Alcohol Addiction Centre – Treatment in the UK


The role of the alcohol addiction centre is to provide professional treatment and support to alcoholics looking to recover from their dependency. Addiction centres typically offer support services for family members as well, with the knowledge that alcohol dependence affects them just as it does the drinker. We work with centres throughout the UK to get alcoholics and their families the help they need.

Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence

Knowing whether you need the help of an alcohol addiction centre starts with understanding alcohol dependence and its symptoms. Alcohol dependence is a physical and psychological condition in which the body and mind have come to rely on alcohol for daily functioning. If the alcohol-dependent person reduces his or her alcohol intake, dependence will result in the development of certain withdrawal symptoms.

Common symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

  • experiencing a strong desire to drink alcohol daily
  • needing to drink in order to feel well physically
  • often drinking alone
  • drinking early in the day to avoid withdrawal symptoms
  • spending excessive time on activities involving alcohol
  • neglecting work, school, and outside interests in order to

If you recognise any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, you may need the assistance of an alcohol addiction centre to get your drinking under control. The professional treatments provided by such centres are capable of addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of alcohol dependence.

image showing a man relaxing during his treatment at an alcohol addiction centre
Why choose eata.org.uk?

If someone you care about is exhibiting signs of addiction – whether it’s excessive marijuana use, long-term dependency on pharmaceuticals, binge drinking of alcohol or even financially damaging levels of gambling – contact us for immediate rehabilitation help.

Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

Professional treatments are offered by both alcohol addiction centres and other service providers. For the most serious alcohol problems, residential treatment centres are often the recommendation. Residential treatment involves the client living at the facility for the duration of the treatment programme, usually between three and 12 weeks.

Private alcohol addiction centres also offer non-residential programmes based on the day treatment model. What is day treatment? It is a series of treatments offered on a daily basis as dictated by the needs of patients. Each patient visits the addiction centre according to a set schedule, receives the day’s treatments, and then returns home at the end of the day.

Outside of the treatment centres run by private organisations, alcohol addicts have other options. The NHS offers outpatient programmes similar to the day treatments found at private clinics. Limited treatments are available to local charities and private counsellors as well. Finally, alcohol addicts can utilise the services of local support groups.

What kinds of treatment opportunities and therapies are available?

Treatment options and therapies vary from one addiction centre to the next. This is because no single solution works for every person struggling with alcohol. Years of scientific research have taught us that it is best to develop bespoke treatment plans for each individual. That way, alcohol addicts get the specialised treatment they need to address their unique circumstances.

Having said that, treatment centres do have a full range of choices to work with. Group and one-on-one counselling are fairly common, as are treatments involving diet and nutrition, exercise, and even the arts. Our job as a referral service is to match clients with treatment centres offering the types of treatments most suitable for them.

How are the costs of alcohol addiction treatment covered?

Alcohol treatments accessed through the NHS and alcohol charities are typically free of charge. Private treatment is not. You should note that private health insurance may cover alcohol addiction treatment in part or in full. If you have private insurance, check your documentation or call your provider for more information about cover. Most private rehab centres accept health insurance, by the way.

image showing young people enjoying their sober life after successful treatment at an alcohol addiction centre

Patients who do not have private health insurance still have options. Alcohol addiction treatment can be paid for using credit cards, debit cards, or cash payments. Clients can use personal loans and donations from family and friends to cover the cost of treatment. In short, there is a way to pay for treatment if there is a willingness to receive it.

Do You Need Medical Detox?

Medical detox is a normal part of the treatment you will find at an alcohol addiction centre. If you are questioning the need for medical detox, you’re not alone. Questions about detox are among the most common our counsellors receive on a daily basis.

Detox is a necessary prerequisite to alcohol rehab because it helps to interrupt the physical addiction to alcohol. Why is this important? Because alcohol affects the way the brain works and, as such, how the alcoholic thinks. Successful alcohol recovery requires that physical separation in order to allow the body and mind to begin healing itself. Detox is the best way to accomplish that separation.

Another question many people ask is whether rehab always follows detox. The answer depends on the treatment centre you choose to work with. In some cases, centres offer detox only with the expectation that clients will seek out rehab services on their own. Other service providers, like the private rehab clinics we work with, include both detox and rehab in a comprehensive programme that treats the whole person.

We recommend a programme that includes both medical detox and rehab. A combined, comprehensive alcohol treatment programme followed by good aftercare can successfully address alcohol dependence and help lead the alcoholic to full and complete recovery.

How to Choose an Alcohol Addiction Centre in the UK?

Once you start looking around for an alcohol addiction centre, you will discover that you have plenty of options in the UK. You can choose a local centre or expand your search nationwide. Why choose one over the other?

A local addiction centre offers the advantage of being close to family and friends. Being treated locally makes it easier for you to accept visits, and it ensures that group activities done outside of the treatment centre are done locally. Local treatment may also make the transition back to daily life a bit easier.

You may prefer to get out of the local area in order to get yourself away from familiar surroundings that could make treatment more difficult. You might want to receive treatment in anonymity as well, and that might be accomplished more easily by travelling elsewhere. There are valid reasons for choosing a distant location rather than treating locally.

Likewise, you will be able to make a choice between residential and outpatient treatment. Residential treatment offers more concentrated care in an environment that is tightly managed to remove distractions, provide optimal support, and make medical treatment available throughout.

With an outpatient treatment programme, you continue to live your life as normal outside of your daily treatments. This may or may not be optimal in your case. Outpatient treatments do tend to be less expensive as well, so it may be a question of budget for you.

Why choose eata.org.uk?

If someone you care about is exhibiting signs of addiction – whether it’s excessive marijuana use, long-term dependency on pharmaceuticals, binge drinking of alcohol or even financially damaging levels of gambling – contact us for immediate rehabilitation help.

We Help You Defeat Addiction

EATA is here to help you better understand alcohol dependence and choose an alcohol addiction centre capable of helping you address your problems. When you call to speak with one of our counsellors, be sure to ask any and all questions. We want you to be fully confident in your decision to seek treatment for alcohol dependence. We are here to help you in any way we can, so call us on our free helpline whenever you are ready.