Options for NHS before-rehab

Lengthy And Hard


Although there is no such thing as free rehab, government funded places are eventually made available to people who show sufficient willingness and motivation to succeed and require intensive support. Funding is in extremely short supply and there are sadly many complicated procedures to go through.

If you decide to follow this recourse, you will typically spend some time in community-based treatment prior to gaining admission to rehabilitation. This has to happen so your desire and drive to succeed are examined and to make sure that you are stable enough in your substance use before going to rehab.


It's crucial to take into consideration that on-the-spot admission is impossible and the process is complex and long. You'll be required to be present at many interviews and will need to display a lot of patience, as you'll notice below.


We are happy to help you find rehab services in your local area while Port of Call is not able to expedite this process.


Accessing NHS Rehabilitation - The Procedure

  • You are to go through a stringent and tough process which calls for serious commitment and determination.
  • This process is most commonly very similar, but it can be different based on the area you reside in
  • Making an appointment with your local drug or alcohol service will be necessary
  • You will be given a key worker that will determine whether you require detox and will proceed with the primary evaluation of your fitness for rehab
  • A local authority social services care manager or a local drugs service will assess you that is a community care assessment to find out whether you meet the local authority's eligibility criteria for residential treatment or not
  • The rehab facility also requires you to sit for an interview with them so as to assess you before they can accept you
  • Drug services and local authority will at this point work to get funds for your rehab
  • You keyworker will suggest you on suitable options and timescales if the detox is required first and your detox arrangements will be coordinated with your start date for rehab
  • Once your detox, if needed, is finished and the funding contracts and beginning dates are provided, you will start your rehab.

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Free NHS Outpatient Alternatives

There are numerous services offered at NHS for people with an alcohol or substance misuse problem.