Addiction treatment is a term that encompasses everything from detox to residential rehab and outpatient programmes that may include options such as alcohol home detoxing, anti-craving medication for alcoholism or drug tapering at home. Addiction treatment helps people with compulsive behaviours such as gambling problems, alcohol abuse or drug addiction to overcome the addiction through a bespoke approach to therapy and medical care, helping them to return to a normal and fulfilling life. Addiction treatment often begins with a detox and is centred around behavioural therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, individual therapy and group therapy. Medicines may also be used alongside behavioural therapies to support treatment and specialist clinics can also help those who may have neurobehavioral conditions such as ADHD.

If you are unsure what type of treatment may be appropriate for you or a loved one contact our fully trained Treatment Advisors for a free assessment and a personalised treatment plan.

Rehabs UK Treatment Advisor Hannah Levi helping clients with aftercare for addiction treatment

A holistic approach to therapy is often the best way to overcome an addiction. By treating mind, body and spirit the individual can learn techniques to help them understand their addiction and stay in control, avoiding relapses in the future. There are thousands of recognised types of therapy and there are many different ways to take part in treatment. Therapy can also be useful for those who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. The individual might prefer the support that they can find in group psychotherapy, or the privacy of one-to-one therapy. Skilled practitioners who understand addiction can help the individual to understand their triggers, break the cycle of addiction and provide tailored support to suit their specific situation.


Treatment is the general term for the professional help sought when an individual wants to overcome an addiction. The term ‘treatment’ encompasses all aspects of assistance, from detox to therapy and aftercare. Therapy is a specific part of a wider treatment plan, such as behavioural therapy or counselling, that helps the individual to overcome their addiction. Therapy is delivered by trained professionals in controlled environments and may take place in groups or as one-on-one sessions.

Therapy is an important part of addiction treatment as it helps the individual to understand what may have caused the addiction as well as learning tools to support and sustain recovery. Therapy is not a guaranteed cure for addiction, but it can successfully disrupt the tendency to engage in addictive behaviours and help the individual to understand their addiction, how it impacts on their life and the lives of their loved ones as well as providing them with the techniques they need to manage their addiction and return to a normal, fulfilling life. There are many types of therapy, each offering a different approach and it is important to take advice from professionals on what may be suitable. Studies show that if someone fully engages with therapy, they will be more likely to overcome their addiction, however a continued recovery plan that includes aftercare and attending support groups can be useful relapse prevention tools.

Addiction treatment usually begins with detox if someone is physically dependent as all traces of drugs and alcohol will need to be removed from the body before the treatment and therapy phase can start. For some people it may be possible to detox at home with outpatient support, but for the majority of people and particularly those with severe addictions, detox in a residential rehab centre is more appropriate. Inpatient detox provides round-the-clock support, medical monitoring and is often the safest and most comfortable way to complete the process.

Detox is the first phase of recovery from addiction and is then followed by treatment and therapy to address the many associated psychological, social and behavioural problems caused by addiction.