Options for NHS before-rehab

Tough And Lengthy


Although there is no such thing as free rehab, government funded places are eventually made available to people who show sufficient willingness and motivation to succeed and require intensive support. That is because it is extremely difficult to get into these facilities since the funding is pretty limited.

If you want to go for this option, generally, you are required to devote a certain amount of time in community-based programmes prior to being considered for rehab. The reason is to make sure that you're adequately stable in your alcohol or drug use prior to getting referred to rehabilitation and to evaluate your enthusiasm to achieve success.


It's crucial to take into consideration that on-the-spot admission is impossible and the process is complex and long. You'll be required to be present at many interviews and will need to display a lot of patience, as you'll notice below.


Port of Call will gladly help you find rehab facilities near you, but we are unable to speed up this process.


Accessing NHS Rehabilitation - The Procedure

  • You are to go through a stringent and tough process which calls for serious commitment and determination.
  • This process is most commonly very similar, but it can be different based on the area you reside in
  • The first thing is to schedule a meeting with your local alcohol or drug service
  • You will be given a key worker that will determine whether you require detox and will proceed with the primary evaluation of your fitness for rehab
  • Going through an assessment conducted by local authorities, local drug service officials or a social services manager who are checking to see if you meet the eligibility standards for inpatient treatment in your area
  • The rehab will also do their own assessment by interviewing you before you can start
  • The regional authority as well as drug service will then try to obtain financial support for your rehab centre
  • Where detox is necessary first, the key worker advices on good options and timelines which will be aligned to the date you are to begin your rehab
  • You will go to rehabilitation as soon as the commencement dates and funding plans are organised and detoxification (if it's needed) has been concluded.

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Zero-Cost NHS Outpatient Programme

The NHS provides several outpatient programmes for individuals having alcohol or substance abuse difficulties.