Grants for Alcohol Rehab

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Grants for alcohol rehab are available in the UK.  Grants enable individuals to fund treatment costs.

With a growing number of people suffering from alcohol use disorders (AUDs), individuals seeking recovery from alcohol addiction can access grants for treatment.

Financial assistance can also be a deciding factor for getting into an alcohol rehab or not.

What causes people to be hesitant to seek out grants are 1) the mistaken assumption that the application process is complicated, and 2) these grants may have to be paid back at a future time.

Alcohol Rehab Grants

Some grants come in the form of products or services.

Alcohol rehab is usually classified as a charitable grant. They are not loans; therefore, they don’t need to be paid back.

Aside from charitable organisations, grants can be obtained from the government’s National Health Service (NHS) & Public Health England (PHE).

Organisations offering grants for alcohol rehab include government agencies, charities, private foundations, and individuals.

The following is a list of organisations where you can apply for grants for alcohol rehabilitation.

Sources of Grants for Alcohol Rehab

  • Turn2us is a charity that is primarily for people living in poverty.
  • GrantsOnline offers detailed information about grants for alcohol rehab and is available only on a paid subscription.
  • Forward Trust is a charity that provides AUD (Alcohol Abuse Disorder) support for people in prisons across the UK.
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation is one of the most prominent grant-giving institutions for alcohol rehabilitation in the UK.
  • The National Lottery Community Fund or the Big Lottery Fund is the distributor of funds that provides grants for projects that improve lives.

How Grants for Alcohol Rehab Are Given

Alcohol rehab grants are given to charities and foundations that provide treatment and rehab for individuals with alcohol abuse disorders.

The institutions must submit an application about their organisation with details that include the treatment process and timeline, cost breakdown, and intended outcomes to receive these grants.

If you would like financial assistance for alcohol rehab, you can approach charities, foundations, and private rehab facilities to inquire if they have openings for grants recipients.

You can also ask your community addiction council, a psychiatrist or psychologist, or your church.

They have the resources and connections to refer you to foundations or the appropriate private rehab centres.

To qualify for a grant-based rehab programme, you may be asked to show:

  • You do not have insurance
  • Proof of residency
  • Income/ employment

You may also have to take an initial consultation with a physician.

Are There Funding Options for Alcohol Rehab?

A review by Ashdin Publishing, Vol. 8, 2019 [1] showed that paying for private alcohol addiction treatment is a significant obstacle without funding.

AUD treatment services range from outpatient counselling to residential treatment.

Rehab treatment may also include one-on-one counselling, group therapy, or a combination of many.

Treatment will be based on:

  • The substance of abuse
  • Length of use
  • The severity of addiction
  • Physical complications


Family or the individual can pay for the rehab with their own money.

Some rehab centres may allow weekly or monthly payments or pay as you go schemes. It is best to discuss the details of a self-financed rehab with the facility of choice.

Public Funding - NHS

The UK government’s National Health Service (NHS) does sometimes provide free alcohol rehab.

The drawbacks to obtaining this publicly funded treatment include a long waiting time.

To get into the programme, you must start with a community-based treatment which may be insufficient for a full recovery.

Private Health Insurance

Private health insurance companies provide alcohol treatment funding in the UK.

Insurance companies carry health plans that cover rehab for alcohol addiction. The insurance policy may be personal or may come from an employer.

Most insurance companies will require a referral from a GP or a consultant psychiatrist for the rehab treatment.

Ask the following questions from the insurance company to know what the specific policy allows:

  • What substances are covered under the policy?
  • Is alcohol use disorder covered?
  • Is the treatment provided residential treatment or outpatient?
  • Will they pay for residential rehab or outpatient treatment only?
  • Are the following treatments covered?
    • Medical detox, including medications.
    • Co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety
    • Maintenance medications.
    • Relapse prevention planning?
  • What rehab facilities are approved by the insurer?
  • Is your preferred centre accredited?
  • What are the financial limits and the length of time covered?
  • What is their procedure for admission?
  • What are clauses in the policy that may invalidate the coverage?

Major insurance companies include:


Blue Cross Shield







Western Provident Association (WPA)


Axa Health


Geo Blue


How to Get Funding for Alcohol Rehab

Follow these three steps to try to obtain NHS funding for treatment for alcohol use disorder in the UK:

1. Seek a consultation with a GP, social worker, or the local council on addiction. Communities in the UK will have an addiction team who will open a case for you.

The consultant psychiatrist will assess your case and recommend outpatient community treatments.

Your compliance and commitment to the treatments will be monitored, and residential alcohol rehab treatment may follow.

2. Document on paper all your appointments, consultations, meetings attended, and treatments received.

Record essential details, such as date, time, and place; type of treatment; names of persons you interacted with (physician, psychologist, social worker).

3. Get a referral for residential alcohol rehab. Good compliance to the recommended treatments from the consultant psychiatrist or social worker may earn you a referral to the local NHS or a charitable institution.

Final thoughts on grants

In some cases, there may be funding available to you for NHS alcohol rehab, but it can take a long time to get approved. 

Check for any additional eligibility requirements to see if you are eligible to apply for that grant.

For more information about residential rehabilitation or to find a rehab near you, visit

About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Pete has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for Abbeycare Gloucester and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. To read more about Pete visit his LinkedIn profile.