Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Lewisham

Addiction, also known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD), is a life-altering disorder which can have highly detrimental effects on a person’s life in a number of ways, sometimes taking their life from them completely.

Whether it is an alcohol or drug addiction, when substance use gets out of control the impact can be devastating.

There are over 9,600 deaths every year in the UK related to alcohol and over 3,000 related to drug misuse, and both of these numbers have risen in recent years.

However, with the right drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham, individuals struggling with addiction can take back the reins and enjoy a life free from this horrible cycle of substance abuse.

Nearly 290,000 people per year in the UK seek out treatment for drug and/or alcohol related problems.

The Rehab 4 Alcoholism team is here to help you learn about the different options available to you for drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham, help you access addiction treatment and help you get your life back on track.

Find the help you need to overcome addiction at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by calling us today on 0800 111 4108

What Happens During Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Lewisham?

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Addiction rehabilitation (rehab) is the process of providing medical and/or therapeutic treatment to someone with an addiction. This treatment seeks to help the person manage their addiction and reclaim control over their lives.

Alcohol and drug addiction can both cause significant damage to every aspect of a person’s life, from their physical and mental health to their family relationships and employment.

Therefore, learning how to break free from the addiction cycle through addiction rehab is life-saving for many individuals in many ways.

Don’t let addiction control your life – get help from a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by giving us a call on 0800 111 4108

The Rehab Process: From Referrals to Aftercare

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The first part of getting an admission into rehab is the referral, which is where you will make first contact with a drug and alcohol rehab centre.

There are several types of referral, and many rehab centres accept self referrals – where you contact them directly and ask to start treatment.

Other types of referral include professional referrals e.g. your GP, nurse or social worker contacting the centre or a family/friend referral e.g. where a loved one contacts a centre on your behalf.

If you are looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham on behalf of someone else, you might also need an intervention.

The most commonly used approach in modern addiction rehab is the CRAFT approach, which helps families support their loved ones through positive reinforcement whilst helping them seek treatment.

Once you have your referral, or your loved one is invested in seeking treatment, you will then have an initial assessment to gather information about your needs, the severity of your addiction and any other relevant information.

This assessment will then be used to construct a personalised treatment plan, within which will be the plan for all of the treatments you will undergo and a timeline of when you will have treatment.


Most treatment programmes for addiction are around 28 days long, as this provides adequate time for the mind and body to get used to living without the addictive substance and to engage in treatment.

The first stage of drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is an inpatient or at-home detox, which is the period of time when you first stop taking the addictive substance.

This usually lasts around 7-10 days, and can be at home or on an inpatient basis.

Following a detox, you will then undergo around 3 weeks of addiction therapies and treatments. These aim to help you overcome the psychological, behavioural and social sides of addiction, and give you tools to help you manage it.

After you have completed your detox and addiction therapies, you will be given a relapse prevention plan and access to aftercare services such as crisis hotlines, peer support groups and drop in sessions to help you in your ongoing recovery journey.

You can find out more about each stage of addiction recovery below, as well as other commonly asked questions about drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham.

Beat addiction once and for all at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by giving our team a call on 0800 111 4108

Do I Need a Medical Detox?

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Alcohol and drug addictions can be very detrimental to your physical and mental health, not only when you are taking the substance but even when you are not.

Therefore, a detox from alcohol or drugs will often need to be carefully managed to ensure that your body is able to cope with the impact of withdrawal symptoms.

The withdrawal symptoms for alcohol detox can include:

  • Tremors (the ‘shakes’)
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

However, more severe symptoms include seizures, a fast heart rate and Delirium Tremens, which includes confusion and hallucinations.

Medical detox refers to a detox which is assisted using specialist medications.

This often occurs on an inpatient basis at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham but can be done at-home if needed.

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For moderate to severe alcohol addictions, the detox process is often overseen by a medical professional and with the use of medications such as Acamprosate and Naltrexone, or Benzodiazepines such as Librium might be used.

For mild cases of alcohol addiction, a medical detox may not be necessary and instead you can detox safely at home.

However, it is always highly advised to seek medical advice before attempting to detox from alcohol.

When it comes to alcohol addiction, you will need to be very careful going through detox as it can be very dangerous and even fatal due to the physically addictive nature of alcohol.

The type of detox you have and what medications are needed (if any) will be discussed with you during your initial assessment and written into your treatment plan.

Ensure that your detox is safe and effective with the help of a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by giving our team a call on 0800 111 4108

What Addiction Therapies are Available with Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Lewisham?

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There are several addiction therapies available to help you manage your substance use disorder, including one-on-one treatments, family support, medically assisted treatment and group sessions.

Some of the most commonly used addiction therapies and treatments available at drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham include:

1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a flexible, behaviour and cognition-based therapy which aims to change the way you think and therefore behave when it comes to your addiction.

CBT teaches you to challenge your own thought processes, consider what leads you to continue taking the substance and changing your behaviour.

CBT has been shown to be very effective in treating addiction, as well as other mental health disorders which are often closely linked to addiction such as depression and anxiety.

It is also a widely available treatment as it can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, one-on-one or in a group setting.

2. Addiction Counselling

Addiction Counselling seeks to help individuals with substance use disorder to understand how and why their addiction developed, what is continuing their addiction and explore ways to help them live a sober life.

This treatment is conducted one-on-one with a counsellor and is available through drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham. It can be very effective in helping people understand their addiction and learn how to manage it.

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3. Family Therapy

Addiction often has a negative impact on relationships, including vita support systems such as friends and family.

Furthermore, an individual’s addiction can affect their family members’ lives and impact their wellbeing.

Through Family Therapy, the individual struggling with addiction can discuss what they are going through with family members, the family members can share how the addiction has impacted them and key relationships with loved ones can be restored or strengthened.

4. Medically Assisted Therapy

Medically Assisted Therapy (MAT) is therapy which is used alongside medication to treat addiction. This is commonly used in opioid and alcohol addiction, due to the withdrawal symptoms which can be challenging, sometimes long lasting and may impact further aspects of recovery.

Medications such as Naltrexone can be used to help with cravings during treatment, and help the patient to remain well enough to also participate in addiction therapy.

Some other commonly used addiction treatments available in drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham include:

The treatments you have will depend on your addiction, the particular rehab in Lewisham you attend, and your own unique circumstances. However, all options will be discussed with you during your assessment.

You might also have multiple treatments simultaneously, for example family therapy as well as counselling sessions at different times.

Experience any of these treatments and many more at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by contacting our team on 0800 111 4108

How Long does Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Lewisham Last?

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Drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham offers your body and mind the opportunity to stop using substances safely, recover from the impact of substance misuse and begin to learn how to live free from the grips of addiction.

This however, takes time, which is why the minimum length of time recommended for addiction treatment is 28 days.

This allows time for a detox to occur and the body to sustain itself without the need for the addictive substance, and then for you to learn how to manage your addiction through addiction therapies.

However, the duration of rehab can vary depending on the type of treatment you are having, where the funding for the treatment is coming from (e.g NHS or private) and the method of delivery (e.g. inpatient or outpatient treatment).

Inpatient treatment can continue for up to 90 days for patients who need the most support.

Halfway houses and sober living accommodation is also available to people who do not have a stable home or employment, and/or would benefit from learning life skills.

Outpatient treatment can sometimes last between 6-12 weeks, especially for less intensive treatment programmes. This is because the patient attends less treatment sessions, sometimes once a week or once a fortnight.

12 step programmes, drop in sessions and group therapy sessions can also continue for longer and can provide long term aftercare for those who have completed a course of treatment.

Aftercare services often offer ongoing support through your independent recovery and provide peer support, mental health treatment and aid as and when needed, so that you do not have to manage your addiction alone when your course of treatment comes to an end.

For a more accurate prediction of how long your stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is likely to last, give our team a call today on 0800 111 4108

How Much does Rehab in Lewisham Cost?


Cost is often a big concern for people when they are seeking out Alcohol and drug rehab in Lewisham, however the good news is that there are several options when it comes to the treatment you can get for your budget.

NHS treatment for example, is available free to all UK residents.

The NHS offers a range of inpatient and outpatient treatments for drug and alcohol addiction, including addiction therapies as well as inpatient detox programmes.

All of this treatment is free and available via your GP or via self-referral. However, be aware that waiting lists for NHS services may be long and treatment options limited.

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There are also a range of charities that offer in person, online and telephone support to help you in addiction recovery. These services are free or at a reduced cost, and can include treatments such as group therapy, drop in sessions, counselling and even detox programmes.

For more flexible and faster treatment, private addiction treatment is another option open to you.

There are several private drug and alcohol rehab facilities in and near to Lewisham which offer private care.

Private drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham usually costs between £1,000 and £5,000 per week.

Inpatient treatment will be more costly than outpatient and your stay may cost more or less depending on things like the type of room you stay in and the treatments you have.

For a full 28 day course of treatment therefore, private treatment can cost between £4,000 and £20,000.

If you have medical insurance however, then it is worth checking whether private addiction rehab is covered.

Some popular insurance providers such as Aviva offer cover for private addiction treatment, and some even cover the cost of a full 28 day private inpatient stay.

To discover how much your stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is likely to cost, give our team a call today on 0800 111 4108

How Can I Access NHS Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Lewisham?

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Addiction recovery should be accessible for all, and that’s why there are a variety of addiction support services on the NHS and through local charities in Lewisham.

NHS drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is free to all UK residents. Charity services are also available and offer reduced price or free services.

The Lewisham Primary Care Recovery Service for example, offers a range of services including interventions, opioid substitute therapy, alcohol detox, group therapy, residential rehab and 12-week aftercare plans.

To access Primary Care Recovery Service (PCRS) in Lewisham, you can either contact them directly or talk to your nurse, GP or health practitioner who can refer you.

The Rehab 4 Alcoholism team is also on board to help you with the referral process, and assist you in finding the right recovery for you.

Lewisham Town Council also works with the New Direction Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, who are part of the charity Change, Grow, Live (CGL).

They offer a range of services including medically assisted therapy (MAT), inpatient detox and residential rehab, group support sessions and a dedicated family and carers service.

New Direction services can also be accessed via referrals from a professional body (e.g. a GP) as well as self-referrals via email, phone or in person. There is also an open access drop in service every day (apart from Tuesday) from 9:30am.

Whatever help you need to overcome addiction – whether from a conventional drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham or through another service – let our experts help you by calling us on 0800 111 4108

Should I Attend Private or NHS Addiction Treatment?

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Private and NHS rehab in Lewisham both have their pros and cons, and which one you choose to go to will depend on several factors.

Some of the key factors to consider when it comes to choosing whether to seek private or NHS treatment include:

The Cost of Private vs NHS Rehab

  • NHS drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is free
  • Private rehab costs between £1,000 – £5,000 per week.

Waiting Times for NHS and Private Treatment

  • NHS rehab often has long waiting lists between 3 weeks – 6 months
  • Private drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham can often take in patients within 24-48 hours

Addiction Therapy Options in Private vs NHS Rehab

  • NHS addiction treatment is more limited, with mainly outpatient options and less variety of therapeutic treatments
  • Private rehab have inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a more varied range of treatments such as holistic therapies.

Optional Extras and Additional Services in NHS and Private Rehab

  • NHS inpatient rehab is equipped with everything you need, however you will get a basic accommodation package usually consisting of a shared room and basic dining.
  • Private rehab clinics often have the option for a shared or private room, as well as extra packages which can include gym access, spa treatments and luxury dining. These will however be additional costs and can be expensive.

The type of addiction treatment you choose is up to you, once you have considered all factors.

However, whether you choose private and NHS rehab, you can be rest assured that your care and recovery is their top priority and you will be treated by qualified addiction specialists throughout your treatment.

Can’t decide between private or NHS treatment in Lewisham? Talk it over with our experts on 0800 111 4108

What Does Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Mean?


There are two primary ways in which addiction treatment is delivered: inpatient (also known as residential treatment) and outpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment refers to the treatment that takes place in the drug and alcohol rehab centre when the patient stays in overnight.

They will have a shared, semi-private or a private room, and will remain in the centre throughout their course treatment.

Outpatient treatment on the other hand, refers to treatment carried out when a patient only attends treatment sessions at the rehab centre and stays at home overnight. They will not have a dedicated room, and will instead only come in during their allotted treatment times.

Depending on the patient’s circumstances, the severity of their addiction, their home environment and other factors such as health, they might undergo inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment or a combination of the two.

Part-hospitalisation is the most commonly used treatment plan which combines elements of inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Part hospitalisation involves the patient staying in the rehab clinic (inpatient) during their detox, for around 7–10 days, before attending addiction therapies on an outpatient basis.

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Outpatient treatment can also vary in terms of the levels of intensity, with more intensive outpatient treatment plans requiring the patient to attend more therapy sessions during the week and having more contact time at the clinic.

Outpatient treatment can vary between intensive, where the patient will attend rehab sessions up to 6 days a week for several hours, and less intensive where a patient might only attend sessions for 1-2 hours once or twice a week.

During your initial assessment, the inpatient and outpatient options will be discussed with you and a plan drawn up to state how your treatment will be delivered.

For help choosing between inpatient and outpatient treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham, call us on 0800 111 4108

What Are Co-occurring Disorders?

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Co-occurring disorders are mental disorders which exist alongside substance use disorder at the same time, in the same individual.

They are very common, and occur in around 7.7 million adults. This means that around 37% of people who have substance use disorder also have a co-occuring mental disorder.

Some co-occurring disorders that are often seen in patients with SUD include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, personality disorders and PTSD. People with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders in particular are more likely to have a co-occuring SUD.

The way in which co-occurring disorders affect one another is highly debated and also depends on the individual. Oftentimes, there are a number of factors that go into any disorder, including environmental, biological, genetic and social factors.

However, what is clear is that when treating a patient, it is incredibly important to be aware of any co-occurring disorders they might have and recognise both disorders as part of a dual diagnosis.

Ensure that you end up at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham that supports your mental health by giving our team a call on 0800 111 4108

What Is a Dual Diagnosis and How Is It Treated?

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A dual diagnosis helps to treat patients with SUD and a co-occurring mental health issue, as it ensures that effective treatment is available for both disorders and also recognises how these disorders might interact.

For example, a patient might use alcohol to cope with the symptoms of their social anxiety disorder and to make social interactions more comfortable, or drug use might help a person suffering from schizophrenia to block out their voices.

These can both lead to substance abuse and quickly become an active addiction, as the person depends on the substance to relieve (or initially to relieve) the symptoms of another disorder.

On the other hand, drug and alcohol use can also lead to the development or increase the severity of a mental health disorder.

For example, substance abuse particularly in adolescence has been described as a risk factor for the development of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.

Although substances are often used to treat the symptoms of other disorders, it often causes the disorder to get worse, particularly when they do not have the substance.

This can then lead to a dangerous cycle of alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Dual diagnosis helps to consider both disorders during treatment (so the treatment of one won’t worsen the other), and treat them both whilst also seeing how one disorder might impact the other. It also helps gain insight into the development and maintenance of the addiction.

If you go through drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham and have a dual diagnosis, you might be treated at the rehab for the other disorder or be referred for additional treatment by a specialist. The treatment you receive will depend on the disorder and how it interacts with your SUD.

Treating both disorders together can ensure that people struggling with co-occurring mental disorders and addiction receive comprehensive and effective treatment.

Ensure that your treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is as thorough as possible by giving our team a call on 0800 111 4108

What Is a Relapse Prevention Plan?

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After you have completed treatment for your addiction, you are ready to go back to everyday life now on the road to recovery.

However, if that feels a little daunting, then don’t worry as you will not be left to face your recovery alone without support there when you need it.

When you come to the end of your treatment, you will have a personalised relapse prevention plan which will be constructed with you to help you in your independent recovery.

Overcoming an addiction is not an easy task, and along the way life will have challenges which you will need to manoeuvre without depending on substances. A relapse prevention plan will help you with this, providing key tools for when you need them most.

Relapse prevention plans include tools and methods to help you face cravings, temptations and difficulties, utilising the things you have learned during treatment.

They will also help you recognise the signs of relapse so you can seek help if you feel that you are vulnerable to relapsing.

Relapse prevention plans have proven to be effective in reducing the risk of relapse, and providing support for those who have completed rehab.

They also include contact information for additional support such as crisis hotlines, mental health charities, contact details of loved ones and aftercare services so you always have someone to turn to if needed.

Beat addiction once and for all at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham by giving our team a call on 0800 111 4108

After Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Lewisham: What is Aftercare?

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Aftercare is key to support you when you leave rehab, which is why it is a part of the relapse prevention plan. Knowing who to turn to and where you can go for extra help is essential, whether you need more long term treatment or just need short term support.

Aftercare includes a wide range of services, however some of the most commonly used include:

If you have a co-occuring disorder such as anxiety or schizophrenia, you are likely to need longer term support for this as well which will be managed by your GP or mental health practitioner.

Overall, aftercare services provide a way to help you as much or as little as you need after you complete your course of treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham.

Ensure that your stay at a drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham is matched by an equally effective aftercare plan by calling us on 0800 111 4108

Getting Help Today

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Finding the right treatment can be challenging with so many different options to help people manage the life-altering disorder that is addiction.

However, the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team is on hand to help you get the help you need through drug and alcohol rehab in Lewisham.

Get in touch today to tackle your addiction with the assistance of trained professionals whose goal is to help you recover from your addiction.

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