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Do I Need Residential Rehab

Are you concerned about the substance misuse of yourself or a loved one, be it drugs, alcohol or both? You will likely be considering rehabilitation programmes and their value. At a time like this, it’s important you inform yourself fully on the different types of rehabilitation available to you – namely, residential and non-residential programmes. Each provides their own advantages and disadvantages.


What is residential rehab?

Residential rehabilitation refers to a programme where lodging is provided. You live at the rehabilitation centre usually full-time until your programme is completed. The goal is to get sober and learn about how to build and maintain the support network you need to thrive without substance abuse.

Residential rehabilitation is what most people traditionally think of when the word rehab comes up. It’s a classic model, and it’s worked for many years.

What is non-residential rehab?

Non-residential programmes are a similar offering to residential but don’t require you to live at the centre that provides the rehab programme. These can either be entirely remote programmes such as our online drug and alcohol Dayhab offering or can be a blend of remote and in-person sessions and support such as we provide from our centre in London for our Dayhab programme.

What are the benefits of residential rehab?

Both residential and non-residential rehab programmes are generally what is referred to as ‘intensive’, in that they are a relatively short programme that is packed with sessions designed to pull you away from substance misuse and to bring awareness of what brought you towards it in the first place.

Residential rehab programmes are effective in that there is no hiding or running from your addiction and recovery – you live there, after all. For some, the total immersion in their residential programme also helps them to avoid the social influences that can pull them back towards addiction and self-abuse.

What are the benefits of non-residential rehab?

Residential and non-residential rehabs have very similar success rates so cost and flexibility are the primary benefits of a non-residential programme. As an example, Help Me Stop’s Dayhab programme is provided at one-tenth the average cost of a residential programme because it is non-residential. For many struggling with addiction, the cost of a residential rehab programme is too high to realistically consider.

Flexibility is also important to many who need rehab. Life must go on; work needs to be attended so bills can be paid, and loved ones and family bring their own commitments. Non-residential programmes, particularly remote ones like our Digital Dayhab programme, are designed to fit around working hours. This helps people to access rehabilitation and support while still going to work and seeing or taking care of friends and family. You can learn more about comparing rehabs here

Our final say

Help Me Stop provides non-residential rehabilitation. We’re proud of our programme; it matches or exceeds the success rates of residential rehab programmes at a fraction of the cost, and it’s more flexible too. That said, our utmost concern and priority are that you pursue the kind of recovery that suits you best.

Your quality of life is paramount, and every person struggling with addiction and substance abuse deserves a life with dignity that is free of dependency on drugs and alcohol. We encourage you to consider what type of rehab would work for you best and to pursue that to the best of your ability.

If you’d like to talk with us about what we provide and how we may be able to support your recovery, please call us on 0208 191 8920 or use our contact form to get in touch.