Drug and alcohol rehab in Bedfordshire

If you are struggling to cope and feel like your drug or alcohol intake is out of control, you can seek support in rehab centres in Bedfordshire. Addiction can quickly take over your life, causing damage to yourself and your relationships, but there is plenty of support available at either drug rehab or alcohol rehab.

Drug and alcohol rehab in Bedfordshire can provide therapeutic support to help you overcome addiction. Although rehab may seem daunting, it is a highly successful and extremely supportive form of addiction treatment. You can find out more about the treatment at rehab centres in this guide.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programme in Bedfordshire

You are required to visit treatment centres to receive rehab treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. You can choose from outpatient treatment in Bedfordshire and inpatient treatment in Bedfordshire. Both of these treatment options are focused on helping you to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, but they use varying treatment methods.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient treatment (which is also known as day rehab) is a form of addiction treatment that is offered to clients as they continue to live at home. This often makes the treatment more appealing to those who have responsibilities they cannot leave. Clients are required to visit the treatment centre for their appointments for drug and alcohol addiction and will receive support to detox, as well as group therapy. Detoxing as an outpatient can be challenging due to lifestyle triggers that are still likely to be present, so we advise clients to carefully consider if they could commit to this.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Inpatient treatment (also known as residential rehab) offers treatment to clients whilst they live at the addiction treatment centre. It offers bedrooms, facilities, living areas and therapeutic grounds to help you escape daily life to focus solely on treatment. There are rehab centres in Bedfordshire that provide inpatient treatment, offering support from staff who are available around-the-clock.

At UKAT, our treatment programme offers holistic support to address all areas of your addiction, improving the chance of long-term recovery. You will be supported by other clients also embarking on their addiction treatment, giving you the opportunity to meet peers who are facing similar challenges to you. If you feel like you would benefit from inpatient treatment but are worried about residential rehab, you can contact a member of our admissions team on the number at the top of the page, who will be happy to discuss any queries.

Why inpatient rehab?

CQC ratings

All rehab centres are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This means that inpatient and outpatient treatment is monitored by a governing body that inspects and scores the facility based on its quality of care. If you feel undecided on where to receive addiction treatment, you can look up the CQC ratings of your chosen rehab centres to support your decision. The CQC will calculate ratings for inpatient treatment based on the treatment programmes provided, calibre of staff and facilities, so you can be reassured that you will be treated with utmost care and professionalism.

Mixture of therapies

At UKAT, we use a mixture of treatment options in our treatment programme to ensure that each client has the best chance of successful recovery. This is because all clients respond differently to different forms of treatment, so using multiple options means that every client can engage meaningfully with the therapies. These therapies include one-to-one therapy, group therapy and support for family and relationships. This mixture of therapies is offered exclusively by inpatient rehab centres, as most NHS options only provide outpatient services using one form of therapy.

Family support programmes

As mentioned above, inpatient treatment with UKAT offers support for your family, which is an invaluable resource. Clients’ families can often feel just as worried as the clients themselves, so having access to information and advice from our professionals can help to ease these feelings for them. Supporting families to understand addiction, treatment and recovery will also help them to understand the best ways to support you better outside of rehab, because they will have an increased understanding of your journey.


A further form of support that is focused on you and your loved ones is conjoint meetings. These meetings aim to repair any harm to your significant relationships and help to open forms of communication again. They take place at the rehab centre, and you can invite your loved ones to attend a meeting at the rehab facility as part of your treatment programme. We understand that relationships can be challenging, so a member of staff will facilitate the meeting to help initiate meaningful communication.

What should I expect from a detox in Bedfordshire?

All inpatient treatment programmes will offer you a detox, which is the way that you become free of addictive substances. You will do this by abstaining from the addictive substance at the start of your treatment programme and will be supported in doing so by staff at the rehab centre.

Medical detox

A detox will cause some uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that some clients are nervous about prior to attending rehab. However, in inpatient rehab, you will be offered a medical detox to help ease this process for you. A medical detox is a form of drug detox or alcohol detox that requires medication prescribed by a doctor in addition to your abstinence. This medication acts as a substitute for the addictive substance you were taking, which helps to ease withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms are the body’s natural response to abstaining from drugs and alcohol. As your body has become accustomed to functioning under the influence of harmful substances, the withdrawal symptoms signal that your body is adjusting to functioning without them again. You will be fully supported by staff at the rehab centre throughout this entire process to monitor your improvement and ensure that you withdraw from drugs or alcohol safely.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

A drug and alcohol rehab programme with UKAT includes medical detox, group therapy, one-to-one therapy and holistic therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and meditation. CBT is a talking therapy that aims to adjust negative thinking patterns into more positive thoughts. These therapies form a part of our holistic recovery approach alongside the 12-step programme and usually last between two and twelve weeks. The 12-step programme supports clients through a journey to transform their lives, using a series of guidelines with the aim of long-term sobriety. Non-12-step programmes are available with alternative treatment providers, but it’s not guaranteed they will offer a holistic recovery.

Is rehab free?

UKAT only provides inpatient treatment that can be paid for privately or through health insurance policies covering addiction treatment costs. However, there are free addiction treatment services available that can be accessed on the NHS by visiting your GP or via a self-referral to the treatment provider.

The detox programmes offered at no charge may be limited to outpatient treatment. Turning Point, an addiction charity that offers free inpatient treatment, may have some inpatient beds providing detox treatment, but spaces can be competitive due to the high demand for free services.

Free addiction treatment services in Bedfordshire

As well as NHS services, there are free treatment services in the community that you may want to explore. These will mostly consist of group therapies, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

The downside to free services

Where possible, we encourage clients to use inpatient addiction treatment services because the level of support offered is much higher than free outpatient services. Whilst we understand that not everybody is able to access private treatment, free services may not always have the capacity to meet your needs. There are long waiting lists in the NHS, which continue to form as more government spending is reduced in this area. This means that you may not be able to receive help as soon as you need it, which could hinder your addiction recovery. There is also a reduced choice of treatment options available.

The benefits of residential rehab in Bedfordshire

  • Access to support as soon as you reach out.
  • Remove yourself from your usual lifestyle to focus solely on your treatment.
  • Medical detox to support a safe withdrawal from substances.
  • Be supported by a team of specially trained staff who are available 24 hours a day.
  • Receive treatment in a comfortable and therapeutic environment.
  • Meals provided for you throughout your stay.
  • One-to-one therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
  • Group therapy to make connections with peers and receive peer support.
  • Conjoint meetings can help you to repair your significant relationships.
  • Family support programmes assist your loved ones in understanding your addiction.

What happens after a rehab programme?

After rehab, you will be able to go home and continue to work on any remaining steps from your 12-step programme. You will have learnt many tools and techniques that will help you continue with your recovery journey at home, as well as have access to an aftercare programme.

Aftercare programmes

Aftercare programmes with UKAT provide ongoing support for clients who have successfully completed their rehab treatment. They include access to information and advice from our team of professionals, as well as access to the Alumni Network. This network supports clients to continue with peer support and helps maintain relationships.

Support groups

Support groups are another form of accessing peer support in the community. They are free and help you make new relationships in your new life of sobriety. Some popular groups that may be of interest to you are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and SMART Recovery.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Once you have completed rehab, you may feel overwhelmed with many emotions. We hope one of these feelings is pride, as you have come a long way since your rehab admission. The tools and resources explained above aim to support you after rehab as you continue in your recovery journey.

How do I tell my family I’m going to rehab?

We understand that committing to inpatient rehab can be scary. However, rehab can only be viewed as a positive step to start your addiction treatment, and your loved ones will understand this. Telling your family that you are going to rehab will be received as a positive step, and they will be happy that you are taking ownership of your situation and seeking help, even if they are unaware of the severity of your addiction. The family support programmes provided with UKAT can give your family all the information they need to assist their understanding of addiction and recovery.

How do I get a loved one into rehab?

If you have read this guide and know somebody who may benefit from rehab, you should talk openly about this to them. You are unable to sign up to rehab on someone’s behalf or force somebody to go, so calm communication can be key in encouraging them to seek support.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Bedfordshire during Coronavirus lockdown?
While many businesses have been affected by Covid-19 restrictions, Banbury Lodge is recognised as an essential healthcare provider. This means that the clinic has been able to remain open, and will continue to do so no matter what happens with potential future restrictions. Some private rehab centres have closed on a temporary basis during the pandemic, but Banbury Lodge and all local NHS rehab centres have been able to remain open by closely adhering to the government’s guidelines on safety.
How much does an alcohol/drug rehab cost in Bedfordshire?
There are a range of factors that affect the cost of addiction treatment such as how long you need for your treatment and which therapies and services you receive. A 28-day residential rehab programme usually costs between £4,000 and £12,000, but you may be able to offset some of this with private medical insurance depending on your policy’s terms.
How do you sign up to a rehab?
To be admitted to NHS rehab, you usually need a GP’s referral, but for private treatment, you can simply refer yourself. As soon as you are ready to start a new life free of addiction, just contact Banbury Lodge for a full medical assessment and to discuss the best possible course of treatment.
How can I pay for a rehab?
You will need to cover private rehab fees yourself, but some private health insurance policies cover all or at least part of addiction treatment costs. If you have private health insurance, check your policy and speak to your provider to find out what your options are.
What rehab programmes are there?
There are rehab clinics in Bedfordshire offering various addiction treatment programmes, which follow the holistic 12-step recovery method. In addition, many of these clinics offer additional therapies and wellness activities including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy), mindfulness sessions, and yoga.
Can you force someone to go to rehab?
Nobody can be made to go to rehab, and you should never try to force a loved one to seek treatment if they are not ready. This rarely ends successfully, and so it is vital that they first arrive at the point in their life where they recognise and accept that they need to make a change.
Can I sign up for rehab for someone else?
As much as you may want to help, you cannot sign someone else up for rehab. Not only will all rehab clinics refuse, if your loved one isn’t ready to tackle their addiction, the treatment is likely to fail. Trying to force a loved one to receive help that they are not ready for may ultimately just end up pushing them further and further into isolation.
How long does a rehab process take?
The length of various rehab programmes can vary dramatically with some lasting only a week and others continuing for up to three months. There are various factors which can affect the length of your treatment such as the extent of your addiction and which treatment approach your programme follows. You will most likely complete a detox before you start residential rehab treatment, so it is usually best to give yourself at least four weeks to recover from detox, get comfortable, and dedicate yourself to your treatment.
What is treated in rehabs?
The modern world is full of potentially harmful things that are designed to get people hooked. Alcohol, drugs, pornography, and gambling can all be incredibly addictive and so there are rehab programmes specifically designed to help people overcome these dependencies. Banbury Lodge also helps clients with eating disorders through special recovery programmes which can help with both dual-diagnosis and co-dependency situations.
Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
There are effective treatment programmes for addictions to all types of drugs, both prescription and illegal. These include cocaine, heroin, and other commonly used “recreational” drugs, as well as sleeping pills, painkillers, and other legally prescribed medications. Alcohol addiction is sadly ever-present in society, but it can be treated both as an isolated dependency or as one element of a wider substance use issue.
Is rehab confidential?
When you receive any treatment through the NHS, addiction treatment included, your records are always confidential, with only medical professionals able to check them if there is a medical issue. When you receive treatment through a private rehab clinic, there is no one but yourself and the clinic’s professionals who will be able to access any of your records.
Can I visit a person who is in rehab?
Most rehab clinics facilitate and encourage visits during the course of an addiction treatment programme. At Banbury Lodge, there are usually weekly family visitations on Sundays. It is an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic that these visits have had to be temporarily suspended to protect clients and staff, but the process of getting them safely started again is now in advanced stages.
Are there free rehabs in Bedfordshire?
Bedfordshire has various addiction treatment centres which offer free recovery programmes as outpatient services. While outpatient treatment is less intrusive and easier to fit around a normal schedule, effective addiction treatment usually requires a more holistic approach which is only possible through inpatient treatment.
Can I get rehab funding through the NHS?
The NHS may be able to help with private funding but you will need to speak to your GP. This is very rare, and can also take a long time, which can seriously delay your treatment.
Why is going to a rehab important?
Rehab can be life-changing with effective treatment programmes designed to help you overcome the physical aspects of addiction, as well as addressing the underlying causes. You will be provided you with all the weapons you need to fight cravings and will also be taught alternative ways of dealing with life’s difficulties rather than using drugs or alcohol as a crutch.
What is the difference between rehab and detox?
Detox is the process of abstaining from a substance so that your body is able to clear your system and start to heal. This is a very important first step in alcohol and drug addiction treatment because it will provide you with a clean slate. Rehab is the name giving to everything that comes after detox including addiction therapy and aftercare services which will enable you to start out on your journey to long-term recovery.
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