Alcohol Rehab Treatment

What’s Alcoholism?

Alcoholism – also referred to as alcohol use disorder – is a serious illness which results in someone becoming physically and mentally dependent on alcohol. Unhealthy alcohol use can range from mild to severe, and heavy alcohol abuse over a long period of time leads to chemical changes in the brain. Once you stop drinking, your body needs time to readjust in order to start producing these chemicals again. This shock to the central nervous system is what causes uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol alters your natural brain function and can result in lasting damage if not treated properly. If you find yourself drinking often, lying about the amount of alcohol you drink, obsessing over alcohol and experiencing unpleasant symptoms when you’re not drinking, it’s likely you have developed a dependence on alcohol and require treatment.

Very often, someone who is in the midst of an addiction won’t recognise when they need help, however, there are various physical and psychological symptoms of alcohol addiction that you should look out for. These include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

It’s natural to feel apprehensive about the thought of entering rehab, especially if you’re not sure about what to expect, what you’ll have to do and how you’ll be cared for. Sobriety is not an easy road, and at Step-by-Step Recovery, we do all we can to make clients feel welcomed, nurtured and comfortable.

Who needs to go to alcohol rehab treatment?

If your alcohol consumption is beginning to have a negative impact on any aspect of your everyday life, it may be time to seek help. Often, admitting you have an alcohol problem is the toughest part of recovery. Treating alcohol addiction isn’t a case of simply quitting. The cessation of alcohol can be dangerous if not done properly and can result in some serious side effects such as seizures and hallucinations. Due to the risk of harm, alcohol rehab treatment is recommended as the most effective option when it comes to treating alcohol addiction.

There are many common misconceptions surrounding addiction in general. Many people believe it’s self-inflicted and down to lack of self-control or morals. What’s often misunderstood is that diseases such as alcohol addiction can occur as a result of underlying trauma or unresolved issues. Environmental factors and genetics can also increase the risk of alcoholism, alongside its inexpensive cost and easy accessibility. Other common issues that can lead to alcohol addiction include:

  • Pain management
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression

Without treating these, and any other mental health concerns, you may find that you struggle to maintain long-term sobriety.

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we believe our approach is unique in comparison to other facilities. Our fully residential rehab clinic – The Lighthouse – promises to provide personalised treatment programmes lies at the heart of everything we do. Each of our clients will follow a recovery programme specifically tailored to their needs, because we want them to tackle issues that relate to them and their experiences. We don’t believe in having clients follow a repetitive recovery programme because we know that each person experiences addiction differently and it’s important that treatment is approached in the same way.

Our therapists create client programmes on a weekly basis. This allows them to include any concerns that have come up during sessions, to ensure they are explored and addressed further. Throughout treatment, our dedicated team of professionals are on hand to provide you with ongoing support in the form of one-to-one counselling, group discussions and a range of holistic therapies.

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Alcohol detox VS alcohol addiction treatment

Detox and treatment are often confused, but they are not the same thing. Detox refers to the physical process of eliminating alcohol from the system, whilst treatment therapies aim to tackle the psychological aspects of alcohol addiction.

The alcohol detox stage is the first step in treating alcoholism and occurs once the body begins to naturally rid itself of the toxins from excessive, long-term alcohol consumption. Alcohol addiction treatment aims to deal with the psychological factors behind the illness. This is usually done by working through a therapy programme.

At The Lighthouse, we offer all clients a full medically assisted detox with trained staff on hand to administer higher doses where necessary. Our priority during this stage is to keep you safe and comfortable. Alongside our detox programme, clients participate in a range of holistic therapies, designed to heal the mind, body and spirit and treat each person completely.

What types of alcohol rehab are available?

There are two main types of alcohol rehab – inpatient and outpatient rehab. While inpatient rehabs are fully residential, outpatient rehabs provide part-time treatment programmes, allowing you to continue with any personal commitments. It’s important you understand the differences between both before making your decision.

Outpatient rehab

Outpatient treatment is an option for those who wish to stay at home and only attend treatment during the day. This type of treatment can be more affordable and convenient for those with childcare or work commitments that can’t be avoided. While this is a suitable option for someone with a mild addiction, outpatient treatment is not recommended for someone with a serious alcohol dependence. Alcohol cravings are common during the detox and withdrawal period and staying at home means you will be surrounded by possible triggers and still have access to alcohol.

Inpatient rehab

During inpatient treatment, residents are able to completely focus on getting well and sober without the distractions of everyday life. Each day at an inpatient facility is carefully structured and patients participate in various addiction therapies as well as one-to-one and group counselling sessions. An inpatient alcohol rehab program can run anywhere between 28 days to six months.

The Lighthouse is a fully residential rehab clinic, and once clients are admitted, they stay with us for the duration of their treatment program. We believe inpatient rehab is most effective when it comes to treating alcohol dependence, as clients are removed from the stresses of everyday life, with no distractions or access to alcohol. Everything is included in the cost you pay and there are no hidden extras. It also means that everything you need to get well is under the one roof: your accommodation, your food, your therapy and your detox.

Our brand promise

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we are dedicated to providing the very best quality of care for each and every one of our clients and our ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools you need to maintain a clean and sober life free from alcohol addiction.

Alcohol addiction help and treatment at Step-by-Step Recovery

At Step-by-Step Recovery we are dedicated to providing the very best in person-centred treatment. By limiting our admissions, we are able to focus on creating treatment programmes tailored specifically to each of our clients and their needs. This allows us to work thoroughly with each person and explore any underlying issues as well as treating the physical addiction.

Professional care 24/7

Alcohol withdrawal can result in extremely unpleasant – and sometimes dangerous – symptoms. We provide a medically assisted detox from alcohol, which is carefully planned and overseen by our medical team. Staff are on hand 24 hours a day to ensure you are comfortable and safe during this stage of your recovery.

A compassionate environment

People in active addiction often become accustomed to isolation, which is why connection during recovery is crucial. Our clinic provides clients with a safe and supportive environment where they can interact with like-minded individuals who understand their situations.

A bespoke alcohol recovery programme

At Step by Step Recovery we are extremely proud of our bespoke recovery programmes. We tailor each plan to reflect the individual needs of every client. Our team of outstanding addiction counsellors are there to help you explore underlying issues and help you develop new coping skills that don’t rely on alcohol.

Team of addiction treatment professionals

Our committed staff work tirelessly to ensure each of our clients are well-care for and supported. Our team includes a consultant psychiatrist, doctor, counsellors, support workers, therapists and volunteers – all of whom are focused on getting you sober and well.

A free comprehensive aftercare package

Our ultimate goal is to provide our clients with the tools they need to finally begin leading a healthy and happy life free from addiction. However, leaving rehab and going back into society would be overwhelming for anyone, so it’s important that our clients know they aren’t alone. We believe in supporting our patients right through the entire treatment process; that means supporting you through any challenges that you may face on returning home. We provide free lifetime aftercare for anyone who completes at least four weeks of our alcohol rehab programme.

What happens after alcohol rehab?

Transitioning from rehab to real life can be a scary prospect. After weeks of around-the-clock care, you may suddenly feel alone and out of your depth. It’s important to remember that you will have a great deal of support in the form of aftercare. Before you complete your rehab stay, your addiction counsellor will sit down with you and put together a personalised aftercare programme to help you maintain your sobriety once you leave.

A strong aftercare programme usually consists of relapse prevention workshops, individual and group counselling as well as alumni activities and events.

How to pay for alcohol rehab at SBS

Alcohol addiction treatment is not immediately accessible through the NHS and the waiting list is often very long. If you require urgent care, a private clinic is your best option. There are a number of ways to pay for rehab, and our admissions counsellors are on hand to talk you through the various options and what might work best for you. 


The cost of alcohol rehab treatment will ultimately depend upon the length of your programme, which differs from person to person depending on each individual’s needs. The quickest and most efficient way to secure immediate treatment is by funding it yourself. 

Payment plans 

At the Lighthouse we try to be as flexible as possible regarding payment, as we want as many individuals to benefit from our unique, tailored services as possible. We can arrange instalment plans to break down the total cost of your treatment and also offer credit loans – subject to status. You also always have the option of extending your stay with us at any time.

When do I pay?

During our admissions process, you will have an initial phone call with one of our councillors who will take you through your treatment options and answer any questions you have regarding the rehab programme. During this consultation we will take a deposit in order to secure your place in our facility. The next stage is a pre-admissions consultation, carried out by our experienced admissions team. If, following this examination, you are deemed unfit to attend rehab for any reason, your deposit will be refunded in full.


Alcohol rehab takes between 10 and 21 days, and works by tackling both the physical and psychological aspects of alcohol addiction. You will first go through a medically assisted detox in order to remove the toxins from your body. Medication is provided to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the process. Once you have completed your detox, you will work through a treatment programme that has been created specifically for you based on your needs. Therapies include CBT, meditation, counselling and group therapy, as well as yoga and other fitness activities. 

The cost of treatment will vary depending on a how long your detox and treatment program will take. Every client’s needs are different, but we remain transparent when it comes to the costs of our treatment. During your phone conversation our team will talk you through which course of treatment will be best suited to you and let you know what the cost of treatment will be.

This depends on the severity of your addiction. People suffering with severe alcohol dependence may have a longer detox period to someone with a milder form of alcohol dependence. A typical rehab stay is anywhere between four weeks to six months, but this will differ from person to person.

Aftercare programmes are offered to clients who have completed alcohol rehab. Aftercare programmes often include group or individual counselling sessions, alumni events and activities as well as relapse prevention work.

Some insurance companies do cover alcohol rehab treatment, but this is something you would have to check with your insurance provider.

When you’re physically and mentally dependent on alcohol, it becomes an obsession. Once you find that you’re unable to function without having a drink, it’s time to seek help. Prolonged alcohol abuse can be fatal as can stopping suddenly. If you begin experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you haven’t had a drink, it’s more than likely you require an alcohol detox.

As well as a medically supervised detox and treatment programmes tailored to suit each individual, SBS offers clients a range of holistic therapies such as: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling (group and one-to-one), mindfulness and holistic treatments such as meditation and yoga. You also have tasty and nutritious meals cooked by our very own in-house chefs.

Alcohol rehab treatment provides clients with 24-hour care, with trained professionals on hand to help you if you need support. There are many forms of detox treatments available through charities and councils, however, none of these are able to provide the safe environment that alcohol rehab can.

Residential (inpatient) rehab is considered to be the most effective form of alcohol treatment because you are removed from the environment you would drink in. Residential rehab gives you a chance to escape the stresses of everyday life and focus solely on your recovery.

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A page revised the 6 of July of 2021, 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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