What is residential Rehab?
Residential specialised drug treatment is care
planned by you and your case worker. The care is specially
co-ordinated to ensure quality of treatment and aftercare following
rehab. There are a range of drug and alcohol residential rehab
units to suit the needs of different service users. Treatment can
- Inpatient specialist drug and alcohol detox
and stabilisation services
- Inpatient detox units, directly attached to a
- Provision for special groups such as pregnant
women, drug users with liver problems or drug users with severe and
enduring mental illness
Am I able to apply?
Different areas of the country have their own
criteria when looking to refer a client to rehab.
The Peterborough criteria for clients:
- Is a local resident (or has been) and the
residence was their own choice for a minimum of six out of the last
12 months or three out of the last five years
- Is employed in the city, has family in the
city or is of ‘special’ circumstances (e.g. fleeing domestic
- Is serving in the armed forces and lives
locally after being relocated as a result of their deployment
- Is over 18 years of age and is actively
working with a local drug treatment service
- Has been assessed as having significant
drug misuse by a local drug treatment service
- Client and case worker agree a residential
rehab placement would meet their needs
Clients are entitled to a community care
assessment when making an application. Treatment can also be
arranged privately or through their GP.
Will I need to detox before Rehab?
Clients are sometimes required to have
completed a detox prior to starting a residential treatment
programme. Peterborough has a detox bed at Peterborough City Hospital which can be used before
going to rehab. This is arranged with your case worker.
How do I apply for a place at a Rehab centre?
You can discuss rehab as an option with your
case worker who will complete an application form with information
about your current treatment, appointment attendance record,
reasons for wanting a rehab placement and the choice of rehab
centre you wish to attend.
The application form is sent to a rehab
panel to assess. Your case worker will be invited to attend the
panel to speak on your behalf. The panel is made up of people
from local drug and alcohol service providers and the
You and your case worker will be informed once
a decision is made. There is an appeal process which you and your
case worker can complete together should you wish to contest the
What happens next?
If you are successful in your application
for a rehab placement you will firstly have a detox. This usually
takes place at Peterborough City Hospital.
Rehab centres have very strict rules and it
is important to ensure you are fully aware of what you can and
You may be asked to leave the rehab
placement should you break any of the rules, which are set for your
own progress and that of other residents.
The rehab centre you wish to attend will
discuss any guidelines for your stay when you visit to see if it is
the ideal place for you.
You can visit www.rehab-online.org.uk
which provides details of all rehab centres registered in the
United Kingdom. The Rehab Online website provides feedback from
previous residents and information on what the rehab centre
Your case worker can also obtain
information on your behalf and answer any questions you may
If you would like this leaflet in another
language or format (e.g. large text) please telephone (01733)
747474 and ask for the SaferPeterborough Team.