Drug and alcohol rehab in South Yorkshire

Drug and alcohol addiction can disrupt all aspects of your life, as well as present serious risks to your health. If you, or somebody you know, is struggling with addiction, you can seek support from one of the many rehab centres in South Yorkshire.

Drug rehab or alcohol rehab is the turning point to breaking addiction, offering life-changing benefits. Treatment will support you and those close to you through the recovery journey. You can find out more about the types of treatment in this guide so that you can decide which drug and alcohol rehab in South Yorkshire to seek support from.

Types of addiction treatment and rehab programmes in South Yorkshire

It can be overwhelming to think about overcoming substance abuse, but learning about the types of treatment can help you determine the right support for you. The treatment centres offer both outpatient treatment in South Yorkshire and inpatient treatment in South Yorkshire. We have added some details for each option below.

Outpatient addiction treatment (day rehab)

  • A free service accessed via the NHS (however, there is limited availability and long waiting lists)
  • Can be privately funded
  • Stay at home during the treatment programme
  • Visit the treatment centre daily to receive your addiction treatment
  • Treatment provided by professionals when you are at the treatment centre
  • Drug and alcohol treatment can be provided
  • Predominantly group therapy (as opposed to a mixture of therapies)
  • Beneficial if you have recently started taking substances
  • Treatment is flexible to fit in with your other responsibilities
  • Can be more challenging to detox in your home environment

Inpatient addiction treatment (residential rehab)

Inpatient treatment is also referred to as residential rehab. This means that you stay at the rehab centre whilst you are working through your treatment programme. This allows you to remove yourself from your daily pressures so that you can break your cycle of substance addiction. Rehab centres in South Yorkshire will cater for all of your needs during your stay, providing you with comfortable living amenities. This will enable you to focus solely on your recovery. You will also build relationships with other clients at the addiction treatment centre, so you can support each other through the treatment programme.

How does residential (inpatient) rehab work?

You can access residential rehab through private funding or private insurance and can be admitted for your residential stay within just 24 hours of contacting the centre. This ensures that help is there as soon as you need it. There are only a small number of inpatient services that offer NHS beds.

Why inpatient rehab?

At Linwood House, we only offer inpatient services, as we believe that they provide the most successful recovery routes. You can expect to receive a mixture of therapies at inpatient rehab, including one-to-one therapy and family support programmes. One to one therapy includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a talking therapy that can help you alter the way you approach situations. Our family support programmes include conjoint meetings. These are meetings between yourself and your loved ones, facilitated by a professional. They help to repair relationships and rebuild communication.

You can look at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings of an inpatient rehab centre to help you decide where to receive your support. The CQC rank all health and social care services according to the quality of care provided. Checking these ratings during your decision making can provide assurance that you will be well looked after and receive the most effective care during your residential stay.

For more details on immediate admissions:

Rehab admissions

You will be admitted to rehab when you first arrive at the centre. You can find out more about the admission process by contacting the admissions team prior to arriving. This can reduce any feelings of anxiety you may have, as well as help you to prepare for residential rehab.

How do I prepare for rehab?

Finding out more information about the different rehab programmes will help you gain an understanding of the treatment options available to you. It will also inform you of what you will need during your stay. We have included some do’s and don’ts below to help you prepare:


  • Bring comfortable clothes suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Bring items that remind you of home.
  • Bring recreational items to use when you’re relaxing (such as books or puzzles).


  • Don’t bring any substances that have not been prescribed to you.
  • Don’t bring any sharp objects.
  • Don’t bring any items containing alcohol.

What should I expect from a detox in South Yorkshire?

A detox means that you will be supported in abstaining from taking an addictive substance until it is no longer present in your body. Your body may respond to the detox with withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and may vary depending on the substance levels in your body.

Medical detox

You may be offered a medical detox if you are assessed as at a high risk of experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. This will be assessed in line with your addiction levels and substance usage upon your admission to the treatment centre. A medical detox differs from a standard detox because you are prescribed detox medication from a professional to support your withdrawal from the substance. A medical detox can be offered as part of both a drug detox or alcohol detox. The medication will help to manage the withdrawal symptoms for you to continue to detox safely. You will be fully supported around the clock during an inpatient detox, as professionals will always be on hand. Detoxing can be more challenging during outpatient treatment due to the lack of around-the-clock support. If you are considering a detox, you should seek professional support to ensure that you can withdraw from the substance safely.

Drug and alcohol rehab programme

Inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programmes at UKAT offer treatment using a 12-step programme. A 12-step programme is a popular recovery approach that supports clients through the journey at each step to acceptance. Clients find support from a higher power during the programme to overcome any setbacks at each step. At Linwood House and other UKAT centres, our 12-step programmes also include a mixture of one-to-one therapy, CBT and group therapy. Non-12-step programmes offered by alternative treatment providers will mainly focus on one type of therapy using a medical model. Free services will usually only provide group therapy.

How long does a rehab programme last?

Our programmes usually last twenty-eight days, although it depends on the individual’s circumstances, and stays can be extended if you want more time. It is not possible to complete all twelve steps of your programme during your stay at the centre, so you must continue working through each step upon leaving rehab.

Is rehab free?

There are very few inpatient rehab services that are offered for free via the NHS. Turning Point, which is a substance misuse organisation, offers some NHS residential beds that can be accessed via self-referral through your GP. However, the majority of free addiction treatment services offered are outpatient services and may only offer limited detox programmes.

We understand that not everybody has the means to be supported through privately funded services, but detox programmes can be much more effective with inpatient treatment. Although Turning Point have some inpatient beds, places are extremely difficult to secure due to the shortage of free services.

Free addiction treatment services in South Yorkshire

As well as NHS services, there are free support groups that provide addiction treatment services in South Yorkshire. Find out more here about a group supporting people with alcohol addiction.

The downside to free services

Whilst free services ensure that anybody can access addiction treatment services in their time of need, they don’t come without challenges. Over recent years, the public sector has faced numerous spending cuts, which have immensely affected health services. With reduced supply and service offerings, you can expect to spend a long time on a waiting list from referral to service admission. The high demand and reduced supply will leave you with less choice on where you receive your treatment. There is also a lack of aftercare services which can be crucial in maintaining your progress following completion of your treatment programme.

The benefits of residential rehab in South Yorkshire

  • Fast admission
  • Removed from distractions to solely focus on recovery
  • Supported by addiction experts that are often in recovery
  • Around-the-clock medical support
  • Access to medical detox
  • Mixture of therapies included
  • Access to aftercare services
  • Choice of your preferred clinic
  • Access to family support programmes
  • Access to one-to-one therapy
  • Ability to build relationships with peers also going through recovery

What happens after a rehab programme?

Once you have completed rehab, you will continue your 12-step treatment programme. This could either be at home or during the remainder of your inpatient stay.

Aftercare programmes

We make aftercare programmes available to all clients who successfully complete their inpatient treatment at a UKAT facility, to ensure that you continue to receive crucial support to help you continue to stay sober. We will also give you access to an Alumni network with UKAT to stay in touch with your peers through online activities and event days.

Support groups

As well as aftercare, you can access local support groups for the remainder of your recovery journey. Whilst you receive help at these groups, you will also be helping others on their journey. Some popular support groups are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), and SMART Recovery.

Long-term recovery from addiction

Adjusting to a life of sobriety can cause a mixture of emotions. That is why aftercare and support groups are always available to help continue and maintain your recovery. Completing a treatment programme is an extremely commendable achievement, and you should be immensely proud of how far you have come on your journey.