Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Portsmouth

It’s easier than you think to access drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth today.

Just a simple phone call can set you on the path to recovery – we’re here to help you understand more about the process of rehab, how much you can expect to pay and connect you to a suitable clinic.

Get alcohol and drug rehab and advice in Portsmouth for addictions including binge drinking, alcohol addiction, benzodiazepine addiction, Buprenorphine addiction, cannabis use disorder, crack cocaine addiction, ketamine addiction, opioid use disorder, heroin addiction, cocaine dependence or cocaine addiction, any physical dependence or codependency, substance use disorder, and behavioural addictions such as gambling addiction and eating disorders.

Drug and Alcohol Statistics in Portsmouth

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  • It is estimated that around 40,000 people in Portsmouth regularly drink above the recommended limit of alcohol. [1]
  • Sadly, around 4,000 Portsmouth residents are admitted to hospital due to alcohol-related causes each year. [1]
  • During the first year of the pandemic, 30 people died as a result of complications from alcohol. [1]
  • The rate of drug-related deaths is also higher in Portsmouth than the UK average – at 10.2 per 100,000 people it is the second-highest in the South East. [2]
  • In 2019, 14 people died in Portsmouth due to drug-related causes. In 2020, this number increased to 29. [3]

If you are a Portsmouth resident struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you don’t have to become a statistic. Reach out for help now.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What Types of Rehab are Available in Portsmouth?

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Inpatient rehab

It can be difficult to heal in the environment that may have contributed to your addiction, so inpatient rehab is available for those who want to recover away from home.

You will live alongside other patients with similar conditions, undergoing both individual and group therapy as part of your treatment programme.

Therapy might include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, acupuncture, art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, drama therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, group psychotherapy, motivational therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, brief intervention, contingency management, coping mechanisms work therapy, equine therapy, family therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, music therapy, art therapy and talking therapies.

There is no access to drugs and alcohol, so you will not be at risk of relapse and can focus solely on your recovery.

Outpatient rehab

If you meet certain conditions, you may be eligible for outpatient rehab. It’s important to ensure your safety with this type of treatment, as you will be living at home and only attending rehab part-time.

Outpatient rehab is great for those who need to continue working or taking care of children while recovering from an addiction. It can also be a lower-cost alternative to inpatient rehab, making it accessible to more people.

Private rehab

Attending private rehab means that you are paying for your addiction treatment, either with your funds or through insurance or donations.

This often means that you have a shorter waiting time for treatment, as private rehab clinics can usually offer you a place within just a few days.

Many private rehab clinics are often well-funded and are therefore able to provide more costly or niche therapy treatments such as equine therapy or music therapy.

NHS-funded rehab

In addition, treatment should be accessible to anyone that needs it, which is why the NHS funds several rehab places for those who cannot afford rehab themselves.

This is known as NHS-funded rehab and can be a lifesaver for those on lower incomes.

However, waiting lists are often long and there are very few spaces available each year. This means that even those that need this treatment may not always qualify.

Other organisations worth considering

Below is a list of organisations offering free addiction services in and around Portsmouth:

1. Solent Mind | Portsmouth Support & Recovery Service

Address: St Mary’s Hospital, Milton Rd, Portsmouth PO3 6DW

Telephone: 02382 027 810

Website: http://www.solentmind.org.uk/

2. The Recovery Hub | Portsmouth Recovery

Address: 44-46 Elm Grove, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 1JG

Telephone: 02392 294 573

Website: https://www.portsmouthrecovery.org/

3. Pushing Change

Address: 67 Kingston Road, Portsmouth PO2 7DX

Telephone: 02392 864 374

Website: https://pushingchange.org/

4. Falcon House | CAMHS

Address: 22 Edenbridge Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8PE

Telephone: 0300 123 6632

Website: https://www.solent.nhs.uk/our-services/services-listings/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-camhs-portsmouth/

You can also access local 12-Step programmes that believe in giving yourself over to a higher power like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous groups, and Cocaine Anonymous.

SMART Recovery can help you to manage triggers.

The NHS (National Health Service) are also there to help with advice.

You can also reach out to various helplines, including Mind UKYoungMindsRethink Mental IllnessSamaritans, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Change Grow LiveTurning Point, We Are With You ,Papyrus, Al-Anon and Alateen.

These helplines might help you with any mental health illnesses such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or schizophrenia and anxiety.

You will get a complete psychiatric assessment carried out by a psychiatrist who will determine if you need psychiatric treatment while at rehab.

Rehabs and organisations are advised by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence so you are in safe hands with person-centered care.

You may also be offered sober living houses as part of your aftercare after you leave rehab in order to help you maintain your sobriety.

How long does Rehab in Portsmouth Last?

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As rehab is so personal, it’s difficult to say how long you should spend in treatment.

The most common treatment programme length in Portsmouth is 30 days – this includes a 7-10 day detox and around three weeks of therapy.

Spending 30 days at drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth may feel like a long time, but in many cases, it is not enough.

Many rehabs also offer a 60-day treatment programme and a 90-day treatment programme, as these allow for more time spent in counselling and a more extensive relapse prevention plan.

Ultimately the decision is yours, but your medical team and a counsellor will be able to advise you on how long they believe you should remain in treatment.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

How Much Does Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth Cost?

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Have you been avoiding the idea of rehab as you don’t think you could pay the medical bills?

You may be surprised to learn that many rehabs offer a payment plan, which will allow you to attend treatment and then pay it off throughout the following months.

You may also qualify for NHS-funded rehab, allowing you to receive addiction treatment for free.

If you do choose to pay for the private treatment you can expect to pay around £15,000 for a 30-day programme, £30,000 for a 60-day programme and £45,000 for a 90-day programme.

Some rehabs charge more than others, so take your time when choosing a clinic to ensure you get a good price.

What Happens During a Medical Drug and Alcohol Detox?

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A necessary part of the rehab process, a medical drug and alcohol detox is the most physically demanding part of treatment.

It is a withdrawal from all substances, so your brain and body will fight to rebalance and get used to functioning without drugs or alcohol.

This will cause several symptoms which can be mild or severe.

Mild drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Feeling sick
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue

Severe drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Extreme confusion
  • Unconsciousness

You may think that your withdrawal symptoms will likely be mild, but there is no way to know for sure. Plus, your symptoms can change from mild to severe very suddenly and without warning.

This is why we recommend only detoxing under medical supervision, preferably at a drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth.

Alcohol detox

Alcohol dependence can be confirmed fast and efficiently using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, DSM-5 or CAGE questionnaire.

Dependent drinkers will have built up a strong tolerance to alcohol, and experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (, alcohol withdrawal symptoms) or alcohol withdrawal syndrome when they stop drinking, so these symptoms need to be managed carefully.

To ensure that the risk of seizures is curtailed our medical team prescribe patients with Chlordiazepoxide, brand name Librium, as they undergo detox as this has been shown to offer more protection against the risk of seizures.

A medically-assisted detox (alcohol detox) is needed in order to try to prevent the effects of alcohol, including encephalopathy (Wernicke encephalopathy) and delirium tremens.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What Happens During Addiction Counselling?


At drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth you will attend addiction counselling for a minimum of three weeks.

As counselling is so personal, there’s no guaranteed way to predict how your sessions will go.

However, we can guarantee that you will be matched with a supportive and highly qualified therapist who will work with you to find the root of your addiction and develop healthy coping strategies and positive behaviours.

There are many different types of addiction counselling from group therapy to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and even holistic treatments such as meditation and mindfulness.

You will be encouraged to explore your feelings and your past experiences, challenge unhelpful thoughts and see things from a new perspective.

Addiction counselling can be emotional and a lot of hard work, but it can help you to get sober and stay sober for the rest of your life.

How Can Creating a Relapse Prevention Plan Help Me?

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It can be easy to slip back into your old behaviours after leaving the safety of drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth, and these may be self-destructive and negative.

A relapse prevention plan can help you stick to your recovery goals and stay sober despite any challenges or triggering situations that you may come across. [4]

This plan will be created while you are still at rehab with the help of your counsellor and/or medical team.

It can be a physical plan with papers and documents that you can refer back to, or it can be a plan that you keep in your head.

Everyone’s relapse prevention plan looks different – yours may be filled with information about your triggers that you can refer back to, inspirational quotes, contact details for support groups and/or useful techniques that you can use when you experience cravings.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What Should I Pack for Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth?

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Although policies differ between rehab clinics, most of them will allow you to bring the necessities with you.

These include:

  • Contact details of friends and family members
  • Envelopes, paper, stamps and a pen
  • Toiletries such as cleaner, moisturiser and deodorant
  • A basic alarm clock
  • Photographs of loved ones
  • Any sentimental jewellery such as your wedding ring
  • A form of photo ID
  • Necessary medications
  • Comfortable clothing

Your belongings will be searched when you arrived at rehab as part of the admissions process, to ensure that you do not bring any prohibited items into the clinic.

These include drugs, alcohol, pornography, weapons and any products that contain alcohol such as mouthwash.

If you have any questions about what to bring to drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth, contact your clinic and they will provide you with a list.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Can I Leave Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth Whenever I Want?

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A common concern about drug and alcohol rehab is the thought that you may be trapped there against your will. What if you want to leave early?

If you are over 18, you will most likely be able to check out of rehab whenever you want.

However, you may not be able to return in the future if you do not complete your treatment programme.

Deciding to leave rehab early is never easy, and it’s important to think about it carefully.

We recommend working out why exactly you want to leave your treatment programme early and finding solutions that will help you feel better.

If you miss your friends and family, consider having them visit or speak to them on the phone. If the detox process is making you feel ill, take comfort in the fact that you will feel better in a few days.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Which Addictions are Treated at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth?

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Just as there is a wide range of addictive substances available, there is also a wide range of different rehab clinics.

You will generally get the best results if you attend a rehab clinic that specialises in treating your specific addiction.

For example, an alcohol-focused rehab will be best for those struggling with alcohol addiction.

Some of the addictions that can be treated at drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth include:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Nicotine addiction
  • Cannabis addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Prescription painkiller addiction
  • Synthetic opioid addiction
  • Stimulant addiction
  • Inhalant addiction
  • Methamphetamine addiction

You might also get help if you undergo heroin withdrawal for heroin addiction, for other effects such as hepatitis.

If you can’t find anything about the substance that you are addicted to on our website, give us a call at 0800 111 4108 and we will help to find the right rehab for you.

Are There Gender-Specific Rehab Clinics in Portsmouth?

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If you would prefer to attend a men-only or women-only rehab, you can do this at a drug and alcohol rehab in Portsmouth.

There are many benefits to gender-specific rehabs, and some researchers theorise that the social and biological differences between men and women mean that they may respond better to different types of treatment. [5]

Men and women often use substances differently – men are more likely to become addicted to alcohol, for example, while women are more likely to become addicted to prescription painkillers. [5]

Therefore, it can be helpful to attend a gender-specific rehab to get help with these issues.

Men-only rehab focuses on male stereotypes in society, breaking down the stigma that accepting help for addiction means that they are ‘weak.’

The levels of competitiveness and distraction are also reduced in men-only rehabs, and men can speak freely about topics that they may otherwise feel uncomfortable discussing in front of the opposite sex.

Women-only rehab focuses on women’s issues such as motherhood, pregnancy, career and family life regarding drug and alcohol use.

Many women feel more comfortable in a female-only environment, and this type of treatment allows them to form strong connections and offer support to one another.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Can I Visit Someone at a Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth?

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Visiting a friend or family member at rehab is a great way to let them know that you care about and support them.

Your presence can make them feel less alone, and more confident about the idea of leaving rehab after treatment and give them another reason to recover.

Most rehab clinics will allow visitors, but it’s best to call in advance and check to ensure that you arrive on the correct day and follow the rules of the clinic.

You will likely be required to stay in visitor areas only, refrain from smoking and avoid bringing drugs or alcohol to the rehab clinic. You may be asked to leave if you break these rules.

If you bring a gift for your loved one, this will be inspected to ensure it does not contain any prohibited items.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Portsmouth, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, we list a number of other resources that you may find useful in your search for quality and suitable rehab treatment in the UK:

Contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism Today

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For more information on our Portsmouth-based alcohol rehabilitation services, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Alternatively, get in touch via the contact page and a member of our team will respond to you as soon as possible.

We offer services across Hampshire, including Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Blackwater, Buriton, Burley, Curdridge, Eastleigh, Emsworth, Eversley, Fareham, Farnborough, Fawley, Fleet, Fordingbridge, Gosport, Hambledon, Horndean, Hythe, Kingsclere, Langley, Lee-on-the-Solent, Liphook, Litchfield, Mottisfont, Netley, New Alresford, New Milton, Odiham, Overton, Petersfield, Portchester, Portsmouth and more.

All of the rehabs we recommend are vetted and checked by the Care Quality Commission CQC (England and Wales) or the Care Inspectorate (Scotland).


[1] https://cpsc.org.uk/application/files/7415/7261/4390/Alcohol_brief_intervention_website.pdf

[2] https://www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/substance-misuse/

[3] https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/health/stark-figures-show-drug-deaths-in-portsmouth-are-on-the-rise-with-dozens-dying-last-year-3795866

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163190/

[5] https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh291/55-62.htm

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