Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Kilmarnock

If you are addicted to drugs and alcohol and need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock, then the process can often feel intimidating and lonely.

However, there are thousands of people in the same position as you, as highlighted in the below statistics surrounding drug and alcohol addiction in Kilmarnock.

Alcohol Addiction In Kilmarnock


There are a total of 537 people in East Ayrshire who suffer from an addiction to alcohol and are currently seeking treatment in a local hospital.

This includes individuals who suffer from withdrawal symptoms, dependence issues, acute intoxication and a substance use addiction.

Unfortunately, over 70% of these patients in hospital discharged themselves without the go ahead from doctors or professionals.

Within Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire, there are consistently high numbers of users who do not attend their allotted assessments or counselling meetings.

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In fact, approximately 33.7% of alcohol service users frequently miss their appointments.

Of all the places in Scotland, East Ayrshire is ranked 24th out of 30 for having the most alcohol outlet availability, meaning that there is a wider range of access to alcohol than other places.

Kilmarnock and East Ayrshire has an annual average of 28.2 deaths every year due to alcohol, which is in fact 6% higher than the national average for Scotland.

Hospital admissions due to an alcohol related illness are also higher than the national average.

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In 2013, the Scottish Government created waiting time targets, stressing that 90% of all individuals should be seen within at least three weeks or less after being referred.

In fact, a recent study carried out by NHS Ayrshire found that they perform well, with 93.2% of all patients being seen within three weeks and 100% being seen within six weeks.

Drug Addiction In Kilmarnock


Drug abuse in Kilmarnock and the rest of Scotland has been on the rise over the past 10 years.

A recent NRS report stated that a total of 82 people died as a direct result of drug misuse in Ayrshire in 2018.

With more men dying than women nationally, the percentage increase in Ayrshire showed that more women died (212% increase ) than men (75% increase).

Drug related hospital visits are also on the rise in Kilmarnock and the rest of Scotland.

Severe Addiction

In fact, those areas that were the most deprived also suffered from the highest drug related hospital admissions.

The areas within Scotland with the highest levels of drug related hospitalisation were Ayrshire and Arran, Ayr, Three Towns, Irvine and Kilmarnock.

When it comes to young people and drugs in Kilmarnock, approximately 10% of all 13 year olds were deemed regular smokers, which is higher than the national average across the rest of Scotland.

In addition to this, 3% of all 15 year olds in Kilmarnock are also taking one form of drug at least once a week.

Also, 4% of all 13 year olds have admitted to trying cannabis in the last 12 months.

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It was also revealed that 19% of all 15 year olds have tried cannabis in the last 12 months, and 8% of all 13 year olds thought it was ‘okay’ to smoke cannabis in order to see what it was like.

When the age increased to 15 years old, 27% felt that it was okay to do this.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

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An alcohol addiction causes a lot of harm, disruption and complications to your life.

When someone is addicted to alcohol, it not only seriously impacts their physical health, but their mental health too.

However, a lot of people struggle to identify the fine line between alcohol use, excessive alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.

Drinking excessively becomes an issue when the individual in question can no longer control their use, despite the fact that it is clearly doing them harm.

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This continues over a period of time, despite clear physical, emotional, mental and social issues and implications.

There are many negative implications to abusing alcohol, including:

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired judgement
  • Poor decision making skills
  • Hangovers
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Potential loss of consciousness
  • Feeling nauseous and vomiting

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Whilst these are usually the short term effects of alcohol abuse, there are also some more serious, long term consequences to habitual alcohol abuse.

Just some of these are listed below.

If you think that you are addicted to alcohol and live in the Kilmarnock area and need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock, then speak to a member of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team to gain help, support and advice on how to get the help that you need.

What Is Rehab?


When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol and is wondering about rehab, it is normal to have a bunch of different questions.

Doing something as new and as drastic as attending rehab is bound to make people feel worried or anxious about what may lay ahead.

One of the biggest questions people have is ‘What exactly is rehab?’

Once the ins and outs of what rehab is like is explained to people, they often feel a lot more relaxed and in control.

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There are two main different types of rehab, which are inpatient and outpatient drug rehab treatment.

Whilst inpatient rehab treatment involves temporarily moving into the rehab facility, outpatient drug rehab allows people to remain at home whilst they recover.

During outpatient drug treatment you will visit the rehab centre every day to gain access to your therapy and counselling.

However, during inpatient treatment you will be living in the same facility that you also receive your treatment in.

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Depending on your specific needs, you will receive a medical detox and a range of different therapy techniques, whether you attend inpatient or outpatient rehab.

Also depending on how severe your drug addiction is you will be required to stay in rehab either 10, 28, 60 or 90 days as discussed in more detail further in this article.

Pre-Rehab Steps: Intervention

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Interventions are for those who struggle to communicate with a loved one who is addicted to drugs and alcohol.

If you have ever tried to convince someone to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock, then you will know just how difficult it can be to convince someone that they need help.

Often, family members and loved ones can feel intimidated by approaching the loved one or starting the conversation, and might stress over what they should and shouldn’t say, and how they should say it.

If this is you, then you should consider holding an intervention.


An intervention is simply a planned conversation and meeting with your loved one to discuss how concerned you are, and to lay out the treatment options available to them.

However, it’s not always that simple.

When sufferers are approached about their drug addiction, it’s easy for them to feel intimidated, attacked or anxious talking openly about their issues.

Some might even deny that there is even an issue in the first place.

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You should always only ever invite individuals the sufferer knows well and can trust, and should hold the intervention in a familiar and quiet setting.

If you are considering holding an intervention, then speak to a member of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team.

They will provide you with help, advice and support on what to say and how to say it.

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Alternatively, you can ask an intervention specialist to assist you and attend the intervention with you, to make sure that the intervention is as productive as possible.

You can also use the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement And Family Training) approach to interventions which helps family members become better communicators.

How Much Does Rehab Cost In Kilmarnock?


Unfortunately, if you live in Kilmarnock or throughout the rest of the UK, then you will most likely have to pay for your rehab treatment if you choose to go private.

The cost of rehab makes it incredibly exclusive and difficult for people who suffer from an addiction to afford.

Considering drug addiction impacts employment, a lot of people are unfortunately unable to afford the treatment that they desperately need and deserve.

Cost of rehab

Private rehab is getting increasingly more expensive, and the cost of attending drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock depends on a number of different factors including the following factors.

  • Whether you opt for inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment.
  • Whether you opt for NHS or private rehab treatment.
  • Where the rehab centre is located throughout the UK.
  • How severe your addiction to drugs or alcohol is.
  • How long you have been addicted for.
  • How many substances you are addicted to.
  • Whether you suffer from co-dependency or not.
  • Whether you suffer from a dual diagnosis or not.
  • Whether you want to stay in a private or shared room.
  • How long you need to stay in rehab for.

People are required to stay in rehab for a minimum of 10 days in order to complete their detox.


A 10 day stay in a private rehab room will set you back anywhere between £3k and £6k, and £2k to £4k for a shared room.

However, most people stay in rehab for approximately 28 days, which can cost up to £12k for a private room and £6k for a shared room with other people.

As you can see, the cost of attending private rehab is incredibly expensive and can set you back thousands of pounds for just a few weeks.

As a consequence of this, a lot of people are unable to pay for private rehab treatment.

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However, if your drug addiction is less severe then you might be considered for a home detox.

A home detox is when you will remain at home for your treatment, but will receive treatment over the phone and medication in the post.

A home detox is a considerably cheaper option for people if they qualify for it, costing as little as £1.5k.

Is Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Kilmarnock Covered By The NHS?

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In the UK, the NHS (National Health Service) is able to provide medical and health cover for millions of people.

However, unfortunately the lines become a bit more blurred when it comes to addiction recovery.

The NHS is able to provide some people with drug and alcohol rehab treatment, meaning that these individuals will not need to pay privately for their treatment, as it will be funded by the NHS.

It is important to understand that the NHS does not have the funding available to them to open their own rehab centres.

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Instead, individuals who gain access to their treatment through the NHS will undergo their treatment in a private rehab centre, under NHS placement.

Whilst this is a fantastic option, not everyone is able to qualify for NHS funded drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock.

If you want to see if you would qualify for NHS funded drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock, then speak to your local GP, your local drug and alcohol rehab team or to a member of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team for advice and support.

How Long Does Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Kilmarnock Last?

How long rehab

Lots of people who want to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock put it off as they are worried about how long they will need to stay in rehab for.

However, how long you will be required to stay in rehab will be discussed and agreed upon before you are admitted.

If you require a medical detox for your addiction, then you will be required to stay in rehab for a minimum of 10 days to undergo your detox and overcome your withdrawal symptoms.

How long does rehab last

From there onwards, if your addiction requires therapy for your underlying mental health issues, then you will most likely stay in rehab for 28 days whilst you recover mentally.

If you suffer from other complications such as co-dependency, a dual diagnosis or multiple addictions, then you might be required to stay in rehab for approximately 60 – 90 days depending on your progress.

NHS VS Private Addiction Treatment In Kilmarnock

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As discussed above, you are able to choose between NHS funded rehab treatment and private rehab addiction treatment.

If you need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock then you will need to weigh up the pros and cons behind both NHS and private rehab treatment.

Private rehab treatment is a fantastic option for anyone who needs to attend drug and alcohol rehab quickly, if their addiction is severe.

Privately paying patients receive their treatment within just a few days.


You will also receive the very best treatment from the best doctors in the area.

In addition to this, you will also receive around the clock care and support from doctors and specialists during your detox.

However, there is no doubting the fact that attending private drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock is incredibly expensive, pricing out the majority of people who need the help.

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In contrast to this, NHS funded rehab treatment is completely free, meaning that it will not cost the sufferer anything.

You will also often receive treatment in the same facility as privately paying patients, from the very same doctors and specialists.

However, the main disadvantage to NHS funded rehab treatment is that the waiting lists are incredibly long, with some people waiting weeks or months for their treatment.


For this reason, if you are suffering from a severe drug and alcohol addiction and you need treatment quickly, then NHS funded rehab treatment might not be for you.

If you are considering attending NHS funded rehab treatment or private rehab treatment but are unsure of which might be best for you, speak to a member of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team to discuss the pros and cons and let us guide you through these first steps of your recovery.

Inpatient Or Outpatient Treatment In Kilmarnock

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When someone decides that they want to attend rehab, there are a few things that they need to decide on before they can be admitted.

For example, they need to choose between inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment.

For lots of people who are seeking addiction treatment, making even the smallest of decisions can be overwhelming.

Deciding between inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment is one of the biggest decisions of all, which is why it is important to understand the differences between the two.


When it comes to deciding between inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment, which option is best for you will very much depend on how severe your addiction is.

Both inpatient and outpatient rehab treatment have their benefits, depending on the nature of your addiction you will be recommended to one or the other.

For example, outpatient rehab treatment involves staying at home whilst you receive your addiction treatment.

Individuals will go to visit the rehab centre every day or every week, depending on the severity of your addiction.

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Patients will then return back home every day to continue day to day life, whether that means attending work or looking after children.

Outpatient rehab is great for anyone with a mild addiction, who might benefit from less intense but long term treatment.

If you think you are best suited to outpatient rehab treatment, then you will need to make sure that you are:

  • Motivated enough to recover without constant care and attention.
  • Supported by family and friends.
  • Able to recover in the presence of family and friends.
  • Able to travel on a daily or weekly basis to the rehab facility.

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However, not everyone is motivated enough to undergo outpatient rehab treatment, which is when they will be considered for inpatient rehab treatment.

Inpatient rehab treatment is a fantastic option for those who need more support than outpatient treatment.

You will be required to move into the rehab facility for a number of days or weeks until you successfully recover.

During inpatient treatment you will have minimal contact with those in the outside world and will eat and sleep within the facility.

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You will most likely undergo a detox, followed by a series of therapy techniques in order to help you to recover both physically and mentally.

How long you will be required to stay in inpatient drug rehab will depend on how severe your addiction is, but usually lasts around 28 days.

If you are considering inpatient rehab treatment in Kilmarnock then you need to be prepared for:

  • Around the clock medical care and attention
  • Detox
  • Therapy
  • A structured environment
  • To be away from friends and family members for an extended period of time

Alcohol Detox & Rehab In Kilmarnock

Symptoms of addiction

If you are addicted to alcohol in Kilmarnock, then you might need to attend drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock in order to recover.

Depending on the severity of your addiction, you will either need to attend inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment.

However, as alcohol is physically addictive individuals will need to undergo a physical detox from alcohol in order to recover and allow their body the chance to overcome its cravings from the alcohol.

Unfortunately, detoxing from a physically addictive substance will bring on a series of different and rather unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

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Some of these withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Ataxia
  • Hyper-reflexia (overactive or over responsive bodily reflexes and movements)
  • Insomnia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disinhibition
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Although these withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant, you will likely only experience a few of the above withdrawal symptoms.

Severe Addiction

Whilst they can start only a few hours into your detox, they may last from a few days to a week.

Detoxing and withdrawing from the addictive substance is a necessary and eventually rewarding part of the process.

Once this is complete, you will undergo a series of therapy techniques, some of which are listed below.

Rehab For Cocaine In Kilmarnock


If you are addicted to cocaine in Kilmarnock, then you will need to undergo drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock.

Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that creates a whole host of negative and life threatening side effects.

If you are addicted to cocaine, then you will need to undergo extensive therapy in order to recover.

This will likely involve CBT and other techniques such as family therapy and group therapy.

However, you will not need to undergo a detox as cocaine is not physically addictive.

Rehab For Heroin In Kilmarnock


Heroin is also another highly addictive drug that creates a series of negative health effects.

As heroin is physically addictive, you will need to undergo a detox before you can receive any other addiction treatment.

Your detox will last approximately 10 days, after which you will begin your therapy.

Rehab For Cannabis In Kilmarnock


Despite the fact that cannabis is becoming more socially accepted and legal in some countries, its side effects and health consequences do not change.

Cannabis creates a whole host of negative consequences, some of which include depression, paranoia and anxiety.

Rehab for cannabis does not involve a detox, as cannabis is not physically addictive.

Individuals undergoing treatment for a cannabis addiction will however have to engage in extensive therapy through the various techniques listed below.

Types Of Therapies On Offer In Kilmarnock

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If you are considering attending drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock but are unfamiliar with therapy and the techniques on offer, we have listed some of the most widely used.


If you have never experienced therapy before, then going through it for the first time can be intimidating.

However, it is important to keep an open mind as therapy can often be the turning point for most people.

The Importance Of Dual Diagnosis

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If you are suffering from a dual diagnosis in Kilmarnock, then it is incredibly important to get professional help.

A dual diagnosis is when you suffer from a mental health issue alongside an addiction.

Often, the two conditions come hand in hand.

Lots of people who suffer from a mental health issue end up developing addiction, and lots of people who suffer from addiction will develop a mental health issue later down the line.

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Distinguishing between the two issues can make recovery more complex, meaning that you will need specialised help from professionals.

You will undergo a detox in order to help you to overcome the physical side of your addiction, before moving on to therapy to address both your addiction and your mental illness.

How Rehab Helps With Relapse Prevention

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One of the most valuable parts of a rehab programme is receiving a relapse prevention plan at the end of your treatment.

A relapse prevention plan is a document that contains advice and tips on how to stay sober when you leave rehab by avoiding triggers and stress.

You should include a few different techniques in your relapse prevention plan, including:

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You should also include the HALT method, which states that if you feel a craving you should check to see if you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired first.

If you are, then relieve this craving first and you may often find that your craving for the addictive substance has gone.

Aftercare And Support Services In Kilmarnock

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Lots of people make the mistake of thinking that once they leave rehab, all the hard work is done.

However, this is not the case.

Everyone who leaves drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock is advised to involve themselves in a series of aftercare and support services, such as the ones listed below.

If you have recently left drug and alcohol rehab in Kilmarnock and want to engage in aftercare and support services, then speak to a member of the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team for advice and support.

Getting Help Today

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If you are unsure of what aftercare and support services are available in Kilmarnock or want to talk about anything to do with addiction, then ring a member of the team at Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108.

Addiction is a debilitating disease, but with our expertise and your intrinsic motivation, we can overcome it together.

Featured Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Kilmarnock

There are various types of rehab centres available in Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Kilmarnock, including inpatient alcohol rehab, luxury alcohol rehab, and private drug rehabs.

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