Are There Funding Options for Rehab?
Drug and alcohol addiction rehab programmes are available throughout the UK for those who need help with addiction or abuse problems. Rehab programmes run the gamut from individual counselling to group support to residential treatment programmes. What’s right for one person may not be right for someone else.
As an organisation committed to helping our clients access the help they need, funding options for rehab is something we deal with on a regular basis. After all, someone ultimately pays for every rehab programme being offered by the NHS, charitable organisations, or private clinics.
The important thing for you to know right now is that you should not delay getting the help you need just because you are not sure where the money to pay for it will come from. There are lots of funding options and programmes available to suit just about any budget.
Services for substance abusers and addicts come in many different forms, including:
free NHS services
free or reduced cost services from charities
privately funded services from clinics and professional organisations.
We want you to know that we are here to help you access the proper rehab treatment regardless of your budget. We will find a way to make it happen. However, we need you to get in touch with us to start the process.
The most attractive thing about services offered by the NHS is the fact that they are free. If you believe you’re suffering from abuse or addiction problem, your first step might be a visit to your GP for medical assessment. If it turns out you are substance abuser or addict, your GP can point you to free NHS services of which you can avail yourself.
The one downside to NHS services is that they include waiting times. Your GP might refer you to a programme today, and then you end up waiting weeks to get started. In the meantime, you’ll have to access other free programmes offered by support groups and charitable organisations.
Should you take advantage of all the services offered by the NHS yet still find yourself in trouble, you may be eligible for government-paid residential treatment at a private clinic. However, the NHS does not approve this type of care for everybody. In fact, a lack of government funding has significantly reduced these opportunities over the years.
You may decide that addiction recovery charities are a better option than the services offered by the NHS. In such a case, you might be eligible for either reduced-cost or free services. Keep in mind that most of what is offered by charitable organisations depends heavily on their budgets. They are funded primarily by private and corporate donations.
Reduced-cost services would include things like counselling and outpatient treatment programmes. Residential treatment, when it’s available, is often free thanks to the generous patrons who provide the funding.
Seeking help through a charitable organisation does have its advantages as compared to using NHS services. Yet availability is always an issue. We can help you look around to see what is available through various charities, but your options might be limited.
We usually recommend services from private rehab clinics as the best option for most addicts. Private treatment offers the best chances of complete recovery thanks to dedicated staff and resources, proven treatment methods, and a single focus on addiction recovery. However, you probably realise private services are not free.
Private services can include both outpatient and inpatient treatments, with costs ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of pounds. The cost really depends on the services you use and the clinics that provide them. If you don’t have the cash to pay for private treatment, there are options:
Private Health Insurance – Most of the private health insurance plans in the UK cover addiction recovery services, at least in part. Furthermore, the clinics we work with accept all of the major insurance plans. You would just need a referral from your GP and your health insurance plan number.
Private Donations/Loans – There are times when clients call us in desperate need of private treatment yet they do not have private insurance. Another option is to ask family members and friends to help you out via their collective donations. Donations can be offered as a gift or structured as a personal loan. If you are willing to commit to complete recovery, you might be surprised by the willingness of your loved ones to help.
Commercial Loans – Some substance abusers and addicts still have a decent credit rating and a stable income. For them, a commercial loan is another possibility. If an addict does not qualify for a loan, there might be a family member willing to take out a personal loan for him/her.
Charitable Grants – On occasion, addiction recovery charities will offer grants for residential treatment. They might do so if they desire to offer that type of support despite not having the facilities to do it themselves. These grants are limited in nature, but they are available from time to time.
We want you to know that private treatment is often less expensive than people expect. There are so many clinics available in the UK right now that it’s easier than ever to find affordable treatment. Please do not let your fear of inadequate funding prevent you from getting in touch with us. Our expertise in private treatment is just what you need to find a clinic and programme that fits in your budget.
Developing Your Plan
If you’re willing to contact us, we promise to work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your circumstances. That may mean a combination of services on an outpatient basis, or a residential treatment programme through one of the clinics we work with. In either case, we will not push you to seek treatment from an organisation that adopts a one-size-fits-all programme.
You are a unique individual with your own needs and circumstances. You deserve a custom tailored treatment plan offering those therapies that will work best for you. In the end, if you are not helped we have all wasted our time and effort. That’s certainly not what you want; it is not what we want either.