A rehab clinic in Ealing

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Ealing

Admitting that you or a loved one need help for addiction is an incredibly brave step. It is not an easy task deciding which facility is the best for you, so we have created a rehab guide for alcohol addiction and drug addiction in Ealing, to simplify the process. This page will help you make a decision based on possible treatment and detox options, taking all available selections, their benefits and setbacks into consideration.

What is rehab?

The first question you may ask yourself is: what is rehab? Rehabilitation is where anyone who is suffering from an addiction, such as alcohol addiction (alcoholism), drug addiction or gambling addiction, can receive help from medical specialists to overcome reliance on a substance. This is done through detox and holistic therapies in a safe and comfortable environment.

In rehab, specialists draw on their own experiences and qualifications to help you on your journey to recovery. Depending on the treatment you choose, you will receive help from therapists and medical professionals in private therapy and other residents in group therapy. You may also be recommended a medical detox if needed.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Aftercare programmes are also included with rehab. Aftercare programmes are designed to give you constant support throughout your journey and keep you motivated to remain sober, even after you have completed therapy.

Each clinic has its advantages, but at UKAT, you will receive the added benefit of having access to our Alumni community.

Is rehab free?

Yes, there are a few free addiction treatment services available. They are funded by the NHS and are accessed through self-referral. The treatments mainly consist of outpatient care, detox programmes and group counselling. You can also look into charities who work with people suffering from addiction, for example, Turning Point, which has a limited number of beds for residential care.

Free addiction treatment services in Ealing

Being able to find help near you is important, and so we have included some options for free addiction treatment within Ealing:

Ealing RISE London

Address: 36A Northcote Avenue Southall UB1 2AY
Contact number: 020 8843 59000
Web Address: https://www.changegrowlive.org/rise-ealing/london

AA meeting Ealing

Address: Greenford The Vincent Pallotti Room, Parish Centre, Our Lady of the UB6 9AN
Web Address:: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/ealing

The downside to free services

Unfortunately, free services are known to lack in availability. They have insufficient funding from the government, despite addiction being at an all-time high, and struggle to assist everyone on the waiting list at a fast rate. As there are limited residential (inpatient) spaces, outpatient treatment is left as the only viable option for people. Sadly, free treatment can take up to weeks, risking you or your loved one’s health.

In contrast, private treatment can offer immediate treatment and benefits, some of which include full-board lodging, specialist programmes within the clinic you choose and aftercare community projects.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Ealing

There are several addiction and rehab programmes available in and around Ealing. Each has its benefits, depending on what type of support you prefer. Options include outpatient programmes, also known as day rehab (mostly treated through the NHS or inpatient rehab), normally found within private treatment centres and clinics.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab) is made up of scheduled treatment sessions. For the duration of your treatment, you will continue to stay at home, only visiting the clinic for your appointed session.

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

Residential rehab (or inpatient addiction treatment) is where you stay within the rehabilitation premises during your treatment programme. There, you will be given constant care and much-needed assistance throughout your recovery process. Residential rehab allows you to break away from your routine substance abuse in a safe and comfortable environment. If you choose to reside at UKAT, the comfortable rooms and large grounds will help you focus all your attention on recovering.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Finding what is right for you when seeking help from residential rehab can be confusing, but you must remember that our medical team can provide all the help you need and there are staff and peers available to talk to at all times.


Free addiction can be a long and tedious process. If your GP deems it necessary, they can refer you to a specialist, where you will then wait for approval before you begin your treatment. This process can take a few weeks and may leave you discouraged as you wait to start your treatment.

On the flip side, private treatment can take admissions from the moment a phone call is made. Within the first 24 hours, our patients will have access to a private, on-suite facility. As you arrive, you will be introduced to our talented licensed psychiatrist who can help you settle into our facility as you both explore all your treatment options.

Every centre has its own rules, but here is an overall 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

Take into account that you may be advised to limit your laptop and mobile phone use during the duration of your stay; this is to increase 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

Detoxification is the process of getting rid of any harmful substances in your body, such as alcohol or drugs. To help reduce discomfort, medication is an option used when there are high levels of a harmful substance in your bloodstream – also known as medical detox.
It is important to understand that this can only be done in a highly controlled environment, where you are as comfortable as possible.

A sudden decrease of any addictive substance can cause a considerable shock to your body, which is why detox medication, if deemed necessary, can be recommended by our medical professionals to help with your withdrawal symptoms.

Rehab programme

There are a range of ways to tackle your addiction with a rehab programme, so choosing a good quality alcohol or drug rehab programme that caters to all your needs and close to you in the Ealing borough is important. What approach best suits you? Some prefer using a 12-step programme; others prefer a non-12-step programme. Some people feel they get the most help from group therapy; others wish to have one-to-one therapy, improving using the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Sometimes you just need the advice from a therapist to truly know what is right for you.

Choosing the right programme

Starting your journey to sobriety is a big step and choosing the right programme for your personal needs is an essential stage. A proficient rehab programme should not only include a mix of group and private therapies but should encompass an inclusive environment for each person, especially regarding their personal and religious beliefs.

A good rehab programme should also help support anyone handling any psychological issues, through the use of dual diagnosis.

It is important you check a rehab’s accreditation based on their 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 significant insight into how suitable a facility is for you. You can also check out our centres’ CQC ratings, all of which consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ rating.

Family support programmes

It is no secret that when you suffer from addiction, whether that be drug abuse, alcoholism, or any other coercion, they can have heart-breaking effects on the families and loved ones around them. It comes as no surprise that they also need to receive sufficient support. A good centre will cater to the families affected, offering family workshops to give them the support and understanding that they need.

How long does rehab last?

Normally a rehab programme can last between four to twelve weeks, although there is no exact period that suits everyone. We have found that the longer a person is treated at our centre, the more likely they are to remain in recovery, even after returning home.

We propose booking a treatment programme for eight weeks or longer to give you the best results. This time frame gives you time to form friendships and begin a new life without any 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?

Returning home after rehab can feel intimidating to some people. Please know that our support won’t stop the moment you leave our centre. We will always be here to help.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare programmes are readily available through residential rehabs; they can include ongoing group therapy, private therapy and support groups.

We offer one-year free group therapy aftercare to all our residents who feel they could use it after their treatment. You will also gain access to our Alumni community, associating you with other people going through recovery at planned events and activities, securing those lifelong connections made after rehabilitation treatment.

Support Groups

There are also various support groups available as a form of aftercare. They are free and confidential groups that you can attend during or after your treatment. The groups running in Ealing include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

We want to provide you with constant support and care as you break out from your need for toxic substances. We know that a variety of situations in your daily routine can be a trigger that could set you back, especially during your early recovery days. It is important to understand that long term recovery is a long process and being sensitive to the outside world is a normal occurrence. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even after you’ve completed your treatment.

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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