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This detox rehab programme information has been prepared under the supervision of Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Bruce Trathen MBBS MRCPsych, and Senior Addictions Therapist David Goodlad FRSPH MA Dip. MBACP (Snr. Accred) UKRC NCAC CADC.

Accessing reliable and accurate detox rehab programme information can be confusing and time consuming. Triage Advisors are here to help you make fully informed and accurate decisions. Call 0800 246 5293.


What is a Detox Rehab Program?

Detox or Detoxification refers to the process involved in helping a person to become completely substance-free. A detox rehab program aims to minimise the danger and alleviate the unpleasantness by carefully managing the withdrawal symptoms.

 Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be fatal. Therefore, it is important that alcohol detox medication is available to make the process as safe as possible whilst in the clinic. The medication typically used to detox someone with an alcohol addiction would be Librium, Diazepam, or sometimes a combination of the two. In cases of liver damage, some detoxification centers may use other combinations of drugs.

Whilst withdrawal from heroin is not necessarily life-threatening, it can be extremely uncomfortable, and may take a substantial amount of will-power. The medications detox centers typically use to detox someone with a heroin addiction would be methadone, or Subutex.

 As well as the person becoming completely free from substances, detox rehab programmes will also focus on the psychological side of the dependence. This will usually combine several types of therapy, including group therapy, one-to-one therapy, educational seminars, and personal reflection. It is important that the person learns to understand the addiction, the reasons behind it and triggers to relapse in order to maximise the chances of maintaining abstinence once they have left treatment.

 When should someone seek a Rehab Program?

Anyone who is physically addicted to a substance can benefit from admission to a detox rehab program. Physical addiction occurs when the person experiences withdrawal symptoms when the substance is not present. Psychological symptoms such as intensely obsessing about a substance, depression or anxiety can also occur. Detox clinics support the individual in dealing with all symptoms.

 Types of Rehab Programs

Private residential clinics provide the most immediate access to a detoxification rehab program. Residential treatment is preferable as it is considered safer (medically) and offers more psychological care during this time. The best outcome of success will be when a medicated detox is accessed as part of a complete addiction programme that offers psychological treatment as well. Residential clinics offer psychological, educational and social therapy to address all aspects of the dependence. Residential treatment provides a safe and supportive environment away from many of the associations and triggers of the addiction that may exist at home.  

 It is possible to access private overseas services. This option can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have already accessed help in the UK with limited success. By travelling overseas to access treatment, the person is completely removed from their problematic surroundings. Overseas treatment can also represent better value for money in some cases.

Although a residential is advised primarily for medical reasons, some individuals may wish to consider home detox. Alcohol detoxification can take place in the home if an assessment indicates it is appropriate. Triage Healthcare offers home detox, with the process managed by our Medical Director, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Bruce Trathen MBBS MRCPsych. The detox is delivered by qualified and professional staff who are registered with their appropriate professional bodies.

 How long could treatment at a Detox Rehab Program take?

The length of the detoxification rehab program will depend both on the severity of the dependence and the substance being taken. A detox rehab program for alcohol will take between 7 and 10 days for the detox, and ongoing time for psychological therapy. Heroin detox may take longer.

 For the best outcome of success, treatment should be accessed as part of a full psychological treatment programme. This is supported by the National Treatment Outcome Research Study (NTORS) in 1996 that showed those who completed a minimum of 28 days in a treatment centre were four times more likely to maintain abstinence than some others.

 How much does a private detox Rehab Program cost?

The cost of private treatment can vary depending on the duration of treatment, facilities, accommodation standard and location of the clinics. The level of medical cover may also have an impact on the cost.

 Triage Healthcare recognises that there is a deficit in the provision of affordable private treatment for addictions in the UK.  In order to find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors on 0800 246 5293. Our advice is all completely free and confidential. We can offer guidance towards the best treatment options based on your individual circumstances, budget and needs.

 Where to find a Drug or Alcohol Detox Rehab Program in the UK

There are a number of different detox rehab programmes available. It is important that the treatment is tailored to the individual - addiction is different for each person; there is no “one-size-fits-all solution”. In order to find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors. Our advice is all completely free and confidential.

 We are staffed by highly experienced and expert professionals in addiction medicine and counselling, who are ethically bound to give you advice according to the latest evidence of what works, and who are not allowed to advise you according to a profit motive. Rather we will find you the best value detox center given your particular circumstances and wishes.


 NTORS The National Treatment Outcome Research Study: Summary of the project, the clients, and preliminary findings: First Bulletin. (1996). Gossop, M., Marsden, J., Stewart, D., Edwards, C., Lehmann, P., Wilson, A., & Segar, G. Department of Health: London.