Drug addiction. Detox, treatment and drug rehabilitation

About Drug Addiction

A drug addiction develops from the repeated use of both illegal and prescription-based drugs. Sometimes known as SUD or Substance Use Disorder, persistent drug misuse can lead to long term physical and psychological changes.

Often starting as a result of underlying mental health issues or social environments, drug addiction can quickly form, leaving the person with ‘cravings’ and altered behaviours focused around the obtaining and consuming of drugs.

The most common forms of drug addiction in the UK (excluding alcohol) are cannabis and its derivatives, cocaine, heroin and other opiates and prescription drugs including pain-killers and anti-depressant medication.

Do you think you need help overcoming the impact of drugs?

If you think this may apply to you or a loved one, then it is important to know that advice, help and support is readily available. The first step into the recovery circle is simply to speak to someone else about the drug issue.

Drug addiction is treatable as a medical condition, yet it is also one of well-being. With the right support both the physical and mental-health impact of drug addiction can be recognised, addressed and overcome.

Recognising drug addiction is the important first step.

Does the following apply to you or a loved one:

  • Lack of control with regards to drug consumption.
  • Lying and making excuses to justify drug consumption.
  • Hiding drug paraphernalia
  • Changes in the mental health, personality or general attitude?
  • Pursuit of drug consumption at a financial cost that cannot be sustained?

The physical signs of drug misuse:

  • Changes around the eyes. This could be bloodshot, pupil size or yellowing of the eye.
  • For cocaine, a redness around the nose caused by inflamed sinuses & frequent nose bleeds.
  • For injectable drugs – bruising around injection sites such as the crook of the elbow, behind the knee and the groin.
  • Abrupt weight change.
  • Change in skin colour.


Drug Treatment

Treating drug addiction is dependent on the needs of the individual, their family and their social network. Typically, treatment may involve medical professionals, therapists, psychologists and other addiction treatment specialists.

This may include some or all of the following interventions:

  • A comprehensive psychological & physiological assessment
  • Intervention
  • Admission to a rehabilitation Clinic (in-patient or outpatient).
  • A medically supervised drug detoxification protocol
  • Affiliation with self-help/mutual-aid support Groups
  • Continuing care/aftercare services & support.

Recovery Circle can work with you to understand the underlying reasons behind the addiction and start to treat the causes and the effects, helping provide the platform for recovery. Our team recognises that discretion, compassion and understanding are key in us creating this platform for those affected.

Additional Services

Sometimes individuals do not manage to beat their addiction at the first attempt. There can be many reasons for this. The wrong treatment programme, clinic or relapse due to circumstances.

Repeatedly revisiting the same treatment is not advisable. Instead of seeking familiar surroundings it can be more helpful to find a new space with a different programme that helps you wit the process of breaking routines, rather than forming new ones.

Call Recovery Circle in confidence and discuss your previous treatment with our team of specialists. We’ll discover what hasn’t worked for you and help you find the next step in your path to a full recovery, including making an in-depth plan for any needed rehabilitation.

We work with treatment centres that involve family and partners appropriately in the treatment process. We also specifically work with rehab clinics that offer family therapy as part of their treatment options, so that everyone affected can receive the best possible support during recovery.

Sober coaching & companionship covers addictive and compulsive behaviours, helping individuals to recognise and deal with triggers in a positive way. This a bespoke service is carefully tailored to the client’s needs.

Sober coaching meets the client in various stages of recovery from addiction to day to day life. From positively acclimatising to sobriety or facing everyday challenges, individuals can often feel rudderless after leaving treatment. Returning to normal life can be a difficult transition for some.

Sober Companion service is akin recovery support on-the-go. This service can be used by peoples who have relapsed on several occasions and who want guidance in grounding their sobriety in real life situations which otherwise would have lead them to their compulsive /impulsive behaviours.

The sessions can be conducted in person, Skype, Facetime, or telephone, whatever you feel most comfortable with. Most sessions typically last 60 minutes with daily email or phone support.

Diet, sleep and good self-care are a platform on which recovery is built.  Complementary treatments that enhance health and wellbeing are powerful additions to any recovery plan.

A wide range of complementary therapies are available at our network of centres & clinics. Yoga, massage, mindfulness meditation and Tai Chi are particularly popular approaches that enhance wellbeing in recovery.

When choosing a treatment centre it is beneficial to select one that provides access to complementary treatments.  Some approaches might not work for you, but be open-minded and explore options

Drug ‘Detox’

Drug detoxification is the process of cleansing the body of unwanted substances, however this alone does not guarantee long-term recovery from drugs. This is usually the first step in the drug recovery process – as it is focused on addressing the physical withdrawals and effects of drug addiction.

Most residential or community programmes require clients to undergo a medically assisted drug detoxification process.

The intensity of the withdrawals depends on the type of drug consumed, the length of use and the levels of tolerance. Medication is often provided to make this process as comfortable as possible.
Drug detox can take between 10 and 14 days to complete.

We strongly advise you not to attempt the drug detoxification on your own – please do seek professional advice. All Recovery Circle drug detox programmes come with 24/7 monitored.

Private Rehab Clinics Near You

As we work with a network of rehabilitation clinics and addiction treatment centres, we are able to look at your individual circumstances and identify possible treatment facilities near you. However, our priority will always be finding the service we feel would provide the best treatment programme and facilities to aid your recovery, wherever this is a rehab clinic in the UK, or elsewhere in the world.

Here are some of the locations where clinic based treatment is available.

Drug Rehab Clinics

There are many benefits to you or your loved one attending a drug rehabilitation clinic. Firstly, it removes you from the situations that helped exacerbate the drug dependence and provides an area where professionally trained staff can help you heal.

The facilities and activities in a drug rehab clinic are geared towards people who are suffering from all manner of drug dependence or addiction and vary based on the needs of the individual. For example, the treatment requirements for opiate drug addiction may differ from that of other drugs.

Some may require well-being and group-based treatments. Some require the utmost discretion and privacy. With the Recovery Circle’s network of private rehabilitation clinics throughout the UK and globally, we can find the most suitable drug rehab location for your recovery.