Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol Dependence

Do I need to be admitted to an inpatient rehab for treatment?


Not necessarily. Most people relapse within one year after completing inpatient alcohol treatment. You only need to be admitted when you have a coexisting physical or mental problem. We work in partnership with several rehabilitation centres and hospitals in case you need inpatient treatment.




Can I have outpatient treatment only?


Yes, you can. Outpatient treatment is more cost effective than inpatient. Alcohol dependence is a long term problem and cannot be solved by spending just a few weeks in a rehab.




Do I need to attend the clinic daily?


Most of our alcohol treatment programmes require you to attend the clinic two or three times during the first week and then you can continue with face to face or online sessions less frequently depending on your treatment and needs. This is mainly due to COVID risk management.




Do I need to attend group meetings?


No, you don’t. Most of our programmes are based on one-to-one and family sessions. Patients can attend AA meetings but only if they want to. We also have a volunteer peer mentor at our clinic who can provide one-to-one spiritual support.




Can you prescribe disulfiram / Antabuse?


Yes, we do prescribe disulfiram / Antabuse to help you stop drinking. We will need to liaise with your GP and you will have to do a liver function blood test.




Can you prescribe naltrexone injections?


Vivitrol (naltrexone injection) is widely used in USA but it is not available in Europe yet. We do prescribe oral naltrexone tablets to help stop drinking alcohol.




Will I have a nominated Care Coordinator to treat me and my family?


Yes, you will have a nominated Care Coordinator managing your care during your alcohol treatment. She/he will be the main contact point throughout your recovery journey.




Do you provide online sessions?


Yes, we can offer online psychotherapy, counselling and clinical follow up sessions to monitor your progress during your alcohol treatment programme and aftercare.




Can I keep the online breathalyser for one year?


Yes, you can. Some of our patients decide to keep monitoring their alcohol consumption (breathalysing) for several months after they finish their alcohol rehabilitation. Not only does it help stop drinking and give peace of mind, but it can provide clinical evidence in legal proceedings such as driving related charges or child protection issues. Please contact us for further details.




Can you provide a record of my sobriety to my legal team?


Yes, we will work with your legal team to support your case the best possible way and provide evidence of your alcohol recovery.





Drug Addiction

Do I need to be admitted to an inpatient rehab for treatment?


Not necessarily. Most people relapse within one year of completing inpatient rehabilitation programmes. You only need to be admitted when you have a coexisting physical or mental problem. We work in partnership with all major rehabilitation centres and hospitals in the UK and overseas.




Can I have outpatient treatment only?


Yes, you can. Outpatient treatment is more cost effective than inpatient. Drug dependence is a long term problem and cannot be solved by spending just a few weeks in a rehab. You have a better chance of sustainable recovery in your real life environment.




Do you offer treatment to overseas patients?


Yes, we do. We do treat people visiting or moving permanently to the UK who want to continue the drug treatment they were having in their home country. We can also help you to register with a GP in the UK.




Do I need to attend the clinic daily?


Most of our drug programmes require you to attend the clinic two or three times during your first week and then you can continue with face to face or online sessions less frequently depending on your treatment and needs. This is mainly due to COVID-19 risk management.




Do I need to attend group meetings?


No, you don’t, unless you want to. Most of our programmes are based on one to one and family sessions. Patients can attend NA, AA or Al-Anon meetings, but only if they wish.




Can you prescribe methadone or buprenorphine?


Yes, we do prescribe methadone and buprenorphine for detoxification or maintenance if needed. We will need to liaise with your GP.




Can you prescribe without liaising with my GP?


Only as rare exceptions. Patients can opt not to inform their GPs, but doctors are bound by General Medical Council (GMC) Code of Good Medical Practice, which makes it mandatory to keep GPs informed of treatments they prescribe to ensure patient safety. Same as any other doctors, GPs are bound by confidentiality regulations and cannot share any clinical information with any third party without your explicit consent.




Can you prescribe monthly buprenorphine injections?


Yes, we can. Patients can benefit from Buvidal weekly or monthly injections and will not have to visit a pharmacy. Buvidal is the European equivalent of Sublocade available in the US, but offers a bigger range of doses.




Do you insert naltrexone implants?


No, we don’t. At the moment the implants are not licensed in the UK. We used to insert UK-manufactured implants in the past but they are no longer available. These days we offer opioid users an effective dose of prolonged release buprenorphine formulations. It is more cost effective and does not result in side effects, complications and allergic relations often experienced with implant surgical insertions.




Are naltrexone implants and Buvidal similar medications?


No, they are not. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, whilst buprenorphine is a partial agonist. That means that when you are on an effective dose of buprenorphine, you are usually blocked for other opioids and do not suffer withdrawal related symptoms.




Will I have a nominated person to work with me and my family?


Yes, you will have a nominated Care Coordinator who will manage your care. She / he will be the main contact point to answer your questions.




Do you provide online sessions?


Yes, we can offer online psychotherapy, counselling and clinical follow up sessions to monitor your progress.




Can I detox at home?


The vast majority of drug detoxifications don’t require you to be admitted to an inpatient facility. We only require patients to be admitted for detox when there are associated mental health or physical conditions, or when the nature of the drugs or the amounts taken are very dangerous.




Can you provide a record of my sobriety to my legal team?


Yes, we will work with your legal team to support your case in the best possible way. We have many years of experience supporting patients in complex legal proceedings.





Mental Health

What mental health problems do you treat?


We treat anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, bipolar disorder, dual diagnosis (mental health & addiction) and personality disorders. We also help with issues like codependency, dysfunctional relationships and behavioural addictions (gambling, online gaming, social media and others).




Will I have a nominated doctor and psychologist to treat me and my family?


You will have a nominated doctor and psychologist that you will see regularly. You will also have a Care Coordinator who will be the main point of contact for any queries.




Do you provide online sessions?


Yes, we can offer online psychotherapy, counselling and clinical follow up sessions to monitor your progress.




What is your approach to mental health problems?


We think every person and every circumstance is unique. This is why all our programmes are bespoke, tailored to your specific and personal needs. We offer comprehensive programmes integrating individual psychotherapy, family therapy and medical interventions when needed.




Do you offer family or couples therapy?


The Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) is a neuropsychological assessment that measures a person's attention while screening for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The test takes about 20 minutes and is similar to a computer game. This is the most objective measure for ADHD you can get. The TOVA test is part of our ADHD assessment.




What medications can you prescribe?


We can prescribe any medication licensed in the UK as long as needed.





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