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How much does rehab cost in the UK?

Deciding that you, or someone you are trying to help, needs to get treatment for misusing alcohol is an important and life-changing step. The last thing you want is for a barrier like money to get in the way of a recovery journey. 

What’s the difference between NHS, private and charity funded alcohol rehabilitation? 

The cost of rehab in the UK is dependent on length of stay, quality of service delivery, programme and model of addiction treatment and clinical expertise of the service provider. Costs can range from £5,000 – £20,000 per 28 day stay. 

NHS funded rehab 

The NHS provides free help with alcohol rehabilitation. The service, advice and support they deliver is a huge help to many people. You can access NHS alcohol rehab treatment simply by going to your local GP. 

Have a look at the NHS’s website page for clear information on the type of support, medication and options that are available to everyone registered with a GP. 

Private rehab patients are expected to be able to self-fund their treatment of detox, rehabilitation and aftercare. 

There’s no exact number of how much private funded rehab costs as therapies, resources, facilities and treatment are different at each private centre. 

Charity and funded supported rehab  

Organisations such as Livingstone House provide the same level of care as private funded rehabilitation centres but at a reduced rate. 

Funded by donations and support from local councils some rehabilitation centres function like charities receiving financial support from donations and grants. 

Livingstone House is a non-profit ltd by guarantee, which means we can offer a range of private funded, statutory funded and a small number of charity beds. 

How much does alcohol rehab cost at Livingstone House? 

Livingstone House offers both charity and private rehabilitation options. We have three different types of funded admissions:  

  1. Private patients: self funded for either a standalone detox or a complete programme of detox, rehab and aftercare. Costs range from £2,000 to £7,000 depending on the length of stay and treatment package. 
  2. The Livingstone House charity bed: a means-tested option, for people who cannot get local authority funding or cannot afford to pay for treatment. We have a waiting list and there’s criteria for selection. 
  3. The Livingstone House Priority charity bed: for people who need to get into treatment urgently and have access to some funds.

Read more about admissions at Livingstone House and learn about the referral process to become a resident. 

I can’t afford to go to rehab, what can I do? 

Our first recommendation is to seek out your locally commissioned community drug team support via your local GP.

If you are a British citizen, you are entitled to NHS care for an alcohol addiction for free. The NHS doesn’t provide detoxing support, unless you have a comorbidity where you are experiencing more than one medical condition and detoxing is part of your treatment. 

Try a local support group. 

Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are free to join and a great way to get support. Find a local group to you using this ‘find a meeting’ directory 


While we don’t recommend treating an addiction alone, there are lots of helpful books and online resources you can learn from to help understand your addiction and to get motivated by other people’s testimonies of recovery. 

Don’t let cost put you off 

If you have received a referral to a private rehabilitation centre and the cost of treatment is putting you off from getting help there are options for grants and funding support. 

We’re here to talk about your options – use the ‘request a free call back’ button on our website. 

If you know that you need support to help you, or someone you care about, get treatment for alcohol addiction – please get in touch.

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