Why private rehab?

When you find yourself needing support for addiction, you never have to go it alone. There are a few options to choose from, each with its benefits and setbacks. You can go through the NHS by speaking to your doctor, you can pay for private rehab support or you can seek out local support groups while fighting the majority of cravings on your own. This page will explain the differences between the options and the advantages of private rehab, so you can make an informed choice.

Types of service offered

NHS treatment

Your first instinct may be to access NHS treatment, as it is free of charge. Although this is a great option for those with limited funding, the NHS has a small budget. An increase in drug and alcohol abuse combined with decreased government spending means that it’s not guaranteed that groups will be led by someone specifically qualified in addiction. While this may work for some, addiction is a complicated condition which develops from an underlying story. Most people with addiction will benefit from specific therapies to get to the root of the problem, while surrounded by those that have been in their shoes and create a safe environment. This can be accessed through private rehab.

The NHS will always do their best to get people support and you will eventually receive counselling. However, like all other NHS treatments, it can only be accessed by sitting on a waiting list until counsellors and detox rooms become available. For anyone that is suffering badly and needs instant support, waiting for an NHS space will force that person further into addiction and physical harm. Private rehab can be accessed with 24 hours, reducing any further physical or emotional turmoil.

Although the NHS does not offer inpatient programmes or aftercare, it does offer the following:

  • limited counselling
  • detox services
  • outpatient (day) programmes
  • detox medications

In rare cases when a week-long detox programme is sufficient for long-term success, NHS services are adequate. Nevertheless, most drug and alcohol users need lengthy rehabilitation followed by aftercare to sustain long-term recovery. That’s what a private rehab clinic offers.

Residential treatment

The cornerstone of a private rehab clinic is residential treatment, also known as inpatient treatment. If you are not familiar with this concept, it means providing accommodation within the clinic. Residential treatment provides a space free from addictive substances, in which clients can socialise and work through treatment together. This inspires and motivates, alongside allowing time to focus fully on recovery without home distractions. Living at the premises also reduces the length of the programme, as therapy sessions and activities are packed into a few weeks. Whereas weekly sessions through the NHS could take up to a year to complete.

In a residential programme, clinics provide a detox prior to beginning additional treatment therapies. By the time the programme is complete, everyone should be well on their way to a life free from addiction.

Many of the clinics we work with are set up in quiet, picturesque areas. When someone with addiction is separated from their usual routine, they begin to deal with the real issues of drug and alcohol abuse.

Counselling and coping

Private rehab usually involves both one-on-one and group counselling. These counselling sessions accomplish two things. First, they address the emotional and mental issues related to addiction. In doing so, the counselling helps people identify the core issues of their addiction so that they can learn to deal with them in a healthy manner.

The second thing counselling provides is the support of others in the same situation. Group counselling can be a very powerful motivator in teaching those with addiction to change their behaviour. When combined with group social activities, group counselling can be even more effective. The idea behind group activities is to show everyone that they are not alone in their situation and they can enjoy life without the use of illicit substances.

Aftercare opportunities

One of the other glaring differences between NHS and private rehab is the use of aftercare. NHS programmes tend to be one off in nature, meaning that support ends when their programme is completed. This is neither healthy nor productive.

A private rehab clinic arranges aftercare once the initial treatment programme has been completed. Aftercare is often in the form of group counselling and provides stable support for those transitioning back to home-life.

If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, we strongly urge you to consider private rehab if you can afford it. Trust us when we say that the long-term success private rehab achieves makes it well worth the cost.