Rehab 4 Addiction

Residential & outpatient options in London

The guidance below is intended to assist those directly suffering from drug and alcohol addiction or their family members.

By providing this advice, we hope to inform you of a comprehensive range of treatment options available to you in London.

Please explore each of the below-suggested topics in helping you make a more informed decision in selecting drug and alcohol rehab in London.

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Whether it is yourself or a loved one suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction or dependence, you will be able to recognise the deep pain and misery this illness causes and just how many people it affects.

There is no denying that over time and without the proper medical care, this pain deepens and can cause an extreme psychological upset.

Rehab 4 Addiction recognises that time really is of the essence when it comes to tackling the issue of drug and alcohol addiction, and offers a lifeline of professional help across all four corners of London.

London maintains drug and alcohol rehab services, thanks to a handful of our outstanding rehab centres and clinics.

However, alcoholism is a major blight for many Londoners. The Department of Health estimates that 280,000 Londoners are alcohol dependant.

Locations we serve include Wandsworth, Merton, Harrow, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Hounslow, Lambeth, Croydon, Enfield, Ealing, Islington, Havering, Camden, Westminster, Hillingdon, Redbridge, Hackney, Newham, Bromley, Barnet, Chelsea and Kensington, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Richmond and Notting Hill.

How much does private rehab cost?

The price of alcohol and drug rehab varies depending upon the centres you select, the amount of time you stay at the rehab and whether you opt to sleep in a single or multiple occupancy room.

Fortunately, there are a range of options.

If you opt for a 10-day detox with a single occupancy room, then prices range from £3,000-£6,000.

Prices for a multi-occupancy room vary from £2,000-£4,000.

If you wish to stay at rehab for 28-days, then expect to pay around £8,000-£12,000 for a single occupancy room, or around £6,000 for a multi-occupancy room.

If you wish to undergo a home detox, then you may save money, but you will not be shielded from temptations.

However, home detoxes do work for many people.

Expect to pay around £1,500 for a home detox.

We may inform you of exact prices of rehabs in your local area. Please contact our helpline today for more information.

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About rehab facilities on offer in London

The rehab in London is located in an out-of-town location in rural settings.

Here, you may enjoy the countryside location away from urban life.

Each bedroom is single occupancy, with en-suite bathroom facilities. An executive room is available at an additional cost.

Both treatment and therapy rooms are located within the same building where you dine and sleep.

This means everything offered is available at one central location.

The rehab is equipped with an on-site gymnasium and swimming pool, a conservatory and a living room/dining area.

Each room is decorated to a high standard.

The rehab also has access to a significant amount of land and garden area.

This includes a small fishing lake, picnic area and horse riding stables.

You also gain Wi-Fi access across the rehab estate.

The rehab is easily accessible via local motorways and either Heathrow or Stanstead airport.

The rehab clinic also has access to a steam room and sauna. This helps you unwind.

You may take an ice-cold bath following a hot sauna.

Doing so will surely allow you to release stress.

And if you are musically gifted, you may take advantage of the onsite grand piano.

We are sure the other clients will enjoy your musical talent.

The kitchen area is open for you to use, and a dedicated chef with kitchen staff are also available to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.

The rehab centre gives you access to a multidisciplinary team of addiction professionals.

This includes nursing staff, psychiatrists, doctors, counsellors, support workers and other health professionals.

You also gain access to a large community of people who have been in recovery themselves for many years.

Let’s not forget you are also permitted to receive visits from family members and other loved ones during your stay.

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Are rehabs in London open during the COVID-19 restrictions?

All rehabs are open during the COVID-19 restrictions. This is because rehabs are classed as essential services.

All residential facilities are open. All rehabs have put in place safety practices to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks within their facilities.

PCR (antigen) Coronavirus testing is provided to new guests entering the facilities. This helps to protect both staff and clients.

You will stay in your own single-occupancy room during your stay at a residential rehab, and social distancing rules will be followed.

New clients are also fully screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Learn more about measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

What Are My Treatment Options in London, England?

Both public (e.g. run by the NHS) and private rehab in London and Greater London offer two broad categories of treatment.

These are known as inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Around two-thirds of people going to rehab in London will attend a private rehab clinic.

This means these people will choose to self-fund their rehab treatment for either drug addiction or alcohol addiction in London.

1. Outpatient Treatment

When you undergo outpatient treatment, you will attend the rehab clinic during the waking hours, but return home for the evening.

Outpatient sessions are typically scattered over several weeks or months.

During outpatient treatment, you will benefit from one-to-one counselling, group sessions, and workshops.

Residential rehab in London also offers these forms of therapy and counselling.

However, residential rehab treatment is typically much more intensive, and you will also benefit from holistic therapies too.

2. Inpatient/Residential Treatment

Residential alcohol rehab in London is optimised when it is combined with an outpatient element.

This outpatient element is invariably termed ‘aftercare’.

Whilst residential treatment may run over 2-12 weeks, it is perfectly normal for an aftercare programme to run for 6-12 months.

Aftercare helps you to avoid relapse during your first year ‘in recovery”’.

One of the key advantages of residential treatment over a purely outpatient treatment is the fact that the former allows you to remove yourself from your drug or alcohol using the environment.

This small fact should never be underestimated.

During residential treatment, you will not be utterly removed from your loved ones, because most London rehab clinics allow loved ones to see clients during set visiting hours.

Some London rehabs also offer structured family therapy sessions.

If you seek this service, let our advisors know and we shall ensure you are signposted to a London alcohol rehab clinic that offers this service.

We will also ensure you are presented with treatment options that are not too far away from your home.

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we help to facilitate people seeking to attend private rehab clinics in London. Many of these clinics offer en-suite and catering options.

You will also benefit from a range of modern therapy techniques.

These therapies help you work through the mental and emotional triggers that help to fuel your addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Why Choose Inpatient Treatment?

In London, we recommend patients undergo treatment in residential settings.

This requires patients to move into the drug or alcohol rehab in London for the treatment’s entire duration.

However, we also refer patients to outpatient clinics. Here patients undergo treatment from home, only visiting the clinic during the day.

Residential/inpatient alcohol rehab in London is recommended for the majority of people seeking addiction treatment. Why?

During residential treatment, you lose contact with ‘bad influences’ who have the potential to derail detoxification efforts when ‘outpatient’ drug and alcohol rehab is attempted. This is not the case with residential treatment. A safe and secure environment is created

Once you or your loved one is committed to the idea of rehab, it is essential you select a rehab centre suited to your needs.

In London, there exist many rehab centres and so choosing the correct facility can be problematic due to an abundance of choices.

Fortunately, Rehab 4 Addiction is able to advise on the most appropriate centre suiting your needs.

Our advice means you select a rehab centre capable of getting and keeping you on the path to long-term recovery.

We are able to offer rehab for a variety of substances in London, including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and prescription medications.

Benefits  of Going to Rehab in London

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Rehab gives you community. While you are going through detox and recovery, having a group of people who understand what you are going through is amazing.

You will be able to get support and strength from those around you.

Residential treatment removes temptation and bad influences. The beginning period of recovery is when a lot of relapses take place, when you are in a rehab centre, you do not have access to alcohol or drugs, making relapse significantly harder. 


You will have the support and care of qualified and trained staff, who will be able to walk you through the process.

You will be able to focus on recovery. Any responsibilities, commitments, and expectations you have in the outside world are removed when you go to rehab.

This allows you to focus completely on recovery.

You will have access to all kinds of therapy that will help you learn more about yourself, learn the skills you need to stay sober, and can even help you repair damaged relationships with family and friends.

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Is rehab really for me?

You might be wondering whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment at rehab, or if your level of drug or alcohol abuse is severe enough to warrant treatment.

To put it simply, anyone who is struggling with addiction problems would benefit from going to rehab.

However, there are different types of rehab, the main distinction being inpatient and outpatient rehab.

Inpatient rehab means that you would be required to stay at the clinic for the duration of your treatment, from detox to therapy to your eventual discharge.

Outpatient rehab means that you would stay at home during evenings and overnight, and then travel to your clinic by day.

Outpatient rehab is only suitable for certain people, so inpatient rehab is the most popular choice.

Inpatient rehab is the only viable for choice for those whose addiction problems are to the more severe end of the scale.

For example, you should go to inpatient rehab if you:

  • Regularly consume 30+ alcohol units per day
  • Have a tendency towards violence when you are drunk or high
  • Do not have a stable home life
  • Have tried and failed to get sober through outpatient treatment previously
  • Suffer from severe mental health problems and/or suicidal thoughts

If none of the above applies to you, then it may be possible to pursue treatment as an outpatient, providing that you live within a reasonable distance of the clinic.

This is one of the issues that we can discuss during your telephone consultation.

Everyone is different, so it’s important that we take all of your personal factors into account before advising you.

Whatever your needs, we will make sure that you are referred to a treatment programme that will genuinely help you, and this is appropriate for your needs.

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Intervention: When a loved one refuses help

One of the reasons that it can take some people so long to get professional help is refusing to accept that they have an addiction.

This could either be because of staying in denial or because of a warped perspective of how extreme their drug or alcohol use is.

Either way, this is something that can be addressed through drug & alcohol intervention.

Traditionally, an intervention involves the addicted person’s loved ones sitting down in a room with that person and explaining, calmy and clearly, how their drug or alcohol use has affected everyone involved.

This can often result in the person becoming defensive, at least at first.

This is why it is ideal to have the involvement of a trained intervention counsellor, who can ensure that things do not spiral out of control, and that everyone’s voices are heard.

An alternative way of intervening in someone else’s addiction is through the CRAFT method, which stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training.

This relies on using positive reinforcement for positive behaviours, such as abstaining from drug or alcohol use for a period of time.

It involves rewarding that behaviour in a way that may or may not be tangible.

We can into more detail about the CRAFT intervention method over the phone.

Private rehab treatment vs. Council-funded treatment


We deal exclusively with private rehab clinics, meaning that there will be a price for any treatment that you secure through us.

We understand that this may be a concern, as we are living in hard economic times, and not everyone can afford private treatment.

We should stress that there is always the option of seeking help through a public-funded rehab and that we can provide free advice on that if that is something that you would like to pursue.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that there are pros and cons to both public and private rehab.

The main advantage of going through public services for rehab is that you will not need to pay for your treatment, or the costs will be minimal.

However, one of the major disadvantages is that you will have to stay on a waiting list for an undetermined period of time before you actually get into treatment.

This could be months, which is far from ideal for those with a serious substance misuse disorder.

In terms of private rehab, the main drawback is that you will have to pay for your treatment, and it will be a considerable financial investment.

However, with private rehab, you have the advantage of starting your treatment straight away whenever you are ready.

You will also likely have access to a higher standard of accommodation and care at private rehab.

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The admissions process in London

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get from active addiction into rehab and recovery.

We are a one-stop resource of information and referral, so all you need to do once you’re ready is call us on 0800 140 4690, where you can speak with one of our highly trained advisors.

When you are ready to proceed, we will ask some questions about the problems that you have been having with drug and alcohol misuse, and how your current circumstances tie into that.

We then cross-reference the information you give us with our vast database of rehab clinics and identify a clinic that would be a great fit for you.

Once you have chosen to accept our referral, we can get you into the clinic within just a couple of days, meaning that you will be able to start your treatment very quickly.

This quick turnaround can be very valuable to those who are in severe drug or alcohol addiction, as every day that you stay in addiction can incur additional damage on that person and those around them.

When you arrive at the clinic, you will be greeted and shown around the facility, before starting your admission assessment.

The clinicians on site will ask some more detailed questions about your substance abuse up to now.

They do this so that they can plan out the most effective treatment plan possible for you.

Any information that you tell them will be treated with strict confidentiality, and you will not get in any kind of trouble for revealing the extent of your substance abuse.

You can learn more about the admissions process here.

Criteria for Substance Use Disorder in DSM-5

One of the ways that the admissions team might assess you as a patient is through the ASAM criteria.

This is a series of criteria that were created by the ASAM society of clinicians, the purpose of which is to gauge the severity of your substance abuse problems.

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Acute Intoxication and/or Withdrawal Potential
  • Biomedical conditions and complications
  • Emotional, Behavioural, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications
  • Readiness to change
  • Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential
  • Recovery/living environment

Based on the answers that you provide, the team will map out a treatment plan that is tailored to your particular needs.

This is something that needs to be understood about rehab – treatment is different for everyone, as the clinicians recognise that recovery is not ‘one size fits all’.

This is why it is so important to be honest and upfront during your discussions – they are just there to help you.

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Drug and alcohol rehab for professionals in London

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Studies have shown that London is one of the most stressed-out cities in the UK.

One study illustrated that London has the largest proportion of the population reporting high levels of anxiety.

Drugs and alcohol offer a quick and cheap means of coping with these stresses.

It’s no wonder so many people drink alcohol and use drugs to the point where professional treatment becomes necessary.

If you are a professional person seeking fast access to drug and alcohol rehab in London, then Rehab 4 Addiction may assist with your immediate admission into a residential clinic.

You typically must commit to at least 10-days to undergo treatment.

The amount of time you must stay in rehab depends upon the type and severity of your addiction.

A full assessment will be carried out to help determine the optimal amount of time you are recommended to remain in a rehab clinic.

If you are a professional person, then you may be concerned about taking time away from work.

However, you need to balance this concern against the dangers presented by your addiction.

We generally don’t want you to start treatment that’s doomed to failure simply because you do not put enough time and effort into your rehab.

However, we will help you select a treatment that will help you balance your professional life and your need to begin treatment.

We also offer rapid detox options, such as an NAD+ treatment programme, which may help you conclude treatment quicker compared to a traditional Librium-based detox.

All treatment programmes also include 12-months aftercare programmes. This allows you to continue weekend outpatient sessions once residential treatment has concluded.

This may be particularly helpful for those of you who cannot commit to the standard 28-day rehab programme due to your professional commitments.

Learn what to expect during your time at a residential drug and alcohol rehab clinic.

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Drug and alcohol rehab in London for teens

Teens and young adults are not immune to drug and alcohol addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction is able to offer residential teen rehab at a variety of clinics in London.

These treatment centres cater solely to the needs of this demographic. Adults are not admitted into these rehabs.

These rehabs provide a safe place for teens and young adults to address their addiction and the underlying emotional causes of addiction.

The rehab provides clients will the tools to overcome emotional problems without feeling the need to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

Parents and other loved ones may visit on a regular basis. Thanks to the family therapy sessions, you may even participate in your loved one’s treatment.

These sessions allow you to rebuild your connection with your teenage son/daughter or grandchild.

This foundation gives you and your loved one the emotional foundation upon which your relationship may strive for many years to come.

Many teens attending rehab in London may have dropped out of school or university because of their issues with substances use.

Many may also suffer from aggression and anger issues that prevent them from functioning in an educational setting or workplace.

Our partner rehabs in London have developed a rehab programme to address these specific circumstances that are common amongst teens and young adults who have been affected by addiction.

The aim of treatment is to help teens and young adults better manage their emotions so that they can thrive in the workplace or in an educational setting.

Learn more about rehab for teens and young adults in London.

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing a London Rehab

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Deciding on a rehab facility in London is one of the biggest choices you will make.

While this is solely your decision, it is important you seek support from your loved ones and advice from a healthcare professional.

Below, we have listed 10 questions you should consider before making a decision about which facility to enter:

  1. What is your desired result?: Different programmes consider different things to be a success. By figuring out what you consider success to be, you will be able to look for rehab programmes with beliefs that line up with yours
  2. Are you looking for a short term or a long-term programme?: Some rehab programmes are only 28 days, but many people find that they need longer than that to recover enough and gain all the skills they need to stay sober long-term. Before you pick a rehab programme, consider the length of time you think you or your loved one will need
  3. What substitution medications does the programme use, and how?: Many drug treatment centres offer patients a substitution drug to help wean a person off of a more powerful drug like heroin in London. Some programmes only use this temporarily while others may end up essentially substituting one addiction for a different, less harmful addiction. Figure out what you want, and then find a programme that matches that
  4. What other kinds of medication does the treatment centre use?: A lot of treatment centres will offer patients various medications to help them cope with withdrawal symptoms or various mental illnesses. Figure out what those medications are to make sure you will not be put on something that will lead to another addiction
  5. What is the programme’s method for alleviating cravings?: When someone is in recovery, they will often experience serious cravings. Figure out what methods the programme offers for alleviating these cravings and find one that sounds right for you
  6. Is there a nutritional component?: Often when people first get sober, they have very poor health; for this reason, it can be extremely beneficial for your rehab centre to offer a nutritional/health component. Ensuring your health will keep you safe and make staying sober easier
  7. Do they teach the needed life skills?: Your goal after leaving rehab is it most likely to stay sober, so it is important that you have the skills needed to deal with temptation and problems without the use of drugs or alcohol. How does the programme you are considering go about teaching those skills?
  8. How does the rehab centre view relapse?: Some people see relapse as a natural part of recovery while others believe relapse can be avoided if rehab is done properly. What do you believe? Find a rehab programme that matches up with your belief.
  9. Do they offer an ‘instant cure’ or other kinds of strange promises?: Stay away from any centres that offer an ‘instant cure’ or other promises that seem too good to be true, as they probably are.
  10. Do you and your family feel good about the steps the rehab:  programme requires?:  Some rehab programmes have the patients go through things like forced labour, confrontation, heavy drugging, electric shock therapy, or psychedelics. Make sure you are comfortable with all the methods the rehab centre of your choice uses.

You can find some more frequently asked questions here.

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What Takes Place at a Private Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centre in London?

Once your London alcohol rehab treatment commences, you are required to participate in detoxification.

During this time all toxins are flushed from your body. Withdrawal symptoms are observed by a medical team consisting of psychiatric nurses, doctors, health assistants, and psychiatrists.

‘Addiction triggers’ existing outside the centre are absent, meaning detoxification is carried out without unwanted temptation.

You receive medications specifically designed to treat painful withdrawal symptoms.

Following detoxification, you receive psychological treatment. During this period the ‘mental’ aspect of addiction is tackled.

You receive cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) designed to identify thoughts triggering addictive behaviours. Click here to learn about the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for addiction treatment.

Once negative thoughts are identified, the therapist arms patients with coping mechanisms designed to help the patient avoid and cope with addiction triggers.

This helps patients reduce the risk of relapse following the conclusion of residential treatment.

What Does a Typical Day in a London Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centre Look Like?

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Most rehab centres provide their patients with a very structured day, starting with a specific wake up time.

In the morning, nurses may come around to make sure people are up, hand out medications, and do quick progress checks.

If the rehab centre has the patients do chores, these may be handed out at this time.

A person will generally get themselves ready and go to breakfast before attending morning sessions.

Often morning sessions are done in small groups but not always.

After lunch, the more intensive sessions usually take place. These can be individual or group sessions.

During the afternoon, many patients will also have quiet/reflective time to practice mindfulness and do things such as journal and specialised therapy sessions e.g. skills training or educational programmes.

Throughout the day, patients will usually have scheduled breaks for recreational activities or exercise.

After dinner, patients may have one more short session, go to support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, or have free/recreational time until bed.

Most rehab centres have a scheduled lights-out time so that patients get enough sleep.

Alcohol rehab in London takes place in tranquil settings.

Patients have access to a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. Internet access is provided to patients.

Patients are permitted access to their mobile phone and laptop to use once detox and therapy sessions have been completed for the day.

Rooms are typically ensuite and so patients are not required to share a room with anybody else.

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What Should I Expect from a Drug & Alcohol Detox in London?

Many people may confuse the word ‘detox’ with some sort of ‘fad diet’.

This is due to the public’s general misunderstanding of this important medical term.

A ‘detox’ is a medically assisted process where a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is slowly and safely allowed to stop taking these dangerous substances.

A range of medications prescribed by a medical doctor is used during detox in London.

A specialist doctor known as a psychiatrist will prescribe this medication.

Due to the potential onset of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, it is essential that you receive 24/7 care throughout the detox process.

You will also receive ‘waking care’. This ensures medical professionals are on hand to assist you even during the night.

If withdrawal symptoms increase in severity, you will be given greater doses of medication to help reduce these symptoms to a comfortable level.

Why is Medically Assisted Drug & Alcohol Detox So Important?


Medically assisted detox is important for many reasons. First and foremost, safety.

Withdrawal symptoms, especially from more intense addictions or more powerful substances, can include very serious and even life-threatening symptoms.

In a rehab centre with medical assistance, these symptoms can be monitored to ensure the person stays safe.

Additionally, those affected by addiction will also be able to get medications at a rehab centre with medical assistance to ensure safety and to help alleviate major discomfort.

Furthermore, when detox is done at a rehab centre, the person is able to receive therapy to help them cope and avoid relapse.

Many people relapse when they try to go through detox on their own because the symptoms can feel unbearable.

Going to a centre and having medical supervision makes detox easier and prevents relapse.

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How Do I Tell My Family I’m Going to Rehab?

There is no exact formula or correct way to tell your family/friends that you are going to rehab, but there are some things you can do to make the process easier.

Start with people closest to you. Telling the people you are closest to and trust the most is a good place to start because they are most likely to be (and should be) supportive.

Once you have that support system in place, it will be easier to tell others.

Be open and honest about your addiction.

No matter who you are talking to, including your children, be honest about what you are going through and how you are seeking help.

Especially with your kids, explaining all the reasons how this change is positive, will make it easier to understand.

You do not have to tell everyone yet. If there are people in your life (such as people you used to drink/do drugs with) that do not seem like safe people to tell, you do not have to yet.

While eventually, you will need to tell some of these people, you do not need to rush into it if you do not think it will be a safe choice or could hinder your progress.

Learn more about referring a friend or family member into rehab here.

How Do I Help Get a Loved One into Rehab in London?

Before you even approach someone you care about who is struggling with addiction, you need to understand that they are suffering from a disease.

They are probably in deep denial, which means two things.

First, they are most likely unable to stop on their own, even if they wanted to.

Second, simply asking or nagging them to go to rehab probably will not work.

Neither of those things means that they cannot or will not get help; it is just important to be aware of them.

If you are aware that someone in your life is suffering from addiction, and you want to get them into rehab, your biggest chance at success is an intervention. Intervention is considered to be one of the most successful and effective tools that people use to get loved ones into rehab.

Having everybody who cares about them and who they care about sit down and share how choices/behaviours of those affected by addiction are negatively impacting them will often break through denial.

If you decided to undergo an intervention, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional interventionist who will be able to guide you through the process.

They will be able to advise you on who to invite, when and where to have it, what to say, and they have the training to help diffuse a situation once it gets tense.

Furthermore, if the individual affected by addiction agrees to go to rehab, a professional interventionist will be able to help you plan and execute your next steps.

For more information on how to stage an intervention, click here.

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How Do I Prepare for Rehab?

What you are allowed/supposed to bring depends a lot on the rehab centre you choose.

Once you have been enrolled on one of our programmes, you will then shortly receive a list of essentials for you to pack and advice on what not to bring.

Before you go to rehab, make sure you have everything that you need and want (that you are allowed) and nothing that is off-limits.

These items can include:

  • Clean and comfortable clothes
  • Nightwear
  • Toiletries
  • Some approved books
  • Mp3 Players/ iPods
  • Notepad and pen
  • Journal
  • Stationery to send letters

If our staff advise you not to bring anything, we have a good reason.

We take health and safety extremely seriously and we do not wish to put you or other inpatients in any harm’s way.

You should also make sure you bring any paperwork and proof of identification that you need.

This can include things like your driver’s license, your passport, and a copy of your insurance card.

You will also receive advice on how to organise your professional/ working life before entering a rehab facility.

Letting your employer know you are entering a substance abuse programme is your choice, but it is often recommended to ensure they are kept in the loop regarding your mental health condition.

You are also advised to make prior arrangements relating to childcare/ care for elderly relatives, and take care of any appointments or commitments that you will be unable to attend or see to during your time in rehab.

How long does rehab last?

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This will depend on the type of treatment package that you choose, but most people tend to stay at rehab for a period of about 28 days.

This covers everything from your admission assessment to detox, then therapy, then relapse prevention and discharge.

Your rehab stay may be shorter than 28 days if you are at rehab for a substance that doesn’t require a detox, such as cannabis or cocaine.

On the other hand, it may be longer than 28 days if you are withdrawing from a substance like heroin, where detox can often take longer than a week.

Alcohol detox & rehab in London

Alcohol abuse is one of the biggest public health problems in the UK. It can cause no end of serious physical ailments, from heart disease to liver failure.

It also causes an immense amount of social damage, with the nation’s hospitals filled every weekend with people who have fallen afoul of binge drinking.

If you have a problem with alcohol, the best course of action is to seek help through a drug & alcohol rehab in London.

Rehab is time and time again proven to be the most effective way of treating alcoholism, thanks mainly to the comprehensive nature of the care that you can receive within the same facility.

Rehab covers everything from going through rehab to therapy and counselling, to preparation for rejoining the outside world.

With all of these things, you will have the help of top mental health professionals who specialise drug and alcohol recovery as their area of expertise.

Alcohol rehab usually takes about 28 days to complete, of which 7 to 10 days is taken up by detox.

While you are the clinic, you will be in the company of others like you who are going through recovery, as well as the on-site staff who are there to ensure your comfort, safety, and wellbeing.

If you want to put alcohol abuse behind you, call us on 0800 140 4690 to speak with one of our team.

The risks of an unmanaged alcohol withdrawal

Going through alcohol detox at rehab is always preferable is that alcohol withdrawal presents the risk of serious physical and psychological symptoms, particularly if the person has been drinking heavily for a long time.

In a proper medical detox, these symptoms are mitigated usually through the use of a sedative called Librium, which reduces the risk of serious physical side effects.

Going cold turkey and withdrawing without medication or supervision is very risky, and can often result in seizures, some of which can be fatal.

Even if seizures do not occur, there is still the chance of severe muscle pain, vomiting, and delirium tremens, among others.

This is why you should never try to withdraw from alcohol this way – it is simply too dangerous.

The only exception to this is going through an assisted home detox, whereby you are sent medication in the post along with detailed guidance and instructions.

However, this option is only available to people who meet certain criteria in terms of their drinking and their personal circumstances.

Please read more on this subject in the section below.

Alcohol home detox in London

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Home alcohol detox is available for those with an overall alcohol intake that is relatively mild in the context of alcoholism.

Specifically, it is an option for those who are consuming less than 30 units per day of alcohol.

However, this is not the only criteria for eligibility – you would also need to have a stable home environment in which to go through the detox procedure.

Another drawback to doing detox this way is that you will not be able to access the rest of the treatments that are available at rehab, such as talking therapies and behavioural education.

Treatments like this increase your chances of being able to stay in recovery for the long term after you have completed your detox.

We are here to provide advice on anything and everything to with detox and withdrawal.

During your phone consultation, we can discuss whether or not a home alcohol detox is something that you might be suitable for.

Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690

Rehab for Cocaine in London

Cocaine abuse has been an open secret of British life for decades now. Its use is particularly prominent within certain social circles.

Cocaine is one of the most expensive drugs on the market, but that doesn’t stop people from abusing the drug on a regular basis.

This can lead to problems very quickly for individuals, with addiction developing very quickly in some cases.

Aside from the physical and mental symptoms, cocaine abuse can take a great toll on the user’s personal relationships.

People who are high on cocaine can be very unpleasant to be around, with the drug often leading users to become more aggressive, obnoxious, and hostile.

Behaving this way can cause great damage to a person’s social life, for obvious reasons.

Attending a cocaine rehab is one way to tackle these issues.

If you have developed a cocaine problem, we can arrange professional help through rehab.

Cocaine addiction does not require a detox once you stop using, however, it is best to be in a secure facility so that your psychological wellbeing can be monitored as you go through withdrawal.

From there, you can focus on the factors that led you to cocaine abuse, through therapy and counselling.

Rehab for Heroin in London

Although heroin abuse is widely stigmatised across all levels of society, it remains one of the most abused illicit substances in the United Kingdom.

As a potent and costly opiate, it has the ability to take over a person’s life very quickly.

This is partly down to how vicious and unbearable the withdrawal symptoms of heroin can be.

Heroin is notoriously difficult to get free from, which is why you are best to go through heroin withdrawal and recovery at rehab, which usually lasts between 7 and 10 days.

At drug & alcohol rehab in London, you will be able to undergo a medically supervised heroin detox and get clean from heroin, probably with the use of a medication such as Subutex.

You will then likely go on to a course of methadone, which usually lasts a year or so after leaving the clinic.

Through a combination of therapy, treatment, and addiction education, you will learn how to manage your cravings in the future, and gain new positive focuses for your life to take the place of heroin abuse.

You will also be provided with guidance on how to optimise your chances of staying in recovery once you leave the clinic, through a relapse prevention plan.

We go into more detail about this aspect of care in one of the sections below.

Rehab for Cannabis in London

Cannabis is one of the most commonly used drugs in the UK and around the world.

Unfortunately, some people insist on perpetuating the myth that cannabis use is completely harmless, often using pseudoscientific statements to back up their claims.

The truth is that cannabis is a substance that can easily take over a person’s life, just like cocaine, heroin, or alcohol.

The fact that it is not possible to overdose from cannabis alone is irrelevant when you consider the psychological harm that long-term cannabis use can lead to.

Long-term cannabis addition is associated with an increased risk of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and other chronic mental health problems.

It can also lead to a person becoming much more socially withdrawn than they otherwise would be, which in turn can make their mental health worse still.

You can get the best treatment for cannabis addiction at drug & alcohol rehab in London.

Through a combination of therapies and treatments, you will be able to explore the reasons why you were driven to cannabis use to begin with and put the right checks and balances in place to ensure that you don’t go back to that pattern of behaviour.

Without the brain fog and apathy of chronic cannabis use, you can have a bright, fulfilling future ahead of you.

Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690

Types of therapies on offer in London

Dealing with addiction is not straightforward, as it is a complex condition with many different aspects.

This is why your therapy schedule at rehab will utilise a number of different treatments and therapeutic approaches to get the best results.

Below are some of the treatments that you can expect as part of your plan, along with a little information about how each could help.

1. Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a technique that aims to improve a person’s emotional and mental wellbeing by encouraging them to challenge their own thoughts and change how they perceive them.

It is a technique that has proved effective in managing chronic mental health issues and problematic behaviours, such as compulsive gambling, as well as drug and alcohol addictions.

2. Dialectical behavioural therapy

Dialectal behavioural therapy (DBT) is based on the same principles of cognitive behavioural therapy. However, it is used more specifically to treat personality disorders and suicidal ideation.

It has also been demonstrated to be very helpful in treating drug and alcohol addiction.

3. Brief interventions

Brief intervention is a term that is used to describe any kind of short-term intervention in a person’s substance abuse problem.

This could be providing them with the contact information for a drugs counselling service or giving them access to any other kind o resources that deal with drug and alcohol addiction problems.

4. Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is an approach that seeks to blow away the apathy and indifference that can often come with substance addiction, and try to find a new positive focus for the person in recovery.

MI encourages the person to find the solution to their own ambivalence, rather than telling them what to do.

This way, it is more likely to have a long-term positive effect.

5. Holistic therapies


Holistic therapy is a term that refers to various activities that are not strictly classed as ‘therapy’, but can have an uplifting effect on your wellbeing and mental health.

This might include things like art therapy, equine therapy, reiki, tai chi, yoga, gardening, or meditation.

The exact type of holistic activities you take part in will depend upon your specific rehab clinic.

6. Group therapy

Group therapy is almost always a large part of the rehab experience.

It can provide a sense of community, as well as offer a chance for patients to share their thoughts with the group and learn from the input of others.

Group sessions at rehab are usually overseen by a mental health professional and/or a senior member of the group, to ensure that they are constructive.

7. Family therapy

When someone is in the throes of addiction, they can do a lot of things that damage their relationships with friends and family.

During your rehab therapy, there may be an opportunity to involve some of the people you have harmed in some of your therapy sessions, which can go a long way towards repairing those relationships.

We understand that family relationships can be complicated, so this will only be arranged with the consent of everyone involved.

8. Co-dependency treatment

A lot of people who are in addiction can end up developing unhealthy relationships as a coping mechanism.

These relationships can often be co-dependencies with another person in addiction.

Through treatment, you will be able to assess your relationships more objectively, and figure out which ones are harmful, as well as what to do to address those problems.

9. Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy

If you are going through the 12 steps as part of your recovery, this is something that can be facilitated at the clinic.

Some clinics fully embrace the 12 step programme, whereas others prefer to use a more evidence-based approach to addiction treatment.

During your Rehab 4 Addiction phone consultation, we can advise as to which clinic is which.

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Dual-diagnosis for co-occurring disorders at rehab

Drug and alcohol addiction is a disorder that very rarely exists by itself.

There are usually co-occurring mental health problems that go along with a person’s addiction.

It may be that these problems have driven them to substance abuse to begin with, or have been caused or exacerbated by substance abuse.

Either way, it is important that they are diagnosed and treated, which is possible while you are under the care of mental health professionals at rehab.

Relapse prevention planning at rehab

Therapy room

Relapse prevention planning is one of the last things that you will do at rehab, and also one of the most important.

While it is a great achievement to get through detox and therapy, it is so important to remain focused on the challenges that lie ahead.

Namely, this means focusing on the right steps to take to increase your chances of long-term recovery once you have left the clinic.

To do this, you will put together a firm plan, with the help of the mental health team on site.

This plan will likely involve a mix of proactive and reactive steps, such as:

  • Reassessing your friend groups and social circles
  • Minimising contact with anyone who is still in active addiction
  • Staying away from triggering places such as pubs and bars
  • Finding a positive new focus such as a hobby or volunteer work
  • Attending regular meetings at AA or NA

It may seem like a lot to take on, but it’s important to remember that recovery is a long-term challenge and not something that just happens by itself.

In order to maintain your sobriety for the long term, you will need to take proactive steps to make it happen.

This is the purpose of your relapse prevention plan.

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The alternatives to going to rehab

We understand that not everyone can afford private rehab, or at least not at the present time.

Below are a series of alternatives which available for free or are much cheaper than a full course of treatment at rehab.

1. Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous

AA and NA are both based around the 12-step programme, which is a set of guidelines that a person is expected to follow in order to achieve recovery.

There is a large emphasis placed on the spiritual side of recovery and addiction, as well as the value of being part of a group.

Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous hold free regular meetings around London.

2. SMART Recovery

Not everyone gets on with the spiritual approach to recovery that is offered by AA and similar organisations.

Thankfully, there is an alternative in SMART, which stands for self-management and recovery training.

SMART, which was founded in 1994, offers a more scientific, evidence-based approach, without the need for you to submit to a ‘higher power’.

3. Home detox in London

Home detox, as detailed in its own section further up this page, is a cheaper alternative to full rehab.

However, it is only suitable for certain types of people, specifically those whose alcohol addiction is on the mild end of the spectrum.

Home detox can get you sober and off alcohol, but this treatment option does not include therapy or other clinical interventions

This means that the chance of relapse is statistically higher than if you were to attend a full residential rehabilitation course.

4. Outpatient treatment via your local Drug & Alcohol team in London

Addiction is a health issue, which means that it is something that absolutely falls within the remit of your local GP.

If you book an appointment with your doctor and explain what you have been going through in terms of addiction, they will be able to provide you with a list of helpful resources.

One potential option might be going under the supervision of your local drug & alcohol outreach team, which could involve them checking in on you from time to time in order to ensure your welfare.

The types of care and resources available will vary by area, so ask your doctor what services are available in your local area of London.

Is it possible to go to alcohol rehab in London for free?

People in circle holding hands

It is possible to access drug and alcohol rehab in London for free. Funding for such services is administered by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

These bodies award funding contracts to agencies such as CGL, WDP and Turning Point.

Thus, your first port of call would be to contact an organisation such as Change Grow Live (CGL).

When on CGL’s website, be sure to select “alcohol and drugs” from the drop-down menu, and then insert your postcode.

Once you hit “submit”, you will be able to find a local branch within your particular London borough.

Initially, you will be assigned a keyworker, and be expected to complete various community-based modules such as attending group sessions.

The full details of these organisations is:

1. CGL Change Grow Live

Address: 184 Royal College St, London NW1 9NN

Telephone: 020 7485 2722

2. Turning Point

Address: Milestone Court, 1 Wales Cl, London SE15 2SL

Telephone: 020 7639 8628

3. Westminster Drug Project

Address: 18 Dartmouth Street London SW1H 9BL

Telephone: 020 7421 3100

4. Latch House

Address: 112-114 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JU

Telephone: 020 7587 3622

5. Square Mile Health

Address: Kingsway House, 103 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6QX

Telephone: 0300 303 2715

6.  Social Interest Group

Address: 1 Waterloo Gardens, Milner Square, London N1 1TY

Telephone: 020 3668 9270


It’s important to know there are only a handful of statutory detox clinics in London. London is a city of 10 million+ people.

Thus, you should expect to be subject to a waiting list.

What Happens After Rehab?

Once alcohol rehab in London is complete, you or your loved one receive 12 months of aftercare entirely at the centre’s expense.

Aftercare is thus free should the risk of relapse appear once you return to normal life.

After rehabilitation, it is important you continue to receive support to stay sober. Continuing to go to support groups and therapy are great ways to remain accountable. 


We maintain close relationships with Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups in the London area.


Patients are encouraged to participate in ’12 step programmes’ following the completion of rehab.

It is important to follow this plan so you do not relapse.

Just like you should continue to surround yourself with things/people that help you, try to avoid situations that could cause you to feel easily tempted.

Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690

Further External Sources of Information

Below, we list helpful sources of information for people looking for addiction treatment in London

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