Frequently Asked Questions


Addiction Treatment

If you have decided to stop using and have found you cannot, the safest intervention is a residential detox unit where you will be able to focus on your goal and receive medication and support in dealing with any withdrawal symptoms. The length of a stay in detox depends upon what substance you were using, for how long, and the daily amount. This information is gathered before entering a detox unit and a full medical assessment carried out on admission. Contact us for more details or visit our posts page for further reading

The length of a detox treatment does depend on the substance and using habits of an individual. However, as a general guide an alcohol detox can be completed within 1-2 weeks. With opiates it is usually 2-4 weeks and Benzodiazepines can take longer. To safely detox from certain drugs, particularly Alcohol and Benzodiazepines, it is essential that it is carried out under medical supervision and with proper medication. An initial assessment before detox will give an indication of the detox length required.

It is possible to arrange immediate admission into detox or rehab and we have preferred centres with whom we have an arrangement for emergency, same day admission. Although In a non emergency, you can still be admitted on the same day to some centres, the process from consultation to admission does depend upon bed availability.

Many people enter a residential treatment centre after trying in various ways to control or stop their using behaviour. The fact is that some need help in moving from addiction to recovery, and even though many manage to actually stop, it is often maintaining abstinence that is the problem.
A good rehab will give you the best chance at achieving this, and though we would always recommend a medical detox, it is possible to find recovery with a combination of professional support and a social support network. Our Recovery coaching service is available to offer one to one support and can be engaged at any time in your journey toward recovery.


Pricing & Affordability

The prices charged at detox centres varies and is usually made based on length of stay, type of medical support, facilities and degree of luxury.For example, a two week detox from alcohol at the residential detox units we refer to start from around £3000 though some charge less, we have found that quality care does not come at a lower price than this. If you want more information on entering detox and the cost involved, please contact us

Residential treatment centre prices vary and in our experience the most expensive is not always an indication of quality. Unfortunately it is not common for treatment providers to advertise their prices and this can be frustrating to someone looking for an idea of cost. In general terms prices for residential treatment centres we use start at around £1500 - £3000/week and there are some we have found to be of real help to clients, with excellent premises and outcomes. They offer programmes of usually 4-12 weeks and will include detox (if needed) If you would like to discuss the available options and prices for residential treatment, please contact us

Our consultation and referral service is free. We manage to do this because of the small fee we charge some of the facilities we refer to. We will only charge you for services you have asked us for and are happy to discuss the cost of our Transportation/Sober companion and Recovery Coaching services. Treatment centres ask for the full cost of treatment on admission, though others will give an option of paying for two weeks at a time. Also if a client wishes to extend their time in treatment, most centres will be able to arrange this. We do not take payment for the cost of treatment. Your payment is made directly to the facility and we have no influence on the rate, meaning you are not charged any more for being referred by us.


Recognising Addiction

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and often lead to many harmful, self-destructive, behaviors.
In practical terms, if you find that you have difficulty controlling how much you drink or use, continue your using behaviour knowing that it is harmful, effecting your work and personal relationships, or decide to stop but cannot, then you may be addicted. Ultimately, if you have an uncontrollable compulsion to use and find that your best resolve not to follow that compulsion fails, then you need help.

When you have reached a point in your using where self control and determination to stop is no longer effective and a cycle of using, stopping, and relapsing is a wheel that keeps turning, then it is likely that treatment will be necessary. Unfortunately the point at which someone needs help is often seen by their loved ones long before the person using and so as a family member or spouse, you may find it difficult to convince them to take action. In these cases you might want to consider Intervention


Recovery Support

Support in recovery is important and our one to one Recovery Coaching service is available for those that are looking for help. There are also free Recovery networks and support groups such as AA, NA and CA which have helped many people stay clean and enjoy life without drugs or alcohol.

Whether you hope to attain and maintain abstinence, or to eliminate harmful use of a particular substance, we will support you in achieving your goal. Although abstinence is advisable, we will not refuse to help if that is not what you require. contact us to discuss how we can help.

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