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Alcohol Rehab

Finding the ‘Right’ Alcohol Rehab or treatment programme in the UK can be a difficult and emotional experience, heightened by the fact that making the right choice often makes all the difference between success and failure.  Finding the right alcohol treatment programme could be the most difficult decision you ever have to make. We have worked within the rehabilitation industry for many years and we are constantly hearing "I\'m confused", "We never thought it would be this hard", “I’m more confused now than I was before I started looking for rehab”.

Top Ten Tips In Finding the Right Alcohol Treatment Programme:


Generally speaking people first look for the closest rehab to them and draw the conclusion that closest is best. Be careful of this assumption, as if the clients motivation isn\'t strong, they will find it easy to go home when the going gets tough, as it invariably does in rehab.

Presenting Problem

Does the rehab have sufficient experience, medical facilities and staffing to deal with the problem? For some acute cases of alcoholism, there\'s no substitute for NHS, inpatient care. In these cases specialist equipment is required which many private clinics don\'t have.


Find out the qualifications and experience of the person advising you. This might sound like a \'no brainer\' but you would be surprised how many people, new to 12 step recovery call themselves \'Counsellors\' and \'Experts\'. If you are being advised by a \'Counsellor\' they will belong to a professional organisation such as the BACP. The BACP don\'t recognise anything less than Advanced Diploma as being \'Qualified.

TOP TIP * Did you know that anyone can legally call themselves a Counsellor? If you are being referred to a particular centre, ask why and how does this tick your boxes.


Be sure that the facility you are considering has passed the relevant \'Care Quality Commission\' Checks. To find out more about this service Click Here. The CQC check the policy and proceedures of the registered rehabs. They do not however monitor the effectiveness, this is often completed by N.D.T.M.S, which stands for the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System.

Treatment Model

Is the treatment model going to suit you? Do they work a 12 Step, CBT, Person Centred model or Smart Recovery? How will different tenets of the programme help resolve your underlying issues? If you would like some free help to analyse which programme would be best suited to your needs, call our counsellors today.

Housing Model

Is it fully residential rehab or quasi residential? Which would suit you best? Many people think that it\'s best to \'lock people\' away, though you also need to consider what happens when you return home. It\'s also important that you are able to identify with the clients you\'re living with. Afterall, addiction is an isolating illness and if you aren\'t able to relate to those around you, you\'re likely to be off to a bad start.


How long do you need? Are you being told you need four weeks because that\'s all you can afford? be sure to find out \'What\'s best and why\' before talking about your budget.


Who is motivated for the treatment, the client or the family? You can often determine how motivated someone is by their involvement in the selection process. If they start making excuses their motivation to stop is probably faltering.


If you are unsure about a particular centre, take some time to visit it. Clinics will normally advocate this. Whilst there, ask for some time alone with a client that has been there for two to three weeks. This will give you a reasonably accurate gauge of what the centre is like.

Family & Friends

Alcoholism is a family illness and permeates all levels of the family structure. Many of the better rehabs will make a provision for the family members too, at no extra cost!We offer free advice on a wide range of treatment programmes.

As standard, we offer a free, in-depth, clinical assessment and personality profile, to ensure you find a clinic to suit your specific needs. This assessment will give us a clear indication as to the level of psychiatric / counselling support required and the level of medical support.

Also as standard, we offer support and guidance to alcoholics and the families of alcoholics. This comes in the form of telephone support and peer mentoring and one to one sessions where necessary (there is a small fee for local, one to one sessions). This support continues before entering into rehab, during and after your successful graduation. This support will help you and your family maximise the chances of success.

This support and guidance is free and without obligation. Feel free to call us anytime and we will do what we can to help you and your family recover from alcoholism.

For your peace of mind, our counsellors all carry professional indemnity insurance, and are registered on the BACP Professional therapists register and are accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament.

If you do not what you are looking for here, the NHS website offers free help and advice too.