Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in London

Alcohol Rehab London


Rehab 4 Alcoholism is able to match you to multiple drug and clinics in your area. As part of our alcohol rehab London services, we offer a free and comprehensive assessment to ensure your needs are best met throughout the process.

Understanding Treatment Options in London

Looking for alcohol rehab in London? Look no further. We offer admission to alcohol rehabilitation centres in London within as little as 24-hours after your initial call.  Our objective is to match your needs with the most experienced centre in the area. We make sure your long-term recovery goal gets off to a winning start.  

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers rehabilitation services in London and in surrounding areas. Our admissions team is based in North London. We work with a number of rehabilitation centres in the area. Our advice is independent of the wider rehabilitation industry.

We work with a number of insurance companies including AXA, Aviva, Prudential, Cigna, BUPA, and Standard Life. Paying privately or going through your medical insurer means you skip long waiting times experienced through the NHS. Our alcohol rehab London services are here to help you get the help you need.

What Are My Treatment Options in London?

There are rehab facilities in every section of London available to help you or a loved one with the treatment for addiction from drugs or alcohol. Alcohol rehab London centres that only assist with the recovery of alcoholics are also available as options if a general treatment facility does not feel like the right fit.

There are both inpatient and outpatient options available. Below we discuss each option in further detail:

1. Inpatient

The majority of addiction treatment takes place at inpatient rehab facilities, and the rate of success is significantly higher. There are several reasons for this, but primarily it comes down to the lack of negative influences as well as 24/7 access to professionals who are there to help.

The risk of waiting for the perfect time to get treatment could lead to financial or personal instability so reach out today to get more information from your local centre about what help they have to offer for you or a loved one struggling with addiction.

2. Outpatient

When you choose an outpatient option then there are programmes that are attended during the day over the course of several months, but nights and evenings are spent at home. There are generally workshops, group therapy, individual therapy, and doctor appointments to assess overall progress.

Outpatient is less successful because it is harder to escape the negative environment or influences that encouraged drug use in the first place. This makes it very tempting to begin using again.

Start your journey today

Rehab 4 Alcoholism are experts in providing safe & secure alcohol detox treatments. Call us today on 0800 111 41 08 to begin your journey.

What are the Benefits of Going to Rehab in London?

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol addiction, inpatient treatment in the London area is by far the most effective and safest method of treatment.

Detoxification under the watchful eye of the medical team is the first step when you are admitted into a London rehabilitation centre. Prescription medications are offered in order to lessen withdrawal symptoms.

Once initial detoxification is complete you are provided with therapy and counselling sessions. Sessions tackle the psychological dimension of addiction. Coping strategies will be taught to allow you to remain in recovery without fear of relapse once you leave the centre.

There will be complete removal of temptation from the immediate environment which will make it easier to focus on recovery. There will also be both other people there and medical professionals so you will be able to get and share encouragement during support groups and in individual therapy sessions.

Your social and work responsibilities will not interfere with your treatment, which decreases stress overall. There is also an encouragement to use controlled therapy to repair family relationships that may have been damaged by addiction behaviours.

The Importance of Medically-Assisted Detox in London

Withdrawal from alcohol is a serious process which can be fatal if treated incorrectly. Choosing an inpatient facility is not only more beneficial towards your overall recovery, but it also ensures your safety throughout the process.

Below we have listed some vital aspects to highlight why coming to us for alcohol detox is your best option. These include:

1. Safety

Being in a controlled environment with medical professionals allows for immediate assistance to any unexpected symptoms or responses to withdrawal

2. Medication

Medical professionals are available 24/7 to provide medications that can help with symptoms like nausea, dizziness, or tremors. These will be administered to you based on your individual needs

3. Alleviating Discomfort

Complete medical support to counteract any withdrawal symptoms through proper nutrition, therapy, and medication

4. Therapy to Cope

Therapists available any time to assist with overcoming cravings, anxiety, depression, or negative emotions during rehabilitation. We offer individual therapy, family and group therapy, CBT, DBT, and much more

5. Relapse Prevention

A complete lack of negative influence or temptations in a supportive, encouraging space. Techniques are provided to prevent you from returning to old habits once your treatment is complete

What Does a Typical Day at a London Rehab Clinic Look Like?

There is usually a rigid structure each day to make it easier for the participants to relearn positive habits. Below is a breakdown of a typical day at a rehab facility.


  • Wake up and medication dissemination
  • Breakfast
  • Morning session to get an emotional check-in (generally small group)


  • Lunch
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Exercise
  • Workshops to regain healthy life/coping skills


  • Dinner
  • Support group to check on daily progress
  • Movie or free time


  • Lights out are at a set time (sleep is vital to recovery)
  • Medications are given out as needed

Want to learn more?

Our team of staff are on hand 24/7 to answer any questions you may have regarding our alcohol rehab London services. Contact us today on 0800 111 41 08 to begin your journey.

Acute Alcohol Withdrawal and Treatments

For severe alcoholics, the symptoms of withdrawal can be deadly without proper care as they tend to involve acute alcohol withdrawal. They have been drinking for so long or to such a degree that their entire body – including their kidney, liver, and brain – are affected.

Severe withdrawal symptoms, as listed previously include the following delirium and seizures in addition to erratic thinking patterns and behaviours. Treatments often include benzodiazepines or barbiturates to assist with counteracting the worst symptoms temporarily.

The Dangers of Detoxing Alone

Costs associated with rehab services often lead people to think that a home detox or a self-detox is their only option.

While private home detoxes are available, we strongly advise against detoxing alone. No matter how much research or preparation you think you have done on the topic, detoxing from alcohol without a specialist level of supervision and medication is a recipe for disaster.

Below we have listed some of the main reasons to not detox from alcohol alone:

1. Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Irritability, restlessness, and increased anxiety
  • Tiredness and inability to sleep
  • Stomach issues including cramps, vomiting, nausea, and
  • High heart rate and blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils leading to vision problems

2. Extreme Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Acute Alcohol Withdrawal (AAW)
  • Delirium tremens
  • Seizures
  • Unexpected, dangerous behaviours

3. Lack of a Support Structure

Extreme mood swings accompanying the physical symptoms are entirely normal during detox and can lead to unsafe actions when someone is left alone

Facilities have 24/7 professional care, supportive and encouraging therapists, and support groups so people can share their struggles and successes during detox

4. Statistically Likely to Relapse

Approximately half of the people who attempt rehab will relapse, but that number is far higher for those who choose to go through it alone and outside of a facility

Medications to Help Treat Alcohol Withdrawal

Drugs are administered by doctors and nurses at our alcohol rehab London centres to alleviate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Below we discuss these medications in greater detail: 

1. Benzodiazepines 

  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Clorazepate
  • Diazepam
  • Oxazepam

2. Barbiturates

Assists with treating the worst symptoms like tremors. They are used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia which are common during alcohol withdrawal.

3. Disulfiram (Antabuse)

An enzyme that metabolizes alcohol and causes strong adverse physical reactions to alcohol consumption. Taking this drug alongside alcohol presents a variety of negative side-effects, including dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

4. Acamprosate (Campral)

Balances the central nervous system and assists with reducing the urge to drink (can be used if you have liver disease or hepatitis.) This medication does not prevent withdrawal symptoms but affects the way in which the brain works to avoid urges to drink.

5. Naltrexone (Vivitrol, Revia)

Reduces the urge to drink (should not be used if you have liver disease or hepatitis. This medication only works on people who have completed the alcohol detox process.

How Long is Alcohol Rehab?

Several programme lengths are seen at different facilities, which include the following:

  • 30 days
  • 60 days
  • 90 days

There are also special programmes that include sober living facilities, halfway houses, or treatments that allow for tailor-made lengths to ensure the highest chance of success.

When choosing which is right for you or your loved one it is essential to keep in mind if longer times away from their home would be a benefit or disadvantage to their recovery.

How Do I Prepare for Rehab in London?

If you are currently working make sure that you take the time to address things with your direct supervisor and, if necessary, co-workers who may need to know you will not be able to complete specific tasks before deadlines.

Communicate with your employer about it and be honest, if possible. Ensure all of your tasks are delegated so that nothing gets left incomplete.

Make sure all your personal and social obligations are taken care of. Do you have appointments or other commitments you can postpone or rearrange? Do you need to arrange alternative childcare or care for an elderly relative?

How Do I Tell My Family I Have Decided to Go to Rehab?

Having family support can help with the success of treatment, so being open and honest when communicating with them is encouraged. The three rules of thumb to follow include the following:

  1. Tell those you feel closest to, which can be friends if you are closer to them than your family
  2. Be honest with any children in your life. They will be able to see you taking steps to get stronger
  3. Be open about what is happening. Sharing is a big part of therapy and recovery

Need more help?

Start your journey to sobriety by contacting us today on 0800 111 41 08. Our staff are trained & experienced in helping you find all the answers you need.

How Do I Help a Loved One To Rehab?

Drug addiction actually rewires a person’s brain which makes it incredibly hard to stop or even think of stopping on one’s own. Below we have outlined a few steps to help you reach out to your loved one:

  1. Research addiction and education yourself about what your friend or loved one is going through so that you can give fact-based information
  2. Have an intervention that involves their entire close group of family and friends. This is often the only way to show them how much their addiction is affecting everyone in their life. You can even involve professional interventionists so that there are no unexpected adverse reactions.
  3. Support and encourage them even before they choose to attend rehab. This will show them that you genuinely have their best interest at heart. However, do not enable the addiction by providing excuses or money so they can keep abusing drugs

How Much Can You Expect to Pay for Addiction Rehab?

First, it is important to understand that addiction is very expensive in many ways including purchasing substances, loss of employment, and loss of other life stabilities.

Rehab will help regain gainful employment and will teach life skills. That means there is already an inherent value to rehabilitation to counteract any cost.

Alcohol rehab London treatment options can help you reach sobriety before it becomes more severe. Both alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive, which means the longer they continue, the higher the physical, mental, and financial risks.

While the final price of addiction treatment is determined by which program and centre are chosen there are a few generalizations that can help you determine how much it could potentially cost. The most common inpatient choice is 28-day programmes, and they generally cost between £4,000 and £6,000.

There are a lot of different treatment centres and various costs, but determining a programme based on how much you pay may not be the best way to choose as the cheapest opportunities often do not accommodate long-term sobriety.

What Happens After I Leave a London Rehab Facility?

To stay sober you will want to take part in multiple support options such as 12-step programmes, support groups, individual therapy, group or family therapy, and continued medical check-ups with your doctor.

Creating a new social structure with new hobbies and events is also vital for moving forward by replacing negative influences with positive ones.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab Centre in London

Below we have listed some of the most common questions people should consider while contemplating which treatment option is best for them.

1. How does the centre determine successful treatment?

Every programme marks success in a different way (e.g., completing the programme, remaining sober for a certain length of time, regaining employment, simply participating).

You want to make sure that your expectations match up with those of the programme.

2. How long is the programme?

A typical length is 28 days however you may want to look into longer programmes. Some have treatment plans tailored to your needs, others last six months or longer.

3. Are there drugs being used during treatment?

Significant numbers of rehab programmes are not designed to create sobriety at all but focus only on harm reduction. They do this by replacing the illicit drug with a prescription drug.

If you want yourself or a loved one to get sober, then avoid these harm reduction treatments and look for a programme that aims for sobriety.

4. If so, are the other drugs addictive or dangerous?

Some treatments use heavy drugs to help patients through initial withdrawal effects, but other programmes focus on building up health. The latter option is best as it allows for a clear head, ability to focus on the therapy treatments, and an overall healthier body and mind.

5. How are physical cravings dealt with by the programme?

If the facility uses nutrition, detoxification, and other positive forms of health modification to deal with cravings then the participant is more likely to succeed. However, many programmes simply use drugs to counteract the cravings which can cause problems later down the road.

6. Is nutritional consideration included in treatment?

When nutrition is included in the treatment and the goal is on creating a healthier lifestyle then there is a higher likelihood for success. Most people who struggle with addiction arrive in poor health, so nutritional considerations are vital during treatment.

It has been shown that even though a small number of facilities offer this aspect of therapy they are 80% more likely to lead to sobriety.

7. Does the treatment involve teaching patients sobriety life skills?

The lifestyle of those addicted to alcohol includes self-destructive behaviours designed to support their addictions. Without learning new life skills to remain sober, the likelihood of relapse is higher.

8. Does the treatment facility expect multiple relapses before sobriety is achieved?

It is a good idea to ask the facility if they actually believe long-term sobriety is a likely outcome of their programme. Surprisingly, a lot of them believe relapse after rehab is typical. It is best to ask and remove them from your list of options to save time if sobriety is your actual goal.

9. Is there a cure listed by the facility or do they offer treatments that logically seem too good to be true?

Dangerous, unsubstantiated, or unethical treatments can promise miracle cures (e.g., complete sobriety in two weeks using electric shock aversion therapy).

If it sounds too good to be true then it no doubt is, so you need to be careful. Ask pointed questions about their cure and then get a professional, outside opinion.

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:

Why Rehab 4 Alcoholism

If you would like to discover how Rehab 4 Alcoholism is able to assist call today on 0800 111 41 08 and a member of our team will respond shortly.

Our service is unbiased and independent from any particular rehabilitation service provider. Your best interests are paramount throughout the process from the first call you make to the after-care you receive.

If you seek rehabilitation for your alcohol addiction within the London area we draw your attention to the postcode finder below which locates a London centre for you.

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