For people with drug & alcohol problems

Your Guide to Rehab: Why it’s necessary and why it could save your life.

Alcohol Rehab

If you’re struggling with alcohol, you’re not alone.

Problems with alcohol dependency are a lot more common than you might think, but it’s important to know that things can get better and that you don’t have to take this journey on your own.

Complete abstinence and full recovery are possible – just ask the experts and the thousands of people we have helped get better over the last decade.

The Executive Rehab Guide is powered by one of the biggest and most recognised addiction hospitals in the UK. 

Using their connections, knowledge and expertise we can help connect you to the right rehab, in the right location so that you can find the perfect oasis to truly get better.

So, if you drink to forget past traumas, overcome your grief or just to escape feeling depressed or anxious, then you have come to the right place.

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Your inpatient journey will look like

Typically, the journey from alcoholism to recovery takes place in a sequence of stages:

  1. Understanding your dependency – the first step in changing for the better is to see addictive behaviour for exactly what it is. Learn about alcoholism here.
  2. Undergoing an alcohol addiction assessment – these are free and conducted by rehab admission staff and medical experts.
  3. Admission to a facility – depending on your pathway to treatment this can vary. For example, private admissions are processed very quickly whereas NHS funded admissions and services can take longer.
  4. Alcohol detox – you often undergo a medically supervised detox before you are ready to move on to therapy. This ensures your body is safely free from the effects of alcohol abuse. 
  5. Primary treatment – here you will likely spend around 3 weeks in 1-1 and group therapy sessions. This will be a personalised therapy programme designed specifically for your condition and any dual diagnoses. 
  6. Relapse prevention – you will work with your primary therapist to build a solid long-term sobriety plan. This will involve continuing therapy, social support and AA meetings.
  7. Continuing care – this is carried out as an outpatient service with you continuing therapy to help sustain your sobriety.

How much does alcohol rehab cost?

The price of alcohol rehab can greatly vary and the difference in price often boils down to:

  • The number of medical staff
  • The level of supervision
  • Length of treatment
  • Types of therapy

There are free rehab spots available via the NHS and some charities, however, high demand and under funding often means that these facilities have long waiting lists. Whilst this makes seeking help more challenging, it does not make it impossible. 

Private rehabs can cost anywhere from £1,500 a week to £10,000. Secondary treatment facilities can cost from £600 per week.

Whatever you can afford, we do urge you to check CQC (or equivalent) reports, medical staff and therapeutic staff numbers, level of supervision and images of the facility you are most interested in. For all of this information and more, click on the button below to view our Rehab Comparison Guide.

Here are a few rehab choices in the UK

Over 10,000 patients have passed through our rehab centre’s doors since 1988, and the majority have gone on to achieve, long-term abstinent recovery from their addictions – Castle Craig.

What treatments to expect in alcohol rehab

28-30 day stays | 1 week detoxes | Dual diagnosis treatments | Sober transportation 

Range of therapies include:

  • 1-1 alcohol counselling
  • CBT, EMDR & Trauma therapy
  • Group therapy 
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy, equine therapy 
  • Complementary and holistic therapies
  • Relapse prevention literature, lectures and workshops
  • 12 step meetings

Detox benefits

  1. Be in a secure and safe environment
  2. Medically managed detoxes with round the clock, 24/7 care and support
  3. Experienced team of doctors, nurses and therapists (note, not all facilities will have onsite medical staff – ask us to see who does)

Alcohol rehab FAQs

There is no such thing as an entirely free alcohol rehab – that’s because every residential facility and medical staff need to be paid for, whether it’s private or state-funded.

Due to Government cuts, funding for alcohol rehab can be challenging to obtain. Free support can often be found within your community with alcohol support services provided by your local authority.

It is important to note that funding for inpatient residential treatment is a long process – one which will require patience. Plus, treatment at the end of the process may not be guaranteed either. 

Alcohol rehabs can cost from £3,000 a week to £10,000.

There are important considerations to go over when choosing an alcohol rehab. These include:

  • CQC reports and ratings
  • The client to staff ratio
  • The experience of the staff
  • The medical ratio of staff
  • Number of accredited therapists
  • The facilities
  • Therapy programmes on offer
  • How long the centre has been open for
  • Published success rates

We refer to various rehabs across the country and have come to know the best. We judge this from patient reviews and success statistics.

For example, Castle Craig has treated over 10,000 people, over 70% of which achieved lasting sobriety. Many of their past patients have described their treatments as life-saving.

If you’re unsure which rehab will be the best for you – just talk to us. We’re live now.

The more credible rehab facilities will publish their success rates and carry out third-party reviews of their services.

Some rehabs will allow visitors and even encourage them. Whereas others do not have the capacity for it. 

For example, Castle Craig is one of the rare few that have family accommodation onsite. 

There are various stay options:

  • 28 days
  • 35 days
  • 60 days

35 days is often the most recommended option as the time in detox can delay the process of learning specific therapeutic techniques that encourage sustained recovery.

If you are not paying privately you will need to begin with your GP.

Private paying patients can self-refer and be processed very quickly. 

All you need to do is contact the rehab you are interested in to begin the process of admissions.

You can expect to be immersed in recovery. 

Alcohol rehab aims to build a strong foundation with intensive therapy to address co-occurring issues like depression, trauma and anxiety. Because you drink for a reason and rehab works to solve the reason you turn to drink in the first place.

Your daily schedule will be jam packed with therapy, group therapy, education, literature, meetings, lectures, exercise and creative outlets. 

See an example of a typical day here.

We understand

The road to recovery will be tough, but you’re not expected to go through it alone. Schedule a free alcohol addiction assessment here, or get in touch with us here; we can help advise on the best place for your recovery or just be a friendly face when you need one.