Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Ely

Support for Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Cambridgeshire and the cities of Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely

When dealing with excessive alcohol consumption, drug misuse or another addiction, it can be tough to admit to having a problem, or find proper support. The steps taken towards being abstinent from drugs and alcohol are challenging, but recovery is worth it in the long run. Citizens of Cambridgeshire are fortunate to have many different resources for people struggling with addiction, with services in most major cities and towns, including Cambridge, Ely, and Peterborough.

Help comes in many forms. Many drug, alcohol and addiction treatment centres today provide harm-reduction services, such as syringe/needle exchanges or clean consumption rooms. These centres, which are often run by non-profit organisations, charities and/or are sponsored by the NHS, will also educate people about addiction, and offer counselling or referrals to local treatment options or a residential rehab.

Support for Alcohol and Drug Addiction in Cambridgeshire and the cities of Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely

What can one expect from a residential rehab treatment programme?

A residential treatment programme at a rehabilitation centre usually takes four to six weeks. That is the recommended length of time for most people battling addiction, as it involves many steps. However, some patients may find that this time period is not enough, and opt for extended treatment, which has a similar but slightly more relaxed setting than a standard rehab.

After a medical assessment and admission, treatment begins with a detox period, which can also range in length, depending on the individual, and the substance they’re detoxing from. Usually, counsellors encourage patients to start attending individual and/or group therapy sessions, if they are well enough to do so.

Post detox, rehab patients continue with therapy, methods of which differ from one residential centre to another. Many private residential rehabs will offer a variety of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, drumming, art, massage, and many more. Equine-facilitated, or horse therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, both offered at Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland, are two unique and well-received methods.

Prior to being discharged, a professional rehab centre will teach patients about aftercare, and provide contact for local support resources. This last-but-not-least step should never be underestimated. Therapists at Castle Craig place a lot of emphasis on it, as a continuing-care plan minimises the chance of relapse.


If I’m not ready for a residential programme, what are my alternatives?

Getting, or asking for help, it not easy for people with an addiction, even after they realise they have a serious problem. If a person is not ready to quit, or is not ready to begin residential treatment, it is still a good idea to start looking at options. Talking to someone they trust, attending a support group, or seeing a counsellor, are all good first steps on the road to recovery.

The Cambridgeshire County Council website has several pages devoted to providing local resources throughout all part of Cambridgeshire. Inclusion runs multiple community service centres within the city of Cambridge, Ely, as well as other towns. They provide free help for those dealing with drug addiction and alcoholism, as well as mental health support.

Residents of Peterborough can contact or visit Aspire, also a community support centre, for advice, referrals, a healthcare assessment or general counselling.