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How Help Me Stop differs from traditional residential rehab

By Tim Woodley


With thousands of adults each year finding residential rehab costs prohibitive, Help Me Stop provides a viable and effective alternative to traditional residential alcohol and drug treatment programmes. Today we are exploring more about Dayhab in greater detail, describing the key benefits of our model and service.


What we are

In short, Help Me Stop is the most affordable and accessible provider of intensive ‘Dayhab’ treatment in the UK. Proceeding from the understanding that residential rehab costs are prohibitive to many, and with schedules often incompatible with work and family life, our model is flexible and realistically priced. With treatment costing from between £16 and £19 per hour, this is much more affordable than comparative residential treatment.

Developed in the US, the Dayhab model of treatment has shown its value to the modern world. With success rates matching and exceeding residential treatment, this flexible and non-residential model makes intensive alcohol and drug treatment available to more than ever before in the UK. Based on intensive group and one-to-one therapy and elements of the 12-step approach, our programme is further strengthened by an increased emphasis on family support and aftercare.

All therapists employed by Help Me Stop have been through their own journey of addiction and long-term recovery, giving our service a grounding that helps our staff relate to our clients and family members in a very personal way.


Our interpretation of the 12-step approach

While criticisms of the 12-step model of recovery exist, it is our firm belief these do not invalidate the model as a whole. Help Me Stop has built its own recovery programme, combining some of the 12-step approaches but with the greater focus on behaviour change through the use of cognitive behavioural and solution focussed therapy, psychodynamic counselling, person-centred therapy and motivational enhancement.

This highly effective model has no religious requirement, instead being available to clients of any religious belief, ethnicity, background and gender. While many clients find a spiritual element to their personal journey of recovery, this common aspect is personal to the individual and fits in with their own views.

In this way, the Help Me Stop team have created and refined a recovery programme that is demonstrably effective and well suited to the modern world.


Further benefits of our recovery programme

Here are further benefits of our model and service that are based on the experiences of our clients, therapists and the medical professionals we engage with.

Ease of entry: With up to 30 individuals supported by each Help Me Stop centre, our service is easy for clients to register with and without the need of a GP or other professional referral. We have excellent availability with no waiting lists and a smooth onboarding process - our clients can be seen, assessed and start their treatment on the same day if appropriate. These two important points make our service and its benefits as accessible as possible.

An effective model: The Dayhab model has shown to be effective and although new in this form and at this cost in the UK, over 11,000 Dayhabs have been running successfully in the US for over 10 years. Our high success rate, particularly when matched against hourly costs as low as £16 per hour, proves the value of our approach.

Direct experience: Every one of our therapists is an experienced professional who has succeeded in their own journey of addiction and long-term recovery. This makes our treatment relatable and comfortable to our clients while maximising their chances of lasting recovery.

Essential aftercare: While many people think of addiction recovery as a short process, true recovery extends for years after the final drug dose or drink. Addiction is a mental health disorder that affects the structure of the brain and recovering from it will not happen overnight. Individuals require continuous care and support if they are to successfully remain drug-free and sober.

Following a good aftercare programme can make the difference between relapse and having the time and space to develop good coping mechanisms after completing treatment. Our aftercare programme includes regular drug and alcohol tests to ensure that individuals are sticking to their programme of recovery.

Essential family support: Our programme offers an inclusive family programme run at weekends. We also accommodate family appointments on little to no notice - even same-day appointments are provided if urgent. If a client has family and friends around them, we want these people to be supported so that they can form a positive and nurturing network around the individual going through treatment.

Flexibility: All our clients need to commit to a minimum of 16 hours week - anything less is not intensive, and our clients will not get the outcomes they want or need. Open from 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Friday, and 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM weekends, our hours are designed to fit around common obligations such as work and family life and give our clients the maximum opportunity to fit their 16 hours in.

This is a key part of our drive to be as available to as many individuals needing treatment as possible.


How to contact us

If you’d like to get in touch with a member of the Help Me Stop team, please call us at 0208 191 8920 or reach us via email using our contact form.