Alcohol and Drug Rehab in South Yorkshire

The problem of drug and alcohol addiction has been increasing across the UK in recent times. Many people who want help don’t know who to turn to or where to seek alcohol or drug rehab.

There are many fantastic rehab centres in South Yorkshire offering highly effective drug and alcohol rehab programmes, which can help people begin their recovery journey. Here is everything you need to know about drug and alcohol rehab in South Yorkshire.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in South Yorkshire

There are a number of treatment clinics that provide both inpatient treatment in South Yorkshire and outpatient treatment in South Yorkshire. As each treatment centre provides a slightly different recovery programme, you will need to decide which one best suits your needs and will help you make a lasting recovery.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

Outpatient treatment, or day rehab, is seen by some people as being the best option as it allows them to come in to the centre just for their addiction treatment and then go home afterwards. While this may be more convenient, its effectiveness in treating drug and alcohol addiction is less effective. This is mainly because clients return to their homes and regular lives between treatment sessions and so are exposed to their normal triggers.

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

As day rehab is limited in its effectiveness, you are best advised to seek inpatient treatment at a residential rehab clinic. There are many residential rehab centres in South Yorkshire which provide their clients with a comprehensive treatment programme. Staying at the rehab clinic as a resident will enable you to cut yourself off from your addiction triggers, and it provides you with the space and focus you need to address your dependency. You will be able to discuss the length of your treatment with the recovery professionals, as well as your accommodation and the types of therapy you will receive.

Why inpatient rehab?

Inpatient treatment has been shown to be more effective than outpatient treatment, as it can provide you with a fully immersive rehab experience. While attending day rehab through the NHS may allow you to continue with your normal life, the whole point of addiction treatment is to change that life for the better. At residential rehab, you will be able to choose the most effective treatment options for you, which will enable you to make a long-term recovery.

Care Quality Commission ratings

South Yorkshire has many excellent residential rehab centres, so choosing between them can be difficult. One resource which can be very useful to you in making the right choice of clinic and treatment programme is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings. These are given by the CQC and based on factors such as client safety and staff support. The CQC is an independent board, so these ratings are highly dependable.

Mixture of therapies

Each South Yorkshire rehab centre provides its own slightly unique treatment programme, but they will all offer a combination of treatments. These will include one-to-one therapy sessions, group therapy and extra activities. It is important for clinics to offer this mixture of therapies, as different clients find some types of treatment more useful than others.

Family support programmes

Substance addiction can have a major impact on all the people around you, and so residential rehab clinics offer family support programmes to clients’ loved ones. These programmes will help to guide and advise your family through the different stages of your recovery process and better equip them to support you on your journey. Family support can be pivotal in the success of addiction treatment, so these programmes are absolutely vital.


One important part of the family support programme is the conjoint. Conjoints are sessions during which clients and their loved ones are able to talk and share their feelings under the careful guidance of a recovery professional. Many clients and their families have attested to the usefulness of conjoints, and they are unique to residential rehab. As alcohol and drug addiction can tear families and relationships apart, these sessions will help you to rebuild the bonds between you and your loved ones.

What should I expect from a detox in South Yorkshire?

An important part of every client’s addiction treatment is going through detox. This is the process of removing all of the alcohol and drugs from your system so that you can begin your therapy programme. Detox can be dangerous, so it should never be done without a medical professional’s advice.

Medical detox

As a new admission to rehab, you will be assessed by the medical professionals to understand your levels of dependency. This is very important before you undergo drug or alcohol detox, because if you have an extremely high level of dependency, you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms. If this is the case, you will usually be advised to undergo medical detox, which is when your alcohol or drug detox is performed with the aid of medication and under the constant supervision of a medical professional. This around-the-clock supervision is necessary to keep you safe during detox, and so it is only available as inpatient treatment. If you require medical detox before starting your treatment at a day rehab centre, you will usually first have to wait for an inpatient bed to open up so you can be supervised during the process. Unfortunately, the waiting lists are often very long.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

Each South Yorkshire rehab clinic has its own recovery approach, but it will usually be a mixture of therapies based around a 12-step programme or a non-12-step programme. These therapies will include one-to-one therapy, group therapy, and specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Offering a mixture of therapies is very important, as it will ensure that all residential rehab clients will have access to the types of treatment that work best for them. Most treatment programmes last a minimum of four weeks, because this is the time needed to complete the first stages of a 12-step programme.

Is rehab free?

The NHS does offer free addiction treatment services but, unfortunately, only as day rehab. These tend to be heavily over-subscribed and, as explained above, can be limited in their effectiveness. While some NHS services will admit you via self-referral, others will not; if your GP decides you should undergo a detox programme or counselling rather than attend rehab, it can be difficult to gain admission. There are other options available, however, and if you need assistance in paying for private residential rehab, the charity Turning Point may be able to help you with the costs.

Free addiction treatment services in South Yorkshire

There are other free addiction treatment services to reach out to. Get in contact with your local Alcoholics Anonymous, and they will be able to give you much needed support.

The downside to free services

While free rehab services are always in high demand, cuts in government funding have made spaces extremely limited. Not only has admission capacity dropped, but the number of treatment slots available to clients has also been cut. One of the main benefits of attending day rehab is that it allows clients to fit their treatment around their daily schedules, but with so few time slots, this is often no longer the case. Waiting lists are often very long, and if you are in need of medical detox, you will need to wait for an inpatient bed to become available.

The benefits of residential rehab in South Yorkshire

  •     Staff support around the clock – 24-hour medical care for your comfort and safety
  •     No addictive triggers– to reduce the chance of treatment failure or client relapse
  •     Excellent accommodation options– to guarantee your comfort
  •     Client treatment programme input – a choice between therapy offered at different clinics, to suit your needs
  •     Fully supervised medical detox with professional support – only available to residential rehab clients
  •     Family support available– to help rebuild relationships and support loved ones
  •     A range of therapies – to ensure the success of the treatment programme
  •     Immediate treatment – no long NHS waiting lists
  •     CQC rating system – to help you choose between different rehab centres


What happens after a rehab programme?

Once you have completed your rehab programme and left the clinic, you will have taken the first and most important step on your recovery journey. After you leave the residential centre, your South Yorkshire treatment centre will continue to support you all the way on your journey to recovery.

Aftercare programmes

An important part of this continued support is a comprehensive aftercare programme. This may involve additional group therapy and also helping you to access helpful resources, such as online recovery communities. These communities will give you the opportunity to meet and connect with other people on their own recovery journeys.

If you choose to join the UKAT family for your recovery, you will have one year’s free weekly group therapy if needed, once you finish your programme with us. Our Alumni Community will also be there for lifetime support and advice to help you remain on the recovery path and build invaluable friendships with others on the same journey.

Support groups

There are also groups that you can find locally to get additional support and to meet others in the same situation as you. These groups can help you to build the connections which are so important for long-term recovery. They include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA) and SMART Recovery.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Long-term recovery is a journey, and every journey begins with a single step. Reaching out to a South Yorkshire treatment centre is the best possible way to start your recovery. If you choose to recover at Recovery Lighthouse, or another UKAT centre, we will give you all the help and support you need to overcome your dependency and start a new life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in South Yorkshire during Coronavirus lockdown?
Rehabilitation centres in South Yorkshire are open during the Coronavirus outbreak, as healthcare facilities are classed as essential businesses. This includes private rehab clinics, provided they follow the safety regulations implemented by the government.
How much does an alcohol/drug rehab cost in South Yorkshire?
Depending on the provider you choose, a standard 28-day treatment can cost between £4,000 and £12,000. The price range is based on the quality of the provider and the range of services the programme offers. Shorter and longer programmes are also available in some centres. On specific insurance policies, this is covered by private insurance.
How do you sign up to a rehab?
To sign up for private rehab, you need to contact your chosen centre, who will discuss your needs and organise the details for you. For NHS rehab, you must contact your GP, who will make a referral if you meet the requirements.
How can I pay for a rehab?
Rehab can be funded privately, or subsidised through private insurance in some cases. Check with your provider to determine which rehab options are covered.
What rehab programmes are there?
The 12-step method is the most common programme, which is used by the majority of providers. However, some companies offer a mixture of holistic therapies, such as yoga, mindfulness, CBT and others, alongside the 12-step sessions, for the opportunity to trial a range of recovery tactics.
Can I sign up for rehab for someone else?
You cannot sign up for rehab on someone else’s behalf. For recovery to be successful, the person must be willing to accept help and be open to thinking of addictive substances in a different way. Unless they are open to change, rehab will not be successful.
How long does a rehab process take?
Treatment programmes often last from four to twelve weeks, although it is generally acknowledged that the longer a person stays in rehab, the easier it is to stay sober.
Shorter stays are available, but a minimum of four weeks is usually recommended.
What is treated in rehabs?
Rehab can treat anything an individual is addicted to, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, gaming, porn, internet, sex and food. Recovery Lighthouse also treats eating disorders and handles dual-diagnosis and co-dependency.
Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
Any drug addiction can be treated in rehab. This includes all illegal drugs, prescription drugs, legal highs, sleeping pills, stimulants and alcohol.
Is rehab confidential?
Privately funded rehab is entirely confidential. Free treatment through the NHS will require admittance through your GP, which means it will sit on your medical record. However, this cannot be accessed by anyone outside the medical field without permission.
Can I visit a person who is in rehab?
At Recovery Lighthouse, visits are organised every Sunday for those that wish to see loved ones. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, visiting hours have been put on hold to prevent the risk of the virus spreading into our centres. We are in the process of reintroducing these sessions as safely and quickly as possible.
Are there free rehabs in South Yorkshire?
There are a number of free clinics in South Yorkshire which can help you with alcohol or drug abuse. However, these are predominantly outpatient programmes, which mean you cannot stay within the centre during the recovery process.
Can I get rehab funding through the NHS?
It is possible to receive rehab funding through the NHS, although it is a lengthy process in which many applications are denied. Applications can be made through discussions with a GP.
Why is going to a rehab important?
Rehab provides each individual with the tools to tackle their addiction and remain sober, which is both difficult and dangerous to do alone. Private rehab also introduces you to lifelong contacts and aftercare that will support you through a successful recovery process in the long-term.
What is the difference between rehab and detox?
Detox deals with the physical aspect of dependence, whereas rehabilitation works with a person’s attitude towards addiction.

Detox is the process of withdrawing the body from any harmful substances, such as drugs and alcohol. Rehab involves therapy and recovery principles to help someone change the way they think about addictive substances and prevent them from using.