Drug & Alcohol Rehab Europe

Choosing to go to rehab for alcohol detox or drug addiction is a big step. You’ve just made the most significant possible decision for your health, and doing it with Help4Addiction is going to be the best decision that you make this year. Residential rehab is the treatment programme that you would attend as an inpatient. You live in the facility for several weeks at a time depending on the severity of the addiction, and you go through therapies and counselling to get you back to full health.

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Most of the rehab facilities in Europe are based on abstinence, and they are there to give you a break from the places and people that have always triggered your addiction. Heading to Europe instead of basing your rehab in the UK can make a big difference in your recovery.

Rehab Options In Europe

The good thing about recovery is the support that you get. Help4Addiction can work with you to place you in the treatment facility that is best for you, and we strongly recommend that you look for the facilities that see you away from substance triggers and unsavoury individuals who will not help your alcohol detox.


You may be an outpatient right now, but choosing an inpatient facility in Europe can make a massive difference to your recovery, and it could even mean that you recover quicker. European facilities can give you a much-needed break in surroundings that are as much a motivation for your recovery as the programme tailor-made for you. Residential treatment in Europe is usually far more luxurious than anywhere else. Think of it like an all inclusive spa that leads you away from the addiction that has burdened you and toward a life of recovery.


Residential treatment may not be something that you’ve experienced before, but it’s something that you need to consider when it comes to your health and your future. You need to be recovered to be functioning with your family and with your job, and the right residential treatment centre in Europe can get you there. Living away from everything that you know may not be the easiest thing to do, but ask yourself which is harder: living away to get well, or addiction?

Drug & Alcohol Treatment In Europe

Drug rehab centres in Europe can help anyone that is suffering from drug addiction. Even if you have found it hard to admit it to yourself, you need help. Drugs will never bring anything of value to your life, and once you know this and understand this, you can start to seek help. Help4Addiction offers you a free assessment for your addiction to help you to get into the right facility at the right time.


Residential rehab in Europe can make the difference between health and a positive future, and not being able to recover. You want recovery: it’s why you’re looking at European facilities. You want to step outside of everything that you know and get well in a place that’s just about you.


Alcohol rehab is available for all in Europe, no matter how severe the addiction. It’s hard to face a diagnosis, but once you get one you can take a breath and embrace the programme that you will be placed on, moving forward to a sober future. No one said it would be easy; alcohol withdrawal symptoms alone are enough to prove that. Alcohol addiction can ruin your life, so while the European centres may be like an all-inclusive holiday, you won’t be sinking into cocktails. Instead, you’ll explore your triggers and addiction in a safe place, where you can shed the shackles of alcohol addiction and withdraw in a place you are secure.


The good news? Alcohol and drug addiction can be overcome. With the right will, you can get into the right European rehab centre and get well again.

How To Choose A Rehab Centre In Europe

There are plenty of treatment centres in Europe that are well-known for treating all manner of addictions including;

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Opiate addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Amphetamine addiction
  • Behaviour-based addictions


Some of the treatments available in Europe have been adopted from other countries, like the US, and paced into the right context. For example, luxury rehab is now something very popular, and rehab centres in European countries are always run with the best interests of the patient in mind. There are so many reasons that people go abroad to Europe for their treatment, and these include:


Going abroad to a rehab facility is often hand in hand with security. The remote locations that the rehab centres base themselves in are perfect for those seeking privacy. Patients prefer this in most cases because they are far removed, but there are still some cases that find the sheer remoteness of these locations to be a hindrance. It’s all depending on what you want for your treatment as to whether it will be right for you.


Europe offers the correct balance between tranquility and seclusion, and you can choose from a range of countries to see what’s available for your treatment. Discreet locations keep you away from temptation and in a focused space to get well.


You need discretion in order to heal. How you behaved under the influence of your addiction is not your fault, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need dignity as you recover. Plenty of European rehab centres for drug addiction and alcohol dependency pride themselves in their discretion and one call to Help4Addiction can assist you with locating these treatment centres.


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Aftercare is vital, which is why at Help4Addiction, we offer wraparound care that will make sense for you. Support is crucial after your treatment in Europe is over. Making sure that you stick to the plan is vital, and you need our support to do that.

Give Help4Addiction a call today on 0203 955 7700 for an in-depth chat about your future. We can walk you through your next steps and make recovery as achievable as possible for you.


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    Detoxification (detox) is the medical intervention required for someone who is physically dependent to drugs or alcohol. If required, medical detoxification would be the first step taken in residential rehab. Detox is used to prevent uncomfortable and dangerous (even fatal) withdrawals symptoms resulting in suddenly becoming abstinent from alcohol/certain drugs.

    The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

    Medication is often required for alcohol detox. If you are dependent on alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms it is vitally important to seek medical advice prior to stopping. There is a long list of medications used when treating alcohol addiction and the exact medication given to an individual will depend on their needs/medical history. Some of these include;

    • Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
    • Lorazepam (Ativan)
    • Diazapam (vailium)

    Librium and Valium are the most commonly used detox medication in the UK. All medication used to help with alcohol detox have been proven to help reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms.

    There are also a number of drugs recombined by the NHS to help treat alcohol misuse. Some of these include:

    • Naltrexone
    • Disulfiram (Antabuse)
    • Nalmefene
    • Acamprosate (campral)

    Medication is always required for heroin detox. For someone suffering from heroin addiction, the thought of detoxification (detox) can be exceptionally daunting. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates, such as heroin, can be severe and include pain, vomiting, nausea and shaking.

    There are different ways that heroin detox can be carried out, most usually either ‘maintenance therapy’ or ‘full medical detox’.

    Attempting to switch from heroin to a heroin substitute, usually on a controlled prescription, is known as Maintenance therapy. Subsites used are most often methadone or buprenorphine.

    A full medical detox from heroin will always be carried out in a residential rehab setting and will allow the individual to switch form heroin to a substitute and slowly withdraw completing treatment free of all substances. Someone using a heroin substitute can choose to have a full medical detox at any time, however detoxing substances such a methadone can often add to the length of detox required. Drugs most commonly used to fully detox from heroin are, Subutex, Suboxone and Methadone. Much like alcohol, the exact drugs used will be dependent on the individuals needs/medical history.

    Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

    The length of treatment in a residential rehab depends on a number of elements. Some substances require longer periods of detox than others.

    Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

    Treating alcohol addiction will always require a minimum of 7-10 days, this would be considered the detoxification (detox) faze. The length required for treating drug addiction can vary drastically depending on the substance being used. Detox for Heroin addiction is generally around 14 days minimum, with more time required if substances such a methadone are being used. Treating prescription drug addiction can often take the longest. The time required for treating gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction will be based on the individuals needs.

    Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

    *based on average rehab stays, everyone will vary dependant on needs and medical requirement/history.

    There is no need for your employer to know that you are seeking help for trauma and addiction unless you choose to involve them with the process. All employers should have a policy that explains what you do if you cannot come to work due to illness – illness to include treating alcohol addiction/treating drug addiction.

    If your work absence extends over 7 days your employer is likely to require an official statement of fitness to work which would be obtained from your GP. This would need to supply evidence of your illness as well as any adjustments required for returning to work, fazed return or reduced hours, but does not need to specify in detail the reason why you have been absent.

    If you are absent from work for 7 days of less, for example entering rehab for a detoxification (detox) on a Saturday for 7-10 days taking a full week away from work, you can self-certify your illness by letting your employer work you will not be attending work for that period of time. Exactly how an individual would do this would be dependent on a specific companies’ policies on taking sick leave.

    Any time longer than 7 days it is likely an employer will require a note from the individuals GP certifying their sickness and a fit note on return. Most companies have a clearly outlined policy on sickness and receiving sick pay so the exact requirement can vary. A rehab will always be willing to advise on time off work.

    How much does rehab cost is a very frequently asked question. The cost of treatment can range from £1,000 per week upwards depending on the place, with luxury rehab being the most expensive.

    There are free options available on the NHS but the waitlist of those looking for free treatment is longer than that for privately paying patients. Some private health insurance policies will cover treatment in some rehabs around the country.

    Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

    There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

    Local treatment

    Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

    Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

    Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

    Treatment Away

    Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

    As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

    When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

    There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

    Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

    There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

    Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

    Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

    Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

    Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

    Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

    Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

    How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

    The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

    Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

    Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

    Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

    You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

    The next step is to call our highly trained advisers 0203 955 7700.

    There is a huge range of rehab options available and where to start can be completely over whelming so let us help.