Alcohol Rehab in London

The Lighthouse clinic is a fully residential rehab facility and an ideal choice for anyone seeking alcohol rehab treatment around London. Set within a quiet suburban street, based in Southend-on-Sea, The Lighthouse is just a short distance from the beach and provides clients with a safe and relaxing environment to begin their healing journey. Situated just an hour’s drive from central London, The Lighthouse provides fully furnished, spacious rooms to ensure our clients’ comfort during their treatment.

Types of Alcohol rehab treatment

There are different types of treatments available 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 treatment. Whatever your situation, you have a choice between private rehab, free drug and alcohol services, or outpatient and inpatient treatment.

Private or free alcohol rehab options

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

Private rehab has many benefits, the main one being that you will receive supervised care 24/7 and you won’t have to wait too long 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.

People are often put off by the thought 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 there are also free services provided by local councils and charities, these sectors are extremely underfunded and simply can’t provide a supervised medical detox along with intensive therapy, which is proven to be the most effective form of treatment.

Outpatients vs Inpatient Rehab London

There are a few fundamental differences between inpatient and outpatient alcohol rehab, however, both options present their benefits.

Inpatient rehab refers to any rehab program that involves you staying at the facility for the full duration of your treatment. At an inpatient rehab, you will receive a medically assisted detox, a range of addiction therapies, as well as all meals cooked for you in house. This type of treatment allows you to focus solely on your recovery, with no external stresses and triggers to contend with.

Outpatient rehab describes any kind of treatment that allows you to go home each day after therapy sessions. This kind of treatment is considered convenient for people who are unable to commit to a residential stay. This may be due to work/childcare commitments or for financial reasons. Using a home detox kit for alcohol addiction, getting online therapy, or seeing a group once a week are all considered to be forms of outpatient treatment. While outpatient rehab is ideal in many ways, continued access to alcohol increases the risk of relapse during detoxification, the results of which can be life-threatening.

How much does alcohol rehab in London cost?

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

The cost of alcohol 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

An average rehab stay in London can cost anywhere from £5,000 – £10,000 and typically lasts around 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 a treatment clinic, particularly if they have more complex needs.

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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?

Our services include a 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
  • Inhouse inspirational recovery shares
  • Inhouse 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 London?

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.


On arrival, you will see the doctor for your medical assessment, who may prescribe you some medication to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal during the detox process. 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 extremely unbearable, which is why many people relapse during this stage.


Detox is an incredibly important part of the recovery process. However, without addressing the psychological aspects of addiction, maintaining long-term sobriety becomes increasingly difficult. Once you are physically well enough, you can begin participating 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 addiction.

A supervised detox paired with intensive therapy is recognised to be the safest and most successful type of alcohol rehab available in terms of treatment outcomes. 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.

What happens after rehab in London?

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 with us. The focus of our aftercare programme is relapse prevention and dealing with triggers you may be faced with in day-to-day life.

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

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 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.

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 London

While there are no rehab facilities in London that offer residential rehab treatment for free, it is possible to be referred for treatment through the NHS, meaning you will not be required to pay. There are, however, many other free recovery 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 testing and vaccination
  • Peer-to-peer support
  • Support to access education, training and employment programmes

Additional information/resources to recover from Alcohol addiction in London

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship that encourages its members to stay sober and help other people achieve sobriety. Groups are free to attend, and there are hundreds in and around London. (Link?)

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 London, however, there are free services run by charities and councils that offer detox and support groups for those wishing to get sober.
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.
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 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 four to 12 weeks.
Did you want a list of other London rehabs for this question?
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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