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Drug addiction is a devastating disease that inflicts havoc on both the addict and their loved ones. Drug rehab centres are designed to provide addicts with an environment in which they can experience long-term sobriety without any external pressures or stressors. The goal of drug rehabilitation is to teach individuals how to live healthy lives free from addiction.

Understanding How Addiction Develops

Some become addicted secondary to other issues, e.g. abusing painkillers after receiving them for surgery or another medical process.

After using drugs in this way a few times, a form of positive reinforcement occurs.

This means the individual can unconsciously begin to use the substance not only for its pain-killing effects, but for the other feelings of euphoria it brings, or for its ability to help other worries or stresses in life seem less painful.

From the biological perspective, when there are no drugs present in the brain to cause this effect, other neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for emotional equilibrium are depleted, and the individual experiences withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, shaking, sweating, and other physical symptoms.

People become addicted when this habituation has developed to the point where the individual needs very frequent doses of the drug in order to function on a day-to-day basis.

At this point, the individual is said to be physically addicted, and continually seeks drugs to remove these feelings of drug withdrawal symptoms.

What’s required, is to restore balance in the natural amounts of brain chemicals the body produces, without external drugs.

Achieving this whilst minimizing withdrawal symptoms, and maximizing comfort levels, usually requires professional help.

Using Drugs To Cope

It’s easy to turn to drugs as a way to ‘feel ok’, or to bolster our self-esteem in some way.

If I’m using drugs to "feel important", then it’s possible I have an underlying belief that "I’m not important".

If I then work on the cause of this belief, therapeutically, so that I no longer have the belief “I’m not important”, then I no longer have the underlying reason I was turning to drugs in the first place.

In this scenario, it becomes substantially easier to release the pattern of drug abuse in day-to-day life, and overcome the longer-term addiction.

Of course, this is a simplification, and long-term drug abstinence and success in recovery take much more than this.

Nevertheless, this principle runs throughout the pattern of getting better for good – understanding your drug addiction.

Physical .v. Psychological Addiction To Drugs

Drug addiction can often be borne out of initial drug use for a legitimate medical reason, e.g. pain relief after an operation.

In other cases, peer pressure led to initial drug abuse, and the inability to quit.

On an emotional level, people become addicted to drugs for the same reasons as any other addiction – it’s doing something for them.

This means, the substance is helping them to feel a certain way – e.g. a sense of euphoria, or an ability to forget day-to-day stressors. In some way, every addiction solves a problem, of some kind.

Physically, many addicts continue using addictive drugs not to experience ongoing highs, but to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Psychologically, during active drug misuse, the individual often sees it as a way to continue a behaviour or unuseful pattern in another area of life, without having to address it directly, as the substance abuse removes the emotional pain associated with facing up to the issue.

In other words, drug addiction is used as a compensation mechanism, either to gain positive feelings, that wasn’t there before, or to avoid negative feelings, that were there before drug use.

As we explain below, a key component of treatment options is to understand this compensation mechanism, as it expresses itself in your life, and thereby overcome it.

Do You Have A Drug Addiction?

How do I know if I’m addicted to drugs?

  • Do you have consistent thought patterns revolving around the next obtaining drugs and how to do so?
  • Are you prioritising drugs, over other activities in life or have physical dependence?
  • Are you opting out of day-to-day activities you would previously have taken part in, as a result of drug use?
  • Are you lying or making excuses to compensate for your addiction in daily life?
  • Has drug use resulted in significant consequences in major areas of your life such as work, your relationship, or your family?
  • Are you squandering resources like money or time on drug use, that should be directed more prudently?

What Is Rehab and Drug Addiction Treatment?

Admitting to drug rehab clinics usually means attending a clinic, where you stay as an in-patient, for a period of time. This can vary for anything from 2-4 weeks or longer for the initial, primary care treatment of the addiction.

The standard program for drug addictions treatment plan typically takes place in 3 stages:

  • Detox Process
  • Rehab
  • Aftercare

Drug Addiction Treatment At Home

There are substantial risks and safety issues involved in detoxing from any drug use, and as a result, detoxing from drugs at home is not recommended.

In-Patient .v. Outpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment means staying residentially, in a clinic, for a period of (e.g.) 14-28 days. Usually, a fully supervised detox would be prescribed by a medical professional and administered by clinical staff.

Inpatient treatment usually means therapeutic care after detox, to examine and overcome the emotional elements of the addiction.

For some, outpatient treatment means weekly sessions with a key worker from a local drug alcohol team.

For others, outpatient drug treatment could mean accessing a daily dose of maintenance medication prescribed by a doctor, with (e.g.) outpatient sessions of counseling or support whilst doing so.

In either case, issues can arise rapidly. If I attend a counseling or keywork session, and make great progress, I can be triggered by an outside event on the way home, and all the progress is lost.

Whereas, in residential treatment, you’re removed from these triggers and allowed to make emotional gains, and keep them.

Drug Addiction Treatment

Let’s be realistic – overcoming drug abuse isn’t easy. But it is possible. This is what we do, 24/7 – we understand it, inside out.

Here’s how drug rehab treatment centres work.

Rehab Program Overview

  • Initial telephone assessment. During this, we can advise on the most appropriate detox and program options for your case personally. This will determine the costs of your stay. There are free addiction assessment plans as well.
  • Personalised care program and plan, clearly laying out your treatment strategy
  • Detox – Medical assistance from medical professionals, administered over a period of days or weeks, that helps resolve cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making treatment comfortable
  • Group therapy including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and the 12 step model, with immediate assistance, helps you to identify the underlying issues with the initial screening process.
  • Keywork sessions with your individually assigned case manager, help strengthen the progress made in therapy and includes 12 step work progress and goal setting
  • Holistic therapies such as massage, reflexology, or reiki
  • Aftercare planning support, that’s individualized to you, including access to ongoing support groups
  • Weekly family support groups specifically for the families of Abbeycare clients
  • Optional CBT aftercare outpatient therapy, the following discharge

Program Duration

How long does the drug rehabilitation programme last? Your time in a rehab clinic can vary, for anything from 14-28 days or longer.

This will depend on a number of elements, such as your previous relationship with administering drugs, current intake level, physical health issues, mental health issues, and other specifics. We can assess these with you individually, when you call, to arrive at a duration of stay, and associated cost.

How Do Drug Treatment Clinics Work?

Drug Detox

Drug rehabilitation for addiction treatment usually includes a detox, if you require it.

Following an initial consult, our medical team will prescribe the optimum detox for your needs, to minimise withdrawal symptoms. You’ll take medication at certain times of the day, over several days or weeks, with our help.

Therapeutic Help

Care Plan

Your care plan lays out clearly, an agreed set of goals for your stay at Abbeycare, that we’ll help you work towards your addiction. A dedicated case manager oversees your progress, throughout your stay.

You’ll plan out together, the outcomes you want from drug rehabilitation treatment and therapy, and later, plan the aftercare support elements you’ll need for the long term. Insights from this plan can be used as a yardstick to help measure your progress in the clinic, and arrive at future supports to assist you, following treatment.

Keywork sessions like this are one-to-one and fully personalised. You’ll usually work together like this 1-2 times per week.

Some centres focus on evidence based addiction treatments, while others adopt alternative health based approaches to overcoming addiction.


Our drug addiction specialists know addiction inside out and will help you identify core issues of self, including beliefs, values, and patterns of behaviour, that are behind your addiction. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based therapy, and sessions usually take place around 3 times per week. Some clinics use Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, as an alternative to CBT.

CBT sessions and therapy sessions are delivered in a small group setting, deliberately.

Do not underestimate the power of the group. Often, it is only with the contrast of others’ experiences, that you’re able to place your own in context and truly understand it. You’re unlikely to get this kind of perspective in any outpatient setting, or attending meetings.

Working in a group setting is powerful. Another peer group, in the same situation, gives you the shared validation of your issues, but also the context and perspective that helps foster internal change, quickly.

Your peers in the clinic have shared similar experiences and arrived at the same place of addiction. No one is better placed to understand you. You will see yourself in them, and them in you.

Many previous clients have come to us, afraid of taking part in the group, unaware that simply attending these sessions alone, is helping overcome the pattern of isolation that is central to addiction itself.

Group therapy in rehab treatment helps reduce shame and embrace the parts of us that need support the most. Participating in a group allows an opportunity to witness that the supposedly shameful elements of addiction – the parts we thought no one else had – are in fact shared by everyone.

In drug addiction therapy, we want to help you:

  • Understand the negative consequences and dysfunction in your life, resulting from drug dependence.
  • Understand the events leading to your addiction, and your part in them
  • Clearly identify the reasons behind your addiction, and those enabling it (whom you thought were helping)
  • Recognise and address the triggers, conditionings, and associations involved in your drug use, and thereby help prevent them in the future.

12 Step Programme

CBT is combined with the 12 step approach during therapeutic sessions in Abbeycare.

We’ve found this a particularly powerful approach. During your stay, you’ll cover step 1 in depth.

Rather than overwhelming spiritual rhetoric, we combine the most practical elements of step-work, with the insights into your addiction pattern, to help you make the progress you need. The drug rehab work will deal with the most common drug addictions with help of other addiction specialists.

Meditation and Therapies

Once a week you’ll have your choice of complementary therapy like massage, reiki, or reflexology, to augment your emotional recovery and give you a taste of supports that could contribute to long-term recovery in the future.

Recovering from drug addiction means working on all aspects of yourself. Weekly sessions of massage, reiki, or reflexology help balance the body, with the emotional progress you’re making, and provide a taster of self-care elements you can continue, in long-term recovery.


Aftercare planning for long term success.

During your stay, we’ll help you plan out a series of supports, that will aid your long-term substance addictions recovery and abstinence.

Free aftercare is included in Abbeycare programmes, and comprises:

  • Relapse prevention planning that accounts for your needs, personal circumstances, and plans for the future
  • A detailed, practical plan for abstinence – what will your first day in recovery look like? Where will you be? What will you be doing? Seeing, hearing, and feeling? We’ll help you get realistic.
  • A number of supports you can turn to when stressors in life arise. This takes account of your addiction triggers, and associations.
  • Supports to help you deal with the other emotional elements of staying abstinent – that might not surface to be addressed during treatment.
  • Signposting to more specialist help, where appropriate. This could be specialist Mental Health support, or agencies for housing, employment, financial benefits, etc, as required.

Your aftercare plan is personal to you and will change depending on your needs, circumstances, and progress during treatment.

We do all this in detail, deliberately – the more detailed this plan is – the easier it is for you to follow through on, after treatment. You can also check alcoholics' anonymous support group.

Substance Abuse Treatment Costs

How much does a private treatment clinic stay for substance misuse cost?

Costs of addiction treatment depend on the duration of your stay. This in turn depends on what you’re seeking help for.

As an example typical minimum stays for e.g. opiate detox could be from 14 days, this would be a program focussed mainly upon detox elements and with less focus on therapeutic recovery.

Whereas, a 28-day program allows more time for significant therapeutic gains that can lead to long-term recovery success with prescription drug addiction. An overview of the duration required for each substance type can be seen in our comparison table here. Please see our pricing page for more info.

The minimum stay for drug treatment at Abbeycare is 14 days and extends to 28 days and upwards.

For pricing info for your needs specifically, ring direct on 01603 513 091, or access instant personalised pricing using Abbeybot below.


Private clinic treatment is not the same as admitting to a hospital – should you require emergency treatment please attend your nearest Emergency Department.

Always ask your GP for advice re help for substance abuse in the first instance.


Where are your centres?

We have residential treatment centres in Erskine, Renfrewshire (Abbeycare Scotland), and Gloucester (Abbeycare Gloucester). Not all options are available at all clinics. Please enquire for more info.

How quickly do clinics accept admissions?

The admissions process is simple and you can normally be admitted to treatment in 24hrs or less. For a free confidential assessment, please call direct on 01603 513 091.

I’m addicted to multiple substances, do you accept such cases?

In most cases, yes. The medical team will prescribe detox medication and prescription drugs based on your needs. The underlying issues concerning multi-substance addiction are usually similar to those in single substance addiction, and the therapeutic work will be the same.

I have underlying complex mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, can I still admit to the clinic?

Where complex physical or mental health issues arise, we can assess them on an individual basis. For these more complex cases, please contact us for help.

I am prescribed high-dose methadone for opiate addiction, can I admit?

Usually, yes. Please see our methadone detox page for more information.

Will I need secondary care following a clinic stay?

Depending on individual circumstances, some will require additional secondary rehabilitation support following primary care residential treatment.

This happens sometimes for example if the individual has a strong history of relapse, complex therapeutic needs, or the rehab facility medical team recommends additional secondary care. Cases like this are assessed individually, and you can contact us for help.

What are the costs?

The cost of residential treatment will vary depending on individual needs. For those suffering from a single substance drug addiction, and a lot of support from others, this could be a 14-day stay. Prices will vary from clinic to clinic. For a price estimate, use our Pricing bot, Abbey, below. Final pricing will depend on approval from our admissions and medical teams.

What is an inpatient clinic like?

With an inpatient drug addiction treatment facility, you stay in a residential rehabilitation clinic, full-time. It means, you have your own room and space. After receiving help with the initial symptoms, you’ll start to take part in the drug rehab therapy sessions at the rehab facility. Later, you’ll receive help to plan the aftercare elements of your long-term drug recovery plan.

What to do after treatment?

Any residential rehab and drug misuse treatment programme is only the beginning of lifelong recovery from drug addiction. The longer journey requires support, from individuals like a sponsor, or others in drug recovery, as well as mutual aid meetings, and a regular schedule. A treatment centre will usually help you plan these supports in detail before leaving their care.

How to pick a rehab centre?

Treatment options are varied, and choosing a clinic for drug addiction treatment and medical detox requires homework. Most clients compare treatment facilities based on their experience and ability to meet their needs, based on the history of drug addiction, location, cost, and speed of admission into drug treatment. See our comprehensive guide on how to find the right rehab, in the Help & Advice menu, above.

How long is a rehabilitation programme?

Any drug addiction treatment programme you undertake needs to be long enough to allow comfortable and safe detox and to allow you enough time to consolidate your understanding in therapy, of how you arrived in drug addiction, and how to prevent it recurring. Attempting to rush through this process for other reasons, is unlikely to aid you in long-term recovery. Some will arrive at great therapeutic insights regarding their drug use very quickly, for others it will take longer.

Any drug rehab and therapy process is a personal one and will vary from one individual to another. A standard programme lasts 28 days, longer or shorter durations are often available, depending on specifics. Think of drug addiction recovery as a lifestyle change you are embarking on – this will take time to absorb into everyday life.

How does rehab help drug addicts?

Rehab helps drug addicts to physically and chemically detox. Then, therapy sessions help tackle the  underlying psychological components of drug addiction, that led them to where they are at currently. Drug rehab helps individuals understand the previous behavioural patterns and events that led to the addiction problem and therefore provides insights and support on how to overcome them, in a life of recovery.

How effective is rehab?

Like any process of self-improvement, treating addiction is as effective as the effort you put in. Drug rehab provides a structured environment and a host of tools and support to complete drug detox, drug rehab therapy, and plan supports for the future. Those who put in minimal effort, avoid responsibility, and maintain social patterns present during active drug addiction, may be vulnerable to relapse following rehab. But, those who actively take part in the process, complete the therapeutic work required, and embrace a new beginning, are well placed for lasting positive outcomes.

How to involuntarily commit someone to rehab?

This is not possible. Substance abuse treatment clinics in the UK admit individuals on the basis of voluntary admission and a desire to embrace recovery from drug addiction. Private clinics have no jurisdiction under the Mental Health Act and cannot detain clients against their will. Drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation is a voluntary process.


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Last Updated January 18, 2023

About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Peter 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. Peter also co-authored the new 6th edition of Drugs In Use by Linda Dodds, writing Chapter 15 on Alcohol Related Liver Disease. Find Peter on Respiratory Academy, Aston University graduates, University of Birmingham, Q, Pharmaceutical Journal, the Dudley Pharmaceutical Committee, Dudley Council, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Peter 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. Peter also co-authored the new 6th edition of Drugs In Use by Linda Dodds, writing Chapter 15 on Alcohol Related Liver Disease. Find Peter on Respiratory Academy, Aston University graduates, University of Birmingham, Q, Pharmaceutical Journal, the Dudley Pharmaceutical Committee, Dudley Council, Twitter, and LinkedIn.