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How much does private alcohol rehab cost?

Written By Stuart Croft
Reviewed By Tiffany Green
Medically Reviewed By Dr David Barker
Updated July 9, 2024

The term ‘private alcohol rehab’ is broad. It encompasses a number of different treatment scenarios where the service providers are privately contracted individuals or organisations. 

‘Private alcohol rehab’ could mean residential care in a 24-hour facility. It could also be a day-nurse tending to their patient’s withdrawal symptoms at home, a private wilderness retreat to rediscover yourself, luxury and bespoke rehab on a tropical island, and everything in between.

Depending on who you ask, private alcohol rehab could cost anything from approximately £19 per hour for a private nurse to see you through the worst of withdrawal. Private day care therapists typically charge anywhere between £75 and £300 per hour, while round-the-clock care at a residential facility typically costs around £3,000 per week. Those with means can spend up to £10,000 per day at luxury rehab retreats in Switzerland, the Caribbean, and southeast Asia. 

To help you understand what goes into the different types of private alcohol rehab, we’ll take a detailed look at some of the more commonly chosen options, what they entail, and who they are best for. Use the links below to navigate to the relevant sections.

How much does Private Residential Alcohol Rehab cost?

Despite private residential alcohol rehab being more expensive than many of the other types presented in this article, it remains a popular option for many wishing to achieve permanent sobriety. Private residential alcohol rehab service providers with an integrated approach to treatment, skilled addiction and recovery professionals, and effective post-care services contribute significantly to the lasting recovery of thousands around the world each year.


Depending on the location, level of comfort and amenities, intensity of the programme, and insurance coverage, private residential alcohol rehab costs anywhere from £2,000 to £5,000 per week, with the upper limits blurring the lines between residential and luxury rehab. Alcohol rehab courses typically run for four consecutive weeks.

What are you paying for?

A residential stay for alcohol rehab involves several expenses, some of which are easily overlooked. In addition to the direct and obvious costs, such as four weeks of accommodation, therapies, medication(s), and meals, you are also paying for several support staff, other workers, and alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, and access to a gym.

Private alcohol rehab clinics on the higher end of the price scale might also charge additional levies for features such as:

  • Bigger or better equipped rooms and facilities, and access to higher quality meals.
  • Access to pricier alternative therapies such as equine therapy or hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). 
  • Access to recreational facilities such as spas or golf courses.
  • Custom treatment plans that include treatment for co-occurring mental or physical health conditions. 

Who is private residential alcohol rehab for?

This format of alcohol rehab is widely regarded as offering the best chance at long-term sobriety, with a 2017 study published in the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health showing that supervised inpatient care resulted in a three-times higher treatment completion rate. 

Given this, private residential alcohol rehab is well suited to patients who:

  • Have a severe or extended history of alcohol abuse and are at severe risk of seizures or DTs during detox.
  • Require a safe, controlled, and structured environment physically removed from alcohol.
  • Have tried outpatient treatments without success.
  • Need a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes a medically supervised detox, intensive therapy, and post-treatment planning.
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How much do Partial Hospitalisation Programmes for Alcohol Rehab cost?

A partial hospitalisation programme (PHP) is very similar to an intensive outpatient programme, with the primary difference being that partial hospitalisation has a more intensive time requirement. You can view it as the middle ground between residential rehab and outpatient treatment. It requires the patient to spend anywhere from 5 to 8 hours per day in a medically supervised environment before returning home at the end of the day.

Prices again vary significantly depending on the features and amenities provided; however, without the added costs of accommodation and three daily meals, partial hospitalisation programmes for alcohol rehab typically cost between £1,500 and £2,000 per week, although higher and lower-priced service providers can be found. These programmes often last for four weeks, although extended programmes are typically available for those in need and with the means to continue paying for therapy. 

What are you paying for?

Patients in a partial hospitalisation programme are paying primarily for the therapy they receive. This typically includes a combination of individual therapies with therapists and/or psychiatrists, group therapy with others in treatments, and access to holistic therapies such as the ones mentioned in the previous entry. 

Depending on the clinic and your needs, they might also assist you in finding safe and supportive housing or arrange other types of tertiary treatments for alcohol abuse.

Who is private residential alcohol rehab for?

PHPs offer most of the benefits of a full residential stay, minus the round-the-clock medical supervision. This makes it suitable for those who:

  • Have a stable and supportive home environment that is conducive to recovery and sobriety.
  • Cannot commit to overnight stays due to responsibilities or commitments at home.
  • Have completed a residential stay but need additional therapy before transitioning to full outpatient care.
  • Do not require 24/7 medical supervision but benefit from a structured environment and continued therapy.

How much do Intensive Outpatient Programmes for Alcohol Rehab cost?

Intensive Outpatient Programmes (IOPs), sometimes referred to as ‘daycare’ for alcohol addiction, involve the patient visiting a rehab specialist and/or psychiatrist for 6 to 12 hours per week, usually spread out over 3 to 5 days. The number might start higher and taper down as the patient makes progress with their recovery.

While the costs may vary depending on the treatment professional’s hourly rate, you can realistically expect to pay no less than £600 per week. Realistically, you’re likely to end up looking at around £800 to £1,000 per week. Treatment may last from a few weeks to months, depending on the patient’s needs. With time, the number of weekly sessions is likely to drop, reducing financial pressure.

What are you paying for?

Professional psychiatrists and other addiction specialists spend years studying their craft. You are primarily paying for their skills and expertise to help you achieve sobriety in scheduled sessions. Other benefits could include access to education workshops, relapse prevention support and guidance, and receiving therapy while still attending work and meeting life’s daily commitments.

Who are intensive outpatient programmes for?

IOPs are a good choice for those who require an even lower degree of medical supervision than patients in partial hospitalisation programmes (see entry above). This makes them suitable for patients who:

  • Have completed a residential rehab and/or a partial hospitalisation programme and need ongoing support to maintain sobriety.
  • Cannot commit to more than a certain number of hours per week for treatment.
  • Do not have the financial resources or insurance coverage for other types of private alcohol rehab treatment.
  • Have a strong support system at home.
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How much does Private Online Therapy for Alcohol Abuse cost?

Private online therapy sessions are typically priced very similarly to outpatient care in terms of hourly rate. Depending on the skills, expertise, and pricing of your online therapist, and the number of therapy hours, you can expect a weekly bill of anywhere between £300 and £1,000 per week.

Depending on where you are in your recovery journey, the number of weekly sessions could be as few as 2 or 3, with patients in withdrawal or freshly out might benefiting more from multiple daily sessions. 

While lots of skilled and licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and addiction professionals offer legitimate online therapy sessions, not everyone advertising their services online is accredited or licensed. Online therapy can be loosely governed in the UK, so ensure that you are working with a BACP-accredited therapist or referred via a registered professional, such as from a physician or treatment clinic. Therapy for alcohol addiction recovery is extremely important and must be taken seriously. Make sure you deal with a legitimate professional.

What are you paying for?

You are once again paying for your addiction and recovery professional’s skills and expertise in helping you achieve and maintain sobriety. In-person and online therapy typically cost the same, although the latter eliminates travel and childcare costs.

Who is private residential alcohol rehab for?

Private online therapy for alcohol rehab is a good option in cases where in-person therapy isn’t possible due to practicalities and/or when the patient has completed intensive primary care and is looking for continued therapy to maintain their sobriety. It is also well-suited for individuals who:

  • Cannot get out of work and/or other requirements for in-person therapy.
  • Prefer or require the convenience of receiving treatment at home.
  • Live in remote areas without access to other types of alcohol rehab services.
  • Are comfortable using digital communication tools and have access to a reliable internet connection.

How much does Home Rehab with Assistance cost?

Going through rehab, withdrawal, and primary care for alcohol abuse at home is a popular option in cases where the patient has problems leaving their house or where the financial situation precludes more expensive treatments.

The minimum requirement for private home rehab with assistance would be having a nurse by your side for at least a few hours during the day. At a cost of just under £20 per hour, a nurse can help monitor vital signs and be on the lookout for serious symptoms that would require hospitalisation, such as seizures or DTs; manage and monitor medication usage to ease withdrawal symptoms; provide emotional support and motivation; help prevent relapse by making sure the patient doesn’t procure alcohol while left alone; and help with meeting daily responsibilities. A private nurse can be an invaluable resource for families on a limited budget who need someone to take care of their loved one while at work or otherwise unavailable.

The primary factor that will determine the ultimate cost of home assistance for alcohol rehab will be the level of assistance required. While a single day nurse is fairly affordable, those with means might procure round-the-clock nursing staff, daily visits from psychiatrists or other addiction therapists, personal trainers and alternative medicine practitioners, nutritionists and personal trainers, and more. There is virtually no upper limit to how much could be spent on home rehab staff.

What are you paying for?

Once again, you’ll be paying for your staff’s skills and expertise in helping you go through detox more comfortably and increasing the odds of a successful detox and rehab. Additionally, you could be expected to pay for your service providers’ transport costs and/or pay a higher rate for having them come to you.

Who are intensive outpatient programmes for?

There are many reasons why one could choose to go through alcohol detox and primary care at home. Some choose this option because it’s the most affordable, while for others it’s simply the only viable option that still allows them to meet their responsibilities. It’s also a good option for those who value privacy and discretion and who do not want to be photographed in a rehab clinic. 

Home alcohol detox with private assistance is also a good option when:

  • The family can largely provide detox care, with the exception of a few hours each day.
  • The patient has a condition that precludes them from leaving their home.
  • A personalised approach to recovery in the comfort and privacy of your own home is a priority.

How much do Luxury, Bespoke, and Executive Rehab for Alcohol Abuse cost?

Luxury, bespoke, and executive rehab can vary in price to a greater degree than the other types of private therapy for alcohol misuse mentioned in this article. Although the line between ‘residential therapy’ and ‘luxury residential therapy’ is blurred by one’s opinion of the word ‘luxury’, you could reasonably say that residential stays that cost more than £5,000 a week start moving deeper into the luxury arena. Luxury rehab typically provides more comfortable and pleasing surroundings and accommodations, as well as additional features and amenities such as an onsite spa, pool, or golf course, and is typically located in a scenic location.

The terms ‘luxury rehab’ and ‘bespoke rehab’ are often incorrectly used interchangeably. While luxury rehab focuses on physical comfort and aesthetics, bespoke rehab is more about meeting the client’s rehab wishes. While, admittedly, this is an exaggerated example, an eccentric millionaire paying for rehab in his treehouse would technically be bespoke therapy. Bespoke therapy isn’t location bound and could theoretically have no upper limit in terms of cost. A popular version of bespoke therapy is a ‘wilderness getaway’. This could entail anything from ‘roughing it’ in a tent to a luxury lodge in the Swiss Alps. 

Executive rehab, sometimes referred to as ‘C-suite rehab’ or ‘burnout rehab’, is aimed at the same market as luxury and bespoke rehab. This type of rehab aims to provide discreet and confidential rehab services to high-performing executives who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Treatment could be provided in a residential inpatient, or intensive outpatient setting. What sets executive therapy apart from luxury or bespoke rehab (despite it potentially being all three simultaneously), is that it typically allows the patient to keep working, even in a reduced capacity if required, while receiving therapy. 

What are you paying for?

Patients in luxury, bespoke, or executive rehab are paying for heightened levels of luxury, comfort, and access to facilities and amenities; for their exact rehab needs and requirements to be met; and for the chance to continue working while receiving discreet and confidential help in dealing with substance abuse issues. 

It must be noted that the long-term success rate of luxury, bespoke, and executive rehab is not tied to the price the client pays. Luxury clinics charge more for additional space, features, facilities, and other luxuries; however, these additional costs neither relate to the quality of the treatment programme nor the skill or experience of their practitioners. 

Who is luxury, bespoke, and executive rehab for?

These rehab services are largely reserved for those with the financial means to pay for them. While the NHS and private insurers in the UK make provisions for substance abuse rehab, luxury, bespoke, and executive rehab services are not covered by these schemes and they have to be paid for privately.

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How much does Supported Housing for Alcohol Rehab cost?

Supported housing, dry houses, and halfway houses all provide tertiary recovery services to those in recovery from substance abuse. They provide safe and clean accommodation that is typically shared with other people in recovery and is an essential step towards lasting sobriety for many. Supported housing isn’t the same as rehab  and instead focuses on helping patients who have already gone through detox and primary care to maintain their sobriety, build skills, and learn the skills required for fully independent living.

Costs usually vary between £1,300 and £2,000 per month, depending on the location of the accommodation and what is included in their support programmes. Some supported housing service providers work with the NHS to provide easily accessible recovery services to those in need.

What are you paying for?

Supported housing often includes programmes aimed at developing confidence, careers, and independence. In addition to clean and safe accommodation, residents in supported housing pay for access to development workshops and ongoing therapy; however, these costs are usually kept to a minimum, subsidised, or provided at no cost by charitable organisations.

Who is supported housing for?

It’s no secret that prolonged alcohol abuse is devastating to one’s ability to meet life’s daily responsibilities, including responsibilities at work. Many recovering from alcohol abuse face unemployment or homelessness, and even the most dedicated face a high risk of relapse if they have to go back to the streets. Supported housing aims to provide short-term (typically up to a few months) support while the resident works on their sobriety and starts making moves towards long-term independence.

Conclusion

Private alcohol rehab costs vary greatly depending on how the term is interpreted. Private nurses, online therapy, and outpatient addiction specialist services offer the most affordable private alcohol rehab solutions, although they don’t provide round-the-clock assistance that can be so critical during detox and withdrawal.

For many, a 4-week residential stay offers the best balance between costs and services received. Although more expensive than partial hospitalisation, 24/7 access to medical supervision and addiction specialists while being away from the usual stressors provides the best chance at a full and lasting recovery.

For those with means, luxury and bespoke rehab, either in a 5-star resort or in the comfort of their own home, become an option. In addition to the heightened levels of luxury and comfort, these patients also pay for increased levels of privacy and/or high-profile service providers. 

Works Cited

Ho, C., and L. Adcock. “Summary of Evidence – Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs for Substance Use Disorder: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines.NCBI, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, 7 Nov 2017, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507689/. Accessed 26 June 2024.

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