Alcohol Rehab in Essex

The Lighthouse Clinic is a fully residential private alcohol rehab in Essex, situated in the peaceful location of Southend-on-Sea. Our facility is led by our team of addiction specialists who have extensive knowledge and experience in understanding and treating alcohol addictions. We provide a comprehensive alcohol addiction detox and rehabilitation programme for anyone wishing to find a new way to live. In addition to our exceptional treatment plans, we also offer free lifetime aftercare to all clients who complete their recovery programmes.

Types of Alcohol rehab treatment

Your choice of treatment will ultimately depend on your personal situation. However, it’s important to be aware of the options available to you. Many people avoid seeking help because they can’t afford private care and believe this means they are not eligible for addiction treatment. There are various treatment methods available which are aimed at helping people who cannot fund private treatment, as well as those who simply can’t commit to a residential stay.

Private or free alcohol rehab options

Both private and free alcohol rehab options offer various benefits, however there are a few significant differences between the two.

One of the main differences between government funded alcohol services and private rehab treatment is that private alcohol rehabs provide residential detox and treatment, whereas free alcohol treatment services have very limited resources.

While NHS referrals are an option for those who can’t afford to fund treatment themselves, the waiting list is extremely long, with thousands of people awaiting treatment at any one time. As we know, addiction progresses rapidly, which is why having to wait months for a potential space could have devastating consequences. Alternatively, private alcohol rehabs are able to facilitate immediate admission, which is necessary if you’re beginning to experience withdrawal symptoms.

Private rehab also provides highly experienced addiction counsellors and therapists who create bespoke programmes based on individual needs. However, treatment typically offered on the NHS does not always offer evidence-based recovery methods or aftercare support.

Outpatients vs Inpatient Rehab Essex

Public or private clinics give you the option of choosing inpatient or outpatient treatment, and while both can be beneficial, only one will be best suited to your situation.

Public outpatient services are typically free of charge and offered by the NHS, local councils, and community-based organisations. If you’re attending outpatient treatment at any of these, you are required to visit on certain days during the week. During the initial detox phase, that schedule will likely be every day. During your visits, you will be given the necessary medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms while also allowing your GP or registered nurse to track your progress. Once the detox period is over, you will be able to participate in free services such as support groups and relapse prevention workshops.

Inpatient drug treatment is a far more thorough process and is only offered by private rehab clinics. Inpatient treatment is fully residential, which means all of your needs are catered for during your stay. At an inpatient rehab you will undergo a detox followed by an intensive therapy programme. In contrast, free services, such as NHS alcohol addiction treatment does not provide any inpatient rehab beyond a 7-to-10-day detox programme.

How much does alcohol rehab in Essex cost?

Many people avoid getting the help they need because they assume they won’t be able to afford private alcohol rehab. However, while rehab comes at a cost, it is vital that you consider the further impact that addiction will have on your life if you don’t get help now. By avoiding treatment and continuing to abuse alcohol, you risk further damage to your health, relationships and finances.

The cost of rehab in Essex can vary depending on a number of different factors.
First, you must consider the type of treatment you are choosing. For example, outpatient rehab will cost significantly less than inpatient rehab.

If you’ve opted for private residential alcohol addiction treatment, then the length of your programme will be based on the severity of your addiction, and the longer you stay, the more your treatment will cost.

For an accurate quote, please contact our admissions staff directly and they will provide you with a bespoke treatment cost.

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Alcohol addiction & rehab/treatment at Step by Step

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we offer clients exceptional quality of care when it comes to alcohol addiction rehab. In addition to our detox, therapy and aftercare programmes, our team of addiction counsellors create bespoke treatment plans for every client, meaning they won’t be stuck repeating therapies that aren’t relevant to their recovery, and instead focussing on therapies that will. 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.

What do you get with our private alcohol rehab treatment?

At The Lighthouse Clinic, we offer medically supervised detox alongside a fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme, designed to heal the mind, body and spirit. As our clinic is fully residential, all services are covered in the overall price, so you won’t need to expect any hidden fees. Everything you require to recover is under one roof, including your accommodation, nutritious meals cooked by our in-house chefs as well as your detox and therapy. This way, we can ensure our clients don’t need to worry about anything other than their recovery.

What type of treatments do we offer at Step-by-Step

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

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

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

  • CBT Cognitive Behavioural therapy
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Process therapy
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • 12 Step therapy
  • Smart group access
  • Beach walks and mindful fitness
  • Arts and crafts
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Psychotherapy
  • Person-centred therapy approach
  • Gym access
  • Recreational activities and relaxation
  • Life skills
  • Nutrition
  • In-house inspirational recovery shares
  • In-house family interventions
  • Relapse prevention

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 & film nights, and family visits.

How does alcohol rehab work in Essex?

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.

Alcohol addiction treatment is far more complex than just stopping alcohol. There are physical and psychological aspects that need to be addressed, and in order to increase the chances of maintaining long-term sobriety, both parts need to be treated effectively.

On arrival at our Essex facility, you will be greeted by our friendly staff and helped to settle in. We know that you will be experiencing a range of emotions during this stage and will do our best to help you settle in and feel comfortable. Our staff will arrange for you to meet with the doctor for your medical assessment. Here you will have the chance to discuss your addiction and any other co-occurring disorders in more detail.

Detoxification occurs when the body begins to flush toxins from the system. As your brain tries to adjust to the absence of alcohol, you may begin to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. You will have been prescribed the necessary medication to alleviate these symptoms during your medical assessment. Our aim during this stage of recovery, is to ensure your safety and wellbeing, and that you are as comfortable as possible.

While detox tackles the physical aspects of addiction, intensive therapy aims to deal with the psychological factors. These include the thought processes and emotions that can result in problematic behaviour which keep you trapped in the cycle of addiction. Addiction therapies such as CBT and individual counselling are designed to:

  • Help to uncover any underlying emotional issues
  • Help you identify your triggers
  • Help to bring some awareness to how your behaviours hurts others
  • Teach you how to cope with certain situations that would usually lead to alcohol use

The objective of rehab is not only to clear your system of alcohol, but to provide you with the tools you need to move back into society and live a new life, free from alcohol addiction.

What happens after rehab in Essex?

The thought of leaving rehab after weeks of continual care and support can feel daunting. However, we want all clients to know that they’re not being left alone at such a crucial point in their recovery journey. Anyone who completes a minimum four-week treatment programme with us, automatically qualifies for lifetime aftercare support. We provide therapy sessions focussed on relapse prevention and are available to offer advice when you need it.

How do I get alcohol rehab help for a loved one in Essex?

Trying to help a loved one into treatment can be extremely overwhelming. With so many different options available, trying to find a suitable facility can be challenging. The Lighthouse clinic provides affordable alcohol rehab located within proximity to London. Our ideal location and excellent addiction services means that our facility is popular with those wanting to escape the chaos of the city and heal in the peaceful seaside surroundings. To find out more about our clinic, feel free to contact our admissions team who will answer any questions you have. We understand that this can be a difficult period for many people, and rest assured that our staff are fully trained in dealing with such delicate cases. Once our team have taken you through the initial consultation, they can help organise every aspect of your loved one’s stay.

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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.

Getting to The Lighthouse Clinic

The 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 two appointment-only consultation 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 also provide a transport service which collects clients and escorts them to our treatment centre. This is an additional service, the cost of which is calculated according to mileage.

Free alcohol addiction rehab centres in Essex

While there are no free alcohol rehab facilities in Essex that offer residential treatment for free, you can apply to be referred for treatment through the NHS, which means you won’t have to fund treatment yourself. There are, however, many other free recovery services provided by Essex councils. These services can support you by offering:

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

Additional information/resources to recover from Alcohol addiction in Essex

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship that encourages its members to stay sober and help other people achieve sobriety. Meetings are free to attend, and there are hundreds in and around Essex. Groups such as AA have been found to dramatically increase the chances of long-term sobriety.

Smart Recovery
UK 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 to develop a lifestyle that supports sustained recovery.


Yes, you can be referred for alcohol rehab treatment through the NHS, however, the waiting period can be extremely long.
There are no free residential rehabs in Essex, however, there are free services run by charities and councils that offer detox and support groups for those wishing to get sober.
Our admissions staff will take you through a phone consultation to find out more about your addiction and whether you are eligible for rehab. If your needs are especially complex or your health has deteriorated rapidly you may require a hospital stay.
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.
By choosing private addiction treatment you will bypass long waiting lists and can even be admitted as early as the day you enquire. Most private care facilities follow an inpatient treatment model, which means all your treatment needs are provided under one roof. This includes detox, medication, therapies as well as healthy meals cooked in-house.
Yes, rehabs and most other healthcare facilities are operating as normal with extra measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and clients.
The length of alcohol rehab treatment in Essex 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 four to 12 weeks.
Most rehabs have 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.

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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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