Drug and alcohol rehab in Surrey

An addiction to drugs or alcohol can make it feel like you’re suffering alone. You’re not alone, and never have to be. Whatever an individual’s story of their addiction, it will be possible for them to find drug and alcohol rehab in Surrey and surrounding areas, as well as have the means to access information about the best way in which they can get help.

All over Surrey you will find that there are plenty of treatment options around, whether it is alcohol rehab or drug rehab that you are looking for. Within those treatment options, there are many different forms of treatment, with both inpatient or outpatient services. You can start your recovery journey at one of the many rehab centres in Surrey.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in Surrey

In order to make an informed decision about which treatment is the right one for you, it is important to understand what your various options are. All addiction treatment will be either inpatient or outpatient. Inpatient treatment in Surrey will offer you accommodation so that you stay onsite for the duration of your treatment, while outpatient treatment in Surrey will require you to visit a clinic for each of your treatment sessions, before returning home.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient treatment, whereby you only go to your chosen clinic for each individual session, is sometimes known as day rehab. While this choice of treatment may give you the flexibility to juggle your other commitments, such as childcare, it doesn’t afford you the twenty-four-hour care that inpatient services would. When treating drug and alcohol addiction, it is quite likely that you will need to go on a detox and this can be a particularly difficult step if you do not have around-the-clock support. Outpatient services are not offered by UKAT.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Inpatient treatment, otherwise known as residential rehab, is generally regarded as the preferred option when it comes to selecting a treatment programme. One of the biggest benefits is that it takes you away from your life, and all of the stresses and worries that go along with it, as well as introducing you to many people that are on a similar journey. Being put up in a room means that you don’t have to worry about anything other than recovery.

With residential rehab, you will also find that you have a lot more choice than you might with an outpatient treatment. You can find rehab centres all over Surrey – you can discover the treatment programme that will be the best fit for you. While you can get inpatient treatment through the NHS, it is likely that you will find that you will have to wait for quite a long time for a position to free up. As a contrast, it would not be uncommon for you to be offered a space the day after getting in touch if you were to go private.

Why inpatient rehab?

Getting away from everything is the biggest advantage that inpatient treatment has over outpatient treatment. You can leave behind your own lifestyle and truly make a clean break, which is a great foundation for your recovery journey.

You will also find that spending time with other people that have been through the same experience is a big help. The other residents, as well as many of the staff, will be able to empathise and offer words of advice and encouragement in a way that many people on the outside of your experience might not be capable of.

CQC ratings

Fortunately, when you are looking at your various options for addiction treatment, there is a quality measure that can help you make your decision. As an independent governing body, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rate establishments that offer care services all over the country. They base their ratings on the following criteria: safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness, and leadership. It is always sensible to consider the CQC rating of an establishment. Just be aware that if you go through the NHS to receive your treatment, you will probably have to take the first space available.

Mixture of therapies

You will also find that there is a much greater selection of therapies in inpatient treatment as opposed to outpatient. It is easier to find a treatment package that is the best fit for you, as every centre will offer something different. Have a look at as many different options as possible, and speak to an advisor, as they will be able to help you decide.

Family support programmes

Addiction has a way of impacting not just the individual’s life, but also that of all the people around them. It can be incredibly helpful on many levels to involve your loved ones in your treatment. Firstly, it can help repair relationships that may have become damaged. Secondly, it can help your family understand a bit more about you and also it can help lay the foundations for an effective support group for your aftercare – having people close by that really understand what you’ve been through is so important.


Conjoints are meetings in which family members and loved ones are brought together under the watchful eye of a trained professional. These meetings can offer a platform for all present to share their feelings, help mend wounds and help the healing process. Conjoints are available at Banbury Lodge and other UKAT centres.

What should I expect from a detox in Surrey?

A detox is a crucial stage in the recovery process. It is when you abstain from a substance in order to completely remove it from your system, so that your body can get used to functioning without it. It can be an uncomfortable process, and a medical detox is sometimes required.

Medical detox

Whether it is an alcohol detox or a drug detox that you need, consulting a medical professional before you begin is imperative. You will be offered a full assessment, whether you are an inpatient or an outpatient, once you have been admitted. This will help the medical staff determine what the best treatment is for you, as well as assess the risks that a detox might present. If a person is deemed to be at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms, they may require detox medication and constant monitoring – this is called a medical detox.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

When it comes to selecting the right programme, whether it is a drug or alcohol rehab programme, it is important to assess a variety of options in order to determine which one is your best fit. The main options tend to be a 12-step programme, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or a solely holistic-based treatment for those that prefer a non-12-step programme. All of these different options will combine one-to-one therapy and group therapy.

Everybody’s journey is different, of course, but when it comes to how long treatment programmes usually last, a good guide is that it will be a minimum of four weeks. The general rule is that the longer a person stays in residential rehab, the more likely it is that they go on to experience long-term sobriety.

Is rehab free?

While it is possible to receive free addiction treatment via the NHS, unfortunately, there are some major drawbacks. The treatment will most likely be outpatient care, you will probably have to wait in order for a space to free up and you will not have any say as to where you go for your treatment. Of course, not everyone will be able to afford private care, so there are attempts being made to provide alternative options. Turning Point is a charity that provides a limited number of beds.

There are plenty of clinics that accept self-referral, but in order to get that process started you will need to speak to your GP. From there, you may find that the NHS will refer you to counselling or a detox programme if your case is deemed to be severe enough.

Free addiction treatment services in Surrey

There are free addiction treatments available in Surrey, if you are able to travel to them, or live nearby. We have listed some of the options below, and you may find that there are other, more localised options in your area as well.

The downside to free services

Not everyone can afford private addiction treatment – this is a sad reality. Cuts to government funding, however, have placed an incredible strain on many of the free services that are still available. This has led to many of them having to reduce their hours, or reduce the number of locations at which they work.

The biggest drawback to free services is that they are inevitably outpatient services, which means that you will not get the benefit of all the positive aspects of inpatient care – the break from your lifestyle and the one-to-one therapy or therapists specifically trained in addiction. Make sure that you give yourself the best possible chance of a long-lasting recovery by exploring all of your options.

The benefits of residential rehab in Surrey

  • Experience a wide variety of treatments – a much greater range than you would get with day rehab
  • A clean break from previous lifestyle, and temptations, giving you the best foundation to build your recovery
  • Everything is taken care of for you so that you can just focus on your recovery
  • Mix with people that can relate to what you are going through as they have had, or are having, similar experiences – this can help you to reflect on aspects of yourself
  • Make plans for your future in a calm and peaceful atmosphere

What happens after a rehab programme?

Completing rehab is a cause for celebration, but can also be a daunting experience. When you leave the centre, it is imperative that you seek ongoing support and care. Your recovery journey is one that is ongoing, so it is important that you plan for your life after rehab.

Aftercare programmes

Fortunately, there are plenty of aftercare programmes available for when you have completed your treatment. If you have gone in for a residential addiction treatment programme, you will probably find that they will be able to support you with aftercare, which may involve group therapy or peer support. Crucially, though, there are also plenty of support groups that are available in the community.

Support groups

Support groups play a crucial role in a person’s recovery once they have completed their treatment. There is a whole community of people that will know exactly what you are going through, because they have gone through it themselves – they will be able to help you with your recovery. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery all offer local support groups.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Everyone that completes their addiction treatment will respond to treatment, and return to their life, in their own way. It is absolutely normal for people to require more treatment as they adjust to their new lifestyles, whereas there are people that only ever require one treatment. What everyone has in common, though, is that they need support, and it is out there. Nobody needs to do this alone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in Surrey 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 Surrey?
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 Surrey 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 Surrey?
Surrey 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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