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The real cost of alcohol and drug rehab
  • With so many obstacles to getting help with alcohol addiction and drug addiction, it is no wonder many people don’t get the help they need with substance abuse.
  • Year on year, UK Government statistics show that the problem is increasing and the death count is rising. Much of the difficulty comes from people encountering obstacles when searching out the support they need including significant financial barriers.
  • In this article, we will answer some of the important questions about rehab in the UK, including the hidden costs of rehab and the impact it has on the person’s life and those around them.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rehab

Is free rehab treatment for drug and alcohol problems available on the NHS?

The short answer is no. There is no such thing as a nationwide NHS rehab or ‘free’ rehab treatment for drugs or alcohol on the NHS. If a person was to call up today and ask for help, they would be sent to their GP. They would need to disclose all of the information related to their drinking or drugging. This would then be recorded on a national database, which is accessible by other government agencies and can also be requested by employers. Depending on the location in the country and the severity of the addiction, the GP may be able to refer to a local drug and alcohol service, but usually there is a long waiting list and choice of care may be very limited.

How much does rehab cost in the UK?

You may be looking to pay anything from £1,800 to £5,000 per week for residential rehab in and around London. The costs of residential rehab include a long list of things that one would expect to encounter, such as food, round-the-clock staffing, lodging etc. Many of the hidden costs get swept under the rug and are not recognised as potential expenses when considering residential versus outpatient treatment options.

In comparison, Dayhab with Help Me Stop costs just £500 per week (a total cost of £3000 for our intensive 6 week programme). You would not experience even two weeks of treatment at the least expensive residential rehab in the London area at this price.

What is the difference between rehab and Dayhab?

Put simply, rehab involves in-patient care, that is to say you’ll be staying in the treatment facility, whilst you are going through the addiction treatment programme. There are also quasi-residential rehabs, where you stay in sober housing near to the treatment centre.

In contrast, Dayhab is non-residential, so you save on all the accommodation and lodgings cots associated with in-patient care. Help Me Stop provides Dayhab and Digital Dayhab programmes, which you attend either in our London centres or online from your home or a suitable location of your choice. The quality of our addiction treatment programme equals that of traditional rehab.

Why is UK rehab NOT free?

In rare cases, there are placements for rehab funded by local councils but these are usually reserved for the most severe and enduring cases of addiction, including people have very complex needs including prolific offenders, people with a dual diagnosis, homeless people etc. The vast majority of residential rehab clients in the UK have to fund their treatment privately.

Help Me Stop’s ‘Rehab in the Real World’ ethos is all about breaking down barriers to high quality addiction treatment, keeping the costs for addiction help to a minimum.

What’s included in Help Me Stop’s Dayhab and Digital Dayhab?

Read all about our prices for Dayhab and Digital Dayhab including everything that’s included in our affordable onsite and online addiction treatment programmes.

The Hidden Costs of Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Along with the financial costs of residential rehab, there are emotional and social implications of residential rehab versus Dayhab. These include:

  • The emotional impact on young children when a parent is away from home for at least 28 days (with very limited or no contact during the first phase of their treatment)
  • Reputational risks and potential judgement from work colleagues
  • The stigma associated to “going to rehab”
  • The impact on the marital relationship
  • Neighbours finding out when the person is absent
  • Family and friends asking questions about their whereabouts
  • 28 days in residential rehab can cost anywhere from £6,950 – £29,950
  • Some luxury rehabs cost even more

Open and transparent treatment costs at Help Me Stop

Open and Transparent Prices for Treatment with Help Me Stop

Most rehabs will not be so bold as list their costs on their website. However, we like to do things differently. We offer a 6-week intensive day programme with 12 weeks of ongoing aftercare for £3000. Our online programme is half that cost at £1500 for six weeks.

In summary, there are many obstacles to people finding help to stop drinking or using drugs. Help Me Stop has introduced a fresh new approach by making rehab accessible to people who may have never been able to afford it. Bringing rehab to the real world, onto the high street at an affordable price and now with an online Digital Dayhab for those unable to attend in person, we hope to offer the most timely and effective help. If you or someone you care about could benefit from our help, please get in touch with Help Me Stop.

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