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Rehab Clinic – Guide to Costs and UK Locations

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

A person with a known alcohol problem who chooses to seek treatment can receive care through one of three channels: the NHS, a private counsellor, or residential rehab clinic. All three have both advantages and disadvantages to the person seeking treatment. Helping clients figure out which option is best for them is one of the things we do.

We answer a lot of questions in our role as an independent advice and referral service. Among them are questions of cost. People want to know, and reasonably so, how expensive treatment in a private clinic is. We are happy to explain that alcohol rehab does not have a single, set price that all facilities agree to charge. Prices differ according to what each clinic chooses to offer its clients.

We work with some very affordable clinics that offer modest accommodations and comfortable, but limited, facilities. We also work with clinics at the other end of the spectrum, clinics that specialise in providing luxury accommodations and exclusive surroundings for more well-to-do clients. There are plenty of clinics in between the two extremes as well. Regardless of the choice, clients can pay for their treatment by many different means:

  • Private health insurance
  • Cash from savings or pensions
  • Personal or secured loans
  • Credit or debit card
  • Loans and donations from family
  • Sale of certain personal assets
  • Grants from alcohol charities.

We encourage our clients looking to enter private rehab not to allow themselves to be overly stressed by the question of paying for care. Where there is a will to recover from alcoholism, a way can usually be found to pay for it. In those rare cases in which it is genuinely impossible to finance private treatment, we are more than happy to recommend clients to the NHS and charity-based services.

What Your Money Pays For

Our experience has taught us that it is helpful to explain to clients what their money actually pays for when they sign up for alcohol recovery treatment at a private rehab clinic. The first thing to note is that there is no such thing as free treatment – even when alcoholics and alcohol abusers obtain services from the NHS.

The person who seeks medical treatment at an NHS hospital or clinic may not pay for the care at the time service is rendered, but he or she still pays for it through tax contributions. No matter how you look at it, medical treatment costs money. Doctors and nurses have to be paid, medicines have to be purchased, buildings need to be procured and maintained, equipment must be cared for, and so on. There simply is no such thing as free healthcare.

The difference between NHS treatment and treatment offered at a private clinic boils down to resources. The NHS, as hard as it tries, is working with limited financial resources that must be spread across millions of patients who could be suffering from just about anything. It is stretched so thin that it cannot devote adequate resources to alcohol recovery. The private clinic, on the other hand, is entirely funded by charging for its services. Private clinics devote all of its resources to those in need of alcohol or drug rehab.

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When a person enrols in a private treatment programme, the price paid goes to cover the following costs:

  • Staff Salaries – Private rehab clinics are staffed by teams consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, counsellors, and support staff. All of them must be paid for the work they do. The largest portion of the fees paid by clients goes to cover staff salaries.
  • Buildings and Grounds – Clinics spend a considerable amount of money procuring and maintaining buildings and grounds. Just as it costs money to run your house, it costs money to run a successful alcohol clinic.
  • Medical Supplies – The private clinic approaches alcohol recovery as a medical issue. As such, the clinic will be spending money on medicines, medical equipment, and a full range of additional medical supplies necessary to maintain a safe environment.
  • General Overhead – There are general overhead costs associated with running a residential clinic. These costs include things such as bed linens, toiletries, heat and electric, water, and food.

Most modern clinics tend to provide extra amenities like exercise facilities and organised day trips. These also cost money. The question for the person in need of alcohol recovery is one of how valuable the extra amenities are and whether or not one is willing to pay for them.

Rehab Clinic Locations – Finding a Clinic Near You

It should be clear that private clinics for alcohol and drug recovery run the gamut from budget to luxury clinics. If you know how much you can afford, the next step is to find a clinic in your local area. We can help. We are an independent service that has working relationships with dozens of clinics all across the UK. Regardless of where you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, we can help you locate a private clinic in a location convenient enough to meet your requirements.

Should you want to look for alcohol recovery treatment outside of your local area, we can refer you appropriately. We can help you locate a clinic in the next county, clear across the UK, or even in a location abroad. It is entirely up to you.

Most of the clients we work with prefer to utilise rehab clinics close to home. Local clinics make treatment convenient while at the same time making it easy for family members and friends to stay in contact. Yet there are those who want to put as much distance as possible between their treatment location and their home. Doing so eliminates any potential distractions. Both choices are completely legitimate. Both options can be addressed by providing clients with a complete list of clinics to choose from.

When you call our 24-hour helpline, one of our counsellors will assist you in determining the seriousness of your alcohol problem and the types of treatment programmes that are best suited to your condition. Our counsellor will then walk you through a list of treatment options, including any private rehab clinic or clinics located in your local area. Finally, we will provide a referral to whatever facility you choose for your treatment. If you need help making the arrangements, we might be able to help with that as well.

You can overcome alcoholism or alcohol abuse by accessing private treatment at a residential rehab clinic. If you are ready to change your life for the better, get in touch with us right away. We are standing by to help you locate and access effective alcohol treatment in your area.

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