Recovery treatments for addiction

 What are the options available to me?

Depending on your preferred method of treatment, or what you have agreed with your doctor, you might opt for either inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment.

Inpatient treatment rehabilitation offers structured addiction support programmes with the patient living in the facility. Round-the-clock care and support is available at inpatient rehab facilities and suit those dealing with chronic addiction, as well as those who find it difficult to cope without full-time support.

Outpatient rehabilitation programmes offer the same treatment as inpatient clinics; however, patients can live at home during the process.

This type of rehabilitation allows patients to continue working if they feel able to do so, and see families and friends, while also attending treatment sessions. Read more about what options are available to you.

Types of treatment

Rehabilitation centres offer many types of treatment for addiction, for those with alcohol or drug dependencies or gambling addiction. While all rehabilitation clinics vary slightly, there is a selection of treatments offered at most rehabilitation centres in the UK.

Equine therapy

Caring for animals and interacting with them has proven to have many health benefits and can particularly help those battling addiction. While several animals are used in therapy, including dogs and cats, rehabilitation treatments involving horses is very effective in supporting patients recovering from addiction.

  • Equine therapy involves caring for horses, feeding, grooming, and leading them around outdoors. Sessions will usually take place in small groups, although individual sessions can be arranged at most centres. A horse handler will also be present.
  • Working with horses helps patients to focus their energy on the animal, to gain an understanding of them and take responsibility for caring for them.
  • Patients who struggle to express how they are feeling may find equine therapy particularly useful, as they can share their thoughts and feelings with the horse and find the companionship very rewarding.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed to treat those battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can cause people to relive the traumatic event(s) they have experienced, through frightening flashbacks, nightmares or visions.

In the 1980s, American psychologist Francine Shapiro discovered that certain eye movements appeared to reduce the negative emotion associated with her traumatic memories.

Shapiro then developed EMDR therapy as a way of reducing the negative effects of re-experiencing traumatic memories and helping patients to cope with the memories without triggering a negative emotional response.

Family therapy

Family and Systemic Psychotherapy enables family members, couples and those who care about each other to express difficult thoughts and emotions in a safe space.

Speaking with loved ones about a battle with addiction can be daunting, so family therapy is focused on supporting patients and their relatives to explore the challenges surrounding addiction and the impact it has on their lives.


The detoxification process can be very daunting for those battling drug or alcohol dependency. Detox programmes should always be undertaken with psychotherapy, to get the best from the treatment.

While detoxing allows patients to cleanse their bodies of the physical presence of drugs or alcohol, it is only the first step in recovery. A combination of individual psychotherapy, specialist therapy, and support from a dedicated team can facilitate a full recovery. More.

Luxury rehabilitation centres

There are several established luxury rehabilitation centres in the UK offering treatment for all types of addiction. Whether you are seeking treatment in a rural setting or convenient city location, here are five recommended luxury rehab centres:

  • The Cottage, Surrey – Exclusive, unique treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, executive stress and eating disorders. Visit website.
  • Castle Craig, Peeblesshire, Scotland – A residential rehabilitation hospital treating those with all types of addictions in the picturesque Scottish countryside. Visit website.
  • Schoen Clinic Chelsea, London – A specialised day centre for eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. Visit website.
  • The Manor Clinic, Southampton – A treatment centre with accommodation for 13 people offering specialist rehab and therapy. Visit website.
  • AddCounsel, Mayfair, London – One client at a time therapy in central London for substance use disorders, mental health, and behavioural conditions. Visit website.