A rehab clinic in Enfield

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Enfield, London

There are multiple addiction treatments within Enfield, but the process of finding the right one for you has been known to be demanding. So to help you make the right decision based on your treatment and detox needs, we have put together a rehab guide for alcohol addiction and drug addiction.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation, simply put, is where anyone who is suffering from any form of addiction, for example, alcoholism, drug addiction or gambling can eradicate the need for addictive substances through a programme of detox and holistic therapy with medical specialists.
Therapists and medical professionals will draw on their qualifications and their own experiences, to help you adjust to sobriety, while other residents share similar stories to give you better perspective, through a mix of private and group therapy. Medical detox may also be advised.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Rehab also includes aftercare programmes to give you constant support and inspire you to remain sober throughout your recovery process after you have completed treatment. At UKAT, you will also receive the added benefit of having automatic access to our Alumni community, but each clinic has its advantages.

Is rehab free?

There are some free addiction treatment services available, funded through the NHS. They begin through a self-referral and comprise of detox programmes, group counselling and outpatient care. There are also charities such as Turning Point that have a limited number of beds for residential care, who help those looking for free support.

Free addiction treatment services in Enfield

Finding the right help nearby is important, so here are some options for free addiction treatment in Enfield:


Address: Hub, 29 Folkestone Road, Edmonton, N18 2ER
Number: 020 8360 9102
Web Address: https://www.compass-uk.org/services

Enfield Alcohol and Drug Service

Number: 020 8379 6010
Web Address: https://www.beh-mht.nhs.uk/services/enable-enfield-alcohol-and-drug-service/189

The downside to free services

Despite Enfield having multiple free services, sadly they are incredibly slow at receiving patients and they have a limited amount of government funding. With addiction at an all-time high there are many patients competing for residential (inpatient) spaces, which leaves outpatient treatment as your most likely option.
Private treatment, on the other hand, has the resources to receive a large number of people that need help. UKAT even offers specialist programmes, full-board lodging and aftercare community projects within 24 hours of making a phone call.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Enfield

There are multiple addiction treatments and rehab programmes accessible within Enfield. They each offer different benefits and vary in quality.
The first decision to make is whether to attend an outpatient programmes (day rehab), commonly treated through the NHS, or inpatient rehab, which can be accessed through private rehab centres.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient addiction treatment, commonly known as day rehab, is where you continue to stay at home for the duration of your treatment and only visit the clinic for scheduled treatment sessions.

Pros of outpatient treatment
  • Flexibility – especially for those with children
  • You can remain at home and continue your normal routine
  • Private care is more expensive
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, allows you to stay within the rehabilitation establishment throughout the duration of your treatment
Private rehab facilities, give you the chance to break your destructive habits in a secure and safe environment. Being able to stay in a residential rehab facility gives you the time you need to focus your energy on getting sober.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Not every treatment programme is the same, as they may differ in style or approach. However, all residential rehabs offer the chance to build long-lasting friendships with those going through similar experiences and therefore understand you better than anyone else.


Admissions through the NHS can be taxing; only after getting a referral from your GP to a specialist (if they determine it appropriate), will you start your treatment. This could take up to a few weeks, leaving you anxiously waiting to hear back.
However, private rehabilitations can take admissions from the minute you make your first phone call. With UKAT you will gain immediate access to an on-suite facility within the first 24 hours. On your arrival, you will be welcomed by a licensed psychiatrist who will happily help you explore all the best treatment options available and answer any questions you may have, allowing you to comfortably settle into our facility.
Each company has its unique set of 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 consideration that there may be rules limiting laptop and mobile phone use for the duration of your stay to increase your chances 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

Alcohol detoxification and drug detoxification is a process of enabling your body to get rid of any harmful substances you have taken. This is a common practice, however, it needs to be administered in a safe environment and only by the right medical professionals, to ensure any withdrawal symptoms are dealt with quickly.
Our medical professionals will prescribe medication in the cases they deem as severe. This is known as a medical detox. A medical detox allows you to control how quickly the substances leave the bloodstream, preventing any shock to the system. This also ensures that you are as comfortable as possible and adjust to changes more smoothly.

Rehab programme

Being able to choose a reliable alcohol or drug rehab programme is half the battle. You need to be able to find one that caters to all your needs and is readily accessible within your Enfield area. There are several options to choose from. Some people prefer using a 12-step programme; others prefer a non 12-step programme. Some people feel they benefit from interaction and group therapy, while 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

It’s important to choose the right programme that fits your personal needs and recovery approach. A reliable rehab should not only supply a mix of both group and private therapies but should also allow for an inclusive environment, especially in regards to each person’s personal and religious beliefs.

A good rehab programme will also help support the people handling mental health conditions alongside their addiction. UKAT specialises in dual-diagnosis, which ensures that any mental health condition or disability will be woven into your treatment plan, so both are equally catered to.

Checking a rehab’s accreditation is also a fundamental 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 for you. You can also check UKAT’s CQC scores ratings which consist of ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ ratings throughout.

Family support programmes

Family members of people suffering from addiction, whether it is alcoholism, drug abuse or any other coercion, are also severely affected by the situation. So, it is important that close friends and family also receive help and support throughout this difficult time.
A dependable and supportive centre will offer you and your loved ones family workshops, providing a safe place for communication and a sympathetic ear to those who are affected by someone close to them struggling with addiction.

How long does rehab last?

Rehab programmes can range from four to twelve weeks. This can change depending on the person and the severity of their addiction. Our admissions team have observed that the longer a person is treated at our centre, the better they cope with their recovery, even after returning home.

We favour a treatment programme length of eight weeks or longer, allowing time for friendships to solidify and adjusting to a new life without addictive substances.

The benefits of residential rehab

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

What happens after rehab?

It is an intimidating thought leaving the comfort of a treatment centre. However, we will be here to keep you motivated and help you whenever you feel you need us.

Aftercare programmes

You will find that the majority of residential rehabs do provide aftercare, ranging from ongoing group therapy, private therapy or support groups. We offer one-year free group therapy to all residents who will benefit from it after they have finished treatment.

You will also gain access to our Alumni community; this brings people going through recovery all together through planned events and activities, giving continued support and cultivating those lifelong connections made during and after rehabilitation treatment.

Support groups

Support groups are also a wide known form of aftercare. They are free and confidential groups which provide a place where you can confide in like minded people as you continue with your journey to sobriety. There are support groups local to your Enfield area. Examples of these groups are as follows; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

We know that long term recovery from addiction is not easy. You will need patience and motivation throughout your journey, especially as you put yourself back into the outside world after you leave the facility. It’s important to know that different situations can trigger you, but we will be there for motivation and support whenever you need us.

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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