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5 top Rehab Questions Answered

What Happens in Rehab?

Did you know that within April 2018 and March 2019, 268,251 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol services? That is a 4% increase from the previous year!

You’ve made a life-changing decision to be ‘clean’, what’s your next step? Seeking help with your dependency problem can be an insecure and terrifying time.

Lucky for you, you don’t have to go through it alone. Drug and alcohol rehab centres are there to help. How can you know what happens in rehab and how does a rehab centre work?

We want to help you through these questions, whether for you or someone you know.

The infrastructure and timetable differ from rehab to rehab.

You will have a strict and structured timetable. That is to keep you occupied and keep you from getting bored, which keeps your mind busy and helps you break your addiction easier.

Many rehab centres have similar features; here are some that you may expect to find:

  • Healthy regular meals will be given to you
  • You will be given time to exercise during the day
  • Daily one on one counselling, alternatively, in a group therapy session
  • You will be expected to have leisure activities
  • Educational workshops to help you understand your addiction better

Choosing the right rehab centre can ensure lasting success in staying off drugs and alcohol.

How Long Can Rehab Last?

You ask yourself, how long do drug rehab programmes last? Each individual is different, and treatment is not time-based. However, many rehabs offer thirty, sixty, and ninety-day programmes. There are also more extended rehab treatment programmes that may be individualized depending on your depth of addiction.

Treatment duration depends on the intensity of addiction; the specific substance used; any medical, mental, or behavioural health conditions; any prior treatment; and the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of the individual.

Treatment for people dealing with substance abuse needs to be for at least two to three months to significantly stop their use of drugs and give the best results.

How Much Does Rehab Cost in the UK?

There are various alcohol rehabs in the UK, including inpatient, outpatient, online and individual counselling. All of these can be effective rehabilitation options depending on your circumstances. Below we’ve assembled the prices for various rehab treatments:

Inpatient Rehabs

At an inpatient or a residential rehab, the cost starts from around £6000. Typically, this is a 28-day programme that includes one on one and intensive group therapy.

Why so much? Well, that is because it is run as a combination of a hotel, hospital, and social service counselling service. There will more than likely always be doctors, nurses, and counsellors available at the drop of a hat. Your stay will include meals this adds to the cost.

Outpatient rehabs

Outpatient rehab can be free or cost up to £8,250 However, this can vary depending on the length of the treatment.

Outpatient rehabs mean precisely that. Living out of rehab. The cost is so much less than inpatient rehabs as there is no need to provide accommodation, meals, and 24hour medical service.

Don’t despair; your treatment plan remains the same as inpatient rehabs, consisting of a treatment plan, individual counselling, group therapy, and other options.

Individual counselling

It is a bit more difficult to estimate costs for individual counselling, as this varies from counsellor to counsellor.

Counsellors typically charge either hourly or per meeting. The fee for an individual counsellor is anything from £80 to £120 per hour.

Most individual counsellors will offer ‘one on one’ meetings weekly. They do not provide group workshops or other therapies as the rehabs do.

What Should I Know Before Calling a Helpline?

The Helpline is a centre that provides a non-judgmental listening service to you when you experience a crisis. This service is, obviously through a telephone call. Most helplines have a twenty-four-seven working policy.

Anyone who feels mentally, physically, or emotionally distressed can call a helpline to help with support with whatever situation you find yourself in.

In some cases, you do not want to share exceedingly sensitive personal information with your family and friends who are closest to you. Other times you cannot reach that person in the time of need, so you reach out to a helpline.

You don’t have anything to lose, and you have everything to gain when you call a helpline. Some helplines have trained counsellors who can offer psychological support.

All information you impart in a call to a helpline is confidential. You are free to speak your mind about any problems you are experiencing. You will not be judged! Your helpline counsellor can also point you in the right direction and explain what happens in a rehab centre when you seek treatment.

What Happens if I Relapse?

Recovery from addiction is a great challenge and hard work! Sometimes despite your best efforts, some addicts will relapse and ‘fall off the wagon’.

If a relapse happens, it’s important to remember that everyone makes mistakes, and one incident doesn’t have to sidetrack all the substantial progress you’ve made.

There are several tips that you may find helpful for recovering from a relapse, such as building a support system, remaining positive, and finding productive activities to take part in, to fill the mental void where the substances used to be.

The thing to remember is you have not failed, it’s just a blip that can be overcome. In Zig Ziegler’s words, ‘getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice’!

It is all about choosing ways to conquer these situations and behaviours.

Your Questions Answered

It is a tragedy that only about 10% of addicted people are rehabilitated and seek help for their addiction. There are many reasons people delay treatment. Some have doubts that the treatment will work. Others fear the side effects of the medication.

Rehabilitation is one of the biggest decisions you will make. It’s a huge commitment to both you, your family, and your friends. It is easy to understand that you have several concerns and factors you need to consider before your drug rehab experience. Hopefully, the above has given you some insight as to what happens in rehab.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be confused or worried. Millions of others have experienced the rehab process. You are not alone, and certainly, you are not the first to ask questions.

You can contact us with any questions, and a team member will be in touch with you.


Author 'John


Trained in addictionology in the Johnson Model, and specializing in substance abuse for individual and couple counselling. John's personal experience has given him a wealth of insights, which he integrates into practice. His extensive training has allowed him to gain expertise in individual and group counselling, concurrent disorders, case management, executing treatment plans and relapse prevention. He started this free helpline as a result of a life change and to help others get sober and live a life free from drugs and alcohol. John covers a variety of topics relating to addiction and recovery in his articles.


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