A rehab clinic in Bromley

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Bromley

Getting the right support is vital when recovering from addiction. It is a difficult time that can bring forth a lot of emotions and finding which rehab facility is right for you is not always a clear-cut choice. We have created a rehab guide for alcohol and drug addiction in Bromley to allow you to make an informative decision based on your detox and treatment requirements, and to find the best option for you within the Bromley borough.

What is rehab?

When you are suffering from an addiction, whether it is alcohol addiction (alcoholism), drug addiction or gambling, rehab can be the best option to help you recover. Rehabilitation can help those suffering from addiction to carefully eradicate the need for a given substance, through detox and holistic therapy, in a safe and protected space. You may also undergo medical detox if necessary.

Our medical professionals not only utilise their qualifications to help you through your journey to sobriety but also their own experiences. In an effort to end your addictive behaviours, you will receive help from medical professionals and therapists via private therapy, and others who understand your experience via group therapy.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Aftercare programmes are common within rehabilitation and provide constant encouragement and guidance to remain sober, to those in recovery and to those who have completed their treatment. Each clinic has its own benefits, but at UKAT you receive the extra benefit of having automatic access to our Alumni community.

Is rehab free?

Free addiction treatment services are mainly funded via the NHS and accessed through self-referral. Treatments are constructed of detox programmes, outpatient care and group counselling. There are also various charities, such as Turning Point, that despite their limited number of beds for residential care, do a lot of work for people suffering from addiction.

Free addiction treatment services in Bromley

Knowing what support is near you is important and so here is a list of viable options for free addiction treatment services in Bromley:

Bromley Changes

Address: Wimpole Close, Bromley, BR2 9JF
Contact number: 0208 313 1107
Web Address: https://www.changegrowlive.org/changes-young-peoples-service-bromley

AA meeting Bromley

Address: Bromley Methodist Church, North Rd BR1 3NS
Contact number: 0800 915 9400

The downside to free services

Although Bromley has various free services available, they have limited government funding despite addiction peaking over the years. They are also known for being relatively slow, with extremely limited residential (inpatient) spaces, leaving outpatient treatment as the only feasible option. Regrettably, free treatment can take weeks to organise, risking you or your loved one’s health.

For anyone in need of immediate assistance, private treatment can offer you immediate care, some of which include specialist programmes, full-board lodging and aftercare community projects.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Bromley

There are different addiction treatments and rehab programmes available within Bromley, each with their own benefits. Examples of treatments include outpatient programmes, also known as day rehab (commonly treated through the NHS) or inpatient rehab (commonly found through private treatment clinics).

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab) involves visiting the clinic for scheduled treatment sessions. You will continue to stay at home for the duration of your treatment, only visiting the clinic for your appointed consultation.

Pros of outpatient treatment
  • Flexibility
  • You can remain at home and continue your normal routine
  • Less expensive option
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 addiction treatment

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab) involves staying within the rehabilitation premises for the duration of your treatment. This allows you to have constant care and much-needed stability throughout your recovery.

Private rehab facilities such as UKAT enable you to break away from harmful behaviours in a safe environment. Staying in a residential rehab allows you the time you need to focus on getting clean.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Finding which residential rehab is best for you can be a daunting experience. The amazing thing about seeking help via inpatient treatment facilities is the endless amount of help and patience the medical team can provide at all times.


Admissions for free addiction treatment can be tiring and long. Only after visiting your GP and they assess your current situation can they refer you to a specialist, if they deem it necessary. You could be waiting for weeks to hear back for an appointment.

Private treatment, however, can offer help from the very moment you make a phone call. You will even gain access to the facility within the first 24 hours. On arrival, you will be greeted by our licensed psychiatrist who will readily answer any questions you may have, explore the best treatment options for you and help you effortlessly settle into our facility.

Here is an overall guide to what you should pack for treatment. However, take into consideration that every centre has its own rules.

Advisory items to bring with you include:

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

Please bear in mind that you may be advised to limit your laptop and mobile phone use for the duration of your stay to improve your chance of 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 where you allow your body to rid itself of any harmful substances you have ingested. Alcohol detox and drug detox is a frequent practice, however it 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 an option that can help slowly reduce the levels of addictive substances, and in turn, improve your health.

Our medical professionals may deem detox medication necessary in any case they feel is severe. This reduces any withdrawal symptoms you may experience, as any sudden decrease in an addictive substance can cause a considerable shock to the body. The professionals in our centres will strive to make you as comfortable as possible.

Rehab programme

Choosing a good quality alcohol or drug rehab programme is essential – especially one that is catered to your needs and obtainable within your Bromley area. There are numerous approaches to tackle addiction. Some people prefer using a 12-step programme while others prefer a non 12 step programme. Some people feel they benefit from interaction and group therapy whereas others wish to have one-to-one therapy, improving using the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sometimes it takes the advice from a therapist to truly know what is right for you.

Choosing the right programme

A competent rehab should consist of not only a mix of private and group therapies but should also create an inclusive atmosphere for each person’s personal and religious beliefs.

A skilled rehab programme should also help support those handling psychological problems. We understand that dual-diagnosis is essential for helping anyone with a mental health diagnosis to comfortably complete their recovery.

Checking a rehab’s accreditation is an important step when choosing the right place for you. Be sure to check each facility’s Care Quality Commission’s ratings (how safe, effective, caring, responsive, and well-led the clinic is) by searching on their website. These ratings give you much-needed insight into how right a facility is to you.

UKAT’s CQC ratings consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ ratings throughout.

Family support programmes

Addiction, whether that be drug abuse, alcoholism, or any other coercion, can have devastating effects on your loved ones. So, it is just as important that the families and loved ones of individuals suffering from addiction also get substantial support.

A supportive centre will offer family workshops, providing a safe place for communication and understanding to family members affected by those struggling with addiction.

How long does rehab last?

Rehab programmes can last between four to twelve weeks, although it is hard to estimate an exact length of time, as each person is different. Our admissions team have discovered that the longer a person is treated at the centre, the more likely they are to remain in recovery even after returning home.

We encourage booking a treatment programme eight weeks or longer to achieve the best results.

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?

It can feel uncomfortable leaving the encouragement of our treatment centre. However, our support won’t end when you leave, as we understanding that a big part of recovery happens after rehab.

Aftercare programmes

Most residential rehabs provide aftercare, ranging from ongoing group therapy, private therapy, or support groups.

UKAT offers one-year free group therapy aftercare to all its residents who feel they could benefit from its use after their treatment. UKAT clients also have access to our UKAT’s Alumni community which brings people going through recovery together through planned events and activities, allowing for continued support and to solidify lifelong connections made after rehabilitation treatment.

Support groups

Support groups are also available as a form of aftercare. These are confidential groups within your local Bromley area that offer you a safe place to confide in people as you go through the rest of your journey, free of charge. Examples of these groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

At UKAT, we aim to help everyone on their road to recovery. We understand that you will need time and patience when it comes to putting yourself back into the normalcy of your home life. Various stresses and situations can be a trigger that could set you back early within your recovery. We are here to provide you with enough support to battle any setbacks in a safe and inclusive environment.

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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