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Private alcohol rehabilitation is one way to go about addressing an alcohol problem. People who choose private rehab do so because of the extra benefits it offers compared to NHS treatments, benefits that are worth the financial investment. Indeed, NHS alcohol treatment may be free, but private rehab has a lot to offer those who choose it.
What Is Private Alcohol Rehabilitation?
Private alcohol rehabilitation is rehabilitation that takes place in a privately owned and operated facility as opposed to public clinics operated by the NHS. Private alcohol rehab is offered on both a residential and outpatient basis. Clients choose the kind of programme they want based on their own requirements and circumstances.
Residential treatment involves a 3-to-12-week stay at a treatment facility that offers both accommodation and rehabilitation. Please note that there are various levels of accommodation with commensurate rates for admission. Clients can choose from budget-friendly rehab clinics, moderate clinics, and even luxury options.
Outpatient alcohol rehab takes place at a local clinic in a way that is similar to NHS treatment. Clients attend day programmes offered by trained therapists and medical professionals, then return home at the end of each day. Outpatient treatment is supplemented by extra things such as support group participation.
How to Choose the Right Private Rehab
The process of choosing the right private rehab is simple in principle, though sometimes it can be complex in practice. We recommend contacting an organisation like ours for both advice and guidance. We have all the information clients need to make wise decisions about treatment options, accommodation, etc.
When you call to speak to one of our representatives, we will start by offering a free assessment of your current circumstances. This evaluation will help us better understand what kinds of treatments would be most effective for you. Then we will talk about your preferences for accommodation. We will discuss your budget as well as payment options for private care. Finally, we will consider any other factors that may influence your choice of rehab facilities.
What Is the Difference Between NHS and Private Rehab?
You might be wondering what the differences between NHS and private rehab are. If so, you are not alone. The concept of NHS rehab is something most of us understand given that we use the NHS for all our other health concerns. Likewise, the NHS treats alcohol dependence and misuse the same way it treats most other maladies. Patients see their GPs first, followed by either prescription medications, referrals for additional treatment, or a combination of both.
The biggest difference between NHS and private rehab is the concentration of care. In other words, private rehab clinics do not do anything other than treat patients suffering from addiction issues. They concentrate all their resources on that one task. The NHS does not. They must treat every illness or injury they are faced with, which means they do not have the same level of resources to dedicate to alcohol and drug issues.
Another significant difference is availability. NHS alcohol treatments tend to be oversubscribed. And because they are free, substantial waiting times are normal. Private rehab, on the other hand, can begin almost immediately. Rarely do clients wait more than 48 hours to start private treatment. Most begin within 24 hours. Luxury rehab centres can offer high-end sober transport to quicken the admission process.
Customised Treatment Plans
NHS treatment for alcohol tends to be offered on a one-size-fits-all basis. There may be some minor customisation for special circumstances, but most patients are lumped into a single programme without consideration of their individual needs. The same is not true in private rehab.
Private alcohol rehab is offered on a bespoke basis. Clients are evaluated upon admission, then medical and therapy personnel devise bespoke treatment plans. Treatment plans are also assessed at every stage – just in case modifications are needed. The opportunity for a bespoke treatment plan is one of the most important benefits of choosing private rehab over NHS treatment.
It is true that the recovering alcoholic is ultimately responsible for how his or her treatment turns out. Having said that, alcohol dependence requires help for one very simple reason: alcoholics are not able to treat themselves either medically or therapeutically. This seems to suggest that patients need doctors, nurses, and therapists to be as personally involved in their cases as possible.
Unfortunately, NHS treatments often lack that personal touch. It is understandable, given the stress and strain the NHS is under. Yet another difference and benefit of private rehab is that it is more personal. Clinic staff take a real interest in the success of their patients on a day-to-day basis. This more personal interaction both encourages the patient and significantly reinforces the likelihood of permanent recovery.
Private Rehab for Alcohol
So, what exactly is private rehab for alcohol? It is a combination of treatments and services designed to get to the root of alcohol dependence in the life of the individual. It involves both physical and psychological treatments as well. We will begin this section by addressing detox.
Detox is the first step in private alcohol rehab. It is conducted in a residential setting when patients choose private care. Residential detox is medically supervised at all times; it typically takes from 5 to 7 days to complete. Patients are made as comfortable as possible and may be given prescription medications to help alleviate some withdrawal symptoms.
Detox is then followed by a series of psycho-therapeutic treatments provided by trained therapists familiar with all the ins and outs of alcohol dependence. A typical treatment regimen is a combination of treatments covering a broad range of exercises from individual counselling to group counselling to skills building sessions.
Finally, private alcohol rehab concludes with an aftercare period that can last from 3 to 12 months. Aftercare treatments include ongoing counselling along with support group membership. In some cases, clients may be given prescription medications to help avoid alcohol cravings.
Skills Training Opportunities
Private alcohol rehab goes beyond just helping a person overcome alcohol dependence. It also seeks to help clients integrate back into family and social life. To that end, skills training is a big part of private rehab. Skills training can be broken down into two primary categories: coping skills and life skills.
Coping skills are those skills patients need to avoid future relapse. For example, the social pressure to resume drinking after rehab is very real. Patients need to learn how to cope with this pressure so that they do not succumb to it. The better recovering alcoholics are at coping with future opportunities to drink, the more successful they are at avoiding relapse.
Life skills are the kinds of skills necessary to become a productive member of the local community. One of the first things we think of is employment. Indeed, private rehab clinics sometimes work with other organisations willing to employ recovering alcoholics for the purposes of giving them a purpose and teaching them new skills. Those skills can be carried into an eventual career.
Private Rehab Cost
Because of the different levels of accommodation offered by different rehab clinics around the UK, it’s not possible for us to provide a realistic cost for private rehab. As stated earlier, accommodation levels range from basic to luxury. To give you something to work with, consider that the average price for a private rehab clinic offering moderate accommodation could run as much as £1,000 per week. There are less expensive clinics as well.
Three things generally determine the cost of private rehab. First is the level of accommodation. Offering completely private accommodation obviously costs a clinic more, and that is reflected in the price. Semi-private accommodation is less expensive.
Second are the overhead costs that are part and parcel with running a private rehab clinic. These overhead costs cover everything from property maintenance to the size of the staff. Amenities are also included in the overhead, and they are the third factor in determining cost. More amenities mean a higher cost.
How Much Does Luxury Rehab Cost?
Again, it is not possible for us to provide a concrete number for the cost of luxury rehab. On average, luxury clinics can charge upwards of £5,000 per day. These kinds of clinics are intended for individuals of high net worth already used to a certain kind of lifestyle.
Luxury rehab clinics are known to offer completely private accommodation along with an extensive list of amenities. Facilities are generally equipped with exercise rooms and equipment, swimming pools, media rooms, and world-class kitchens. Some even offer executive chefs who provide individualised meals served right in the client’s suite.
The Pros and Cons of Private & Luxury Rehab
There is no right or wrong choice for someone looking for alcohol rehab. Every person is different. Each person’s circumstances, budget, and health are different. When you contact us for advice and a referral, we will make every effort to ascertain what your best choice for treatment might be. Ultimately though, you will be allowed to make a choice yourself. In light of that, you should know both the pros and cons of private rehab.
The pros of a private rehab start with the level of care. As previously mentioned, private clinics only deal with addiction issues. Patients have the full attention of their doctors, nurses, and therapists, as well as support staff who are fully committed to the success of each and every patient.
Next, one of the goals of private rehab in a residential setting is to separate patients from the daily lives and circumstances that would otherwise continue enabling alcohol dependence. This separation has proved invaluable to countless numbers of people going through rehab.
Another advantage, and it is a big one, is constant medical supervision. Because the NHS only provides alcohol treatment on an outpatient basis, the health of patients is only monitored while they are attending day programmes. Any medical episodes occurring after hours would require a patient to seek out emergency medical services on his/her own. In a private residential setting, medical supervision occurs around the clock.
Lastly, the bonding experience that occurs between patients in a private setting can be very beneficial. Patients learn to support one another, hold one another accountable, and learn from one another based on shared activities and experiences. Some of this still exists in NHS treatment programmes, but not to the same extent.
The first con of private rehab is the one that tends to frighten people the most. It is the reality that private rehab is not free. Where an alcoholic could go to his GP to get a prescription and referral for counselling without paying anything, patients have to pay for rehab at a private clinic. The good news is that most private health insurance plans cover alcohol rehab. Clinics also accept credit cards, debit cards, and even cash payments.
Another thing to consider is that while private clinics are abundant throughout the UK, there may not be one in the city or town where you live. People in extremely rural areas sometimes have to travel a distance to get to their chosen clinics. This can limit family visits at times.
The final disadvantage to private rehab in a residential setting is being away from family. Even if a treatment clinic is in the same town or city, patients are still separated from their family members throughout the week. This can be tough on some patients. Fortunately, residential clinics are not averse to family visits. Most have regularly scheduled time in which they encourage families to stop by.
Private alcohol rehab is one way to address alcohol dependence. We believe it is better than NHS treatment in most cases, though NHS treatment is certainly appropriate for some individuals. When you call UKAT, we will walk you through both private and NHS options to help you determine what will be best for you.
If you are ready to work on being admitted to a private rehab programme, we can also help you determine what level of accommodation is right for you. We can go through the costs of multiple clinics so that you can compare, and we will discuss payment options with you. Everything you need to know will be settled before any decision has to be made.
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