Drug Detox London

Medical Drug Detoxification Clinic in London

Detox is the very first stage of addiction treatment and often a necessary part of recovery treatment if you’re hoping to achieve long-term sobriety. Finding a suitable drug detox in London may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are various types of detox facilities designed to suit a range of needs and personal preferences. 

At Step-by-Step Recovery we aim to provide access to affordable private treatments for anyone seeking drug detox around London. Our rehab clinics specialise in delivering bespoke recovery programmes that address a patient’s medical, psychological, social and holistic treatment needs.

Situated approximately an hour’s drive from central London, The Lighthouse clinic is located within a quiet residential area not far from Shoebury East beach, and easily accessible via public transport. 

Addiction is a progressive disease, the symptoms of which can develop extremely quickly. Oftentimes, someone suffering from drug addiction will reach the point of complete despair and may even agree to treatment. This window of opportunity is critical, which is why our team can facilitate urgent admissions with no delay so that treatment can begin immediately. 

Types of drugs Detox in London

There are two main types of drug detox in London; inpatient and outpatient rehab and the option you choose will depend on the severity of your addiction and the substances involved.

While both inpatient and outpatient detox programmes are considered effective forms of treatment, an inpatient detox is recommended if you wish to increase your chances of staying clean. 

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What is inpatient detox?

If you’re looking to undergo a drug detox in London there are many inpatient facilities that provide medically supervised treatment. This type of detox means that you will stay at the clinic for the duration of your treatment, and provides around the clock care, with medical staff on hand to prescribe medications to help alleviate the symptoms of drug withdrawal. 

The withdrawal process can be agonising, and the priority at this stage is ensuring your safety and comfort until symptoms gradually diminish. Choosing an inpatient rehab for your detox means you are removed from your environment and unable to access drugs. This is especially significant because the risk of relapse is incredibly high during withdrawal due to the intensity of both physical and psychological symptoms. 


What is an outpatient detox?

An outpatient detox refers to any treatment which does not include a residential stay. While some rehab facilities offer outpatient care, it is most commonly provided by charities and counsels as part of their free drug and alcohol addiction services.

This type of detox is ideal for anyone who cannot fund or commit to residential treatment. An outpatient detox can still be effective and successful, though the risk of relapse is higher than it would be if you were completely removed from your environment and access to drugs. 

How to choose a drug detox in London?

First you must decide whether you want an inpatient or outpatient detox. There are many residential drug rehabs in and around London which provide detox and therapy designed to treat addiction. 

Then you must decide on your preferred location. The Lighthouse clinic is situated in an ideal location for people who want to undergo detox close to London but in a calm and more relaxing setting.  

Free drug detox in London

Funding for free inpatient detox in London is exceptionally hard to secure, but there is a possibility of referral through the NHS, however the waiting lists for these treatments are incredibly long. Drug addiction is a serious disease and delaying treatment could result in devastating consequences. 

Although free residential detox services are not available in London and its surrounding areas, there are various outpatient services that provide detox medications for people wishing to get clean. It is important to note that these services are underfunded which means you will not receive the same level of care as an inpatient facility. 

If you require an urgent detox in London, the only way to do so is by funding the treatment yourself. By doing so, you get to select the rehab you attend, and there are no waiting times for admission. 

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we understand that many individuals are not in a position to finance a residential drug detox. To ensure our treatment is as accessible as possible, we offer payment plans which allow you to pay for your addiction rehab in instalments.  


What to expect at our SBS alcohol detox treatment

Drug detox is the first stage of the recovery process and a crucial step towards long-term sobriety. By seeking help, you have already overcome one of the biggest hurdles of addiction. 

While each client’s treatment programme will differ, you can expect it to follow this basic structure: 

Assessment: On arrival, and once you’ve settled in, you will meet with the doctor for a medical assessment. This allows us to ensure that you are prescribed the appropriate medication and gain a clearer understanding of your drinking history and whether you have any additional treatment needs.

Medication: Many detoxification programs include medications that mimic the effects of certain drugs to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. Medications may also target co-occurring disorders or general discomfort.

Detox: The detox stage is focussed around becoming physically well and ridding the body of unwanted toxins and chemicals. You can expect exceptional care and support during this time, with our team of specialists available to help you cope if you’re struggling with the psychological aspects of detox and withdrawal.  

Therapy: Once you have begun your detox and are considered fit to participate, you will be able to take part in a range of traditional and holistic therapies that we offer.  These are designed to treat the psychological aspects of addiction, while detox focuses on getting you physically well again. Many people continue their treatment and stay for the drug rehabilitation programmes we offer.

Aftercare: We believe that recovery can truly begin once you leave treatment, which is why we offer free lifetime aftercare to all clients who complete a minimum four-week programme with us. Our aftercare support is focussed around helping you utilise the recovery skills you have learn during your treatment and prevent relapse. 

Our brand promise

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we don’t want detoxing from alcohol dependence to be agonising or frightening. Our medical team at The Lighthouse clinic are experts in treating alcohol addiction and facilitate a full medical detox as well as providing a bespoke rehabilitation programme for each client. Our doctors are on hand to increase medication where necessary, meaning you will never be left to deal with the discomfort alone.

How much does drug detox cost in London?

The cost of rehab in London varies depending on where you go, the type of rehab you choose and the duration of your treatment.

At Step-by-Step Recovery, our aim is to provide affordable drug detox and therapy to those who need it most.

If you would like more information on how much a detox in London will cost, get in touch with our admissions team for a bespoke treatment quote.

Our brand promise

At Step by Step Recovery, we take a completely holistic approach when it comes to alcohol detox treatment. This means we treat each client as a whole, helping to heal the mind as well as the body. Once you have successfully completed your detox, we work with you to create a bespoke treatment programme which relates to your circumstances and experiences. We never make our clients participate in programmes that are not relevant to their recoveries. Our treatment programs are not written up in advance because we feel it is important to explore certain things that may have come up during that week. This ensures that clients are dealing with issues specific to them.

Why choose Step-By-Step Recovery?

At Step-By-Step Recovery, we know that drug withdrawal can be a frightening prospect, which is why we work hard to ensure that our clients are safe, comfortable and well cared for during this part of the process. 

The Lighthouse is our fully residential and CQC registered clinic, staffed by qualified addiction specialists who offer evidence-based treatment methods proven to help overcome drug addiction. 

Our treatment programme is based on the principle that every person is unique, which is why we tailor every recovery plan to the individual. Our team of addiction counsellors assess each client and create a bespoke programme based on their specific needs. By understanding each person’s circumstances, we are able to deliver an exceptional quality of care, meaning a higher chance of maintaining sobriety once they leave. 

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There is no rigid timeframe for drug detox and withdrawal, as it will vary from person to person. For some, the process may only take a few days. For others, it may take weeks to completely clear the body of the drug. The duration of withdrawal will ultimately depend on, the drug of abuse and the duration of use, polysubstance abuse, and your overall health. 


In addition to residential rehabs, there are many free drug recovery services which can provide a medical detox. However, the level of supervision will vary depending on which option you choose. Free services do not offer residential treatment, so you will be expected to return home after receiving your medication.

Whereas inpatient treatment means you will have medical staff on hand to manage medication and increase doses where necessary. While undergoing a drug detox at home is convenient, it is advised never to begin a detox alone due to the risk of adverse withdrawal symptoms. 

You can detox without medication; however, you may experience extremely unpleasant symptoms depending on which drug you’re allergic to. Many people who begin an unsupervised detox end up relapsing because of their inability to cope with the symptoms and desperation to relieve them. 


If you have chosen an inpatient facility for your drug detox, you will be offered a range of traditional therapies designed to help treat the psychological aspects of addiction. These may differ depending on the clinic, however, some of the most common drug addiction therapies include CBT, DBT, one-to-one and group therapy. 

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Page revised in March 2023, by Danielle Byatt, a Level 4 addictions counselling, Level 5 in Leadership & Management, BA applied social work. and Treatment Director at Step by Step Recovery.

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