Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Worcestershire

Addiction is a disease that can strike anyone at any time.

If you are unsure where to turn for alcohol addiction treatment in Worcestershire, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108.

When you contact us, your call will be dealt with professionally and confidentially by our team of experienced addiction counsellors.

We are dedicated to getting addiction sufferers the help they need as quickly and effectively as possible.

Addiction And Substance Misuse in Worcestershire

Statistics

Local government officials have recently developed a strategic plan to deal with drug and alcohol misuse in the Worcestershire area as they are concerned with the upward trend in alcohol and drug consumption patterns there.

Evidence suggests that the over 40s age group contributes to a worrying increase in alcohol-based admissions to hospitals and there is also a rise in the number of people being diagnosed with alcohol-initiated liver disease.

Over recent years, Worcester and Redditch have shown a higher rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions than the national average.

Drug-related deaths have also been on the increase in Worcestershire over recent years with a 22% increase recorded over 5 years up to 2019.

The Disease Model Of Addiction

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The treatment ethos at all addiction centres tends to align with the disease model of addiction, which proposes that addiction is a disease of the brain and people who develop an addiction do not have a moral or mental deficiency of any kind.

Anyone who has a physical illness is unable to make themselves better without help, no matter how hard they try.

This means the person is not at fault for their illness and should be treated with compassion and empathy, rather than being viewed negatively for being unwell.

Dual Diagnosis

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It is very common for patients with an addiction to have a co-existing mental health problem, which makes treatment more complicated.

Clients that enter rehab that has been diagnosed with another mental health condition on top of their addiction (SUD) are known as having a dual diagnosis.

Which Diagnosis Was Present First?

Sometimes it is not very clear to addiction counsellors which aspect of a client’s dual diagnosis appeared first.

This is a difficult puzzle to unravel as some individuals may initially be diagnosed with a mental health condition and start taking substances to cope with the negative symptoms, whereas others may find that their SUD leads to poor mental health.

The specialist staff at a rehab will possess great expertise in treating both conditions at the same time, as they are aware of the complex ways in which SUDs and mental health conditions interact with each other.

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The Use Of Evidence-Based Treatments

All the treatments provided by specialist addiction clinics in Worcestershire are the most appropriate and safest methods for treating substance misuse.

If you have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, you will be prescribed approved medication to help alleviate your symptoms.

CBT has been verified for many years as a “go-to” psychological intervention to tackle mild to moderate depression.

The Aims Of Rehab

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Whichever rehab centre you select for treatment, your treatment programme will guide you towards total abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Some substance misuse policies advocate a harm reduction approach that attempts to reduce the amount of a substance consumed.

However, most if not all treatment centres follow the principle of abstinence, which is reflected in the way they deliver their therapeutic programmes.

Anything other than abstinence risks offering those in treatment the chance to take substances on certain occasions, which is a very harmful message for them to receive.

Most people in rehab will have developed an addiction that has altered their internal biology and psychology so distinctly that it could never return to its pre-addiction state.

It is not therefore possible to expect anyone in this condition to reduce their drinking to a lower level, as any intake of drugs or alcohol could initiate a relapse they may never recover from.

The Advantages Of Attending Inpatient Treatment In Worcestershire

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There are many benefits to choosing an inpatient (or residential) rehab service in Worcestershire.

These include:

  • The environment you will be living in will be completely drug and alcohol-free, so you will not be subject to any temptations during your stay.
  • They use effective treatments based on reliable research and are delivered by qualified professionals.
  • Every client in rehab will receive 24/7 monitoring, care and support from staff during their time there.
  • Attending rehab will enable you to concentrate fully on your recovery, as all the usual stressful factors and distractions in your life will be removed.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend to areas of your life that have you tended to neglect since you became dependent on substances. Rehab centres will provide advice and guidance in improving your sleep, diet and increasing the amount of exercise you do.

 

Private Rehab VS Council Funded Rehab Treatment

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If any clients are looking to receive treatment for their SUD in Worcestershire and cannot afford private prices, they can apply for NHS funding to help pay for the treatment.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to these two sources of funding.

Private Rehab- Benefits

Clients who cover the costs of treatment themselves will be able to start their treatment earlier as they will not need to wait for funding to be approved.

Private clinics will offer a wider range of treatment options, including holistic and recreational therapies, alongside more advanced diagnostic and monitoring procedures.

Private financing enables people to pay for more time in rehab and a longer aftercare period.

Dual diagnosis patients can afford specialist, high-quality treatment for both their addiction and co-occurring mental health condition.

A greater budget means you can gain access to higher-quality treatment centres with superior facilities and a greater level of comfort.

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Private Rehab – Drawbacks

This avenue can prove to be very expensive, and costs can spiral out of control if you do not work out exactly what you need and how this compares with your budget.

Having more money does not lead to a successful outcome on its own: it is vital to have a good attitude and show commitment and focus during your stay.

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Council-Funded Rehab – Benefits

If you have a strong motivation and a clear intention to give up substances, then there is funding available to provide you with the tools and resources to recover.

Even though council funding will only cover your basic treatment needs, the treatments you will receive are very reliable and have been proven in research to be effective in helping people recover from substance misuse.

Council-Funded Rehab – Drawbacks

Due to a lengthy waiting list of people seeking funding for treatment, it can take several weeks if not months for your funding to be approved.

Applying for funding can be stressful and time-consuming and will require a lot of patience and organisation to gather the relevant information.

Generally, only extreme cases are granted funding for inpatient treatment, even if residential rehab is what you need your funding may only approve outpatient treatment.

There are likely to be disruptions to certain aspects of your treatment, for example, you may not always have sessions with the same therapist.

Residential Rehab Is Not A Suitable Option For Many People

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Not everyone seeking addiction treatment is suitable for rehab.

This could be down to many reasons and every person will have their individual treatment needs.

Dependent Drinkers Who Consume Less Than 30 Units A Day

Clients who enter rehab for alcohol dependence tend to be extremely heavy drinkers who consume over 30 units of alcohol per day.

This is very damaging for their physical health, and thus clients who fall into this category need to be monitored very closely to ensure that their condition does not deteriorate.

For clients who consume less than 30 units a day, it is recommended that they seek treatment on an outpatient basis as they should not need constant supervision from staff at rehab centres.

Clients Diagnosed With A Severe Mental Health Condition

Even though there are many dual diagnosis clients in rehab all rehab centres can easily cope with clients who have an SUD and a mild to a moderate mental health condition.

However, clients who have been diagnosed with a severe mental health condition may be required to look elsewhere for treatment, as standard addiction rehab centres do not have the specialist resources and knowledge to treat their complex needs.

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People With Severe Alcohol-Related Health Problems

Sadly, some clients have consumed so much alcohol over the years that it has had harmful and irreversible consequences for their health and are therefore not able to begin treatment.

Delirium Tremens (DT) can occur in people who have drunk excessively and then decide to stop for several days without consulting with doctors.

The symptoms of DT include auditory and visual hallucinations and deficiencies in their sensory system.

Excessive alcohol consumption and an unhealthy diet can lead to a drastic reduction in the body’s level of vitamin B.

This leads to the development of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome which is a chronic, debilitating condition characterised by mental confusion and symptoms resembling fever.

If a client has this condition, then medically they are faced with a poor prognosis and will not be capable of participating in treatment.

Those Considered High-Risk

Certain patients who have been diagnosed with severe mental health conditions may be prone to violent outbursts or pose a suicide risk because of their conditions.

Therefore, they may be required to undergo a risk assessment before they are accepted into treatment.

It is essential that all staff and patients are kept safe and anyone who could threaten this could be referred elsewhere for treatment.

Alternatives To Attending Rehab

Support groups

There are many several alternative forms of support for people in and around the towns and cities in Worcestershire who do not wish to enter residential rehab.

These can include:

Support Groups

If you are looking for support in the Worcestershire area, there will be many Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other support group meetings in your area.

Attending these meetings will afford you the opportunity of building close connections with people who have been through similar experiences to you.

These groups possess a huge amount of experience in facilitating their group members’ recovery from addiction.

Once you have settled into the group you will be able to work through its 12-step programme, which is used as a core aspect of treatment in many rehab centres.

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Al-Anon

There are also support groups available for the family members of substance misusers to attend in the Worcestershire area.

Al-anon groups follow the same ethos as the AA and provide an environment for members to share their experiences about how their lives have been affected by their loved one’s substance use.

Local Outpatient Services In Worcestershire

Addiction patients in Worcestershire have the chance to access treatment delivered by the NHS, local council bodies and charity or community-based drug teams.

These services tend to establish good links with each other and are therefore aware of all of the treatment services available in the area.

Even though these are outpatient services, you will still receive reliable and effective psychological therapies.

If you require detox treatment to help with your physical dependence, then there are opportunities to receive home detox treatment under the guidance of a psychiatrist or GP.

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SMART Recovery

SMART recovery is a charity that aims to provide support and guidance to people who have become addicted to substances.

It utilises its database of trained facilitators to support people who follow their programme on its online platform.

SMART Recovery has an ethos based on fostering personal development in its clients in 4 main areas:

  1. Managing difficult thoughts and emotions
  2. Resisting cravings
  3. Maintaining their motivation to recover
  4. Living a balanced life

Understanding The Rehab Admissions Process

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After making the courageous choice to begin rehab treatment, people will be required to undergo a comprehensive assessment.

This is an information-gathering exercise, the outcome of which will contribute to a client’s treatment plan.

The ASAM Criteria

The 6 dimensions of the ASAM criteria -which adopt a biopsychosocial approach to addiction treatment- will be used to conduct an admissions assessment.

The areas under investigation will be the client’s present level of substance intoxication, the current state of their psychological and physical health, their relapse risk, and their level of preparedness for treatment.

The final dimension is concerned with whether other areas of their lives could negatively affect their ability to engage with treatment.

These may be related to family, legal, or employment issues.

Each dimension will be allocated a risk rating, and any dimension that has been designated a high-risk rating will require extra consideration in the client’s treatment plan.

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Severity of SUD

The assessment will also help to ascertain the severity of their addiction.

If it is apparent that a patient meets 2/3 of the 11 DSM criteria for a substance use disorder, they will be judged as having a mild SUD.

A client that is assessed as meeting 4 or 5 aspects of the criteria will be seen as having a moderate SUD, while 6 or more would indicate a severe SUD.

The AUDIT Tool

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To help gain control over the treatment process and to establish a way of measuring alcohol dependency, alcohol practitioners use the AUDIT questionnaire to gather data on their clients.

The AUDIT assessment tool asks clients to record their drinking patterns and to state the consequences that these drinking patterns have for them, particularly for their overall health and social life.

Anyone with a score of 8 or over would be flagged up as a cause for concern and would be advised to seek further consultation.

Those whose score exceeds 12 would be strongly advised to seek professional help immediately.

Professional Interventions For Families

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If you, as a family member of a person who is using substances, are finding it hard to persuade them to engage with treatment there are professional intervention services you can turn to.

An intervention is a deliberate and calculated psychological strategy implemented by professionals, involving family members and close friends who are trying to convince the person concerned to seek treatment.

The CRAFT method -Community Reinforcement And Family Training- uses behaviour specialists to encourage family members to adapt their behaviour during interactions with the substance user in the family.

Family members can exert significant influence over the targeted person.

By responding unfavourably to substance taking behaviour and positively to abstinence relating behaviour, they can sway their family member into receiving treatment.

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Detox

Not everyone who has become addicted to a substance will have the option of detox treatment.

There are detox treatment options available for opioid, alcohol and Benzodiazepine addiction but NOT for cocaine and cannabis addiction.

The reason for this is down to the chemical characteristics of each substance and how these chemicals affect the brain.

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Physical And Psychological Dependence

Anyone who has experienced physical dependence on a substance will find that engaging in detox treatment will lessen the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms they had previously experienced.

By their very nature psychoactive drugs (including alcohol) tend to produce psychological dependence as well as physical dependence in a substance user.

This is because the positive effects of the drug (e.g. pleasure) mean the user will want to take the substance again in the future.

Many psychoactive drugs directly affect the dopamine mechanism in the brain which is associated with physically generating positive feelings by releasing various chemicals.

Cocaine Rehab Services In Worcestershire

Cocaine

Cocaine is one of the most commonly abused substances in the UK.

The main goal of rehab staff will be to support the client as they go through cocaine withdrawal.

There is no medical detox option for cocaine rehab, so the staff can only advise the client on techniques to manage withdrawal and where appropriate recommend medication.

Cocaine as a drug is allocated to the stimulant category and so withdrawal symptoms tend to have the opposite effect, namely:

  • Sadness
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety

Psychological therapies will also be offered to clients to enable them to come to terms with their addiction and to provide them with the mental tools to help deal with cravings and tackle their psychological dependence.

Anyone seeking to give up cocaine can be confident that they will be successful as a large percentage of people can recover.

Heroin Rehab Services In Worcestershire

Heroin

Heroin is a very addictive drug that led to many cases of poor physical health and deaths across the world each year.

Luckily there are established and safe treatments available to treat heroin addiction.

Rehab staff will commence the treatment programme by setting up a physical detox procedure for clients.

The aim here is to ensure that the levels of heroin in the body are slowly diminished and withdrawal symptoms are kept to a minimum as the client ceases to consume heroin.

This will be achieved by using substitute drugs such as methadone, which is chemically similar to heroin.

The detox part of the treatment for heroin addiction can last for as long as 21 days, but clients with a severe heroin addiction may be required to take a substitute drug for many months.

As soon as the detox process is completed the patient can begin to engage in a range of psychological therapies, most of which are described below.

Cannabis Rehab Services In Worcestershire

Cannabis

Cannabis is probably viewed as the least harmful of all the psychoactive drugs.

However, prolonged use of cannabis can negatively impact a person’s mental functioning and emotional state.

It is easy to become physically reliant on cannabis because it has a calming and relaxing effect on the human body, which encourages repeated use.

There is no detox treatment available for cannabis, so treatment tends to use specific medication to combat each withdrawal symptom.

They will also concurrently receive emotional support and therapy to help them understand the origins of their addiction as well as help them manage cravings and deal with stress more effectively.

Addiction Therapies

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Rebab treatment centres in Worcestershire offer a wide range of psychological therapies as part of their treatment plans.

If you enter rehab it is more than likely you will engage in several of these therapies depending on the outcome of your initial assessment.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Many people who have become addicted to substances have developed unhelpful and inaccurate thought patterns that have led to them feeling stressed and anxious.

This eventually leads to low self-esteem and a tendency to believe that any bad outcomes that they experience are their fault.

CBT has been proven to be very successful in enabling people to obtain a healthier view of themselves and improve their ability to interpret events more realistically, instead of viewing themselves negatively.

Attending a regular programme of CBT will also help clients let go of any inaccurate thoughts they have regarding their substance-related behaviour.

Many heavy drinkers feel that drinking alcohol is the only way they can relax, but having CBT will help them to develop healthier ways of dealing with stress.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Over recent years, DBT has proven its usefulness in effectively helping addiction patients to deal with strong emotions, as substance users are known to take substances to help them fend off unpleasant emotions.

Having regular DBT sessions will allow clients to practice the skills they learn under the guiding arm of the therapist and implement what they have learned into their daily life when they experience strong emotions.

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Brief Intervention Therapy

Brief Intervention Therapy is based on the assumption that the power to initiate change is within the client and that the skill of the therapist will help to facilitate the necessary behaviour change.

Research has indicated that it can take as little as 4 sessions of brief intervention counselling to trigger the necessary motivation within the client to change their behaviour.

Therapists need to form a collaboration with the client rather than be demanding in the sessions.

The therapist aims to engage in a dialogue about the client’s drug and alcohol use so that the client can contemplate how their behaviour has affected their lives.

From this, they can discuss a range of options that are open to them should the client wish to change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

The large majority of people in rehab will have MI during their treatment at some stage.

MI is a behavioural change therapy in which the therapist will help the client overcome any resistance that they may exhibit during various stages in the treatment process.

The therapist must first assess where in the “stages of change” model the client is and adjust their strategy accordingly.

For the sessions to be productive, the therapist is advised to be empathic as they help the client probe their internal psychology to find out the reasons for their resistance.

Holistic Therapies

Treatment services for substance misuse are now able to utilise several holistic therapies in their programmes.

These alternative therapies are well suited to helping people recover from substance misuse and they allow clients to process unresolved emotions in different ways to traditional therapies.

 

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Creative Therapies

Creative therapies such as art, music and drama are very beneficial in enabling clients to express their feelings surrounding shame and denial, which are common challenges for anyone who has become addicted.

These therapies can do this because they offer a different avenue to process thoughts and feelings than talking therapies like CBT and psychotherapy do.

Creative activities tend to activate the right side of the brain and offer a different means for people to express their emotions and the negative experiences they have endured.

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Equine Therapy

Horses, like many animals, have an outstanding capability in analysing the nonverbal communication of humans.

During your interactions with the horse -which can either be through engaging in feeding or grooming activities- the equine therapist will be able to assess your communication style based on the way the horse responds to you during the interaction.

This can provide clients with valuable information on the unconscious and automatic processes that they exhibit when engaging socially, which may have impacted negatively on their relationships up to now.

Once they realise the significance of these processes, they can start to make positive changes.

Equine therapy is incredibly beneficial in enhancing the confidence and self-esteem of individuals who undergo this therapy, as well as improving their social interaction skills.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure therapy has been acknowledged as offering a significant emotional and therapeutic boon to those recovering from addiction.

Participants will engage in a wide variety of educational activities in the presence of invigorating natural environments.

These activities can include sailing, rock climbing and map reading, which will help boost their self-esteem and provide them with a feeling of accomplishment.

They will also learn the value of teamwork and gain social skills.

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Group Therapy

Group therapy is an integral part of any addiction treatment programme.

Many people who become dependent on substances have had difficulties with relationships, often due to a disruption in early family life or the attachment process with their parents.

The group therapy sessions will provide a solid base for members to connect and help them develop the skills that will enable them to achieve this, such as empathy and effective listening.

The group will also enable members to feel a sense of belonging, which has been proposed by Maslow as a basic human need.

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Individual Therapy And Counselling

All patients in rehab will have individual counselling at some stage, which will help them come to terms with how their life history and personal circumstances contributed to their addiction.

For example, you may have experienced disharmony in your early family life or lived through very traumatic experiences, both of which leave a negative imprint in our minds, particularly if our feelings surrounding these events have not been fully expressed.

The therapist will facilitate your exploration of your current psychological and emotional state, and provide you with the necessary foundation to help you make the choices necessary to move on with your life.

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Family Therapy

Some academics in the field of addiction strongly believe that growing up in a family with unhealthy dynamics can hurt a person’s emotional development.

This can be a key contributory factor for later substance use as early adulthood approaches.

Attending family therapy sessions will help all family members process all the negative feelings that they have been unable to shake off, which originated from these early communication issues.

The family may, for instance, have kept secrets or refused to discuss or acknowledge any emotions that were present.

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Co-Dependency Treatment

Individuals who are classed as co-dependent tend to be unable to understand their own psychological needs, which many researchers may have its root in childhood trauma.

As a result of this, they will be obsessive about other people’s needs and exhibit degrees of manipulative behaviour whilst interacting with them.

Their concern for others is based on their own needs rather than genuinely caring for others.

Co-dependency treatment will allow clients to understand what their own needs are so they can begin to relate to people genuinely, rather than be driven by unhealthy unconscious needs.

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Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

All people in rehab for substance misuse will be strongly advised to follow the 12-step programme, which is a central feature of the AA movement.

There will be group and individual therapy sessions to facilitate each client’s progress in meeting the challenges of each step.

The steps are varied in nature and contain the reflective challenges necessary to move towards recovery.

The early steps involve admitting powerlessness over the substance, whilst later steps involve identifying and working through character flaws and contemplating spiritual elements that hold personal significance.

Relapse Prevention Skills

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Learning rehab preventions skills in rehab is hugely important for all clients in rehab, as it provides them with key skills they can use when they leave.

In essence, the aim for clients is to pinpoint any potential high-risk situations they may face in their environment which may put pressure on them to consume substances again.

Once these high-risk scenarios have been identified, clients can work with the therapist to develop a range of techniques they can implement when faced with high-risk situations, which may include social events or being in the company of acquaintances that use drugs frequently.

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HALT

Addiction counsellors utilise the HALT approach when educating their clients about relapse prevention.

Research has indicated that we are more vulnerable to relapse when we are Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.

Being aware that you may be vulnerable to relapsing when experiencing these body states can help clients work with their therapists to put strategies in place to implement when they find themselves in these states.

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Lifestyle Factors

People need to analyse many aspects of their lifestyle when leaving rehab, to ensure they are doing everything in their power to maintain their substance-free life.

People that have managed to integrate more efficient stress management strategies such as exercise and mindfulness into their weekly schedule tend to be less likely to relapse back into substance use

Many people who have successfully recovered from addiction have been able to an element of spirituality in their lives, becoming involved locally in both community and charity work.

They have also tended to fill their lives up with activities they find engaging, and which direct their minds away from the pleasure gained from using substances.

Getting Help Today

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Ready to take back your life from the jaws of alcohol addiction?

If you have ‘had enough’ of alcohol abuse, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism today free on 0800 111 4108.

When you contact us, we shall run you through your various treatment options available in Worcestershire.

Alternatively,  contact us through our website for free.

Whatever kind of addiction you are struggling with, you are not alone.

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