Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in York

Are you fed up of needing a drink every day to feel at all normal?
Is it drugs that you’ve come to rely on to face the day? Has your binge drinking got out of hand.

This is quite a normal experience for people whose substance use has gotten out of control.

In 2020, in the city of York, 21 people died as a direct cause of alcohol and an additional 69 as an indirect cause of alcohol use.

In the North Yorkshire County Council area alone, there were 51 deaths related to drug poisoning in 2019.

It’s only a matter of time before drug or alcohol addiction affects your health for the worst. These are, of course, substances that are filled with toxins that wreak havoc on the body.

At the smaller end of the scale, your skin becomes puffy and red, or pale and gaunt and at the other end, people experience heart problems, strokes, cancer, etc.

The best way to improve your future health outcomes is through getting the recovery support you need at a drug and alcohol rehab in York.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

Help in York if You have a Substance Use Disorder

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Whether you have a drug or alcohol misuse issue, there’s support in the York area. Depending on the level of your use, you might require a drug or alcohol detox, therapeutic input, or both.

Some York residents like to connect to the 12-Step community to meet like-minded people.

What’s important to know, however, is that for people who have a moderate substance issue, or severe addiction, then finding a professional recovery programme in a private treatment setting is imperative.

At drug and alcohol rehab in York, you’ll do the work and acquire the tools that help you create the healthy life you deserve.

What Happens at Drug & Alcohol Rehab in York?


For those who enter a drug and alcohol rehab in York, they’ll first meet with the admissions team.

You’ll be led through a psychiatric assessment which focuses on your personal circumstances.

You’ll answer questions about your addiction, medical history, your current housing arrangements, your mental health, and how you feel about relapse and recovery.

There are many different forms of assessment used by rehab specialists and psychiatrists, including:

From this, a bespoke treatment plan is formed, which will take into account any physical and mental health issues you are struggling with.

It will shed light on the help you need and which physical and psychiatric treatments are going to suit you most.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

What Therapies Will Be on Your Residential Rehab Programme?


Your treatment plan will include a variety of individual and group therapies as well as evidence-based physical and talking therapies.

All of these form a comprehensive package of support.

Every angle of recovery is targeted through this approach.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy is a type of therapy that addresses the psychological issues of mind and behaviour. The premise of it is to help you regain control of your mind so that you’re in control of your behaviour. With time you’ll become more in-tune with your thought processes, more aware, and you’ll be able to re-direct them towards positive outcomes.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy is provided to support people who struggle with emotional processing. For those with addiction this can lead to substance use when they’re triggered. This therapy will help you to emotionally regulate in a healthy way and this in turn leads to more positive behaviours and coping mechanisms.
  • Counselling is a regular activity. It’s where you’ll talk about your emotions, feelings, and how you have been affected by events. The therapeutic relationship is a space where you’ll develop in self-confidence and your ability to heal.
  • 12 Step groups offer you the environment to share and learn from your peers, as well as lean on a higher power when addiction seems overwhelming. There are many different subsets of these groups, including Alcoholics AnonymousNarcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Group Meetings and Alateen.
  • SMART Recovery sessions will break down addictive behaviours and refocus your attention to healthy ones that support recovery.
  • It’s likely you’ll enjoy the alternative therapies; these are very popular for the majority of residents. You’ll try new activities that are calming and experience new sensations in the body, as well as finding a relaxed internal world. The activities you try could include yoga, meditation, mindfulness, equine therapy, art therapy, music therapy, drama therapy, acupuncture and much more.

These are just some of the many different therapies used at rehab, with a few other popular techniques including:

The Importance of a Medical Detox

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Alcohol recovery can be a huge challenge for those who have developed dependency.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological,  presenting a particularly dangerous situation. This is why many patients need inpatient treatment where they can be monitored during a medically-assisted detox.

Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol includes:

  • Shaking and sweating
  • Extreme anxiety and insomnia
  • Confusion and hallucinations
  • Sickness, diarrhoea, and seizures
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Seizures

The alcohol detox stage at arehab clinic lasts up to fourteen days and typically includes a course of Chlordiazepoxide, a benzodiazepine medication better known as Librium. This is the medication that reduces some of the more distressing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome and helps to ensure your safety.

When people have developed a physical dependence on drugs, this also requires detox support. This is important for people who have a benzodiazepine or heroin addiction.

Again, the detox stage lasts up to fourteen days. Clinical staff provide medication to wean you off the drug in a comfortable way.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

Aftercare Services at a Residential Rehab Clinic


As part of a residential programme, you’ll plan around the risk of relapse. This is instrumental in providing you the tools to remain sober when you get home.

The expert team at a drug and alcohol rehab in York help you to come to terms with triggers that surround you and how to avoid or manage them.

This is critical to your ongoing success in recovery. With their support you’ll create a relapse prevention plan.

The plan will include guidance on how to manage triggers, useful coping mechanisms, who to contact when you’re struggling, next steps to ensure you develop a meaningful sober life, and any details on other aftercare services you might link to (i.e. outpatient counselling sessions).

Why is Rehab Treatment Important?

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A substance abuse disorder is a serious condition. Despite this many people imagine for a very long time that they can quit alcohol or drugs without any professional input. This is largely due to their denial of how serious the problem is.

Addiction actually alters brain functioning and in extreme cases changes the structure of the brain. What this means is that it’s practically impossible to quit without help, especially if your living situation isn’t about to change (i.e. you haven’t suddenly found yourself on a remote island)!

The thing is, in order to change, people need to learn new things. This includes new ways of thinking and behaving. At rehab, this is facilitated through participating in a range of therapies and getting guidance and support from mental health staff.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

How to Support a Loved One Who has an Addiction

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There are a few beneficial things to do when someone in the family has problematic substance use.

  • Set and maintain clear boundaries. This might include, for example, not lending money or making sure the person isn’t intoxicated around children.
  • Focus on positive activities that you can still do together. You might go to the cinema together, or get out for walks.
  • Find out about the substance your loved one uses so that you can be aware of when they’re intoxicated and when you might need to call emergency services.
  • Maintain open communication about substance use, be curious rather than judgemental. Healthy conversation helps maintain relationships and this goes a long way in supporting a person to reach their readiness to change.
  • Learn what treatment options there are so that when rehab is mentioned, you can talk about with awareness.

The Cost of Drug & Alcohol Rehab in York

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As you’re likely aware, treatment at rehab costs money. People usually self-fund with the help of family contributions or claim on their health insurance to cover the cost.

Others access (limited) free placements through local council funding if they’re engaged with NHS drug and alcohol services, from a low-income background, and are committed to healing.

One week at rehab, depending on the clinic that you go to, can cost from £1,000 to £10,000. To find out which clinics are within your budget, you can have a chat with the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team. This is actually an area we specialise in.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

Outpatient Services in York

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Maybe you haven’t reached the point of your journey where you’re ready to quit substances. Even if that’s the case, it’s useful to get some professional and peer input. This helps to keep you connected to health in some ways.

The NHS offers drug and alcohol services to anyone who self-refers for support around drug and/or alcohol abuse. Throughout the UK, there are clinics run on an outpatient basis.

There you can access drop-in clinics, weekly 12 Step groups, SMART sessions, and a needle exchange. Some centres link to their sports centres to provide a gym pass.

As well as the above, you can also access the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups in York. What’s useful about these is that they run throughout the week so most evenings you can find a safe space where you can be around people not drinking or doing drugs.

Other organisations

Below is a list of organisations offering free support for addiction in and around York:

1. Change Grow Live

Address: 2 Mabgate, Leeds LS9 7DZ

Telephone: 01133 945 400

Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/

2. York CAMHS | Orca House

Address: Orca House, Link Roard Ct, York YO10 3JB

Telephone: 01904 420 950

Website: https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/locations/orca-house/

3. Blossom Street | York Drug and Alcohol Service

Address: 3 Blossom St, York YO24 1AU

Telephone: 01904 464 680

Website: https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/find-support/york-drug-and-alcohol-services

The National Health Service can also help you by providing outpatient services at a local NHS Foundation Trust,  as well as supporting you with professional advice about addiction and guidance on accessing sober living houses.

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

Would You Benefit from Treatment at a Private Drug & Alcohol Rehab in York?

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There are many benefits to opting for private inpatient care if you’re ready to quit substances.

Firstly, the wide range of treatments offered by the experienced team of staff. Secondly, you get round-the-clock care, which is really useful in the early stages of withdrawal.

Many in recovery also experience mental health issues.

This is sadly very common and is referred to as a dual diagnosis.

Common examples of mental health conditions that co-occur with addiction include:

At rehab, you’ll receive therapies that support you to manage your mental health effectively alongside your addiction.

To receive mental health support separate from addiction treatment, consider a free service such as Samaritans, Rethink Mental Illness, Mind UK, Young Minds or Papyrus.

As part of a dual diagnosis, rehab specialists will also have to consider any physical conditions present alongside your addiction, such as heart conditions, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, alcoholic hepatitis, liver failure or even cancer.

Finally, as well as alcohol and heroin rehab, you can access cocaine rehab and cannabis rehab. These programmes offer the necessary input for people who have psychological addictions to these drugs which have become increasingly used and problematic in the past ten years.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

How Severe is Your Substance Misuse?

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When people first experiment with drugs or alcohol, they usually do so with quite an open and adventurous approach. Perhaps a friend or family member introduces you to it.

The idea of addiction and its negative effects on health are far from the person’s mind at this point.

It’s important to acknowledge that there are desirable effects from substances. It’s these that lead people to do the drug again. Unfortunately, for many an unhealthy relationship unfolds and a substance abuse issue develops.

There are key signs that alcohol or drug use requires rehab care, these include:

  • Participating in harmful behaviours when under the influence
  • Thinking about the substance most of the time
  • Only wanting to do things where you can use drugs or drink alcohol
  • Experiencing negative health effects due to substance use
  • Experiencing withdrawal when not using
  • People expressing concern about your substance use
  • Losing a job or having financial problems due to substance use
  • Drinking more than 30 units of alcohol a day, or not being able to go without it
  • Drinking or using more drugs in order to feel an effect due to tolerance building up

The Duration of a Treatment Programme

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It’s good to know roughly what the standard amount of time is for people to stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in York. Though, actually, it varies between patients because of individual circumstances and differing levels of substance addiction.

While a detox lasts between seven and fourteen days, the therapy sessions and other treatments take longer to provide and see the benefits. This is because they take psychological unravelling which happens with attention and repeated practice and time.

The most commonly recommended period of time for private treatment is 28 days, though some people will stay for around 3 months. It’s worth having a chat to the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team about what would suit you as well as how much time you’re able to commit.

To find out more, contact 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:

Contact Us Today

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You can rest assured that you will receive the best possible care when you undergo drug and alcohol rehab in York.

Residential rehab is a much more effective alternative to attempting your problem alone and gives you the greatest chance of overcoming your addiction quickly and safely.

We offer access to addiction services across Yorkshire, including in North, East, West and South Yorkshire, in major cities like Halifax, Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford, as well as across the UK.

All drug and alcohol rehabs must be registered and vetted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and Wales, or the Care Inspectorate in Scotland.

To find out more, contact 0800 111 4108.

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