Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Windsor

Windsor is located in the region of Slough where in 2020/21, 557 men and 391 women were admitted to the hospital for alcohol-related conditions. [1] Between 2018-2020, 7 people died from drug misuse in Slough. [2]

How is Alcohol Addiction Defined?

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Alcohol addiction can be defined as a reliance on alcohol to the extent that alcohol is consumed regularly, often to excess accompanied by feelings of dependence on the alcohol and an inability to control or regulate the amount of alcohol that is consumed.

This definition is broad, and may not encompass the experiences of all those who struggle with an alcohol-use disorder. Often binge-drinking behaviour, black-out drinking at parties and drinking ‘to relax’ are all markers of potential alcohol addictions.

Alongside these behaviours, feelings of shame, regret and a low mood may accompany use, as well as avoidant behaviours that involve hiding the amount of alcohol that is being consumed from others may also be present.

If you identify with any of these descriptions of alcohol addiction, you might wish to consider further any potential that you are struggling with alcohol addiction.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What Happens During Rehabilitation in Windsor?

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The term ‘rehabilitation’ is usually associated with inpatient treatment at a residential treatment centre for substance abuse disorder. Rehabilitation as an inpatient means that you stay in the treatment centre for around 28 days on average without access to the substance that you are addicted to.

For many, a period of detoxing is necessary to ensure that when the use of alcohol or drugs is stopped, the body does not reach dangerously and cause damage to yourself or cause unnecessary stress.

This detoxing is carried out by trained professionals to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout.

After detox, you begin a period of intensive therapy where you discuss your addiction with a trained psychiatrist to better understand the origins of the addiction as well as current triggers and contributors to substance use at present.

After around 3-4 weeks of therapy, during which time coping mechanisms can be learnt and implemented as well as guidance better understood, you will be discharged from the rehabilitation facility and return to your home.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

Interventions – What are they? How do they help?

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If a loved one begins to show signs that they are struggling with a substance abuse disorder, it can feel only natural to want to help them to overcome their addiction.

Often, families, friends or others around them will try and intervene with a conversation, discussion or another talk about their substance use issues, the way it is affected themselves and others, and to approach the idea of stopping the use of the substance.

Sometimes, interventions are not effective, often it is the individual that needs to change that must take the first steps and admit that they have a problem before they are willing, or can accept, help from others.

However, methods like the CRAFT approach can improve the likelihood of a successful intervention.

The CRAFT method involves praising behaviours that involve not using the addictive substance, showing willpower and self-restraint, and better handling or avoiding situations where the substance is used or present.

By encouraging individuals during periods of restraint, they can feel more motivated and able to quit altogether.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

How Much Does Rehabilitation Typically Cost in Windsor?

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Rehabilitation costs can vary significantly, with luxury private rehabilitation centres sometimes charging £80,000 for a 28-day stay, and others costing as little as £4000 for the same duration of treatment.

The average treatment cost for rehabilitation in a private treatment centre is around £15,000 for 28 days, but this is variable depending on factors like duration of treatment and location.

Luxury treatment centres can offer more amenities, more comfortable or better-located facilities as well as other benefits like food, cooked in-house by a private chef.

Can I get Help for Substance Use on the NHS in Windsor?

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Under the NHS, there does exist the opportunity to receive treatment for substance misuse though it can be somewhat limited.

The NHS rarely funds private treatment to remain in a private rehabilitation clinic but it can offer some other services.

These services include:

  • Counselling
  • Medication
  • CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) referrals
  • Referrals to local drug and alcohol support teams
  • Guidance to finding meetings or support with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics anonymous

How Much Time Would I Have to Spend in a Private Rehabilitation Centre in Windsor?

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Treatment typically involves a duration of 28 days or one month. During this time, you will receive a detox treatment, to help you come off any substances without this becoming dangerous to you and your health.

This is only applicable to those struggling with some substance abuse disorders.

For those that do not need a detox, or who have completed one in treatment, the remaining treatment time involves intensive therapy, during which, the triggers for drug use, any underlying mental health conditions, and reasons for addiction might be discussed.

Longer treatment times are often more effective, so while those addicted to alcohol might benefit from a week’s stay in a private rehabilitation centre, a longer, 28-day stay is likely of more benefit.

How Does Addiction Treatment Differ Between the NHS and Private Centres in Windsor?

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The NHS usually offers treatment in the form of therapy, counselling and referrals to local drug and alcohol use support services and charities.

While privately, therapy and counselling are also available, the duration and frequency of these sessions can be altered privately, while under the NHS they are typically restricted to once per week.

Under private treatment, you may also be able to attend a rehabilitation centre for some time, undergo a private detox and receive alternative, more personally-tailored therapies for addiction, such as equine, adventure or art therapy.

Outpatient vs Inpatient Treatments in Windsor

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If you receive treatment as an inpatient, you will live in an inpatient facility for the duration of your treatment – this is often a rehabilitation clinic.

If you receive treatment as an outpatient, you remain at home during treatment but can visit nearby centres to receive therapy, medication, counselling, attend group support meetings etc.

It can be important to know which treatment is best and most suited towards you personally to help improve the likelihood of successful treatment.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What Happens if I Attend Alcohol Addiction Rehab in Windsor?

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Because alcohol is not only psychologically addictive but chemically or physically addictive, it can be dangerous to stop alcohol use suddenly.

This is why, upon entering a rehabilitation clinic, you will likely begin a detox programme to help you gradually come off alcohol so that you can undergo therapy for substance use disorder.

Alcohol detox can cause some unpleasant symptoms like:

  • Trembling
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

In the case of seizures, these can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.

Thankfully, these symptoms can be weakened by the use of sedative medication like Librium which is administered by a medical professional to patients undergoing detox.

Librium or similar drugs work by slowing down bodily processes and as such, lessening symptoms’ severity and in turn, the likelihood of harming your body during the process, making detox much safer and less unpleasant.

After a period of around 1-2 weeks, medication is slowly tapered down and the detox period is considered complete.

Once detox is complete, the remaining time spent at the rehabilitation centre involves treatment through the form of intensive therapy which aims to help resolve or identify any causes for alcohol misuse like triggers or mental health issues.

You will be able to learn about more healthy coping mechanisms, guidance for avoiding and identifying triggers for alcohol use, and better understanding of addiction as a whole.

All of these aspects of treatment should help you to better function without alcohol when you leave at the end of the treatment stay.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What is the Process for Cocaine Addiction Rehabilitation like in Windsor?


Cocaine addiction often is associated with social events and partying but can also occur at home, alone or with only a few others.

It is not physically dangerous to stop cocaine use suddenly because the body does not become chemically dependent on the cocaine regardless of the intensity of usage.

For this reason, upon entering the rehabilitation facility, you will stop the use of cocaine and begin treatment in the form of intensive therapy immediately.

Intensive therapy involves regular discussions with a psychiatrist and/or therapist to discuss the addiction and the associated behaviours, as well as identify the triggers for cocaine use.

During these sessions with a therapist or psychiatrist, you will work towards methods of avoiding cocaine use by learning coping mechanisms, preventing triggers, and better understanding the addiction process as well as rewiring thought processes to better fit with life without cocaine.

After completion of your stay, often over a period of 28 days, you will be discharged and can return home.

How Does Rehabilitation Work for Those Struggling with Heroin Addiction in Windsor?


For those struggling with a heroin addiction, rehabilitation involves two main steps:

1. Detoxing

Detoxing often takes the form of what’s called ‘maintenance therapy’ which means that you are given a weaker opioid like methadone or buprenorphine which have similar chemical properties to heroin but are not as strong.

These medicines will be administered so that you do not experience the side effects of heroin withdrawal as strongly, as without medical intervention heroin withdrawal can be dangerous and even deadly.

The symptoms you might experience during withdrawal and detox are:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Tachycardia
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Shivering
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle cramps

But treatment for these with methadone or another strong opioid should significantly reduce the severity of symptoms.

2. Intensive therapy

After a week or so, you should be able to complete maintenance therapy which can include stopping medicine altogether or keeping you on a lower dose of methadone or buprenorphine.

This means you can begin intensive therapy, specifically targeted at those with addiction issues.

This involves a discussion of the cause(s) of the heroin use, the triggers for using heroin that you may have experienced and advice and guidance about how to change your thinking regarding heroin use.

Therapy lasts around 2-3 weeks, depending on the duration of your stay and the duration of the detox period.

What Happens During Cannabis Rehabilitation in Windsor?


Cannabis is not a chemically addictive drug, which means it is not dangerous for you to stop taking it altogether, at once.

For this reason, when you arrive in the rehabilitation facility, you will be expected to immediately cease the use of cannabis.

After arrival, you will begin a series of intensive therapy with a trained counsellor or therapist.

During this therapy, the reasons for your cannabis use, the thought patterns associated with your use of cannabis, and any other contributing factors will be discussed with you.

The therapist will be able to offer insight and guidance into aspects of your addictive behaviour and a trained psychiatrist will be able to assess you for the presence of any underlying, untreated psychiatric or mental health issues that may have contributed to an increased likelihood of you using cannabis.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What Types of Therapy are There in Windsor?

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Because all people are different, therapy has also been developed to be as diverse as those that use it.

For this reason, there are several different therapies available to help treat drug or alcohol addictions.

1. Individual Therapy

The most common kind of therapy is one-to-one therapy with a therapist where you can have a chat with a therapist about your addiction, how you are feeling, and what you are concerned or worried about, and receive guidance and help towards changing your thinking and learning new ways of managing problems or stress.

2. Family Therapy

Alternatively, some people may feel that they prefer the support of one or more members of their family when undergoing addiction treatment, and for this, family therapy can be beneficial.

This is also appropriate if family issues are affecting, or have affected, your addiction history and you feel you may all benefit from speaking to someone impartially for help.

Some people feel that they receive the best help when it comes in the form of group treatment, where they can develop support networks with others and find friends with the same kinds of problems as them.

This makes group therapy a good option for some.

3. CBT and DBT

Certain therapies are designed for specifically targeting thought patterns and retraining them, these include CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical behavioural therapy).

The main differences between these two kinds of therapy are that DBT is more focused on people who struggle with feelings of distress and are more sensitive on average than other people.

4. Holistic Therapy


Some people feel that traditional therapies have not been effective for them, or do not feel as comfortable.

Alternative or holistic therapies like art, equine, adventure etc. therapies can be more suitable for these individuals.

These therapies can help people to feel calmer, reduce their stress and step away for a moment from the focus of addiction recovery.

Alternative therapies offer the opportunity to engage with something that you know you enjoy to help boost your mood and feel more secure and confident.

5. Motivational Interviewing

For some people, motivational interviewing can be of benefit – this is where you speak to a psychologist or therapist and discuss your motivations for stopping alcohol or drugs so that you have a better awareness of them when the feeling to use alcohol or drugs comes.

6. Brief Interventions

Brief interventions are an often-effective technique to help others with a drug or alcohol addiction.

This is because they entail praising individuals who show restraint when using alcohol or drugs as well as encouraging other positive behaviours and helping to find the individual external support.

Brief interventions do mean that individuals who struggle with addiction do still have to face the consequences of any of their drug-related behaviours, when they are unpleasant, but do not involve actively criticising them or their actions.

7. Co-Dependency

Some people feel that they are struggling with alcohol or drug addictions alongside feelings of co-dependency on others.

Co-dependency treatment can help people who rely heavily on others for support, guidance and confidence to feel more self-confident and better able to make decisions for themselves and in their best interest.

By treating co-dependency issues, you can improve self-confidence and reduce a feeling of reliance or dependency on drugs or alcohol.

8. 12-Step Facilitation Therapy

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Finally, a very common addiction treatment is called ‘Twelve-step facilitation therapy’ or TSF, which is a process-based treatment for addiction.

It involves twelve steps, often taught in a group therapy setting over a period of twelve weeks, where each week there is discussion over the next step in the treatment, each of which aims to build on the last, to create a clear framework for addiction recovery.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What is Dual Diagnosis and How Does it Help?

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Dual diagnosis is the term to describe the diagnosis of a concurrent mental health condition alongside the substance abuse disorder of someone struggling with addiction.

By treating underlying mental health conditions properly, under the guidance of a trained medical professional, it can become easier for individuals to overcome addiction entirely.

Mental health issues like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, Co-dependency disorders and others can lead people to use alcohol or drugs as a way of relieving unpleasant symptoms.

By receiving a diagnosis and the correct treatment for the diagnosis, individuals can improve their chances of success when it comes to recovery from alcohol or drug addictions.

How Does Rehabilitation Make Relapse Less Likely?

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Relapse is made less likely after a period of rehabilitation for several reasons:

  • Removes you from access to alcohol and drugs
  • Removes you from the environment that may have encouraged the use of drugs or alcohol
  • Provides you with tools, guidance and coping strategies targeted at helping you manage and cope with distress more effectively.
  • Helps you to better understand addiction, addiction-related issues and how addiction affects you personally
  • Dual diagnosis of any underlying mental health conditions that can then be treated

All of these factors together make relapse less likely – once you leave the facility, you will have had time to understand and appreciate the factors involved with addiction and better react to triggers for alcohol or drug use.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.

What Kind of Aftercare and Support Might I Need and Where Can I Get it?

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Addiction recovery can be challenging, and it’s not always possible to recover entirely the first time.

Because it is challenging, after and support are available for those struggling with alcohol or addiction issues, once they’ve left rehabilitation and during any stage of an addiction recovery journey.

Alcoholics Anonymous and its family group meetings can help with support and identifying other treatments available to you in your local area.

SMART Recovery also helps those with alcohol addictions, as well as those suffering from drug addiction and can also offer support and guidance.

Narcotics Anonymous can offer help for those addicted to drugs or struggling after drug treatment, though treatment for alcohol or drug-related addiction issues can also be helped with access to your local drug and alcohol services – available through your local GP.

Learn more about drug and alcohol rehab in Windsor and contact us today at 0800 111 4108.


[1] – https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/search/alcohol#page/1/gid/1/ati/101/iid/91409/age/1/sex/4/cat/-1/ctp/-1/yrr/1/cid/4/tbm/1

[2] – https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/search/drug#page/1/gid/1/ati/401/iid/91367/age/1/sex/4/cat/-1/ctp/-1/yrr/1/cid/4/tbm/1


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