.

Addiction forms habitual behavioural patterns and triggers, meaning it becomes a part of your normal daily life, making you feel as though you can’t function without it.

Since addiction can be deep rooted within mental health, it’s imperative that therapies are undertaken as part of your drug and alcohol rehab. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most effective type of theory used to treat addiction.

Through CBT you’ll identify the root causes of your addiction and learn how to retrain your mind to eliminate negative thought patterns and develop strategies to prevent the onset of these negative thought start trigger your consumption. This restraining is known as psychoeducation.

Alongside CBT, you may have the opportunity to partake in a variety of traditional and holistic therapies including:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Motivational Sessions
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • Meditation workshops
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy


How long does Drug and Alcohol Rehab take?

Rehabilitation does not end when your residential rehab programmes comes to close after 28 days. What is important to understand is the fact that rehabilitation becomes a way of life.

In order to sustain long term recovery, you’ll have to work on your recovery for the rest of your life. That means a life dedicated to being alcohol and drug free. Without this full commitment it’s likely that relapses will be experienced at some point.

Upon successful completion of your rehab in Woolwich, you’ll complete a Relapse Prevention Plan, which will help you identify any signs of possible relapse and help keep you on your road to recovery.

We understand that the first 12 months after rehab are often the most challenging and most likely time to face a relapse. That’s why we provide a range of aftercare programmes to help support you as you renter your daily life.

We’ll put you in touch with local support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. These support groups are often key to maintain long term sobriety, as they provide you with much needed peer support from fellow that will share many of the same experiences as you.


Get help today

Call us on 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222.



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