Rehab options for NHS Patients

If you think that you can’t afford to go to rehab, but you do live in the UK, then you may be able to get rehab through the NHS. Although the National Health Service is underfunded, this does not mean that help is not available to you. If you confess your needs to your Doctor they will be able to get you free help.

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In the UK, at least, help for addiction is available for free; no matter who you are or what your background. Poverty should not be a barrier towards getting you the help you need for drug or alcohol addiction. We want to help you to recover – so we put together this short blog post to explain how you go about getting NHS rehab in the UK.

Can you get Rehab on the NHS in the UK?


If you live in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland then you are able to get rehab for drug or substance abuse through the NHS.  This means that you can receive free treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem. If your addiction is a little outside of the normal parameters (like video game addiction or social addiction problems) then you may have to prove your case. That being said, a sympathetic GP is duty bound to try to help you recover.


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In the UK, the only media focus on rehab from drug or alcohol abuse we see is in coverage of celebrity rehab centres. These are luxurious and opulent – able to accommodate every need. They are usually fully or part residential and have a high price tag. Normal, NHS rehab, isn’t like this. There is a high chance you will be able to arrive in the morning and leave whenever you want to.

The key difference between private treatment and NHS rehab clinics (besides costs) is the residential aspect. If you feel that seclusion away from your old habits would benefit you then private may be your best chance. If not, speaking to your GP may be a good way to get help towards the costs of residential rehab for your addiction.

What NHS Rehab Services Can I Expect?


Whether you need rehab in Knightsbridge or you are looking for drug rehab in Highgate – the NHS has a solution for you. It will start with a trip to your GP and will probably end with you being referred to a rehabilitation clinic near you.

There are rehab clinics all across the country – from rehab in west Brompton to rehab in York. You will be able to find a rehab clinic in your area that will provide you with a range of therapies and services, all aimed at getting you off alcohol or drugs. Best of all, when you go via the NHS you don’t need to worry about things like the steroid rehab costs, or the price of rehab in the UK.

Your GP will likely want to prescribe a range of medications to help you stay off the substances you are addicted to. These will probably help you treat the symptoms of withdrawal but can be addictive themselves. For example, the use of mephedrone in heroin addiction has led to many people wondering how to beat mephedrone addiction in its own right.

That being said – your doctor will not prescribe anything that they do not think is right for you. It is important that you follow your GP’s advice when considering rehab options in the UK.

How Can I Find NHS Rehab Centres Near Me?


You can find a UK rehab centre near you by visiting our website. We have all the information you need to help you make an informed decision with regards your recovery and care. We can help you come off alcohol – and stay off… or we can at least give you enough of a helping hand to get you started.

You can follow this link to get more information on rehab clinics near you. Help4Addiction is also only a phone call away should you need a private chat. You can reach us on 0203 955 7700 if you should wish to speak to one of our consultants.

Should I Get Private Rehab Instead?


If you would prefer to be in full time residential care – and if you think you can afford it, then private rehab clinics are an option. It costs about £4,000 to complete a 21-28 day rehab centre course in the UK. The NHS will be able to help you with some of the costs but not all. You may be left out of pocket but the treatment you receive will be more thorough, more in-depth, and you will have more one-on-one time with any addiction counsellors you may need.

IF you can afford private rehab, and if you think it is the best thing for your situation, then nothing is to stop you. Be aware that the process will not be any easier, but the luxurious setting may help soothe your soul.

What Can I Expect from Private Rehab Centres?


Both private and NHS rehabilitation clinics for drug or alcohol abuse will have similar facilities. The private centres are likely to be more opulent, but the basic facilities ought to be the same.

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  • Access to a trained counsellor and potential group therapy sessions.
  • The full support of peers who have been in similar situations to you.
  • Nurses and Doctors who know the ins and outs of your condition and your needs.
  • Various therapy technologies, some centres favour holistic therapies, some arts and crafts. The point is that they offer a range of activities that will keep you busy.
  • Various other helpful therapies which are all aimed at you making a successful recovery.


How Do I Find Private Rehab Near me?


Whether you want to source a private rehab clinic or whether you want to find an NHS rehab centre near you – you will be able to find it on Rehab Locations page.

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Further Help for Addictions


Whether you choose to use the NHS rehab services or whether you want to check into a private rehab facility – we here at Help4Addiction can help you. Call us today on 0203 955 7700 to speak to a consultant for free advice. When you contact us you are taking the first step towards wellness, with a lot of positivity and a lot of hard work – the end of your addiction is in sight!


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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.