Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Dover

Are you thinking about accessing rehab services?

Perhaps you’re drinking more than you once did, or your drug use has increased.

In Dover, the rate for alcohol-related harm hospital admissions is 485 per 100,000.

Interestingly, being one of the “doorways” to the UK, it’s also the place where drugs can be seized.

In 2020, 30 kilos of cocaine were seized from one lorry.


It’s likely you hear of other people being affected by the ramifications of substances in the area, but if you’re concerned about your own use then you’re the one who can take control.

Finding out about an alcohol rehab in Dover is the first step to a healthier future.

All About Alcohol Addiction

Symptoms of addiction

Having an alcohol addiction is serious – it is not something that people can “just stop”.

This is because of how alcohol physically impacts the way the brain works.

When a person drinks alcohol regularly, it causes new pathways in the brain to develop ,which is how a habit forms.

These pathways are really useful for some behaviours (i.e. in the case of learning how to drive and remembering automatically how to do so every time you get in a car), but for unhealthy behaviours (i.e. drinking alcohol), they can be extremely detrimental.

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In fact, alcohol not only causes psychological impact where you automatically keep returning to drink because, for instance, you feel it helps you unwind, it can also cause physical dependency.

The latter makes it dangerous to quit alcohol without rehab support.

What Is It Like At Rehab In Dover?


If you’re thinking you might have a drug or alcohol problem then it’s likely, you’re wondering what it would be like to stay at an alcohol rehab in Dover.

Firstly, it’s important to know that rehab staff know how hard it is to quit a substance.

They therefore want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you enter the clinic.

The atmosphere is professional, but with an air of informality to ensure you are relaxed.


This ensures a healthy foundation to begin your treatments.

You’ll receive a treatment programme which will outline when meal times are and when your individual and group therapies and treatments are.

You’ll have your own bed to sleep in.

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Some people share a room, others opt for single occupancy in order to lower the cost.

Staff will support you to feel calm and will understand what that means in terms of where you are in the stages of change and supporting you from the get-go.

What You Can Try At Home To Support A Loved One

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If there’s someone at home who is struggling with an addiction, there are a couple of interventions you can try.

The traditional way to stage an intervention is to have a professional come to the house and meet with you, your loved one with the addiction, and perhaps another family member.

You explain what you’re worried about in relation to your loved one’s substance use.

The professional will then explain what treatments there are with the aim of getting your loved one to commit to rehabilitation.

Group Therapy

Another intervention families use is the CRAFT method.

This is when you follow a programme which educates you around addiction and the best ways of communicating with your loved one to encourage them towards rehab in a more relaxed way.

Rehab: The Financial Aspect


It’s useful to have a rough idea of the cost of staying at a drug and alcohol rehab in Dover.

This can help you figure out if you have the money now, or need to do a little saving.

Some rehab clinics in the UK are more expensive and come in around £10,000 a week.

In this case, you’ll have a luxurious place to stay.

Cost of rehab

On the other hand, you can get clinics that charge around £1,000 for a week.

If you need to do some saving, it’s useful to have someone you trust to help you save money.

Managing money when you might spend it on drugs or alcohol can be difficult.

You can call Rehab 4 Alcoholism for a bit of advice on how to navigate this.

Financial Support Through The NHS For Private Treatment

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There is a possibility that you might be able to have your alcohol or drug addiction treatment funded through the NHS.

This would cover the cost of a budget-friendly rehab clinic in Dover or nearby.

To be eligible, you’ll need to have a low income or be on benefits.

You’ll also be totally dedicated to recovery and a life of abstinence in the future.


You will apply to the local council for them to fund your placement at a drug and alcohol rehab in Dover.

The council staff will want to see that you’re regularly accessing NHS drug and alcohol services in order to demonstrate how committed to healing you are.

They’ll then decide whether or not to grant you the funding.

How Long Does Rehab Take?

How long rehab

It’s likely that you’ve heard of people going to rehab for ten days or twenty-eight days.

If a person goes for ten days it’s usually because they’re having a detox.

This will be in order to safely wean them off a substance such as heroin or alcohol.

A detox is important, but it only tackles the physical symptoms of withdrawal.

How long does rehab last

To fully recovery, you really need a few more weeks to break psychological habits and to build new healthy behaviours.

This is why a twenty-eight day stay is advisable.

Should You Opt For Private Treatment Or NHS?


A private alcohol rehab in Dover is the best option if you have a moderate to severe addiction to alcohol or drugs and want to quit.

The reason for this is because the goal of rehab is to get you sober.

Private clinics offer the following:

  • 24 hour care.
  • A tailored addiction treatment plan.
  • A physical detox.
  • Psychological therapies.
  • Alternative/holistic treatments.
  • Individual and group sessions.
  • A specialist, fully-qualified staff team.
  • An in-house chef.
  • A completely substance-free environment.

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NHS rehabilitation clinics are helpful for people seeking a free service.

They’re available to anyone in Dover who is using substances, whether you want to quit or are in active addiction.

There are drop-in clinics, harm reduction workshops, group sessions and other general treatments.

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While they’re free, service users tend to be in contact with clinics for a long time as they operate as outpatient services.

This in itself can mean it’s more difficult to quit alcohol and drugs because although you’re in contact with rehab services, you don’t get the space or time to learn new habits, practise them every day and you can easily return to the substance outside of the clinic.

About Inpatient And Outpatient Treatment

Adventure Therapy

Outpatient treatment means that rehab clinics offer you particular appointments or treatments at specific times for you to attend while living at home.

They’re useful for treating people who have mild alcohol or drug use, or who are unable to stay at rehab clinic for whatever reason (i.e. work or family commitments).

NHS clinics are outpatient services.

Inpatient clinics are where you go to stay as a resident to receive an intensive treatment programme that will get you sober and give you the skills to remain so.

This is what a private rehab in Dover will offer you.

Alcohol Detox And Rehab In Dover

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It’s important that you get medical support if you have developed an alcohol addiction.

The withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that having a medically overseen detox at rehab is essential.

At its worst, alcohol withdrawal can lead to death because of how it affects the amino acids in the brain that can cause seizures.

Severe Addiction

Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Sickness and diarrhoea
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Delirium tremens
  • Seizures

The detox you have at rehab in Dover will last around ten days.


You may be given Librium, a medication to manage the withdrawal process so that you’re safe and comfortable.

Once through this stage, you’ll move on to the treatments aimed at changing your thought processes.

From this and under the guidance of specialist staff you’ll start to develop healthy behaviours that will create a basis of future sobriety.

Rehab For Cocaine In Dover


Are you surprised at how much cocaine you’re taking now in comparison to when you first tried it?

Many people start it in a relaxed way around friends, but when addiction forms it easily slips into weekly and daily use.

Users often think of the financial aspect because of how expensive it is.

Cocaine debt can tear apart households.


What you might not have considered at the start was how much it affects your health.

Taking cocaine impairs your immune system and seriously increases your risk of cancer.

This comes alongside the more widely recognised consequences, including skin sores and the bridge in your nose collapsing.

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On the other side of the coin is your mental health which can become afflicted by suicidal ideation.

At a drug and alcohol rehab in Dover, you’ll be supported to understand what has become so compelling about cocaine and how to change your perceptions around this.

You’ll have therapies to improve your mental health and be supported to heal physically.

Rehab For Heroin In Dover


Quitting heroin has probably been on your mind for a while.

One of the main barriers in being able to quit is how severe the experience of withdrawal is.

For many people, severe withdrawals only perpetuate the cycle of use.

Even with the utmost determination, trying to go “cold turkey” rarely works.

Withdrawal symptoms of heroin can include:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Cramps
  • Severe pain in the body
  • Headaches and runny nose
  • Sickness and diarrhoea
  • Hallucinations


Going through withdrawal at a private rehab in Dover makes the process much easier.

This is because you will have a doctor who can prescribe Subutex, a man-made opioid designed especially to wean people off heroin in safe and tapered way.

Detox lasts between seven to ten days.

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Once you’re substance free, concentration then turns to the psychological side of your addiction.

Through individual therapy you’ll do deeply personal work, which will bring new insights on how your addiction formed and where you can find the strength to overcome it.

In group sessions, you’ll grow emotionally and socially and build the foundation for a meaningful life without heroin when you leave rehab.

Rehab For Cannabis In Dover


Smoking cannabis is very popular.

Nowadays, you can buy CBD strains in shops in the UK.

There are buds you can buy to smoke, oil to drop under your tongue, and even infused teas.

CBD is the chemical in cannabis which causes you to feel relaxed.

It’s also shown to reduce inflammation and is used to treat chronic pain in some patients.


THC strains of cannabis are illegal in the UK.

This is the chemical that produces a high.

It is psychoactive and impacts how your brain works.

It’s important to note that smoking any type of cannabis comes with a risk because doing so releases toxic fumes, which obviously go into the lungs.

THC cannabis use can also lead to:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • A lack of motivation
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia

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Your rehab programme will include educational sessions so you understand more about how cannabis affects the brain and body.

Therapists will treat you for any mental health symptoms you have linked to cannabis use.

Together you’ll also start to develop plans on how to manage mental health and work on new coping mechanisms.

The Alternative And Psychological Treatments At Rehab In Dover

Support groups

The various treatments you get to support your psychological and emotional healing at a drug rehab in Dover include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used by addiction professionals throughout the world because of how effective it is. You learn how to pinpoint the thought processes that lead to unhealthy behaviours. Therapists also show you how to adapt your thoughts to promote healthy habits.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is for people who particularly struggle around their emotional health. This might be linked to low mood, feelings of being overwhelmed, depression and anxiety. The sessions will offer you practical ways to manage your reactions so you become better able to respond to cravings in a reflective way.


  • Brief Interventions are where staff give you facts and figures about how substances affect people. On the other hand, they might provide you new perspectives to use in order to manage addictive responses.
  • Motivational Interviewing is where you find out what intrinsic motivations you have to drive your life of sobriety. There’s a lot of talking openly and honestly about what you do and don’t like about drugs and alcohol, as well as your concerns about life with and without substances.
  • Counselling could come in the form of conversation, art, or music. The goal is to provide you a safe space to open up about whatever’s on your mind through a form that suits you.


  • SMART Recovery and 12 Step groups offer you social approaches to healing which are just as important as the individual ones. Group sessions are also great spaces to consider addiction in the context of the philosophical.
  • Holistic approaches also make up a part of your therapy. You’ll get to try a variety of the following: mindfulness, yoga, equine therapy, ear acupuncture, reiki and many others.

What Happens If You Have A Dual Diagnosis At Rehab?

Addiction brain

Some people start using substances or use them more often in an attempt to feel better psychologically or emotionally.

This is often termed “self-medicating”.

When you have a mental health issue as well as an addiction, you might hear rehab staff mention a dual diagnosis, which just means you have two conditions.

Recovery Groups

Your treatment programme will mainly focus on your addiction and providing you the skills to manage a successful recovery.

What this means, of course, is that you will also be supported and offered strategies around how to manage your mental health too.

What Happens About Relapse Prevention At Rehab?

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Your time at a drug and alcohol rehab in Dover will include preparing for life outside of rehab.

Staff will bring up the topic of relapse.

It’s important to think about what makes you use and what might cause you to relapse.

Doing so helps you come up with a plan to manage this.

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With staff, you’ll create a relapse prevention plan.

There are various things it will address including who to contact (personal acquaintances as well as professional organisations) for support, steps to follow to support a sober life, coping strategies you’ve learned to manage cravings, and what to do in the event of relapse.

Other Places You Can Go

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Other organisations in Dover also offer support around addiction and recovery, both for you and for those who are affected by your substance use.

  • A medically overseen home detox is useful if you’ve relapsed but don’t require another stay at rehab. A doctor will contact you every day before prescribing your next dose of medication.
  • For people who love you who might be struggling to understand your addiction or behaviours, they can contact Al-Anon or AdFam for more information on coping with addiction and how to help you.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are known as self help groups. They offer support in addiction and recovery through social connection and the development of self-awareness.
  • NHS alcohol and drug services provide drop-in clinics and regular group sessions as well as some one-to-one input.
  • SMART recovery groups are useful if you feel overwhelmed at how to break down a life of sobriety into small manageable steps.

Getting Help Today

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The Rehab 4 Alcoholism chat lines are open 24/7 to provide you with support on how to access treatment in the Dover community.

You can call us on 0800 111 4108, or you can request a call back to speak to a member of the team.

Please use our FAQ section for more information about addiction treatment in Worthing to start your recovery journey today.

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