Drug addiction is a condition which can adversely impact someone’s health, wellbeing and family relationships. So, accessing help is a priority for anyone in need, regardless of their financial situation.

NHS recommendations

The NHS recommends a residential treatment programme, also known is inpatient treatment, lasting anywhere between four and twelve weeks. This offers someone suffering from addiction the highest chance of long-term success.

There are treatments available on the NHS. However, it could take a few weeks until an appointment is made with a professional. For those with substance dependence, waiting for a time slot could mean risking their health.

Limited funding also means residential treatment programmes on the NHS are in short supply. Outpatient treatment, which is the likely alternative, involves attending the clinic for each session and then leaving when it finishes. This is suitable for those who have recently started abusing a substance and have important commitments. However, the nature of these programmes means it’s not always possible to provide a dedicated therapist, so you may end up talking to different counsellors each visit.

Fast options

Private rehab allows you to enrol in an inpatient or residential programme within 24 hours. This is a safer option for those suffering from addiction, as it puts them in a secure and comfortable location as soon as possible. Certain insurance policies also cover most treatments if you have private health insurance.

Inpatient rehab involves living in the rehabilitation clinic with other people who are going through the same experience. This option fully immerses you in the recovery process, taking you away from any negativity and allowing you to speak openly with understanding professionals and peers at any time.

Free options

If you cannot afford private treatment, do not have private insurance and are happy to wait for an appointment, these free NHS services can support you through recovery.

Outpatient treatment

Several NHS facilities around the country offer outpatient programmes you can attend during the day. These programmes provide a variety of support options including one-on-one counselling, group therapy and maintenance medications.

Detox programmes

Detox usually takes between five and fourteen days; it allows someone with drug dependence to get used to life without drugs by separating them from the substances they usually use. It is advised that detox is always carried out with the help of a medical professional.


There are several drug addiction charities the NHS recommends. These charities offer a range of services, including counselling and group therapy.

If you have any questions about inpatient treatment or would like to reserve a place then get in touch with one of our friendly team for professional and confidential advice.