Drug rehab & treatment page


Drug addiction becomes an all-encompassing, life-changing condition with huge ramifications for the person suffering as well as those close to them. The term ‘drug addict’ is often associated with people who use illicit substances such as cocaine and heroin. However, the reality is, addiction to prescription medications and ‘legal highs’ has become much more prevalent in society today and the consequences are just as dangerous.

While each individual’s experience with addiction will differ, many of the physical symptoms may be common regardless of the substance. These typically include:

Who needs to go to drug rehab?

Breaking the cycle of addiction may be a daunting prospect – not just because of the difficult withdrawal process, but because facing life without your substance of choice can seem impossible. Anyone suffering as a result of their addiction, physically, mentally, financially, socially or emotionally, would certainly benefit from drug rehab. 

Many people living with drug addiction make the mistake of believing that they can overcome their problem on their own and without help. However, addiction is a relentless illness, and goes much deeper than substance misuse, so a detox alone is rarely sufficient. 

Addiction is often associated with a broad range of other problems and conditions – such as illnesses and mental health disorders – many of which have their own symptoms. Failing to address the phycological issues leaves you with the same toxic coping mechanisms and self-destructive behaviours, increasing your chances of using again. 

As experts in addiction treatment, we understand that identifying the causes of substance misuse is vital to achieving permanent and ongoing sobriety. This is why, at Step by Step Recovery, we believe in a holistic approach to addiction treatment. We aim to treat each person wholly and aim to explore any underlying factors that may have contributed to someone’s addiction. We wholeheartedly believe in individualised addiction treatment and tailor each client’s drug treatment plan to take into account their personal treatment needs.

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Drug detox vs drug treatment

Prolonged drug use results in the body developing a physical dependence on the substance you’re using, and before starting a treatment programme a detox is required. A drug detox refers to the process by which the body removes all traces of drugs from its system. 

Drug therapy relates to an extensive treatment programme designed to tackle the psychological aspects that contribute to drug addiction. Many people assume that a detox is sufficient when it comes to drug addiction treatment, however, without treating the cause you are more than likely to relapse soon after detox, which in many cases can be extremely dangerous.

What types of drug rehabs are available?

Drug rehab typically falls into two categories: inpatient and outpatient treatment. While both methods are focussed on getting clients well, their treatment approach isn’t quite the same. Ultimately, this decision depends entirely on your specific circumstances and the nature and duration of your addiction. An addiction specialist will be able to advise you on which treatment options might be most effective in your case, and which might be appropriate to your situation. This is not a decision that you should take yourself without getting the advice of a trained professional.

Outpatient rehab 

Outpatient treatment will involve you attending rehab during the day for hourly therapy sessions and usually takes place on a weekly basis. The benefit of outpatient therapy is that you can fit it around your work or other personal commitments, so is less restrictive. However, for those suffering with severe addictions and requiring around-the-clock care, outpatient treatment isn’t recommended. 

Inpatient or residential rehab

Inpatient rehabs are fully residential, which means clients stay on-site for the duration of their programme and is said to offer the best chance of permanent recovery. As well as the 24-hour care available to you, committing to a residential rehab stay away from your regular environment will give you the opportunity to focus on rebuilding aspects of yourself that were lost to addiction. 

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we offer fully residential rehab treatment to anyone suffering with drug addiction. The Lighthouse provides clients with the very best quality of care when it comes to addiction treatment. We believe that inpatient rehab gives people the best chance of maintaining sobriety without being surround by the everyday stressors of life. Our team of therapists are dedicated to providing person-centred treatment programmes which will provide every client with the tools they need to stay clean once they leave us.

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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 drug addiction.

How to choose the right addiction rehab treatment for you?

Choosing a rehab is an important decision and there are a few factors to consider if you wish to find somewhere that will cater to your specific needs. 

  1. CQC rating

You should always check that a facility is fully accredited by the Care Quality Commission. The CQC are an independent regulator who ensure all care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. 

  1. Medical detox 

Many facilities omit medications during the detox period, and instead choose to focus on other forms of therapy. However, if your addiction is severe you may experience extremely painful withdrawal symptoms so it’s important to establish whether you will be provided with a medical detox once you’ve been admitted. 

  1. Treatment programme

Although many rehabs claim to offer bespoke treatment programmes, very often this is not quite the case. When doing your research, it’s worth contacting the centre directly to find out what type of treatment therapies they offer. 

  1. Cost 

Naturally you’ll want to know what treatment is going to cost as well as any payment options available to suit your situation. While investing in your health is a price worth paying, you may want to compare prices of similar facilities to ensure you’re getting the most out of your stay.

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

If you are suffering under the burden of addiction, no matter how serious or long-lasting, it is never too late to seek help. Addiction is not a choice, but deciding to live a healthy, happy life is. At SBS Recovery, we have helped countless thousands of people receive treatment for drug addiction, with people living free from even the most addictive substances. 

Drug addictions we treat include:


The detoxification stage is an extremely challenging part of the recovery process and can cause a great deal of physical and psychological distress if not treated appropriately. At Step by Step Recovery, we offer all of our clients a medically assisted detox in order to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal. Our staff are on hand 24 hours a day to care for you during this time and adjust your medication where necessary.


Medication can be especially useful during the initial stages of detox and withdrawal, but while medication can tackle specific aspects of addiction and withdrawal, no medicine itself is a cure for the condition. Psychotherapy is considered a fundamental element of treatment and is necessary when it comes to exploring any underlying issues that may be causing and provoking addiction.  and provide recovering addicts with the tools they need to resist the temptation to relapse.

At Step-by-Step Recovery, we are proud to offer a bespoke treatment programme like no other. Over the years, our dedicated team has worked hard to create a variety of therapy models for our clients to ensure that each person’s needs are being met. We don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to addiction treatment and take our time to carefully tailor each client’s programme to their addiction experience.


We are dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable and compassionate environment for all of our clients. Connection plays a huge part in maintaining sobriety and going through treatment with peer support can offer a great deal of strength and encouragement to anyone who is struggling.


It is not uncommon for those who have completed rehab to believe that they are cured of their addiction, and there is always a risk of relapse at this time. We know that the road to recovery is long and often challenging. This is why, at SBS, we provide our clients with free lifetime aftercare to ensure they receive help and support whenever they need it. In addition to primary care drug rehab, we also offer secondary care and third stage supported living accommodation. We recognise that some individuals do not have a home or a safe and supportive environment to return to, and so we are able to facilitate relocation.

What happens after drug rehab?

Recovering from addiction is a long process, and it doesn’t end once you leave rehab. Having a solid aftercare programme in place is crucial at this stage. The therapeutic help now available, and the support networks which can be put in place after treatment can help even those with severe addictions live a clean and sober life. 

Most aftercare plans involve individual or group therapy, 12 step recovery meetings and alumni programs in order to help people deal stress, triggers and cravings. Each person’s aftercare plan will vary based upon their own needs. Your plan may include:

How to pay for drug rehab at SBS

Drug 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 drug 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 Step by Step Recovery 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.

Private medical insurance

If you have access to private medical insurance, either personally or through your workplace, your policy may require you to obtain a GP referral before undergoing treatment, and you will be requested to provide your insurance policy details at the time of booking the initial consultation, so that pre-authorisation may be agreed with the insurance provider.

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.


The specific details of addiction treatment will depend on what kind of treatment you’re provided and how long for. Essentially, addiction treatment addresses the physical immediacy and dependency through detox and assisted withdrawal. Subsequently, counsellors then use therapy to tackle the psychological issues leading to substance abuse and addiction.

The cost of treatment can vary significantly from one rehab to another. While NHS treatment is free, there is a lengthy wait before you’re considered. Privately funded treatment is often the best option if you want to start your treatment straight away. The cost will ultimately depend on the length of your stay and the type of treatment you receive.

The first step to getting yourself into rehab is to phone the facility and speak to one of the admissions counsellors. They will ask questions about your addiction in order to better understand your situation, and in turn answer any queries you have about going to rehab. Once you have established which course of treatment is right for you and a deposit is paid, you can usually get into a facility almost immediately.

Each instance of addiction treatment differs from the next because each individual patient is unique. Some patients may be in treatment for weeks while others may require much longer Typically, a stay in residential rehab can last anywhere between one to three months.

The thought of leaving rehab might seem overwhelming, however, you won’t be alone. The Lighthouse offers lifetime aftercare for all residents, to give them the best chance of maintaining sobriety while also dealing with the everyday stresses of life.

Realising you need help will come at different stages for different people. Some may experience devastating consequences but still won’t be ready to seek treatment. However, once you have developed a physical and mental dependence on a substance, it is recommended that you look into some form of treatment as soon as possible to free you from the cycle of addiction.

The Lighthouse clinic offers a number of holistic and talking therapies that are proven to heal addiction and the root causes underpinning it. These include CBT, individual and one-to-one counselling, group therapy, mindfulness and meditation, arts and crafts, yoga, massage, psychotherapy and many others.

Drug rehab treatment has a great number of benefits. You will be provided with a medically assisted detox to help you cope during the withdrawal period as well as a comfortable and supportive environment in which to focus on your recovery. Residential rehabs offer the very best in addiction treatment therapies with experienced counsellors and medical staff on hand to care for you during 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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