A rehab clinic in Redbridge

A guide to drug and alcohol rehab in Redbridge

Searching for the best rehab is a challenge, and recovering from addiction can often be an emotional time. There are lots of options for treatment in Redbridge, and it may not be easy to decide which is the best one for you. For that reason, we have created this guide to rehab for drug addiction and alcohol addiction in your area. It’s designed to help you decide on the best options for treatment and detox in London.

What is rehab?

Rehabilitation provides a space in which those suffering from addiction can seek help through detox and holistic therapies from people who have been through similar experiences. Anyone suffering from drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction or any other dependence can benefit from attending rehab, to safely withdraw from an addictive substance. Someone with a severe dependence to drugs or alcohol might also benefit from a medical detox.

Discussing the underlying cause of an addiction is also an important step toward recovery, and so group and private therapy sessions are a part of the recovery process.

A man and woman talking to a counsellor

An aftercare programme helps those who have gone through rehab to stay sober by remaining well-connected after treatment has been completed. UKAT patients are provided with access to our Alumni community, helping them build a support network after treatment is complete.

Is rehab free?

The NHS offers some free addiction treatment services in the form of outpatient care, group counselling sessions and in necessary cases, detox programmes. These services are accessed through self-referral. If it’s inpatient (residential) care you are looking for, a limited number of beds are available for free , through charities such as Turning Point.

Free addiction treatment services in Redbridge

R3: Redbridge, Recovery & Reintegration Service

Address: 3rd Floor, Ilford Chambers, 11 Chapel Road, IG1 2DR, Ilford, Essex
Contact number: 0300 303 4612
Web Address: http://www.r3.elft.nhs.uk/

AA services in Redbridge

Address: Gants Hill Methodist Church, 18 Gants Hill Cres, Barkingside (Cranbrook Rd end), IG2 6TU
Contact number: 01245256147
Web Address: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Redbridge

The downside to free services

Free services are slow in comparison to private treatment. Sometimes, it can take weeks to get help. Government funding in this industry is limited, and there are only a small number of residential spaces available. This means that outpatient programmes are often the only free services available.

Private treatment is more immediate, and specialist inpatient programmes at treatment centres with full-board lodgings can be accessed quickly.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Redbridge

There are many different types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes. These range from the outpatient programmes and day rehab services commonly associated with free treatment, to the inpatient programmes that are available at private rehab treatment centres. It’s important to understand the benefits of each service.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Rather than living in the rehabilitation premises, outpatient programmes consist of visits to the clinic for each scheduled treatment session. If you choose this option then you will live at home for the duration of your programme.

Outpatient programmes are NHS funded but can also be accessed through some private clinics. Due to restricted funding, outpatient programmes are usually the only option for NHS funded rehab.

Pros of outpatient treatment

  • Flexible for those that have childcare and work commitments
  • You can remain in control of your home routine
  • Cheaper than private care


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
  • Take 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 rehab, or residential rehab, involves staying at the rehab premises throughout your treatment programme. Staying at the addiction treatment centre provides stability for you to focus on recovery. Taking some time out of your routine to recover in a safe and comfortable environment is a huge benefit of being an inpatient in private rehab. You will also have access to hands-on care and the opportunity to bond with those going through a similar experience.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

Deciding to go to residential rehab is a big step in any journey to recovery. The following will help you understand what to expect from inpatient rehabilitation.


Free addiction treatment starts with a visit to your GP, where they can assess your situation and refer you to see a specialist. It can take a few weeks to get an appointment once your referral is approved.

Admission to a private treatment centre is far more immediate, and the process starts as soon as you make the phone call. Within 24 hours, you can be admitted to a private on-suite facility where a licensed psychiatrist can answer any questions you might have. They will explain the most beneficial treatment options for you.
Every centre has its own set of rules, but here is a comprehensive guide to what you should pack for your treatment.

Items you might like to bring:

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

You may be limited to how often you can use your laptop and mobile phone during treatment, 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 detox and drug detox both involve giving the body time to rid itself of harmful substances. Rehab provides a controlled environment designed to help you feel as comfortable as possible while you undergo this process. If there are high levels of an addictive substance in a person’s blood then a medical professional may recommend the use of detox medication. This medication aims to reduce withdrawal symptoms, as rapidly decreasing the volume of an addictive substance in someone’s blood can shock their body. This can be lethal in severe cases. Medication can wean an addicted person off a substance gradually in order to reduce their discomfort.

Rehab programme

We understand that the same therapy doesn’t work for everyone, and everyone responds differently to a range of recovery options. Many rehab centres offer several recovery approaches, such as 12 step programmes, one-to-one therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is important to choose the best treatment option for you.

Choosing the right programme

A high-quality rehab will include both private and group therapy sessions, and will be accommodating to a person’s personal and religious beliefs. An inclusive and caring atmosphere ensures that every therapy session caters to each individual’s needs. A dual-diagnosis option demonstrates a rehab clinic’s ability to treat compound disorders, and help those who are handling any psychological problems when they enter rehab.

Checking a rehabilitation centre’s Care Quality Commission rating can be a good way to check how safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led a clinic is. It’s easy to find each rehab’s accreditation by searching on their website. All of our centre’s CQC ratings are at a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating.

Family support programmes

Alcoholism, drug abuse and other addictions not only have devastating effects on those suffering from them, but on those who are close to them as well. A supportive rehabilitation centre will offer family sessions, so that everyone can be empowered to make positive changes together.

How long does rehab last?

Most rehabilitation programmes last between four and twelve weeks, but there isn’t an exact length of time that works for everyone. On average, the longer that someone stays at a rehab centre, the more likely they are to remain in recovery once they have left. Many people who book into a centre for a short period of time ask to extend their stay, as it takes a couple of weeks to settle into the new environment after the detox process. We advise booking onto a programme that is longer than eight weeks, to have the best experience of forming strong friendships and staying free from of addictive substances.

The benefits of residential rehab

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

What happens after rehab?

Your journey to recovery continues even after you have left the treatment centre. Aftercare is an important part of any rehabilitation.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare is provided as part of most residential rehab services. This takes the form of ongoing private therapy, group therapy or support groups.

UKAT provides anyone who attends our clinics with access to our Alumni community, which helps those who have gone through recovery provide support for one another through activities and events. We also offer one year of free group therapy to anyone who needs it after their treatment.

Support groups

It is advisable to attend support groups as another part of your aftercare. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) are all confidential groups that provide a place for anyone suffering from addiction to receive support from those in similar circumstances. ‘SMART recovery’ is a non-profit that provides assistance to anyone seeking abstinence from addiction. They are completely free and can be attended both during and after your treatment if you opt for outpatient care.

Long term recovery from addiction

Going to rehab isn’t the final step on your journey to recovery. After leaving the rehab clinic and getting back to your routine, you’ll be faced with new challenges to staying sober. When drugs and alcohol are widely available, you will need to use the techniques you learnt during rehab and therapy to stay on track. Those in early recovery are the most sensitive to the stresses and triggers of the outside world, so it’s especially important for them to remain focused and make full use of the aftercare services available to them.

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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