A rehab clinic in Hounslow

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Hounslow

Deciding it is time to seek help for addiction is a big step and looking at options may feel overwhelming. Whether it be drugs, alcohol, or gambling, you need to do your research. There are lots of services in Hounslow. UKAT have put together the following pages to help guide you through finding detox in London which works for you.

What is rehab?

Rehab is the name for addiction treatment services whereby qualified professionals support you to detox from drugs or alcohol, and plan for managing cravings in the future. For some people this may include a medical detox as well as ongoing time spent with a therapist. You will also attend groups with others on a recovery journey to share ideas and experiences through holistic therapy.

The qualified professionals you meet at rehab may include doctors, nurses and therapists. However, many staff will also be able to draw on their own experiences of addiction to best support you.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

Treatment programmes are made up of group and individual activities which can help you to think about your addictive behaviours and plan for the future. Rehab treatment provides a safe space for you to reflect on how you came to this point in your life, and think about what you might like to change.

When the rehab programme is over, you will still need support to maintain your sobriety.

UKAT gives you instant access to an online Alumni community; which helps you to stay in touch with others who have successful completed treatment.

Is rehab free?

Some rehab treatment is funded by the NHS; however, services may be limited so many prefer to fund privately. Free services can be accessed via your GP, where you will most likely be referred to NHS outpatient services and be able to access activities at your local clinic. If you need inpatient treatment, you may be able to get support through charities such as Turning Point. However, most residential treatment is privately funded.

Free addiction treatment services in Hounslow

The following are free drug and alcohol services available in the Hounslow area.

ARC Drug and Alcohol Dependence Service

Web Address: https://fsd.hounslow.gov.uk/kb5/hounslow/fsd/service.page?id=cJcbQMQ_EVk&familychannel=2607

AA meeting Hounslow

Web Address: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/hounslow

The downside to free services

Free services are available to those who need them; yet, places are limited, and the demand is currently high. Inadequate funding by the government means that programmes may be restricted, so it may be hard to fit a treatment programme around your day-to-day routine. Many people also end up on long waiting lists which some find frustrating, and it is most likely that NHS funded places will be outpatient, which may not meet your needs.

If you are able to privately fund or you have private insurance, private rehab allows you to choose your clinic and tailor your treatment programme, so you have the best chance of success. Residential (inpatient) services include high quality room and board, alongside medical professionals, in a safe and supportive environment to support you through this difficult time.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Hounslow

When looking at treatment options in Hounslow, there may be a lot to consider. The following guidance aims to talk you through both inpatient (residential) and outpatient (day rehab) services, both NHS and privately funded.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

When attending a day rehab programme, you are expected to go to the treatment clinic regularly for organised meetings and groups. You do not stay at the clinic whilst taking part in treatment.

Pros of outpatient treatment
  • Good if you have concerns about childcare
  • Keep your daily routine
  • Free treatment options
Cons of outpatient treatment
  • Not as intensive
  • You may not be admitted to your chosen clinic
  • No opportunity to break routine
  • Less opportunity for one-to-one support

Inpatient addiction treatment

If choosing admission to a residential rehab (inpatient rehab) you are required stay at the centre until your treatment programme has been completed. Residential services are advisable for those with long-term addiction, as they provide you with an opportunity to make significant changes in a safe and supportive environment.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

It may be helpful to contact prospective rehab centres to learn more about individual approaches and styles. Not every service is the same but there will be some underlying principles all programmes abide by.


If you would like to be admitted to a free treatment service, you will first need to get assessed by your GP. They make the first decision to refer you to a specialist who can then allow access to an outpatient centre. It is important to remember that there may be waiting times involved in this process which can delay your admission for many weeks.

If you are privately funded, however, admission can be completed overnight. Within 24-hours of first contact a private room will be made available and staff will be prepped with information for your stay. A psychiatrist will greet you on arrival for a discussion about your needs and requirements so the treatment programme can be tailored for you.

Below is an advised list of items you may like to bring with you. Some rehab centres may have rules which vary.

Advisory items to bring with you include:

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

Laptops and mobile phones may be restricted and are advised to be used minimally during your stay to allow time to focus on 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 may involve the prescription of medication to ensure you withdraw from substances safely and with minimal discomfort. You will also be closely monitored by medical professionals until there is minimal risk. Not everyone will need a medical detox, but It may be advised by the consultant on arrival.

Rehab programme

Not all rehab programmes are the same. Some may follow a 12-step programme, whereas others use various therapeutic models to enable the best results. There is no wrong or right answer; you need to find what works for you. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is often used in drug and alcohol services, however, some people prefer individual or group psychotherapy if available. It may be helpful to find out more about these models and talk to on-site advisers to make an informed decision.

Choosing the right programme

Many people have individual needs relating to religious practice, disability, or existing health conditions, as well as other requirements. Inclusivity and diversity are especially important in a rehab centre, therefore it is important you let someone know prior to your arrival so they can accommodate you if needed.

Many people receive a ‘dual-diagnosis’ from their healthcare professional which means that they are experiencing addiction and mental illness at the same time. This happens regularly, as the problems which lead to addiction are also the triggers for poor mental health. If you have mental health needs, it will not restrict you from accessing a treatment programme. Again, it may be helpful to talk to your chosen centre to find out what provision they allow prior to admission.

The CQC website allows you to check inspection results for all healthcare facilities and discover quality ratings in the areas of safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and leadership. You may feel reassured by checking out the rating of your chosen rehab centre as many, such as UKAT, have respectable results.

Family support programmes

Addictive behaviours affect whole families as well as the person suffering, so it is considered essential that programmes extend to include those close to you. Family support programmes may include groups and workshops to involve others in your treatment so that they can encourage and support you to maintain sobriety.

How long does rehab last?

For the best results it is recommended that you take part in as long a programme as possible (more than eight weeks is ideal). But it is understood that this may not always be possible. Programmes most often range between four and twelve weeks.

The benefits of residential rehab

  • A break from the stresses of everyday life
  • Opportunity to meet lifelong friends
  • A pleasant stay in a private on-suite
  • 24-hour access to medical care
  • Pre-planned meals to keep you focused on recovery
  • Aftercare options available

What happens after rehab?

After rehab you will need ongoing support to help you maintain sobriety. The following information outlines the options you have available.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare is an important part of post-rehab life and it is highly recommended you get involved. With UKAT, you are given the option to take part in group therapy for up to a year, as well as becoming part of the Alumni community. Alternative programmes may be available with other rehab centres.

Support Groups

Support groups are often available independent of rehab treatment centres, but can be equally as helpful for maintaining sobriety. You may have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long term recovery from addiction

Once you have completed your rehab programme and started your new life, no one is expecting you to go it alone. It is important not to compare yourself to your peers but instead support each other as you travel the path less trodden. Some people may find certain methods or approaches don’t work so well for them and may need to repeat a programme or find something different. Others gain a lot from their first time and discover everything they need to maintain sobriety. UKAT will provide you with support no matter which way you turn.

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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