It is common to feel a mixture of emotions if you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. You might feel lost, trapped or unsure who to turn to, but please remember that you do not need to struggle alone. Realising that you need support to overcome your addiction can be difficult to accept, but there are many rehab centres in Leeds that can help you. Drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds can help you to face your challenges and become free of addiction. Whether it is drug rehab or alcohol rehab that you require, this guide will share the different treatment options available.
Treatment for addiction is provided at treatment clinics either through private funding or free on the NHS. The clinics can provide either outpatient treatment in Leeds, or inpatient treatment in Leeds. We will explain these two options in more detail below, as there are differences between how they are provided.
Outpatient treatment is a form of addiction treatment that can be accessed on the NHS. This treatment is less intrusive because you do not stay at the treatment clinic overnight. You continue to stay at your own home and attend your planned treatment sessions at the treatment clinic. Outpatient treatment can be challenging if you have a higher tolerance of addictive substances, because you must stick to your programme whilst living with your usual distractions. If you have a higher level of drug and alcohol addiction, you may not be able to access the most suitable detox through outpatient services.
Recovery Lighthouse is one of many rehab centres that provides inpatient treatment. This is also known as residential rehab, because you stay overnight at the treatment centre whilst receiving your treatment. This allows you to focus all of your time on your treatment programme, for a greater chance of successful recovery through more meaningful engagement. The addiction treatment centre offers you a private room with meals included for the duration of your stay. You will have the chance to build relationships with other people going through a similar journey to you, which can lead to an excellent support network.
One of the greatest benefits of inpatient rehab is the mixture of therapies that are included. We understand that different people require different treatment approaches, so you will have access to therapies that create a holistic treatment programme. You can look at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings of the treatment programmes to help you decide on your preferred treatment clinic.
Recovery Lighthouse provides family support programmes so that you can repair relationships with your loved ones during your treatment. Our conjoint meetings work particularly well to achieve this. A conjoint meeting is a meeting between yourself and your loved ones to help you share your feelings. It can be difficult to express your feelings in your significant relationships, so a professional will help to facilitate these meetings. One-to-one therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), is also included to help you reduce negative thought patterns to positively influence your feelings and actions.
Before you embark on the therapies explained above, you will first complete a detox. A detox is a time for you to abstain from the addictive substances to allow them to leave your body. During this process, your body reacts with withdrawal symptoms which vary in severity and duration.
Inpatient services provide a medical detox to help manage your withdrawal symptoms. This is because higher tolerances of additive substances can cause these symptoms to increase in severity. Some withdrawal symptoms for a drug detox or alcohol detox can include hallucinations, vomiting, shaking and confusion. This is why it should only be considered with support of trained professionals in a safe and calm environment (which is what we offer at Recovery Lighthouse). Trying to complete a medical detox at home would leave you in a vulnerable situation and potentially cause harm, which is why it is not offered in outpatient services.
Whilst the withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, you will be fully supported by our Recovery Lighthouse team to ensure that you detox safely. Once you have overcome the worst of your withdrawal symptoms, you will be able to see the bright road to recovery ahead and continue your remaining treatment.
Treatment programmes at Recovery Lighthouse usually last between two and twelve weeks. At the end of this time, you will have made great progress in your 12-step programme (which is our recovery approach). The 12-step programme is a popular approach that helps you overcome your addiction, and take control of your life. The recovery approach incorporates different stages to acceptance, teaching you skills to make better life choices. Within this you will receive the following therapies: one-to-one therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and group therapy. Non-12-step programmes also focus on maintaining abstinence, but tend to have less structure.
You can complete a self-referral with the NHS to access free addiction treatment services. However, free detox programmes are mostly provided as outpatient treatment, which may not be suitable for your needs. The charity Turning Point is an exception to this, offering a small number of free residential rehab beds.
As well as the services named above, there are some free support groups in Leeds that help people recovering from addiction. Click here to access information about an AA group.
We advise that you carefully consider which treatment option is best for you to ensure the greatest chance of recovery. Whilst free services do help to remove barriers in accessing addiction treatment, they do not provide the holistic support that is offered during inpatient treatment. Free services continue to experience spending cuts, which has led to a reduction in the treatments available. This means that help may not be available as quickly as you need it.
You continue with any remaining treatment steps outside of rehab. Please be reassured that you will still be supported with this through an aftercare programme.
Recovery Lighthouse provides aftercare programmes to all clients who successfully complete their rehab programme. Our aftercare involves ongoing support groups, and helpful information from our team of professionals. You will also get access to an online Alumni network with regular communication, events and supportive materials to help you at home.
We advise our clients to access community support groups after leaving rehab. Leeds has many free addiction support groups including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery. As well as being an additional place to receive help, in these groups you can also become a supportive peer to others.
Overcoming addiction is courageous, and the ongoing journey can vary for different people. Some may need to revisit us, and others may adjust easily after rehab. Your journey is personal to you, so no matter what your long-term recovery journey looks like, you can always seek support from UKAT.
Detox is the process of withdrawing the body from any harmful substances, such as drugs and alcohol. Rehab involves therapy and recovery principles to help someone change the way they think about addictive substances and prevent them from using.