Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the common questions we are asked at PCP. These are intended as a guide and general information only, and is a work in progress, which we’ll be adding to often. For professional, tailored advice or answers to any of your questions, please get in touch with us. Our expert staff can help answer any questions you have about addiction, recovery and rehab – whether it’s for you or a loved one.

What if I can't afford alcohol rehab?

Whilst PCP offer the lowest price for alcohol rehab in the UK for the quality of service we provide, we do appreciate that some can still not afford this or access any money at all. In cases such as this, where free alcohol rehab help is needed, we recommend that you contact your local drug and alcohol services and also contact Alcoholics Anonymous; both offer free alcohol support and help in the community.

Can I do alcohol rehab at home?

Alcohol rehab is not something that we suggest you try at home for various reasons. Naturally, people may say that we're going to say that, but the fact is that alcohol withdrawal and alcohol detox can be very dangerous and even become life threatening. You should never attempt to detox from alcohol without first consulting a medical practitioner. PCP’s alcohol rehab is a very specialist service, offering inpatient medical and therapeutic care around the clock. Your safety during alcohol detox is paramount to us at all times.

Can I get alcohol rehab on the NHS?

The government has made substantial cuts to community alcohol and drug services in recent years, which has resulted in less NHS rehab funding availability. Whilst this service is still available at present, it is extremely limited. Only the most chronic cases of alcoholism are awarded rehab; priority goes to those with an intravenous drug Class A drug habit as they are classed high risk. You can expect lengthy waiting times in the majority of areas in the UK.

Can I get an alcohol detox in hospital?

Entrie alcohol detoxes are rarely carried out in hospital. The reason for this is that there is no psychological support or counselling support. Whilst a hospital can help medically to ensure your safety, without professional counselling and psychological addiction treatment, most alcoholics do not complete a full hospital alcohol detox and self-discharge. NHS hospital alcohol detoxes are usually only carried out when there is a medical emergency.

Can I smoke in rehab?

PCP do permit smoking in designated outside areas during breaks times. We do not expect our clients to quit nicotine at the same time as alcohol, as for many this proves to be too much. If you do choose to quit smoking whilst in rehab, we will do our utmost to support you whilst you are in our care. Most private alcohol rehabs operate in this way. Please note that most free christian alcohol rehabs do not permit any smoking and do not offer specialised alcohol addiction treatment or rehabilitation either.

Can I set up a payment plan (installments) for alcohol rehab?

PCP can make the exception for those that really want rehab for a installment payments to be made in advance of treatment. This helps to spread the cost over the duration of your treatment. It is not something we normally offer but is at our discretion.

Can I borrow money, such as a loan, for alcohol rehab?

No rehabs, to our knowledge, in the UK offer loans for rehab treatment. The reason for this is due to the nature of the illness of addiction, which is a chronic relapsing brain disease, providing loans can be extremely high risk financially. There is also the added pressure of financial stress on the individual during early sobriety, which is not recommended. Many families help to get their loved ones into rehab and sometimes friends and partners will also help. PCP offer the best value for money rehab in the UK.

Can I get free alcohol rehab?

There is no such thing as free alcohol rehab. Alcohol rehab has to be funded by a source, whether it be government funding, church funding or private funding, in order to deliver professional alcohol treatment. Any alcohol rehab worth considering needs to be CQC registered and regulated. All of PCPs rehabs are CQC registered.

What is Christian rehab?

Christian rehabs, in general, are not entirely run entirely on proven recovery techniques. As the name and type suggests, there is a large component of religious teachings which replace empirical evidence-based therapies. Often, they can have very strict rules that must be adhered to. For some Christians they do work, however the much needed high-intensity psychology and counselling is not generally not delivered.

Can I get NHS funded alcohol rehab?

Firstly, allow us to clarify the difference between NHS rehab and NHS funded rehab. The NHS actually have NO rehabs. They do have detox units which offer medical detoxes but no more than that (i.e. therapy). NHS funded rehabs are private rehabs that the NHS pay to treat adicts. As funding for addiction-related treatment has been cut tremendously in recent years. This has impacted in less funding available for alcohol rehab treatment. Waiting lists are very lengthily and it is unlikely that you will get funding for alcohol rehab. If you do get NHS funding for alcohol rehab, there will be pre rehab courses and many appointments to attend and criteria to meet.

Does alcohol rehab work?

PCP have an outstanding record of clients completing their treatment with us. Our alcohol rehab programmes are very intensive and are designed to deal with and heal the root causes of alcoholism. We provide the firm foundations required for ongoing sobriety. Our alcohol rehab does work. However, once a patient has left our inpatient treatment programme, it is down to them to implement the recovery tools and new found coping strategies that we have taught them. We provide free aftercare for life, but we cannot force an individual to attend. The key to alcohol rehab working is in the willingness of the individual and how badly they want to get well and are willing to change their thinking and ways in order to do so.

Does going to rehab affect custody of my children?

This is a question we are asked by many parents. Ask yourself this; is your alcoholism or drug addiction likely to affect the custody of your children and their well being if left untreated? By attending rehab you are showing that you are willing to tackle your alcohol problem and get well. This is something that not only you will benefit from (as in saving your life) but that your children will reap the benefits of having a responsible and “present” parent that can offer love and stability. Those that delay or reject the ideal of alcohol or drug rehab for custody reasons, usually end up losing everything, including their children. More often than we like, it costs them their life.

Does alcohol rehab help with depression too?

At PCP we treat all conditions presenting alongside alcohol and drug addiction. This means that if you suffer from any mental health problems or illnesses, such as depression, PTSD, post natal depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorder, that we will incorporate psychotherapeutic treatments and if necessary medications to help you to heal completely. We cannot speak for other rehabs but PCP do specialise in treating dual diagnosis. Wherever necessary we can arrange a psychiatric assessment where we feel it is necessary. Alcohol is a depressant and often once the alcohol is stopped through the process of an alcohol detox, we find the majority of our patients start the thrive. Where a depressive illness remains, we ensure that it is treated comprehensively before the individual leaves our care and that there is continuity of support set up in the community.

Can I attend rehab for depression only?

The short answer is yes. However, at PCP, we specialise in dual diagnosis and co occurring illnesses. This means that we treat other mental health illness that co-occur alongside alcoholism or a drug addiction. Our rehab programmes are tailored to each individual's specific treatment needs. We can comprehensively treat depression at our alcohol rehabs, if it is accompanied by alcohol addiction, drug addiction or another addiction problem. Depression alone (without addiction) can be addressed and treated by your doctor and local mental health team, as well as in a handful of specialist, hospital-style rehabilitation centres.