Overcoming alcohol abuse and addiction is not easy. Yet we know that failing to overcome it can have devastating effects on both the alcoholic and his or her family. At Alcohol Help, we do not want that devastation to occur. Our mission is to provide addicts and their families with the help they need to avail themselves of programs and services offered by both the public and private sectors.
Many people come to us looking for help finding free alcohol rehab centres in their area. In such cases, we must give our clients both good and bad news. The good news is that there are plenty of free programs offered by the NHS and various charities. The bad news is that these programs are not nearly as effective as a residential program at a private clinic.
Free Is Also Limited
The unfortunate thing about free alcohol rehab centres is this: despite the best of intentions, their results are limited because their resources are limited. Most free centres are operated by either the NHS or a charitable organisation, neither of which is able to provide the most effective treatment.
If there is no possible way to financially afford a private centre, free services are still better than nothing at all. When you call Alcohol Help, we will point you in the direction of free services. We will also help you in any other way we can. Our professional staff are fully competent in all aspects of advising in this regard.
Free Is Usually Outpatient
Another important thing that needs to be understood about free alcohol rehab centres is the fact that they operate on an outpatient basis. This means the alcohol abuser visits the facility on a temporary basis. After a couple of hours, he or she is sent home, likely back to the circumstances that enable them to drink. This is the inherent weakness of the outpatient program.
In their defence, outpatient programs do benefit many people whose drinking problem is just getting started. They do so through a combination of one-on-one counselling, group counselling, and skill building exercises. For the chronic alcoholic with years of history however, this is often not enough.
A chronic alcoholic who sincerely needs a residential program but cannot afford it can sometimes get financial assistance through a referral from the NHS. However, such referrals are a last resort. The alcoholic would have to go through a series of other steps, and fail, before being able to get a referral and financial assistance.
As previously stated, taking advantage of free alcohol rehab centres is better than nothing at all. Nevertheless, there are options for financing residential treatment if you are willing to look for them. The first option is to ask family members and friends to contribute.
According to the NHS, the average cost of a residential program in the UK runs about £600 per week. If 20 family members and friends were willing to donate £30 weekly, for 6 to 12 weeks, the program could be completely paid for.
There is also the option of commercial financing if someone in the family has good credit. This isn’t the optimal solution, but it’s well worth obtaining a consumer loan if it will ensure your loved one is free from alcohol addiction.
Alcohol Help understands how destructive alcohol addiction can be. We also understand that sometimes free services are the only option. If that’s true in your case, we want to help you find the right services for you. If you can afford to pay for private care, we can help you arrange that as well.