Finding Rehabs In London
With an estimated population of nearly 10 million people, London is by far the largest city in the United Kingdom. Being nearly eight times larger than the next-largest city, Birmingham, it comes as no surprise that London has experienced a significant increase in drug and alcohol abuse in recent years. In 2022, approximately 1 in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 (or 9.2%) and 1 in 5 young adults aged 16 to 24 (or 18.6) reported drug use the previous year. Fortunately, for those residing in or around the Greater London area, the number of drug and alcohol rehab facilities has also increased in recent years.
In London, you can find effective and affordable treatment for substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and behavioral health issues to fit your specific needs through privately-owned or publicly-funded facilities.
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Addiction Treatment Coverage Through The NHS
The United Kingdom has a universal healthcare system called the National Health Service (NHS). This means that all NHS-funded programs, including drug and alcohol rehabs, are free of charge. In addition, through the NHS, there are no copays or deductibles, and all medications associated with hospital visits are free of charge.
For those looking for rehabs in London, or anywhere in the UK, it’s important to understand that there are currently no NHS residential rehabs. However, it is possible to be referred to a private residential facility through the NHS, typically by a doctor or a local organization. When referred by a doctor or local organization, these services are typically free of charge or provided at a subsidized fee.
It’s important to note some potential drawbacks of seeking addiction treatment through the NHS. One of the major concerns many have with NHS addiction treatment is the time it can take to be placed in treatment. In recent years, the NHS has been experiencing high stress levels, leading to a staff shortage across many of the major medical fields. This, coupled with substantial government funding cuts to addiction treatment services for the NHS, means many people may experience longer wait periods to receive treatment.
How Much Does Drug And Alcohol Rehab In London Cost?
Like most countries, the price of just about every good or service is higher in major cities, and London is no exception. Should you choose to attend a private treatment facility, or if there are no NHS options that fit your needs, prices can range anywhere from £1,500 to upwards of £10,000 per week at a luxury facility.
Typically, a stay at a non-luxury facility in London will run anywhere between £1,500 and £3,000 per week at an inpatient facility. But, of course, the further out from London you get, the less expensive treatment is likely to be. So, depending on your ability to travel and if the price is a factor, you may want to look outside the city centre for rehab options.
While NHS rehabs may have longer wait times, they can be a great option for those who may not be able, or willing, to pay for private treatment. Whatever route you choose, there are plenty of rehabs in London to choose from. Once you’ve decided on NHS or private rehab, your next decision is what type of treatment you need.
Types Of Rehabs In London
First and foremost, deciding what type of treatment you need should always be a decision you make with a licensed medical professional. Depending on what your doctor recommends, there are a variety of treatment options you may be eligible for. However, most treatment regimens will consist of inpatient or outpatient rehab or a combination of both.
Inpatient treatment centres are the most common type of treatment and are what most people likely think of when envisioning addiction treatment. Inpatient, or residential, rehabs are centres where patients reside for various lengths of time (typically between 30 to 90 days), depending on their program. These types of treatment centres are the most restrictive, meaning you stay on-site for the duration of treatment.
Inpatient rehabs may operate inside a hospital or in their own freestanding building. They will have a full staff of health care professionals, such as nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, and doctors. While each inpatient facility offers its own amenities, many offer pools, spas, gyms, and other recreational areas to make the treatment experience more comfortable.
For those struggling with a severe substance use disorder, inpatient rehabs have the highest rate of long-term success and ensure health and safety during detox and throughout treatment.
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Outpatient rehabs are generally considered to be less restrictive than inpatient rehabs. While treatment durations typically mirror that of inpatient rehabs, patients do not stay on-site and return home each day. This type of treatment is usually best suited for milder cases of substance use disorders or those transitioning out of inpatient care. The flexibility of outpatient rehabs allows patients to continue their work and home lives. Still, they are required to check into treatment at their allotted times for counseling and medication.
There are three main types of outpatient rehab: day programs, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), and continuing care. Depending on your needs, your doctor can help decide which of these programs is best suited for you.
Find London Drug And Alcohol Rehabs Today
There are many options when seeking rehab in London, from support groups to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to residential programs. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse and is looking for help in the London area, don’t wait to get help. Browse the rehab directory to find a rehab near London today.
Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
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