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Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres in Wigan

Last Updated: June 1st, 2015

There are many different kinds of addictions, from alcohol to drugs like cannabis and cocaine, to prescription medication and gambling.

Our alcohol rehabilitation centres provide counselling and support to Wigan and the surrounding Greater Manchester area. Call 0808 163 9632 for immediate access.

Addiction Helpline is at the centre of alcohol rehab. UK nonprofit organisations such as ours provide the people of Wigan 24HR access to qualified alcohol treatment advisors, at no cost. They can tell you about the resources available at our local addiction treatment centres.

A major mill and coal mining community during the industrial revolution, the town of Wigan is in Greater Manchester in the North West of England. It is home to 103,608 residents and 0.20%% of the populace of England. It has seen the townspeople of Wigan face similar problems as other parts of Greater Manchester, and that includes ongoing problems with alcohol addiction.

If you live in or around the town of Wigan, and struggling with addiction, you are not alone. If you are feeling low and it seems like nobody cares, Addiction Helpline certainly does. Find out more by calling our alcohol and drug rehab clinics in your area.

With 84,591 Wigan townspeople that can drink out of it's populace of 103,608, Government statistics seem to indicate that for Wigan:

  • 5,713 Wigan males are frequent drinkers
  • 3,815 female Wigan townspeople are habitual drinkers
  • 9,152 Wigan women and men are very frequent drinkers
  • With 17,049 Wigan townspeople in the town of 65 and over, 1,923 males in Wigan aged sixty five and older are most likely to drink regularly with 1,216 female Wigan townspeople of the same age also drinking habitually .
  • 3,069 Wigan townspeople aged sixty five and over consumed alcohol on at least 5 days or more in the last week ; a greater number than any other age group
  • 511 Wigan townspeople aged sixty five and older that are very heavy drinkers
  • 1,975 pupils in Wigan may have drunk alcohol in the last week
  • 576 11-15 year old Wigan townspeople in the town drink every week
  • 33 11 year olds in Wigan think it is okay to get drunk weekly.
  • 581 15 year old Wigan townspeople think it's acceptable practice to get drunk once in a week
  • 1,315 sixteen to twenty four men-folk in Wigan might be drinking more than 2x the medical alcohol intake limits.
  • 1,118 16-24 year olds could also be exceeding safe drinking limits
  • 3,291 16-24 year old Wigan townspeople have perhaps drunk very heavily at least once during the previous 7 days.


  1. Office for National Statistics - Marriages in England and Wales (Provisional)
  2. Health and Social Care Information Centre - Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2013
  3. Office for National Statistics - Drinking Habits Amongst Adults, 2012
  4. Relate - Separation and Divorce Statistics
  5. Drink Aware
  6. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcohol Rehab in Wigan

If you are resident of Wigan in Greater Manchester and are looking to enter rehab, phone our addiction treatment centres for immediate advice. Email our alcohol and drug rehab clinics in private, using the contact form on this page. Our support line is open to all, including family members, friends and workmates who are worried that addiction is affecting someone close to them.

Calls to our alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres are strictly confidential. We will not ever share your private details with anyone.

AH can help you through alcohol and drug rehab. UK networks like AH have the qualified staff in place to deal with any addiction related issue.

Addiction Helpline alcohol treatment services include:

  • Alcohol Rehab: fast access to alcohol or drug rehab clinics in or near Wigan ( within 24hrs ).
  • Counselling: At home counselling service in Wigan.
  • Greater Manchester Home Detox: At home outpatient and medication based alcohol or drug rehab treatment and detoxification plan.
  • Greater Manchester Alcohol Guidance: Advice on all Wigan based addiction services, including drug and rehab centres.
  • We can help locals bypass Wigan local health board red tape and get you rapid expert assistance and support.
  • Greater Manchester Residential Detox: Residential in-patient detox programs in alcohol rehabilitation centres in Wigan.

Make today the day you help yourself or someone you love. You're one quick telephone call away from success.

Contact our alcohol and drug rehabilitation centres on 0808 16 39 632 to speak to one of our support team, right now.

Group Therapy

Many different therapies go into successfully treating alcoholics and drug addicts. One of them is something known as group therapy. You are familiar with group therapy to some degree if you know anything about support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous But AH. has the treatment programmes available to set you on the road to recovery. We can tell you all about abstinence, detoxification or withdrawal. There is so much we can do to help.

Group therapy is something that’s part of most residential treatment programmes around the UK. It’s also a therapy employed by alcohol and drug recovery charities and, in some cases, even the NHS. In fact, finding an addiction recovery programme without some level of group therapy is difficult.

History of Group Therapy

Although the exact roots of group therapy are unknown, there is record of it being used on a limited basis – predominantly in the United States – during the early 20th century. It really took off following World War II when psychologists and psychiatrists were forced to provide mental health services to large numbers of soldiers returning from war.

The success of group therapy in treating war-scarred soldiers eventually elevated the principle to one of prominence within the psychiatry and psychology fields. It was later adapted for use in addiction recovery when it was realised 12-step programmes utilised very similar principles.

Modern group therapy is based on 12 therapeutic principles as developed by American psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom and published in his book entitled The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy:

  1. Universality – the universality of shared feelings, experiences and concerns

  2. Altruism – the idea that members of a support group can help one another do better

  3. Hope – individual group members are inspired as they observe others do better

  4. Information – learning factual information about other group members can be beneficial

  5. Family – past difficulties with family relationships can lead to problems with current relationships

  6. Socialisation – the opportunity to improve social and interpersonal skills within the group

  7. Imitation – individuals can learn social skills by imitating therapists and other group members

  8. Cohesiveness – the feeling of belonging to a group provides personal strength and motivation

  9. Responsibility – individuals must take responsibility for their own actions and thoughts

  10. Catharsis – an ability to freely express one’s emotions offers relief from shame and guilt

  11. Interaction – interacting with other members gives each one a greater awareness of himself

  12. Self-understanding – a greater awareness of self-aids in a greater understanding of one’s behaviour.

Group Therapy for Addiction Recovery

It must be noted that each of Yalom’s 12 principles do not always apply to the group therapy practised in an addiction recovery environment. However, the overall philosophy is the same. By treating drug and alcohol addicts as a group, everyone benefits through mutual support, understanding, accountability, and interpersonal relationships.

If you set aside all of the psychological jargon it comes down to this: recovering addicts tend to do better in a group setting because they find strength and comfort in the presence of others who are going through the same types of things. It is as simple as that.

Group therapy is a strategy used in residential programmes, support groups, and individual outpatient programmes offered by the NHS and addiction recovery charities. You are likely to encounter it on your journey to breaking alcohol addiction.

What to Expect

When you are admitted to an addiction recovery programme, be prepared to partake in some sort of group therapy. Exactly how much of your time will be spent on it will depend on the programme. As part of group therapy, you should plan to experience some or all of the following:

  • Discussion – One of the main components of group therapy is discussion – a lot of it. You’ll spend time sitting around and discussing your individual problems, your thoughts and emotions, and your outlook on life. This is based on the idea that you need to talk out your problems before you can conquer them.

  • Emotions – Even though you may go into a group therapy session bound and determined not to get emotional, it’s almost impossible to do. Once the discussion begins, the raw emotions start flowing. This is not a bad thing, by the way. It helps to break down the barriers that are holding you back from recovery.

  • Challenges – You can expect the therapists leading the group to issue challenges, both individually and to the group as a whole. These challenges may be anything from agreeing to refrain from using certain words and phrases to assigning ‘homework’ that needs to be completed prior to the next session. These challenges are designed to motivate every member of the group to put forth maximum effort.

  • Accountability – As group therapy progresses there will undoubtedly be those who progress faster than others do. However, the rate of progression is less important than the fact that the group will, by its very nature, hold each member accountable. Expect to be challenged by other members of the group to keep moving forward.

  • Life Skills – Life skills training is a normal part of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as group therapy. It is a process of teaching addicts the skills they need to avoid future temptation. The group setting is perfect for life skills training because it opens the floor to lots of creative ideas.

If you go into group therapy with the right attitude, you can also expect to develop very close friendships with other members of the group. Those friendships often last well beyond residential treatment. You might even find your experience so rewarding that you decide to return in the future to lend support to new members of the group.

It’s Time to Call

After reading this, we hope you understand that group therapy is not as scary as it is made out to be. In fact, many people who go through addiction recovery find group therapy to be the most pleasant aspect of the entire experience. Trust us when we say there is nothing to worry about.

If you are struggling with alcohol it’s time to make the decision to do something about it. It’s time for you to pick up your phone and call us. We are ready to provide you with free and confidential services that will help you locate a treatment programme right for you. With just one phone call, you could be on the road to recovery just minutes from now.


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