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Drug and alcohol rehab in Barking and Dagenham, London

We understand that recovery from addiction can be an emotional time for you. There are many options for addiction treatment in Barking and Dagenham, and it’s not always easy to recognise the best rehab. We have created this guide to rehab for drug addiction and alcohol addiction in this area so that you can make an informed decision on your best treatment and detox options in London.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation is a system in which people who have been through addiction, usually alcohol addiction (alcoholism), drug addiction or gambling, draw on their experiences and qualifications to help other people through the journey to recovery. This takes place in a safe space, where those who are suffering from addiction can withdraw from a substance cautiously, through medical detox if necessary, and then attend group and private holistic therapy sessions. Here, they discuss any underlying influences and seek advice from medical professionals, therapists and peers, to end their addictive behaviours.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Rehab usually also includes an aftercare programme, which helps those in recovery to remain sober and well-connected after they have completed treatment. UKAT patients will get automatic access to our Alumni community, but every clinic has its benefits.

Is rehab free?

Addiction rehab is available as a free addiction treatment service, which is funded by the NHS, and also through private treatment. Free treatment is accessed through self-referral and comes in the form of outpatient care, detox programmes and group counselling. There are also a limited number of beds for residential care through charities such as Turning Point.

Free addiction treatment services in Barking and Dagenham

AA meeting Barking

Address: Barking Methodist Church, 41 London Rd, IG11 8AL

Number: 0800 9177 650

Web Address: https://www.addictionhelper.com/rehab-locations/london/barking/aa-meeting-1/

The downside to free services

Unfortunately, free services are not fast. With addiction at an all-time high and limited government funding, free treatment could take weeks to conclude, risking you or a loved one’s health. There are also limited residential (inpatient) spaces, likely to leave only outpatient treatment options accessible.

Private treatment offers immediate care and benefits, such as aftercare community projects, specialist programmes in the clinic of your choice and full-board lodging․

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Barking and Dagenham

There are lots of inpatient and outpatient services available (both NHS and privately funded); the following will give you insight into the options available, so you can decide what works best for you.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Rather than living in the rehabilitation premises, outpatient programmes comprise of visiting the clinic for each scheduled treatment session. You will live at home for the duration of the programme, visiting the clinic for treatment sessions and heading home once it’s finished.

Outpatient programmes are NHS funded but can also be accessed through some private clinics. Due to restricted funding, outpatient programmes are usually the only option for NHS funded rehab.

  • Flexible for those that have childcare and work commitments
  • You can remain in control of your home routine
  • Cheaper than private care
Cons of outpatient treatment
  • Not ideal for those with severe addiction
  • People may be referred to a clinic far from home
  • Recovery may be affected by life distractions
  • Takes longer to complete
  • Does not guarantee a safe space to stay during detox
  • Does not guarantee a dedicated therapist
  • Not able to share the experience with like-minded residents

Inpatient rehab

Inpatient addiction treatment, also known as residential rehab, involves staying in the rehabilitation premises during your treatment programme. This provides stability and constant care throughout your recovery. Being away from routine for a while in a safe and comfortable addiction treatment centre also provides you with time to reflect on options and focus all your attention on getting clean.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Although finding the right treatment programme may seem like a daunting task, residential treatment centres enable access to medical professionals who can answer any questions you may have, if you’d like to know more.


Admissions for free addiction treatment begin with visiting a GP, who will assess your situation and refer you to a specialist. If approved, it can take up to a few weeks to hear back with an appointment.
For private treatment, admissions can start the moment you make a phone call. Within 24 hours, you will have your private on-suite facility. There will be a licensed psychiatrist to welcome you on arrival and explain the treatment options most beneficial to your situation. They will also explain the process and answer any questions you have.
Every centre will have its own rules. Yet, here is a comprehensive guide to what you should pack for treatment.

Advisory items to bring with you include:

  • Toiletries
  • Nightwear
  • Exercise gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Outdoor clothes
  • Medication
  • Umbrella
  • Pictures
  • Mobile phone
  • iPod or radio
  • Laptop

You may be limited to how often you can use your laptop and mobile phone during treatment, to increase your chances of recovery.

The following items are usually not permitted:

  • Illicit alcohol/ drugs
  • Any form of weapon or dangerous object
  • Sharp objects such as knives, scissors, needles, and razor blades
  • Non-prescribed medication
  • Aerosols or perfume
  • Mouthwash with alcohol contents
Medical detox

Alcohol detox and drug detox involve allowing the body time to rid itself of any harmful substances. This is done in a controlled environment to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If there are high levels of a substance in a person’s bloodstream, then medication can be used to wean them off gradually and reduce discomfort. Sudden volume decreases of an addictive substance causes a shock to the body, which could be lethal, so detox medication may be recommended by a medical professional to reduce withdrawal symptoms, in severe cases.

Rehab programme

It is important to consider all options when choosing an alcohol or drug rehab treatment to find the programme which works best for you. There are a number of treatment approaches to choose from; for example, some may prefer a 12-step programme whereas others prefer a more therapy-based approach. Some people feel they benefit more from individual therapy sessions, whereas others enjoy learning from others in a group setting. Using a treatment model such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is popular for drug and alcohol addiction services, however, other forms of psychotherapy, such as art or drama therapy may also be helpful.

Choosing the right programme

A competent rehab should consist of a mix of private and group therapies and be suitable for one’s personal and religious beliefs by offering an inclusive atmosphere in every therapy approach.

A good quality rehab programme should also have a healing design to help those handling psychological problems; a dual-diagnosis option illustrates the competence to treat compound disorders without preventing the state of any existing mental health issue.

You can also check the rehab’s accreditation based on the Care Quality Commission’s ratings (how safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led the clinic is) by searching on their website. You can find each of our centre’s CQC ratings, which are all at a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ ranking.

Family support programmes

Whether someone is dealing with drug abuse, alcoholism, or another compulsion, addiction can have devastating effects on those close to them. So, a supportive centre will offer family sessions, building a safe space to empower everyone to make positive changes together.

How long does rehab last?

Although the typical rehab programme lasts between four and twelve weeks, there is no ideal length applicable to everyone. Our admissions team have discovered that the longer an individual stays at the centre for treatment, the more likely they are to remain in recovery after their departure. Many individuals who book into rehab for a shorter time frame insist on extending their stay, as it takes a couple of weeks to adjust to the facility and detox, before settling in with other residents. It’s advisable to book a programme longer than eight weeks to give you the best chance of forming friendships and adjusting to a life without addictive substances.

The benefits of residential rehab

  • On-hand medical specialists and support staff
  • Schedule and meals set up for you, giving you time to focus on recovery
  • Removes you from any temptation and life distractions
  • Luxurious and comfortable grounds to stay in during detox
  • Opportunity to share the experience with like-minded residents
  • Immersive aftercare programme

What happens after rehab?

Completing a treatment programme may seem a big step, but ongoing support is a vital piece of the puzzle to help you start your new life.

Aftercare programmes

Most residential rehabs provide aftercare. This could be in the form of ongoing group therapy, support groups or private therapy.

UKAT offers one-year free group therapy aftercare to all residents who need it after their treatment. All who have attended our clinics will also have access to UKAT’s Alumni community, which brings people in recovery together through activities and events, to support each other and build lifelong connections after rehabilitation treatment.

Support groups

Support groups are another form of aftercare which is advised; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART recovery are confidential groups which anyone can attend either during or after treatment. These groups are free of charge and offer a safe space to confide in understanding peers and support you through the rest of the journey.

Long term recovery from addiction

The individual journey toward long-term recovery from addiction will be different for each of us, so it is important not to compare your choices or progress to others. Some may find certain services more beneficial than others and some may need to repeat programmes or utilise different parts of their treatment whereas others may steam ahead first time. Finding the right programme is a crucial part of that process and UKAT will provide the support you need every step of the way.

Frequently asked questions

Are rehabs open in London during the Coronavirus outbreak?
Rehabilitation centres are operating during the Coronavirus outbreak, as healthcare facilities are essential businesses. This includes private rehab clinics in London, provided they follow the safety regulations implemented by the government.

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Does free alcohol rehab in London exist?
There are a number of free clinics in London which can help you with alcohol or drug abuse. However, there are no inpatient options. Rehabilitation centres are not free, so for residential rehab your best option is to opt for private treatment.

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How do I pay for rehab?
A deposit will be accepted at the beginning of the process and full payment taken a few days later, once you have started your programme.

Many private rehabilitation companies, including UKAT, accept BUPA insurance. However, be sure to check with your insurance company that your claim is covered.

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Can I get funding through the NHS?
Although funding through the NHS is available, it can be a lengthy and emotional process and many applications are turned down.

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Can you force someone to go to rehab?
You cannot force someone to go into rehab; it must be their choice. However, you can organise an intervention if you are worried about someone. This involves sitting and talking to your loved one with the help of a professional, in the hope they will listen and follow your advice.

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Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
Addictions to any of the following drugs can be treated in a rehabilitation clinic: cocaine rehab, crack cocaine rehab, heroin rehab, cannabis rehab, ecstasy rehab and prescription drugs rehab, including benzodiazepines rehab and opiates rehab.

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How long should I go to rehab for?
The recommended duration of rehab depends on the severity of your addiction and you will be advised by a professional during your admissions process.

The longer the length of stay in rehab the higher the success rate for staying sober, as you spend more quality time in therapy and in a sober environment, away from temptation.

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Is rehab confidential?
If you seek treatment through the NHS, the referral will sit on your medical records. However, employers cannot access these records unless under specific circumstances. So, there is a limited chance of them finding out.

Private rehabilitation is completely confidential and does not sit on your medical records.

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Can I visit a loved one during rehab?
You can visit your loved one for an hour every Sunday at our private centres. However, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 you will not be permitted to visit loved ones during the lockdown.

Family support groups take place every week at each of our centres and anyone who has a close connection to the patient can join. Not all rehabilitation centres offer this option, so this needs to be checked on their website.

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