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Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

If you are considering rehabilitation, you may be worried about the process as well as being concerned about what to expect. Admission to a rehabilitation facility is typically straightforward, but for those with no idea of what happens, it can be overwhelming. Below is a brief look at the admissions process.


When you call us here at Alcohol Rescue, our advisors will talk to you about your situation and what you have been going through. If you wish, you will be given a fully comprehensive assessment, from which your treatment requirements can be determined. We will then provide you with information regarding your treatment options. We will offer advice on the rehabilitation clinic we feel best suits your requirements but, ultimately, the choice will be yours.

Making the Choice

Once we provide you with the information and our recommendations, we would advise you to speak to your family about your options so that you can decide on the clinic that you feel will work best for you and your loved ones. After you have made your choice, we will discuss a date of admission that works for you and we will then get in touch with the clinic to check availability. There may be times when the clinic you have chosen cannot accommodate you on the date you require; if this is the case, we will advise you of an available date. Similarly, if the clinic cannot accommodate you in the near future, we will recommend an alternative clinic that has availability for your chosen date.

Reserving a Place

If you have agreed on a date with a particular clinic, Alcohol Rescue will request that you pay a deposit in order to secure a place at the rehabilitation facility. The payment of a deposit will ensure that your place is kept. Failure to pay a deposit at this stage will mean your bed is not guaranteed to be available on your chosen date.


We understand that you may have issues with transportation to the clinic on the day of admission. If this is the case, Alcohol Rescue can arrange for you to be collected from your home and taken to the clinic. Maybe you are unable to drive or do not have anyone to take you to the clinic. Or it could be that you are simply too unwell to take public transport. We understand the issues you may be facing, and we will do everything in our power to help where possible. If you have chosen to attend a rehabilitation clinic abroad, we will make sure that you are collected from the airport and taken to the facility. If you need someone to fly with you, we can arrange for a sober companion to take the trip with you.


You will be met on arrival at the clinic and will be booked in by a member of the admissions team. Any outstanding payment will be required at this stage, and once this has been sorted out, you will be taken to see the onsite doctor. At this point, you will be given information about the facility and what to expect on a daily basis.

Medical Assessment

The clinic doctor will provide a full health check and will assess your physical and mental health requirements. The doctor will require you to be completely honest about any medications you have been taking – this will include prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements. It is necessary to be honest at this stage as it could impact on the treatment given during a medically-supervised detox, if this were required.

If the doctor suspects any urgent psychiatric or physical problems during the assessment, these will be dealt with immediately. If a medical detox is needed, a treatment plan will be put in place by the doctor, and a copy of this will be passed to your care team. You will continue to be reviewed both during the detox and during rehabilitation to ensure that the treatment plan is working effectively for you. If any problems are highlighted, the plan will be reviewed.

Medical Certificate

If you are taking time off work to attend treatment, you may need a medical certificate for your employer. The clinic doctor can provide you with this and will use discretion when writing it. Your employer does not have to know that you are having treatment for an alcohol addiction.

What to Consider

  • It is important to take all medications with you when entering a programme of detox and rehabilitation. Whatever medication you are taking, even if it does not appear relevant to you, should be brought – the team at the clinic will decide if you should continue taking it or stop during detox.
  • To make detox more comfortable, it is a good idea to bring things with you that will help to pass time such as books, magazines, or an MP3 player. In addition, it is advisable to bring clothing that you will find comfortable.
  • Expect a luggage search when you arrive at the clinic. The staff will want to make sure that you do not have anything with you that could jeopardise the safety or recovery of anyone else at the clinic. Remember, the staff will have seen many different attempts by patients to sneak banned substances in, so you are unlikely to get anything past them.
  • Just as it is dangerous to drink excessively, it is also dangerous to suddenly stop drinking if your body has become dependent on alcohol. Do not attempt to detox at home before entering the rehabilitation clinic as this could result in dangerous side effects.

If you have any further queries regarding the admissions process, or if you want to learn more about the various treatment options available, contact us at Alcohol Rescue today.

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