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Getting Clinic Help

Nhs Or Private Rehab?

Private Rehab

For most people give the first hand choice to the private residential rehab treatment centres. Within just 24 hours admission can be scheduled. You will be able to access private rehab treatment if you have the funds to pay privately or if you have private health insurance. In most cases, you're lucky to secure NHS admission to a private rehab clinic.


What Are Prerequisites For Applying For Rehab Funding With The Nhs?

Addiction therapy with the NHS funding at community based treatment or private residential rehab that is free at when delivered, should be an option for every UK resident. You might be required to prove that you have sought local community-based rehab alternatives before to be able to apply for NHS funding at a residential rehab facility. Residential admission process could take several weeks to go through pending funding approval by local addiction team to enter NHS residential rehabilitation treatment program.


You can be referred to your nearest drug and alcohol action team by your GP.


Advantages And Disadvantages

Private rehab:

  • Flexible treatment plan;
  • Fast admission - in some cases within a day;
  • All treatment on one site: union of care and day by day schedule;
  • Confidentiality;
  • In the most cases, same staff and same therapist will be with patients during treatment;
  • Treatment will take place in an environment which is away from worries and temptations, so the patients can focus solely on recovery;
  • Strong bonds are formed with therapists and other patients in the therapeutic community;
  • Family visits, phone calls and letters are put in place for smooth program running;
  • Art therapy, equine therapy, fitness, gym and other correlative therapies are usually available;
  • Programme of aftercare;
  • Costs more than treatment on the NHS;
  • It can not recovered by medical insurance.

NHS rehab:

  • Free of charge;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Anyone can access it;
  • It is near to your home, family and local community;
  • Slow and long admission;
  • Has no referral guarantee to residential rehab;
  • For different treatment program, patients may be asked or visit to go to different centres or clinics,
  • Recovery may be affected by access to drug and alcohol and by life distraction.
  • Limited access to the personal counsellor;
  • Patients are not entitled to similar therapist/staff care during treatment program period;
  • Creating an outpatient support network might be more difficult.

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Nhs Alternative: Cross Border Treatment

Results are not certain and the process of managing admission to a private treatment centre via UK NHS or local dependency services can take multiple weeks. Similar admission process into residential private rehab is fast and efficient through EU cross border healthcare authority support initiative program.

On the Alcohol Rehab Kent website, UK based patients who wishes to take advantage of that option can find more information.