Addiction treatment available in the UK

Inpatient rehab involves staying full-time in a residential facility during treatment. Treatment will usually last between 30 and 90 days (occasionally longer) and will include medically supervised detox, a tailored treatment program that meets your specific needs, medication treatment, therapy, help for any co-occurring disorders, and an ongoing recovery plan for when treatment ends.

Private rehab

Private rehab will often involve a 30 day stay in a residential facility that is funded by the patient. While more expensive than NHS and not-for-profit treatment options, the level of comfort and range of facilities offered to patients is far higher.

Free rehab

Private rehab is not an option for everyone suffering from addiction. That is why the NHS, not-for-profit, and voluntary services are available to ensure everyone has access to treatment.


While almost all forms of addiction treatment will involve therapy in some way, many people find that speaking to a counsellor before committing to full-time treatment can be beneficial. Therapy can also prove invaluable to those who have finished treatment in order to maintain their ongoing sobriety.

Support groups

Institutions such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have been helping addicts for decades with their tried and tested 12 Step Programme. Those who attend meetings will have access to the support and wisdom of recovering addicts and can participate in helping others to get free of addiction.