Southampton is a lively and dynamic city, located on the south coast in the county of Hampshire. Famous for being a major port since the Norman conquest of 1066, the area is bustling with marinas, shops and sights to see, as well as areas of outstanding natural beauty. With a population of roughly 250,000, it is inevitable that a proportion of this number will experience difficulties with drugs, alcohol or gambling at some stage in their life, and may be in need of Southampton rehab.

We receive many calls from people living in Southampton and its surrounding areas, who are struggling with substance addiction or problem gambling but simply don’t know how to stop, or where to turn for help.  Whether you’re struggling with addiction yourself or researching on behalf of a loved one, we’ve put together this guide to help you identify and access the support available for rehab in Southampton and its surrounding areas.

Firstly, we want you to know that help is available and dedicated drug rehab and alcohol rehab centres such as ours can help provide a way out of the vicious cycle of addiction. Whilst it might feel like there’s no end in sight right now, please trust us when we tell you that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Southampton Alcohol Rehab

Alcohol statistics show that nationally there are 10 million people drinking above recommended levels, with over half a million dependent drinkers. Alcohol is woven into the fabric of society today, it is everywhere, and is possibly the only drug whose use is normalised, even encouraged.

Whilst many people can manage their drinking levels or reduce their intake with relative ease, for others it’s more difficult. A combination of factors can contribute to alcohol addiction, and the illness doesn’t discriminate. People from all walks of life can be affected, regardless of age, gender, background or ethnicity. Despite being considered a harmless drug by many, when you think of the damage not only to the drinker but also to friends, family and wider society, alcohols’ darker side is clear to see.

The figures speak for themselves, with 1 person in the UK dying every hour as a result of alcohol – that’s over 20 people a day. In Southampton, the range of alcohol problems varies from binge drinkers, who can go for periods of time without drinking but then consume dangerous amounts, to those who drink more frequently, or daily, with negative and harmful consequences.

It’s important to make clear here that people can recover, even if it feels impossible at present. With the right support, structure, guidance and alcohol rehab, problem drinkers can find new interests and activities that motivate them more than their substance of choice. Find out more about how our alcoholism treatment program can help you.

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Southampton Drug Rehab

Drug culture is prevalent in every city in the UK, and Southampton is no exception. According to recent figures from Southampton city council, 1 in 12 adults aged 16 to 59 in England and Wales took an illicit drug in 2015/16. This equates to around 17,000 people in Southampton.

An estimated 1,649 people in Southampton use opiates and/or crack cocaine and 636 people inject drugs. The number of drug-related deaths in adults in Southampton is also increasing, in line with a national trend.

Many people’s drug use can start innocently enough, experimenting with cannabis in their teenage years, before progressing onto other drugs such as cocaine, ketamine, MDMA or benzodiazepines later on. They may also develop a dependence on cannabis which is strongly linked to a deterioration in mental health. We have also seen a steady increase in people presenting for prescription drug rehab, either buying from the black market or being prescribed opiate painkillers such as codeine or co-codamol. These drugs can initially help with pain relief, but when abused they are highly addictive.

Drug addiction takes no prisoners and wreaks havoc not only on the addict but on everyone who loves them too. Addiction is such a lonely and isolating disease, but it’s important to remember it is a mental illness, not a moral weakness or failure. Help is available at our drug rehab in Bournemouth and you don’t have to suffer alone anymore. Learn more about how we help people recover from drug addiction to our drug rehab programmes.

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Drug, Gambling & Alcohol Rehab Programmes at the Providence Projects

Given our proximity to Southampton, we have provided many clients from the area with affordable and successful alcohol rehab, alcohol detox and drug rehab. We have been offering our private rehab programmes to those with drug, alcohol, gambling and other addictions for over 20 years – and have treated over 5,000 since our doors opened in 1996. Depending on the severity of the problem, people will often require an extended period of treatment.

Here at the Providence Projects, we offer private rehab programmes ranging from 4 weeks to the full 6-month programme. Treatment is personalised and unique to every client, tailored to individual needs and goals. Our skilled team of counsellors, therapists, doctors and support workers all strive to ensure that each person receives the finest treatment and the best chance at a long-lasting and fulfilled recovery.

Our treatment programme is designed to uncover the underlying psychological issues at the root of the individual’s addiction, as well as equipping them with the skills to stay stopped. Many people find they struggle not in the stopping, but in staying stopped.

Developing the necessary tools and coping mechanisms really is the key to an ongoing and successful recovery. Since 1996 The Providence Projects alcohol and drug rehabilitation have helped thousands of people successfully break the cycle of their addiction and remain clean and sober.

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Richard Shottin

Richard Shottin reviewed Providence Projects - 5
11 April 2019  

Providence has changed my life completely. From living a life with no hope, this place has taught my how to live again. The group therapy and 1-1 counselling really helped me to discover who I am and what I want from life, free from drugs and alcohol. The staff are excellent and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. I’d recommend Providence to anyone who needs help. Give it a go and you won’t regret it. See more

NHS vs. Private Rehab Southampton

In the past, many people were able to receive funding from their local authority to access detox and rehab programmes. Unfortunately, since 2012 there has been a significant decrease in spending on NHS rehab services, with more than half of local authorities cutting their budgets for drug rehab and alcohol rehab. As a result, it is now very difficult to get funded places for private rehab.

Whilst this isn’t to say it’s impossible, it is by no means an easy route or a quick one. Given the progressive nature of addiction, most people reach a point of desperation and need immediate help. This is where private rehab clinics pose an advantage. Here at the Providence Projects rehab in Bournemouth, we can arrange for quick and easy admission, so you or your loved one can get immediate access to the help you need.

The obvious benefit of using NHS rehab services is that they’re free. Southampton offers a range of community-based addiction programmes. You can start by visiting your GP and explaining your problem, getting an assessment and, where appropriate, referral to the local drug and alcohol team in the community.

Community programmes usually include group therapy, workshops, mentoring and counselling. The main disadvantage of NHS rehab for alcohol and drug treatment is that these services are stretched and under pressure, so waiting times can be very long. Also, the level of support and structure on offer won’t be as intensive as in a private rehab. If you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, it is likely that a residential stay in a private rehab clinic will offer the best chance of a long-lasting recovery.

Of course, in the meantime there are a variety of 12 step support groups in the local community, to help those recovering from addiction and alcoholism. These groups have been around for many years and provide a safe space for people to gain support, connection and identification with others. There is also support for families of addicts, such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon. Below is a list of AA, CA and NA meetings in Southampton:

AA meetings in Southampton

Monday

Address:
Southampton Bugle St
St Josephs Church Hall, Bugle St



Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO14 2AH
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Tuesday

Address:
Southampton Shirley Big Book Meeting
Freemantle United Reformed Church Hall,
257 Shirley Rd,
Shirley

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 3HS
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Tuesday

Address:
Southampton Multi Meeting Ordnance Rd Discussion
Friends Meeting House,
Ordnance Rd, off London Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 2AZ
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Thursday

Address:
Southampton Lunchtime Open
St Mary’s Parish Office,
135 St Mary’s St

Time: 12:30
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Thursday

Address:
Southampton: Step & Tradition
Keble Hall, Shirley Baptist Church,
6 Church St, Shirley

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 5LG
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Thursday

Address:
Southampton Woolston
Woolston Community Centre, Church Rd.

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO19 9FU
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Friday

Address:
Southampton Shirley
Freemantle United Reformed Church Hall, 257 Shirley Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 3HS
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Saturday

Address:
Southampton Patrick House
Patrick House, 361 Millbrook Rd

Time: 10:00
Postcode: SO15 0HW
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Saturday

Address:
Southampton Marchwood: Experience, Strength & Hope
Marchwood Priory Hospital, Hythe Rd, Marchwood

Time: 11:00
Postcode: SO40 4DA
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Sunday

Address:
Southampton Morning
Basement, Parish Building, 135 St Mary’s St



Postcode: 11:00
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Sunday

Address:
Southampton Maybush
All Saints Church,
Sedbergh Rd, off Kendal Ave

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO16 9HJ
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Sunday

Address:
Southampton Multi Meeting Ordnance Rd
Friends Meeting House,
Ordnance Rd, off London Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 2AZ
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Sunday

Address:
Southampton Bitterne
Bitterne United Reformed Church,
Bitterne Precinct,
Bitterne


Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO18 5EF
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NA Meetings Southampton

Monday

Address:
Just for Today Group
Salvation Army Booth Centre,
57 Oxford Street

Time: 14:00
Postcode: SO14 3DL
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Monday

Address:
Living Clean
Basement Entrance, The Parish Office,
135 St Mary Street



Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Tuesday

Address:
A Sense of Unity Group
St Mark's Church, Archers Road




Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 2LU
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Wednesday

Address:
Just for Today Group
Basement Entrance, The Parish Office,
135 St Mary's Street

Time: 19:00
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Thursday

Address:
Happy Thursdays Group
Basement Entrance, The Parish Office,
135 St Mary Street


Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Friday

Address:
Women's Meeting Group
The Basement, St Marys Parish Office,
135 St Mary Street



Time: 18:45
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Saturday

Address:
Serenity Saturday Group
Basement Entrance, The Parish Office,
135 St Mary Street

Time: 18:30
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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Sunday

Address:
Serenity Sunday Group
Basement Entrance, The Parish Office,
135 St Mary Street


Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO14 1NX
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CA Meetings Southampton

Monday

Address:
St. Marks Church
Archers Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 2LU
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Tuesday

Address:
St. Andrews United Reform Church
The Avenue

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO17 1XQ
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Wednesday

Address:
We are not Saints
Friends Meeting House,
1A Ordnance Rd

Time: 19:45
Postcode: SO15 2AZ
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Friday

Address:
Newcomers Meeting
Friends Meeting House,
1A Ordnance Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SO15 2AZ
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What is the right rehab for me?

Making the decision to go to residential rehab can be daunting and you may not know what to expect. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and make sure you choose the right one for yourself or your loved one.

Generally, the most important things to look for are how long the establishment has been up and running and what therapies are on offer, as well as reading reviews from ex-clients who have been through it themselves.

We recommend looking for a treatment centre which has been established for at least twenty years. It’s also a good idea to call and speak to the admissions and counselling team to get your questions answered. Don’t feel embarrassed to ask all the questions you want; it will help you feel safe and confident in your choice on arrival.

Rehab pick up service

If you make the decision to access a private rehab facility, there is a pick-up service available to ensure that your journey is simple and comfortable. This is often a free service, depending on the distance of travel.

If you’re reading this and think that you or a loved one needs help, please contact The Providence Projects in Bournemouth to find out more about the different drug and alcohol programmes available and our rehab costs. You can speak to one of our experienced team of counsellors on 0800 955 0945 or complete our quick and easy contact form.

Our counsellors are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to help you make the decision that feels right for you and for your family. No matter how impossible the situation seems right now, please remember that recovery is within reach. You can get well and build the foundation for a new way of life, clean and sober.

Georgie Tindall

Georgie Tindall reviewed Providence Projects - 5
21 July 2017  

I owe my life to Providence Project. The amazing team there gave me the foundations to an amazing recovery. I am over two years clean and sober now and getting stronger every day. Thank you for giving me my life back See more

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