Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Wales

Have you noticed your drug or alcohol use increasing recently? Has your health or relationships started to suffer?

When people use substances regularly – whether that’s repeated drug use or regular binge drinking – it’s only a matter of time before life starts falling apart.

In Wales, alcohol is the cause of around 1,500 deaths a year.

As well as this, deaths from drug poisoning have increased by 78 per cent over the last 10 years.

Whether you have moderate or severe alcohol addiction or drug issues, you can start your recovery journey at a drug and alcohol rehab in Wales. There you’ll get the quality of care needed to begin a healthy life and meaningful future.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on 0800 111 4108.

Drug and alcohol rehab in Wales

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If you have a drug or alcohol abuse problem and live in Wales or want treatment in Wales, you have a few options.

There are clinics you can go to that offers the most effective treatments and programmes to support you to become sober.

As well as this, you’ll learn the skills and coping mechanisms to stay abstinent into the future.

A chat with the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team can give you all the information you need on what’s available and what will suit your particular needs.

Alcohol Detox in Wales

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Alcohol use is a massive issue for many people in Wales as well as the rest of the UK.

Unfortunately, it’s a substance that is promoted every angle you turn and being legal, the vast majority of people peer-pressure those around them to drink.

This makes it incredibly difficult to stop without support and ideas on how to set boundaries.

Despite its legal status, alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances in that it does to the body.

At worst it leads to physical dependence and this means alcohol withdrawal symptoms can actually be fatal.

Some of the most common of these symptoms include:

Whatever level of abuse you’re at, entering an alcohol detox clinic and getting the care of specialist medical professionals is the safest way to wean off the substance.

During residential treatment, you’ll have a ten to fourteen-day detox which will likely includes the use of specialist medications in a process known as a medically-assisted detox.

This will often take the form of a course of Chlordiazepoxide (a benzodiazepine more commonly known as Librium) which works to reduce some of the worst effects of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

This medication works to prevent severe withdrawal symptoms and is given in a tapered-off way so that you’re substance-free at the end of the period.

After the detox stage in a drug and alcohol rehab in Wales, you’ll then move on to the psychological treatments.

Private drug rehab In Wales

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At a rehab centre, you get the highest quality medical treatments for drug addiction. Some substances cause physical dependence alongside psychological addiction and others cause psychological.

The detox stage of rehab for those addicted to heroin, opioid-based substances, and benzodiazepines includes medication such as Subutex. This is to support a person through the physical withdrawal symptoms they have and to make them as comfortable as possible during this difficult time.

For something like cocaine withdrawal, when the substance causes psychological rather than physical addiction, a cocaine detox is available but is much less likely to include medication.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on0800 111 4108.

NHS detox and treatment options

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The NHS has drug and alcohol services that offer outpatient treatment in towns throughout Wales. These are useful for people with mild substance issues and those who aren’t ready to quit but want harm reduction support.

There are regular weekly groups and drop-in clinics as well as limited one-to-one sessions and needle exchanges.

At these types of addiction treatment services, you can get a substance support worker to help you apply for funding for a private rehab placement. You do, though, have to be in regular contact with the service, fully committed to recovery, and from a low-income background to be eligible.

Other organisations

Below is a list of other organisations offering free addiction advice and services in and around Wales:

1. Kaleidoscope Project

Address: Resolven House, Saint Mellons Business Park, Fortran Rd, St. Mellons, Cardiff CF3 0EY

Telephone: 01633 811 950

Website: https://kaleidoscope68.org/

2. Welsh Centre for Action on Dependency & Addiction

Address: 41 St James Crescent, Uplands, Swansea SA1 6DR

Telephone: 01792 472 519

Website: https://www.wcada.org/


Address: St Davids Hospital, Cowbridge Road East, Cowbridge Rd E, Cardiff CF11 9XB

Telephone: 02920 536 730

Website: https://cavuhb.nhs.wales/our-services/children-young-people-family-health-services/cypf-emotional-wellbeing-mental-health/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs/

For general support, you can reach out to organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the National Association for the Children of Alcoholics, We Are With You, Turning Point and Change Grow Live, or lean on support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery

The NHS can also help you by providing outpatient services at a local NHS Foundation Trust,  as well as giving helpful advice and providing guidance on accessing sober living houses.

Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step Meetings in Wales

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In Wales, there are 12 Step groups happening throughout the week. You can find Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous  groups in-person in various community settings, as well as online.

Alongside these are specialist offshoot groups, such as Al-Anon Family Group Meetings and Alateen.

The 12-Step approach is peer-led, meaning there aren’t any qualified professionals to gain insight or direction from.

Both peer-led and specialist approaches are valuable when you’re at the point of being ready to quit.

These groups also teach you how to lean on a higher power when addiction seems overwhelming, providing another source of support that some recoverees consider to be indispensable.

Residential treatments at drug and alcohol rehab in Wales

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One of the main benefits of rehab is the wide range of alternative, group, and psychological treatments on offer to you that will make up your programme.

It’s the combination of approaches that provides the best foundation for healing.

Some of the most widely used physical and talking therapies include:

  • Dialectical behavioural therapy is offered to people who need to learn how to emotionally regulate using new skills. For many with addictions, the substances have been used to alter how they feel, it’s important to learn how to identify your emotions and process them in new ways.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy is for anyone who has an addiction. The reason for this is that it focuses attention on the power you have to change your thoughts. By actively practising new thoughts and ways of thinking you can alter the behaviours linked to them.
  • Motivational interviewing is where the therapist will ask quite probing questions and guide you to think in new ways. It’s where you’ll talk about the things you like about alcohol or drugs, what you hate and where your drive to recover is coming from. This is important as it helps you find your true place of wanting to become sober, a key step in a successful recovery.
  • Group therapy and Group Psychotherapy are key parts of almost every recovery journey. This is because of how important it is to socially connect to others in understanding addiction, your drives, and finding a space of self-compassion. You’ll share about yourself and listen to and learn from others who are in the same position.
  • In some cases, Family Therapy might be offered. Where you have experienced the breakdown of relationships and are struggling to communicate in positive ways, this is really helpful and important to facilitate ongoing connection into the future.
  • Finally, you’ll get to enjoy lots of relaxing holistic therapies that support you to strengthen your body and mind in new ways, such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Equine Therapy, Drama Therapy, Acupuncture and much more.

These are just a few of the many therapies available at rehabs across Wales, with other popular options including:

Personalised approaches at a residential rehab

Every individual who enters drug and alcohol rehab in Wales has an initial psychiatric assessment as part of the admissions process.

These assessments can include:

Generally speaking, a member of staff will ask questions about physical health as well as mental health symptoms, your history of substance us disorder, personal background and where you live.

Your answers are important as they’ll inform the rehab staff and attendant psychiatrist which combination of physical and psychiatric treatments will help you most, creating a person-centred care plan designed to address your unique needs.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on 0800 111 4108.

Aftercare services at drug and alcohol rehab in Wales

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Part of private rehab provision is a 12-month aftercare programme. This is important as it helps you remain focused on recovery.

Some staff will continue to receive support on an outpatient basis, it could be through monthly online counselling, for instance. Others will stay in contact with peers through alumni groups.

You’ll have a relapse prevention plan in place too. This is what you’ll refer to for guidance and tips.

It will include coping mechanisms, who to contact for support at difficult moments, places you get advice from about various life and recovery points, what to do should you relapse, and the next steps to build a successful long-term recovery.

Do I have a problem? Do I need help?

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Maybe you’re unsure whether your alcohol intake or substance abuse is at the point that would benefit from treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab in Wales.

It’s useful to know that whether your problem is moderate or severe, recovery from addiction isn’t easy and requires professional input to overcome.

If your everyday life is impacted by substance use, you’re using regularly, thinking about substances often, have developed a tolerance, experiencing a breakdown of relationships, or your health is under strain, then rehab care is recommended.

Private care also has the highest standard of support for people who have had traumatic experiences, mental health issues, who might require medical supervision or who have other types of addictions (i.e. sex addiction, or to prescription drugs).

In the residential setting, you’ll equip yourself to improve your well-being and quality of life tenfold.

Treatment for co-occurring mental health and addiction problems

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You might not realise that mental health issues are very much linked to addiction.

This is because people often use substances to try and ease mental health symptoms but when they do this regularly it can lead to symptoms of addiction (i.e. a person might use alcohol to improve their mood but doing so every day can lead to alcoholism).

On the flip side of this, a person with a substance use disorder is more likely to develop a mental health issue because of how alcohol and drugs alter hormones and brain chemistry.

When addiction and mental health occur at the same time this is called dual diagnosis.

The mental health conditions that are most likely to occur alongside addiction include:

At rehab, staff will address both conditions. Your treatment programme will include therapies to support you in both areas.

This type of help provides the strongest way to improve your health in all areas.

To get mental health support separate from addiction treatment, consider contacting remote services such as Young Minds, Samaritans, Rethink Mental Illness, Mind UK and Papyrus.

As part of a dual diagnosis you will also need to consider any physical conditions that may be linked to your addiction, such as liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy or various cancers.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on 0800 111 4108.

How much will it cost to go to drug and alcohol rehab in Wales?

Whether you’re looking for an affordable alcohol rehab or luxury alcohol rehab, there are options for you. You can have a chat with a member of our team to get a breakdown of clinics near you and their cost.

To give you an idea, though, you can expect to pay between £1,000 week to £10,000 a week for a stay at rehab depending on where you go.

As mentioned earlier you can get NHS-funded drug and alcohol rehab placements, though you’ll end up on a long waiting list before admission.

The duration of treatment will obviously increase the overall cost, so keep this in mind too. The majority of guests spend 28 days at rehab, though some stay for around 3 months.

Understanding Treatment Options in Wales

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Rehab 4 Alcoholism is an alcohol addiction helpline set up to guide those seeking treatment in Wales. Our helpful counsellors are on hand to point you or your loved one in the right direction.

Wales’ many treatment options mean it is often difficult to determine which one to choose.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism is able to stand in and ensure you or your loved one chooses the treatment most likely to result in long-term alcohol abstinence. Below we outline some of the treatment options available in Wales.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on 0800 111 4108.

Frequently asked questions

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Below, we list a number of other resources that you may find useful in your search for quality and suitable rehab treatment in the UK:

Residential rehab in Wales

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The most effective form of alcohol treatment available in Wales is full residential rehabilitation. Here patients move into a Walsh rehab centre until the conclusion of their treatment.

Patients receive 24/7 medical attention whilst alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms are treated. The initial phase of treatment is known as detox. Here, alcohol toxins are flushed from the patient’s system. Patients are given time to relax.

Medications such as chlordiazepoxide are given to patients in order to fight off otherwise painful withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, seizures, and nausea.

Detox usually takes up to 10 days to complete, depending on the severity and duration of the patient’s addiction.

As a general rule, the more chronic the patient’s alcoholism, the longer detox will take to complete.

Residential rehabs in Wales typically offer a catering and laundry service. This means patients are free to concentrate solely on their recovery goals. Once patients conclude detox a highly structured regime of counselling and therapy commences.

Here patients attend counsellor-led sessions designed to assist patients in tackling the psychological triggers of alcohol addiction. Therapy and counselling sessions take place either in a group or individual sessions.

The former typically consists of groups consisting of 5-10 other patients who are also completing a treatment programme.

Home and outpatient treatment in Wales


Other forms of alcohol addiction therapy in Wales include a home detox and outpatient treatment. A home detox is not recommended unless patients have access to a loving and caring family environment.

A home detox in the absence of such support is highly inadvisable.

This is because painful withdrawal symptoms carry a risk of coma and death. For this reason, we advise addicts to seek detox in one of Wales’ many residential rehab clinics where 24/7 medical attention is offered to each patient who attends.

To start your journey to recovery today by reaching out to our friendly team members at Rehab 4 Alcoholism. Call us on 0800 111 4108.

About Rehab 4 Alcoholism

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Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a helpline for those affected by addiction. This includes the friends and family members of addicts.

If you’re struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and want some help or confidential advice, you can call the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team. We can answer any question you have about finding and going to a drug and alcohol rehab in Wales.

You’ll want to make an informed decision as to where you go and need to know which clinic will support you best to achieve long-term sobriety. This is our area of expertise; matching you to the most suitable clinic.

The rehabs Rehab 4 Alcoholism can refer you to are available in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Bangor, Saint Asaph, Pembroke, Caerleon, Wrexham, Aberystwyth, Brecon, Carmarthen, Denbigh, Barry, Merthyr Tydfil, Tenby, Ebbw Vale, Milford Haven, Welshpool, Caernarfon, Llantwit Major, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Aberdare, Laugharne, St Davids, Rhondda, Risca, Caerphilly, Rhyl, Hay-on-Wye, Conwy, Machynlleth, Bridgend, Newtown, Monmouth, Lampeter, Neath, Tonyrefail, Blaenavon, Gelligaer, Betws-y-Coed, Kidwelly, Buckley, Bethesda, Prestatyn, Pontypool, Aberaeron and many more locations in and around Wales.

All of the rehabs we recommend are regulated by the Care Quality Commission CQC (England and Wales) or the Care Inspectorate (Scotland).

To start your journey to recovery, get in touch with us today.

Click here to contact a counsellor for free, or call today on 0800 111 4108.

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