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NHS Or Private Rehab?

Private Rehab

For many individuals, private residential rehab is the preferred treatment solution. In most cases, admission can be performed within a day. You will be able to access private rehab treatment if you have the funds to pay privately or if you have private health insurance. There is as well a possibility that you get an NHS admission to a private rehabilitation centre.


What Are Prerequisites For Applying For Rehab Funding With The NHS?

Addiction treatment option should be accessible to all the UK residents which is free at the point of delivery through the NHS at community based rehab or private residential Rehab. You might be required to prove that you have sought local community-based rehab alternatives before to be able to apply for NHS funding at a residential rehab facility. Residential admission process could take several weeks to go through pending funding approval by local addiction team to enter NHS residential rehabilitation treatment program.


Get referral to the nearest alcohol and drug action team from your GP.


Pros And Cons

Private rehab

  • Flexible plan of treatment;
  • Admission speed - sometimes as fast as 24 hours;
  • One-location rehab continuity of daily procedures and care;
  • Confidentiality;
  • In the most cases, same staff and same therapist will be with patients during treatment;
  • Rehabilitation is in controlled environment free from influence of fears to allow the patient focus on recovery process.
  • Recovery is helped along due to therapeutic community that creates powerful bonds with doctors and other addicts;
  • Sometimes, facilities to make phone calls/receive letter, family visiting times and visiting accommodation are provided.
  • Regularly give reciprocal treatments, for example, equine treatment, workmanship treatment, exercise centre and fitness;
  • Aftercare agenda;
  • On the NHS, it is not cheaper than rehab
  • Not included in health insurance cover.

NHS rehab

  • Free of charge;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Everyone is eligible;
  • Located close to home and family in the local community.
  • Lengthy admissions process;
  • Has no referral guarantee to residential rehab;
  • For different treatment program, patients may be asked or visit to go to different centres or clinics,
  • Therapy may be interrupted by life distractions and easily obtainable drugs and alcohol;
  • Limited access to the personal counsellor;
  • Patients are not entitled to similar therapist/staff care during treatment program period;
  • Building an outpatient support network may be more challenging.

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NHS Alternative Cross Border Treatment

Securing admission into residential private rehab clinics in UK through NHS or local community addiction services could take months and the outcome is not definite. But it is easy related to above case to achieve quick access to finance through EU cross border healthcare directives.

For UK based patients all information about that option can be found on the Drug Rehab Wakefield site.