Alcohol Rehab London

Expert Alcohol Addiction Treatment in London

Our London alcohol rehab clinic is a fully residential rehabilitation facility and the perfect place to recover for anyone requiring alcohol rehab in England. It’s a unique facility and purpose built. For medical and psychological treatment, there is no better option for London.

Situated just an hour’s drive from central London, The Lighthouse only accommodates 11 people and is just a short distance from the beach. Fully furnished, spacious rooms provide clients with a safe and relaxing environment to begin their road to recovery.

Alcohol Rehab Admissions

Once you have reached out to a member of the admissions team, your recovery process can begin. You will be taken through a phone consultation to determine what kind of treatment you require and whether you have any additional needs or health problems that need to be addressed.

Our Private Alcohol Rehab Programme

Our services include a medically supervised detox alongside fully comprehensive and intensive treatment designed to heal the mind, body and spirit. During your residential treatment for alcohol, all services are covered in the overall price, so you don’t need to worry about any hidden fees. Everything you require to recover is under one roof, including nutritious meals cooked by our in-house chefs, therapy and recreational activities. This way, we can ensure our clients don’t need to be concerned about anything other than the treatment process.

At Step by Step Recovery, we are proud to say that each of our clients receives a bespoke rehab programme specifically tailored to their needs. Our team works hard to identify and evaluate any contributing factors while working with clients to overcome these hurdles, giving them the tools they need to live a life free from addiction to alcohol.

In addition to traditional treatment methods, we also offer a range of holistic therapies. Recovery from addiction is a complex process, and we strongly believe that treatment should target all areas of a person, including the mind, body and spirit.

All effective treatments that we offer are adapted specifically to meet the individual needs of our clients. We provide:

  • Relapse prevention – gain skills to deal with high-stress and high-risk situations without substance abuse.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – talking therapy has been proven to help treat addiction as well as mental health conditions. It can help you recognise and change destructive thoughts and develop new coping skills.
  • One-to-one counselling – another form of talking therapy which involves sharing and understanding your feelings and emotions.
  • Group therapy – led by a therapist, group members share their experiences and give each other feedback in a supportive and safe environment.
  • Process therapy – targets multiple problems to increase resilience to future stressors.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation – techniques to stay present in the moment, slow down your thoughts and bring a sense of calm to mind and body.
  • 12-Step therapy – provided in a group, therapy is led by a 12-step programme.
  • SMART Recovery – SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training; this is provided in groups led by a therapist.
  • Beach walks and mindful fitness – an opportunity to spend time in nature and become conscious and remain present.
  • Art therapy – an activity that helps you be present and express emotions in a positive way, known to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being.
  • Music therapy – This is a widely recognized and effective form of treatment. It has been proven to enhance the recovery process and help individuals overcome addiction by tapping into the healing power of music.
  • Yoga – mindful exercise that uses a series of yoga poses combined with breathing techniques to slow the mind.
  • Psychotherapy – a structured talking therapy which looks at the root causes of thoughts and behaviours to increase understanding and achieve change.
  • Person-centred therapy approach – non-directive approach, looking at emotions and increasing self-concept of personal potential.
  • Recreational activities and relaxation – increase self-motivation and make your stay more comfortable.
  • Life skills – address a range of practical, social and communication skills for life after residential rehab.
  • Nutrition – balanced nutrition to help the body heal and allow clients to gain the most from addiction treatment.
  • In-house inspirational recovery shares – sharing of personal accounts of our staff and their addiction treatment and recovery.
  • In-house family interventions – to support communication and understanding with family.

To ensure your time with us is as comfortable as possible, we also provide social activities, many of which contribute to the recovery process and can even accelerate it. These activities include group walks, team games and film nights, and family visits.

Alcohol Detoxification & Withdrawal Management

On arrival, you will see the doctor for your medical assessment, who may prescribe you some medication to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. As with other substance addictions, alcohol detoxification occurs when the body begins to rid itself of the build-up of harmful toxins after periods of alcohol abuse. These toxins include traces of alcohol that are still in your system. Detox occurs naturally as your brain and body try to adjust to the absence of alcohol. As a result, you may experience some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, most of which can be managed by the medication you will be prescribed. If you have attempted to detox from alcohol previously, you may have had these feelings or symptoms already, and without medical assistance, they can become unbearable, which is why many people relapse during this stage.

Alcohol Addiction Therapy

Detox is usually an integral part of the recovery process. Post-detox, maintaining long-term sobriety becomes increasingly difficult without addressing the psychological aspects of addiction. Once you are physically well enough, you can participate in addiction counselling and therapy. These include group and one-to-one sessions which aim to explore any possible factors that may have contributed to your alcohol addiction. A supervised medical alcohol detox with intensive therapy is recognised as the safest and most successful type of alcohol rehab. At Step by Step Recovery, our evidence-based therapies have been proven to be greatly effective in helping to treat alcohol addiction and maintaining long-term recovery.

Types of Alcohol Rehab in London

Addiction treatment will vary to accommodate different circumstances. Not everyone will be able to commit to residential rehab, while others suffering from severe alcohol addictions will require the round-the-clock care that comes with residential rehabilitation. Whatever your situation, you have a choice between private rehab, free drug and alcohol services, or outpatient and inpatient treatment.

Choosing a rehab facility can be overwhelming, especially with so many addiction treatment options available. One of the first things to consider is whether you opt for private care or free treatment. The answer will depend on both the severity of your addiction and your financial situation.

Private alcohol rehab has many benefits, the main one being that you will receive supervised care 24/7, and you won’t have to wait to be admitted. If you’ve reached the acute stages of addiction, this is an ideal choice to ensure you are given the necessary medical treatment as soon as possible.

People are often concerned about the cost of funding treatment themselves; however, waiting to be referred for treatment through the NHS can take time as the waiting lists are very lengthy. Addiction is a progressive disease, the effects of which can deteriorate rapidly, and without intervention, the consequences can be devastating.

While local councils and charities also provide free services, these sectors are extremely underfunded and simply can’t offer a supervised medical detox along with intensive therapy, which is proven to be the most effective form of treatment.

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Outpatient vs Inpatient Treatment in London

There are a few fundamental differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab. Both options have benefits that largely depend on whether you can commit to residential rehabilitation due to other responsibilities.

Inpatient rehab refers to any rehab program where you stay at the facility for the whole duration of your treatment. Ideally suited to people suffering from severe addictions, inpatient rehab offers a medically assisted detox, a range of addiction therapies, and all meals cooked for you in-house. Inpatient programmes allow you to focus solely on your recovery, with no external stresses and triggers that could cause a relapse.

Outpatient rehab describes any treatment that allows you to go home each day after therapy sessions. This kind of addiction treatment is normally used by people who cannot commit to a residential stay due to finances, work, or family commitments. Using a home detox kit for alcohol addiction, getting online therapy, or seeing a group once a week are all considered forms of outpatient treatment. While outpatient programmes are ideal in many ways, withdrawal symptoms can not be addressed immediately and continued access to alcohol increases the chance of relapse during detoxification.

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab in London Cost?

Paying for addiction treatment often puts people off seeking help. However, many fail to consider the potential long-term costs of addiction. By avoiding treatment and continuing to abuse alcohol, you risk irreversible damage to your health and loss of both your relationships and finances.

The cost of rehab in London will vary based on several factors, including:

  • The type of treatment you choose (inpatient or outpatient)
  • The length of your treatment programme
  • The treatment clinic you choose.

Private rehab centres in London can cost anywhere from £5,000-£10,000 and typically lasts 28 days. However, the length of your stay is decided on a case-by-case basis and is dependent on the severity of your addiction. Some people need longer than 28 days in residential rehab, particularly if they have more complex needs.

Rehab Treatment by Step by Step Recovery

At Step-by-Step Recovery, our addiction specialists offer clients exceptional quality of care for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. We provide a safe medical detox and manage withdrawal symptoms to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. Our clients come from different backgrounds and all walks of life, and so we know that their experiences with addiction will all differ. The Lighthouse Clinic only admits 11 people at any one time; this way, we can ensure that each of our clients receives the care and support they require. Our friendly team of addiction counsellors create bespoke addiction treatment plans for every client. This ensures that you won’t be stuck repeating therapies that aren’t relevant to their recovery and instead focus on treatment that will help you.

Free Alcohol Addiction Treatment in London

It’s possible to be referred for treatment for affordable addiction treatment through the NHS. This means you will not be required to pay; however, you may face a long wait time for admission to an alcohol treatment centre. There are several other free addiction services provided by London councils. These services involve:

  • Group work
  • One-to-one key working
  • Recovery planning
  • Counselling
  • Family support
  • Parenting support
  • Alcohol detoxification
  • Access to residential rehabilitation placements
  • BBV (Blood Borne Virus) testing and vaccination
  • Peer-to-peer support
  • Support to access education, training and employment programmes.

Free Addiction Support

Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship that encourages its members to stay sober and help others seek alcohol treatment. Groups are free to attend, and there are hundreds in and around London.

Smart RecoveryUK – SMART Recovery is a charity that promotes choice in recovery through a network of mutual-aid meetings and online training programmes with comprehensive teaching materials and manuals. The programme teaches self-empowering skills to help people abstain from addictive behaviour and develop a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.

At Step by Step Recovery, we offer free advice on treating addiction. We exist to provide professional treatment and non-judgemental support to help individuals beat addiction permanently and for their families and friends. Please complete our online assessment form or contact us on 0800 170 1222 for free, confidential advice about addiction treatment in London or at our residential rehab in Essex.

More On Accessing Our Alcohol Rehab in London

Our Lighthouse clinic is conveniently situated on the outskirts of London, just over one hour away by train from Central London, with Shoeburyness train station just a short walk from our premises.

1A, The Lighthouse,
Southchurch Ave,
Southend-on-Sea SS3 9BA

We also have rehab offices based in London:

Step-by-Step Recovery Rehab London
39 Harley Street, London

Nearest station: Oxford Street

Step-by-Step Drug & Alcohol Rehab
5-7 Cranwood St, Hoxton, London

Nearest station: Old Street

We can also provide a transport service which collects clients and escorts them to our treatment centre.


Yes, you can be referred for an addiction treatment programme through the NHS, however, the waiting period can be extremely long.

To make alcohol rehab more accessible, there are different payment options available. Depending on your provider, you can pay for alcohol rehab through private medical insurance or fund the treatment yourself. Many rehabs allow you to set up payment plans if you can’t afford to pay for treatment all at once.

The length of alcohol rehab treatment in London will ultimately depend on the severity of your alcohol addiction and how long your detox and therapy programme will be, based on this. A typical residential rehab stay could last anywhere between two to 12 weeks.

Our rehab has family visiting days which allow you to visit your loved ones during their stay. Each facility will have its own set of rules surrounding visiting days so it’s best to contact the clinic directly to find out what these are.

At Step by Step Recovery, we know how daunting it can be to leave rehab and suddenly feel like you’re on your own. To ensure you have all the support you need once you leave, we offer a free lifetime aftercare service to all clients who have completed a minimum four-week recovery programme. The focus of our aftercare programme is to prevent relapse by helping you deal with mental health issues and triggers you may be faced with in your day-to-day life.

If you’re looking for rehab for your loved one, Step by Step is an ideal choice due to its proximity to London. Reaching out is always the first part of the recovery journey. However, we understand that getting a loved one into treatment isn’t always easy. Our admissions staff are specifically trained to help those who need it. Putting your loved one in touch with one of our team of medical professionals could help put their mind at ease and encourage them to accept treatment. Once they have agreed, our team will assist you in organising every aspect of their stay.

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Where to find us

Our locations in London, by appointment only. 

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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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