14 Mar 2023

How much should I expect to pay for alcohol rehab in the UK? 

Private alcohol rehab costs in the UK can vary depending on factors such as location, staff, facilities, length of stay and type of rehab. On average, a 28-day residential rehab programme can cost anywhere from £4,000 to £12,000 or more. However, luxury rehabs can charge upwards of £20,000 for a 28-day programme. It's important to note that the cost of private rehab can be funded through insurance, personal savings, or loans.

How long is a rehab course for alcohol?

The length of a rehab course for alcohol can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of addiction, type of rehab, and individual progress. The average residential rehab programme lasts around 28 to 30 days, but some can last up to 90 days or more. Outpatient programmes can last several months or longer, depending on the level of care needed.

It is important to know the dangers of detoxing from alcohol alone, by having the support you can ensure you or your loved one are in the best environment for detox.

Which rehab treatment is right for me?

NHS treatment for alcohol

NHS treatment for alcohol addiction is available in the UK, but waiting lists can be lengthy. The demand for NHS services can also place a significant strain on resources, making it challenging to access the help and support needed promptly.

Private rehab

A private rehab is an alternative option that can provide more immediate access to treatment and support. At Rehabs UK, we can provide advice and guidance on the best options for you. There are several funding options available as mentioned previously in the article. If you would like to speak with a treatment advisor they will be more than happy to talk you through the process.

Factors that can affect rehab costs in the UK


The location of a rehab facility can affect the cost. Rehabs in major cities or affluent areas may be more expensive than those in rural or less affluent regions. Additionally, some people may choose to travel abroad for rehab to take advantage of possible lower costs or more specialised programmes. Rehabs UK has links with rehab facilities in Spain, Switzerland and other countries, providing options for those looking to travel for rehab.


The level of expertise and experience of the staff at a rehab facility can affect the cost. Rehabs with highly qualified and experienced staff members may charge more than those with less experienced staff members.

Rehab facilities

The amenities and facilities such as gyms, spas, restaurants and everyday facilities offered at a rehab centre can also impact the cost. Luxury rehab facilities that provide high-end accommodations and additional services may charge significantly more than standard rehab facilities.

Type of rehab

The type of rehab programme you choose, whether that is inpatient or outpatient can affect the cost. In general, outpatient rehab programmes tend to be less expensive than inpatient programmes. Outpatient rehab may cost anywhere from £1,000 to £3,000 per month, while inpatient rehab can cost from £4,000 to over £20,000 for a 28-day programme.

If an individual is under 18 years of age and requires under 18s rehabilitation treatment, this can affect and increase the cost, due to its specialist nature.

Length of stay

The length of your rehab programme can also affect the cost. Longer programmes tend to cost more than shorter ones. A 30-day rehab programme can cost anywhere from £4,000 to £12,000 or more. Again this depends on the facility, preferences and the level of care.

Is rehab worth the price?

When considering the cost of alcohol rehab, it's essential to assess whether it's worth the price. Rehab can be life-changing and provide a foundation for long-term recovery. However, it's essential to consider your financial situation and available funding options before making a decision.

According to government statistics, 110,095 people exited the drug and alcohol treatment system in 2020 to 2021. Half (50%) of those left having successfully completed their treatment, free from dependence. It is worth noting that this data is not broken down into treatments, nor do we know how long the treatment was. However, our treatment specialists have decades of experience and we’ve seen first-hand that while there are many factors at play, rehabiliation increases someones chances of overcoming an addiction.

Infographic that shows alcohol prices since 1987 has risen by 74% in the UK

Accessing the right support for alcohol addiction

At Rehabs UK, we can provide advice and guidance on accessing the right support for alcohol addiction. Our team of experts can help you find the best rehab programme for your needs and provide support throughout the recovery process. If rehab is not a viable option, we have a variety of alternative treatment plans such as home detox, online therapy and Exploring Addiction courses that we can tailor to your personal circumstances and budget.

Contact us today for a free assessment.