Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Watford

Has your alcohol abuse gotten out of control?

Maybe drug use is having a devastating impact on your life, or perhaps you find that you can’t stop binge drinking.

It’s likely that those around you are worried about you and maybe you’ve started to agree that you need to change something.

In 2021 it was reported that there were 50 drug and alcohol deaths in Hertfordshire.

This includes those who died in Watford as a result of substance use disorder. Any life lost this way is a tragedy.

At a drug and alcohol rehab in Watford you can alter your life, improve your health and well-being outcomes and develop the skills to start a successful long-term recovery.

There are excellent recovery programmes available for people with substance use disorders in the Watford area.

When you enter recovery, you want to find a clinic that will understand the nature of your addiction and how to treat you specifically.

Many people don’t realise that different rehabs have different specialities. Some, for instance, specialise in detox, others in psychological issues, and still others in 12 Step style programmes.

A chat with the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team means you’ll quickly find out what’s available local to Watford as well as further afield.

To take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

What a Stay at Rehab Means

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You’ll know how much mind-altering substances change how you think, feel, and act. Addiction is a serious health concern and the best place for treatment is at a private drug and alcohol rehab in Watford.

Rehab treatment is useful because the qualified professionals who facilitate it take into account the health complications that commonly arise with substance use. You also get a team of mental health specialists that approach the psychological perspective of addiction.

The level of service is the best offering you can get in terms of treatment and it’s all provided in a comfortable environment.

A Medically-Assisted Detox at Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Watford

Some people experience physical withdrawal symptoms as a result of stopping the substance they’re addicted to.

When this happens, it’s evidence that dependence has formed. This means that it can be dangerous and especially distressing to physically give up the substance.

There are common drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms that take place when someone is physically dependent on substances such as alcohol, heroin, or benzodiazepines.

These include

  • Shaking and sweating
  • Extreme agitation, anxiety and panic
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia and confusion
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Seizures

For those addicted to heroin, severe pain occurs in the body. If an individual experiences seizures, it can even lead to fatalities.

This is what makes a medically-assisted detox essential where a physical addiction has developed.

An alcohol detox (also known as a Librium-based detox because the medication used is often Chlordiazepoxide) lasts around fourteen days.

The medication dosage is gradually reduced so that by the end of the detox you’re entirely substance-free. The detox medication is important as it can help to lessen or even prevent the worst elements of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

A heroin detox works much the same as an alcohol detox, but Subutex is prescribed in place of Librium. This is a man-made opioid that manages heroin withdrawal through gradual reduction without producing a high.

To take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

Psychological Therapies & Holistic Support for Drug & Alcohol Addiction


There are outstanding therapy programmes available at drug and alcohol rehab in Watford. Your programme will consist of a variety that is matched to your needs.

You’re likely to experience a selection of the following physical and talking therapies:

  • Addiction counselling is where a counsellor will help you to grow in self-confidence through the therapeutic relationship. You’ll become more self-aware and learn more about yourself and how to alter your perspective.
  • Holistic therapies are where your emotional and spiritual well-being are addressed. You’ll also learn new ways to process emotions. It’s likely you’ll try Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Equine Therapy, Drama Therapy, Acupuncture and much more.
  • Family therapy is available in some cases. This is particularly helpful if your family has been seriously impacted by your substance use. The facilitator will support you to find new positive ways to communicate.
  • Motivational interviewing, along with other motivational therapies, are the treatments that gets to the root of your drive for recovery. The way it does this is through exploring your ambivalence to change. You’ll be encouraged to think about what it is you like about alcohol or drugs as well as any reluctance you might have about quitting.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy is an individual therapy focused on altering your thought patterns in order to change your behaviour.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy is offered to people who struggle with healthy emotional regulation. For those with co-occurring mental health issues or who have experienced traumatic events it’s often really useful.
  • 12 Step and SMART Recovery Groups take place regularly. These give you a space of sharing and learning and challenging your peers. Together you discuss ideas and tips on how to develop sober meaningful lives.

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

An Individualised Treatment Programme

At home support

When you enter an inpatient rehab, a member of staff will assess your needs.

They’ll ask various questions in the following areas:

  • What your health is like and if you have any physical symptoms
  • What your relationship with addiction and relapse is like
  • What your behaviour is like when intoxicated
  • What your mental health is like
  • Information about your life in the past
  • What your living situation is
  • How ready you feel to change

It’s really important to answer the questions honestly as this informs what your treatment plan will include. The staff will know what type of therapy sessions to offer and how to lead you through the detox process.

More formal psychiatric assessments will likely take place at rehab, where recovery specialists and psychiatrists will work to discover your unique needs.

These assessments can include:

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 take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

What Else is Treated in Residential Rehab?


One of the great things about private care is the range of illnesses that can be addressed. As well as addiction to psychoactive substances, you can be treated for behavioural addictions such as gambling or addiction to tanning, shopping, sex, and porn.

Another common occurrence at drug and alcohol rehab in Watford is for people to be treated for mental health conditions alongside addiction.

You might know people who use alcohol to ease feelings of depression or stress but, of course, alcohol use can lead to mental health symptoms (i.e. depression and anxiety).

When someone is suffering from both addiction and another mental health condition, it is known as a dual diagnosis.

Common examples of mental health disorders co-occurring with addiction include:

Before going to rehab, you can discuss this with the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team for ideas on which clinics will suit you most if you’re affected by anything else as well.

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 link to your addiction, such as alcoholic hepatitis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, liver disease or various cancers.

The Duration of Your Stay at Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Watford

As you’re aware recovery from addiction takes time. Just as it usually takes a bit of time for addictive behaviours to imbed, you need time to change and learn new ways of being. The majority of residents stay at rehab for 28 days.

The first week will concentrate on supporting you through the worst of withdrawal. After this you’ll start therapies and groups with the aim of learning new behaviours.

It’s important to spend time practising new coping mechanisms as this helps you to build the basis of a sober life.

For people with more complex conditions, an extended rehab programme might be offered. It’s not unusual for residents to stay at rehab for 3 months.

To take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

1-Year Free Aftercare Through Your Rehab Clinic


It’s really important to think about life after rehab and during your time at a rehab clinic. Staff will encourage you to discuss and plan around the risk of relapse. Doing so will help prepare you for life back at home.

The reality is that alcohol and drug addiction is often characterised by relapses, especially before you stay at rehab and learn new skills to manage yourself. The majority of residents are fine after leaving rehab and the relapse prevention plan does everything needed to keep you focused on sobriety.

For others, they’ll take advantage of outpatient treatment. This might include online counselling groups or staying in contact with other residents through group sessions online.

What you have will depend on your needs and as time goes on after leaving the clinic, this might change.

For example, you might have no outpatient support to start with, then decide to have some counselling support three months later.

NHS Treatment for Substance Use in Watford

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In Watford, you can access NHS addiction services. These are useful if you’re not ready to quit right now but want some professional input. Services are run from a centre in town.

Service users are allocated a substance misuse worker who might offer some one-to-one sessions. As well as this you can go to weekly groups and access the needle exchange.

In the Watford area there are also 12 Step groups run from different community spaces, providing both peer support and the chance to lean on a higher power when addiction seems like too much.

These include:

Other organisations

Below is a list of other organisations offering free addiction treatments in and around Watford:

1. GROW Hostel

Address: 423 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4NU

Telephone: 01923 256 189

Website: http://www.growhostel.org.uk/

2. Change Grow Live | Spectrum Drug & Alcohol Service

Address: St Martins House, 14 The Common, Hatfield AL10 0UR

Telephone: 08006 523 169

Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/spectrum-hertfordshire-drug-alcohol-services/hatfield

3. CAMHS | Watford Child & Familly Clinic

Address: Peace Childrens Centre, Peace Prospect, Watford WD17 3EW

Telephone: 01923 470 610

Website: https://www.hpftcamhs.nhs.uk/coming-to-camhs-what-to-expect/our-hpft-camhs-services/our-camhs-community-clinics/peace-childrens-centre-watford/

If you would like to access free remote 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 make use of in-person and online support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery.

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

The Benefits of a Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Watford

For people who have a moderate or severe addiction, then treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab in Watford is the optimal environment. It comes with many benefits, including…

  • Having your physical health assessed by a medical professional. If physical dependence is identified then a detox programme is provided. This might include medication to safely withdraw as well as electrolyte injections.
  • A range of holistic, psychological, and behavioural therapies. These help with addictions as well as mental health issues.
  • 24-hour care so that you’re supported at all times.
  • An in-house chef who ensures you get the essential vitamins and minerals you need through a well-balanced nutritious diet.
  • A relaxed and non-judgemental environment that’s designed to feel like a “home away from home”. You’ll meet others in a similar position as you to socially connect with.
  • A bespoke treatment programme created to suit your needs.

Your journey to recovery is made as simple as possible in the rehab environment with all your needs taken care of.

To take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

The Cost of Rehab in Watford

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Depending on particular rehab options you might go for (i.e. a single or multi-occupancy room), how long you stay, and what medication you might have, the cost of care will vary.

The amount you pay covers treatment from the experienced team of staff, meds, accommodation, food, and resources.

A stay at rehab can cost anywhere from £1,000 to £10,000 a week. It really depends where you go. Some residents pay through their private health insurance provider, others are financially funded by family and friends.

Going this route means you can get into rehab within days.

For those from low-income backgrounds, you can apply for a funded placement through the local NHS drug and alcohol service. Though please be aware that this option places you on a waiting list that is usually 3-6 months long.

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:

Contact Rehab Recovery

To find out more about a residential programme to suit your specific needs at a drug and alcohol rehab in Watford or perhaps further afield, contact the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers addiction advice throughout St Albans, Hatfield, Harpenden, Borehamwood, Royston, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Hertford, Hitchin, Bishop’s Stortford, Letchworth Garden City, Berkhamsted, Baldock, Hemel Hempstead, Abbots Langley, Ashwell, Baldock, Barnet, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Kimpton, King’s Langley, Knebworth, Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Stevenage, and more locations across Hertfordshire.

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

We’ll explain your options and can facilitate discussion with any clinics you’re interested in as well as helping you with arrangements to get to your chosen clinic.

To take the next step on your recovery journey, call us today on 0800 111 4108.

Featured Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Watford

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Inpatient Rehab


Medical Detox