Residential Rehab in the UK: How to Select a Rehab Centre

5 considerations for your comfort when selecting a rehab center in the UK. With a section for your questions at the end.

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Choosing to enter a residential rehabilitation centre can be a big step for someone suffering from addiction. There is always a degree of uncertainty when coming in for treatment. However, the efficacy of group therapy in addiction treatment has been well established for many years. And residential facilities for addiction treatment can really work for people who are drug or alcohol addicted.

5 steps to picking a UK rehab centre

The best way to ensure that you are comfortable is to follow 5 easy steps to picking a UK rehab centre.

1. Recommendations and Reputation

Speak to doctors or specialists who work with rehabs and ask their opinion of the treatment centre. They often have dealings with treatment facilities and they know the outcomes for patients that they have referred. It is also a good idea to look at what former clients have said where possible. Most good treatment centres will also have a well-established website that you can use to get a feeling for the centre in general.

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2. Size

There are plenty of rehabs all over the UK and they vary greatly in size. Larger rehabs may be more likely to treat a wider variety of mental illnesses and they are often more like a hospital. The other side of the spectrum is the small rehab that specialises in treating fewer conditions. Small rehabs usually have a better staff to patient ration and their staff often specialise more so the facility is better to treat specific conditions. The differences between large and small rehab facilities are also noticeable in step 3.

3. Environment

Understanding the environment in which you will receive treatment is an important factor when choosing any rehab. Because of this, it is very important for anyone looking for a residential rehab to visit multiple rehabs to better understand what they are signing up for.

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For instance, there is a big difference between a locked and a non-locked facility. Locked facilities often house patients who have been sectioned and are far more secure. These are typically more like hospitals. Non-locked facilities are more like a hotel and patents have more freedom of movement. The best advice is to visit a number of facilities, meet the staff, take a tour and see which one feels best and provides for your individual needs.

4. Cost

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Cost is a very big part of many people’s decision making process when picking out a rehabilitation centre. While it is important to pick a treatment facility which is within your means, it is important to remember not to base your decision solely on cost. If you chose a rehabilitation centre just because it has the lowest price, you may end up in a place you do not like or that you are not comfortable in. That can make it harder to recover and may sour some people on the entire residential rehabilitation experience.

5. Expertise

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This may be the most important part of choosing any treatment centre. Before you decide to start residential treatment, look at who the treatment centre is employing to treat you. You want people who specialise in your specific problem and a treatment centre that has a program in place to handle your problem. If these two things are not available in a treatment centre, it may not be the place for you.

Residential rehab in the UK questions

If you follow these simple steps, it can be much easier to find the right treatment centre. While this list may not help answer all your questions it will put you in touch with the best people to find you answers. There are plenty of treatment centres out there and with the right questions, you can find the perfect place to start your recovery. Any more questions? Please leave them in the comments section below.

About the author
Brad Girtz is a blogger working at Life Works Community, a residential treatment centre. He writes content about mental health, addiction and many other conditions treated at Life Works. Brad enjoys sharing news and information about the latest innovations and ideas in the field of addiction and mental health.


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  1. Hello addiction

    I am aged 62, in the UK and am addicted to Valium (15mg/day) and Mirtazapine (30mg/day) Have been for 7 years thanks to a reckless and irresponsible doctor. Have also been through a terrible period in my life during that time (which caused me to start taking these horrible poisons).. I am asbsolutely PETRIFIED of withdrawals & have no support. I will soon (hopefully) be moving back to London (I am currently in Brighton, which caused this mess). I am so desperate I cannot function —– at all. I cannot afford a private inpatient rehab centre and must do it at home.

    Any kind advice would be most deeply, deeply appreciated. I have heard that naturopathic practitioners (holistic doctors) can be very helpful with this. I used one for another condition several years ago and she was absolutley terrific.

    Where can I find your reply?

    Yours sincerely

    Charles W.

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