Alcohol Rehab in Dudley

Addiction is rife in Dudley, including addictions to illegal drugs, legal drugs, and other vices such as gambling and food.

In 2020, government figures revealed that drug deaths in Dudley are the worst they have ever been.

The West Midlands in general has a significant drug problem, with an 18% increase in drug-related deaths over the last six years.

Unfortunately, the problem is even worse than this suggests if we take into account the fact that many people are suffering in silence, or have admitted to an addiction but have fortunately not lost their life to it.


What’s more, we downplay certain addictions instead of acknowledging the severity of them.

For example, addiction to prescription painkillers is often dismissed in society as we are misinformed about the damaging effects.

This discourages people from asking for help, causing them to feel ashamed about their substance use and to hide it away from their loved ones, employers, doctors and society in general.

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Fortunately, the disappointing statistics on addiction in Dudley mean that there are many treatment options available in the area, from residential rehab and outpatient treatment to home detoxing and self-help resources.

We hope that the more people feel inspired to reach out and ask for help, the better the statistics for addiction in Dudley, and the West Midlands in general, will become.

Signs Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction

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Deciding whether someone has a drug or alcohol addiction is trickier than you might think, as the signs of addiction vary depending on many factors.

This includes the type of addiction, the length of time the addiction has existed for, and the severity of the addiction.

What’s more, dependency has been somewhat normalised in society.

We joke about mothers needing a few glasses of wine to deal with their stress, fathers wanting to be at the pub every weekend, and students drinking on a daily basis.

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This makes it even harder to decide whether someone is suffering from dependency or addiction, as many people have an unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol as it is.

However, there are some key signs you can rely on to determine whether someone is dependent on, or addicted to, drugs or alcohol

These signs are given to us by various approved tests:


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The AUDIT, which stands for the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, asks ten questions relating to alcohol consumption to decide whether a person is dependent on the substance.

When you take this test, you will be encouraged to reflect on your manner of consuming alcohol, your reliance on alcohol, and the consequences of your consumption.

There is an interview version of the test for medical professionals to deliver, as well as a self-help version.

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Some examples of questions you are asked are:

  • How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
  • How often have you failed to stop drinking over the last year?
  • Have you been asked by a friend or family member to reduce your alcohol intake?

It goes without saying that this test is only beneficial for those with alcohol addiction.

If you are dependent on another substance, the remaining tests in this list will help you.

2. DSM Diagnostic Criteria


The DSM is one of the most reliable sources that deals with the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction, so their diagnostic criteria will be very helpful in deciding whether you are dependent on a substance.

First, the DSM outlines some key signs that you are reliant on drugs or alcohol.

Some of these signs are:

  • You experience strong cravings.
  • You attempt to get sober but find yourself using again.
  • You become tolerant to the substance.
  • You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using it.

Next, the DSM presents us with a severity criteria.

It states that two or three symptoms are indicative of a mild substance abuse disorder, four or five is likely to be a moderate substance use disorder, and six or more is linked to the highest severity – in other words, addiction.

It is important to remember that every sign of addiction cannot be covered in the DSM criteria, so you may exhibit signs that are not included, and this should be discussed with a medical professional.

3. ASAM Six Dimensions Criteria

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Finally, the American Society of Addiction Medicine outlines six dimensions of addiction that help medical professionals to formulate personalised treatment plans for their patients.

The dimensions cover topics such as withdrawal, relapse and recovery.

Staff are encouraged to explore these dimensions with the patient to get as much information as possible about each one.

For example, if they were dealing with relapse, they may ask questions such as ‘have you ever relapsed?’, ‘when was the last time you relapsed?’ and ‘what triggers you to relapse?’

As well as determining the severity of the problem, the ASAM test makes room for a detailed understanding of a patient’s history with addiction, which is important as each substance user has a different story to tell.

Symptoms Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction

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There are two main categories when it comes to symptoms of addiction: physical and psychological.

It is possible to experience just one of these categories, but many people suffer from both types of addiction

Physical symptoms usually come before psychological symptoms, as our body tends to become reliant on drugs or alcohol before our brains do.

However, if you are solely experiencing physical symptoms at the moment, it is very likely that you will soon start to feel the psychological effects of your intake.

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Generally, people with addiction will experience physical symptoms such as:

  • Tremors
  • Pale skin
  • Headaches
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain

These symptoms may occur when the user is consuming the substance on a regular basis, or when they attempt to detox.

It is important to note that detoxing alone is very risky and should be avoided at all costs, as it can result in death.

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Psychological symptoms of addiction indicate that there have been changes in your brain chemistry as a result of your drug use.

Some key symptoms are:

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As a result of these physical and psychological symptoms, substance users will often exhibit a change in behaviour.

Some key signs to look out for are:

  • Becoming very secretive about what they are doing or where they are going.
  • Expressing less interest in things they previously enjoyed.
  • Letting people down even when the stakes are high i.e. not turning up to their job.
  • Spending more time with people who regularly consume substances.
  • Demonstrating significant changes in personality i.e. someone who used to be very laid-back becomes easily agitated and aggressive.

Symptoms Of Specific Addictions: Cannabis, Alcohol, Cocaine And Heroin


We have covered the general signs and symptoms of addiction.

However, you will experience different symptoms depending on which substance you are addicted to.

Consequently, it is important to learn about the symptoms of the specific substance you are consuming.

These symptom lists are not at all comprehensive, so we encourage you to do further research to learn about the many potential symptoms of each addiction.

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Alternatively, you can give us a call or send a message and we will be happy to explain these signs and symptoms in further detail.

Many of these symptoms do overlap, but some only occur with certain substances.

Cannabis Addiction


The plant-based drug cannabis is used by many people as a way of inducing relaxation and diminishing levels of anxiety.

However, as with any drug, consistent use can cause a dependency to develop, which in turn increases your chances of becoming addicted to cannabis.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Poor attention span
  • Mood swings

Alcohol Addiction

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Given that alcohol consumption is normalised in society, alcoholism is often downplayed despite its dangerous nature.

It can cause users to experience the following.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Red nose and cheeks
  • Weak stomach
  • Bruising
  • Poor personal hygiene

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Low mood
  • Defensiveness and/or denial
  • Impaired memory and decision-making skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Cocaine Addiction


The stimulant drug cocaine is unfortunately romanticised as a ‘party drug’, but its side effects are sinister.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Reduced appetite
  • Nasal perforations

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor concentration
  • Hyperactivity

Heroin Addiction


Heroin is a highly addictive substance that can be snorted, smoked, or injected directly into the bloodstream.

It causes many distressing symptoms that have long-term damaging effects on the user.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent itching
  • Flushed skin
  • Collapsed veins
  • Menstrual problems.

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Disorientation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suicidal ideation

The Link Between Addiction and Mental Health: Dual Diagnosis Patients


As addiction is a disease rather than an intentional decision people make, it is strongly linked to mental illness.

Many substance users develop a mental disorder as a result of consuming drugs and alcohol, or if they already had trouble with their mental health, they witness it deteriorating.

When someone is battling a mental health condition as well as an addiction, rehab facilities refer to this as dual diagnosis.

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Some common mental health conditions that co-occur with addiction are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder

If you are referred to a drug & alcohol rehab in Dudley as a dual diagnosis patient, you will be treated for your mental health condition as well as your addiction.

Generally the treatment is similar, as most therapies used are helpful for mental health as a whole.

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However, if you declare a specific mental health condition, we will work with the treatment centre to ensure the therapies you undergo are tailored to you.

For example, patients with anxiety may be encouraged to have Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as it is proven to be successful for this condition.

The mental health of patients at private rehab clinics is carefully monitored, so do not worry that you would have to suffer in silence if you decided to opt for a referral to a residential rehab.

Staff work round the clock to meet your needs, including supporting your mental health.


There are psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and therapists who will each bring something different to the table when helping you with your mental health.

As they are all trained in many mental health conditions, you do not have to worry that they will not understand your struggles.

Treatment Options In Dudley


Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Dudley

The most obvious choice for people suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction is to attend a rehab facility in Dudley.

This is because inpatient treatment is proven to be the most successful form of treatment for addiction, given that patients are encouraged to pursue abstinence with the support of expert staff and fellow patients.

We highly recommend that you consider attending rehab as you will have an individualised treatment plan that takes into account your addiction history and your likes and dislikes.

This increases the chances that you will stay sober.


Some examples of things you can request are:

  • Exercise facilities
  • A private room
  • Common room social space
  • A rehab centre of a specific size (small, medium or large)
  • Rehab in a specific location.

Another advantage is that if you go to rehab for 28 days, which is the recommended length of stay, this is enough time to properly detox from your substance and to experience a range of therapies that will benefit your mental health.


Having said that, rehab does come at a cost, both financially and psychologically.

The financial side is different for each rehab centre, but you can expect to pay between £6,000-£10,000 for a 28-day stay.

You can make this more affordable by having a shared room or staying for just a medical detox.

Sometimes, it is possible to get a referral for council-funded treatment, easing any concerns you have about money, but the waiting list would likely be very long.

On the other hand, the waiting list for private residential rehab is virtually non-existent.

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In terms of the psychological side, you need to make sure you are ready to face your issues and talk about your trauma.

One great benefit of residential treatment is that you will have access to expert psychologists and therapists who will help you understand your addiction, but this will be emotionally taxing.

Some people are simply not ready for rehab, and we recommend that they look at other options.

If you are dealing with a severe mental illness, violent tendencies, extreme consumption (30+ units for alcohol), or a condition like delirium tremens or Wernicke’s encephalopathy, we urge you to discover the alternatives to drug & alcohol rehab in Dudley.

Outpatient Treatment in Dudley

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For those who would rather stay at home while they recover, outpatient treatment may be the best option.

This allows you to access facilities provided by clinics without having to live away from home.

Some people prefer this option if they are suffering from a mild dependency, as they do not need the intensity of rehab as much as someone with a serious addiction does.


It is also common for people to stay at home if they have other important responsibilities to juggle, such as a successful career, caring duties, or a young family.

That being said, we would always advise you to put your health above everything else, so we do not recommend refusing treatment at rehab for a superficial reason.

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If you would like to refer a loved one, employee, or patient for treatment via an outpatient centre in Dudley, contact us and we will explain how you can do this.

However, it is essential that your loved one agrees to this first.

In some cases, where your loved one is deteriorating and yet denies their addiction, you may need to stage an intervention with them.

Nowadays, interventionist methods tend to be more positive, as it is believed that punishment of the victim could lead to acute shame.

Consequently, an intervention could look like explaining how you have been affected by your loved one’s addiction and urging them to seek professional help for a better future.

Home Detoxing

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If you do not experience psychological symptoms of addiction, it may be sufficient for you to have a home detox.

This is only recommended if you are in a position to resist temptation and stick to your treatment plan.

Evidently, everyone with addiction is tempted and you cannot predict whether you will relapse.

However, the more serious your addiction is the more important it is that you are immersed in pro-abstinence education, rather than trying to stay sober independently.

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Before a home detox, you will speak with medical professionals about the process so that you are well-informed of the rewards and challenges.

At first, detoxing can be very distressing as you can experience withdrawal symptoms and strong cravings.

However, it is often over within 3-10 days.

When you agree to the detox, you will receive medication to help you do this, such as Librium which is commonly used to support alcohol detox.

Individual therapy

Home detoxes are beneficial for people addicted to substances such as alcohol and heroin, as these cause physical symptoms to develop.

On the other hand, cocaine and cannabis are treated solely by psychological intervention.


Support Group

Addiction experts know that recovery is not linear, and that there will be many challenges along the way.

As a result, self-help meetings have been popularised in Dudley so that people can regularly check-in with others as a way of staying motivated in their new-found sobriety.

Perhaps the most common of these self-help organisations are 12-step programmes like the famous Alcoholics Anonymous.

They offer both in-person and online meetings for substance users and their families.

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Using the search tool on their website, you can find a meeting that is local to you in Dudley.

Some meetings are closed, meaning only people with an addiction are permitted to attend, whereas others are open for friends and family members to attend.

Not only will these meetings keep you on track with your recovery, but they could also help you to socialise with people without needing to rely on substances.

What Are Aftercare Programmes Like In Dudley?

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Often, we place an emphasis on getting sober, but the trickiest thing is staying sober.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we are passionate about aftercare as we believe it is a key component in ensuring patients manage to stay sober after their addiction.

When you come to the end of your time at alcohol or drug rehab in Dudley, you will have the opportunity to receive aftercare for an entire year.

This ensures you can contact the rehab facility when you need help, and they can check on you to make sure you have all the resources you need to stay sober.

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More specifically, staff will help you to design a relapse prevention plan that is in line with your needs.

For example, if you are addicted to alcohol and your friends regularly go to the pub on the weekends, part of the plan may be that you stop going to the pub completely, and you either spend time with your friends in a different setting or find new friends.

In extreme cases, moving to another part of the country may be necessary so that you can leave your triggers behind for good.

If you live in the city, it is probable that you are surrounded by temptation – in Dudley, alcohol-related violent crime and antisocial behaviour mainly takes place in the town centre.

On the other hand, you are less likely to be exposed to alcohol in the countryside, so you may need to consider a big life change if you are likely to relapse in the town or city that you currently live in.

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The idea of relapse prevention is that any potential trigger for your substance use will be identified, which allows you to avoid these triggers.

If they are unavoidable, you will at least be aware that you are in a vulnerable position and you will have coping mechanisms ready to tackle this issue.

Many of these coping mechanisms will come from your therapy sessions, as this is where you will learn how to manage your addiction.

Some therapies you may have access to are:

Your time at rehab will show you which therapies have been the most effective for you, and you will most likely be able to continue with these when you leave.

For this reason, we recommend that you are open to trying as many therapies as possible in rehab so that you can discover where your preferences lie.

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Though many patients shy away from family therapy, preferring to deal with their problems alone, we advise that you try it out.

If your family is supportive of you, it is important that they understand your addiction so they know how to deal with the issue.

When families attend therapy for their loved ones, they not only learn that the addiction is not the fault of their family member, but they will also be advised on how to be a great support to their loved one, which will be very important in the post-rehab stage of recovery, when temptation is high.

Get Help With Rehab 4 Alcoholism Today


As soon as you contact our team on 0800 111 41 08 or via the messaging system on this website, we will begin to take steps to secure a place for you at a drug & alcohol rehab in Dudley.

We are aware that not everyone feels comfortable discussing their addiction, so our advisors will not push you to talk about things you don’t want to disclose.

However, we do encourage you to be honest with us so that we know exactly how to help you.

Whilst some of our clients know exactly what they want from rehab, others are undecided and there is nothing wrong with this.

We are experts at pairing people with their ideal treatment centre, so if you are unsure of your likes and dislikes, we will help you to figure this out before we arrange a referral.

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We would also like to add that it is not essential that you recover in Dudley.

Though receiving treatment close to home could be more affordable and more familiar, some people have valid reasons for choosing a distant treatment facility, and we respect this.

We only work with leading centres, so no matter where you are treated you can trust that the services will be excellent.

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Finally, many substance users feel a great amount of shame about their addiction, but we want to remind you that it is not your fault.

The only thing you have the power to control is your recovery, so try to shift your focus from blaming yourself to motivating yourself to get sober.

After all, no matter whether you are dealing with a mild dependency or a severe addiction, if you are passionate about leaving substances in your past, then with the right help you have every chance of recovering successfully.

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