Drug and alcohol rehab in Hampshire

If you have been struggling with alcohol or drugs, there are drug and alcohol rehab facilities in Hampshire where you get the help you need. Sometimes, just knowing that there are crisis points you can turn to for help is the first important step on the road to recovery. If you need help with your drug or alcohol intake, remember you are not alone, and guidance is available. Whether you require drug rehab or alcohol rehab, there are many inpatient and outpatient rehab centres in the Hampshire area so that you can find a drug and alcohol rehab facility that suits your needs, with the supportive staff there to assist along the road to recovery.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Hampshire

It is understandable to feel confused when it comes to choosing the right treatment clinics for your needs, but understanding the type of treatments that are available to you will help to decide the best inpatient or outpatient treatment for your needs. Some treatment options are free and organised by the NHS, while others require private funding. Inpatient treatment means that you will live at a rehab centre during your treatment, while outpatient treatment requires you to visit a centre or clinic while residing at home.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

If you choose outpatient treatment, you will need to commit to attending daily therapy sessions at a local clinic while continuing to live at home. You will not need to live at the clinic. Addiction treatment may involve an alcohol or drug detox, but this is usually more common in inpatient drug and alcohol addiction centres, as they have medical professionals on hand who can provide medical treatment to help patients through the detox process. Day rehab also offers plenty of peer support and therapy groups as part of ongoing treatment and recovery.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Many people thinking of attending rehab tend to choose an inpatient addiction treatment centre; this gives them a break from their triggers and physically removes them from their previous environment to help them start afresh. If you attend residential rehab, you stay at the centre for the entirety of your treatment programme. There are multiple rehab centres in Hampshire that are privately funded and which offer flexible options on the duration of treatment, location and types of therapies offered.

Depending on your preference, you will stay in either a private or shared room with food, treatments and recreational activities available to make your treatment comfortable. Some residential rehab centres offer programmes such as art therapy and have facilities like gyms and swimming pools. During your stay, it is likely that you will meet staff who have experience of addiction recovery, as well as other residents who are receiving inpatient treatment.

Why inpatient rehab?

Inpatient treatment is a popular option when it comes to rehabilitation, as it gives residents the opportunity to have a fresh start and remove themselves from stresses and triggers that may be contributing to their addiction. If you decide on inpatient treatment, everything is already taken care of for you so that you can solely focus on your recovery and treatments. The NHS offers some inpatient and outpatient treatment options that are free, but most inpatient facilities are privately funded.

Inpatient treatment enables you to meet other people who have similarly experienced addiction, who are on the same journey and can share their stories with you.

CQC ratings

When deciding on an addiction treatment facility, it is important to receive peace of mind that you are receiving the best possible service and care. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an official governing body that scores and assesses treatment facilities on their leadership, care, effectiveness and safety. When you decide on private inpatient treatment, you can select a clinic with a high CQC rating rather than being designated a centre on the NHS based on what is available.

Mixture of therapies

Every treatment facility offers different treatment options that usually comprise both individual and group therapy. As you receive your treatment, you will find what works best for you and helps you towards recovery. Group activities help individuals grow confident in talking out their experiences with others, while individual therapy helps to focus the mind.

Family support programmes

Addiction can also have an impact on a person’s loved ones. Private treatment clinics operate group workshops for those who have been impacted by a loved one’s addiction. Such groups help family members to support their loved one on the road to recovery while developing an understanding of the nature of addiction and coping strategies for their own healing techniques.


A conjoint is a meeting between a person who has entered a rehab facility and their loved ones. It is usually conducted by a professional who is trained specifically in addiction and understands first-hand the situation from both sides. Such meetings enable all parties to share their feelings and open up, which can be helpful for long-term recovery and the repairing of relationships.

What should I expect from a detox in Hampshire?

When you undertake a detox, a substance is removed from the body through a period of abstinence so that your body acclimatises to life without it. The detox process can bring on withdrawal symptoms, but this should not discourage you from a detox, as it is an essential part of the recovery process, and symptoms will gradually ease.

Medical detox

Whether you require a drug detox or alcohol detox, you should always speak to a GP or other medical professional about safe methods of detox before you attempt it alone.

Inpatient clinics have on-site medical professionals who are highly experienced in helping patients manage withdrawal symptoms. You should receive a full consultation on the types of substances you are taking and your lifestyle to make sure that you are receiving the right treatment programme for your circumstances. When you undergo medical detox, you will need to be closely monitored by medical professionals who will ensure that you detox safely. If required, medications can be prescribed to ease unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Once you have successfully detoxed, you can start to take part in individual and group therapies and begin the recovery process.

If you are unsure whether you require a medical detox, you can ask our team, who can answer your questions and put your mind at ease.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

You should look into several drug and alcohol rehab facilities to determine their recovery approach and to see if this fits in with your needs and lifestyle. For instance, they may offer one-to-one therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), group therapy, a 12-step programme or some kind of non-12-step programme. Most rehabilitation centres like to offer a mixture of these, but as you undergo and continue your treatment, you may find that one particular type of therapy works well for you. You can always contact your chosen facility in advance of your admission to ask questions about the types of treatment offered. In terms of stay duration, it is understood that the longer a person remains in rehab, the better their chances are of recovery and living a life of sobriety. The standard duration of a rehab stay is twenty-eight days or four weeks.

Is rehab free?

It is an unfortunate fact that not everyone can afford residential rehab or private health insurance that may pay for treatment, and some may therefore require free addiction treatment services from the NHS. These services are on an outpatient basis, and there is usually a very long waiting list for admission because availability is outstripped by demand. You should speak to your GP about availability if this applies to you.

If your addiction is severe, the NHS may be able to provide you with a detox programme. Turning Point is a charity you can also turn to for help if you require urgent treatment, although bear in mind that limited beds are available.

Banbury Lodge also accepts private insurance, so check with your insurance provider if addiction treatment is covered in your policy.

Free addiction treatment services in Hampshire

If you need free addiction treatment services in the Hampshire area, there are some options available to you, depending on where you are based.

The downside to free services

Not every person has access to the finances needed to fund private inpatient rehab. There are free services available on the NHS, but these are under intense pressure due to government budget cuts and understaffing. This means that there may be stricter criteria to meet to receive treatment, less availability, and you may not be able to attend a clinic in your local area. If you choose a free service, this is usually on an outpatient basis, so you will not have the opportunity to completely remove yourself from distractions or people who may be contributing to your addiction.

The benefits of residential rehab in Hampshire

There are many benefits to residential rehab, including:

  • The opportunity to take time out and remove yourself from distractions and/or an environment that may be fuelling your addiction
  • A calm and welcoming environment where you are supervised and monitored by caring and professional addiction specialists
  • A residential programme in which everything is taken care of for you so that you can focus entirely on recovery
  • The chance to meet other people who are in the same situation and who have had similar experiences to share
  • Group therapy and therapeutic activities to refocus the mind away from addictive substances or alcohol

What happens after a rehab programme?

When you have completed a rehab programme, you should feel proud of what you have achieved, and rightly so. But you will also require ongoing support so that you maintain sobriety as you move forward with your life. It is important to make connections with peers and professionals who can continue to support you as you come out of rehab.

Aftercare programmes

Many residential rehab facilities offer aftercare programmes to ensure that former inpatients stay on track with their recovery and progress in achieving sobriety. These programmes often involve group and peer support, as well as one-to-one sessions if these are still required.

Support groups

We encourage those who have attended a course of rehabilitation treatment to also attend a support group in their local area to make connections with people who can relate to their story of recovery. Ensuring that you attend the right support groups will sustain your recovery. Examples of such groups include SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

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

You may be worried or concerned about your family’s reaction to the news that you are seeking addiction treatment, but it is important to remain focused on your goal of seeking a life of sobriety and remember how much bravery it takes to recognise that you need help. Being open and honest with your family and friends will help you to recover, and communication is all part of the healing process, even if talking is difficult. It is actually very common for loved ones to be supportive and encouraging when they discover that their family member is seeking rehabilitation.

How do I get a loved one into rehab?

If you are worried about a friend or loved one and want to get them support for an alcohol or drug addiction, the first point of call should be to sit down and talk to them about your concerns. Bear in mind that you cannot force anyone to admit themselves to rehab. Avoid lecturing and try to be open-minded, suggesting the positives in seeking treatment and places they can go to for help.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Once you return to normal life following treatment, you may feel anxious or nervous, and also excited to start over. Be prepared for triggering circumstances and situations that may test your resolve. Accessing support groups that are nearby can help you keep on track with your progress. Most importantly, remember how far you have come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Hampshire 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 Hampshire?
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 Hampshire 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 Hampshire?
Hampshire 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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