Private rehabs

If you are reading this page, you might be weighing up the different addiction treatment options currently available for yourself or a loved one. We would like to explain the differences between NHS and private rehabilitation, what happens at private rehab and the advantages of this type of addiction treatment.

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  • What is private rehab?
  • Private rehab is different from publicly funded
  • Benefits of choosing a private rehab
  • Treatments offered in private rehab
  • Further support with private rehabs
  • How much does private rehab cost?
  • Is private rehab the right choice for me?
  • What to look for in a private rehab?
  • Frequently asked questions

What is private rehab?

Private rehab differs from public rehab as it invites clients to check in to an inpatient clinic where they’ll get the chance to recover from addiction in the most pleasant and ideal circumstances. This is done in a location which the client themselves chooses. Private rehab is not publicly funded, as clients pay for their own treatment, but many people who’ve experienced addiction recovery in private rehab agree that it is worth the additional cost. Alongside a detox, all residing clients will receive ground-breaking therapy and holistic treatments to help them recover from any underlying causes of addiction, and prevent future relapse by learning healthy coping mechanisms. Not only will clients receive top-quality health care, but they’ll also be given comfortable and sometimes luxurious rooms, often surrounded by peaceful settings. In addition, highly skilled chefs will cater daily meals. In essence, private rehab takes care of your physical and mental needs whilst ensuring your stay is as hospitable as possible.

How is private rehab different from publicly funded rehab?

Private rehab differs from NHS treatment in terms of its contents and how it is delivered to clients. Here are a few of the key ways in which private rehab is distinguished from public rehab:


Only a very small percentage of people who pursue addiction treatment through the NHS will be referred to a residential rehab centre. Conversely, many private rehab centres offer inpatient treatment programmes for their clients.

Inpatient treatment

NHS patients are typically offered a course of individual therapy or group therapy. However, this is offered in an outpatient setting such as a rehab day centre. At an inpatient private rehab clinic, the client will be removed from the temptations of their normal life so that they can concentrate on their recovery from addiction.


The addiction treatment offered by the NHS is free. On the other hand, private rehab centres usually offer a range of different price packages to clients. This is because private rehab clinics are privately owned and offer residential care.

What are the benefits of choosing a private rehab?

You may be wondering what sets private rehab apart from NHS rehab and why someone might choose to pay for a residential treatment programme. Private rehab offers clients the following:

Shorter waiting lists

Unfortunately, signing up for NHS rehab often means that you will be put on a long waiting list. Due to large backlogs, NHS patients may have to wait between six months to a year before they begin their addiction treatment. Behavioural, alcohol and drug addictions only worsen your physical and mental health over time, meaning that this may be too long to wait for treatment. Fortunately, the waiting lists for private rehab are much shorter. You should be able to begin your treatment at a private rehab clinic within a week.

A professional standard of care

Just like NHS rehab, our clinics are regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are proud to report that all of our private rehab centres are rated ‘Good’ or above. This is thanks to our state-of-the-art facilities and highly-qualified medical professionals, therapists and addiction support workers.

Immersive and supportive enviroment

The teams at our private rehab centres work tirelessly to provide the highest level of care possible to every UKAT client. Attending residential rehab allows clients to be fully immersed in their treatment, helping them to heal from their addiction and focus on the future. We have found that our clients strongly benefit from the mutual support of their peers. So, we created the Alumni programme to help clients maintain their support system after they leave private rehab.

A wider variety of choice

When you pursue rehab through the NHS, you will likely be offered treatments and therapies that are available in your local area. Should you choose private rehab, you can join a treatment programme in any area of the UK. This means that you can select a private rehab programme that best suits your circumstances and treatment requirements.

Types of treatments offered in private rehab

Most private rehab clinics offer a combination of medical detox and therapeutic treatments to address both the physical and psychological symptoms of addiction. You will find that private rehab programmes often utilise the well-established 12-step programme alongside psychological therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Here at UKAT, our private rehab programme offers holistic treatments for people who are suffering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, behavioural addiction or eating disorders. When clients receive treatment for their holistic well-being, they have a much better chance of implementing healthy changes into their daily routine once they leave rehab.

Further support with private rehabs

We offer a comprehensive aftercare programme to all clients who complete a private rehab programme with us at UKAT. However, not all private rehab centres offer aftercare.

Always remember to ask the admissions team for details about your prospective treatment programme before you attend private rehab. If you would like to learn more about our treatment programme, you can read this page on private rehab with UKAT.

How much does private rehab cost?

The cost of private rehab can vary depending on your circumstances. Factors such as where the rehab centre is located, its available facilities, the length of your stay and the type of treatment you receive will influence the price of your programme.

However, private rehab programmes offered by UKAT provide the same level of professional care and expert guidance from therapists and addiction support workers. You will receive the very best physical and emotional support as you begin to heal from addiction. We offer additional information on the cost of rehab to help you decide how you will fund your treatment programme.

Can I fund my private rehab treatment with my health insurance?

You might work for an employer that provides private health insurance as one of their staff benefits. Alternatively, you may be on your parent or caregiver’s health insurance plan if you are a young adult.

If you have private health insurance, you can use it to fund your private rehab treatment if you begin a programme at one of our UKAT clinics. You can check which one of our centres accepts Bupa or AXA insurance.

Is private rehab the right choice for me?

Private rehab can be an excellent choice for those who are ready to dedicate their time and energy to their addiction recovery. You will become a part of a community of people who are also committed to their recovery. Our clients find that this is a valuable tool for long-term recovery, and the mutual support of their peers continues after they have left private rehab.

Despite the many benefits of private rehab, it is not always the right choice for everybody. As you weigh up the pros and cons of private rehab and NHS rehab, you should think carefully about your treatment preferences, personal circumstances and how soon you would like to enter treatment.

We advise that you get in touch with both private rehab clinics and your local NHS provider. Ask them questions about the addiction treatment programmes they can offer you. Then, you can compare these two forms of rehab and make your decision.

What should I look for in a private rehab?

If you decide to enter private rehab, you should look out for several indicators of their reputability. We advise that you look for a good CQC rating, the qualifications of their members of staff, positive client reviews and the range of different therapies they provide. You should also investigate if they offer aftercare packages to support your recovery once you leave the private rehab centre.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get referred to a private rehab clinic?
You can be referred to private rehab through a GP, but this is not a requirement for joining our treatment programme. The most popular route for private rehab is self-referral. You may be able to be referred to private rehab by the NHS, but very few people receive funding for their programme.
How long do I have to wait to get into a private rehab centre?
Subject to availability, you will be able to join a private rehab programme at one of our treatment centres in the space of a few short days. Please feel free to contact our friendly admissions team to arrange your treatment programme with us at UKAT.
Is the private rehab clinic process different from the NHS one?
Yes, private rehab involves a far more rigorous and personal process compared to NHS rehab. At one of our clinics, you will enter a structured programme of daily treatment, starting with detox (if you have a substance addiction), followed by psychological therapies and holistic treatments.
Will my treatment be faster in a private rehab?
NHS addiction rehab is normally delivered through a course of 10-15 hourly sessions every week, meaning your treatment overall is delivered over a few months. Contrarily, you can join one of our private rehab programmes for a 7-Day, 14-Day or 28-Day course. You will participate in various treatments and therapies every day during your stay.
Where are the private rehab centres that UKAT offers?
The private rehab centres that UKAT offers are located in Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Essex, Bedfordshire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

How often can my family visit me in a private rehab?
At UKAT, loved ones can visit you every week in our private rehab centres, usually on a Sunday. However, this is the decision of our client and you don’t have to have visitors if you prefer to focus on yourself during recovery.

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