Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Croydon

Unfortunately, a significant amount of people living in Croydon are suffering from substance dependency and addiction, whether that’s struggling with binge drinking or substance use disorder.

In 2017 and 2018, 6,512 Croydon residents were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related reasons, making Croydon one of the three worst areas of London for alcohol-related hospital admissions.


Though these statistics are disheartening, work has been done to ensure people with addictions who are living in Croydon can access treatment that will help them to get sober and stay sober.

Between 2011 and 2012, more than £4m was spent on substance misuse in Croydon.

As well as resources provided by the council, there are many treatment centres offering high-quality services for drug and alcohol users in Croydon.

When you contact us at Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we will listen to your story and help you decide which form of treatment will be the most suitable for you.

Inpatient Treatment


Inpatient treatment usually involves staying at a drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon for 28 days, though some people stay for as little as seven days and others stay for much longer.

Once you have a place at a rehab facility and your start date is set, you can start to prepare everything you need.

This will involve transport (particularly if you have chosen to stay at a distant rehab centre), research (to prepare for what’s to come), and packing.

Some people choose to take their mobile phone, laptop and/or tablet to rehab, but others decide that this would be too distracting or discouraging.

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We recommend choosing a drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon as staying close to home means you may be allowed family visits, which are uplifting for patients with supportive families.

It also means you don’t have to deal with the stress of arranging travel, which can become difficult when you are also carrying a heavy mental load.

However, there are positives of attending a rehab centre further afield; you will be further away from bad memories associated with your addiction, and attending rehab may feel like a fresh start.

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If you are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, you cannot avoid the detoxing stage of rehab.

This stage lasts up to ten days, and it serves the purpose of training your body to be independent of drugs or alcohol, which can trigger some unpleasant drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, seizures, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and even hallucinations.

Try to not let this get in the way of your decision to attend rehab, as the detox does not last long and medical professionals will be there to help you through the process, providing specialised medications and support to make sure that your medically-assisted detox is as safe as possible.

Individual therapy

After the detox, you will follow a personalised treatment plan that is devised based on your individual preferences and the specifics of your addiction.

The majority of your time will be spent engaging with therapy sessions, whether it be with other patients, with your family or on your own.

You will also have the opportunity to sit in on educational workshops and motivational sessions.

Finally, you are free to use the facilities on offer at the rehab centre, such as sports facilities, relaxation spaces and common rooms.

Outpatient Treatment

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Not everyone is fit to attend rehab on an inpatient basis.

For example, some people have tried many times and continue to relapse upon leaving, others have young families that they need to care for.

Others may be suffering from illnesses that would impact negatively on their stay at rehab, such as Wernicke’s encephalopathy, delirium tremens or alcoholic seizures.

Generally, we advise that people with these conditions, as well as people with significant mental health problems, a history of violence, or an extremely high rate drug or alcohol consumption, consider a different form of treatment.

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With outpatient treatment, you can receive the same services as an inpatient treatment, including drug or alcohol detox and therapy, but you get to return home at the end of each day.

This is beneficial for people with a strong support network as it means they can depend on their loved ones to encourage them through the recovery process.

However, it is not advised if you are likely to be surrounded by bad influences or triggers at home, as this will set you back in terms of staying sober.

Home Detoxing

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Home detoxing is beneficial for people who cannot attend residential rehab.

It is well known that attempting to detox without medical intervention is incredibly dangerous, as you can experience dangerous symptoms if you quit drugs or alcohol cold turkey.

In some cases, people die attempting to detox alone.

Fortunately, you can get in touch with us if you want to detox safely.

We will help you to gradually withdraw from the substance you are addicted to, and you will have our support throughout the entire process.

Cost of rehab

This option is more affordable than attending rehab, but it does not include the therapy that you would have if you entered an inpatient facility.

We expect that a home detox will last between 3-10 days, with staff making sure to monitor you on a regular basis to treat any withdrawal symptoms.

Often, the benzodiazepine Chlordiazepoxide (better known as Librium) is used to reduce the dangers of seizures and to keep your anxiety at bay, fighting some of the worst aspects of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.


If none of these options are right for you, there are other ways you can receive help for your addiction.

You could attend meetings that are designed to unite you with other substance users and help you to feel encouraged in your journey to recovery.

In the case of 12-step groups, you may also want the chance to lean on a higher power when addictions seems overwhelming.

Depending on your preferences, you might prefer Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, AI-Anon Family Meetings, Alateen or SMART Recovery.

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On one hand, some people prefer to attend meetings alone as they feel as though their addiction is a private issue that they do not want to involve their family in.

However, other substance users find that attending meetings with a loved one gives them more confidence as they know they can depend upon at least one person in the room.

Another reason that it can be beneficial for a family member or friend to go to an addiction meeting is that they can learn more about addiction and become a greater support to the person who is struggling.

Why Is Inpatient Treatment The Best Option For Most People?

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We do suggest that most of our patients attend inpatient treatment, unless there is sufficient reason to believe they would benefit the most from an alternative form of treatment.

There are several reasons behind our preference.

Immersion Is Proven To Be Successful


It is not difficult to believe that patients will be more successful in their sobriety journey if they are immersed in a pro-abstinence environment.

Though some treatment centres teach harm reduction or moderation management, the drug and alcohol rehabs we work with will encourage you to give up substances completely.

This works because it means you make every effort to remove yourself from environments where drugs and alcohol are viewed in a positive light, so you will be less likely to relapse.

You Will Get Help For Your Mental Health

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Many patients at rehab are dual diagnosis patients, which means they have a mental health condition as well as an addiction.

Different individuals will struggle with different mental health challenges, but there are a few common problems including:

Owing to the availability of therapy at rehab, patients can benefit from sessions with therapists and psychologists who will get to the root of their issues rather than treating the surface-level symptoms.

They will reduce the shame you have likely attached to your addiction by teaching the disease model of addiction – that your dependency is not your fault, but factors outside of your control have caused it, such as genetics and upbringing.

To get free mental health support, consider contacting remote services such as Rethink Mental Illness, Mind UKYoung Minds, Samaritans and Papyrus.

You will also have to take into account any physical conditions that present alongside or because of addiction, such as liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, heart issues and cancer.

There Is Plenty Of Choice In Croydon

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When it comes to drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon, there are many options available to you.

This means we can help you search for a facility that ticks all your boxes.

The quickest option is to go for a private treatment centre, as there are often no waiting lists.

However you can also try for council-founded treatment if you want to save money, or if there is a specific rehab centre you would like to attend that is not private.


In terms of cost, you can select a treatment centre that is within your budget.

For private rehab, the costs in Croydon tend to be £6,000 for a multi-occupancy room or £10,000 for a private room for 28 days.

However, it is possible to find drug and alcohol rehabs that are more affordable than this.

Many free rehab services operate in and near to Croydon, some of them provided through the National Health Service or an associated NHS Foundation Trust, including:

1. Change Grow Live – Croydon

Address: 190 Church Rd, Croydon CR0 1SE

Telephone: 0300 123 9288

Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/drug-alcohol-croydon/info

2. Westminster Drug Project Ltd

Address: 50A Sydenham Rd, Croydon CR0 2EF

Telephone: 020 8662 4770

Website: https://www.wdp.org.uk/

3. Croydon Drug & Alcohol Action Team

Address: 5 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA

Telephone: 020 8726 7750

Website: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/drugs-and-alcohol

4. Croydon Peer-Led User Group

Address: East Croydon United Reform Church, Addiscombe Grove, Croydon, CR0 5LP

Telephone: 07548 639 224

Website: http://croydonplug.org.uk/

5. Off The Record Youth Counselling

Address: 72 Queen’s Rd, Croydon, CR0 2PR

Telephone: 02082 510 251

Website: https://www.talkofftherecord.org/

For general support, you can reach out to organisations like the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the National Association for the Children of Alcoholics, Turning Point, Change Grow Live and We Are With You.

The NHS will also be there to help you by providing comprehensive and trustworthy information, as well as advice on accessing sober living houses.

You Will Have Access To An Aftercare Plan

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Unfortunately, when patients come out of rehab, they are at a high risk of relapsing again, as they are not immersed in recovery.

Treatment centres are aware of this, and so they spend time devising a specialised treatment plan for each patient to help them stay sober after rehab.

This is known as a relapse prevention plan, and it can include various services such as therapy sessions and emergency phone lines, reminders of your triggers and coping mechanisms, and a guide for what to do if you do relapse.

Is Rehab Only For Alcohol Addiction?

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Rehab is certainly not restricted to just people with alcohol addiction.

Though many patients at drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon will be dependent on alcohol, there are also many patients with addictions to other substances such as heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

Rehab For Heroin In Croydon


Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug that acts quickly on users, allowing them to feel relaxed soon after consuming it.

People who take heroin are likely to become physically and psychologically addicted to it very quickly, but attending rehab will allow them to have a medical detox to undo the dependency that has developed.

Rehab For Cocaine In Croydon


Cocaine is less addictive than heroin, though there is still a cocaine crisis in Croydon as it is an addictive stimulant drug.

Cocaine dependency does not require a detox as the drug is only psychologically addictive, therefore the treatment consists of various forms of therapy.

Rehab For Cannabis In Croydon


Cannabis is often overlooked when it comes to the drug crisis in Croydon, but it can cause damaging long-term conditions in its users.

Again this drug is not physically addictive, so cannabis users will not need to detox, but they will need to have therapy sessions.

How Long Does Rehab Last?

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Most people will attend rehab for 28 days, giving them enough time to detox and to engage with therapy sessions.

This is long enough for most people, provided that they make an effort to stay abstinent after their stay, as well as making the most of the aftercare programme.

People who are addicted to drugs that do not cause physical dependence (cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines etc) may stay for a shorter length of time as the detox is not necessary as it is for alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines.

How long does rehab last

After your stay at rehab, you will benefit from an aftercare programme that is in place for a full year after you leave.

As you will be spending a significant length of time in rehab, with staff on-hand all day and night, it is vital that you carefully choose your treatment centre rather than rushing the process.

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Some key things to consider are: the cost, the therapies available, the size of the treatment centre, the distance from your home and the facilities provided.

If you are unsure what your preferences are, we can help you decide when you contact us.

Our staff are experts at pairing patients with the perfect treatment facility for them.

Is My Addiction Serious Enough For Rehab?


Firstly, no matter how serious your addiction is, we encourage you to contact us and look at your treatment options, because it is never too early to catch the problem.

This is a much better alternative to waiting it out and becoming more and more dependent on a substance, which will result in a longer recovery time.


Many people make the mistake of believing they do not need professional intervention, but the truth is that addiction is a powerful disease and it will often spiral if you do not seek professional help.

Having said that, there are criteria you can look at if you are deciding how serious your addiction is, and some of these criteria will be used by staff at the rehab facility to help them when creating your personalised treatment plan.

Some examples of common criteria are:

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

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The AUDIT is designed for people who are addicted to alcohol.

It asks ten questions relating to your intake of alcohol, your dependency on alcohol, and the consequences of your relationship with alcohol.

A score higher than 8 is deemed concerning, and a score higher than 13 indicates dependency.

The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Dependence

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The diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th edition) is helpful when determining how dependent a person is on any substance.

It broaches seven concepts, and patients must have experienced at least three of these to be deemed dependent.

The Six Dimensions of the ASAM criteria


When you contact a drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon, they are likely to consult the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria to determine your specific needs in terms of the treatment process.

The criteria includes elements such as emotional complications and continued use, as this implies the patient is struggling to give up the substance, and they are therefore dependent on it.

These are just a few of the many psychiatric assessments that are commonly used to diagnose and measure addiction at rehab, with another popular choice being the CAGE Questionnaire.

Using these tests, psychiatrists and addiction specialists can create a person-centred care plan made up from a wide range of physical and psychiatric treatments, all designed to give addiction sufferers the best chance of maintaining their sobriety.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I reject a certain therapy at rehab?

We know that many patients have tried certain forms of therapy and found them unsuccessful, so if this is the case for you we will do our best to find a rehab centre that offers promising therapies that you haven’t yet tried.

However, we would recommend that you try out as many options as possible, as the experience of therapy is different depending on the therapist.

We encourage you to inform us of any mental health conditions you have, as we can seek out facilities that offer evidence-based therapies for these specific conditions.

You will not be alone in confessing this, as more than half of adults in Croydon who enter rehab have a mental health condition.

What types of therapy will I have at rehab?

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This will depend on the specific facility you attend and your exact needs.

However, some forms of physical and talking therapies that frequently pop up are:

These types of therapy are all proven to be helpful in terms of treating addiction, but they are also linked to certain mental health conditions.

For example, CBT is known to be successful for people with anxiety as it encourages them to challenge their assumptions and adopt more logical thinking instead of giving into their anxious thoughts.

Will going to rehab help my legal case?


It is possible that going to rehab will help your legal case as it indicates a desire for change.

However, your main motivation should be to recover for yourself, otherwise relapse is very likely.

In abstinence-based treatment, if you are recovering to please someone else, you will struggle to stay away from substances as you need to possess a strong desire to change in order to maintain enough motivation to stay sober.

What are some misconceptions about rehab?

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Many people believe rehab is completely unaffordable, yet there are more budget-friendly options available in Croydon.

There is also the stereotype that rehab is for people with severe addictions only, when in fact anyone with a substance dependency can attend rehab.

Sometimes, people believe rehab patients are only there as a result of intervention.


However, patients must agree to attend rehab – their family cannot force them to attend.

Even if a professional interventionist is called upon, if the patient refuses treatment, the interventionist helps the family to cope with this outcome rather than focusing on persuading the patient to give in.

What happens when I call you?

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When you call Rehab 4 Alcoholism, one of our team will talk you through the process of securing a place at a rehab facility, or arranging alternative treatment types.

They will carry out an initial assessment that helps them to understand your specific addiction and your treatment needs.

After the initial assessment, our team will work hard to secure you a place at a drug & alcohol rehab in Croydon, or in a different location if you prefer.

This process can take just a few days depending on your needs.

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We do not neglect you during the treatment process.

Even after your stay at rehab, you are welcome to contact us for support.

However, you will likely be on a year-long aftercare plan, meaning you will receive more than enough support from your rehab facility as you cope with living a sober life.

Getting Help Today


To speak to one of our advisors today, call 0800 111 4108 and learn about your different options for treatment.

We have helped people from all sorts of backgrounds, so we are free of judgement when hearing about your situation.

Our main priority is to listen to your story and use this information to find a rehab facility that meets your needs.

Though we have primarily promoted drug and alcohol rehab in Croydon, we want to remind you that other excellent options are available, and are sometimes better for you.

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For this reason, don’t refrain from calling us because you don’t think rehab is right for you, or because you don’t want to receive treatment in Croydon.

Simply let us know your preferences and we will work to ensure you are offered the best type of treatment for you, whatever that is.

No matter how bad your addiction is, we are always here to help.

Every rehab in England and Wales that we work with is vetted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Get help for addiction anywhere in Greater London, including in  the City of London, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington, Camden, Brent, Easing, Hounslow, Richmond, Kingston, Merton, Hillingdon, Harrow, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Walton Forest, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley, Sutton and many more.

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