Not all rehabilitation facilities are as expensive as you might think. If it is something you have never experienced before, your perception has most likely been derived from the regular stories in the media of celebrities’ expensive rehab facilities. However, not all rehab centres are like that.
That said, not everyone can afford a stay in a residential rehab centre. So what do you do if you need to go to rehab but can’t afford it?
NHS rehabilitation services
As a British citizen, if you are struggling with an alcohol addiction you can be treated on the NHS for free. This will involve being referred by your GP to the local addiction treatment centre, where you will receive counselling and ongoing rehabilitation support. Your GP will prescribe medication to help you through the withdrawal process and the addiction counsellor will manage other therapies.
Advantages: It is free.
Disadvantages: You may have to wait sometime for your referral to come through and there may be little consistency in the location or practitioners providing your care and support.
In the modern world, there is an enormous amount of information and resources available at your fingertips to help you manage your addiction. You can learn about different approaches and self-help techniques and try ones that you feel might work for you. Read books and take inspiration from other people’s success stories. Before starting any programme of self-help, you should talk to your GP. If you are heavily dependent on alcohol, you may need medication to manage your withdrawal symptoms.
Advantages: You can try different approaches until you find one that works for you
Disadvantages: Your addiction may be greater than you first believed and it may prove difficult to break without more specialist help.
Lots of people have found support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous really helps them to overcome their alcohol addiction. These support groups work on the basis that people going through the same challenges, work together to support each other through mutual understanding and empathy. They are free to join and many people manage to break their addictions through support group meetings.
Advantages: you will make new social connections with people who will understand and support your recovery
Disadvantages: The structured format of support group meetings does not always appeal to everyone.
The Online Rehab is a unique rehab programme that can be done completely online and provides two different types of treatments, both of which provide one to one personalised support with qualified counsellors. One is a programme of one hour sessions, run over 28 consecutive days which can be used as an introduction to the therapeutic process and get your journey started. The other is the Recovery Support programme which can be used to support you once your recovery is well underway, often after a stay in rehab. The cost of The Online Rehab is considerably less than a stay in a residential rehabilitation centre and can be a good alternative way to a successful recovery.
Advantages: the programme can be done in your time and from the comfort of your own home
Disadvantages: although considerably less, there is still some cost involved.