Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Yeovil

Statistics on alcohol consumption in the area reveal that there are over 5,200 dependent drinkers in Somerset, which has reported a significant rise in alcohol-related hospital visits for patients under 40 over recent years.

Worryingly the rate of young people’s alcohol-related admissions to hospitals in Somerset is considerably higher when compared with the overall rate in England.

Health statistics recorded by the Office of National Statistics reveal that there have been a record number of drug poisoning deaths in Somerset in recent years with 101 deaths reported between 2016-18.

These increased drug-related deaths have been mainly due to high levels of heroin and morphine consumption, although increases in cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs have also contributed to these record numbers of deaths. (8,14,15)

What is Alcohol Addiction?


Our rehab centres in Yeovil are experienced in working with many clients who become addicted to alcohol.

Alcohol addiction develops when regular, heavy consumers of alcohol find that over time they require more alcohol to obtain the same effects that they initially had when drinking alcohol at lesser levels (tolerance).

They will also notice that they experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking alcohol. The two concepts of tolerance and withdrawal represent the development of a physical dependence on alcohol which is part of the addictive process.

As well as being physically dependent on alcohol heavy drinkers will realise they rely on alcohol psychologically as well, either to reduce their anxiety or boost their low mood and increase their confidence levels, this means they have developed a psychological dependence on alcohol.

According to DSM-5, other key indicators of alcohol addiction are an inability to cut down on drinking despite wanting to (loss of control) after realising that their health is at risk, and a tendency to become so preoccupied with alcohol that they start to ignore their daily commitments and have lost interest in activities that previously pleased them. (7,13)

What is Rehab?

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Attending drug and alcohol rehab clinics in Yeovil involves participating in a range of medical, psychological and educational interventions designed to help clients to reduce the physical presence of substances in their bodies and to change their psychological and emotional state so they are not reliant on substances to function.

The detox phase of the treatment lasts for around 1-3 weeks depending on the severity of the substance use and is only concerned with eliminating the toxic effects of the drug from the body.

Psychological rehab involves changing clients’ mindsets and helping them process negative emotions so they no longer feel driven to take substances to cope with difficult feelings.

Clients can also learn important skills they can incorporate into their daily lives to help them manage their thoughts and deal with strong cravings. (7,13)

Pre-rebab steps: Intervention


There are intervention services in Yeovil that the local substance misuse team collaborate with to help support families who are still coming to terms with the fact that a relative of theirs is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

The professionals who offer intervention services support family members in many different areas, offering emotional support as well as legal and financial advice if applicable to the family’s situation.

They also implement a behaviour change programme known as CRAFT in which they coach family members in a range of psychological strategies they can use when communicating with their relatives, with the hope that they can persuade them to engage in addiction treatment.

CRAFT is very effective at influencing behaviour because substance users who are frequently exposed to their relative’s disappointment and disapproval of their substance use tend to eventually concede, acknowledge they have a problem and begin to engage with treatment services. (12)

How Much Does Rehab Cost in Yeovil?

Cost of rehab

The average cost for reliable and proven drug and alcohol rehab services in Yeovil works out at roughly £500 for each day in treatment, so a 28-day stay would cost in the region of £14,000.

There are ways to reduce this including researching the prices at different locations and opting to stay in a room with other clients.

Some rehab treatment centres charge as much as £10,000 per week but this is heading more to the luxury end of addiction treatment, and on the other end of the treatment scale there are service providers that will charge £1,000 a week for treatment.

Is Drug and Alcohol Rehab on the NHS?

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There has been a huge surge in demand for addiction treatment over recent years and bearing in mind how expensive residential rehab is it is most likely that many clients who are referred to local drug and alcohol teams in Yeovil after applying for NHS funding will be offered treatment on an outpatient basis, to begin with, due to its lower overall cost.

This means that more people will at least get to access effective treatment for their substance use disorder (SUD).

Anyone who wishes to apply for residential rehab treatment will find that there is a very long and complicated application process, and it may be months before they hear the outcome of their application and can begin treatment.

It is further complicated by the fact that there is no uniform policy for drug and alcohol rehab across the UK, with each local council adopting its approach to operating its addiction treatment service.

The local drug and alcohol team in Yeovil will inform you of the local council’s approach to treatment and assist in your application.

It is important to consult with your GP immediately to be referred to the local drug and alcohol team, and also to be proactive in doing everything in your power to achieve recovery as this is looked on very favourably by the adjudicatory panel decides who will receive funding for addiction treatment.

NHS vs. Private Addiction Treatment

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There is funding available that people can apply for to receive treatment for their substance use disorder, although privately funded clients will be able to access treatment quicker, other points to bear in mind are:

NHS Funding route

The local drug and alcohol team in Yeovil will advise you of the application process and what you need to do to access treatment, which is likely to be on an outpatient basis, to begin with.

There are likely to be substantial delays before you can begin your treatment as there will be many people applying for funding and reviewing each case takes time.

It is not very likely that the treatment you receive will match your specific treatment needs although it will benefit you as all outpatient addiction treatment is clinically approved.

Due to the issues with administering NHS funding, there may be disruptions and inconveniences along the way, you may have to switch therapists or travel further for sessions on occasion.

Private Financing Route

Private clients can set up and begin their treatment quickly with no hold-ups disrupting their momentum.

Having your budget gives you greater control over which options you select (including the location of the rehab centre) and you can have all the interventions recommended on your treatment plan.

You can have more 1-1 therapy sessions and stay in rehab for longer if you wish

You can make your stay in rehab more comfortable and enhance your well-being by enjoying recreational activities and having a specially tailored diet

How Long does Rehab Last in Yeovil?

How long does rehab last

The standard duration for residential drug and alcohol rehab treatment in Yeovil is 28 days, although some private clients may wish to stay for longer to improve their chances of recovery and spend more time away from environments which contain bad influences.

Clients who enter rehab for severe alcohol and heroin withdrawal will require longer detox treatment and therefore may be in rehab for a week or two longer so that their physical dependence has been brought under control before they begin their 4-week psychological therapy programme.

Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment in Yeovil

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Not only are there excellent residential rehab services in Yeovil, but there is also the option of engaging in treatment on an outpatient arrangement, which can be organised by the local drug and alcohol team for clients who feel inpatient is not for them, whether is down to finances or the amount of time they are required to spend away from their family and home environment.

Clients who opt for outpatient treatment can receive all the interventions they need to help them overcome their substance addiction including various psychological therapies (including group therapy), educational skills programmes and even home detox treatment while still residing at their usual address.

Success rates on the whole do tend to be higher for clients who enter inpatient treatment although many clients who receive intense outpatient treatment consistently and who live within a supportive family unit stand an equal chance of successfully recovering as clients on a residential programme. (6)

Alcohol Detox & Rehab in Yeovil


There are effective alcohol rehab programmes in Yeovil at several treatment locations throughout the region that have based their treatments on well-established medical research.

When a person becomes addicted to alcohol they will have developed a physical dependence on it which means they have an increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol and suffer from unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they go a day or two without drinking alcohol.

Some of the symptoms include anxiety, depression, insomnia and hand tremors although really heavy drinkers may be in danger of developing life-threatening seizures if they cease alcohol consumption immediately, and so should seek expert medical assistance to help them through the early withdrawal phase.

To treat a client’s physical dependence, it is common practice for rehab professionals to utilise a drug called Librium as part of their detox treatment to ensure clients pass safely through the sensitive early stages of alcohol withdrawal when they are more vulnerable to experiencing seizures.

Any other withdrawal symptoms will also be alleviated by Librium although there are other medications our medical team use to alleviate any other symptoms causing discomfort to patients.

Once this 7-10 day detox treatment has finished clients can attend several psychotherapy and alcohol counselling sessions to help them understand the underlying reasons for their alcohol use and establish what they need to do to move forward. (7,17)

Rehab for Cocaine in Yeovil


We offer effective drug treatment for clients looking to recover from cocaine addiction in Yeovil.

The success rate for recovery from cocaine addiction is quite high and this is because there are now established treatments available that offer a comprehensive care package including emotional support, mental health monitoring, management of the withdrawal process during the early stages in rehab, and key psychological interventions.

There is no medical detox treatment available for cocaine addiction but our medical team are experts in managing withdrawal and our psychological therapists use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and contingency management to help clients shift their mindset away from substance use. (5,13)

Rehab for Heroin rehab in Yeovil


Heroin is a drug that many clients suffer multiple relapses from due to the fact it is a drug with high physical and psychological dependence as evident in its strong cravings, and the feelings of euphoria it generates in people who consume the drug.

Therefore, our drug treatment approach involves three separate aspects, firstly the pharmacological treatment will help clients eliminate heroin from the body, secondly, clients will follow their programme of psychotherapy and drug counselling sessions before learning important cognitive skills that will aid their chances of avoiding relapsing in future high-risk situations. (13,17)

Rehab for Cannabis in Yeovil


Cannabis is a commonly used drug in Yeovil and the rehab centres in the area are very accomplished in working with clients who present with cannabis addiction. Cannabis is a mild drug although prolonged use can significantly hamper clients’ mental health and their information processing abilities.

As research suggests there appears to be an association between cannabis use and psychotic symptoms. Our treatment team has an open communication channel with mental health services in Yeovil to make sure all our clients are thoroughly looked after, both mentally and physically.

On arrival at rehab, all clients undergo a full medical and are supported and monitored to check for any physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms that need to be managed as all clients are likely to have consumed different types and doses of cannabis,

After the medical team has guided clients through this early withdrawal phase they can start their psychosocial therapy programmes. (5,17)

Types of Psychological Therapies on Offer in Yeovil

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There are several different therapies used by alcohol rehab centres in Yeovil to help treat their clients, these include:

1. One-to-one psychological therapies

Depending on the outcome of their assessment interview each client will be prescribed individual therapies to help with various aspects of their psychological rehabilitation.

For example clients, Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will help clients adopt a more positive and less maladaptive thinking style that may have exacerbated their psychological distress. (3)

Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) provides clients with coping techniques to help them deal with any strong emotional reactions they have to negative events. (4)

Individual counselling sessions will help clients process unpleasant and traumatic experiences in their lives and provide them with the psychological resilience to move forward. (10)

Many substance users display symptoms of co-dependency which means they tend to obsess over the needs of others at expense of their own needs Co-dependency treatment will help them become more confident and aware of their own needs and learn how to look after these needs. (2)

2. Behaviour Change Interventions

Rehab therapists are also experienced in behaviour change techniques designed to help clients find the motivation to commit to treatment after triggering a shift in their attitude towards substance use.

Brief intervention sessions entail providing clients with relevant medical information about the physical harm associated with substance use. After presenting clients with hard-hitting scientific facts about substance use the therapists will seek to discuss the client’s feelings about what they have just heard

Motivational interviewing involves working with clients in 1-1 sets when it appears clients are losing enthusiasm for their recovery. By exploring the client’s reasons for their ambivalence, therapists use subtle techniques to help them overcome these barriers and continue with their treatment programme.

3. Group therapies

Group therapy enables all attendees to explore their feelings about their substance use and life experiences in the company of others who may share similar stories and difficulties.

This form of therapy provides a strong source of support for its members to regularly draw on. (10)

Family therapy is an option for some clients as it provides an opportunity to resolve any negative communication processes and difficult emotions with their family members that may have negatively affected them, which can be incredibly beneficial for them.

However, our team of therapists will carefully consider the implications of family therapy for each client before sanctioning this intervention. (16)

Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF) is an important part of treatment as it demands that each client works through AA’s renowned 12 steps to abstinence model which contains all the reflective challenges substance users need to work through to achieve sobriety. (5,10)

4. Holistic therapies

There are many holistic treatments available in Yeovil, including art and music therapy, equine therapy and adventure therapy each of which plays an important role in improving clients’ emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. (11)

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


A key element of the rehab centre’s patient care strategy is ensuring that everyone who enters our treatment programme is given a personal treatment programme to aid their recovery.

Part of this strategy involves assessing each client’s psychiatric state to check if they are displaying symptoms of another mental health condition as well as their addiction, such as anxiety, schizophrenia or a personality disorder.

Many clients entering rehab have already been diagnosed with a secondary mental health condition as well as their addiction, and clients without an official diagnosis of a mental health condition but displaying relevant symptoms indicating poor mental health will be sent for a professional clinical assessment.

Establishing a thorough psychiatric profile of each client helps rehab teams compose a detailed and accurate treatment programme that will benefit them immensely. (5,9)

How Rehabs Help with Relapse Prevention


Yeovil rehab treatment centres pride themselves on the comprehensive relapse prevention programme that they offer to their clients, which supplies them with important skills and knowledge that they can put into practice when they leave rehab.

The main crux of their relapse prevention treatment involves encouraging clients to understand which specific situations or emotional/physiological states make them more susceptible to engaging in drug or alcohol use again.

Once these have been identified clients can practice techniques they can use when these situations present themselves.

Our relapse prevention programme also facilitates clients’ personal growth and enables them to contemplate what they find meaningful in life and which personal goals they aspire to in the future. (5)

Aftercare and Support Services Once Rehab has been Completed

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Clients who leave rehab treatment in Yeovil still have many sources of support open to them afterwards which they can use to reinforce the good work they have achieved during their 28-day stay, this includes;

1. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Support groups will be running in the Yeovil area and even if you have completed rehab you are still very much welcome to continue attending these meetings and incorporate them into your weekly routine in the long term.

2. SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery takes a slightly different approach to support people with an addiction, they tend not to focus on past experiences but instead train clients to improve their psychological skills, particularly the skills needed to deal with troublesome emotions and thoughts and deal with strong cravings.

Their courses are run online over an extended period so that clients can refine and refresh the skills they learned during residential rehab.

3. The Local Drug & Alcohol Team in Yeovil

Home detox treatment can be arranged by designated Yeovil-based substance misuse teams, who also offer details of several other interventions that support recovery, including drug and alcohol education, psychological therapies, support group meetings, couples therapy and personal development sessions.


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