Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate

Ramsgate is a town in Southeast Kent, and recent research carried out by Public Health England (PHE) has found that in 2018 there were thought to be nearly 15,000 adults in Kent who were assessed as being dependent on alcohol and in need of treatment.

PHE’s findings also revealed that just under 300,000 people in Kent consume alcohol above the recommended safe limit for alcohol consumption.

It is estimated that of that 300,000 nearly one-quarter (70,000+) drink alcohol at high-risk levels with, 2% of them being dependent drinkers. This makes Kent the area with the highest number of dependent drinkers in England.

Nearby Thanet is among the 10 areas in England and Wales with the highest number of heroin-related deaths in recent years, lying in 9th position in terms of heroin or morphine being listed on the death certificate.

The rate for Thanet was 5 per 100,000 people which is much higher than the national average of 1.7. (12,13)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction develops after a prolonged period of heavy and consistent drinking during which the body initially adapts to the presence of alcohol, but eventually reaches a stage where the body will have become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol.

Heavy drinkers will find that they develop an increased tolerance to alcohol and need to consume more alcohol to feel the same effects they previously experienced.

It becomes apparent that people are addicted to alcohol when they are unable to control their use and cannot stop drinking despite wanting to.

This is partly due to the severe withdrawal symptoms they experience when they stop their consumption of alcohol, which ironically are only reduced when they consume more alcohol.

At this stage, their lives have become unmanageable and their preoccupation with alcohol will impact all areas of their lives meaning they will be unable to fully function at work, and in their family unit and the quality of their social life will deteriorate. (5)

What is Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate?

Drug/alcohol rehab in Ramsgate involves offering clients a therapeutic environment in which they can recover from the addictive habit they have developed.

Individuals who develop an addiction have become physically and psychologically dependent on a substance, so their minds and bodies need to recuperate and become healthy again to prevent themselves from coming to further harm.

This is achieved by carrying out several interventions, both medical and psychological in nature to change the way their body and mind are operating. (10)

Detox treatment will help the physiological processes in the body and brain adjust and begin to function without the need for alcohol again. Several psychological therapies will help to rid them of their emotional reliance on the drug which they have used to soothe uncomfortable feelings.

The rehab stage is completed by ensuring clients acquire the mental skills necessary to stop themselves from relapsing.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

Pre-rebab Steps: Intervention

At home support

The services of professional intervention specialists in Ramsgate are normally sought when family members in the area need to come to terms with the fact that a relative has developed a problem with excessive substance use.

This is a very distressing time for close relatives who require a great deal of emotional support to deal with this news, which is made worse by the fact their relative refuses to admit that their substance use is a problem.

Intervention professionals help to develop a plan to offer several types of support for family members to help them emotionally, financially and legally if required.

They also draft strategies to help family members influence the substance user in the family to admit to the fact that they need to seek professional treatment.

One method they use is CRAFT, which involves using the substance users’ family members to slowly shape their behaviour by training them to behave in pre-planned ways during their interactions with the relative of concern.

By understanding the theory of operant conditioning family members will be able to apply pressure by punishing any substance-taking behaviour from the substance user in the family, but rewarding their relatives when they have refrained from substance use. (9)

How Much Does Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate Cost? / Length of Stay


Clients seeking rehab for their addiction can access inpatient services at a reliable residential rehab centre, however, this will be far more expensive due to the substantial overheads associated with a 28-day stay.

A large proportion of clients in rehab centres tend to be private clients as there are not currently many residential places offered through NHS funding, although health insurance policies can significantly contribute to the treatment and there are many different and flexible payment methods open to clients.

In Ramsgate the average daily cost for attending residential rehab is £500 per day which adds up to £14,000 for clients who spend 4 weeks in rehab, this is the usual cost for receiving treatment from a reliable service provider with a solid track record in addiction treatment.

There is a varied price range between providers throughout Ramsgate with some services offering treatment for £1,000 per week whilst some services at the higher end of the treatment scale charge up to £10,000 a week for treatment.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

Is Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Ramsgate on the NHS?

In line with the core values of the NHS, there are treatments for addiction available, although due to the high expense associated with drug and alcohol rehab, local substance misuse teams in Ramsgate tend to lead clients to the outpatient treatment route to begin with, so that a larger number of people can have proven, established interventions promptly.

Because residential rehab treatment is more expensive only privately funded clients can swiftly gain access to inpatient treatment due to the lengthy application and decision-making process for receiving NHS funding, and the number of people who are seeking to gain a residential rehab place.

It tends to be applicants who are considered deserving of funding who are offered residential rehab places as they have managed to convince the funding panel that they are committed to treatment, and have strengthened their case by showing evidence of their efforts.

The panel responsible for awarding funding need to be sure that the money they allocate is justifiably sanctioned.

NHS vs. Private Addiction Treatment


There is funding available for addiction treatment but this has drastically been cut during the last decade and the majority of people in residential rehab now are probably privately financed.

There will be no waiting around once the decision to have treatment has been made, clients can continue the momentum and begin the rehab admissions process within days.

Private clients have greater choices over their treatment options.

They can receive a highly personalised treatment plan which takes all of their needs into account.

Self-funding clients can have more therapies and participate in holistic therapies and work on the lifestyle and health factors necessary to boost their well-being.

Privately funded clients can benefit from a lower staff-patient ratio, with more staff available and fewer patients receiving treatment alongside you.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

NHS Funding

Clients applying for residential funding may find they are offered outpatient treatment first.

There is usually a long wait for funding to be approved, clients can become frustrated which will not help their mental health.

Their treatment will be basic and may ignore key treatments (therapies) that may be beneficial for them.

The way the funding system is administered can lead to several bureaucratic delays and things may not run smoothly, you may have to travel further for your treatment on some occasions, sometimes at short notice.

Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment in Ramsgate

The local drug and alcohol team in Ramsgate are a key reference point for advising clients on their outpatient treatment options in the area if they feel that inpatient treatment in a residential setting is not for them.

People seeking outpatient treatment can obtain the benefits of receiving proven psychological therapies, attending support group meetings and educational workshops and having a medical detox treatment organised for them whilst living in their own homes.

Inpatient treatment is acknowledged as being more beneficial for recovery as it provides a safe environment and cuts out any negative influences from a person’s social/home life.

However, it is expensive to pay for and funding applicants will find themselves waiting for months before they can begin inpatient treatment if their funding application is successful.

Outpatient treatment can be a viable option for clients who have been diagnosed with a mild to moderate substance use disorder (SUD), particularly if they are highly motivated to give up substances and are surrounded by a strong family and social network rather than a dysfunctional, disruptive one. (6,10)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

Alcohol Detox & Rehab in Ramsgate

There are high-quality alcohol rehab treatments in Ramsgate, and they are highly experienced in carrying out pharmacological treatments (detox) to eliminate the harmful physical consequences of alcohol dependence.

Clients diagnosed with a severe alcohol disorder will suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they stop consuming alcohol after years of sustained heavy drinking.

These symptoms include nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia and more worryingly tremors and seizures, the latter of which can be extremely dangerous.

For this reason, our specialist doctors use a drug called Librium to assist clients during the early stages of alcohol treatment to ensure they are fully guarded against the possibility of having life-threatening seizures, as well as to reduce other withdrawal symptoms.

Once our rehab centres are sure that a client is medically stable and not in any danger, which takes around 7-10 days they will transfer the care of the client over to the psychological therapies team so that they can begin their alcohol counselling sessions, both in groups and individually.

Due to the risks associated with alcohol withdrawal all our clients will be monitored regularly throughout their stay. (6,14)

Rehab for Cocaine in Ramsgate


As part of our comprehensive drug addiction treatment programmes, we provide expert care for treating cocaine addiction.

Our programme focuses on assessing the physical and psychiatric health of clients when they are first admitted into rehab, particularly during their first few days of withdrawing from cocaine.

This is when their body can behave erratically and exhibit physical and mental withdrawal symptoms which need to be assessed and treated.

From this point, clients will go through a series of interventions including the 12-step programme, cognitive behavioural therapy and contingency management, all of which have been adapted to treat cocaine addiction and have proven to be effective in doing so. (10,11)

Rehab for Heroin Rehab in Ramsgate

The drug rehab schedule for heroin addiction involves several stages to ensure all our clients can eradicate their physical dependence on heroin and live their lives away from the shadow of drug use which is usually represented by powerful cravings.

The first stage that clients will undergo when initially admitted to rehab is the detox treatment phase. This process uses substitute drugs such as methadone to slowly reduce the amount of heroin present in the body over weeks.

The second and third stages work on the psychosocial aspects of addiction recovery and involve clients following their psychological therapy programme (including group therapy and the 12-step approach) and attending relapse prevention training sessions to help them develop the cognitive skills required to resist using heroin in high-risk situations. (5,6)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

Rehab for Cannabis in Ramsgate


Due to the complex relationship between cannabis and brain chemistry/psychology our rehab treatment team take extra care to check if clients entering rehab due to cannabis use are showing any psychotic, anxious or depressive symptoms.

We work closely with local mental health services to ensure any clients showing psychological distress are fully supported.

Rehab services carefully monitor clients during the early stages of treatment when they have had to stop using cannabis in case they experience withdrawal symptoms which need to be alleviated by medical drugs or symptom-specific advice.

Cannabis withdrawal is not usually as severe as heroin withdrawal and there is no medical treatment available to aid the process, although some clients may encounter mildly uncomfortable symptoms for a few days.

As with other drug rehab programmes, clients based at our Ramsgate rehab centres will follow their individual therapy programme which helps them understand the reasons for their substance use and enables them to gain insight into how they can turn their lives around. (5,14)

Types of Therapies on Offer in Ramsgate Rehabs


Rehab treatment centres in Ramsgate have a comprehensive psychological therapies programme which features the following interventions:

  • We offer cognitive and mindfulness-based interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to help clients develop a more harmonious relationship with their thought processes and to stamp out negative automatic thoughts which can increase anxiety. (2)
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) will help clients tolerate strong emotions without being overwhelmed to the extent they are no longer able to carry out their daily activities. (4)
  • Brief interventions are an educational component of treatment and aim to change clients’ perception of substance use by presenting them with hard-hitting medical facts about their substance use and the effect it is having on their health. (7)
  • Motivational interviewing sessions will help clients who become stuck during the treatment process and need support and encouragement from their therapist to overcome resistance and re-engage with treatment. (5)
  • Clients will receive several sessions of Individual therapy each week, including psychotherapy and addiction counselling sessions to help them discover the emotional factors behind their substance use such as traumatic events and tough life experiences. (10)
  • Co-dependency treatment helps clients find their inner voice and make them more assertive, so they begin to understand what psychological needs are important to them. This will slowly enable them to build their self-esteem so they switch attention away from other people and back to themselves. (6)
  • Family therapy and group therapy involve clients discussing their feelings about their situation and life experiences in the company of others. These could be experiences related to addiction with their peers in rehab, or experiences of their early family and social life with their relatives. (15,18)
  • Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) is a core area of clients’ treatment and our therapists aim to facilitate their progress through AA’s well-established 12-step method, which consists of several different psychological and reflective challenges that clients need to contemplate. (10)

Holistic Therapies

Rebab establishments in Ramsgate are always looking to expand their holistic therapy programme as these therapies have shown to be of great benefit in aiding the well-being and mental health of all the clients who have engaged with these therapies.

Currently, there are art, music, drama therapy and equine therapy treatments available but there are several more holistic therapies being researched which may well be introduced shortly. (16,17)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

The Importance of Dual Diagnosis for Co-occurring Disorders in Rehab

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In the current climate, the mental health of all clients is of paramount importance to rehab centres operating in the Ramsgate area.

Many clients entering rehab also present with another mental health condition such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, or show symptoms of another mental health condition and so require a clinical assessment.

Having a co-existing mental health condition significantly hampers clients’ ability to recover from their substance use disorder unless they receive extra special care from our dual diagnosis team.

The earlier our rehab team can build up an accurate up-to-date psychiatric profile of a client the greater the chances the clients have of receiving effective treatment as quickly as possible.

To do this, it is essential to obtain an accurate mental health diagnosis so our rehab can understand how a patient’s mental health condition interacts with their SUD. (5)

How Rehabs Help with Relapse Prevention

Rehab centres play a pivotal role in developing awareness of relapse prevention strategies for clients. Anyone who has taken substances will be aware that certain situations are more likely to trigger their substance use than others.

These situations could be social situations such as weddings and reunions or internal physiological states such as anger, hunger, emotional distress and even feeling lonely.

Rehab therapists will devote a lot of time to helping clients identify high-risk situations in their own lives in which it may be difficult for them to show restraint from using substances, before proceeding to teach them important cognitive skills they can use to help them show psychological resolve in high-risk situations. (5.14)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.

Aftercare & Support Services once Rehab has been Completed


Ramsgate is home to many support services that people leaving rehab can access once their 28-day programme is over, services that offer support include;

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

All fellowship meetings in the Ramsgate region offer clients the chance to continue their 12-step work and to maintain regular contact with their peers who are also in recovery.

Continued attendance at your support group should be a strong priority for those who have left rehab as it provides a strong foundation to continue their progress. (1)

There are also Al‐Anon Family Group meetings in the Ramsgate area for relatives of anyone diagnosed with a SUD.

SMART Recovery

This UK charity can benefit rehab leavers in two ways, firstly their CBT-based skills programme offers them the opportunity to perfect the cognitive skills needed to control their anxiety levels and deal with strong cravings.

Secondly, SMART Recovery has developed a strong reputation for enhancing its trainees’ personal development, whether professionally in terms of career guidance or personally in terms of developing positive character traits.

The Local Drug & Alcohol Team in Ramsgate

There are psychological and educational interventions available in Ramsgate and its surrounding areas for clients which can be organised by local substance misuse teams, who have strong links to NHS services and other treatment providers in the area that offer psychological therapies and educational programmes to clients seeking to maintain recovery.

The local substance misuse team in Ramsgate can also organise home detox treatment should relapse occur in the future.

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To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Ramsgate, please contact our dedicated team on 0800 111 4108.


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