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Free/NHS Rehab

Although there is no such thing as free rehab, government funded places are occasionally made available to people who require intensive support and show sufficient willingness and motivation to succeed. Funding is very limited and there are unfortunately a lot of hoops to jump through. This would be an option if private rehab isn’t on the cards for you.

If you choose to pursue this option, you will normally spend a period of time in community-based treatment before accessing NHS rehabilitation. This will be to ensure that you are sufficiently stable in your drug/alcohol use before being referred to drug or alcohol rehab and to test your motivation and willingness to succeed.

Lengthy and Difficult…

It is important to bear in mind that immediate access is not possible and that the process of entering free drug rehab in the UK is lengthy and convoluted. As you will see below, you will need to attend lots of interviews and require lots of patience. Port of Call are not able to expedite this process but we are happy to help you find rehab services in your local area. For information on how Port of Call can help you access affordable rehab treatment, call our confidential experts today on 08000029010. You may also benefit from reading up on how much private alcohol rehab costs, and seeing if this is the best option for you.

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The process of accessing NHS Rehab

You will need to follow a strict and rigorous process that will involve a lot of determination and commitment. Processes will vary depending on the area you live, but are usually along these lines:

  • You will need to make an appointment with your local drug or alcohol service
  • You will be assigned a keyworker who will do an initial assessment of your suitability for rehab and to establish whether you need a detox
  • You will be assessed by a local authority social services care manager or a local drugs service – this is a community care assessment to check if you meet the local authority’s eligibility criteria for residential treatment
  • The local authority and drug service will then attempt to secure funding for your rehab place
  • The rehab will also want to interview you and do their own assessment before you can start
  • If detox is required first, your keyworker will advise you on suitable options and timescales and your detox arrangements will be coordinated with your start date for rehab
  • Once the funding arrangements and start dates are in place and detox, if required, has been completed, you will go to rehab

Free NHS outpatient services

The NHS offers a number of outpatient services for people with an alcohol or substance misuse problem. Your GP can advise about services specific to your local area.

Alternatives to NHS rehab

If NHS alcohol rehab isn’t for you, further alternative options are available. Home detox from alcohol without going to rehab can prove to be a very effective step in the treatment of alcohol addiction. We absolutely do not advocate detoxing from alcohol, or any other drug, unsupervised. Doing so can prove extremely dangerous. Detoxification should always be carried out as part of a structured and gradual programme complied by a professional.

Free support in your community

Nationwide support groups that are free to attend include:

Top FAQs answers

How long does rehab last?

Most alcohol and drug rehab clinics offer primary treatment programmes that last 28 days. Shorter stays and longer stays are available at the majority of clinics. We can help you decide what will work for you.

What does rehab cost?

At Port of Call we work with a range of clinics and we can find something affordable for most callers. Low cost clinics tend to charge around £6,000 for 4 weeks treatment. Mid range clinics charge £9,000 - £12,000 and luxurious clinics charge up to £20,000.

Does my employer need to know I’m seeking help?

Most people with an addiction are in full time employment and most don’t want their workplace to know what’s happening for them. You can be granted a leave of absence without your employer being made aware that you are receiving treatment.

My family member is in denial – what do I do?

We have helped many family members encourage their loved one to seek help. If you call us we’ll take some time to get a sense of what’s happening and how you can intervene successfully.

Choose confidently with Port of Call

  • We visit all clinics so you don’t have to.
  • We keep appraised of CQC reports.
  • We talk with 100 alumni clients every year.
  • We make sure you get the best price possible.
  • We respect the confidentiality and sensitive nature of your call.
  • We don’t judge and we know how much courage it takes to ask for help.

Mike from Manchester

“I wanted a single room and a gym and I didn’t like the 12 step approach. They found me the right place and I loved it”

Gill from Blackburn

“My Dad needed a lift into treatment on a Sunday while we were out of the country. Christine handled everything for us”

Susan from Wolverhampton

“I wanted somewhere caring and compassionate. Not a boot camp approach. I really enjoyed rehab and I'm sober 6 months on”

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