Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Bedford

It’s incredibly easy for substance use to turn into alcohol abuse and drug addiction. Sadly, in the space of experimentation, the risks aren’t thought about.

Use quickly turns to recreational and within weeks, problematic habits can develop. For some, addiction arises, and it can take years before a person is ready to accept this, or to do what they need to do to heal.

In Bedford, 3,940 people were admitted to the hospital due to alcohol in 2019. A year later there were 10 drug-related deaths.

There are many influences in your life that could be causing your addiction, including mental health issues, trauma or relationships with codependency.

If you’re struggling with alcohol or drug use then finding a recovery programme to suit your needs at a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford is critical.

Rehab can offer person-centered care, so you feel supported in every way.

Here, we outline your rehab options, so you can see what your next step is.

To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 111 4108

The help you need for drug addiction in Bedfordshire


When you have an addiction, it isn’t easy to stop using alcohol or drugs. There comes a point for anyone in your situation when they hold their hands up and say, “OK, I need help,” This can be difficult for those who feel they should be able to “quit on their own”.

The thing is, addiction isn’t a choice. It’s an incredibly complex condition that requires input from qualified professionals who will lead you through treatments to address the different factors involved.

For some people, it’s even more important to access support. This is the case where dangerous symptoms present during withdrawal, often the case where dependency has developed.

In Bedfordshire, there are different treatment services available that offer environments for you to recover.

The power of accepting your drug and alcohol addiction

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The moment you accept and acknowledge that you have a substance abuse problem is significant. It’s important at this time to be open to what comes next.

It’s natural for you to have mixed feelings about quitting alcohol or drugs. For many, it’s a coping mechanism or is so ingrained, it’s impossible to see life without the substance.

When you accept you have an addiction, the next question is; What do you do? Are you ready to change? Being “ready” can also mean you fluctuate in what you want to do.

The way you can take hold of the situation is by talking to other people who are in recovery and by talking to professionals who can discuss your present moment with openness.

Taking in new information makes all the difference in your deciding what comes next. Often, people want to quit and just need to talk to others to understand how that is possible.

Because it is.

The Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5 is a diagnostic test used for measuring addiction.

To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 111 4108

Choosing the right drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford

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For people with moderate or severe addictions, drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford is going to be the best option. This is simply because it’s a safe environment where you stay and are fully supported by professionals to become sober.

The clinic will hold a medical assessment to ensure they create the best treatment programme for you. However, you want to make sure you find the most appropriate rehab (going to the clinic that will suit you greatly reduces the risk of relapse).

This is where Rehab 4 Alcoholism can help. We work with people and clinics throughout the country; we specialise in matching people to the clinic most suited to their needs.

Outpatient addiction services and other places to go for addiction treatment in Bedford


If you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, there are outpatient services you can go to.

This format means that you live at home and go to work or lead your daily life as usual, but go to a clinic for appointments. These might be individual or group sessions.

A private clinic sometimes offers outpatient treatments to those who have stayed as a resident already. Other than this, you can access NHS services. Another option is by going to peer-led groups.

NHS Services for addiction in Bedfordshire


In central Bedfordshire, there are NHS alcohol and drug services. There, you get a key worker who will offer some one-to-one support.

As well as this, you’ll have access to groups and drop-in clinics and drug and alcohol advice reduction sessions. These services are free to anyone who seeks them out.

It’s useful to know that if you’re an active service user and regularly in contact with staff and doing everything you can to quit, there are some NHS-funded placements for private clinics.

The staff at the NHS clinic can help you apply to the local Bedfordshire Council for this funded place.

Free and NHS-run addiction treatment services in and near to Bedford include:

1. North Bedfordshire CAHMS

Address: 5-7 Rush Ct, Bedford MK40 3JT

Telephone: 01234 893300

Website: https://www.elft.nhs.uk/camhs/where-we-work/north-bedfordshire-camhs

2. Turning Point Bedfordshire

Address: 25A Shuttleworth Rd, Elm Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford MK41 0HS

Telephone: 01234 219817

Website: https://www.turning-point.co.uk/

3. Path 2 Recovery

Address: 21 The Crescent, Bedford, MK40 2RT

Telephone: 0333 332 4019

Website: https://changeyourtomorrow.co.uk/#areas/elft/pages/Home

4. Aquarius

Address: 23C Carlisle Rd, Bedford MK40 4HR

Telephone: 07467 336203

Website: https://aquarius.org.uk/

5. Bedford Wellbeing Centre

Address: 3A Woburn Rd, Bedford MK40 1EG

Telephone: 01234 880 340

Website: https://www.mind-blmk.org.uk/

You can also reach out to a number of free helplines, including Papyrus, Change Grow Live, Samaritans, Turning Point, Mind UK, Young Minds. Rethink Mental Illness, We Are With You, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

How long is the wait for NHS addiction rehab?

If you apply for an NHS-funded place at a private rehab clinic, there’s a waitlist that you’ll be put on. It can take 2-3 months before you get the chance to go to rehab. In some cases, depending on how many people are on the list, it can take a longer.

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

The recovery process is an ongoing journey for people with addictions. It does get easier with the more time that passes, however, many people find it useful to socially connect with others in order to remain focused and to break isolation.

The 12 Step approach offered through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) peer-led group is really helpful for people seeking support and community. Going through the 12 Steps brings a space of focus and faith of a ‘higher power’.

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings 

As well as AA, there are NA meetings in the local area. This offer the 12 Step approach to people who use narcotics (drugs). Again, it offers a social space that encourages change and recovery support.

Similarly, Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is also widespread and offers support specifically to those suffering from cocaine abuse.

To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 111 4108

What about Alcohol Addiction?

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The CAGE questionnaire and AUDIT are the two most common methods used to diagnose alcohol addiction.

Alcohol causes both a behavioural addiction and physical dependence.

If you’re a heavy user, you are at risk of Wernicke encephalopathy and alcoholic hepatitis.  

Heavy use includes frequent “binge drinking” and steady daily use.

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test can provide you with some insight into how severe your drinking habits are.

To clear your body of alcohol, you will need to complete an alcohol detox.

If you have a severe addiction, it’s important that this is facilitated by a medical professional – known as a ‘medically-assisted detox’.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms like delirium tremens could develop if you don’t undergo a medically-assisted detox.

Without professional care, you could suffer from delirium tremens or alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

These are health complications caused by stopping drinking suddenly after heavy consumption.

Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), can help you decrease the symptoms of quitting drinking.

You can get free help for alcohol issues from charities The National Association for Children of Alcoholics and Al-Anon.

What happens at drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford?

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At a residential rehab clinic, you benefit from various treatment services. This is important. You need different treatments and a holistic approach so that you can find your space of learning and healing.

You’ll be assessed by a psychological and also a medical professional in order for staff to understand what has brought you to rehab and your goals. 24 hour care is provided so that you’re supported at all times.

At a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford, you will become sober and be taught the techniques to manage your addiction and help you to try and remain sober for the rest of your life.

Addiction therapies in Bedford

A substance addiction requires different approaches. It’s a complex illness and takes time, effort, and different perspectives and tools to get a hold of and overcome.

Standards set by The American Society of Addiction Medicine keeps talking therapies and other psychiatric treatments for substance abuse performing at their best.

At a private clinic, there are different therapies including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) provides people with an understanding on how addiction works in the brain, in thoughts, and through behaviours. Therapists will reveal how to change your thinking in order to create healthy new habits.
  • In some clinics, trauma therapy is offered. Some people develop addictions as a direct link to something terrible that has happened. In these cases, psychotherapy is essential in equipping you to safely process the event, emotions, and in providing new coping mechanisms
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy is an individual therapy. It’s been shown to provide helpful skills to people who struggle to emotionally regulate. This is important in managing addiction.
  • In order to achieve long-term recovery, it’s beneficial to know what exactly drives you so you can stay focused on this. Motivational interviewing is the therapy used to bring insight here.
  • There are daily group sessions that follow the 12 Step model and others that follow the SMART recovery model.
  • Family therapy might be offered if you and people you love need support in finding a healthy way of communicating.
  • Holistic therapies are also a key, enjoyable part of rehab. They include art therapy, equine therapy, drama therapy and music therapy, as well as yoga, reiki, ear acupuncture, and mindfulness.
  • Acceptance & Commitment therapy is about accepting your addiction and committing to recovery.
  • Brief interventions aim to support manageable stages of change, with quick conversations that help you gain motivation and set goals.
  • Contingency management rewards the completion of goals to keep people feeling determined.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing will allow you to heal by following a pattern of eye movements to work through trauma.
  • Group psychotherapy (group therapy) gives you a chance to support others in recovery, and share your own experiences.
  • Motivational interviewing / motivational therapy focuses on thelanguage of change to create a strong will to become sober.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy changes unhelpful thoughts to give a more positive outlook on life.

Alcohol detox and drug detox at rehab in Bradford

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During your time at a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford, you’ll go through a medical detox. This is essential if you have a dependency related to drug or alcohol misuse.

Rehab centres offer the safest environment for you to detox. You’ll follow a treatment plan that includes medication prescribed by a doctor. This is used to safely wean you off alcohol, heroin, or benzodiazepines across ten days (or so).

A clinical detox is essential where dependency withdrawal symptoms exist.

What are drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

If your alcohol or drug abuse has led to a drug or alcohol dependency, then withdrawal symptoms can be particularly unpleasant and uncomfortable.

The following symptoms are common:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Overwhelming anxiety
  • Sleep disruption and insomnia
  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Deep pain in bones and muscles (in the case of heroin)
  • Seizures (in the case of alcohol)

Private rehab facilities offer the most efficient environment to detox as you’re supported by a team of addiction specialists at all times.

How long is a drug detox?

A detox at a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford lasts between seven and ten days. It really depends on the substance you’re addicted to, the severity of your addiction, and what your personal circumstances are in relation to mental and physical health in general.

How long is a drug rehab stay overall?

People with addictions need time to quit, time to withdraw safely, time to learn new coping skills and time to practise these skills and new behaviours.

Scientists claim it takes around 28 days to learn a new habit.

Interestingly, this is also the amount of time advised for you to stay at a recovery treatment centre. Some residents stay a week or so longer if their situations are especially complex.

How much would I pay to be treated at an alcohol and drug rehab in Bedford?

Treatment at a private drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford costs money. The amount will be influenced by the level of luxury the clinic offers as well as what treatments you need, medication, and whether you opt to share a room or not. Some clinics charge around £10,000 a week, others £1,000.

To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 111 4108

Your mental health is addressed at rehab – dual diagnosis

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Any good addiction treatment also takes into account any mental health conditions that are present in people being cared for. It’s important. Addiction and mental health go hand-in-hand.

This is because psychoactive substances have such a powerful effect on brain chemistry and hormones that emotions and thoughts become unbalanced and lead to conditions.

Co-existing substance use disorders and mental health disorders are often interlinked.

People with pre-existing mental health conditions often use substances in an attempt to self-medicate and this can lead to addiction.

These conditions can vary greatly, including:

A formal dual diagnosis can be granted following a psychiatric assessment.

Mental health professionals including psychologists and psychiatrists can then provide you with mental health help.

At a private clinic, you’ll be supported for both of your conditions.

Therapies tackle mental health issues and addiction problems. This gives you the best shot at long-lasting recovery.

Addiction rehab aftercare services in Bedford

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After leaving rehab, ongoing recovery is important. During your time at rehab, you’ll develop a relapse prevention with staff.

This will have guidance on how to navigate free time, triggers, and any mental health issues.

Some residents will participate in the ongoing outpatient services.

Sober living houses are specialised homes for people in recovery. Here you can stay away from any overwhelming triggers or influences as you settle into a life of sobriety.

Can I stay abstinent after drug rehab?

It’s very possible to remain abstinent after leaving a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford. What you need to keep in mind is that your social life will likely have to change, and possibly other areas where you might use substances.

Private clinics offer an aftercare treatment programme. This might include online group sessions, phone contact, and support to contact other organisations around other goals.

To stay abstinent you’ll have to continually use the skills you learned at rehab to manage cravings, to avoid triggering peers and environments, and to concentrate on new healthy activities.

What’s my next step for long term addiction recovery?

To find out more about your treatment options and the rehab process, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism. We can tell you about the drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford as well as those in other areas.

Your everyday life is going to have to change for you to have a fulfilling and healthy life that is substance-free. The first step you can do is call our team. We’ll make the rest of the process up to rehab admission easy.

To begin your recovery journey today, call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 111 4108

FAQs about drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford

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How long does it take a person to overcome their drug addiction?

Drug and alcohol recovery is an incredibly unique experience. The detox process is also unique according to what substance you’re addicted to and how severe the addiction is. On top of this your personal characteristics have to be accounted for. For the majority of people, however, the worst cravings last around a month. Therapies are needed, though, to manage cravings positively.

How does someone go into drug rehab or alcohol rehab if they have a job?

If you have a job and want to go to rehab, you’ll have to take the time off work. Some people book it as annual leave, others as unpaid leave. It might be worth speaking with your manager or HR. Taking time off might seem daunting, but it’s important to make the time to heal. As the saying goes, “If you don’t make the time for wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for illness”.

How can I get to and from Bedfordshire?

To get to and from a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford, you can take public transport, or ask someone you trust to provide transport. Feel free to contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism for more ideas in this area.

Get Help Today


For more information and to begin your rehab journey at a drug and alcohol rehab in Bedford, call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108.

The addiction treatment services we work with in England and Wales are all approved by the Care Quality Commission.

We can help you find your ideal drug and alcohol rehab no matter where you live in Bedfordshire, including in Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Woburn, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Mauldon, Haughton Regis, Cranfield, Marston Moretaine and many others.

This phone call is always free, and you are under no obligation at any time.

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