Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Woolwich

Rehabilitation is a vital process in which individuals who struggle with addiction overcome the effects that it may have had on their lives and work towards long-term recovery and sobriety.

During rehabilitation, individuals are encouraged to take part in a variety of suitable and appropriate addiction treatment programmes, with the aim of working towards abstinence in the long term.

This is the most effective approach to rehabilitative care in Woolwich, as the individual is striving to maintain this, rather than reducing the negative effects through other approaches such as harm reduction or moderation management.

Through Rehab 4 Alcoholism, all suggestions for rehabilitative treatments follow the abstinence approach, as this has been proven to be the most sought and most effective approach to care. (1)

Before entering drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, however, it is important to understand what constitutes as addiction and if the person struggling with substance misuse may be struggling with addiction instead.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, please call our dedicated free helpline today at 0800 111 4108.

What are the Physical Signs of Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

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When someone is struggling with addiction, there are many different physical signs and symptoms that can alert others to their condition.

Addiction can be expressed differently in every individual, and it is known as a non-discriminatory disease – one that can affect all walks of life.

However, there are some common signs and symptoms that are commonly expressed, making them detectable in others and hopefully helping them to make the best decisions about the future of their rehabilitation.

The most common physical signs and symptoms and listed below:

  • Body tremors when not consuming the substance the individual is addicted to
  • Skin becomes paler when not consuming the substance
  • Increased sweating upon withdrawal attempts
  • Little care towards their own physical appearance e.g., unkept hair, unclean clothes

There are also many behavioural changes that individuals may begin to exhibit as well such as acting more secretively, concealing drug use, failing performance at school/work, and losing interest in activities that previously excited them.

How Does Drug & Alcohol Addiction affect Mental Health?

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As part of recovery from addiction, individuals should understand the link between their addiction and their mental health.

Addiction is known as a psychological disorder, but there are also many psychological addictions in themselves e.g., specific behavioural addictions.

Mental health conditions are common amongst those struggling with addiction, often being diagnosed alongside addiction in a process known as dual diagnosis.

This is another essential approach to drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, as it allows for the treatment of multiple psychological aspects of addiction as well as the mental health conditions themselves.

Common mental health issues diagnosed alongside addiction include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

As part of a full treatment plan through drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, individuals looking for rehabilitative support externally should look for providers that follow the dual diagnosis approach – something Rehab 4 Alcoholism can assure.

Common treatment programmes include group therapies as well as a focus on exploring these mental health conditions and how they impact the individual’s life more broadly. (2)

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, please call our dedicated free helpline today at 0800 111 4108.

What Happens During Alcohol & Drug Rehab in Woolwich

Through drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, and through Rehab 4 Alcoholism’s referral programme specifically, there are three stages to rehabilitation.

In order to have the highest chances of success and recovery in the long term, individuals must follow these steps in order, ensuring to be fully motivated and committed to recovery in general, not just during their time in rehab treatment centres, for example.

The following paragraphs outline these three stages, from the initial detoxification process, through various treatment programmes and activities, to the care that individuals will receive after leaving rehab and their life in the long term.

Medical Alcohol & Drug Detox

There is a wide range of substances that individuals can become addicted to, meaning that any detox programme completed through a clinic or session must be fully discussed before going through it.

The aim of the detox phase is to remove harmful toxins and chemicals from the individual’s body.

These harmful toxins can build up in their body as a result of long-term addiction, leading to a range of physical health risks as well as increasing the time spent in this process.

Some substances, such as alcohol and heroin, are physically addictive, meaning that the body becomes dependent on them whilst the individual is addicted.

These substances require greater caution and care during the detox process due to the complex physical health risks that may be involved.

For an addiction to alcohol, it may be appropriate for some individuals with long-term addictions to be administered medical interventions such as Librium.

This is a drug used for its properties as a withdrawal symptom alleviator – reducing the harmful physical withdrawal effects and allowing a greater focus on future treatments. (3)

For heroin withdrawals, individuals are often suggested to slowly transition away from heroin to a heroin substitute such as methadone or buprenorphine.

This is a process known as tapering and decreases the risk associated with heroin withdrawal, making the detox phase safer and more comfortable for the individual involved.

Addiction Therapy & Treatment Options in Woolwich


When it comes to the main stage of drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich – rehabilitation itself – the process and the different treatments involved will differ for each individual.

For example, where someone struggling with a long-term alcohol addiction may require regular therapy sessions, this may not be beneficial for someone with a short-term cannabis addiction.

However, this is not to say that there are some forms of treatment or therapy that are more effective than others and are therefore implemented more commonly and across a broader range of treatment styles and techniques.

Below is a list of some of the most common treatments and therapies suggested to individuals who may be struggling with an addiction whilst undergoing treatment through drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich:

Essential Aftercare Plans

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After leaving rehab, aftercare forms the final stage of care.

This refers to any continued treatment or programmes taken part in after leaving rehab but can include a broad range of different options.

For example, for more independent recoveries, SMART programmes may be of interest.

This stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and uses both CBT and MI to help the individual continue learning about their addiction and develop coping mechanisms within themselves in the long term.

Alternatively, individuals may also benefit from addiction support networks.

Including popular groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, these networks are designed to help individuals share and learn from experiences of addiction – either their own or those of others.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, please call our dedicated free helpline today at 0800 111 4108.

How Long is Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Woolwich?


Depending on the substance that the individual is addicted to, their history of addiction to this substance, and any additional mental or physical health issues that they may have, the length of time spent in rehabilitation will vary from case to case.

Within residential rehabilitation, however, Rehab 4 Alcoholism suggests a stay of 28 days in order to gain the full experience.

This amount of time also allows for a full patient detox.

As previously mentioned above in this article, detoxification is a complex process that can vary anywhere from 7 days to 14 days or more depending on the substance and the individual’s history of abuse.

Even with appropriate detox medication and supervision, some withdrawal symptoms can last up to a year or more, such as those encountered with long-term alcohol dependency and associated alcohol withdrawal syndrome (4).

With other substances, the effects may be more focused on the individual’s mental health e.g., long-term cocaine usage can lead to psychological crashes, meaning that some can spend long periods of time in suitable therapy to treat these specific needs.

How Much Does Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Woolwich Cost?


As with the duration of drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, estimating the overall cost of rehab can be significantly difficult.

This is because, at the beginning of an individual’s journey through rehab, they may have little knowledge or understanding of rehabilitation, meaning that knowing which treatments (each with their own differing costs and durations) they may benefit from will be very difficult.

With some forms of treatment, however, there are some costs that can be ascertained before the individual begins any specific form of care.

For example, through residential rehab, the cost of accommodation is often advertised before the individual is assessed for further addiction treatment programmes.

Depending on if the individual chooses single occupancy rooms or multiple occupancy rooms, the cost of a 28-day stay in residential rehab can vary from anywhere between £6,000 to £10,500 or more (with the multiple occupancy rooms being of lesser expense).

The cost of rehab is something that should be discussed before beginning any future care, assuring that additional factors relating to price, such as insurance, are included within the estimations.

Advantages of Private Rehab

Within private residential rehab, individuals have access to the following benefits:

  • 24/7 care – within a centre, help and support are always available. Whether this is in the form of medical intervention during a detox session, use of private addiction counsellors for tailored care, or social support, residential centres employ expert staff in the field of addiction, ready to support any individual residing within the centre.
  • Distraction-free environments – staying in a residential centre allows individuals to recover away from their local area of Woolwich and away from any distractions or situations in which their addiction may have been made worse.
  • Frontline addiction research – residential centres are often the first establishments to receive access to the most modern and successful treatment programmes, meaning that care is of the highest quality, often using new and revolutionary theories and research.

Advantages of NHS Treatment

By accessing care through local NHS services, individuals have access to the following benefits:

  • Local and convenient services – NHS services are well placed around the United Kingdom, meaning that accessing care, speaking to a professional, and getting the support that the individual needs is often a simple and easy process.
  • Free of charge – these services are offered through the NHS, a government-funded service, meaning that these services are free of charge. Generally, this makes little difference to the level of care received between private care and public NHS services but can influence some factors such as specialisation of care and tailored addiction treatment.

Addiction Support Groups

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Though mentioned previously in the article as part of aftercare options, addiction support groups can have massive impacts on the individual’s recovery, motivation, and experience of addiction.

Within an addiction support network, individuals are encouraged to share their experiences and what they have learned from addiction, perhaps gaining new insights from others or learning more about themselves in the process.

Additionally, individuals will have the opportunity to speak to others about their experiences of addiction, leading to additional learning opportunities, new perspectives on addiction and its effects, as well as the chance to make connections and make friends with those in the group.

To discuss your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Woolwich, please call our dedicated free helpline today at 0800 111 4108.

How to Get Help

To learn more about addiction, its effects, and how to get support for yourself or for someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism at 0800 111 4108 today.


[1] Brochu, S., 1990. Abstinence versus nonabstinence: The objectives of alcoholism rehabilitation programs in Quebec. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 22(1), pp.15-21.

[2] Vogel, H.S., Knight, E., Laudet, A.B. and Magura, S., 1998. Double trouble in recovery: Self-help for people with dual diagnoses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 21(4), p.356.

[3] Lapierre, Y.D., Bulmer, D.R., Oyewumi, L.K., Mauguin, M.L. and Knott, V.J., 1983. Comparison of chlormethiazole (Heminevrin) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium) in the treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal. Neuropsychobiology, 10(2-3), pp.127-130.

[4] McKeon, A., Frye, M.A. and Delanty, N., 2008. The alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 79(8), pp.854-862.

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