A rehab clinic in Brent

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Brent

Figuring out which rehab facility is the best option for your recovery from addiction is not an easy task. There are many choices across London with different benefits, so we have created a short rehab guide to break down the process. We will discuss alcohol addiction, drug addiction, detox and what to expect from different services in Brent, so you can make an informed decision.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation is a secure and safe environment for anyone struggling with any addiction, such as gambling, alcohol addiction (alcoholism) or drug addiction, to conquer their substance abuse through detox and holistic therapy. Rehab is made up of specialists, who draw not only on their qualifications but also their personal experiences, to help you reach your goal of sobriety. You can expect to receive help from not only medical professionals and therapists, but also aftercare groups.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

We understand that aftercare programmes that allow continued support and care after your completed treatment are essential, so those that attend treatment at UKAT have access to our Alumni community, is an example, which has a restricted number of beds for residential care.

Is rehab free?

There are free rehab treatments available, mainly accessed through the act of self-referral. It is funded by the NHS and is primarily made up of outpatient care, detox counselling and group counselling. Various charities also contribute to helping those with substance dependency. Turning Point, that work with people suffering from addiction, despite their limited number of beds for residential care.

Free addiction treatment services in Brent

Finding substantial support in Brent is crucial, so we have included various options for free services to treat addiction:

WDP Brent

Address: 97 Cobbold Road, London, NW10 9SU or Willesden Centre for Health, Harlesden Road, London NW10 3RY
Contact number: 020 7428 1161
Web Address: https://www.wdp.org.uk/brent

Brent Carers Centre

Address: Willesden Medical Centre,3rd Floor 144-150 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2PT
Contact number: 020 3802 7070
Web Address: https://brentcarerscentre.org.uk/

The downside to free services

Unfortunately, free services in Brent lack in speed and are not able to offer immediate help. Despite addiction and substance abuse being at a record-breaking high, they have little government funding. This, in turn, means a limited amount of residential (inpatient) spaces, leaving outpatient treatment as the only other option. Free treatment can take weeks to complete, risking not only you or your loved one’s physical health but mental health as well.

Private treatment, on the other hand, offers prompt care and benefits, including full-board lodging, aftercare community projects and even specialised programmes with the clinic you choose.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Brent

Every different addiction treatment and rehab programme have their unique benefits, depending on the quality of help you are seeking. Examples of treatment include day rehab (outpatient programmes), accessed through the NHS or inpatient rehab. These are mostly found in private treatment centres such as ours here at UKAT.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient addiction treatment or day rehab is where you receive help via scheduled treatment sessions. This allows you to stay at home during your battle with addiction.

Pros of outpatient treatment
  • Flexibility – especially for those with children
  • Cost-effective
  • Remaining at home- enables you to continue with you regular routine
Cons of outpatient treatment
  • Not ideal for those with severe addiction
  • Could be referred to a clinic far from home
  • Life distractions could affect your progress
  • Longer to complete
  • Safe space to stay during detox not guaranteed
  • Dedicated therapist not guaranteed
  • Unable to share the experience with like-minded residents

Inpatient addiction treatment

Inpatient addiction treatment, also known as residential rehab, is where you stay within a rehabilitation premise during the duration of your treatment. This provides constant care throughout your journey back to sobriety and much-needed stability. The need to reflect on all your options and focus all your attention on recovering is fundamental, and private rehab facilities can break you out of your routine in a safe, controlled and comfortable environment.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Gaining substantial knowledge on which residential rehab is right for you can be a daunting and confusing experience. Here at UKAT, we provide constant support via our incredible medical teams and cater to your personal needs throughout your journey to sobriety. Just another added benefit when getting help through inpatient treatment facilities.


Free addiction treatments begin with self-referral. Only after your GP makes an assessment of your current situation are you then referred to a specialist for treatment. This means having to wait for approval to begin, taking up to weeks to hear back for an appointment.

Private treatment centres, however, will have a personal on-suite facility ready and waiting for you within the first 24 hours of making a call.

Every clinic has its own rules, but here is an overall guide on 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

Take into consideration that you may be advised to limit laptop and mobile phone use during your stay, to help increase your chances at recovery.

The following items are customarily 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

Detox is the process of allowing your body to rid itself of any harmful substances you have ingested. Alcohol detox and drug detox is a frequent practice and needs to be done in a controlled and secure environment. If there are high levels of a toxic substance in your bloodstream, such as alcohol, then medication can be used in small doses, known as a medical detox. This can help slowly reduce the toxin levels in the blood, reducing withdrawal symptoms and discomfort.

Our medical professionals may deem detox medication necessary in any case they feel is severe.

Rehab programme

There are many different approaches when tackling your addiction within a rehab programme. It is critical that you choose good quality alcohol or drug rehab programmes within your Brent area that caters to your needs. Some people feel they gain more from peer interaction in group therapy; others prefer one-to-one therapy, improving with the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Some feel they achieve more through a 12-step programme; others prefer a non-12 step programme. Other times it takes advice from a therapist to know what is right for you.

Choosing the right programme

Selecting the right programme is an essential step in starting your journey to recovery. We understand that this can be a confusing and challenging task. To help you, here are a few benefits to look out for in a qualified rehab.

  • A mix of both private and group therapies and an inclusive atmosphere in regards to personal and religious beliefs.
  • An dual-diagnosis option to help those with mental health conditions.
  • A high accreditation from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). These ratings give you much-needed insight into just how right a fit a facility is to you, by assessing how safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led the clinic is. You can check out our centres’ CQC scores, all of which consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ rating.
Family support programmes

Addiction can have devastating and long-lasting effects on the people around them, so it’s essential that the families and loved ones supporting those through their battles with addiction also receive support. The right centre will provide communication between someone struggling with addiction and those impacted by their behaviour via family workshops.

How long does rehab last?

Rehab programmes can last from four to twelve weeks. However, there is no definitive time frame that applies to everyone. The UKAT admissions team have assessed that the longer someone is treated at our rehab centre, the more likely they are to remain successful with their recovery, even after returning home.

We advise booking a treatment programme eight weeks or longer to enable the best results, allowing for friendships to bloom and being able to adjust to a new life without addictive substances.

The benefits of residential rehab

  • Removing any temptations and life distractions
  • On-hand medical specialists and support staff
  • Opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded residents
  • Luxurious/comfortable grounds to stay in during your detox
  • Schedule and meals set up for you, allowing time to focus on recovery
  • Immersive aftercare programme

What happens after rehab?

Despite it being a big part of recovery, the thought of leaving our treatment centre can feel like a big step. It is important to know that the support won’t stop once you leave.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare is something that most residential rehabs can provide. This can range from ongoing group therapy, private therapy or support groups.

We offer one-year free group therapy aftercare to all its residents who feel they could benefit from it after their treatment. UKAT participants will also have access to our Alumni community. This allows people who are on the same path of recovery to come together and interact through planned events and activities, fuelling those lifelong connections made after rehabilitation treatment.

Support groups

Support groups are another form of aftercare within your local Brent area. They offer support and communication as you continue on your journey to sobriety and are confidential and free of charge. Examples of these groups are as follows; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

Long term recovery is a process that demands constant support and understanding. At UKAT we understand that you need time and patience, especially when it comes to putting yourself back into your regular daily routine. Various situations and stresses can indeed be a trigger that could set you back, notably for those early into their recovery. We are here to provide as much support as you need to regain your quality of life.

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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