Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Oldham

Oldham is situated approximately seven miles northeast of central Manchester and, just like most towns in the Greater Manchester area, there has been a worrying upward trend in alcohol consumption and substance misuse in recent years.

Alcohol often provides the central focus for many social and recreational activities as it facilitates social interactions and makes people feel relaxed.

Unfortunately, due to the chemicals in alcohol drinkers can become physically and psychologically dependent on the substance, which increases the likelihood of regular use and the damage it can do.

All recreational drugs also produce positive effects which hook people into needing to take them again, whether this is to experience feelings of euphoria, to relax them or give them new visual and sensory experiences.

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Addiction is not a condition that goes away on its own

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Substance use addiction is not a condition people can recover from easily by themselves.

This is because they have lost control over their behaviour, and specialist treatment is required to prevent them from becoming seriously unwell both physically and mentally.

Luckily there are many high-quality drug and alcohol rehab centres in and near to Oldham offering a first-class service for people with substance addictions.

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What is drug and alcohol rehab?

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Drug and alcohol rehab is a treatment service for individuals that have become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol after excessively consuming the substance for a prolonged period.

The current term used in the medical profession to diagnose an addiction to a substance is Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

This is different to a behavioural addiction where there is no substance involved, just a negative behavioural pattern such as gambling addiction and internet or gaming addiction.

There are two main challenges for people diagnosed with SUD, these are:

  1. Physical dependence occurs after prolonged substance misuse as their central nervous system and internal physiology have adapted to the presence of the substance and now cannot function without it.
  2. Psychological dependence develops when a substance user has become emotionally and psychologically reliant on the substance to help them get through each day. The substance either boosts their mood or gives them the confidence to tackle the challenges of everyday life.

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Diagnosing Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

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To help doctors and substance misuse practitioners diagnose a Substance Use Disorder (addiction) they refer to the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5).

This manual sets down a list of symptoms that people who have an addiction will exhibit.

Overall, there are 11 symptoms listed. If a patient shows signs of 2-3 of the symptoms they will be diagnosed as having a mild SUD, and if they have over 6 then they will be categorised as having a severe SUD.

The symptoms include:

  • A rise in the amount and frequency of their drug and/or alcohol use.
  • They disengage from important areas of their life (e.g. jobs, education and family commitments).
  • Individuals who are addicted spend most of their time trying to obtain the substance and also recovering from its effects.
  • Individuals who become addicted will lose interest in other activities they usually engage in (e.g. sports, gym, movies, music).
  • Their physical and mental health will have declined.
  • They may want to stop taking substances but cannot resist any urges as they have lost the ability to control their substance use.
  • Their tolerance to the substance has increased. (They need to consume more of the drug for it to affect them).
  • When they go for 1-2 days without taking the substance they experience withdrawal symptoms.
  • They continue to take substances even though they know it is causing them harm.

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What is residential rehab?

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There are several specialist residential treatment services in Oldham for drug and alcohol addiction.

These services offer clients the opportunity to receive treatment in an inpatient setting for a set amount of time.

Attending these treatment programmes means clients will live on the premises for the duration of their treatment, having their meals there and sleeping there overnight until their treatment programme is over.

This gives them the opportunity to become totally immersed in their treatment, removing them from the distractions of everyday life and allowing them to focus solely on recovery.

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Daily programme -what to expect at rehab in Oldham

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Clients will follow a carefully designed daily programme which will help them work through their physical dependence and the emotional difficulties associated with their substance use.

The programme will consist of:

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Outpatient rehab in Oldham

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There is also the option for people diagnosed with a SUD to receive treatment on an outpatient basis.

In this scenario, clients will remain living in their usual circumstances but attend clinics and sessions out in the community, after which they will return home.

This treatment arrangement includes detox treatment, counselling and psychotherapy, as well as supporting educational workshops like drug refusal skills.

Whilst not as intense as inpatient therapy, many people have found outpatient therapy to be a successful way of overcoming addiction.

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What are the advantages of having inpatient (residential) drug and alcohol rehab in Oldham?


Research statistics do suggest that overall patients who follow a residential programme are more likely to achieve a successful recovery than patients who follow outpatient programmes.

However, it must be added that many people have remained abstinent after following an outpatient programme.

Other benefits of residential rehab include:

  • Patients who have been diagnosed with a moderate or severe SUD would be advised to book in for residential treatment. This will enable them to focus on their recovery in a substance-free environment with no negative influences present and expert help close by to talk things through.
  • You will receive your own personal recovery plan, that precisely identifies and targets your treatment needs.
  • The high staff-to-patient ratio at drug and alcohol rehab centres in Oldham means your needs and requirements will always be met swiftly.
  • You will receive up-to-date pharmacological and psychological treatment based on the latest clinical research and delivered by experienced practitioners.
  • Residential treatment offers clients who usually live in unsupportive and chaotic environments the opportunity to receive the care and support that they need, which can drastically increase their chances of achieving recovery.
  • The residential setting means all clients staying on the premises will receive 24-hour supervision should they experience any moments of psychological crisis or uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with withdrawal.

Benefits of private rehab:

  • Privately funded clients will be able to receive a higher quality of care and receive interventions that specifically match their treatment needs, which isn’t always the case for patients who rely on funding for their treatment.
  • People seeking rehab for addiction can gain immediate access to treatment if they can finance the cost of the treatment themselves, because any bureaucratic delays are eliminated.
  • Private patients will be able to experience the benefits of the latest technological advances and receive high-quality interventions.
  • Private clients can gain access to holistic therapies and recreational activities that can enhance their recovery and well-being.

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The Admissions Process for Rehab in Oldham

All of the drug and alcohol rehab services in Oldham and its surrounding areas have very efficient admissions processes and private clients can enter rehab quickly after making their initial enquiry.

1. Screening

Any potential clients who express an interest in residential rehab treatment will pass through a brief screening process, before being accepted onto a treatment programme.

The screening process can differ between rehab centres but they usually include:

  • Confirming the individual is over 18.
  • Checking that they are exhibiting symptoms of substance misuse.
  • A brief interview with each client to assess if they are physically and mentally able to cope with the demands of a drug and alcohol rehab programme.

2. Induction

During the induction stage, the client’s treatment contract is drawn up and clients will be made aware of the rules and conditions of their time in residential rehab, as well as the code of conduct that is expected from them during their stay.

3. Client intake assessment

Before each client begins their treatment programme a senior substance misuse professional will be required to carry out a thorough assessment of their treatment needs.

This is achieved by conducting a comprehensive assessment of several areas of their lives so that the rehab team can build up an accurate and detailed profile of each client.

It is important for the rehab team to gather the following information on the clients entering rehab:

  • Current level of substance intoxication
  • Their overall physical health
  • The current state of their mental health
  • Their commitment or enthusiasm for treatment
  • Their potential for relapse
  • Relevant social factors that can affect their level of engagement with treatment (e.g. legal issues and family circumstances)

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Approach to Addiction Treatment in Oldham

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All the drug and alcohol rehab services in Oldham care deeply about all the clients that enter rehab and prioritise their health and safety at all times.

Despite the differences in technique that many rehab centres will display, there are several fundamental principles that most services will share.

1. Client-centred

Drug and alcohol practitioners believe that all clients entering rehab are unique and that the reasons behind one client’s addiction are different in every case.

Because of this, their treatment programmes will never be the same, although there may be similarities.

We ensure all clients receiving residential treatment follow a programme that will match their life experiences and individual circumstances, giving them the best chance of success.

2. Abstinent orientated treatment

Addiction treatment follows an abstinence-based approach, which recognises that to achieve recovery clients will be required to give up taking the substance permanently.

Whilst some addiction sufferers practice harm reduction rather than full abstinence, this is a riskier approach to recovery.

This is because any continued use of the substance can trigger a relapse that may set them back significantly, even if they only consume substances sporadically.

3. Holistic perspectives

Manu drug and alcohol rehab services in Oldham adopt a holistic approach to treating substance use disorders and treat the person as a whole, not just the addiction.

The treatment programmes take a biopsychosocial approach and include interventions that target the biological, psychological and social factors that contributed to each client’s addiction.

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Drug and Alcohol Detoxification in Oldham

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Drug and alcohol rehab recovery services in Oldham focus on treating clients’ physical and psychological dependence on drugs and alcohol.

Most clients diagnosed with SUD will require detox treatment to eliminate their physical dependence on a substance.

Detox treatment is necessary when physical dependence occurs, because the presence of trace amounts of addictive substances in the body and the presence of strong cravings can seriously inhibit recovery.

Detox treatment aims to help clients slowly reduce and then eliminate the presence of these substances in their body, which will decrease the severity of the withdrawal symptoms they are experiencing.

The medical team at a rehab centre will follow established detox protocols to help clients who have become physically dependent on many different substances, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Ketamine
  • Cannabis
  • LSD

Patients undergoing detox tend to be in the detox programme for 1-3 weeks depending on the substance they are physically dependent on and the severity of their addiction.

Clients diagnosed with a severe addiction tend to be in detox for longer.

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Psychological therapies available at rehab in Oldham

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Drug and alcohol rehab centres in Oldham use established and proven interventions to treat the clients’ addiction.

These can take many different forms, but often include:

1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

There is an abundance of research available which reinforces the benefits of CBT, and because of this, it tends to be one of the main psychological therapies used in substance misuse rehab.

Engaging in CBT sessions enables clients to understand their own negative thought patterns and how this psychological distress which often leads to substance misuse.

Once their negative thought patterns are identified, clients work with their therapist to develop positive thought processes which can build their self-esteem and reduce their anxiety.

2. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

DBT helps clients in rehab deal with strong feelings and difficult emotions which often lead to substance use.

DBT therapists teach clients a range of psychological skills that they can implement when they feel they may be overwhelmed by anxiety or other strong emotions.

3. Addiction counselling

Specialist addiction counselling will help clients work through difficult emotional experiences and traumatic events in their lives, as negative emotional experiences can play a key role in the development of addictive behaviours.

Until these experiences are resolved the clients are always vulnerable to engaging in substance use.


4. Contingency management (CM)

Contingency management is a rewards-based psychological intervention that offers clients money and gifts for demonstrating a commitment to their recovery.

For example, continued attendance at therapy sessions and returning a drug-free sample in a scientific test can lead to rewards, which will work to strengthen their motivation to continue their progress.

5. Relapse prevention training

Clients will attend specialist workshops to gain important psychological skills to ensure that they do not relapse when they face high-risk situations, such as where there is strong social pressure to take substances.

By learning key drug refusal skills clients will be able to resist using substances, helping them to stay sober after they leave rehab.

6. Group based therapy

Group therapy helps attendees rebuild their relational skills with others and helps them understand how their behaviour affects others.

The therapy group can provide another form of support for all group members as everyone in the group can identify with each others’ struggles and offer support, encouragement and understanding.

7. Fellowship support groups

The support team at your chosen rehab will have information regarding all of the support group meetings in Oldham and its surrounding area.

All clients in rehab are urged to attend regular support group meetings after rehab, as this provides them with a strong support base to focus on their ongoing recovery.

The principles of fellowship and mutual support helps attendees at meetings understand the nature of their addiction and what they need to do to work through it.

Clients are advised to attend the support group that is most relevant to them, including:

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8. Holistic therapies available in rehab

Drug and alcohol rehab centres in Oldham now include several holistic therapies in their treatment programme and employ expert practitioners to facilitate the sessions.

Holistic therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy and mindfulness have been found to:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Help to achieve a calm, peaceful mental state
  • Provide another route to releasing negative emotions and unresolved trauma
  • Help with anger management
  • Improve communication skills

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Dual diagnosis: Treating Addiction & Mental Health Together

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All highly regarded drug and alcohol rehab services in the modern age recognise the complex interaction between addiction and mental health conditions.

A significant proportion of clients who enter rehab for addiction are also likely to suffer from poor mental health.

This can either be as a result of an official diagnosis, or they may be exhibiting symptoms of a mental health condition and require a full assessment.

The mental health conditions that often co-exist alongside addiction include:

Many clients may be diagnosed with developmental disorders and or learning difficulties such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism.

The rehab centres we work with are fully aware of the symptoms of such conditions and the difficulties these conditions present, working to develop specifically tailored support plans to aid their client’s recovery.

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Post-rehab – Aftercare

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It is a main objective of drug and alcohol rehab services in Oldham that no client leaves rehab without a detailed aftercare plan in place to help them continue the progress they have made during their residential programme.

As part of the plan clients are encouraged to:

  • Engage in community activities.
  • Build an active social life and develop healthy relationships.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle habits (Sleep, diet, fitness, smoking cessation).
  • Develop their spiritual beliefs and find a motivating meaning in their life.

SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a national charity that has developed excellent cognitive behavioural-based recovery programmes to provide people with the psychological skills to avoid relapsing and change any negative thought patterns they have.

They offer free programmes run by trained facilitators to guide people through recover and post-treatment life.

They also offer a strong supportive community to draw strength and encouragement from.

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It is important to remember that, even though a residential treatment programme may be over, clients leaving rehab still have to work hard on their recovery.

It is therefore seen as essential for people in recovery from addiction to continue going to support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous regularly to carry on their 12-step work and offer support to other members in their fellowship.

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Contact us today

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For further information about how we can help, get in touch. You can do this by calling us on 0800 111 4108, or by messaging us through our website.

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