Rehabilitation centres are set up across the UK to help people recover from addictive behaviour. These behaviours can be related to drugs, alcohol, and gambling addictions and more besides. There is a focus not only on residential care and detox, but also with helping patients to learn, understand and control their behaviours.
Two Types of Rehab
There are often two types of rehabilitation centre which you may find in your local area and these may differ depending on how they are funded. Whilst it may not seem that there are many differences between private and local authority rehab centres on the surface, there are in fact plenty of benefits in checking into a private rehabilitation establishment.
Private rehab is available for patients who are willing to pay for immediate or short-term care for addictive behaviour. As with general medical care, this route is usually preferred by patients who can afford to seek specialist help on an emergency basis. Some of the main benefits may include:
- Private, personal recovery practitioners are assigned to each patient
- Enhanced rate of recovery success compared to state-funded rehab
- Flexible aftercare and support packages may be offered
- Intense recovery sessions and programs can be supported – offering short-term stays of up to a month
- Instant help, advice and support is available
- Private facilities and rooms for each patient, as well as a small number of patients at any centre at any one time
One of the main reasons why people may not wish to attend a private clinic is simply due to the cost. However, given the data which shows that private clinics may help patients recover more quickly; Private care may actually be more cost-effective and beneficial in the long run. Attending a locally-funded clinic over and over again may not be the best option if a facility isn’t held to the best possible standards.
Local Authority Rehabilitation
Other rehabilitation services in your local area may include those which are funded by your local authority. There are many reasons why people may choose to attend LA clinics as opposed to private ones. Much of this revolves around cost, though there may also be the factor of availability and access. Here are a few reasons why LA clinics and rehab centres may be considered:
Attendance and treatment is free, though staff availability, training and level of local funding may vary
Treatment programs can vary in length from short to long-term
Treatment centres are able to facilitate many different patients at any one time, though this can mean less privacy than with alternative rehab care
Programs for treatment can vary from clinic to clinic, though some in your local area may be considered specialist centres – it is always worth checking in advance
There are a number of reasons, however, why patients may be recommended to visit a private clinic over a Local Authority rehab centre. One of the main reasons is because LA clinics can have long waiting lists. Due to the care being free for attendees (though it is paid for by the Local Authority), lists of patients wishing to attend can be very lengthy. This means you may not be able to get the care you need as quickly as you need it.
There is also some concern over how effective Local Authority rehab clinics are in comparison to private care. It is suggested that public clinics offer longer, more generic rehab programs, whereas private clinics can support tailored care packages to each patient. This, it is argued, can mean those attending public rehab may not be getting the support they need to stay clean.
There is a matter of privacy, too. The clue is in the name – private care will grant you your own space and treatment room. Public clinics with residential care, however, may require you to stay in a public ward.
Rehabilitation is something which shouldn’t be entered into lightly. Whilst there are benefits to signing up for Local Authority funded rehabilitation, private care may offer you the privacy and swift, dedicated support you need to recover. It may even be cost-effective for you in the long run.
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