Here at Ocean recovery, we offer a fully bespoke drug rehab treatment programme which consists of a holistic-based approach with aims to heal the mind, body and soul through the use of therapy sessions and counselling.

Our addiction specialist team consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff are here to guide you through the complete treatment journey from start to finish.

This page will explain everything you need to know about how drug rehab works, the treatment options available to you and how to go about selecting the right rehab centre for your needs.

What is Drug Rehab?

Drug rehab is the process of helping a person overcome dependency on substances such as drugs and alcohol by using a combination of medical and psychotherapeutic treatments. This is a crucial process in an individual achieving ongoing recovery. Drug rehab typically consists of four stages, all of which must be fully carried out to help overcome addiction.

These four stages are

Stage 1 – Assessment

Stage 2 – Detox

Stage 3 – Rehab

Stage 4 – Aftercare

Without completing a full rehabilitation programme, the substance has only temporarily been taken out of the equation, and therefore long-term recovery could be harder to achieve.

On this page, we will detail what drug rehab will likely consist of, the treatments available to you and preparations you should take to start your road to recovery.

At Ocean Recovery, we are committed to helping people who suffer from an addiction to get back to their usual selves.

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Looking to Overcome a Drug Addiction?

The process of overcoming a drug addiction is different for everyone. This considers factors such as the severity of an addiction, its length, the effects drug use has on an individual, and any physical and mental health problems related to consumption.

With that said, there is no one size fits all drug rehab programme to follow. Each client will undergo differing addiction treatments to overcome both psychological and physical connections they may have to drugs. The same goes for how long drug rehab can take.

The period of time will all depend on a client’s progression and drive to overcome their drug addiction. There’s no quick fix to an addiction. There’s no set timeframe or generalised steps to take. It’s a personal journey of yours.

If you are looking to seek medical support to conquer your addiction, please do not compare yourself to others in a similar situation. When you visit Ocean Recovery, we will treat you as an individual, ensuring that your rehab process gets to the bottom of your fixation.

We achieve this by creating your own personalised treatment plan to follow while visiting our comfortable centre and beyond, ensuring your drug addiction has been diminished long-term.

How o Get Help For Your Drug Addiction

Before you attend a residential drug addiction clinic, it’s likely you have contacted your GP or your local crisis team. For some, this may yield the results you desire. However, over the last decade, addiction services have scaled back their operations due to council-led budget cuts.

This has forced many to consider seeking private addiction treatment. At Ocean Recovery, this is exactly what we offer. However, this treatment is highly affordable and well within the grasp of the majority of people seeking out drug addiction treatment.

One issue you typically must overcome before you seek out drug addiction treatment is denial. Many people ignore their addiction because of the stigma it brings. Addiction is often ignored despite the significant mental health and physical health problems it causes.

When you contact Ocean Recovery, our helpful and empathetic admission workers help you overcome any feeling of denial, guilt and fear. We educate you on the benefits of attending a drug rehab clinic so you can truly begin to believe that a viable solution to your problem is within your reach.

If you are contacting us on behalf of a loved one who refuses to admit he or she is suffering from drug addiction, we may offer an intervention service. This service may be free of charge, depending on the case’s complexity and the required level of service.

Types Of Drug Addiction Treated Through Rehab

Addiction to drugs such as cocaine and cannabis creates a rise in ‘psychological dependency’. When these drugs are withdrawn, you will not experience physical withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and tremors.

Instead, you may suffer from psychological withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. When you undergo a detox for a psychological dependency, you generally will not be given any substitution medications.

A ‘physical dependency’ causes the onset of physical withdrawal symptoms when a detoxification programme is commenced. During this time, you will experience a range of physical withdrawal symptoms.

You will be given prescription medications that entirely control or eliminate these withdrawal symptoms. This process is known as medically assisted detoxification. Addiction to alcohol, heroin and benzodiazepines requires medically assisted detoxification due to the physical symptoms these drugs cause upon withdrawal.

Residential Inpatient vs Outpatient Rehab Treatment

When you consider professional drug addiction treatment, you must choose between residential/inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment.

At Ocean Recovery, you must begin your treatment by undergoing a period at our residential clinic. Following this, you will then receive outpatient treatment through aftercare sessions. We do not recommend you undertake treatment solely on an outpatient basis.

Outpatient treatment is considered dangerous, particularly for those who will likely suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. This particularly applies to people undergoing alcohol or opiate detox.

You will benefit from 24/7 care from our clinical team when you attend Ocean Recovery for drug rehabilitation. Your needs will be met, and your withdrawal symptoms will be closely monitored and treated.

This level of care isn’t available when you receive your treatment on an outpatient basis. When you detox at Ocean Recovery, a range of experts will monitor your progress during the detoxification leg of your recovery. These professionals include nurses and support workers.

How Do I Prepare For Rehab?

There are a few strategies you might need to keep in mind before you pack your stuff. First of all, a rehab programme takes 4 weeks on average, so it is advisable you will make arrangements with work/school and ensure that you can go into rehab with a clear mind.

We would advise you to bring only your essentials to make sure that you are fully focused on rehab. Residential rehab treatment is an opportunity to remove yourself from daily distractions and temptations.

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Are you suffering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction and need help? If so, Ocean Recovery is a leading UK based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today. You can either call our confidential helpline or request a call-back by clicking on the below form.

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Why It’s Important You Are Committed To Your Recovery

Making sure you commit and put your mind in having a happier, healthier and sober recovery is important. Setting long term and short term goals will help you along the way.

As well as having an impact on your own recovery, knowing that a family member or a loved one supports your recovery, will also help dramatically.

Once you start to notice the positive change your recovery is having on your day to day life, it will make it slightly easier to see light at the end of the tunnel

Why You Should Consider Drug Rehab?

If you are reading this, you or a loved one is likely suffering from drug addiction. Drug addiction can be vicious due to the fact that your brain is essentially hijacked by the addiction – which leads to your decision-making skills becoming clouded through the fact that your body is in need of the drug.

Take cocaine and heroin for an example. Both are drugs that target the dopamine levels in your brain and eventually derail them. Your priorities will be all wrong, and the drug-taking will become priority number one.

That is why it is important that you get help if you are ready to quit. Many people who try to quit on their own often fall back into drug use quite quickly.

That has nothing to do with being weak or strong for that matter, but to do with the fact that your brain simply doesn’t work as intended anymore.

Drug addiction is simply a disease. Allowing us to help you can be that support you need in order to restore and get back to the way you were.

What Are the Most Common Signs of Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction often starts with experimental substance use in social settings. If someone you know may be suffering from drug addiction, these are some of the signs you might want to look out for:

  • Poor work performance
  • Spending all their money on substances
  • Energy levels are low
  • Change in physical appearance
  • A drastic change in relationships/friendships
  • Lost interest in past activities

Despite these being the overall effects of drug usage, there are a number of factors to take into consideration.

These include how much of the drug is consumed at one time, how often the drug is taken, whether the individual has any past health problems, as well as genetic history.

However, spotting the signs early will be the first step in the right direction for a successful recovery.

Throughout the United Kingdom, many people struggle with drug addiction. According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 4,859 deaths related to drug poisoning – those which were registered.

Unfortunately, for many of us, it is simply impossible to stop doing drugs – as the claws of addiction have been doing all this time. We have been doing more than that in a certain sense. We have been

Having an addiction can be directly linked to a mental illness you may be experiencing, this can be down to a number of reasons such as your addiction to certain substances is a way of self-medicating by using the drugs to deal with the symptoms of the illness, this is subsequently how dependency is developed.

The increase in drug-related deaths and poisonings may be due to the new trend of mixing drugs such a benzodiazepines with heroin.

We are able to provide treatment with the use of effective therapy and counselling which is focused on helping you take control of your mind to stop your addictive behaviours.

What Happens Before Drug Rehabilitation Begins?

During the initial assessment, a psychological assessment will be completed with each client joining our centre. The information obtained is used to compile an individualised rehabilitation programme tailored to meet specific challenges faced by clients during rehabilitation. Initial assessment aids the selection of treatment methods and increases the probability of long-term recovery.

Our assessment officer will note the facts around your addiction, medical conditions and your medication regime. A full history of addiction will be noted.

We may request your medical records. A full psychological assessment takes place to determine the severity of addiction and we note any prior rehabilitation efforts made.

How Long is Drug Rehab?

We are sure this is a question which is currently running through your mind. If you are concerned that visiting a rehab centre will take over your life, please do not worry. The amount of time a person requires at our rehab will vary. This is all down to the severity of drug addiction and its progression throughout treatment.

Drug rehab can start in as little as 7 days, with an average of 28 days for most. However, we do recommend that clients have the expectation of experiencing residential rehab treatment for as long as 6 weeks. This may seem like a long time; however, we ensure that your drug addiction is fully conquered before leaving.

We believe in offering consistent treatment to ensure that we are slowly but effectively working on disconnecting you from drugs.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to drug rehab. It is found that the longer an individual completes rehab, the greater their long-term recovery is.

Please be aware that the duration of drug rehab can always change. Throughout, we will assess your progression and mental health state to determine how long your drug rehab programme needs. From here, our team will work with you to ensure that all psychological and physical cravings have diminished.

When looking for a drug rehab to visit, please ensure you seek expert help. Working through addiction can be highly distressing.

With the right support, the rehab process can be much smoother and be turned into a positive journey of transformation. By visiting an expert residential rehab, you are also reducing your likelihood of relapsing.

Now your choice is… Do you live a life of relapses by attempting to conquer your addiction with the wrong support, or do you dedicate 6 weeks of your life to a future without drugs?

If you select the latter and are passionate about completing a time of change at a haven, get in touch with our specialised team today. We will start your drug rehab process, reducing the damage caused by drug use.

Drug Detoxification Programme

Following the initial assessment for drug addiction, you will be subject to detoxification. The duration of detoxification depends on the particular drug you are addicted to.

Drugs such as heroin typically take more than 10 days for withdrawal symptoms to cease. During detoxification, a number of prescription drugs may be offered to ease painful withdrawal symptoms.

Depending on the severity of a client’s addiction, a clinical detox may be required. However, for most who experience any withdrawal symptoms, a full detox programme will be recommended while at rehab.

A full detox programme will slowly reduce consumption, helping clients cope through withdrawal symptoms, while slowly functioning without any substance abuse. This will help clients overcome physical connections they have to drugs.

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Are you suffering from Drug and Alcohol Addiction and need help? If so, Ocean Recovery is a leading UK based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today. You can either call our confidential helpline or request a call-back by clicking on the below form.

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What Happens After Detox

Once the detox stage has been completed, the actual rehab becomes easier. Following detox, the rehabilitation can begin involving counselling and education. Once the withdrawal has eased and detox is over you can start to change your mindset and behaviour.

During this time clients are able to examine the psychological reasons behind their addiction and learn coping strategies to fight off ‘triggers of addiction’ which become available upon leaving our rehabilitation centre.

Therapy sessions come in the form of therapist-led group therapy and individual therapy sessions. We believe long-term recovery requires psychological strength from within. It is the aim of therapy sessions to build psychological coping strategies which will achieve this aim.

You need to remove the urge to start using drugs again. Many rehab clinics will use rehabilitation techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. This is a therapeutic treatment with the aim to improve your awareness of your triggers.

Triggers are specific things or situations, that will start your craving for the substance.  Say, you might have had a stressful day and you feel you want to indulge in these harmful substances and they will make you feel much better. That thought process can be stopped through the help of CBT.

It’s important to find the source of the addiction. Drug addiction research has found that traumatic events during your life or mental health issues can be the core reason of the addiction.

Counselling and professional drug rehabilitation help can locate the root of the problem and help put you on the path to a full recovery.

The goal of our core drug addiction treatment is lasting abstinence. To attain this goal, we offer treatment that addresses addiction and underlying mental health issues that are often the cause of addiction in the first place. These mental health conditions are often termed ‘dual diagnosis’ issues.

What Happens After Drug Rehab?

Upon completing drug rehab with Ocean Recovery you will have access to 12 months free aftercare which involves regular phone calls with our team to check on your progress after leaving the centre. The team will also be available to you should you feel the need for urgent help and advice in case of a relapse.

Aftercare is an important part of your rehabilitation, as the first 12 months after receiving treatment is often the toughest. Having access to help after you leave the centre could be the difference between staying on the path to recovery or letting the addictive mind take over.

How Do I Start Drug Rehab?

You can start Drug Rehab by calling Ocean Recovery today. Once you have spoken to one of our specialists about your options in rehab, and both parties agree to the terms of the service at our rehab centre, we will then pick you up from your home at an agreed date, and transport you to our rehab centre in Blackpool.

Why Ocean Recovery?

Here at Ocean Recovery, we offer a fully bespoke drug rehab treatment plan which consists of a holistic-based approach with aims to heal the body and soul of an individual through the use of therapy sessions and counselling. We will help you deal with long term and short term temptations which you may feel on a day to day basis.

Upon completion of your drug rehabilitation treatment you will have access to an personalised aftercare plan. Our support team will make sure you avoid relapsing and continue with your recovery. Get in touch with our team today where they will guide you through the process.

Our residential rehabilitation centre is approved by the Care Quality Commission, get in touch with our team for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Rehabilitation

We’ve been helping people for years, so we know that drug addiction can be a touchy subject. For this reason, we have answered a number of the most asked questions we receive prior to people starting their recovery with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a severe condition that is characterised by taking or administering drugs in an excessive and repeated manner, until you become dependent on these substances in order to function on a daily basis. People may become addicted to illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, or develop a harmful addiction to prescription drugs.

What are the most common Signs and Symptoms of a Drug Addiction?

There are different types of signs and symptoms, which are all dependant on which ever drug you may be addicted to. This includes factors such as how much of the drug you consume, your method of ingesting the drug, how frequently you take the drug as well as taking into consideration your own individual needs

How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Addicted To Drugs?

There are a few indicators that could show you that your loved one could be suffering from a drug addiction, but there is often no way to talk to them about it – as drug addicts tend to keep their addiction quiet. This is often due to feelings of shame, as there is still a stigma surrounding drug addiction worldwide. It is often seen as a weakness – but nothing is further from the truth. Drug addiction is a disease that is often too hard too battle on your own.

I'm Not Sure If I Am Addicted – So, How Would I Know?

Someone with an addiction will crave a substance or other behavioural habits. They’ll often ignore other areas of life and priorities their addiction over anything else. Certain behaviours of there personality may change, these will include physical (appearance), psychological (mindset) and behavioural (attitude towards things).

Many people with an addiction often do not believe that they are addicted to anything. It is important to acknowledge your addiction before it causes serious health problems and realising that you might have an addiction is already the first step towards finding out if you are addicted.

Do You Provide Therapy and Support Group Sessions?

Yes, the therapy sessions you will take part in includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), one-to-one therapy sessions, group therapy and holistic therapy, you will also take part in support group sessions where you can talk openly about your addiction to other people who are going through the same experience. During your therapy sessions, you will be taught the different coping mechanisms you can use to stop yourself whenever you are feeling the need to relapse and start using again.

Do You Offer Medication During Detox?

Yes, to help tackle any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms we can administer prescription medications such as Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Methadone plus many more. Speak to our admissions team for more information.

What Type Of Drugs Does Rehab Treat?

We offer drug addiction treatment for illicit substances which includes cocaine, heroin, cannabis, prescription drugs, amphetamines, cannabis etc. As well as drugs, we also treat alcohol addiction, speak to our admissions team now for more info.

How Long Does Drug Rehab Take?

For drug addictions, this usually depends on the severity of the problem. We usually recommend at least 28 days for the best chance of making sustained recovery, but we have clients who stay with us for several months.

Is Denial A Sign Of Addiction?

People with addictions use denial in order to continue with their addictive behaviours. Continued denial can cause destructive consequences, from health issues to damaged relationships.

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John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

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Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Specialist Physician. He is particularly interested in Substance Misuse Management and has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management and residential rehabilitation of patients with drug and other substance addiction problems. His main aim is to assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

Dr Otulana started practising as a doctor in 2000 and has been in the field of addiction for over a decade. He is an Advanced Practitioner Member of Addiction Professionals and holds a Part 1 Certificate in Clinical Psychopharmacology from the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is excellent healthcare service professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.