Rehab in South Yorkshire

A dependency on drugs or alcohol can leave you in a very lonely place, but there is always support available for you to access if you’re feeling lost.

Every addiction has its root causes and triggers, but an effective rehab programme will be able to help whatever the extent of your addiction. There are fantastic rehab centres in South Yorkshire which have already helped so many people and which will be able to provide you with the support you need. If you need drug rehab or alcohol rehab, there is sure to be the right centre for you.

Here is everything you need to know about drug and alcohol rehab in South Yorkshire.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in South Yorkshire

Finding the right treatment programme can be difficult as there are various treatment centres offering different rehab options. There is both outpatient treatment in South Yorkshire, where you only go to the clinic for treatment, and inpatient treatment in South Yorkshire, where the treatment clinics also provide you with accommodation.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

If you choose outpatient treatment, you will attend your clinic for your addiction treatment sessions, but you won’t stay there as a resident. Also known as ‘day rehab’, this type of treatment is popular for patients who have children or other responsibilities which make inpatient treatment difficult.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of outpatient treatment for treating drug and alcohol addiction:


  • Non-residential – able to fit treatment around your normal schedule
  • Detox Programme (usually)
  • Available on the NHS


  • Return to normal environment and triggers each evening
  • Limited medical support during detox
  • Long waiting lists for places


Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

In order to put some space between themselves and their destructive habits and triggers, many people choose residential rehab to receive inpatient treatment for their addictions. This means that you will be a resident in the addiction treatment centre for the course of your treatment programme. There are various rehab centres in South Yorkshire offering inpatient treatment.

Unlike outpatient treatment which can be accessed through the NHS, inpatient treatment is usually privately funded, meaning there is a wide range of options to choose from. In the majority of residential rehab centres, you will be able to have some say in the length of your treatment and the type of accommodation in which you will feel most comfortable. This is designed to give you the best possible rehab experience so that you have the ideal conditions for overcoming your addiction.

Although it’s not possible to design your own programme, some private clinics offer a range of holistic therapies alongside the 12-step programme, so you can trial different approaches and find the treatment method which works best for you.


How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

While there are some outpatient centres available on the NHS, the places are extremely limited. Speak to your GP without delay so they can start the application process immediately.

If you decide to go down the route of private rehab, you can be admitted to the treatment centre the next day. Call or chat online with the centre of your choice, or you can call us directly if you’d like some advice, and we can sort out all the arrangements for you.

Why inpatient rehab?

For most people, inpatient treatment is the most effective treatment as it enables them to escape the stress points in their lives and give recovery their full attention. With various day rehab centres available in South Yorkshire, one useful way of choosing is to rely on the assessment of the Care Quality Commission. This is an independent body which assigns a ‘CQC rating’ to addiction centres based on factors such as quality of care and effectiveness of treatment.

The best inpatient rehab centres usually have a mixture of therapies, including group sessions and one-to-one therapy, as different patients respond better to different types of treatment. In addition, family support programmes and conjoints may be offered during inpatient rehab to give your loved ones guidance during the different stages of your recovery. The importance of this cannot be overstated, as family support is a hugely effective weapon in the battle against addiction.

Rehab Admission

By immersing yourself totally in your treatment, residential rehab provides everything you need to overcome your addiction. You can choose which South Yorkshire centre you want to attend, as well as when your treatment will start. Upon admission, everything possible will be done to make you feel right at home.

How do I prepare for rehab?

Once you have chosen your rehab programme and centre, it is time to prepare for your stay. There may be a long waiting period if you applied through the NHS, but if you are admitted privately, there will often be the option to board the very next day.

Here are some of the Dos and Don’ts when preparing for rehab:

Do bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing

Do bring sentimental photos and other items

Do bring prescription medicine (declare it upon arrival at the centre)

Don’t bring any drugs, alcohol or unprescribed medication

Don’t bring any weapons or sharp items

What should I expect from a detox in South Yorkshire?

When you undergo a detox, you are removing all of the addictive substance from your body and your life. There can be major withdrawal symptoms involved in a detox such as nausea, vomiting, tiredness and cognitive difficulties. Because of this, you should always seek medical advice when attempting a detox.

Medical detox

Before you start an alcohol detox or drug detox, it is always necessary to coordinate with a medical professional who will be able to help you detox safely. When you start your addiction treatment, your level of your dependency will be analysed so that the best course of treatment can be administered.

Patients who may be at risk of experiencing the most severe withdrawal symptoms will be offered a medical detox to help keep them safe and ease any discomfort. This includes administering detox medication and emotional support. Because of these requirements, medical detox is best done as an inpatient because outpatient treatment does not provide the means for patients to be monitored effectively throughout the course of their detox. Some people worry about the detox experience and the resulting withdrawal symptoms, but it is absolutely necessary before your addiction treatment therapy can begin, and staying within the centre means you are supported throughout the process.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

All South Yorkshire rehab centres have their unique recovery approach, but they will all administer some combination of the tried and tested therapies. Most follow either a 12-step programme or a non-12-step programme, incorporating both one-to-one therapy and group sessions, as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Patients react differently to different therapies, so it is always advisable to keep an open mind with regard to your treatment. You may go into rehab expecting one-to-one therapy to be the best option for you, only to find that you make the most progress during your group sessions.

How long does a rehab programme last?

The longer your stay in rehab, the more effective your treatment will be, as you will have the time you need to make necessary changes. Only the initial steps of a 12-step programme can be completed during a four-week programme, so this is the minimum duration of treatment we would recommend to provide a solid base from which to work from when you return home.

Is rehab free?

It is an unfortunate reality that not everyone who needs treatment can afford to pay for it. There are free addiction treatment services available through the NHS, but they are in high demand and there is usually a long waiting list. Even when spaces are available, it can be difficult, as while the majority will accept your self-referral, your doctor may prefer you to try detox or counselling first. If this is the case, and your GP won’t prescribe you addiction treatment, try reaching out to Turning Point, which is a charity that helps people pay for private rehab centres.

Some private addiction rehab is covered by private insurance, so check with your provider to see if this is something that they can offer.

Free addiction treatment services in South Yorkshire

Below is a link for a calendar of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in South Yorkshire. These are useful to attend while on the waiting list for free treatment, or alongside rehab aftercare for extra support.

AA Meetings South Yorkshire

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. You can find upcoming meetings in South Yorkshire, using the following link:

Telephone: 0800 9177 650


The downside to free services

While private addiction treatment is not an option for everyone, a lack of government funding, coupled with massive demand, has put huge strain on free rehabs. This has resulted in both limited spaces and fewer appointment times for patients to choose from. The majority of free addiction recovery clinics are not in a position to offer inpatient treatment, which means that you won’t be able to get any of the benefits of a residential programme and will return to your normal environment in between treatment sessions. Furthermore, medical detox is usually not available at free outpatient centres.


The benefits of residential rehab in South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire residential rehab centres are ideal for providing the treatment and support needed to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

These are just some of the benefits they provide to their patients:

  • Staff support during and after rehab– and support from on-site residential staff
  • Full treatment immersion– residential program enabling the best chance of recovery
  • High standards of accommodation– providing the most comfortable stay possible
  • Full medical detox availability – with professional monitoring and detox medication
  • Full family support– creating the support base patients need for recovery
  • Group therapy sessions – giving patients the opportunity to support each other
  • Individual sessions– enabling patients to really focus on their own recovery
  • Availability of conjoints– to help family members through the rehab process
  • Next day admission– no long NHS waiting lists
  • A number of available clinics– choose the best clinic for your own treatment
  • Continuous post-recovery support – highest levels of aftercare to maintain sobriety


What does a typical day in rehab look like?

A typical day in rehab will usually involve different activities, workshops and group therapies, as well as time dedicated to your own 12-step programme. In addition, you will have lots of time for relaxing, reflecting on your progress and socialising with staff and other residents. In the early stages of your rehab programme, you may go through detox, which will delay some of the other treatments and therapies.

Sanctuary Lodge offers a wide variety of supplementary activities alongside your treatment, like yoga practice and movement sessions. There are also tea breaks, three meals a day, and you can complete any assignments you have been given or take respite in the communal lounges and garden.

What happens after the rehab programme?

Successfully completing a rehab programme is a major achievement and something to be incredibly proud of. While it is certainly a cause for celebration, it is also vital that you acknowledge that aftercare is vital for remaining sober into the future.

Recovering from addiction and not relapsing when old triggers arise or difficulties occur in your life requires medical, family and peer support so that you are never left to struggle alone. South Yorkshire inpatient rehab centres will ensure that you get all the support you need on your ongoing journey of addiction recovery.

Aftercare programmes

Effective aftercare and support are provided by the majority of residential rehab centres to help you stay sober and complete the other steps of your recovery. This will most likely include further group therapy sessions and assisting you with access to useful resources which can help you on your journey. There are online communities of people which you may be put in contact with so that recovering addicts can support each other through difficult times.

Support groups

Getting in contact with support groups in your local area is always beneficial after you have completed your addiction treatment. These support groups will help you to get that continued assistance and human connection which are so vital in addiction recovery. They will enable you to make friends with new people who are going through the same things as you and with whom you will be able to share your experiences.

The importance of these connections cannot be underestimated, so reach out to your local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and SMART Recovery to widen your circle.

Long-term recovery from addiction 

You may have mixed feelings when you have completed your addiction treatment and it is time to go home. Many people worry about old triggers causing a relapse despite being excited to be with families again. It is important that you ease your way back into your daily routine as the pressures of work and family can be overbearing after the peace and structure of rehab. The most important thing is that you don’t try to do it alone. Let your friends, family and the Sanctuary Lodge team support you every step of the way.

How do I help get a loved one into rehab?

If you are worried about a friend or family member, you are probably wondering the best way to help them with their addiction problem. This can be an incredibly difficult time emotionally, but the most important thing to remember is that you cannot make them seek help.

Try sitting down with your loved one and talking to them about why you are worried. They may not have noticed that their addiction had become an issue, and this chat may spark a realisation. Try discussing the benefits of rehab and see if they respond positively to the idea before suggesting treatment.

How do I tell my family I’m going to rehab?

If you have decided to take the first and biggest step, and you have signed up for addiction treatment, you are most likely feeling anxious about how to tell your friends and family. This is completely understandable, but it is important to look at this challenge as another key step on your journey to recovery.

There are various ways which your family can be involved in your treatment, such as conjoints or family group sessions. Family support and honest communication is so important in successful addiction treatment, so sitting down with your loved ones and talking openly about the situation will help your recovery in the long-run.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are rehabs open in South Yorkshire during Coronavirus lockdown?
Rehab centres to treat addiction are deemed to be essential healthcare and so have remained open during the Coronavirus lockdown. While some private addiction centres in South Yorkshire may have closed on a temporary basis, Recovery Lighthouse and all clinics run through the NHS are open and operating under the government’s safety guidelines.
How much does an alcohol/drug rehab cost in South Yorkshire?
There are various factors which determine how much an addiction treatment programme costs, such as how long you stay in rehab and who is providing the treatment. You can pay anything from £5,000 to £13,450 for a 28-day stay in private rehab. Some of this cost can be subsidised, however, if you have private insurance.
How do you sign up to a rehab?
If you want to apply for NHS rehab, you will need your GP to refer you for treatment. Private rehab on the other hand can be accessed through self-referral. The treatment centre which you choose will then arrange a full assessment and take care of all of the details for you when you are ready to be admitted.
How can I pay for a rehab?
You will need to pay privately for rehab if you choose not to access it through the NHS, but if you have private health insurance, your policy may cover the costs. Contact your policy provider and see whether all or part of your rehab treatment will be covered under the terms.
What rehab programmes are there?
There are various addiction treatment programmes available, including in the 12-step method and other holistic therapy options. Most clinics follow the 12-step programme but will also offer supplemental treatments and activities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness and yoga practice.
Can you force someone to go to rehab?
You cannot and should not force a loved one into going into rehab. For the person to make an effective long-term recovery, they need to first recognise the need for rehab, and then take active steps to change their behaviour.
Can I sign up for rehab for someone else?
Unless someone recognises the need to change and is willing to do what it takes, then addiction treatment in rehab will not be successful. This means that signing up for rehab on someone else’s behalf is not an option. If you do this, you could end up making their addiction worse, or cause them to become more isolated.
How long does a rehab process take?
Addiction treatment programmes can take anything from a week to three months, depending on how severe the addiction is. When entering rehab, there is usually a period of detox to start. Therefore, a minimum of four weeks is usually recommended to get used to the new environment and build positive relationships with staff and other clients.
What is treated in rehabs?
Rehab can be effective in treating every kind of addiction such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet use, pornography and compulsive gaming. In addition, Sanctuary Lodge also treats clients suffering from eating disorders, and can help support co-dependency and dual-diagnosis.
Which drug addictions can be treated in rehab?
Addiction to every kind of illegal and prescription drug can be effectively treated in rehab and this includes sleeping pills and stimulants. The most common addiction is to alcohol and this can be treated either as an isolated dependency, or alongside treatment for other drugs.
Is rehab confidential?
When you access rehab through the NHS, it will come as the result of a GP referral, and so will be entered into your medical records. It is, however, illegal for anybody to access these records except for medical purposes. If you choose to enter private rehab, your stay will be 100% confidential.
Can I visit a person who is in rehab?
The majority of clinics allow family visitations at various stages of the programme. At Sanctuary Lodge, these visitations take place every Sunday. Unfortunately, it was necessary to temporarily freeze visiting hours during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that the virus was unable to spread into our addiction centres.

The process of restarting visitation sessions is ongoing, with the safety of clients, staff, and visitors our top priority.

Are there free rehabs in South Yorkshire?
There are various rehab clinics in South Yorkshire offering free outpatient treatment. However, if you would like to stay as a resident during your treatment and receive round-the-clock care and support, entering private rehab as an inpatient is the best option.
Can I get rehab funding through the NHS?
There is the possibility of securing NHS funding which will require a conversation with your GP. It is important to note, however, that securing funding can be a lengthy process and very few applications are ultimately approved.
Why is going to a rehab important?
Rehab does not just focus on the physical aspects of an addiction, but rather looks to address the underlying causes of it. This approach helps people to develop healthy coping mechanisms and learn how to apply them in difficult situations when their cravings may flare up.

Private rehab centres offer clients medical detox, and provides invaluable aftercare through access to a support network which helps former clients support each other on their road to long-term recovery.

What is the difference between rehab and detox?
Detox is the period when you stop taking addictive substances like drugs and alcohol, to give the body the opportunity to heal. While this is necessary for physical recovery, rehab focuses on the emotional side of addiction. It uses therapy and other recovery techniques to help people overcome their dependency on a harmful substance.
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