Thank you for visiting The Providence Projects. We have put together some information regarding the types of alcohol and drug problems we most commonly see in Devon, as well as the range of help available. We understand the desperation that individuals and families experience as a result of addiction and hope that the information here will help to point you towards appropriate and affordable help.
Alcohol in Devon
So many people with an alcohol problem suffer with denial. Denial tells the person with the problem that it’s not that bad; that others are worse and that they can stop if they want to. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and the family see the severity of the problem long before the person with the alcohol problem. The majority of people with alcohol problems in Devon will minimise the problem, the amount they are drinking or their difficulty in stopping. For many people with an alcohol addiction, the problem is not stopping, but staying stopped. The correct alcohol support and rehab programme will help you to stop and stay stopped!
Drugs in Devon
There are so many types of drug use and addiction in Devon and of course, every case is unique. The most common drugs used are cannabis, cocaine, ketamine, heroin and crack. We are also seeing a rise in the use of opiate based painkillers and benzodiazepines.
Drug rehab programmes are designed to address the individual’s issues. If you are having difficulties with any of the drugs that we mention here, there is help available. A drug problem isn’t simply defined by the amount or the frequency of use, but by the problems it is causing in your life. If drugs are affecting your relationships, your wellbeing, your mental health, your work, your finances or you’re your family, it may well be that you need help.
Devon drug rehab and alcohol rehab options
Unfortunately, rehab options in Devon are limited. Local authority and funding cuts over recent years have meant that services have struggled to survive or offer quality services. What services are available to you may depend on which part of Devon you live in. Most towns within Devon will have community-based groups, possibly out-patient counselling and prescribing services. However, accessing rehab is proving to be incredibly difficult.
More and more residents of Devon are exploring private rehab options in desperation. On these occasions, it is often recommended to attend a residential rehab that is not on your doorstep. This enables the individual to concentrate on themselves without potential triggers or distraction.
For some, private rehab may not be an option. As mentioned previously, there may be some NHS rehab options, although there are also some drawbacks.
Pros of NHS Rehab:
- Free at the point of access
- You can stay at home
- Full community care assessment to be provided.
Cons of NHS Rehab:
- Lack of choice
- Long waiting times
- Under-resourced – often poor staff: patient ratio
- Local triggers
- Residential Rehab may not even be an option.
Private rehab in Devon
Although NHS rehab may be preferable for financial reasons, for the reasons outlined above, it may not be an option. Private rehab for those living in Devon has several advantages, depending on your individual situation. The strongest benefit is that you can access high-quality help quickly and safely. If you live in Devon and considering accessing private rehab, the benefits are as follows:
- Fast access to detox and rehab programmes
- CQC regulated facilities ensuring safety and quality
- Highly trained addiction specialists to help you get to the root of the problem
- The opportunity to be in an environment away from your addiction and potential triggers
- Great opportunity for real, long term recovery
- The chance for the whole family to get support.
Private rehab programmes are not as expensive as they once were. There are a range of programmes for under £5,000 which represent great value for the benefits gained.
To find out more about these programmes, our addiction specialists are available 7 days per week on 0800 9550945.
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More addiction help in Devon
If you live near Exeter, Torquay, Okehampton, Newton Abbott or Honiton, you will have access to your local drug and alcohol teams. You may have already tried them for help, but we have listed the details here if private rehab is not an option for you. They provide a range of services, but they do not usually offer residential rehab.
Some people also find 12 step meetings helpful. These meetings are community based and completely free. Whilst they may not work for everyone, it is a resource that you can assess without cost or referral. We have added a list of some of the alcohol and drug problem meetings available in Devon.
Devon Alcoholics Anonymous
Postcode: EX20 1DT
Salvation Army Hall,
Postcode: EX32 8JT
St Boniface Church Hall,
(off High St)
Postcode: EX15 1EW
Postcode: EX39 2AA
United Reformed Church,
Postcode: EX13 5EB
Palace Gate Centre,
off South St,
Postcode: EX1 1JA
Baptist Fellowship Hall,
Palace Gate, off South St
Postcode: EX1 1JA
Devon Narcotics Anonymous
House of Prayer Ministries,
Postcode: PL1 1TW
115 Boutport Street,
Postcode: EX31 1TD
Postcode: PL1 3LT
Open Door Centre,
Postcode: EX8 1PE
3 Fairplace Terrace,
St James Street,
Postcode: EX20 1DT
The Old School Rooms,
Postcode: EX39 2BU
Citizens Advice Bureau,
11 Castle Road,
Postcode: TQ1 3BB
Other drug and alcohol services in Devon
EDP Drug & Alcohol Services
Tel: 01392 666 710
Addaction – RISE Exeter
New North Road,
Tel: 0300 303 3384
Torbay Drug and Alcohol Service
8 Morgan Avenue,
Tel: 01803 291 129
EDP charity offers support for anyone affected by drugs or alcohol in Devon. It also offers:
- Creative projects for those in recovery, including gardening, jewellery making and handcrafted furniture
- Homeless out-reach service – assistance for people involved in the criminal justice system.
RISE have five offices covering Devon and offer a range of services, including:
- Support for family members and friends
- Social and recreational
- Harm minimisation
- Medically assisted recovery
- Mutual aid
- Helping others
- Training and employment
- Addressing drug and alcohol use
What is the difference between detox and rehab?
When exploring your options you will often read about detox and rehab. Detox is used to describe the safe withdrawal from alcohol or drugs. Depending on the levels of dependence, a detox programme will usually last between 5 and 14 days. This process will be overseen by a Doctor or Psychiatrist. It is not advisable to try this on your own due to potential risks.
Rehabilitation describes the recovery process. As we have mentioned previously, most people with a drug or alcohol problem have stopped in the past but find staying clean and sober very difficult. An intensive rehab programme is designed to help the individual deal with some of the underlying and related issues, developing the ability to stay clean and sober long term. This really is the key. If you are living in Devon and are considering either detox or rehab, our team of addiction specialists are here to take your call and advise you of your next steps.
Travel to rehab from Devon
If you want to get into a detox or rehab programme you can either make your own travel arrangements or speak to one of our team who are able to arrange transport for you. Transport will either be free or low cost.