Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Woking

Woking is located in south East England in the county of Surrey. In 2020, 86 individuals who were undergoing treatment for opiate drug addiction were successful in completing treatment. In the year 2020/21 2,134 individuals were in treatment at drug misuse services in Surrey. [1]

In 2020/21, 1,352 individuals were in treatment at alcohol misuse services in Surrey, and 470 individuals completed treatment for alcohol addiction. [2]

How Can I Tell if I, or a Loved One, Has an Alcohol Addiction?

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Alcohol addiction and its causes, presentation and the people it affects are incredibly diverse. Alcohol addiction for one person may look completely different than it does in another.

However, alcohol addictions of all kinds are defined by a dependence on alcohol to function, and often the people addicted to alcohol psychologically, are also physically (or chemically) addicted to it.

This means their body is dependent on alcohol to function and can become physiologically stressed if alcohol consumption is stopped – which can cause dangerous side effects.

Alcohol addiction can present as someone who comes home from work and drinks a large quantity of alcohol in the evening, often more than they ever did when they first began to drink, due to the reduced effects of the alcohol as a result of their own increased tolerance.

It may also present in the form of falling asleep after drinking, drinking large quantities at social events and not remembering what has happened the night before, as well as include behaviours like hiding alcohol consumption from others.

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

Rehabilitation in Woking – how does it work?

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The concept of rehab is generally well-known, however, perceptions of what exactly happens during rehabilitation are not always accurate.

Rehabilitation simply refers to the process of overcoming or stopping the use of the substance to which an individual is addicted by providing them with the tools, support, and guidance they need to function without it.

Rehabilitation can involve a stay in a rehabilitation centre, talking with a therapist, group support groups, medication and a variety of other treatments that often involve discussing the addiction with a therapist or undergoing treatment to reduce stressors or cope with life events that may have made addiction much more possible.

Pre-Rehabilitation Steps – What might happen?

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Often, it can be difficult to persuade someone to undergo a period of rehabilitation. This is because it is hard to admit that you are struggling and expressing this may make people feel that they are losing control over what they felt they were managing with the addictive substance.

Furthermore, the prospect of having to take away the substance, which the individual may believe is their major source of comfort or relief, can be a scary prospect and many people fear they will not be capable of doing it.

For this reason, interventions are often used to encourage someone to seek treatment or visit a rehabilitation facility.

During an intervention, loved ones may express their concerns for their loved ones’ welfare or safety as well as offer encouragement and support to encourage them to take the necessary steps to begin the process of overcoming the addiction.

Sometimes, a professional interventionist’s services may be particularly helpful, not least because an intervention among family or friends can be tense or stressful, but also because a professional interventionist will likely have better insight into the best way to approach the conversation.

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

Rehabilitation in Woking – How much does it cost?

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Rehabilitation in a facility or treatment centre can vary in cost, as is the case with any kind of private treatment.

Because the recommended stay for most people suffering from a range of addictions is 1 month or 28 days, most treatment centres will offer this time frame.

£500 per day is the typical treatment cost in a private rehabilitation facility, this equates to around £14-£15,000 per 28-day stay.

Luxury treatment centres can cost as much as around £80,000 for the same duration of treatment, though often treatment centres costing a total of £4000- £5000 are also available.

Can I Get Drug and Alcohol Addiction Support From the NHS?

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While the NHS does not typically provide funding for private inpatient facility treatment, it will offer support for those addicted to drugs and alcohol – this is often through the form of counselling, medication or referrals to local drug and alcohol services and help groups.

NHS treatment can vary according to region, so it is important to visit your GP if you feel you need help or treatment as they can best advise you on what is available.

Rehabilitation in Woking – How Long Does it Last?

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Rehabilitation, and the duration of this treatment, can vary depending on the kind of addiction.

Typically, it is 28 days that is recommended as this gives enough time to withdraw from any drugs or alcohol that the body is chemically addicted to, as well as offer you the opportunity to fully engage with therapy to better understand and respond to the addiction.

For alcohol detoxes, the time frame can be as short as 7 days, however, the majority of people who are actively addicted are advised to spend a longer stay in the facility as those who remain in any kind of treatment longer, improve their chances of long-term success in overcoming the addiction.

What are the Differences Between Private and NHS Treatment for Alcohol or Drug Addictions in Woking?

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NHS: Under the NHS you are likely to receive support in the form of counselling, referrals to drug or alcohol treatment services, group therapy, self-help information and medication.

Private Treatment: Private treatment can refer to any kind of paid alcohol or drug addiction treatment, including therapy, detox, inpatient rehab, group therapy, alternative therapies and interventions.

Rehabilitation in Woking – Inpatient vs Outpatient treatment – What is the difference?

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When looking at different treatments, there are often two distinct types that are offered:

  • Inpatient Treatment – Being an ‘inpatient’ simply means that you will live, during the duration of treatment, in the treatment facility that you are being treated in. Inpatient treatment can offer several advantages in that it ensures separation between triggers for alcohol or drug use, like accessibility, unstable relationships, or stressors like work or relationships.


  • Outpatient Treatment – Being an ‘outpatient’ means that you remain at home and visit or are visited by those who are performing the treatment. This can involve talking therapies, medication, group support meetings etc.

Outpatient treatment may be more suitable for those that require support from loved ones or for whom inpatient treatment would be particularly stressful.

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

What Happens if you go Through Alcohol Rehabilitation in Woking?


Alcohol rehabilitation can be broken down into three main steps:

  1. Admission and detox
  2. Treatment for underlying addiction issues
  3. Discharge

1. Admission and Detox

After you are admitted to a rehabilitation facility, if you are still actively using alcohol, you will need to undergo a period of detoxing, this is because abstinence is expected whilst in treatment.

Detoxing is a process that involves ceasing alcohol use to remove it from the body and in the meantime, ‘retrain’ the body so that it no longer is dependent on alcohol.

Detoxing can be stressful, however under the proper supervision and support from medical professionals, it can be made as comfortable as possible.

A doctor or nurse will usually administer a drug from a class of drugs called benzodiazepines – these are medicines that slow down the bodily process and the brain and are typically used to calm and relax people.

Medicines from this class, or similar ones, will keep the body calm and relaxed so that when the body does not receive any alcohol, it will not panic as much as it might’ve done without it.

Without the proper medications, stopping alcohol use ‘cold turkey’ can make the body overreact, leading to uncomfortable, distressing and sometimes deadly side effects:

  • Sweating
  • Delirium
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Sweating

Because of the potentially deadly withdrawal, it is NEVER recommended that you suddenly stop alcohol consumption, and instead you should gradually reduce consumption over several days or weeks, or undergo a supervised detox.

Detox usually takes around a week to complete, during the end stages of which, the administered medicines will be gradually reduced until they are stopped and treatment can begin.

2. Treatment for Underlying addiction issues

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Once detox is complete, you will be physically independent of the substance you are being treated for, meaning that you will not be in danger of physical symptoms directly from not drinking alcohol.

This means that you will begin a period of intensive therapy, where you can discuss the origins and causes of the alcohol addiction, and triggers for alcohol use and be evaluated as to whether you are suffering from any influential, underlying mental illnesses that might have made addiction a more likely outcome.

Treatment typically lasts around three weeks, during a month’s stay and is aimed at providing the individual with the tools they need to cope with stressors or trauma as well as guidance or treatment for underlying issues that might have affected them.

3. Discharge

Once the detox and therapy are complete and you reach the end of your stay in treatment, you will be discharged from the treatment facility and will return home.

Ideally, you will have learned, and be able to implement, any techniques for managing or avoiding triggers for alcohol use.

You will also be provided with information that you can access for continued support, as required, post-inpatient treatment, this can help prevent relapse and ensure you are successful in the long-term, in overcoming the addiction.

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

What Happens if you go Through Cocaine Rehabilitation in Woking?


Cocaine, while sometimes psychologically addictive, is not what is referred to as ‘chemically addictive’ – this means that stopping use suddenly is not physically dangerous or harmful.

This means that during treatment there will not be a detox period and instead, the vast majority of the time will be dedicated to therapy.

During therapy, you might be asked to discuss potential triggers for your addictive behaviours, and any underlying traumas from childhood- or adulthood and encouraged to elaborate on any reasons why you use cocaine.

A trained therapist will try to help you by helping diagnose any underlying conditions, offer advice on how to avoid or manage situations where you might feel triggered to use cocaine and provide you with more insight into the condition as well as some more effective measures to help cope with stress or other triggers for use.

Once therapy is complete after 28 days, you will be discharged and provided a new opportunity to enter life with the tools and guidance that should help you to avoid relapse.

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

What Happens if you go Through Heroin Rehabilitation in Woking?


Like alcohol, heroin is physically addictive and requires that you undergo a detox period before you can completely stop using, to keep you safe from the effects of withdrawal.

Upon entering a rehabilitation facility for heroin addiction, you will undergo a detox that often involves what is called ‘maintenance therapy’.

This involves replacing heroin with a medication like methadone which is similar, but less potent than, heroin. The dose of methadone will be gradually reduced over several days until it can be safely stopped and the therapy-based treatments can begin.

There may be several withdrawal symptoms that you experience when going through heroin withdrawal:

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle spasms

The severity of these symptoms can be reduced with proper maintenance therapy and you will be monitored to ensure that you are as comfortable and safe as possible during the process.

After your treatment for the withdrawal is complete, you will begin to take part in a course of intensive therapy where you will discuss your addiction with a therapist or psychiatrist.

During these conversations with the healthcare professional, you might discuss things like your initial reason or influence for using heroin, and your triggers for using it as well as a discussion of strategies that you might use to help you avoid relapse in future.

Therapy can last for around 3 weeks in a 28-day stay, which offers plenty of time to learn and implement strategies and management techniques for any urges to use heroin.

After treatment is complete at the end of the stay, you will be discharged from the treatment centre, though often you will be able to stay in contact with a therapist or psychiatrist to discuss any problems or struggles you might face after completing your stay.

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

What Happens if you go Through Cannabis Rehabilitation in Woking?


Cannabis is widely used across the world due to the active chemical THC which can induce a feeling of calmness in some users.

However, if cannabis users find that they are becoming dependent on cannabis to feel calm or relaxed and unwind, and feel they cannot function without it in social, occupational or other environments, it may be worth considering a period of rehabilitation.

Cannabis is not chemically addictive and this means that the body cannot become dependent on it physically.

This means there will not be any dangerous withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped, though you might still crave cannabis or feel nervous and anxious if it is stopped suddenly.

Once cannabis use is stopped upon entering the facility, you may be given some time to adjust before therapy is started – during therapy you will discuss the scope of the cannabis addiction with a trained professional who will also evaluate whether you meet the diagnostic criteria for any underlying mental health conditions.

The therapy portion of the treatment will last for the majority of your stay, to help you understand aspects of the addiction and work with the therapist or psychiatrist to better adapt to situations that might trigger cannabis use.

After therapy is complete you will be discharged and can return home.

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

What Kind of Therapies are There in Woking?

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Because addiction is so personal and variable depending on the individual, several different therapies have been developed.

These include:

1. Cognitive behavioural therapy and Dialectical behavioural therapy

These talking therapies are closely related.

Both cognitive and dialectal behavioural therapies aim to help ‘rewire’ your thinking, meaning that you will learn how to adapt your thinking in a way that is more conducive to a lifestyle without the use of the addictive substance.

Dialectal behavioural therapy differs in its strong focus on those who struggle particularly when confronted with feelings of distress or discomfort.

2. Brief interventions

Brief interventions describe a technique of holding a short conversation with someone struggling with addiction at moments when they are either taking part in addictive behaviour or showing signs of resistance to substance use.

It is often used to positively reinforce such resistant behaviour with the encouragement coming at moments when the individual resists the urge to use the substance.

3. Motivational interviewing


Because it can sometimes be difficult to remember why overcoming addiction is so important, when strong urges or cravings are felt, motivational interviewing can help keep an individual on track.

Motivational interviewing involves a discussion with a therapist during which time you might discuss your reasons for quitting, and why these are so significant.

By better understanding your motivations for quitting, it can be easier to overcome cravings or urges when they arise.

4. Individual, Group or Family Therapy

The most commonly associated form of therapy is talking therapies that can be undertaken alone, as part of a group or as a family.

These therapies involve discussions about the addiction with a therapist and are beneficial and recommended in almost all aspects of addiction treatment.

Group and family therapy may benefit those who prefer to build a support network or who feel their addiction is related to their family dynamics, or who need the support of family with them during treatment.

5. Holistic/Alternative therapies

Holistic therapies otherwise known as alternative therapies describe therapies that are often less common and more specific to the individual.

They may focus more closely on helping a patient to achieve feelings of calmness, a state of relaxation and an escape from the focus of addiction issues.

Among these therapies there can include equine, art, music and adventure therapies, however, these are not exhaustive.

6. Co-dependency treatment

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Some individuals may suffer from a dependent personality disorder, +

6which means that independence is intensely stressful and they may feel they need constant reassurance from family or friends.

Because co-dependency on others mimics the dependency felt on drugs or alcohol, the skills and techniques learned in co-dependency treatment can help not only to improve independence from other people but also to improve confidence in the self, which can make it easier to overcome addiction.

7. Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

This therapy is typically used in group support environments, where each week, during a session with a counsellor, a new step in the process of overcoming the addiction is implemented.

Over around twelve weeks, you will be able to gradually learn and implement each aspect of the teaching therapy and this should help to improve your chances of overcoming the addiction in the long term and avoiding the risk of relapse.

Dual Diagnosis – What is it? Why is it so important?


Dual diagnosis is a process that involves discussion with a psychiatrist who is treating you for a substance abuse disorder where you are evaluated for any other mental health issues that may have gone undiagnosed and contributed towards your likelihood to become addicted or use addictive substances.

Dual diagnosis often identifies disorders like borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder etc. that are typically associated with or influence your likelihood to use drugs or alcohol.

By diagnosing and going on to treat these underlying conditions, addiction issues (which are often, for some, a kind of ‘self-medicating’ behaviour) may be more easily managed.

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

How Does Rehabilitation in a Rehab Clinic Help to Prevent a Relapse?


Rehabilitation centres are designed to help limit the chance of you undergoing a relapse – however relapse is common and nothing to be ashamed of.

Rehabilitation aims to provide the tools and guidance that can help you to make better decisions for yourself and deal with negative emotions and experiences in a healthier way that does not involve substance use, and often centres will provide continued support after you leave through the form of follow-up calls or conversations with therapists.

All of these factors in combination can help significantly reduce the risk of relapse after you leave a treatment facility.

What Aftercare and Support can I Receive After a Period in Rehab?

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Several places can offer you any support you might need after completing a period of rehabilitation for a drug or alcohol addiction.

These include:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous – who offer group meetings to keep attendees on track and help with guidance and advice
  • SMART Recovery – They also offer meetings to help people with all kinds of addictions including alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.
  • Home detoxes – For those who need to undergo a detox to safely come off drugs or alcohol, home detoxes, where a nurse or other medical professional can visit you at home to treat you and monitor you for detox and withdrawal symptoms to ensure the process is safe.
  • Al-Anon Family Group meetings
  • Outpatient treatment – You can also receive treatment as an outpatient through your local drug and alcohol services team which is often accessible through your GP.

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


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