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Private Treatment

Most people prefer private residential rehab treatment for individual privacy and confidentiality. Within 24 hours, admission can usually be organised. If your pocket allows it or if you are covered with private health insurance, you'll be able to get into private rehabilitation facility. Getting an NHS admission to a private treatment facility is also an option.


Who Can Apply For Rehab Funding With The NHS?

All United Kingdom residents should be able to apply for addiction treatment through the NHS at community based rehabilitation centre or private facility which is free of charge at the point of delivery. You might be required to prove that you have sought local community-based rehab alternatives before to be able to apply for NHS funding at a residential rehab facility. Getting into rehabilitation like this may be little longer, depending of whether your local addiction team is willing to pay for your treatment.


For referral you should go to your GP so he can instruct you to the alcohol and drug action team which are nearest to you.


Advantages And Disadvantages

Private rehab

  • Flexible treatment plan;
  • Fast admission - in some cases within a day;
  • One-location rehab continuity of daily procedures and care;
  • Confidentiality;
  • During and throughout the treatment, patients will usually have the same therapist/staff caring for them.
  • Treatment will take place in an environment which is away from worries and temptations, so the patients can focus solely on recovery;
  • Recovery is helped along due to therapeutic community that creates powerful bonds with doctors and other addicts;
  • Also we offer call, letter, accommodation and other facilities including visiting families and friends;
  • Art therapy, equine therapy, fitness, gym and other correlative therapies are usually available;
  • Aftercare programme;
  • Costs more than treatment on the NHS;
  • Not included in health insurance cover.

Rehabilitation of NHS

  • Free of charge;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Easily reachable to anyone;
  • Located close to home and family in the local community.
  • Admission process takes a while;
  • Has no referral guarantee to residential rehab;
  • Patients are sometimes required to attend different clinics with the right equipment;
  • Recovery may be affected by access to drug and alcohol and by life distraction.
  • There is a more limited access to personal therapist.
  • Patients are not entitled to similar therapist/staff care during treatment program period;
  • Building an outpatient support network may prove challenging.

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NHS Alternative Cross Border Treatment

Results are not certain and the process of managing admission to a private treatment centre via UK NHS or local dependency services can take multiple weeks. Funding through the EU cross border healthcare directive is however possible to gain a much faster access.

On the Alcohol Rehab South Yorkshire website, UK based patients who wishes to take advantage of that option can find more information.