Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield is a civil parish in the city of Birmingham, statistics for this constituency for 2018/19 revealed that it contributed only 7% of all the alcohol-related deaths in Birmingham between 2010-16.

Approximately 16% of all the deaths in the 25-64 age category have been attributed to alcohol in recent years across the Birmingham area.

Although an in-depth analysis of the data reveals that hospital admission figures for alcohol-related conditions in Sutton Coldfield for the 25-64 age group are the lowest across the Birmingham area.

Sutton Coldfield also has the lowest hospital admissions for substance misuse out of all 10 Birmingham constituencies for 25-64 year-olds in the years leading up to 2016. (2)

What is Alcohol Addiction?

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People who become addicted to alcohol are both psychologically and physically dependent on alcohol and are unable to stop drinking despite wanting to as they are aware of the harm it is doing to them.

Physical dependence can be seen by the increased tolerance the body has to alcohol, meaning people need to drink more alcohol to produce the initial effect that alcohol had on them, hence they improve their capacity to drink more.

To strengthen the addictive process anyone dependent on alcohol will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, headaches and flu-like symptoms when they stop drinking alcohol which can only be eliminated by consuming more alcohol.

Heavy drinkers have also developed a psychological dependence on alcohol as they need alcohol to reduce their anxiety or to boost their mood and increase their confidence.

People addicted to alcohol exhibit a loss of control over their behaviour and find it difficult to stop as alcohol has taken over their lives leading them to lose interest in activities they previously found engaging and to ignore their daily commitments. (9,10)

What is Rehab?


Rehab therapists work with clients to help them eliminate their physical and psychological dependence on a substance and attempt to restore their body and mind to a healthy state by prescribing them a series of medical and psychological interventions, and educational sessions.

There will be a detox period managed by the rehab centre which clients go through to relieve their bodies of the harmful effects of substances (physical dependence).

This can be achieved through the use of medication in the case of alcohol and heroin, or naturally with the assistance of withdrawal symptom management techniques.

Rehab also involves clients engaging in a series of individual and group therapies to help them process all the emotional and psychological factors that initiated, and maintained their substance use.

Finally, clients’, psychological rehab is complete when they have learned cognitive skills to avoid relapsing. (9,10)

Pre-Rebab Steps: Intervention

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There are many professional intervention teams in Sutton Coldfield that we recommend supporting families in need of help after they have learnt that a relative of theirs is struggling with substance use but refuses to engage with rehab services.

Intervention teams can help family members deal with the emotional, financial and psychological fallout of discovering a relative is addicted, and provide a plan for them to persuade their loved one into treatment.

Many intervention teams use an approach called CRAFT where family members are trained in behavioural psychology techniques to help change their relative’s attitude towards treatment by subtly adjusting their behaviour towards them during their day-to-day interactions.

Family members are in an advantageous position to influence their relatives due to the amount of time they spend in close contact with them, and the CRAFT approach has achieved a high degree of success. (10)

How Much Does Rehab Cost in Sutton Coldfield?

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Clients looking to receive residential-based drug and alcohol rehab in a well-established treatment centre in Sutton Coldfield that has been treating addictive disorders for over 20 years can expect to pay £15,000 for a 28-day stay, this works out at just over £500 per day in treatment.

At the cheaper end of the treatment scale, you may be fortunate enough to find a rehab centre that can offer treatment for as little as £1,000 per week, and in contrast to that, there are high-quality, luxury services that will charge £40,000 for a 28-day stay.

Is Drug and Alcohol Rehab on the NHS?

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Even though the government has allocated a nationwide budget for addiction treatment, many local councils are very careful in spending this money and tend to prefer the local drug and alcohol teams initially refer clients to outpatient addiction services after they receive a substance use disorder diagnosis.

Each regional council will have a different policy towards setting up its substance misuse treatment service, but outpatient services do provide clients with many established and effective interventions to help people give up substance use.

It is seen as more cost-effective to put a greater number of people through an outpatient programme instead of a residential one, even though the latter tends on average to stand a better chance of having a successful outcome, however, it also incurs significantly greater costs.

There are some residential funding places available in Sutton Coldfield but funding applicants aiming for this will have to endure a long waiting time and show commitment and desire to give up substances and keep good records to illustrate their efforts.

Funding tends to be awarded to people whom assessors feel will benefit the most from residential treatment and who appear highly motivated.

How Long Does Rehab Last?

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If clients just require detox treatment for drug or alcohol dependence then they are normally in rehab for 7-10 days, although sometimes some clients may be in for slightly longer if they have been diagnosed with severe physical dependence and need to allow more time for the toxic effects of the substance to leave their body.

However, most clients tend to spend one month in rehab to work on their psychological mindset and to engage with various therapies that will help them work through the emotional difficulties behind their substance use.

The longer you stay in residential rehab the more beneficial it will be so clients with a higher budget may be able to stay in rehab for 3 months or have a thorough aftercare package.

Most clients do make significant progress after one month in rehab although it is important for all clients to continuously work on their recovery to avoid relapsing rather than returning to their former lifestyle.

NHS vs. Private Addiction Treatment

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Clients diagnosed with SUD can apply for NHS funding but should also consider gathering funds from various other sources to finance their treatment.


Established treatments for addiction are free for clients who show determination and are highly motivated to give up substances.

Due to the bureaucracy involved in managing the addiction treatment process, there may well be delays and disruptions once your treatment is underway. You may not always have sessions with the same counsellor.

Clients will be guided to outpatient treatment before they approve funding for residential rehab, which can take months to be approved.

Most funded clients will follow the same standard programme as others and if interventions deemed suitable by your treatment assessors are too expensive you will probably not receive them.

Private funding

Being able to afford inpatient treatment in Sutton Coldfield means you can join a rehab programme straight away, within a few days and avoid outpatient treatment which tends to have a higher relapse rate.

Having private money allows clients to have more of the recommended treatments highlighted in their assessment, meaning they will receive a detailed, personalised treatment plan.

NHS funding will only pay for a certain amount of treatments but private clients (budget permitting) can pay for more therapy sessions, remain in treatment for longer and also take advantage of holistic therapies.

A greater budget will allow clients to enhance their overall well-being and reduce their anxiety by engaging in therapeutic leisure activities (including sauna and massage), have a thorough analysis of their body’s chemical and nutritional content and have a personalised diet and fitness programme.

Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment in Sutton Coldfield

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Research has consistently shown that residential rehab is more beneficial for clients seeking to overcome addiction as it provides the opportunity to engage intensely with various therapies to help give up alcohol use in an environment free from day-to-day distractions and negative influences, with qualified support regularly close at hand.

Inpatient treatment is very expensive though and those clients with no budget for treatment may be forced to apply for NHS funding which means it is more likely they will commence treatment via the outpatient way.

Clients can access more or less the same treatments as an outpatient, but the quality and delivery style of the treatment may differ from their inpatient counterparts.

Outpatients will not have immediate access to medical and psychological support, there may be some time in between receiving their interventions so their momentum can be disrupted, particularly on weekends.

They will also face the pressure of resisting temptation from their environment to engage in substance use which can be very mentally draining.

Outpatients can remain at home though during treatment, but this may be a disadvantage for those living in unsupportive surroundings. (4)

Alcohol Detox & Rehab in Sutton Coldfield


Our rehab centres provide expert alcohol treatment and care for clients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder in Sutton Coldfield.

The detox treatment we offer lasts between 7-10 days and involves our staff administering patients with a drug named Librium to help them through the detox process, and to manage any severe withdrawal symptoms that may surface after they stop drinking alcohol for the first time in months, if not years.

Alcohol is a dangerous substance to withdraw from without medical supervision as it can wreak havoc on a person’s brain chemistry and central nervous system, leading to the body experiencing tremors and the brain becoming at risk of seizures.

Extra care therefore must be provided during this stage of treatment and Librium offers extra protection against seizures.

Our rehab staff offer emotional support and encouragement during the detox phase and will help manage any other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as well as monitor your physical and mental health.

Once the detox treatment is over clients can start to receive addiction counselling sessions, engage in group therapy and continue to work on their 12-step treatment journey. (3,9)

Rehab for Cocaine in Sutton Coldfield

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All drug rehab treatment centres in Sutton Coldfield have an abundance of experience in helping clients with cocaine addiction and boast a high recovery rate.

All our clients are psychologically supported through the early stages of treatment when they are most vulnerable and begin to potentially experience uncomfortable physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.

Luckily for most clients, these will not be very intense and will only last a few days and if they become too uncomfortable our staff will know exactly how to treat them to minimise any discomfort as there is no established medical detox treatment for cocaine addiction

Our treatment also involves delivering CBT and group therapy sessions which have been reported as being valuable in helping clients give up cocaine. (3,10)

Rehab for Heroin in Sutton Coldfield


Heroin is a difficult drug to overcome but our rehab centres in Sutton Coldfield trust in their three-stage process to help clients give up this opioid-based drug.

The first stage is the detox stage where clients undergo a procedure involving the use of a substitute drug such as methadone to reduce their physical dependence and accompanying withdrawal symptoms when they cease taking the drug.

The next stage will include an intense programme of psychological interventions such as psychotherapy and following the 12-step programme, while the final stage equips clients with important cognitive skills designed to stop them from relapsing.

All clients’ health will be vigorously monitored during their time in rehab due to the many health complications associated with excessive heroin use. (6,7,13)

Rehab for Cannabis in Sutton Coldfield


Cannabis is a mild drug when compared with heroin or alcohol and even though it is not considered as damaging as heroin some users do develop psychotic symptoms and even schizophrenia if their brain architecture makes them vulnerable to its effects.

Our treatment staff fully understand the challenges of clients with cannabis addiction and support them emotionally throughout their stay and frequently liaise with local mental health services to check they are not suffering from any ill psychiatric effects.

There is no detox treatment available so clients, supported by our medical teams will be required to manage any withdrawal symptoms that appear when they initially stop taking cannabis.

These symptoms are unlikely to be harmful or severe but will pass after a short period, and will be alleviated by our medical team as and when required.

Once the first few days are over clients can begin their psychotherapy and counselling sessions which will aid their psychological rehabilitation. (3,10)

Types of Therapies on Offer in Sutton Coldfield Rehab Clinics


The psychological element of the client’s alcohol and drug rehab treatment programmes in Sutton Coldfield include

Our rehab services use several therapies to help clients deal with irrational and destructive thoughts and challenging emotions, these include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. (1)

There are also therapy sessions that involve clients participating in group settings such as group therapy and family therapy in the company of their peers in rehab or family members respectively.

Therapists are likely to use brief intervention approaches and motivational interviewing (MI) as well, which are both forms of behaviour change techniques.

Brief interventions use hard-hitting medical facts to change clients’ views on substance use, and MI helps clients unlock any resistance they may be experiencing that is preventing them from fully participating in treatment. (5)

Individual alcohol counselling sessions will help clients come to terms with the underlying emotional and psychological factors in their lives that resulted in them turning to substance use.

Co-dependency treatment is also offered in therapy programmes in Sutton Coldfield and will play a key role in building clients’ self-esteem and in helping them to learn how to improve the quality of their relationships.

12-step therapy is a core intervention used in all our addiction treatment programmes and the sessions will be facilitated by experienced therapists who possess a deep understanding of how each of the AA’s 12 steps helps with recovery. (11)

There are also several holistic treatments available in Sutton Coldfield rehab centres including art therapy, music therapy, adventure therapy and equine therapy.

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

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Many clients requiring addiction treatment also have a co-occurring mental health conditions such as anxiety, schizophrenia, depression and trauma to deal with as well.

Understanding the complete psychological profile of all of our clients helps us formulate a complete treatment plan for them which will benefit them in the long run.

Not all clients who enter rehab have a confirmed secondary diagnosis though, and part of the early assessment involves checking for behavioural characteristics which may indicate a mental health disorder.

Such clients will be referred to our psychiatric team for an immediate assessment to check if they have another mental health condition.

The earlier this is completed the better, as to provide a detailed plan for each client our rehab treatment team need to understand which mental health condition clients have on top of their addiction as these two conditions can vary in terms of how they affect each other and so need to be managed carefully. (9,10)

How Rehabs Help with Relapse Prevention

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Our rehab centres prepare education sessions to help clients maintain their recovery and avoid relapses, these sessions focus on:

Helping clients identify high-risk situations in which they may be particularly vulnerable to engaging in substance use again.

This could be because of the location they are in, and the company they keep. or their emotional and physiological state as many people are vulnerable when they are angry, lonely, and hungry.

Teaching clients important cognitive skills to help them manage their feelings and develop their resilience, and make them more assertive so they are not easily influenced

Finally, we develop clients’ awareness of lifestyle factors that are known to enhance recovery, for example developing their spiritual beliefs, engaging with community activities and finding meaning in their lives, either through career paths or friendship and family groups. (8)

Aftercare and Support Services Once Rehab has been Completed

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For support after leaving their 28-day rehab programme, clients can obtain support from;

1. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

Several support groups are running every week in Sutton Coldfield for clients to attend to solidify the work they have completed in rehab and to continue working on their 12-step activities with help from their supportive fellows.

Al‐Anon also host meetings in the area for family members whose lives have been affected by substance use

2. SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery provide a free online service run by well-trained facilitators who will help navigate clients through their programme of cognitive skills and personal development.

Both of their programmes help with relapse prevention as one helps them deal with difficult thoughts and emotions, whereas the other one helps them improve their character traits and set career and lifestyle goals

3. Outpatient treatment via a local Drug & Alcohol team in Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield specialist drug and alcohol teams offer a clear point of contact for people who have left recovery due to their strong links with NHS and mental health services in the area and have collated a strong database of relevant services and resources in the area.

They also have knowledge and expertise in arranging home detox treatments.


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