Free Alcohol Rehab

There are free alcohol rehabs based in the community that you can get access to via your GP, although the quality and accessibility of these day programmes will vary depending on the area you live in. Research has proven however that the absolute best results for overcoming your alcohol issues are from an alcohol rehab which includes a residential stay.

Residential rehabs want their clients to stay a minimum of 4 week, but research has proven that the best results are achieved when participants stay for at least 12 weeks. Residential alcohol rehab is usually reserved for people with medium to high levels of alcohol dependence.

Free alcohol rehab is virtually impossible to receive in the UK and most health boards will ask their clients to exhaust all the supports in the community before, if ever referring them to a residential alcohol clinic. This is primarily down to cost.

As we have highlighted, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to access free alcohol rehab or residential rehabilitation via the NHS, and in the few cases that you may be able to, it can take a very long time.  As with any addiction, or problem drinking there is often only a short window of time to get someone the treatment they need and especially when they are motivated and ready to receive help. Getting this timing right can be critical, and the difference between life and death for some. Free alcohol rehab is often not available fast enough via the NHS so if funds can be gathered or secured for a private alcohol clinic as opposed to the free alcohol rehab available in the community, then it is something that you should organise immediately.

The reason alcohol detox clinics are so successful is the quality and depth of care. Upon entering an alcohol rehab your days will be structured, with a combination of one-to-one counselling and group therapy, and depending on the alcohol clinic, you may well be able to tap into other activities, such as art therapy, sport, life skills, holistic therapy, cooking, financial management, hypnotherapy, acupuncture,  EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and family/couples therapy for relatives.

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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