Rehab Treatment in East Sussex

Therapy session in rehab treatment in Sussex

If your life is being affected by an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is so important that you seek help and don’t suffer alone. There are so many resources and rehab services across the UK that can help you to overcome your dependency. If you are looking at your options for drug and alcohol rehab in Sussex, you should research all of your options before making a choice. There are many rehab centres in Sussex offering both alcohol and drug rehab, and this guide can help you to choose the best one for your addiction treatment.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Sussex

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when researching all the different treatment centres available, but the first thing you need to do is decide what kind of treatment you want. There are centres offering both inpatient treatment in Sussex and outpatient treatment in Sussex, so it is important to understand the differences in the two approaches.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient treatment, or day rehab as it is also known, is when you go to the rehab clinic for your appointments but don’t need to stay there as a resident. While this may seem like a convenient recovery approach, it does have some major downsides. Addiction treatment often begins with detox, and there can be major safety issues if you are not supervised by a medical professional as you would be in an inpatient clinic. Furthermore, drug and alcohol addiction treatment generally requires a holistic approach, but as outpatients continue to go about their everyday lives during treatment, this can be very difficult to achieve.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

In contrast to day rehab, when you undergo inpatient treatment at a residential rehab centre, you will be able to immerse yourself in your treatment programme. You will stay as a resident throughout the course of your treatment so that you can distance yourself from any negative influences or triggers, and commit fully to your recovery.

Residential rehab is usually only offered as private treatment, and there are various rehab centres in Sussex that offer comprehensive inpatient treatment programmes. You will be able to research the different clinics and make your own decision about which one seems best for you. You can look at the accommodation and therapy options, and speak to the admissions teams to see what each clinic has to offer. If you are struggling to make up your mind, send us a message or give us a quick call so that we can help to explain what UKAT’s inpatient treatment involves.

Why inpatient rehab?

There are many benefits offered by inpatient treatment which are simply not available through day rehab. Outpatient treatment may be more convenient on the face of it, but without the time and space needed to focus on your recovery, it can be easy to fall back into old habits.

Below are some of the reasons why inpatient addiction treatment is often advised.

CQC ratings

These ratings are given by the independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) to public and private health and care services based on criteria such as client safety, staff leadership and the effectiveness of treatment. You can use CQC ratings to compare different clinics and make an informed choice between them. With NHS outpatient treatment, however, you will be assigned a day rehab clinic and will have to attend it regardless of its ratings.

Mixture of therapies

Different centres have their own approaches to addiction treatment but most will have a mixture of individual and group therapies and may also offer extra activities like meditation or yoga. It is important that you research their approaches to find one that suits you, but just make sure to keep an open mind about which types of therapy will be most beneficial. Many people find that it ends up being an approach they had never considered which really helps them to make the biggest strides forward.

Family support programmes

The negative effects of addiction often extend far beyond the individual, and relationships with loved ones can become incredibly strained. Holistic inpatient treatment is designed not only to help you with your addiction but also to help you to create a new life situation where long-term abstinence is a reality. The support of friends and family can be crucial in this, and so during your stay in rehab, your loved ones will be offered advice and support which will help them through the process.


Conjoints are special meetings for clients and their loved ones which can help to repair and strengthen relationships. They are guided by a trained addiction professional and are a safe place for everyone to open up about their feelings and come together again. Many families find these sessions incredibly effective.

What should I expect from a detox in Sussex?

Before you can get started on your addiction therapy, you will first need to undergo detox to clear your system of drugs and alcohol. This can be a potentially dangerous process with severe withdrawal symptoms, so it is always best done under the guidance of a doctor or medical professional.

Medical detox

A medical drug or alcohol detox is one that is carried out under the constant supervision of a medical professional and often with the aid of detox drugs. Not everyone needs this, but everyone who enters residential rehab will be assessed on their overall health and the extent of their addiction. This is to ascertain whether there is any risk of severe withdrawal symptoms arising during detox. If you are judged to be at risk, medical detox will be made available to you so that you are safe and comfortable during the process.

The levels of care required for medical detox mean that it is very difficult for outpatients to receive. If you are receiving treatment at a day rehab clinic, you will also need to wait for a space to become available, and may not receive the same levels of care.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

Everyone is different, and the recovery approach that works for you may not work for someone else. At UKAT, we offer our clients treatment based around a 12-step programme, as this takes the most holistic approach to addiction. Through one-to-one therapy, group therapy and other useful sessions like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), you will be able to address every aspect of your dependency and start to plan your life without drugs and alcohol. Other treatment clinics offer a non-12-step programme, but this only focuses on the addiction itself without taking a holistic view. It usually takes around four weeks to complete the initial steps of a 12-step programme, so this is the minimum time you should plan to stay in rehab.

Is rehab free?

As noted above, there are free addiction treatment services through the NHS which can be useful in helping people with their drug and alcohol dependencies. Unfortunately, budget cuts mean that there are various obstacles to getting the help that people need. Most NHS services will accept self-referral, but as they are often oversubscribed, you may be advised to undergo a detox programme instead. If you are in need of financial assistance, try contacting the charity Turning Point, which helps to fund private treatment.

Free addiction treatment services in Sussex

There are other local services in Sussex which are doing admirable work helping people on their recovery journeys. Try attending your nearest AA meeting if you are in need of support.

The downside to free services

As with so many health and care services in the UK, chronic government neglect and underfunding have left them under intense pressure. Just getting a place at day rehab can take a long time, and even after being accepted, consistent funding cuts mean that there are few appointment times available. It is virtually impossible for the NHS and other free services to offer the holistic approach that is so crucial in addiction treatment, as the majority only provide outpatient treatment. It is so important that you consider all your options before making your decision because the impact on your recovery can be significant.

The benefits of residential rehab in Sussex

  • Full medical assessment given to every client upon admission
  • Medical detox offered to all clients at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms
  • Highest standards of accommodation and staff support
  • Mixture of individual and group therapy sessions
  • Family support programmes and conjoints to help families build relationships
  • Comprehensive aftercare programmes to help with long-term abstinence
  • Choice of rehab clinic with CQC ratings to help clients decide
  • Immediate admission with no waiting lists for detox or treatment
  • Holistic recovery approach

What happens after a rehab programme?

When you have completed your residential rehab programme, the first thing you need to do is to give yourself a major pat on the back! Once you have done that, you can then start looking forward to long-term recovery with the help of your clinic’s aftercare teams.

Aftercare programmes

The approach to aftercare varies from clinic to clinic, but at UKAT, we aim to do everything we can to ensure that our clients have all the support they need. You will be introduced to our Alumni Network and will attend further group sessions where you can talk about your progress and any difficulties.

Support groups

In addition, you can also reach out to some of these local organisations as part of your own self-appointed aftercare:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
SMART Recovery

You will be able to meet other people with similar experiences to bond with them and receive mutual support.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Returning to your job, home life and family responsibilities can be very exciting, but also a little scary. Rehab provides a safe haven, and the first few days and weeks afterwards can be quite overwhelming. Just remember that the team at UKAT will be there for you through the good times and the bad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Sussex 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 Sussex?
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 Sussex 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 Sussex?
Sussex 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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