Alcohol Rehab & Treatment

This Page was last reviewed and changed on July 6th, 2021

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MBBS; DPM(lre); MSc(Lon); BSPsych(Lon)

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Rehabilitation treatment for alcohol addiction is still fully available in our clinics as we ease out of the lockdown. At this time, if you feel concerned about your drinking, are worried about someone else’s alcohol intake or you notice any of the signs below, then please call us for free advice or use our live-chat service if you have any questions.

Content Overview

If you’re worried about committing to treatment, then this is perfectly natural. Contemplating rehab is never easy, and admitting that you or a loved one may need support can take time.

This page will explain everything you need to know about alcohol rehab, available treatments and how to select the right rehabilitation centre for you, so you can make a decision when you feel ready.

Recognising alcoholism

Alcoholism is characterised by a strong, often uncontrollable desire for alcohol. Naturally, the more someone drinks, the more accustomed their body becomes to the effects of alcohol, so they have to drink more than before to feel a ‘high’. This produces what is known as tolerance. Tolerance often results in physical dependence on the substance, which can develop into alcohol addiction.

Although alcoholism affects millions of people around the world, it is not openly talked about or understood; many people who would benefit from treatment at a rehab clinic may not reach out for help, as they’ll be unaware that their drinking is out of control. The most telling sign of someone with alcohol addiction is they will prioritise their drinking above anything else, including friendships, family and work.

Someone with a dependence on alcohol may seem like they function as normal. There are people suffering from it that have full-time careers and families. However, hiding the signs of alcoholism does not mean that it doesn’t exist. So, it’s essential to talk about and consider attending a rehab centre.

If someone with an addiction to alcohol goes a long period without drinking, their body, which has become accustomed to it in the blood, responds by signalling something is wrong. This reaction, otherwise known as withdrawal symptoms, is the body’s way of adjusting to the blood’s drop in substance levels and makes the person feel unwell. Symptoms of withdrawal include sweating, nausea, panic and shaking.

Here are some symptoms and side-effects of alcohol addiction:

Why should someone seek rehab for alcoholism?

Alcoholism sometimes goes deeper than consuming alcohol. It can be caused by something in the person’s life that hasn’t been addressed, which drinking offers an escape from.

Rehab gives someone struggling with alcoholism the chance to address the sources of their pain which encourage them to drink. It puts them in a safe environment with others who are going through a similar experience, as well as with experienced professionals so that they can talk to therapists at their own pace and without judgement.

Rehab is an opportunity to tackle the entire process, rather than just the drinking, which may be a symptom of a deeper issue.

Alcohol treatment

There are two parts to alcohol treatment: detox and rehabilitation. Detox deals with the physical aspect of addiction, whereas rehabilitation works with a person’s mindset towards alcohol.

Alcohol detox

Detox involves allowing the body time to rid itself of any harmful substances. This is done in a controlled environment to make your loved one feel as comfortable as possible. If there are high levels of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream then medication can be used to wean them off gradually and reduce discomfort.

If you are concerned about someone with alcohol addiction, please discourage them from self-detoxing, as this causes a shock to their body and could be lethal, especially if there is a high volume of alcohol in the blood or detox is attempted too fast. It is always safer to detox with a medical professional.

Alcohol rehabilitation

Rehabilitation involves a holistic approach towards alcoholism, using therapy to talk through any underlying issues that the person wants to address. Being surrounded by others in a similar situation will give someone with alcoholism a third-person perspective on how their alcohol dependence affects those around them, and therefore contributes to reconnecting with others when they return home.

Inpatient vs outpatient rehab

Outpatient rehab

Outpatient rehab involves going into the clinic for treatment and then heading back home each day. Some people prefer this option, as it allows them to be in their own home and not take time away from work. However, it is not always possible to provide a dedicated therapist.

Visiting whichever therapist is available that day may result in repeating their circumstances over and receiving different advice.

Inpatient rehab

Inpatient rehab, also known as residential rehab, involves staying in the rehabilitation premises during treatment. Inpatient programmes provide stability and constant care throughout the programme and often provide aftercare to residents to support them in their recovery post-treatment. Being away from routine for a while also gives someone suffering from substance abuse disorder time to reflect on their options and focus all their attention on their recovery.

What benefits will UKAT provide?

When you’re ready to commit to rehab, you’ll need to choose which type of centre to go with and whether you should go private or seek aid from a charity. The NHS addiction treatment budget is severely underfunded, which means there are very few inpatient NHS programmes and a limited number of outpatient programmes, for which there is a long waiting list.

UKAT was established in 2012 when our founder, who sought private treatment to help recover from gambling addiction, discovered that private facilities were expensive and had a low level of care. His vision was to ensure that top-quality treatment is accessible at the lowest possible cost for every person who needs help.

Choosing private rehab may seem a big step, but it will give you the time away to focus on your priorities in a caring environment, which is the best solution to overcoming alcoholism. These are our priorities for each clinic to ensure that every individual gets the most out of their time with us:

You will be in safe hands.

We hand-pick the most qualified and approachable staff to work at and run each of our clinics, to optimise your chances of recovery and keep you as comfortable as possible.

We will allocate a treatment programme specific to you.

There are various treatments which can be used for alcohol addiction, and each individual will be more suited to a different programme. Our clinics specialise in:

  • 7*, 10*, 14 and 28-day treatments
  • 12-step programme
  • Addiction intervention
  • Addiction treatment
  • Art therapy (available in some rehabs)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Treatment
  • Family support programmes
  • Music therapy (available in some rehabs)
  • Drumming therapy (available in some rehabs)
  • Trauma therapy
  • Strengths model
  • Primary and secondary addiction treatment
  • Physical health recovery

The treatment available for your programme will be based on an assessment with our qualified and experienced psychiatrist, who will answer any questions you have and select a plan specifically for you when you enrol.

You can choose to include your family in your recovery.

Alcohol addiction doesn’t solely affect the life of the person dependent on alcohol; it also affects the lives of everyone close to them – sometimes damaging friendships and leaving the family to encourage individuals to accept rehabilitation treatment.

We organise weekly family support sessions to involve anyone closely connected to you in the progress being made and work through any concerns**.

We are fully accredited.

UKAT’s rehab centres are fully accredited by the Care Quality Commission. We have high ratings, based on inspections checking how Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led the clinic is. You can find a CQC rating on each of our treatment centres, which are all at a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ ranking.

We invest in your aftercare.

Going to rehab is only the first step on your journey to sobriety. Stepping out of our clinic, where alcohol will be accessible to buy, you will be faced with many challenges to stay sober and focus on the techniques you learnt during treatment. We guarantee that all residents will have access to free aftercare – receiving group therapy for up to a year after their stay with us – if it is necessary for their journey.

UKAT Alumni

You will also become a member of our Alumni programme when you complete your rehabilitation. In this interconnected network, activities and gatherings are organised with others recovering from alcohol addiction, so you mix with people going through the same experience and encourage each other to stay sober. This network of friends will be available for life, helping you through every step.

Treatment payment options

Before admission, all payment options will be explained to you. Many of our clinics accept BUPA and AXA insurance. However, be sure to check with your insurance company that your claim is covered. We can also discuss cash payments, credit cards and other options. We will do everything we can to connect you with a treatment facility that suits your budget.

Please be aware that once you are accepted for admission, a deposit will be required to secure your place in an upcoming treatment programme. The balance due will be payable upon admission. If you wish to visit the clinic before you make your mind up about committing to treatment, you are welcome to do so, by arranging a viewing with our staff.

*To reduce the spread of Covid-19 and keep our rehabs safe, we have introduced a shielding period in our facilities for all new residents. For this reason, 14-day treatments will be the shortest programme available during the pandemic.
**During the Covid-19 pandemic, family support sessions have been put on hold to prevent the risk of the virus spreading into our centres. However, we are in the process of reintroducing these sessions as safely and quickly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are alcohol rehabs private and confidential?

Yes, they are. We respect your privacy and your need for confidentiality throughout the entire process.

Is there an ideal length of rehab?

Though the typical rehab programme lasts from 4 to 12 weeks, there is no ideal length applicable to everyone. You might progress more quickly than others in your facility; you might need a longer stay.

What does treatment include?

Treatment includes a medical assessment, medically supervised detox, a variety of rehab therapies, and aftercare. Residential facilities also provide food and lodging; some offer additional amenities.

What are the factors I should look for in a rehab programme?

In addition to the treatment approach taken (rehab vs detox-only), we recommend considering the level of accommodation, the physical location of a facility, and the kinds of therapies offered. There are enough options to meet any need.

How much does treatment cost?

Due to the varying length of treatment programmes and the different kinds of accommodation available, is not possible to provide an accurate cost here. The cost of your treatment will depend on the options you choose. We can discuss cost when you contact us.

Are there treatment programmes for teens?

Yes, there are. Specialised programmes tailored to the unique needs of teenagers are available through UKAT.

How do you know if you’re addicted to alcohol?

Alcoholism is a condition that manifests itself in identifiable symptoms and signs. If you exhibit any of them, you may be addicted. You can find more information about signs and symptoms here on our site.

How do clinicians recommend duration of stay?

Recommendations for the length of stay are made based on a patient’s overall health and the severity of the addiction. Length of stay is established in the patient’s treatment plan, though it can be modified as needed.

Does insurance cover alcohol treatment?

Though we cannot offer any guarantees, most private insurance policies do offer at least some level of coverage for alcohol treatment. Check your policy documents to learn what your insurance covers.

How does alcohol rehab work?

Alcohol rehab combines detox and rehabilitative therapies to help patients come clean and stay clean. Detox addresses the physical while rehab therapies address the mental and spiritual aspects of addictive behaviour. The goal is to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.

How effective is alcohol rehab?

Alcohol rehab has proven effective for countless people over the years. When approached with the right mindset and combined with professional, supportive care, rehab can form the foundation on which the recovering alcoholic can build a new, alcohol-free life.

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If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment programme but experience a relapse within 30 days of leaving, we will welcome you back for complimentary 30 days of treatment.*

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