If you ever feel your relationship with drugs or alcohol becomes unhealthy, help for both drug and alcohol rehab in the Tyne and Wear area is available. You may be feeling overwhelmed or at a loss at what to do, but you never have to battle it alone. We are here to help you understand how to access guidance and support for drug or alcohol addiction.
Both inpatient and outpatient treatment options are available for drug rehab or alcohol rehab, including rehab centres in Tyne and Wear. This guide will explain the differences between each treatment and how to access them.
There are two types of treatment to choose from: inpatient and outpatient. With inpatient treatment in Tyne and Wear, you stay at your rehab treatment centre for the duration, whereas with outpatient treatment, you visit a clinic for scheduled appointments. By assessing the pros and cons of each, you can choose the best treatment programme and aftercare for your needs, free or privately funded.
If your addiction treatment must take account of other responsibilities, such as childcare, you may consider outpatient treatment. Whether free or privately funded, you would typically attend planned daily clinic sessions. Treatment could include a medical drug or alcohol detox, together with therapeutic groups and peer support, alongside professional medical services. You may, however, find long waiting lists for NHS treatment services, and you should consider the potential risks of distraction and continued access to addictive substances if you are not in safe accommodation for your treatment duration.
UKAT facilities, including Recovery Lighthouse, focus on team support and shared experiences to drive recovery. Therefore, we do not provide outpatient treatment services for drug and alcohol addiction.
With an inpatient addiction treatment programme, you reside in a dedicated, all-inclusive residential treatment centre. Residential rehab in Tyne and Wear is usually privately funded and may be covered by private insurance. While you may be able to access GP-referred NHS services, these are unfortunately extremely limited with a long waiting list.
With inpatient treatment, you choose your addiction treatment centre, telephone the admissions team, agree on the appropriate programme length and are admitted to your safe, comfortable room the next day. You meet others with similar experiences, remaining at the rehab centre for your treatment duration.
With residential or inpatient addiction treatment, you concentrate solely on your recovery journey, removing yourself from your day-to-day routine and its distractions. You will meet others who will have had similar drug or alcohol addiction experiences, providing a peer network for mutual understanding and support during and after your stay at the centre.
Your daily routine, designed for your individual needs, will include a mixture of therapies, including one-to-one therapy and group counselling, which may be enhanced with family support programmes and professionally facilitated conjoint meetings between you and loved ones. Yoga, workshops, mindfulness, personal 12-step study and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are also incorporated into your routine, along with relaxing, socialising and mealtimes.
Recovery Lighthouse offers inpatient drug and alcohol treatment programmes. The Care Quality Commission, an external body, assesses the quality of service: CQC rating results measure factors for all private inpatient centres, including safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership.
If you’d like to read more about Recovery Lighthouse’s ratings, you can find them here. For any more information or if you are ready to book in for treatment, feel free to call the number at the top of this page, where our friendly staff will be happy to listen to any concerns and answer any questions you may have.
While the drug or alcohol detox process can be unpleasant and even daunting, your road to recovery needs to start with a detox if you have consumed addictive substances. Detox removes the addictive substance from your daily routine, so your body becomes accustomed to functioning without it. Withdrawal symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking, weakness and confusion.
A medical detox involves prescription detox medication and ongoing monitoring by medical professionals. It is usually recommended if you are at risk for severe withdrawal symptoms and is often only offered via inpatient treatment to ensure your wellbeing in a controlled, secure and safe facility.
Before starting any drug detox or alcohol detox, it is important that you consult a medical professional who will offer you a full assessment of your current usage and lifestyle factors to offer you the most appropriate treatment. If you do require a medical detox, an inpatient programme will factor the detox time into the length of your programme, as it may be more difficult to fully engage in therapeutic programme activities until your withdrawal is complete. You will receive care and round-the-clock medical attention in comfortable accommodation away from any distractions, enabling you to focus on your own wellbeing throughout your recovery journey.
Choosing the most appropriate drug or alcohol rehab programme may seem overwhelming: an open mind and a balanced approach usually work best. Each treatment centre varies slightly in its recovery approach; some combine both group and one-to-one therapy as part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), following a 12-step programme or non-12-step programme.
With inpatient treatment, you are typically helped to work through the 12-step model, beginning with your initial stay and supported with aftercare. An initial four-week stay is usually recommended, and the longer you can commit to the in-house phase of treatment, the greater the probability of long-term sobriety.
Private inpatient alcohol and drug rehab treatment programmes, self-funded or through private insurance, are unfortunately not always an affordable or accessible option. Free addiction treatment services are available through the NHS, typically outpatient clinic services with long waiting lists due to the high level of demand. Clinics may accept self-referral through your GP services, but there is no guarantee of flexibility or availability. Your GP may refer you for counselling or a detox programme in severe cases.
If you are in urgent need of treatment that you cannot access elsewhere, the charity Turning Point funds a limited number of beds.
Free drug and alcohol services in the Tyne and Wear area can offer help and support during your recovery process, often through group meetings, such as those listed here.
Unfortunately, free services are not always available, and many free NHS addiction treatment services have been reduced because of budget cuts and are limited in frequency and flexibility. Such services are usually provided on an outpatient basis and would not be able to provide any one-to-one therapy. You would be unable to undertake an intensive medical detox should this be required without waiting for an inpatient place. Additionally, holistic treatments for alcohol or drug rehab are not offered through the NHS. It is important to think about all the options when choosing the rehab treatment that is right for you.
There are many benefits that can only be found in a residential or inpatient clinic for alcohol or drug rehab treatment programmes. With a residential rehab facility in the Tyne and Wear area, you can focus on yourself and your recovery journey and benefit from:
Your ongoing recovery journey continues after your drug or alcohol rehab programme, and rest assured you will be helped at every step. Support, encouragement and care from the people you have met, both professionals and peers, will help as you celebrate and consolidate your continued success in everyday life.
Your aftercare programme will help you address obstacles and problems without becoming overwhelmed. Whether it’s peer support, group therapy, or access to helpful information, aftercare will help you maintain your newfound sobriety.
After completion of a Recovery Lighthouse, or other UKAT addiction treatment programme, you can connect with the alumni community, a network of peers who have completed their programme and continue their sobriety independently. Event days, online materials and regular communications are there for your ongoing support.
Local support groups can be hugely beneficial in your learning and growth on your ongoing recovery journey. A supportive community of like-minded people brings mutual understanding and support and often day-to-day practical advice. Community groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and SMART Recovery.
There will be good days, bad days and surprising days that hit your trigger points. Whether it’s work, family or friends, have faith that your established support community and what you’ve already learnt make you strong enough to address any challenges. And along every step, we remain here for you.
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.