Alcohol Rehab Southampton

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Alcohol Rehab Southampton 

Like most regions in the UK, drug or alcohol addiction is an issue in Southampton. Alcohol use is a contributing factor to hospital admissions and deaths in Southampton.

For instance, in 2018/2019, alcohol-related hospital admissions in Southampton were 4022 per 100,000. This figure is higher than England's average of 2367. [1] 

Luckily, people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, or other behavioural addictions can find help. There are public and private options for alcohol addiction treatment.

If you are seeking a treatment centre for yourself or a loved one, this guide is for you. 

The need for drug or alcohol addiction treatment services 

Alcohol and drug addiction are no longer identified as a moral weakness but as a health problem. Some people can consume alcohol comfortably without falling into addiction.

However, to others, addiction is a slippery slope, and they find it hard to quit. 

Alcohol affects the brain leading to tolerance. Frequent use of alcohol leads the brain to develop tolerance.

When one takes alcohol, the alcohol blocks chemical signals between brain cells resulting in the common, immediate symptoms of intoxication, slurred speech, slowed reflexes, and poor memory [3]. 

Frequent use of alcohol alters brain chemicals. When one decides to quit alcohol misuse, the brain goes into shock, leading to painful withdrawal symptoms. 

The issue is that we live in a society that has normalised drug and alcohol use.

When people realize that they have become dependent on the substance, they are hesitant to seek help because they view it as a sign of weakness. 

Yet, persisting in substance abuse can result in detrimental consequences. 

  • Alcohol abuse shortens your life span [4]. 
  • Drug and alcohol misuse can lead to legal problems. 
  • Drug and alcohol use disrupts your productivity and can lead to job loss. 40% of employers mention alcohol as a significant cause of low productivity in the workplace [5]. 
  • Alcohol and drug abuse lead to problems in family relations and other areas of social life [6]. 
  • Substance abuse can lead to physical and psychological consequences. 

Why you need drug and alcohol rehab 

Drug and alcohol rehab is the best way to overcome addiction. Addiction treatment centres provide treatment and support that are vital for addiction recovery. 

While at the centre, you will get medically assisted detox to help your body get rid of the toxins.  

After that, you will proceed to rehabilitation which will assist you in building the skills you need to overcome drug and alcohol cravings or triggers. 

Suppose you have existing mental health conditions, for instance. In that case, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, or others, an inpatient residential rehab will benefit you as you will get treatment for the mental health conditions and the addiction. 

A professional alcohol and drug rehab sets a strong foundation in the healing process for long-term recovery. We offer drug and alcohol rehab in Southampton.

If you need help treating addiction, you can reach out to us using our helpline. 

Types of treatment options available  

The main treatment options available for rehab in Southampton are: 

Inpatient rehab 

Inpatient/residential rehab tends to have the best chances for recovery because it isolates the individual from the substances.

Since the patient resides in the facility, they can build the confidence and skills to overcome an alcohol or drug use. 

It's important to note that residential programs vary. As such, when looking for residential alcohol rehab in Southampton, you should look for one that offers a variety of therapeutic models.

An excellent residential treatment programme tackles physical dependence and psychological issues by providing detox and different therapy programmes.

Such a centre will provide dual diagnosis so that addiction treatment does not impede any mental health problems. 

Dual diagnosis considers several factors, like the ongoing use of existing psychiatric medication. It also considers any therapy undergone prior to rehab. 

Outpatient rehab 

Outpatient programmes are flexible as you complete treatment while residing at home. Outpatient offers the same services as residential rehab.

The issue, however, is that you do not get 24/7 medical assistance as your would in an inpatient. What's more, the drug or alcohol is still accessible, making the risk of relapse high. 

NHS vs. Private Alcohol and drug rehab 

There are free addiction treatment programmes that you can access through your GP. You begin the detox phase at the Southampton General Hospital.

After that, you can participate in community services provided by support groups such as alcoholics anonymous or narcotics anonymous. 

The NHS rarely provides access to inpatient rehabs due to budget cuts. You can apply for NHS-funded inpatient treatment through your GP.

However, the long waiting list means that you will have to wait for a long-time before being considered. The long waiting time puts your health at risk as the addiction progresses. 

There are benefits and downsides to public/free rehab. 

The benefits are: 

  • It's free 
  • Your confidentiality is upheld. 
  • Services are accessible to everyone. 
  • You get treatment within the comfort of your home. 

The downsides are: 

  • The admission process is lengthy, and there's a chance you may not be considered for treatment, especially if you need inpatient treatment. 
  • You may have to attend different clinics. 
  • Since the services are outpatient, you are vulnerable to temptations and triggers. 
  • You have limited access to a personal therapist. 
  • Detox rarely treats psychological issues. Therefore, if you only go for detox at the hospital, you risk relapse. 
  • You are likely to change therapists. 

Benefits of private rehab 

Private rehab is highly recommended because treatment is more intensive. A CQC registered private rehab offers specialised treatment customized to suit your needs. 

Each person responds to addiction differently. As such, a private rehab centre provides you with the opportunity to work with addiction specialists in coming up with a comprehensive treatment plan that sets the foundation for long-term recovery. 

Once you enter a private drug or alcohol rehab in Southampton, you will undergo a comprehensive screening process to determine exactly what you need for recovery.

You will also experience regular monitoring throughout the treatment to adjust your treatment plan considering your changing treatment needs. 

Private rehab is focused on providing you with the best physical and psychological treatment. Our centres offer customized treatment plans and dual diagnosis treatment for existing mental health issues.

We also have extended rehab programmes for those who need more time and support to overcome addiction. 

The benefits of a good private rehab in Southampton include: 

  • Immediate admission throughout the year. 
  • Medical detox with 24/7 care and support. 
  • Intensive therapies to help you uncover the root causes of addiction. 
  • Experienced team of medical professionals and therapists. 
  • A personalised rehab programme that's customised depending on your needs. 
  • Home-like accommodation in a serene environment to aid in relaxation. 
  • One-year free aftercare services. 
  • A fitness and nutrition programme. 

What to expect when going for alcohol or drug rehab 

You can expect a comprehensive treatment and recovery programme that's designed to meet your needs.

Prior to the commencement of treatment, you will go through a comprehensive screening process that includes a psychiatric evaluation conducted by a certified psychiatrist. 

The rehab process will be carried out by a team of addiction specialists and experts in mental health disorders.

You will also engage with wellness specialists and other medical professionals to provide you with treatment and support in a caring environment. 

You can expect the following services in a good residential treatment program: 

Medical alcohol and drugs detox 

Medical assisted detox aims at eliminating physical and psychological addiction from drug or alcohol abuse. Medical detox is also referred to as medically assisted detox.

This is because detox medication such as Librium may be administered to help the patient safely manage the symptoms of withdrawal. 

People who try to detox on their own risk developing medical complications. Many of the dangerous symptoms associated with withdrawal from substances such as benzodiazepines, alcohol, opiates, and barbiturates can be life-threatening. 

Many rehab facilities will assess whether you need detox medication. What's more, they will consider whether you have any pre-existing mental health problems and other needs that may impede the detox process.

Detoxing at a residential rehab in Southampton helps you complete the detox phase safely without developing any health complications or putting your life and that of others at risk. 

Addiction therapy 

Once you complete your detox, you proceed to the rehabilitation phase. This phase consists of different therapy programmes such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, group therapy, art therapy, holistic therapies, and family therapy.

Treatment aims to break the psychological addiction caused by underlying factors. Therapy also helps restore relationships and equips the patient with the skills to overcome cravings and triggers. 


It's vital that you look for an alcohol or drug rehab in Southampton that provides up to a year of free aftercare services. Leaving the drug and alcohol rehab centre can be a cause of anxiety. 

Most patients are at risk during the first-year post-treatment. As such, you are better off with a treatment centre that will provide you with support and aftercare services that will help you in your recovery journey. 

About our Southampton rehab 

Our Southampton drugs and alcohol rehab centre is a CQC registered rehab facility. We have decades of experience helping patients overcome physical and psychological dependence on addiction.  

Our centre offers a comprehensive addiction treatment programme for substance abuse. We treat a variety of addictions, including gambling, illegal drugs, and eating disorders. 

We pride ourselves on having a good CQC rating. We have a highly professional and experienced team. Some of our counsellors are individuals who have been through the same addiction issue and managed to achieve sobriety. 

Our rehab in Southampton gives you a compassionate environment where you can focus on healing and recovery. We help our patients achieve healing for the mind, body, and spirit.

We also offer one year's worth of aftercare services and support for individual and their families. 

To learn more, kindly reach out to us today. 


Sober transportation services at Southampton rehab 

Our Southampton rehab facility offers sober transportation services. This offer eliminates the stress of commuting to our centre and, in doing so, provides you with the support you need to maintain sobriety.

Some people may find it challenging to travel to a treatment centre. Some may be tempted to indulge in drug or alcohol use one last time before entering treatment. 

The sober transportation service helps eliminate this risk by picking up the patient from home to the centre. You can reach out to us to learn more about this service. 

Support services for drug and alcohol treatment 

The alternative to rehab is outpatient programmes provided by addiction organisations and charities. The two main free services include: 

1. Southampton Alcohol Brief Intervention and Counselling Service 

This organization provides support and advice to people struggling with alcohol and drugs. You check out their website to learn more [7]. 

2. Southampton City Council 

The Southampton City Council offers drug and alcohol support services. These services are free and confidential.  

You can learn more by calling the helpline 02382 002764. You can also check out their website to learn more about the services available [8]. 

3. Addiction support groups.

The following support groups are available for people fighting drug and alcohol abuse. 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous 
  • Narcotics Anonymous 
  • Cocaine Anonymous 
  • All fellowships 
  • SMART Recovery 


How much does drug therapy cost? 

Inpatient rehab centres price varies depending on the type of centre and duration of treatment. The cost of a 28-day residential rehab ranges from £5000 – £16000, depending on the facility.

These costs cover detox, accommodation, amenities, and location. A longer rehab programme will cost more, e.g., a 60-day residential rehabilitation may cost around £20,000 or more. 

Outpatient programmes and home detox services are generally cheaper. You can expect to pay around £8,250 for outpatient treatment services. Home detox may cost about £1500. 

What are some solutions for addiction? 

Some of the solutions for addiction include changing your social life. You should disconnect from friends who encourage the addiction. You may also have to change where you live to avoid triggers. 

Community services such as aa meetings also help provide peer support which is vital for recovery. Overcoming addiction is a battle that requires you to be committed and motivated to change. 

Is drug addiction genetic or environmental? 

Both genetic and environmental factors influence addiction. Research shows that people are genetically predisposed to addiction [9]. 

Similarly, environmental factors such as poverty, a dysfunctional family environment, friends, or a parent who abuses substances, plus other factors, can lead to addiction [10]. 

Get started today 

You can begin your journey towards recovery by visiting the nearest CQC registered rehab today. Our rehabs are CQC registered and have an outstanding record of helping individuals achieve recovery.

We also provide intervention services for loved ones concerned about a family member's drug or alcohol use. 

Addiction is a battle that you do not have to face alone. You can call us, email, or send a message to learn more about our services. Alternatively, you can leave your contact, and we will get back to you. 

Change is hard, but it is possible. Begin your journey towards a healthy, fulfilling life today by seeking professional addiction treatment. 

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About the author

Laura Morris

Laura Morris is an experienced clinical practitioner and CQC Registered Manager with over twenty years experience, over ten of which have been as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has held a number of senior leadership roles in the substance use and mental health sector in the NHS, the prison service and in leading social enterprises in the field.

Last Updated: January 25, 2024