Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation
When seeking treatment for alcohol addiction, residential alcohol rehab is an effective and safe option for those who wish to detox from this substance and benefit from a range of counselling options in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.
Commonly known as inpatient treatment, residential alcohol rehab is the treatment of an alcohol addiction within a rehabilitation centre during which patients stay on-site for the duration of the programme.
It has a higher success rate than other treatment methods due to the immersive nature of this facility, making it a viable option for those seeking help for alcohol addiction. 
How much does residential alcohol rehab cost?
The price of residential alcohol rehab can vary according to the length of your stay, the various medications that you are prescribed and the type of treatment that you require.
For example, a 30-day stay within a rehabilitation centre can range between £4,000 and £15,000 depending on whether the patient opts for a single or shared room and the nature of the treatment centre.
We can help to narrow down the price range and provide a more accurate estimate of your treatment costs – give us a call today and start planning for your recovery journey.
How long does residential alcohol rehab take?
While the chances of long-term recovery from alcohol addiction are increased the longer the patient remains in a treatment facility, most rehabilitation centres offer a range of potential timeframes depending on the severity of the addiction.
Common alcohol treatment timeframes include:
- 30-day programmes
- 60-day programmes
- 90-day programmes
In most cases, the treatment does not end once the patient leaves the programme. Extended programmes are available that include sober living facilities such as halfway houses, designed to ease the transition back into daily life. Many rehabilitation centres also offer alumni programmes, where former residents can meet and discuss their experiences of recovery.
What are the benefits of residential alcohol rehab?
If you are considering the idea of seeking help for your alcohol addiction, it’s important to examine the potential benefits of each treatment option.
Residential alcohol rehab is the safest and most effective method of treatment for alcohol addiction, providing a comfortable and non-judgmental environment in which to recover.
Common benefits of residential alcohol rehab include:
1. Less temptation
When undergoing outpatient care the temptation to purchase and consume alcohol during periods of intense cravings can be difficult to resist, particularly if the individual is not under constant supervision.
This is not possible within residential alcohol rehab as there is a strict alcohol ban and patients are generally not permitted to leave the premises during treatment, making it difficult to succumb to temptation and therefore reducing the chances of relapse.
2. Personalised aftercare plan
Once the treatment programme is complete and the individual has resumed daily life, the possibility of relapse is fairly high as they attempt to navigate potentially triggering situations and stress.
Before leaving residential alcohol rehab, patients will work with staff to create a personalised aftercare plan to help them avoid relapse and continue long-term recovery. This may include attending local support groups and ongoing counselling as well as participating in the centre’s alumni programme.
3. 24/7 monitoring and support
The process of alcohol detoxification and withdrawal can be dangerous and even potentially life-threatening. It is not recommended to undergo this process without medical supervision, and residential alcohol rehab can provide 24/7 monitoring and support.
Staff are trained to spot the warning signs of delirium tremens and will be able to take immediate action, making the process more comfortable for the patient and potentially saving their life.
Where can I find a residential alcohol rehab near me?
There are countless residential alcohol rehab centres located across the United Kingdom to suit a variety of budgets and lifestyles.
If your location does not feature on the below list, give our friendly and experienced team a call today to discuss your options – no matter where you live, we can find a local residential alcohol rehab centre that will suit your needs.
It is important to extensively research your chosen rehabilitation centre before making a commitment to ensure that they can meet your needs. They should also be regulated as a Care Quality Commission or Care Inspectorate facility in order to guarantee high-quality treatment.
How can I detox within a residential alcohol rehab?
Choosing to undergo the detoxification process within a residential alcohol rehab is the safest and most effective way to physically withdraw from alcohol, with 24/7 monitoring and round-the-clock medical care and supervision.
Under the guidance of an experienced doctor, you will be placed on a personalised plan that slowly reduces the amount and frequency of alcohol consumed each day over a period of time. This method can reduce and prevent many of the most severe withdrawal symptoms and allows the body to rebalance and learn how to function again without the presence of alcohol in the system. 
Below are two examples of a detoxification plan that allows for a slow, steady tapering-off period depending on the severity of the addiction.
For people who regularly consume over 20 beer bottles per day, or equivalent:
- Day 1: 16 bottles in total over the course of the day, one per hour
- Day 2: 10 bottles in total over the course of the day, one every 90 minutes
- Day 3: 8 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 4: 6 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 5: 4 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 6: 2 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 7: 0 bottles in total
For people who regularly consume 12 beer bottles per day, or equivalent:
- Day 1: 10 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 2: 8 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 3: 6 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 4: 4 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 5: 2 bottles in total over the course of the day
- Day 6: 0 bottles in total
Even while following a professional detoxification plan, it is likely that you will experience withdrawal symptoms particularly if you have been dealing with a severe alcohol addiction. However, you will be carefully monitored by a team of medical experts to ensure your safety and comfort during the process.
Which medications will I be offered in residential alcohol rehab?
While the process of detoxification and withdrawal from alcohol can be a difficult and sometimes dangerous one, there are a number of medications that can be prescribed in order to reduce and prevent many of the more unpleasant symptoms. 
Some of these medications can help to decrease the chances of relapse by making alcohol seem less appealing and even including unpleasant side effects when alcohol is consumed.
Common medications offered in residential alcohol rehab include:
The excessive consumption of alcohol can cause physical changes to the brain and the way that the body functions. Acamprosate can help to restore the natural chemical balance of the brain and help it to begin to function normally again, reducing cravings and helping the body to get back to a natural baseline.
It can be a struggle to resist intense alcohol cravings during treatment, particularly during stressful and emotional times. In these situations, Naltrexone may be administered to help reduce cravings as it can simulate the euphoric feelings that alcohol provides.
It is recommended to wait until the detoxification process is complete before taking Naltrexone, as some studies have shown this medication to make withdrawal symptoms more intense.
Insomnia and anxiety are common complaints during residential alcohol rehab, particularly during the withdrawal process. In some cases, patients will be prescribed benzodiazepines to treat these symptoms and help make the detoxification phase more comfortable and bearable.
This medication works as a deterrent to alcohol by inducing unpleasant physical reactions when alcohol is consumed. Individuals may feel nauseous, weak and suffer from headaches if they drink alcohol after taking Disulfiram, and this may dissuade them from relapsing in the future.
Which counselling options will I be offered in residential alcohol rehab?
Most residential alcohol rehab centres take a holistic approach in regards to addiction recovery, treating both the mind and body as part of the process.
While many of the physical aspects of alcohol addiction can be treated during the detoxification phase, the psychological side of treatment requires a range of counselling options depending on the nature and severity of the addiction.
Common counselling options offered in residential alcohol rehab include:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Dialectical behaviour therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Complementary therapies including acupuncture, mindfulness and art therapy
During therapy, you will be encouraged to share your experiences and emotions relating to your addiction and any past traumas, and with the support of your therapist, you will explore the potential reasons behind your behaviour. You will also be provided with coping strategies and healthy ways to deal with stressful and potentially triggering situations.
Therapy can also help to increase your self-confidence and feelings of self-worth, as you learn to forgive yourself for your past regrets and move forward towards a brighter future.