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The 'real' cost of rehab in the UK

What are the real costs associated with drug and alcohol rehab?

By Param Singh Sahni


Family with child

With so many obstacles to getting help with alcohol and drug addiction, it is no wonder many people die from substance abuse every year. The results show that year on year 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.

Today we will aim to answer some of these questions, mainly the hidden costs of rehab and the impact it has on the person’s life and those around them.

Some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) include:

Today we will aim to answer some of these questions, mainly the hidden costs of rehab and the impact it has on the person’s life and those around them.

Well the first question is easy to answer. In short, no! 

There is no such thing as NHS rehab or 'free' 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 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. In my research on the NHS website on addiction they provide an outside link to rehab online which is a database for rehabs in the UK.

The Hidden Costs of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

The costs of residential rehab include a long list of things that one would expect to encounter, such as food, staff, lodging etc. Many of the hidden costs get swept under the rug, and are not recognised as potential expenses when considering residential versus outpatient or non residential treatment options.

These include, and are not limited to;

  • Emotional impact on young children when a parent is away from home for at least 28 days
  • 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
  • Not to mention the obvious financial implications 
    • 28 days in residential rehab can cost anywhere from £6,950 - £29,950
    • Many luxury rehabs will cost much more

Luxury rehab

We want to be open and transparent at Help Me Stop, and most treatment centres will not be so bold as list their costs on their website, however we are not most treatment centres! We offer a 6 week intensive day program with 12 weeks of ongoing aftercare for £3000.

How much does private 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

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.

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 program for those unable to attend in person we hope to offer people the help they need in a timely and effective manner. If you think you or someone you care about could benefit from our help, please get in touch as we would love to help them stop at Help Me Stop!

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