If you are struggling with an addiction or substance abuse problem and want help, then you may be looking at all your treatment options to see what is likely to work best.

Making the decision to go to a drug or alcohol rehab is not always an easy one. For some, the costs involved are part of the obstacle; for others leaving their family and job is not an option they would consider.

Naturally, you will want to know that if you are going to spend a large sum of money on rehab, that it is going to work and give you the best chance of success.

Avoid “Quick Fix” Detox Clinics

Detox clinics that promise a quick 3 or 5-day detox, should be avoided. They simply do not work in the medium or long-term. Yes, they may very temporarily stop alcohol or drug usage but is only a very quick fix and not sustainable without rehabilitation. The reason quick fix detoxes do not work is that the psychological aspect (the driving force) behind addiction, cannot possibly be treated within such a short space of time. A Quick drug detox and alcohol detox may result in you still feeling unwell and not fully on the road to recovery on your return back home. Because of this, you will be at extremely high risk of relapse as a result. Many individuals that use these types of detox clinics, end up relapsing and having to come to a rehab facility such as ours for a full medical detox and professional rehabilitation programme.


Ask Questions

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Any rehab that is of any worth, will be transparent in the treatment that they provide. Staff at the clinic should be happy for you to visit and look around prior to admission and speak to other clients about their experience.

If you have any doubts about a particular rehab, or if it is one that is not very well known, we advise you to visit the facility first before committing. At PCP, we always accommodate requests for visits to our treatment centres prior to committing to admission. We are also happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding our addiction treatment.

What Is The Rehab’s Treatment Ethos?

A rehab’s treatment ethos is very important.

If the treatment they are offering is a good value for money in comparison to other rehabs and they have been established for a long time, this is a good indication that they come from a place of authenticity and passion in saving alcoholics and addicts lives.

PCP has four UK rehabs that are extremely competitively priced; we have been established for many years as a direct result of our treatment ethos and the quality of care and that we provide.

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NHS Alcohol Treatment Statistics England 2014/15. Source

Check The Rehabs’ Credentials

This is very important as there are many rehabs that are not appropriately registered and can cause more harm than good.

Make sure that the rehab you wish to attend is Care Quality Commission registered like we are at PCP. This means that they have to undergo stringent assessments and audits to ensure the quality of care delivered is of a very high and safe standard.

We know of several world renown luxury rehabs, that have failed to meet their annual audit; have been closed as a result and had to make appropriate adjustments in order to pass and reopen.

If the rehab you are considering is not Care Quality Commission regulated and registered, please avoid at all costs.

All four of our exemplary and established drug and alcohol rehabs are CQC registered and regulated.

Are Their Staff Adequately Qualified?

A rehab should have at least one doctor and/or nurse for the medical side and one fully qualified and experienced counsellor, if not more, for the psychological side of addiction. If they do not, then they are not qualified to offer you the professional treatment that you need in order to get well and recover.

PCP not only have professional doctors, but also full-time qualified nursing staff (a rarity in this industry), counsellors and therapists. All of our rehabs have a team of multi-disciplined, highly-skilled addiction professionals to ensure you receive the best in addiction treatment available.

Can they Meet Your Dual Diagnosis Treatment Requirements?

If you have any additional illnesses other than addiction, it is important that the rehab you are considering can accommodate and treat you expertly.

Dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring illnesses are mental health conditions that commonly accompany addiction.

If you are suffering from a mental health illness in addition to alcohol, drug or behavioural addiction, then you need to ensure that the rehab you are considering is equipped with the correct professional expertise, to treat all of your conditions simultaneously.

Any illness that is not correctly and professionally addressed and treated will leave you extremely vulnerable to an alcohol or drug relapse. This is likely to happen, as you will still want to self medicate the symptoms of your untreated illness.

Dual diagnosis disorders, commonly include:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Depression
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder
  • Gambling addiction, also known as pathological gambling
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Bipolar Disorder

PCP rehabs are able to fully treat those with a dual diagnosis illness; we have doctors, counsellors and psychiatrists that specialise in this area.

Can They Meet Your Physical Requirements?

It not just mental health problems that addicts and alcoholics can suffer from, many have physical impairments, limited mobility, long-term health issues, and health issues that have resulted from years of active addiction.

Whilst most rehabs will not be able to fully medically treat other medical problems, they should be able to accompany you to hospital appointments when required, refer to appropriate medical specialists, and be able to accommodate any physical limitations that you may have. This is all part of PCP’s addiction treatment service.

When making your enquires, it is very important that you tell the rehab about all of your physical and mental health conditions, to ensure that you can be appropriated accommodated and treated.

Check The Types of Addiction Treatments Used

When enquiring about a rehab treatment programme, ensure that they only use evidence-based addiction treatments.

Luxury treatments can be nice for a treat, but they are not necessary for your recovery, nor do they treat the psychological aspect of addiction.

The majority of the treatments that they offer should be aimed at changing the mindset and behaviours that are associated with active addiction. This is where the crux of the problem lies, and it is imperative that they include cognitive and behavioural treatment elements.


For more information on our detoxes, treatments, therapies and rehab facilities, please call us directly and speak to a member of our team free on 0800 0380 480 or on a mobile 01582 730113 or complete the contact form opposite.