Private Drug Rehab vs. NHS Rehab

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 5th January 2021

Private Drug Rehab vs. NHS Rehab

In the United Kingdom, you have the option to pick between private and public services in healthcare.

This also applies to rehabilitation services. The NHS can offer you drug and alcohol rehab services for free. However, there are many problems with the current NHS rehab service. Many professionals prefer to go to private rehab for a variety of reasons. In this blog, we will explain the differences between private rehab and NHS rehab.

NHS Rehab

The NHS has been offering help for those that are addicted to alcohol and drugs for some time now. Throughout the country, there are NHS-funded public rehabilitation centres that offer their services. There is one big draw to the NHS service, which is the fact that it costs nothing for you to enrol into the NHS drug Rehab Service. There are also multiple free rehabilitation clinics throughout the UK, which makes it easier for you to stay in and around your community.

However, on the other hand, there are some clear disadvantages. With drug and alcohol rehab there is a higher success rate if the patient is treated as an inpatient rather than an outpatient. That means that there is 24/7 support for the person who is suffering from the addiction, this can dramatically reduce the change of relapse. To add to that, in the case of alcohol addiction and heroin addiction, withdrawal symptoms can be very painful and nasty, and therefore it is important that there is medical staff available around the clock to help ease the symptoms.

Most NHS Rehab services offer outpatient treatment where appointments are made on a regular basis. However, there are some inpatient programmes available via the NHS where there is constant supervision and support. On average, inpatient programmes have a much lower relapse rate in comparison to outpatient treatment.

NHS rehab treatment has a huge waiting list, due to high demand and low funding. In recent years the NHS has been cutting costs, which leads to fewer staff, poor quality care and less attention for each client. The NHS funded rehabs can provide the same level of quality as the private rehabs.

Private Rehab

Private rehabs have been the most popular alternative for the NHS services in recent years. The main drawback of joining private rehabs are the costs. For people who do not have health insurance, it can be unaffordable. However, if you can afford private rehab it’s a no brainer. Take Cassiobury Court for example. We are able to offer you inpatient drug rehab services, lasting 28 days. You will have your own room where you can fully focus on your rehabilitation, and there will be medical staff always present in the case that you are suffering from a medical issue.

In a private rehab centre, you will likely have an allocated care provider over the stay. This support has often been cited as one of the reasons for a low relapse rate in private rehabs.

The post-detox period is sometimes not considered part of the rehab service at the NHS. At Cassiobury Court, however, we offer post-detox therapy. This is where you sit down with clinical therapists on a regular basis in order to help you find ways to cope without alcohol. We will also help you get to the bottom of your addiction, and see if there are any triggers that have caused or set off the alcohol addiction. If there are any co-existing mental conditions, we will also help by teaching the patient to deal with these conditions.

Interested in Private Rehab? Read more here about alcohol detox, alcohol rehab and our facilities. If you would prefer to speak with someone please don’t hesitate to call our team on 01923 369 161 for FREE advice.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 5th January 2021

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.