Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Cornwall

The UK has struggled for years to overcome addiction, and sadly Cornwall is no exception.

Whilst alcohol abuse remains one of the most common forms of substance abuse in the county, there is always help.

There are dozens of alcohol rehab services across the country, offering support of every form.

From full alcohol detox to outpatient services and mutual support groups, there are a wealth of resources present to help you or a loved one on their journey to recovery.

Addiction is a Disease – Not A Moral Failure of the Individual

Not a moral failure

Addiction is considered a disease of the mind, not a mental or moral failure of the individual.

When seeking care, individuals should never be made to feel embarrassed or ashamed of their situation, and Rehab 4 Alcoholism understands this.

Whilst suffering from addiction, often find it challenging to stop usage alone.

This is because drug abuse can often change the pathways and structure of the brain, altering the way it works in order to continue consumption.

This approach to addiction is known as the disease model of addiction, and it is one that Rehab 4 Alcoholism follows closely when suggesting drug and alcohol rehabs in Cornwall.

You can get help with behavioural addictions, physical dependence and substance use disorders.

Your rehab can offer you an official diagnosis using The American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria or the The DSM-5 assessment .

What is Dual Diagnosis and Why is it Important?

Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis is a term used when an individual is diagnosed with addiction as well as an underlying mental health issue.

Some of the most frequent mental health issues experienced alongside by people struggling with addiction include borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Often, these two issues come hand-in-hand, and the best treatments will focus on both types of care.

Following a thorough psychiatric assessment with a psychiatrist, you’ll receive a dual diagnosis.

Common associated mental health issues include depression and anxiety as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

When looking for rehabilitation, individuals should look for treatment programmes that include treatment for both physical and mental health.

Without this approach, the individual’s time at rehab is unlikely to be spent effectively and the success rate is far lower.

What is the Goal of Rehabilitation?


Most rehabilitation programmes in the UK -and all of those suggested by Rehab 4 Alcoholism- have the end goal of abstaining from the substance.

This method is preferred over those such as harm reduction which focus on reducing the negative impacts of addiction, or moderation management which limits consumption and the effects it may have.

The personal benefits of the abstinence approach include:

  • Increased energy
  • Better sleep
  • Better financial control
  • Relationship improvements
  • A lowering of stress
  • A lower chance of relapse

A Comparison of Private Residential Rehabilitation and Council-Funded Rehab Treatments

Private Rehab

Making the decision about rehabilitation is one that can take a long time to ensure the individual is making the right choice.

In these examples, it may be helpful to consider the differences and benefits of the two main types of rehabilitation.

These are council-funded rehabilitation and private residential care.

Council-funded rehab has many benefits. It is convenient and free of charge, often appealing to many and being accessible to most.

However, this makes these services extremely busy, often resulting in:

  • Long waiting lists
  • Unsuitable referrals
  • Irregular access to therapists
  • The chance of a different therapist for each visit

On the opposite hand, private residential care has many benefits including the chance for immediate access, specialised rehabilitation and addiction staff, rehabilitative care away from an additive environment, and high levels of success.

One of the only drawbacks for some is the cost.

Though it is stereotypically more expensive than other sources of care, individuals can be reassured that this cost is directly relevant to the quality of care, staff to patient ratio, and the personalisation of care that can be provided.

These factors are often key in determining the success of sobriety and an individual’s likelihood of relapse.

Who is Residential Rehabilitation NOT Suitable For and What Are the Alternatives?

Alternative Therapies

In general, residential rehabilitative care is only suitable for those who are consuming 30 units or more of alcohol per day (in the case of an alcohol addiction).

Residential rehab is also recommended for those who also have co-occurring mental health issues.

These mental health issues may inhibit their ability to undergo a home detox or remain sober for long periods of time.

In some cases, the individual may also be more likely to behave violently towards their loved ones or develop addiction-related disorders such as body tremors (Delirium tremens), alcoholic seizures, heart issues and liver failure.

However, there are some alternatives for rehabilitative care if the individual does not match the requirements or is not suitable for residential rehab.

Some of these are listed below:

  • Outpatient groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
  • Family group meetings and interventions
  • SMART Recovery – Self-Management And Recovery Training (a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing)
  • Home detox
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Holistic therapy – art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, acupuncture, equine therapy, mindfulness
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Codependency therapy
  • Contingency management
  • Brief interventions
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence keeps talking therapies and psychiatric treatment in line with expected standards.

Determining the Level of Rehabilitative Care Required by Using the ASAM Criteria

The ASAM Criteria

Before researching rehab, an individual may not have a good idea of the level of care they require.

This is a common problem, and there are many tools that are designed to help.

For example, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed a criteria to determine the level of rehabilitative care an individual may require.

This is based on six dimensions which are briefly outlined below:

  • An individual’s past and current experience of substance use
  • An individual’s current physical condition and medical history
  • Any co-occurring mental health issues
  • An individual’s motivation and readiness to recover
  • Their risk of relapse
  • An individual’s current living situation (including people, places, and things in their current life that may act as triggers)

During an initial assessment with Rehab 4 Alcoholism, individuals are encouraged to consider and discuss these factors.

Though it can seem like a lot of information, it is vital for making the most appropriate rehabilitation suggestion.

Assessing Individual Use Through AUDITS

Individual Impact

In the case of alcohol addiction, an individual may be encouraged to go through an Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

This is designed to analyse the individual’s usage of alcohol, including consumption and potential abuse, as well as highlighting the consequences of this usage on the individual.

The test is made up of 10 questions, equally covering the essential factors of intake, dependency, and consequences.

Each of the 10 questions is ranked 1-4 (where 4 is the answer most indicative of an alcohol dependency).

Scoring a 13 or higher determines that the individual has an alcohol dependency, but any score higher than an 8 should be assessed further.

What Is An Intervention and When Is It Used?


Intervention refers to the process of a counsellor (or interventionist) meeting and discussing with the family of an individual suffering from addiction about the best course of treatment.

This counsellor helps the family and the individual to share their experiences with addiction and how it has affected them, leading to a better overall understanding of each other and the problem at hand.

Standard interventions have a success rate of around 30% for encouraging individuals to enter further care, though a more modern technique – CRAFT – has rates of around 70% success.

Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT) interventions have a stronger focus on identifying addiction triggers within the individual and assisting one another in finding the best sources of treatment and care for both the family and the individual.

Due to this more invitational approach, CRAFT is far more effective than standard interventions and should be considered before encouraging an to enter rehab to gain a greater understanding of the individual and their issues.

The Cost of Residential Rehabilitation in Cornwall


The cost of rehab will differ across the UK, Cornwall and between each individual centre.

This is due to the care provided, the staff on hand, and the type of accommodation that the individual chooses.

In most cases, the accommodation type has the greatest effect on cost. Compare the examples below:

  • Single-occupancy rooms – more expensive option, 10-day detox costing between £3,000 and £6,000, whilst a 28-day full stay costs around £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Multi-occupancy rooms – less expensive option, 10-day detox costing £2,000 to £4,000, and a 28-day full stay around £6,000.

These figures are averages and should be taken as estimations rather than exact costs.

Please consider other factors such as insurance and personal benefits that may be taken into account when calculating cost.

Advice and Tips For Choosing The Right Rehabilitation Centre in Cornwall


Because entering and committing to the right rehabilitation centre is such an important decision, there are several steps that can be taken to ensure that the type of care that will be received is the most appropriate.

The individual should consider all types of care – both inpatient and outpatient.

By assessing what they believe to be most suitable for themselves, as well as taking into account several of the tests and criteria mentioned previously, an individual should have a much better idea of what they are looking for.

In general, many health providers suggest trying a range of day treatment programmes.

This could include attending addiction support network meetings once-a-week on a trial basis or attending local counselling initially to understand certain aspects of the process.

What Is Detoxification and Is It Suitable For Me?


Detoxification is the process of removing harmful toxins from the body as a result of addiction as well as transitioning towards a substance-free lifestyle.

In most cases, withdrawal symptoms worsen within the first 24-72 hours of beginning the detoxification process.

This process can be medically assisted when it is required, usually in the case of a more serious addiction or where withdrawal will be more severe.

The process is made much safer when supported in this way and allows for the alleviation of withdrawal symptoms.

In some cases, especially for alcohol addiction, individuals are offered a Librium-based detox.

This drug helps combat the more serious effects of withdrawal from alcohol such as alcoholic seizures.

The individual can then progress to later recommended therapies.

How Long Does Rehab Last?

How long rehab

There is no set duration for rehabilitation, as every individual is affected differently by addiction and the effects will need to be treated as so.

What works for one individual or what is suggested in one case may not work for another, and Rehab 4 Alcoholism understands this.

Our team will never suggest the same treatment programme as another individual without reason, and all treatment programmes will be specialised and tailored towards the individual.

An individual can undertake a 7-day minimum stay for a detox session and withdrawal, but Rehab 4 Alcoholism generally suggests a 28-day stay to focus completely on the related issues such as those associated with mental health and self-recovery.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

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Alcohol addiction can affect anyone, and happens when you’re no longer in control of your consumption.

Alcohol addiction is a disease of the brain that changes the brain’s chemistry.

Binge drinking a lot or drinking alcohol daily puts you at risk of wernicke encephalopathy and alcoholic hepatitis.

There are a few tests which can be utilised to see if your dependence constitutes as an addiction. These include the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test and CAGE questionnaire.

It can be dangerous to try to stop drinking alone, as you could develop delirium tremens and other alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

A medically-assisted detox is overseen by a professional, and is necessary if you’re a heavy user.

During alcohol detox, you can take chlordiazepoxide, (Librium), to help you feel better while you rid your body of alcohol and its effects.

Alateen, The National Association for Children of Alcoholics and Al-Anon are dedicated alcohol charities that can offer you free advice and support.

Rehabilitation for Cocaine Addiction in Cornwall


Cocaine addiction is one of the most common addictions in the UK.

Therefore, providers of drug and alcohol rehab in Cornwall are prepared to deal with the demands of this type of addiction.

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, and impacts the individual’s behaviour strongly, sometimes affecting relationships across their personal and professional life.

With long-term usage, individuals are likely to develop serious mental health issues such as paranoia, anxiety and depression.

When considering rehabilitation for cocaine addiction, individuals should assess whether they require inpatient or outpatient care.

This is the difference between staying full-time in a dedicated centre or going through the rehabilitation process on a part-time basis, often whilst continuing to stay at home.

Making this decision can be aided by assessing whether the individual is able to stop substance abuse alone, or if they require professional help.

With all substance addictions, the individual is encouraged to go through the stages of detoxification, rehabilitation and aftercare.

Rehabilitation For Heroin Addiction in Cornwall


Like cocaine, heroin is a class A drug.

It comes from morphine and is highly addictive due to its short-term euphoric highs.

With these short-term effects comes long-term health risks.

After extended use, individuals are far more likely to experience degrading cognitive functioning which will severely impact their day-to-day lives.

Additionally, individuals are more susceptible to liver disease, heart problems, blood clots, and seizures.

Due to its addictive nature, it is essential that any heroin rehabilitation begins with a detox.

This can be done more safely through a transition from heroin to a heroin substitute in a process known as tapering.

After this, an individual will be far more prepared, both physically and mentally, for further rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation For Cannabis Addiction in Cornwall


Cannabis is not a physically addictive drug, though it is still one of the most commonly abused substances in the UK, as well as being psychologically addictive.

This drug affects the central nervous system, resulting in effects such as mild euphoria, increased sensitivity, calmness and temporary time and place perception changes.

These effects can be both positive and negative for those who consume cannabis.

Again, an individual must consider both inpatient and outpatient care depending on the severity of their addiction and its effects.

As cannabis is a psychologically addictive drug, individuals should seek rehabilitative care with a focus on physical and mental treatments to help ensure complete recovery.

Essential Rehab Training – Relapse Risk Prevention Planning

Risk Prevention Plan

One of the most common and essential treatments during rehabilitation is relapse risk prevention training.

This is essential as it prepares the individual for life after rehabilitation.

Below are some of the key areas an individual should consider during relapse prevention:

  • Recovery is part of personal growth and is an important milestone in a person’s life
  • This is a gradual process and should not be taken lightly
  • There are no short-cuts or rule-bending when it comes to a full recovery
  • The main tools of recovery include cognitive therapy and relaxation of the mind and body

When making a plan during rehabilitation, individuals are encouraged to evaluate their history with substances, including triggers, and create an action plan in the case of a potential relapse.

Support After Rehab

Aftercare services will be there to help you make the transition out of rehab without relapse.

You will have developed effective coping skills throughout your time in treatment, so you can maintain your will to stay sober, even when you encounter a trigger.

Sober living houses are homes specifically for the purpose of recovering after rehab. This is a no drug or alcohol space, free from triggers.

Getting Help Today


If you know that a life free from alcoholism is what you want, give Rehab 4 Alcoholism a call today.

All Cornish treatment facilities we recommend have been audited by the Care Quality Commission.

This ensures that the highest standards of care are always fulfilled.

All treatments are recommended following the completion of a thorough telephone assessment.

This means we are committed to only recommending treatment that we feel is suitable for your unique needs.

Alternative Services & Charities in Cornwall

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Below are some of the charities and organisations that can offer free help with for substance issues:

1. Addaction Chy

Address: Rosewyn House, Alverton Terrace, Truro TR1 1JE

Telephone: 01872262414

Website: https://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-chy

2. Ara Recovery For All

Address: Pool Innovation Centre, Trevenson Rd, Pool, Redruth TR15 3PL

Telephone: 03301340286

Website: https://www.recovery4all.co.uk/contact/gambling-help-cornwall/

3. Mind Cornwall

Address: Bramery House, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 8HE

Telephone: 01208 892855

Website: cornwallmind.org

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)Narcotics Anonymous (NA)  and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can help you to stay sober and meet others on the same journey.

The NHS provides  simple, trustworthy information for addictions and dependencies.

SMART Recovery, Change Grow Live, We Are With You, Turning Point and Al-Anon are useful services that can make addiction easier to navigate for you as well as your friends and family.

Find mental health support with Rethink Mental IllnessMindYoung Minds, Samaritans and Papyrus.

Support from Rehab4Alcoholism

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The services Rehab4Alcoholism can offer are available across Truro, Port Isaac, Polperro, St Ives, Mevagissey, Mousehole, Looe, Marazion, Padstow, Newquay, Fowey, Falmouth, Penzance, Charlestown, Boscastle, Tintagel, Bodmin, Bude, St Austell, St Mawes, St Agnes, Launceston, Altarnun, Cadgwith, Porthleven, Wadebridge, Polzeath, Redruth, Coverack, Camelford, Perranporth, Liskeard, Hayle, Helston, Lostwithiel, Portreath, Mullion, Saint Just, Zennor, Camborne, Torpoint, Rock, Botallack, Blisland, Helford, Jacobstow, Kingsand, Cawsand, Crackington Haven, Crantock, Portscatho, and many more towns in and around Cornwall.

All of the rehabs we can refer you to are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (England and Wales) or the Care Inspectorate (Scotland).

At Rehab4Alcoholism, we offer free advice from a team of non-judgemental professionals, many of whom are in recovery and understand how hard it can be to change your relationship with addiction.

For more information about rehab in Cornwall, reach out to our 24/7, confidential hotline on 0800 111 4108.

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