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NHS Or Private Treatment?

Private Facility

The preferred rehab treatment option for many people is private residential rehab. 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. You can also get admission in NHS to a private rehab centres.


Who Can Apply With The NHS For Treatment Funding?

UK residents are entitled to benefit from free addiction treatment programs through licensed community based NHS rehab or private residential recovery centres across the country with the right equipment. To qualify for NHS funding at a residential rehabilitation centre you'll possible have to provide evidence that you have tried to get in local community-based treatment options first. Getting into rehabilitation like this may be little longer, depending of whether your local addiction team is willing to pay for your treatment.


You can be referred to your nearest drug and alcohol action team by your GP.


Good Sides And Bad Sides

Private rehab

  • Flexible plan of treatment;
  • Fast admission - in some cases within a day;
  • One-location rehab continuity of daily procedures and care;
  • Privacy;
  • Patients have similar staff members taking care of them during treatment period.
  • So that patients can focus on recovery we will take place in a safe environment away from temptations and worries.
  • Strong bonds are formed with therapists and other patients in the therapeutic community;
  • Sometimes, facilities to make phone calls/receive letter, family visiting times and visiting accommodation are provided.
  • Art, gym health and fitness exercise activities are included in the treatment program;
  • Programme of aftercare;
  • On the NHS, it is not cheaper than rehab
  • It can not recovered by medical insurance.

NHS rehab

  • It doesn't cost anything;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Easily reachable to anyone;
  • It's local and therefore closer to your family and home;
  • Lengthy admissions process;
  • May not be referred to residential rehab;
  • In case of different treatments, patients may be asked to go to different clinics/centres.
  • Therapy may be interrupted by life distractions and easily obtainable drugs and alcohol;
  • There is a limited access to the personal specialist
  • Patients are not entitled to similar therapist/staff care during treatment program period;
  • Creating an outpatient support network might be more difficult.

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NHS Cross Border Treatment Alternative;

Organising admission to a private rehabilitation facility may take months and results are far from certain if you do it through the UK NHS of local addiction services. But it is easy related to above case to achieve quick access to finance through EU cross border healthcare directives.

Alcohol Rehab Glasgow website can provide additional information to UK residents that want to try this alternative.