There is currently an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers in London and England of which just a mere 18% end up receiving treatment.

We appreciate how overwhelming it can be trying to arrange for treatment whether it’s for yourself or a loved one the process can be time-consuming and difficult to navigate through.

This is often due to the vast numbers of drug and alcohol treatment centres located throughout London and England which can make the whole process engulfing and this can lead to increase stress at an already difficult time.

Likewise, going through the motions of addiction and the first stages of recovery can also be tough, especially when dealt with alone or on behalf of a loved one.

Through our specialist support and referral services, we are here to guide you through this demanding time. We can help you narrow down your local recovery plans by finding a drug and alcohol rehab in London that offers suitability. We can even understand your addiction greater, by recommending the most effective and safest treatment options.

Neither an addiction nor the recovery process should be dealt with alone. We can offer as much support as you require to progress through the initial recovery phase, entering your chosen rehab centre for a time of withdrawal, transformation and rehabilitation.

See our below information and advice on what to consider before deciding on whether drug and alcohol rehab in London is right for you, or alternatively get in touch with our team today on 0800 012 6088.

Do I Need to Go to Rehab in London?

Drug and alcohol addiction is a complex condition which can be difficult to realise or accept if you are experiencing it.

If your mental health is deteriorating, you have noticed that you are prioritising your substance use over other things in your life, or you feel like you are not in control of what and how much you consume, it is likely that you require treatment in an alcohol and drug rehab.

Addiction treatment at rehab in London is the best way to recover from drug addiction or alcoholism in a safe and effective way. At residential rehab, you will receive evidence based addiction treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy, holistic therapies and group therapy to help you overcome addiction.

Once you have completed both your addiction therapy and detox, you will be able to leave rehab healthier and able to manage any cravings you may experience in the first few months post-rehab.

Rehab programmes are the best method to get yourself back on track. Overcoming addiction alone is an extremely difficult and isolating experience, which is why residential treatment where you are constantly supported is the best route to choose.

Our Service at Addiction Advocates

The team at Addiction Advocates are here to help you find rehab in London at a reputable drug or alcohol rehab clinic. We offer our services to anyone who needs help and wants to recover from substance abuse and have a free helpline to get you there.

As a referral service, we work with a multitude of drug and alcohol rehabs across London and the UK, so can find you the best service for your personal needs and location.

Once at rehab, you will undergo a drug or alcohol detox, relapse prevention and proven addiction therapies to help you achieve long term recovery. We help you find the best rehab centre for your requirements, take you through the admissions process, and provide you with advise and guidance regarding your addiction.

Contact us to start your recovery journey with us today, call us on 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222.

How Will Rehab Help Me?

Rehab can help you in many different ways. However, the overarching aim of rehab is to help you withdraw from drugs and alcohol, learn to cope without them, and pave the way for long-term recovery.

By investing yourself into a high-quality treatment programme, via a suitable drug and alcohol rehab centre, you will have a real opportunity to experience the benefits of rehab.

Through a recovery-driven approach, your withdrawal will also directly affect your physical and psychological health, your quality of life and your attitude, all improving.

Although cliché, completing a rehab programme can help you turn your life around, it can save you. From the moment you start your treatment programme, you will benefit from a progressive journey, helping you return to normality without drugs and alcohol.

It’s also important to note that rehab will help you by providing the tools, coping strategies and resources to sustain a sober living. Rehab is the only recovery programme that can offer real opportunities to adapt your relationship with drugs and alcohol for the better. Through this achievement, the entirety of your life will change.

Drug and Alcohol Statistics in London

According to the latest estimate from Public Health England, in 2018 suggested London has an estimated 92’615 alcohol-dependent adults alone.

Medical Assistance for Emergency Drug and Alcohol Intervention in London saw an increase of 85% in drug related deaths and it has seen a higher amount of deaths from cocaine and other psychoactive substances than the rest of the UK.

The London Assembly also reports that around 35% of all A&E incidents are related to alcohol which is up to 70% of all the attendees during weekends. The Department of Health also estimates that 2.4 million Londoners are drinking so much that it is either harmful or placing them at an increased risk medically.

If you or a loved one happens to be in a compromising situation related to drugs and alcohol, then it is important to get them to the nearest Hospital as a matter of urgency.

You can do this by either phoning 999 and asking for an ambulance or taking them to the hospital themselves. If it is you that is suffering, please do not drive as this will compromise the safety of other people and yourself.

Royal London Hospital
Whitechapel Rd,
E1 1FR

Phone: 020 7377 7000

St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd,

Phone: 020 7188 7188

St George’s Hospital
Blackshaw Rd,
SW17 0QT

Phone: 020 8672 1255

What Treatments Can I Expect to Complete at Rehab?

Group therapy illustrationThrough rehab, there is a wide range of drug and alcohol treatment options to complete. However, to ensure that the form and strength of your addiction can be worked through, treated and diminished, a unique combination will be recommended.

You can expect to complete a drug and alcohol detox indefinitely. Withdrawing physically from drugs and alcohol is very important. You will also complete a depth of therapy, helping to uncover triggers while working to reduce those triggers through exposure therapy.

Although specific addiction treatment options will vary, a mix of physical and psychological methods will be required to treat an addiction. This is very important to ensure that relapse risks can be minimised.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Detox

If you are experiencing a drug or alcohol addiction, undergoing a medically assisted detox is the first step in the recovery process. In rehab, you will be surrounded by support from peers and medical professionals, so you will feel comfortable and safe throughout the entire process.

Alcohol detox can be a difficult process and is often extremely hard to do alone. This is why attempts to quit alcohol abuse at home are not recommended, and attempts are commonly unsuccessful which can be very disheartening.

A medically assisted detox however is a safe and sensible way to withdraw from drugs and alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can be hard to manage and are especially difficult during the first few days of drug and alcohol detox, which is why it is important to feel supported throughout the process.

Prescription medication can also be prescribed to help ease any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms or help with your sleep during this period if deemed necessary.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are typically experienced by individuals who have an alcohol or drug addiction. It is caused by a break in the consumption of drugs or alcohol, and as the body becomes tolerant to substance abuse, it needs continued amounts to function as normal.

Withdrawal symptoms can vary in severity and also depend on the type of addiction that an individual has. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting/diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Severe cravings
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Chills/fever symptoms
  • Delirium tremens (severe cases)

Although it is intimidating to know that you may be about to experience these withdrawal symptoms, it is the first step toward achieving addiction recovery and living a life which is happy, healthy and sober.

To learn more about withdrawal symptoms and the detox process, get in touch with a member of our admissions team.

What Are the Main Benefits of Private Rehab?

Some of the main benefits you can expect to receive through private rehab include:

  • Quick admission available throughout the year
  • Full health assessment
  • bespoke plans created on an individual basis
  • Access to around the clock care
  • Medically assisted detoxification
  • Access to experienced therapists and doctors
  • Full nutrition plan
  • Evidence-based therapies & treatments
  • Learn relapse prevention strategies
  • 1-year free aftercare included

How Much Does Inpatient Addiction Treatment in London Cost?

Predicting the cost of rehab treatment is often very difficult as prices vary depending on what provider you end up choosing.

The average cost of a full 28-day rehabilitation programme is between £4,000 and £13,000. Please bear in mind that this is the national average and prices in London can be considerably higher depending on what provider you choose.

We have partnerships with centres based in Greater London that are just a short train journey away from central London; these centres often a lot more affordable, although we can still help provide quality treatment options based on whatever preferences you may have when considering drug and alcohol rehab treatment in London.

See below FAQ for more details on the cost of rehab in London.

Inpatient Vs Outpatient Rehab in London – Which One Should I Choose?

See below differences between the two programmes and what sort of benefits they both provide:

Outpatient Treatment Programmes – This type of treatment involves visiting an addiction treatment facility each day then returning home once you have undergone the plan for the day, this can include attending group therapy sessions, one-on-one counselling, as well as any other therapy and treatments that are included in your plan.

Inpatient Treatment Programmes – As opposed to outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment involves staying at a residential rehabilitation centre for the full duration of your treatment. This means that you will have access to constant care and attention, which makes a massive difference in people’s recovery.

Conclusion: The key deciding factor for many people when choosing between inpatient and outpatient treatment is their effectiveness. Many studies have shown that inpatient treatment offers a much higher rate of recovery and is a lot safer due to its detoxification programmes which often include around the clock care to monitor any withdrawal symptoms.

The main sticking point for many when considering inpatient programmes is cost, as many outpatient programmes are offered by the NHS and are free of charge. If you would like to know more about inpatient rehab costs in London, please see the below paragraph for more information.

Is Recovery Commonly Achieved at a Private Rehab Centre?

Yes, a high percentage of inpatient treatment providers in London and wider UK areas record very high success rates when it comes to addiction recovery.

We partner with a number of highly regarded treatment centres that have been fully regulated and inspected by the care quality commission.

Making sure you pick a rehab treatment provider with a good reputation can be difficult. This is why we offer our wealth of industry knowledge to make sure yourself or a loved one is receiving the best care and attention possible for a smooth recovery.

Through our help, we also assist with your selection by understanding your needs, experiences and connections to drugs and alcohol. We can then recommend the most suitable drug and alcohol rehab programme in London and propose proactive addiction treatment options through this assessment.

What Causes Addiction?

Drug or alcohol addiction is a common disease which affects hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. The government’s National Statistics highlight that ‘over 275,896 adults were in contact with drug and alcohol services between April 2020 and March 2021‘, conveying the severity of substance abuse disorder in England.

Although anyone can be affected by addiction, there are some factors which make a person more at risk of developing an addiction to alcohol or drugs. These can include:

  • Family history of addiction
  • Genetics
  • Underlying mental health disorders
  • Social and physical environment
  • Stress or trauma
  • Personality type – people with addictive personalities are more likely to experience substance abuse

Addiction is much more common than many people think and can be caused by a multitude of things. The factors listed above make a person more likely to suffer from addiction, however, it can affect anyone from any background and at any age.

According to the Local Government Association, in the UK there are ‘more than two million who drink at higher risk and an estimated 587,000 who are dependent on alcohol‘, highlighting the problem of addiction in England.

It is important to seek help at rehab in London if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction. Residential treatment is the best form of local drug and alcohol treatment you can receive, and we can help you find it at Addiction Advocates.

To receive private treatment at one of our London rehab clinics, call a member of our team today on 0800 012 6088.

Mental Health and Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction can arise from many underlying factors, including environment, an injury, childhood trauma or a family history of addiction. One of the main factors of addiction however, are mental health disorders.

Drug addiction and alcohol abuse can cause poor physical and mental health, which often leads to a deterioration of the addict’s personality, psychological health, and further substance abuse.

Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and psychosis are common causes of addiction and are often heightened as a result of drug and alcohol abuse.

As mental health problems are often extremely hard to cope with, self-medicating with alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs is a way that some people deal with poor mental health.

This creates a bigger problem and can often result in mental health conditions worsening. Similarly, a number of side effects of addiction are mental health problems, which is why it is so important to treat both the mind as well as physical addiction in residential rehab.

Dual diagnosis is an addiction specialist treatment programme which treats both substance addiction and mental health conditions in private rehab.

This can consist of group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, art therapy, relapse prevention and other holistic therapies to help with your recovery.

What Drugs Do you Treat in London

At our rehab facilities, we treat people for a variety of drug addictions including:


Cocaine is a very addictive drug. It is commonly snorted through a powder form or smoked and has the effect of making the user chatty and confident. Crack cocaine is condensed cocaine that resembles a little white stone, also referred to as a rock.


Heroin is a deadly highly addictive drug. The drug is injected, smoked or snorted and the user can quickly become addicted to the substance. Heroin use also helps to transmit other types of disease as users often share needles and the chance of picking up infections in the blood is high. Many places in the UK provide needle exchange services to Heroin users to try and combat the spread of infectious diseases resulting from the sharing of needles.


A very common drug, cannabis can also be referred to as weed, marijuana, pot and ganja. Most often this drug is smoked but people also ingest cannabis in food. It is a common misconception that you can not become addicted to cannabis. You can, as with any other drug.

Prescription Drugs

Many people become addicted to prescription drugs. Sometimes a person may have used painkillers for a short time to relieve pain after an accident, this can often be the gateway to a longer-term addiction. Painkillers such as Codeine and drugs are given for depression such as benzodiazepines are common prescription drugs people become addicted to.

What are the Facilities Like?

Our closest rehab to London is based just outside the M25 in Watford. This is a CQC registered facility that specialises in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions.

Staying at our confidential rehabilitation centre you will be in a relaxed, private setting and will benefit from the following facilities.

  • Private En-suite Bedroom
  • Onsite Chef
  • Communal Lounge
  • Extensive Courtyard and Gardens
  • Wi-fi
  • 24 Hour Medical Care
  • Private Therapy Rooms
  • Exercise Facilities

Our rehab facilities have been designed to help you in your battle against addiction. We understand the physical challenges of going through a detox period and also the mental challenges you will face.

Addiction often has a lasting impact on the physical health of users, so taking care of the body during recovery is a key element of our rehab treatment.

This is why we ensure that you will benefit from made-from-scratch nutritional meals which are cooked by our onsite chef daily, so your wellbeing is looked after.

Throughout your stay in our rehab facility, you will be looked after and able to focus solely on your recovery because of our excellent cleaners and chefs. This is one of the main reasons that private rehab centres are so beneficial for people undergoing addiction treatments.

Our rehab is a safe, secluded and relaxing setting. Our staff are at hand 24 hours a day to help you through this period and ensure your stay with us is a turning point in your life.

How Long is Residential Rehab?

The time it takes to complete a drug rehab programme at private rehab centres varies, depending on the type of substance misuse disorder you have, the severity of your addiction, as well as the size of your budget.

London rehab can be expensive, which is why we offer a number of rehab programmes so we can accommodate different budgets.

The recommended length of rehab treatment is at least a 28 day programme, as this gives you a chance to complete both the detox process as well as some addiction therapies such as family therapy, group therapy, art therapy, and holistic therapies.

The minimum stay of a 28 day rehab programme is the best at treating addiction and provides you with an amazing foundation for long term recovery.

We also offer 10-day stays in our rehab clinics, which involves solely a detox and nutritional meals cooked by our onsite chef. This is a much cheaper option for those who seek treatment but may not be able to afford longer stays in London rehab.

No matter the length of your stay at a rehab facility, the most important thing is that you are trying to recover from the chronic illness that is addiction.

Speak to a member of our admission team to find out more about the different types of rehab treatment and what works best for you by calling 0800 012 6088.

How Will I Sustain Sobriety After Rehab?

Completing a rehab programme can instil confidence in long-term recovery efforts. However, many clients will question their ability once a return home is recommended. This is understandable, as the transition to normality can be daunting.

To support you through this transition, with the aim to sustain sobriety, you will be provided with a schedule of aftercare services. Through your selected drug and alcohol treatment service, you will complete regular support groups and AA meetings.

Your accountability will develop, your positive ways of coping will strengthen, your relapse prevention plan will evolve, and your desire to recover will maintain.

Through ongoing care and an active attempt by yourself to maintain sobriety, you will have a realistic opportunity to sustain long-term recovery. If you do, however, experience any cravings, triggers or minimal relapse symptoms, professional guidance will continue, immediately accessible to you.

To understand whether visiting a drug and alcohol rehab in London and experiencing this valuable service is right for you, reach out to our team. We will recommend the most suited recovery programme within your local area, along with providing reliable referrals.

Start the process by reaching out today with questions, concerns and the prospect of beginning your rehabilitation journey.

Aftercare Services

As well as the recommended AA and NA meetings for additional support after inpatient rehab, you will also receive continued advice and guidance from the same rehab clinic you received treatment in.

Free aftercare is available to you for one year after your rehab programme has ended, so your support doesn’t end the moment your treatment has. The first few months after drug rehab or alcohol rehab in London are the most difficult part of the recovery process.

This is because it is hard to continue sobriety alone and return to your home environment where there are a number of potential triggers for relapse.

These sessions take place weekly and provide you with a space to discuss your feelings, any concerns you may have, and celebrate milestones together.

It is an extremely beneficial service, particularly for those who do not have a strong support system outside of residential rehab.

Support for Family and Friends

If you have a loved one who is struggling with an alcohol, drug or cocaine addiction, it can be extremely difficult to witness and hard to know how you can help.

Addiction can ruin people’s lives, ranging from their job, social life and relationships with loved ones such as friends and family.

This is why we offer our support to families who may need assistance dealing with addiction in the family. Our team are addiction specialists who can offer you advice, guidance and a rehab facility to help with a family intervention.

Substance use disorder is a horrible disease which has a huge impact on lives, which is why we offer family therapy and addiction intervention at our alcohol and drug rehab centre. Through our treatment programmes, we aim to help not only the person struggling with substance addiction but offer support to their family too.

Although we can’t force any person to attend rehab in London, we are able to advise and help you to address the issue with your loved one and suggest treatment options to start the recovery journey.

For general information about our programmes or support for your loved one’s addiction, get in touch with our admissions team today to start a family referral.

Free London Addiction Helpline

Addiction Advocates are a free drug and alcohol addiction helpline that can help you find the rehab treatment you need in London. Drug and alcohol misuse is a huge issue which often requires personalised residential rehab treatment to overcome.

Addiction Advocates can help with the admissions process to rehab and get you the help you need if you’re seeking addiction treatment. From mental health problems to alcohol abuse or drug abuse, the dedicated team at Addiction Advocates can help you find the right London rehab for your needs.

Drug or alcohol abuse is a big problem in London and can often go undetected as an issue until it is too late. We can help advise about rehab in London and can refer you to a rehab centre which offers suitable treatment for you.

To get in touch with any queries or to start your recovery journey today, you can call our admissions team on 0800 012 6088 or text HELP to 83222.

You can also fill out our contact form and a member of the team will be back in touch with you.

Admissions Process to Rehab in London

admissions process illustrationThe admissions process to drug and alcohol rehab in London is quick and easy so you are not waiting for long periods of time to access addiction treatment.

Addiction Advocates are here to make the entire process easier for you. The first step that you need to take is to admit that you have a problem with substance abuse and require addiction treatments at a rehab clinic.

Once you have decided that you are ready to tackle your addiction, the next step is to decide which type of treatment you want between outpatient treatment or inpatient rehab treatment, as we have touched on above.

Deciding to go to drug and alcohol rehab is a big step and can be very daunting, which is what we are here to help you with. All you need to do is call Addiction Advocates on 0800 012 6088 and we will help you along the way.

Once you have made contact with a member of our team, you will start the pre-admissions assessment to ensure that you receive the most suitable treatment available at an alcohol rehab in London.

Questions may include your budget, your basic information such as your name, gender, age, and location, as well as the type of addiction you have, how long you have had it and the severity of your alcohol or drug abuse.

Your medical history and any previous mental health disorders will also be discussed so that the best form of treatment programme can be arranged for your specific needs.

After the pre-admissions process, private rehab locations will be suggested and an arrival date will be organised once you have placed your deposit. This entire process is designed to be simple and easy to complete, to ensure that as many people have access to residential treatment as possible.

Just call today on 0800 012 6088 or email [email protected] to start your admissions process and drug addiction treatment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does drug and alcohol rehab cost in London?
The cost of drug and alcohol rehab can vary from each provider, but it is likely that drug and alcohol rehab in London will cost more than anywhere else in the UK. If your rehab is being provided by the NHS or a charity then it is likely that it will be free. However a big issue with these types of rehab is the huge waiting list, and for the majority of the time, residential rehab is typically a last resort and an emergency. The cost of any rehab will also depend on how long your stay is, whether it is residential, or whether you have requested any optional extras. The cost of rehab is multivariate and it is a difficult question to answer, however for a typical 28 day period you can expect to pay between £4,000 and £13,000.
How do I get NHS funding for rehab in London?
Getting NHS funding for drug and alcohol rehab in London can be difficult. If it isn’t the long waiting times, it’s the lack of choice available. Often rehab funded through the NHS may not always be residential, and the majority of the time we tend to advocate residential treatment over outpatient treatment. The process typically starts with the addict attending an appointment with their GP to seek help with their addiction, but this can sometimes be other public facing bodies such as social workers. Once the initial assessment from the GP is complete, they will typically refer you to the local Drug and Alcohol Team whereby a further assessment will take place. It is here that you may be offered outpatient rehab, as this obviously costs a lot less than residential. If the patient can prove commitment to the process, and is still in need of residential rehab then this will typically be offered to them.
How to get someone in to rehab in London
Unfortunately, you cannot force anyone against their will to attend rehab in London. Concerned family members often ask this question and are met with this disappointing conclusion. Those struggling with alcohol addiction need to seek the help themselves and make the change in their lives themselves, as even if they do attend a residential rehab begrudgingly, they are free to cancel and leave the rehab programme whenever they like.
How long does rehab for alcohol last in London?
The length of a drug and alcohol rehab programme in London all depends on the individual. Factors such as the severity of the addiction to the persons own resilience will impact how long the rehab lasts. Residential drug and alcohol rehab in London typically lasts 28 days, however this can be longer or shorter if necessary.