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.
A brief outline of what follows is provided below. 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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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.
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:
Address: 184 Royal College St, London NW1 9NN
Telephone: 020 7485 2722
Address: Milestone Court, 1 Wales Cl, London SE15 2SL
Telephone: 020 7639 8628
Address: 18 Dartmouth Street London SW1H 9BL
Telephone: 020 7421 3100
Address: 112-114 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JU
Telephone: 020 7587 3622
Address: Kingsway House, 103 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6QX
Telephone: 0300 303 2715
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.
You will also need to be assigned to a key worker, and your funding application may be lengthy. The referral agency will need to see strong evidence of your commitment to remain drug and alcohol-free. This involves completing several community-based ‘modules’ such as attending group sessions.
You will also need to personally present your case for funding in front of a funding panel. This panel consists of commissioners from your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The right to funding is by no means automatic. Due to these requirements, it’s little wonder why the private residential market has proliferated in recent years.
The price of drug and alcohol 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.
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.
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.
Both public 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 or alcohol addiction in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 designed to identify thoughts triggering addictive behaviours. Click here to learn about the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy 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.
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 do things such as journal and specialised therapy sessions such as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 rehab, 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.
Below, we list helpful sources of information for people looking for addiction treatment in London
Each of our drug & alcohol rehab programmes is designed with you in mind.