How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

John Gillen

Clinically Reviewed on: 23/09/2022 9:05 am by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?If you are suffering from an alcohol or drug problem, the costs of leaving an addiction unchecked can be huge.

Drug and alcohol abuse can have a major impact on your physical and mental health – recent NHS figures showed that there were 358,000 annual hospital admissions in England alone where drinking was the main reason, as well as 5,698 alcohol-specific deaths.

Alcohol is a contributory factor to many other chronic illnesses and disabilities and can affect relationships, families, work, careers, education, and every other aspect of your life.

One of the most effective ways to treat alcohol addiction is residential rehabilitation. This involves a full tailored treatment programme delivered at a dedicated rehab facility. There is a cost involved but the costs of leaving the addiction untreated can be far greater.

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Alcohol rehab programme options

There are a number of options when it comes to addiction treatment and alcohol rehab. The single biggest choice is whether your best option is residential rehab or outpatient treatment such as that provided through the NHS. There are pros and cons to both approaches.

Inpatient rehab vs outpatient rehab

Pros and Cons of Inpatient Rehab

  • Around-the-clock care
  • Safe environment away from addiction triggers
  • No distractions
  • Structured programme
  • Faster admission
  • Community feel
  • More intensive therapies
  • Unable to leave
  • Can be costly

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When it comes to treating serious drug or alcohol addictions, there is no doubt that the single most effective approach is inpatient treatment. At this sort of alcohol rehab treatment centre, you will be in a safe environment away from your usual circle, triggers and temptations and with no access to alcohol. This allows you to really focus on your recovery. You will be able to go through a supervised alcohol detox and will have access to round the clock care when you need it.

The tailored treatment programme will be delivered in a structured way, making the most of your time, and our therapies can help you explore the root causes of your addiction.

Pros and Cons of Outpatient Rehab

  • Affordable
  • Flexible
  • More one-to-one time with counsellors
  • Less intensive
  • Long waiting times
  • Often lacks support

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Outpatient treatment may be cheaper or free through the NHS, but it does have some drawbacks. Unfortunately, resources are often stretched, and there may be long waiting times involved. You will be surrounded by the usual people and places, with easy access to alcohol and you will largely have to manage your own appointments and detox. Considering alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be severe, this can be very challenging. The process also generally takes longer as treatment sessions are more spread out.


How much does rehab cost?

Determining how much rehab typically costs is a difficult process to complete as many rehab centres have tailored costs based on a number of different factors.

Location of the centre, standard of facilities, staff numbers, treatments offered, length of stay and severity of the individual’s addiction are just a number of considerations that go into determining the cost of a rehab programme. 

Taking into account all the above factors, we have determined that when looking at UK-wide private rehab centres you can expect that the prices will fall close to the figures below.

Length of StayCost
7 Days (Detox Only)£1,900 – £2,900
10 Days£3,000 – £4,300
14 Days£4,650 – £6,400
21 Days£7,300 – £9,650
28 Days£9,250 – £12,500
6 Weeks£15,000 – £20,000
8 Weeks£20,000 – £26,500


Factors that can affect the cost of alcohol rehab

Most rehabilitation programmes will include detoxification and a range of therapy sessions aimed at dealing with the root causes of your addiction and providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to avoid relapsing as you make a long term recovery. This could include techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and group therapy. The exact make-up of the treatment package can have a bearing on the costs involved as well as any additional treatments such as mental health treatments.

The duration of the treatment programme will also obviously have a big impact on costs, as will the substance involved and the heaviness and severity of the addiction concerned. Some other factors that can affect the cost of alcohol rehab between different rehab centres include location and the luxury of the facilities.


How do I pay for alcohol rehab?

The details of how and when do I pay for alcohol rehab can vary considerably between different rehab places and treatment programmes. Many rehabs will offer payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of your treatment and you will be provided with all the details upfront, with no nasty surprises or hidden costs. Some private inpatient rehabs might also accept referrals from the NHS. For example, we can provide treatment at Cassiobury Court through the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group. Private health insurance will also often cover rehab costs.


Is aftercare included?

The recovery journey does not end when you leave the rehab clinic and most people will find they need some extra support, especially in the crucial first few months. An aftercare program can be extremely valuable in terms of relapse prevention. All our rehab programmes come with a free tailored aftercare package for the first 12 months, but you can also arrange for an upgrade to this programme, with additions such as 1-1 support sessions at the centre and innovative NAD+ Therapy.

There’s a lot to think about when looking for the right rehab centre and you might not always be in the best frame of mind to think of all the key factors when in the grip of an alcohol addiction. We can guide you through the process, giving you all the information you need clearly upfront.

You might find the prospect of giving up alcohol and going to rehab daunting but starting the ball rolling is easy. Simply contact us and we can answer any questions you have with no obligation and in complete confidence. If you decide to go ahead, our pre-admission process will assess you to make sure your individually tailored treatment plan is suited to your needs.

It can be difficult to even know how to even broach the subject of a loved one’s drinking but we can provide help and advice for friends and family, as well as family referral as part of our admissions process. In some cases a family intervention may be useful and we can provide experienced professionals who can guide you through this delicate process.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 23rd September 2022

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

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 23/09/2022 9:05 am

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.