Drug and alcohol rehab in Manchester
Help and guidance is available if you find yourself becoming reliant on drugs or alcohol. You may be feeling overwhelmed at this time, but rest assured there is information at hand to help you understand how to access drug or alcohol rehab.
If you are struggling with addiction, then there are various alcohol rehab or drug rehab options to select from. Manchester rehab centres include a choice of inpatient and outpatient services, so you can find the treatment programme that best accommodates your recovery journey.
This guide provides all the information you need to know about drug and alcohol rehab in Manchester and the wider Merseyside area.
Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Manchester
Understanding available treatment options will help you select the programme and aftercare suitable for your needs. Addiction services in Manchester can be free or privately funded, either inpatient or outpatient. With inpatient treatment, you stay at the treatment centre for the duration, whereas outpatient treatment programmes involve scheduled clinic visits.
Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)
With an outpatient treatment programme, whether free or privately funded, you attend planned clinic sessions. Treatment may involve a medical drug or alcohol detox, combined with professional medical services, therapeutic groups and support. You can begin your recovery journey from your home, with flexibility to accommodate any responsibilities, such as childcare. However, there can be long waiting lists for NHS addiction treatment services, and there is a risk that continued access to addictive substances, through a lack of safe accommodation, can impede recovery. For this reason, Primrose Lodge does not offer an outpatient service for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)
An inpatient treatment programme is often preferred, as it means you are able to remove yourself from triggers and break from bad habits in a comfortable, supportive environment. With residential rehab, you can choose your preferred clinic, telephone the admissions team, agree in advance the programme length appropriate for your circumstances, and be admitted the next day.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by an experienced doctor and be allocated a private room. In this all-inclusive environment, you will meet others who have had similar experiences, working alongside mentors that have lived experience of addiction problems.
The majority of inpatient addiction treatment centres in Manchester and beyond are privately funded and may be covered by private insurance. There are NHS options for inpatient treatment upon referral from your GP. However, these are unfortunately in short supply and may require stringent assessment, with a long waiting list.
Why inpatient rehab?
A residential rehab programme lets you focus on your recovery journey in a peaceful, comfortable setting, away from the strains and stresses of everyday life. An individually designed schedule will include workshops, activities, personal 12-step study and reflection. Daily activities may include yoga, mindfulness or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), interspersed with relaxing, socialising and meals.
Along with a mixture of therapies, including one-to-one therapy and group counselling, you will meet others who have had similar drug or alcohol addiction experiences, providing a peer network for longer-term mutual support. In addition, you will have access to the centre’s aftercare programme.
Some privately run treatment centres also offer family support programmes, along with professionally facilitated conjoints – meetings between you and close family members or loved ones.
Primrose Lodge offers only inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programmes, as our community is based on teamwork and connection. Quality of service is thoroughly assessed through the external Care Quality Commission, with CQC rating results measuring safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership.
What should I expect from a detox in Manchester?
Drug or alcohol detox means removing the substance from your daily routine so your body can become accustomed to functioning without the addictive aftermath. While detox may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhoea, shaking, weakness and confusion, this stage is essential for starting on your road to recovery.
Undergoing detox in a private clinic means you will have a comfortable bed and support from those who have been there, to make the experience easier. If you are in urgent need of a drug or alcohol detox, you can call the number at the top of our page, where you can arrange treatment within 24-hours, or ask advice from our knowledgeable staff.
It is important to consult a medical professional before embarking upon any drug detox or alcohol detox, to help manage any risks to your health and wellbeing. When admitted, whether to an inpatient or outpatient programme, you will be offered a full assessment of your current usage and lifestyle factors, to ensure that the right treatment option is made available. Only if you are at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms will you be offered a medical detox, involving prescription detox medication and ongoing monitoring by medical professionals.
Medical detox through outpatient rehab may result in heavily delayed treatment due to a lack of beds. With inpatient treatment, you will receive immediate care in comfortable accommodation, away from distractions which risk leading you astray. Detox can be factored into the length of your programme, as it can be harder to fully engage in therapeutic activities until you have completely withdrawn from a substance.
Drug and alcohol rehab programme
Choosing a rehab programme can be daunting, but it is important to consider what option will work best for you. Each treatment centre has its own recovery approach, usually combining group and one-to-one therapy as part of a 12-step or non-12-step programme, sometimes beside holistic methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is useful to keep an open mind, as a balanced programme usually works best.
Most clinics help you work through the 12-step model with an initial stay, followed by aftercare. The longer you stay in residential rehab, the greater the probability of long-term sobriety. A minimum initial 4-week stay is usually recommended.
Is rehab free?
Unfortunately, not everybody is able to afford private inpatient rehab or have access to private insurance. While free addiction treatment services are available through the NHS, these are typically outpatient services; due to extremely high demand, there is likely to be a long waiting list to be accepted. Most clinics accept self-referral through your GP, although flexibility is not guaranteed. You may be referred for counselling or a detox programme in severe cases. Additionally, if you urgently need treatment which is otherwise unavailable to you, Turning Point is a charity which funds a limited number of beds.
Free addiction services in Manchester
Despite the waiting lists, there are free addiction services available in the Manchester area. Some free services may offer help and support for you and loved ones, and others may provide a full NHS outpatient treatment. An example is listed below.
AA Meeting Greater Manchester
Telephone: 0800 9177 650
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The downside to free services
Unfortunately, many free NHS addiction treatment services have been reduced because of government funding cuts. Frequency or times may be restricted. You may not be able to attend your preferred clinic or have to travel further than you want to.
Free services are usually provided through an outpatient facility, so you will be unable to access one-to-one therapy or remove yourself from unhelpful distractions. You will also be unable to undertake an intensive medical detox, if required, without waiting for an inpatient detox place.
The benefits of residential rehab in Manchester
Residential (inpatient) alcohol or drug addiction treatment programmes provide several benefits which can only be found in such a focused facility. Residential rehab facilities in Manchester enable you to concentrate solely on your recovery journey. The benefits of an inpatient programme include:
- Fast admission at a clinic of your choosing
- Qualified staff, both medical and therapeutic
- Comfortable and welcoming accommodation, meals and an individual daily schedule
- Combination of one-to-one counselling and group sessions
- Family support sessions and conjoints with family and loved ones
- Peer support and aftercare programme
- Externally accredited quality of care through the Care Quality Commission body
What happens after a rehab programme?
Completing a drug or alcohol rehab programme means time to celebrate, but it won’t be the end of your support from rehab. Primrose Lodge will ensure you have care and support for your ongoing recovery journey as you return to normal life. The connections you have made with professionals and peers will also help cement the reflection and learning achieved in your rehab programme.
Aftercare helps you maintain your newfound sobriety, with continued group therapy, peer support and information to help address any day-to-day problems and overcome obstacles you may face.
If you complete an addiction treatment programme at Primrose Lodge or any other UKAT facility, you will benefit from the UKAT Alumni Programme: a community of peers who have completed their programme and are continuing their sobriety independently. This support network includes event days, online materials and regular communications with others, for connection and encouragement.
Your journey of learning and growth is continuous, and accessing a local support group is highly recommended. These groups help you make more connections and mingle with others on their own recovery journey, for mutual advice and support. Community groups include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.
Long term recovery from addiction
Alongside the excitement of returning to normal routine, challenges can sometimes be presented by triggers, difficult circumstances, work or relationships. Aftercare, support groups and peer connections will help you manage and implement your learning. Be kind to yourself, accept care and support, and remember that Primrose Lodge is here for you every step of the way.
Frequently asked questions
Private rehab also offers you a medical detox to ensure that you can abstain from substances safely with full support from professionals.