Drug addiction is something that can easily wreck entire families if left untreated. That’s why getting help is so important regardless of financial circumstances. If addicts and their families cannot afford private treatment at a residential treatment centre, there are free NHS services that might help.


Please bear in mind that the NHS itself recommends a residential treatment program lasting anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks. They know these types of programs offer the drug addict the greatest chances of long-term success. The big downside to a residential treatment program is that it can cost several thousand pounds.

If you have private health insurance, it will likely cover the cost of a residential drug addiction program. If not, some of the facilities are willing to work with families to come up with a monthly payment plan or some other means of making treatment affordable. If all else fails, free services do exist.

NHS Recommendations

The NHS makes a number of recommendations about drug addiction treatment, beginning with the need for the addict to speak with his or her GP. Assuming the addict is willing to do so then the GP can assess their current health and point them in a direction where they can find help.

Above and beyond what the GP can do, the NHS recommends the following:

  • Outpatient Treatment – A number of NHS facilities around the country offer outpatient programs addicts can attend during the day. These programs offer a variety of support options including one-on-one counselling, group therapy and maintenance medications.
  • Detox – There are detox programs available at NHS clinics and hospitals. Detox takes between five and seven days, and forces the body of the addict to get used to life without drugs by separating them from the drugs they normally use. It is recommended that detox never be tried without the help of a professional.
  • Support Groups – The NHS suggests addicts get in touch with support groups either during or after their initial treatment. Support groups offer addicts the strength that can be found by associating with others who are struggling through the same problems. They also offer accountability to prevent the addict from relapsing.
  • Charities – There are a number of the drug addiction charities the NHS recommends addicts consider. These charities offer a range of services including counselling and group therapy.

Do Not Delay

One of the reasons the NHS and other organisations offer free services is because they know not everyone can afford private treatment at a residential facility. What’s important for you to know is that you should not let financial circumstances prevent you or a loved one from seeking immediate help. Remember that money and possessions can be replaced. Lives cannot.

Every day the drug addict goes untreated is another day he or she is harming their family, harming themselves, and potentially bringing an unnecessary end to his or her life. We say ‘unnecessary’ because it does not have to be that way.

Middlegate has working relationships with all sorts of organisations around the UK offering both free and paid services. We exist to help you or your loved one find the resources and programs needed to break the cycle of addiction. If there is a way to provide you with help, we will find it. However, we cannot if you don’t contact us.

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