Inpatient Rehab UK for Addiction & Mental Health

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Find out how to get help for an addiction through inpatient treatment.

We want you to have the best choice in rehab, so we researched every inpatient drug rehab centre or alcohol recovery centre that we could find within England and Wales. We took detailed notes on their provision of care, the therapies they offer, and even the recreational services that they contain. Since 2008, we have been able to help thousands of addicts into recovery and we could be helping you, too.

In this page, you will find everything you need to know about inpatient addiction treatment in the UK. Have a read through it and contact us via our online consultation facility if you feel you want to seek a rehab clinic near you.

What is inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment?

Private residential rehab is sometimes referred to as inpatient alcohol rehabilitation/inpatient drug rehabilitation/inpatient psychiatric services. This is because of the nature of rehabilitation. Private residential rehab means that you live on site, under the constant supervision of medical staff.

Residential rehab means that you do not go home at the end of the day. Rather, you receive therapy sessions in the same building that you eat and sleep in. Recreational activities may be provided but this is especially true if you opt for private care. Private residential rehab is used in place of alcohol home detoxes, online therapies, and other outpatient drug or alcohol treatments.

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What addictions can you get inpatient treatment for?

There are several types of addiction that can be treated this way. Here are some of the conditions which are the most common recipients of inpatient rehab:

What Happens During Inpatient Rehab Treatment?

A range of therapies will be used to increase your chances of recovering from your drug or alcohol addiction, and this range of therapies is likely to be extended if you are in private residential rehab for a psychiatric disorder. Some of these therapies include DBT, CBT, and motivational interviewing. When you opt for private over NHS rehab services, you are given access to a greater range of therapies. So you might also have contingency management therapy, use of the matrix model for relapse prevention, or REBT.

As well as therapies, your private residential rehab programme is likely to include a tailored range of recreational facilities and activities. What these facilities or activities are, depends entirely upon your choice of rehab. Where some facilities favour equine therapy and the use of animals in recovery, other facilities prefer art therapy, sports as a recreational activity, or even cooking, to help patients stay calm and forget about their cravings.

Alternatives to inpatient treatment

If inpatient treatment seems like too much of a commitment to you, there are other options.

Private residential rehab

Private residential rehab allows you to live on-site and removes you from the triggers in your life which made you use to drink or drugs, to begin with. Many find this easier because it allows them to break free from past habits. You will have access to all the on-site extracurricular facilities, which might mean a spa or a pool, sports facilities, or holistic therapies like massage and reiki.

Private outpatient rehab

This allows you to go home at the end of the night, but outpatient treatment clinics have less chance of success than residential rehab clinics do, although this is very dependent on the individual. Also known as Dayhab, the main benefit is that they are easier to fit in around your lifestyle if you have commitments like work or children. When you opt for private outpatient rehab you still have access to all those extracurricular facilities, but since you are travelling back and forth you will be balancing your treatment with life, so if this is best for your situation and rehab is not feasible due to commitments than Dayhab is an ideal solution.

Quasi-Residential Rehab

With this option, you reside in one location and travel to rehab in another. It is used to keep you away from your triggers at home, while allowing you to take rehab sessions at a different location from where you are temporarily living.

Partial Hospitalisation

In this instance, you are in a rehab clinic for part of the time and spend the rest of the time at home. Some people find this model helpful as it allows extra support at weekends and flexibility during the working week. This method is favoured by those that want to ease the return to a normal life[i].

Therapies Available in Inpatient Addiction Treatment Care

Should you choose to seek rehab help as an inpatient for your addiction, you can expect to have the following treatments made available to you.

Group Therapy

While these may seem distressing the better prepared we are for them and the better assisted we are by trained professionals the easier they are to mitigate and overcome.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has proven to consistently produce ‘small but noticeable’ improvements in the patient’s ability to stay away from alcohol and illicit drugs in studies[iii]. CBT is a talking therapy that helps you explore your problems and their underlying thoughts.


Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is like CBT, but it is aimed at those who are highly sensitive or particularly vulnerable/emotional[iv]. Studies[v] have found it to be of benefit to those with severe dependencies to drugs or alcohol, and to those who have co-occurring illnesses.


ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy[vi]. It uses mindfulness and self-acceptance to help those suffering from addiction to learn to love themselves again. Again, clinical studies have backed up the effectiveness of ACT. It has shown to cause a significant reduction in substance misuse after a 6 month period[vii].


Motivational Enhancement Therapy is used to prevent apathy in patients receiving rehab treatment. It is used as a tool to help addicts engage in their recovery program[viii]. In scientific studies MET was given to Alcoholic Hep C patients, who experienced a significant rise in abstinence levels after a six month period[ix].


Motivational Interviewing[x] focuses on helping addicts to remember what their goals were in life before they turned to drugs or alcohol to help them cope. In a review into the efficacy of MI on addicted patients, 95% of studies showed a positive effect[xi].

12 step programs

If you are interested in the AA model of the 12 steps treatments for rehab recovery, you can find out more about this at almost any rehab clinic. If you choose to complete the 12 steps to recovery while in rehab, you may be asked to return to the group sessions as a leader when you are recovered.

Family Sessions

You may be able to do some work with your family members when you are in rehab. Take advantage of this facility if you can, since we are not the only ones that have suffered at the hands of our addiction. These sessions will go a long way towards healing some of that damage and giving you firmer foundations for when you finish your inpatient stay.

Mental Health Help

You will have access to a psychotherapist at least once a week throughout rehab. If you engage in online therapy sessions for 28 days, you will have 4 one-on-one sessions. This allows you to have the complete focus and attention of a trained specialist for a few hours, in between all the other sessions. They will keep track of your treatment and adjust it if needs be.

Holistic Treatments

The idea behind provision of holistic treatments in rehab clinics is that they relax you. Things like acupuncture, reiki sessions and crystal healing are available across a different blend of rehab clinics.

Exercise and Diet

While in an inpatient rehab clinic, you will be issued with a dietary meal plan which is highly nutritious and suits your treatment needs. You will also be encouraged to take part in exercise daily, whether that be outdoor sports, yoga classes, or long walks.

Education and Workshops

There are several workshops and educational sessions run in rehab clinics. The idea is that the more you understand about your addiction, the easier it is for you to recover from. Workshops might include relapse prevention classes, returning to work sessions, and fitness and nutrition courses.

Can you get Secondary Rehab Treatment as an inpatient?

The point in secondary treatment is to ease your transition back into normal life after rehab has concluded. If you can get inpatient treatment at this time, it would mean that you were back in rehab again. Secondary treatment can be given after you leave inpatient care though and should consist of telephone and group support.

How Much Does Inpatient Rehab Cost?

If you are looking for rehab on a budget, you may be able to get the NHS to help you out with the costs. If you can afford it, private residential rehab clinics are better equipped to tackle your addictions. On the high end of the scale you have the option for luxury inpatient rehab, which is similar to a 5 star hotel experience with therapy added in.

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If you think you need help to combat an addiction and you want to know more, you can contact our team of expert advisors to familiarise yourself with your choices. There’s no obligation to quit and you can contact us online.

How to Get Inpatient Rehab Care?

In the UK, getting inpatient treatment for addiction on the NHS is a rare thing. It is far more likely that you will receive rehab for an addiction through private residential care. If you need help to discern which of the hundreds of rehab clinics in your area is right for you, then we can guide you through the process. Contact Help4Addiction for aid today, on 0203 955 7700.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about inpatient services for rehab treatment in the UK? Check the answers below or call us, on 0203 955 7700.

When you are treated as an inpatient, you stay in the rehab clinic overnight. This term is applied to residential rehab clinics like privately run centres, where you stay onsite for the length of time it takes you to recover.

An outpatient rehab clinic sees patients able to come and go as they please. Outpatient treatment usually takes place through the day and the clients get to return home at the end of sessions.

If you have multiple life commitments you can’t afford to put on hold during our recovery, then you need outpatient rehab. If you want to treat your addiction in one solid block, then inpatient rehab clinics are your best match.

Yes, you still get the same access to treatments you would have if you were an inpatient, it’s just that you have less time in each day to make use of them.

If you are being treated as an inpatient, you can check in for 7 days, 14 days, 28 days, or longer. If you need it, you can stay there for months.

If you need to go to rehab and can’t afford it, try finding a rehab centre with a payment plan. It should cost around a thousand pounds a week for a full time, residential rehab clinic.

There are rehab clinic services available through the NHS and, although free, they are difficult to come by. You must prove to the doctor that nothing else works, which means going down the outpatient path, first.

One lets you stay overnight, the other sends you home at the end of the day. The resources in either are the same. You can read more about this dilemma over on our dedicated page.

You can either fork out for private rehab or continue to jump through the NHS hoops. Only when your doctor is satisfied that you won’t recover any other way, will they justify the NHS expense of sending you to rehab.

You can go and see your GP who will recommend other treatment plans for you using outpatient services. If you feel this isn’t enough for you, keep in mind that it is better to owe money and be sober, than it is to be on drugs or alcohol.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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