Alcohol & Drug Rehab In Dorset

If you live in Dorset and have taken the brave steps to seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, you’re in the right place. Here at Addiction Helper, we help thousands of people each year get the treatment they deserve. Whether it’s you or a loved one seeking help for substance addictions, this page will help you make an informed decision about residential rehab.

All centres listed on this page are CQC-registered, come fully equipped with modern facilities and a team of addiction experts – from psychiatrists to addiction counsellors – who will make your stay as comfortable as possible. All clinics offer medical detox, personal and group psychotherapy and free aftercare programmes for both you and your family members.

If you have any questions about inpatient rehab in Dorset, please feel free to give us a call or reach out to us using the live chat feature.

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Private Rehab

Private rehabilitation facilities are independent treatment centres designed to provide a conducive environment for recovery, as well as effective, individualised treatment plans for people who want to kick their addiction. These rehabs mostly run intensive inpatient programmes that are streamlined to the needs of each individual patient. You’ll get 24/7 care from start to finish.

The major benefit of private rehab is the intensity of treatment, which is comprehensive and tailored to fit each patient. Private rehab centres are medical clinics, where you can receive treatment for physical and behavioural addictions. Treatment includes a thorough assessment to determine your specific treatment needs; detoxification to remove all harmful toxins from your system; psychotherapy to treat all psychological problems, and aftercare to help you maintain abstinence after rehab.

If your case of addiction is severe, and you’re afflicted with painful and discomforting withdrawal symptoms whenever you attempt to quit, it’s advised that you go through a private treatment facility for a personalised detox programme and holistic rehab, because these facilities are your best chance of getting a full recovery.

Pros And Cons Of Private Rehab


  • quick intake process that enables treatment begins
  • whole-person treatment approach, which sees your specific case of addiction duly taken care of
  • good staff to client ratio making therapy extremly potent
  • guaranteed privacy and confidentiality
  • free sober transport to and from your home
  • you’ll be treated by the same set of professionals throughout your stay in rehab
  • undercover the root causes of your addiction
  • 1 year free aftercare programme to support against relapse


Private rehab treatment programmes are more expensive than public alternatives

How Much Does Rehab Cost?

Standard rehabs in Dorset cost between £1,000 and £2,500 a week, and luxury programmes charge up to £5,000 per week. They offer more amenities such as a spa, in-house gym, fine dining, swimming pool, and massages. There are cheaper options starting from £834 per week – Call us for more info and can discuss your options

NHS Addiction Treatment Options

NHS treatment, or government-funded programmes, state programmes that offer free and confidential support and treatment to all residents of Dorset. The programme targets individuals living in rural areas, homeless people, sex workers, rough sleepers, young individuals under 18, and children affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

Pros And Cons Of NHS Treatment


Free treatment: Public treatment is free. This explains why many people prefer it to private rehabs that charge a fee. They might not offer the comfort, privacy and 24/7 support, but they include all the essentials required to treat addiction.

Wider access: NHS treatment offers outreach and drop-in services to all parts of Dorset. This ensures that people living in rural areas can also easily access treatment.

Practical support: They offer support to find housing, get out of debt, financial planning, education, training, benefits support, and employment. These are resources that help you develop structure and maintain abstinence.


  • Limited capability: They have limited funding, which means there is a limit to the care they provide.
  • Most of the techniques used in treatment are outdated.
  • They do not offer the comfort and therapeutic environment associated with inpatient treatment.
  • It takes four-six weeks to access funded treatment such as inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation.

Addiction Support Groups

Support groups are places where members can share their experiences with addiction. It includes support groups for addicts, and groups for families, friends and carers affected by someone else’s drinking. There are many popular groups in Dorset, such as SMART Recovery. These groups share support, strength, and experiences with each other.

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What Is NA?

Narcotic Anonymous was established in 1953, to address the problem of narcotics abuse and addiction. Membership is open to all residents of Dorset who are struggling with drug addiction. They offer peer support, advice, and information. A 2013 survey revealed that it improved social connections, family relationships, and social activities. Meeting locations near Dorset include Wareham, Weymouth, Gillingham, and Bournemouth.

What Is AA?

Alcoholic Anonymous is a peer-led support group where members believe they are powerless over alcohol and need the help of a higher being to overcome the urge to drink and recover from addiction. The ‘Big Book’ is the central text that guides programmes. It is a set of principles that helps alcoholics rid themselves of their obsession to drink, heal and become happier. Membership is open to all residents of Dorset. Meetings near Dorset include Blandford, Dorchester, Poole, Wareham, and Portland.

Types Of Counselling

One-to-One This is the most commonly known type of therapy. It involves a counselling session between therapist and patient in the same room. It may be held in an office, coffee shop, garden or any place where the patient feels most comfortable. Face-to-face therapy includes techniques such as motivational interviewing, simple yet effective QnA or unloading where the client releases whats been on there mind causing anxiety, fear, sadness etc… before the therapist interprets this and helps the client to uncover the root issue.

Online This includes all counselling services provided through the internet. It includes sessions via emails, Skype, and support group chat rooms such as SMART Recovery online support groups. It is easy, convenient, and promotes anonymity.

Group Involves a number of people struggling with similar issues coming together to discuss these issues openly, and in the presence of a certified counsellor. Through this process, each participant gains a deeper insight into their addiction, while providing support to others in the group at the same time.

How Can I Get To Dorset?

There are trains from London Waterloo to Weymouth every day. Tickets cost around £14, and the journey time is 2 hours and 40 minutes. Getting around Dorset is easy by bus or National Express coach. You can pay for trips with your credit card, to access the Jurassic Coaster from First Dorset Buses and Purbeck Breezer. They are ideal for individuals who want to walk the South West Coast path.

There is a train station in almost every area of Dorset. This includes 14 stations on the South Western Railway route and 9 stations on the Great Western Railway route. Together they cover Gillingham, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, Sherbourne, Dorchester, Weymouth, and Wareham.

You can avoid traffic by taking a scenic trip on a ferry or boat. It’s a great alternative to the usual road or rail travel. Serviced areas include Weymouth, Wareham, Poole, West Bay, Swanage, and Lulworth Cove. Plan your trip to Dorset with Traveline South West or visit National Rail for more information on train routes and departure times.

By Car

Dorset neighbours Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east and Hampshire to the east.

If you’re heading over from Devon, take the A30 from Exeter as far as Honiton, then merge on to the A35 (Axminster Road) past Kilmington until you reach Monkton Wyld. To travel further into Dorset (Dorchester), the A35 takes you through Charmouth, Bridport, Askerswell and Winterbourne Abbas. To get to Weymouth take the A354 from outside Dorchester, travel south past Nottington into Weymouth.

From Hampshire (including Bournemouth and Poole), the A338 and A35 provide the most direct route. From Hum Road (B3073) join the A338 near Blackwater (look for signs for Buglar Transport parallel to the River Stour), and continue past Westbourne, Bransome and Parkstone via Poole Road and Bournemouth Road. Join the A3049 at Fleetsbridge then merge onto the A35. The A35 will take you through Dorchester and Bridgport with connected routes via the A37 to take you North towards Maiden Newton and Evershot.

If you are travelling from Wiltshire the A354 via Salisbury Road takes you through Sixpenny Handley, Farnham, Blandford Forum and Puddletown (which connects on to the A35). Alternatively you can take the A303 along Wincanton and Sparkford and head south along the A359 via Marston Magna. From here you can take the B3148 (Marston Road) into Sherbourne.

From Somerset there are a number of routes into Dorset. The A37 starts at Bristol and travels through Pensford, Clutton, Ston Easton, Shepton Mallet, Lydford-on-Fosse, Ilchester, Yeovil and Dorchester. From Dorchester you can head North along the A35 to Puddletown.

If you are travelling from Glastonbury, the B3151 via Rocky Hill will take you as far as Ilchester, here you can take the A37 into Yeovil and further South to Dorchester.