A rehabilitation centre which supports people with drug and alcohol addictions says almost 100 per cent of its clients from 2022 are still sober two years on.

Sanctuary Lodge, in Hedingham Road, Halstead, surveyed the 329 patients it treated throughout 2022 and says 95 per cent were still sober as of January 2024.

Some 315 patients who underwent a minimum 28-day stay at the rehab facility confirmed they are still in a successful recovery from substance abuse.

Just 14 said they have relapsed since receiving treatment and leaving Sanctuary Lodge.

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The UK Addiction Treatment Group (UKAT), which runs the facility along with others across the UK, asked former clients what factors contributed to their relapse and the main responses were “poor mental health” and “difficult emotions”.

Lead therapist Lee Fernandes said: “We’re really pleased that so many of our clients are still in successful recovery following their time in treatment with us.

“Our programme is working, and what’s more important is that it can change and save lives. 

“But there are still people paying the ultimate price for not asking for help - their lives.

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“Please, if you or a loved one is struggling, just reach out.”

UKAT also contacted former patients who are still successfully recovering from addiction to find out what support they are finding most helpful.

The most common responses were the 12-step programme, friends and family, and the rehab aftercare sessions.

Sanctuary Lodge was founded in May 2014.

It is a private rehabilitation centre which provides comprehensive medical detox and rehab programmes.

The building has 24 bedrooms, a gym, art therapy room and more.

Detox programmes are available for alcohol, many illegal drugs, and prescription-based drugs such as benzodiazepine and opioids.

The rehab programmes take a holistic approach to address the physical and psychological addictions.

The centre received a ‘good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection took in November last year.