Drug Addiction

Drug addiction covers a wide range of substances from ‘hard drugs’ such as heroin and opiates to prescription drugs and ‘legal highs’ (New Psychoactive Substances). At Linwood House we provide detox and rehabilitation for people suffering from addiction to any type of drug.
Many people experiment with so called ‘soft’ or ‘recreational’ drugs and may find they move onto ‘harder drugs’, or it may be that a legitimate initial use of prescription drugs gets out of hand and escalates.
The destructive cycle of drug addiction impacts on all aspects of your life – your family and ability to maintain relationships, your work and even resulting in criminal activity to maintain your habit.

Symptoms of Drug Addiction

It can sometimes be difficult to notice when recreational or occasional use of drugs turns into dependency and addiction as it can be a gradual process over a long period of time. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, see if any of the below apply (any one of these signs could mean you have a drug problem)

Drug addiction impacts on all aspects of your life, from your health (physical and mental), your ability to work and your relationships and social activities. Identifying that you have a problem and that you need professional help to achieve recovery, is the first step on the path to getting your life back.

  • Do you find it difficult to restrict or regulate the amount of drugs you take?
  • Have you tried to reduce or stop the amount of drugs you take without success or have only managed short periods of abstinence?
  • Are you taking drugs alone rather in social situations?
  • Are you choosing drugs over other financial expenditures, even essentials such as food and rent?
  • Are you keeping your drug taking (or the extent of your drug taking) secret from friends and family?
  • Does your drug taking mean you cancel appointments, commitments or events?
  • Are your friends, family or colleagues concerned about your drug taking or health?
  • Have you stolen or lied to get the money you need for your drug taking?
  • Are you having to take a greater amount of drugs to get the same effect?
  • Are you taking drugs on a daily basis just to get through the day?
  • Do you feel ill if you go without drugs for a period of time?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why rehab for drug or alcohol addiction?
Going into a rehab facility should not be taken lightly. This treatment is best for individuals that are struggling with a chemical dependency such as drug or alcohol use where other treatments have not been effective.

Drug or alcohol rehab can work. However, this requires a 100% commitment from the individual. Nobody can force anyone to go. This is a choice that must be made by the alcohol or drug user.

When someone enters rehab, the individual will be in a substance-free environment. Away from modern-day stresses, distractions and temptations, you will not be judged, and the dedicated staff at the facility will fully support you.

In rehab, there will be others in the same position as you, who are facing similar challenges but that are ultimately heading for the same goal – to lead a life of abstinence away from drugs or alcohol.

A residential facility allows you to immerse yourself in the process of recovery. You will be surrounded by like-minded individuals that will provide moral support and help you on your journey.

For immediate family members, friends and relatives this can be very reassuring, as you will be in an environment where you will receive specialist care.

For those suffering from a severe drug or alcohol addiction, this puts tremendous strain and worry on immediate family members. Not only can this be dangerous for the drug or alcohol user, but can be unpredictable and volatile for the family members too.

It is not recommended to start a drug or alcohol withdrawal process from home. The withdrawal process of drug and alcohol dependency has a variety of consequences that can be overwhelming and even life-threatening. For the sake of the family and everyone involved it’s best to go to rehab – as around the clock care is available.

This service is offered in the strictest confidence. Nobody will know you are seeking treatment unless you choose to tell people.

Are there any free rehabs?
There is funding available through working with your local drug and alcohol teams. By working with these teams local to you, you could be assessed as being accepted for a funded place, although budgets vary around the UK.

As a ballpark figure for 28 days in rehab, you are looking around £6,000. Each rehab clinic varies in price. It is important to remember that rehab is a dedicated facility purposely built to help individuals recover from their addiction.

What to expect at Linwood House?
On arrival at Linwood House, you will meet our health care professional, who will do an initial assessment and ask:

  • Your medical history
  • Your drug and alcohol usage
  • Any medication you could be taking
  • If you have any allergies

Based on your answers, we will create a tailor-made treatment programme to help you withdraw from the addiction.

In most cases, you’ll be given a substitute drug to help you wean off the addictive substance. The withdrawal process or detoxification process, allows you to remove the unwanted substance from the body.

The detox process can vary depending upon the tolerance of substance use. Alcohol detox can take 7 to 10 days, and drug detox may take 10 to 21 days.

During this period, the patient will have two daily therapy sessions and will be working towards rehab.

After successful completion of detox, patients will move to rehab. For many, this is where people discover themselves. Patients find out their motives, what triggers them and what makes them turn to drugs or alcohol.

By being in an environment away from the outside world, an individual is free to find themselves and the cause of the addiction. There are no outside influences.  Our rehab unit is a safe haven. By taking part in one-to-one therapy sessions and group therapy sessions, you’ll discover what causes temptation and relapse. More importantly, the skills of how to stay drug or alcohol-free.  Rest assured you’ll be in the safe company of others, going through the same process.

Throughout your stay, you will receive around-the-clock care, be shielded from external pressures and discover how to overcome old behavioural patterns.

We understand that entering rehab is not a one size fits all approach. Every individual has their own unique set of circumstances and personal issues to face. There is no cure for drug or alcohol addiction. However, what rehabilitation does is offer the tools and skills necessary to work towards abstinence on a daily basis and resist temptation.  The real test is when someone leaves, goes back to the normal world and returns to their normal routines.

For anyone to overcome any addiction requires determination, commitment and ongoing support from ourselves, friends, family and loved ones. That is why we offer 12 months free aftercare for anyone that has stayed in rehab for three weeks or more.

What should I bring with me?

You will be surprised by the number of people that turn up to rehab without bringing a change of clothing. It is important to bring and wear comfortable clothing.  We suggest at least one week’s worth of clean clothes. Our friendly team will take care of your laundry needs as well as fresh bed linen.


Make sure you bring your toothpaste, toothbrush and shower gel. Please do not bring any perfume or aftershave as these are alcohol-based products.

Medication (essential)

For those entering drug or alcohol rehab, it is imperative to bring any prescribed medication. When you arrive at Linwood House, you will see a health professional who will do an initial assessment. Any medication must be reviewed before starting a detox programme.

Any reading materials

While in rehab you’ll be involved in various therapy sessions. In between sessions, you will have a lot of time to relax and it is essential to keep yourself free from boredom. That is why we recommend you bring some reading material to keep yourself occupied.

What happens if I take drugs or consume alcohol in rehab?
We understand that having an addiction is a serious matter and takes a lot of willpower and courage to face. However, we must operate a zero-tolerance policy. This will result in that person being removed from the facility.
Do you accept couples in drug or alcohol rehab?
Unfortunately, no. Due to the nature of our treatment, the objective is to remove all distractions, including partners, to help the patient have a better chance of recovery.
Do you have to be local to go to rehab?
For those seeking drug or alcohol rehab treatment, you can be from anywhere in the world. Linwood House is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, which is ideal for those in Sheffield, Wakefield, York, Leeds and Manchester.
Can patients smoke while in detox or rehab?
We have designated smoking areas throughout the facility. Patients must not smoke in their rooms.
How do I get into rehab?
If you or a loved one requires treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important to get the correct professional help.

You can speak to a member of our admissions team on 03301 736 751 We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our team will offer you compassionate yet confidential advice.

A nurse will carry out a pre-admission telephone assessment, where we will discuss:

  • the patient’s medical history
  • any medication the patient is on
  • the quantities of substances that he or she is taking
  • the strength of the patient’s dependency on drugs or alcohol.

Before admission, all treatments must be paid in full. We accept credit and debit cards.

Do I need to have a detox before going to rehab?
When it comes to a drug or alcohol addiction, it’s vital to take an abstinence-based approach. At Linwood House, we offer both detox and rehab treatment. For any patient that enters our facility, we always start off with a drug or alcohol detox first.

Some patients just choose to pay for detox, whereas others will proceed on to rehab. For the greater success of remaining abstinent, we strongly recommend that patients go through both detox and rehab. It’s vital to withdraw all the toxins and chemicals from out the body. So that, patients can learn the skills to overcome triggers and temptation in the future.