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London Addiction Treatment Clinic for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation

Priory Hospital North London’s Addiction Treatment Programme provides intensive treatment, education and support to individuals suffering from a wide range of addictions. Our robust programme has been specifically designed to support patients in facing the reality of their alcohol, drug, or behavioural addiction, whilst promoting the restoration of physical and emotional health.

The North London Addiction Treatment Programme aims to minimise the psychological and physical symptoms of withdrawal by promoting abstinence in a safe and supportive environment. Families are included as part of the treatment process and are invited to attend our free family group service.

Our free addictions assessment consists of:

  • A face to face consultation with a member of our expert addictions treatment team

  • The opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns that you may have

  • Developing an understanding of your personalised treatment plan

Addictions are becoming increasingly common mental health concerns and often affect all of us in some way, at some point in our lives. At North London, we understand that making the decision to seek treatment can be one of the hardest decisions that a person has to make, not only on a personal level but also within the competing demands of family, work and their daily routine. This is why, at North London, we are committed to offering a flexible range of programmes to treat both substance and behavioural addictions, designed to meet individuals’ needs and lifestyles.

To find out more about what our renowned programme at North London may look like for you as an individual, please access our example Addiction Treatment Programme timetable. To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, you can email your enquiry or click here to arrange your free addictions assessment.

What addictions are treated at North London?

Our addictions experts at North London have a wealth of experience in treating alcohol addiction, a range of drug addictions, as well as some of the most common behavioural addictions including addiction to gambling, love and sex, internet and shopping.

Alcohol addiction

Addiction to alcohol develops when an individual consumes alcohol in a repeated and excessive manner, until they become dependent on it in order to function effectively on a day-to-day basis. If it is left untreated, alcohol addiction can cause a whole host of severe physical and psychological problems.

Drug addiction

An addiction to drugs is characterised by an individual taking or administering drugs in a continuous and repetitive way, until their body and mental functioning become dependent on the particular substance. Drugs can include a range of illegal substances such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamine, but can also refer to legal prescription drugs which are usually taken for a legitimate medical reason before a harmful addiction develops.

Some of the specific drug addictions that we are able to treat at North London include:

Cocaine addiction – cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that has the appearance of a white powder. Cocaine is typically snorted but it is also possible for it to be injected. Taking cocaine causes users to experience an intense and prolonged period of euphoria, which makes cocaine highly addictive and often results in tolerance to the drug building quickly.

Crack cocaine addiction – crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine. Also known as simply ‘crack’, this dangerous drug takes its name from the cracking or popping noise that it makes when it is heated. Crack cocaine is typically smoked and causes users to experience rapid effects that peak after only a few minutes. This accelerated cycle causes addiction and tolerance to crack cocaine, to build very quickly.

Cannabis addiction – cannabis, which is also commonly known as ‘marijuana’ or ‘weed’, is derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabis is most commonly smoked although it is becoming increasingly common for this drug to be baked or cooked in various foods. This substance causes users to experience feelings of tranquillity and relaxation; effects that have likely contributed to cannabis being one of the most widely abused drugs in the UK.

Amphetamine addiction – amphetamine, also known as ‘speed’, is a highly potent drug that comes in the form of a white powder or small crystals. There are a number of ways in which amphetamine can be taken including snorting, injecting, smoking, or dabbing onto the gums. Amphetamine causes users to experience extreme confidence, alertness, intense euphoria and high bursts of prolonged energy.

Ecstasy addiction – ecstasy, which is also commonly known as MDMA, is a powerful derivative of amphetamine and causes extreme euphoria and high energy. Ecstasy also causes individuals’ brains to release what are widely referred to as the ‘happy chemicals’, dopamine and serotonin, which also cause users to experience feelings of intense happiness, closeness and intimacy. Ecstasy is typically swallowed in tablet form but it is also possible for it to be snorted as a powder.

Heroin addiction – heroin is a very powerful opiate drug, derived from the strong painkiller, morphine. The most common method of taking heroin is via injection, although this substance can also be snorted or smoked. Heroin has strong painkilling properties which means that addiction and tolerance to this substance can build very quickly. This results in individuals having to take more and more of the drug in order to achieve the desired effects. 

Prescription drugs – prescription drugs are typically prescribed by doctors or medical professionals in order to provide pain relief to individuals who have sustained an injury or received an operation. However, due to the strong anaesthetic properties of these drugs, they can be highly addictive and typically result in feelings of relaxation, pleasure and euphoria.

Our addictions experts at North London are also able to treat a series of behavioural addictions including:

  • Love and sex addiction

  • Shopping addiction

  • Internet addiction

  • Gambling addiction

Addiction therapy at North London

At North London, we are able to provide a range of established therapeutic methods as part of our Addiction Treatment Programme, each of which has demonstrated success in the treatment of addictions. These include:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used technique in the treatment of addictions. CBT is based on the principle that addictions develop and are sustained by dysfunctional thought patterns which lead to destructive behaviour, and undermine individuals’ efforts to make heathy choices. As such, the purpose of CBT is to challenge these unhealthy thought patterns, examine why they developed in the first place, and work closely with the patient to change dysfunctional beliefs and the resulting damaging behaviour.


Mindfulness is a highly effective therapy that equips individuals with the skills to focus on the present, and address and acknowledge negative emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them. 

Holistic therapy

Holistic therapies are therapeutic methods that allow difficult, sometimes subconscious emotions, to be processed via alternative forms of expression.

Equine assisted therapy is an example of a holistic method of therapy that we use at North London. Equine assisted therapy involves patients working alongside a horse, developing new ways of thinking, learning more about themselves and their unique addiction and altering dysfunctional behaviour. Equine assisted therapy has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including addiction.

Meditation is another form of holistic therapy that we offer as part of our Addiction Treatment Programme. Meditation allows addictions patients to relax, slow down their breathing and become aware of their own body and feelings in the present moment. Meditation sessions teach patients valuable techniques for relaxation, help to reduce anxiety, and facilitate an improved awareness of mind, body and spirit.

1:1 therapy

1:1 therapy takes place on an individual basis, with sessions comprised of an addictions patient and the most appropriate addictions specialist for their unique needs. These sessions allow personal feelings and concerns to be addressed in a comprehensive manner, and in a safe and confidential environment.

Group therapy

Group therapy takes place as part of a wider group of addictions patients. This effective form of therapy allows patients the opportunity to share their feelings, receive feedback and offer mutual support in a highly therapeutic and compassionate environment, amongst individuals who have all had very similar experiences.

Family group therapy

As its name suggests, family group therapy takes place with the addictions patient and their immediate family or loved ones. The purpose of this form of therapy is to generate a comprehensive, two-way understanding and an open dialogue regarding the nature of the addiction and the impact that this is having upon the broader family unit.

What happens during the North London Addiction Treatment Programme?

Our Addiction Treatment Programme takes place over a period of 28 days, which is the period of time that is recommended for comprehensive addiction treatment, according to research, guidelines and best practice. You will receive a bespoke treatment plan, specifically tailored according to your unique needs and delivered by the specialist that is best suited to your individual requirements. Our approach engenders long lasting recovery and the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our Addiction Treatment Programme patients.

Free addictions assessment

The first step in your Addiction Treatment Programme journey is to benefit from a free initial assessment with one of our addictions experts. We understand that seeking help for an addiction can be a daunting and confusing time, which is why our free addictions assessment allows the opportunity for you to address any questions or concerns that you may have, begin to develop an understanding of why your addiction developed in the first place, and learn about what a bespoke treatment plan might look like for you.

Medically assisted detoxification

At North London, we are able to offer a full medically assisted detoxification, or ‘detox’, as part of our programme. The detox process enables the complete removal of all harmful and addictive substances from your body, whilst managing the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that are encountered when you stop consuming alcohol or drugs. Our detox programme is safe and controlled and prepares you to commence with rigorous psychological therapy.

Residential treatment

Once detox has been successfully undertaken, you will be ready to start intensive residential treatment to address the psychological elements of your addiction. Residential treatment is comprised of a variety of evidence-based therapies that have been found to be highly effective in addressing the root causes of addictive behaviours and encouraging you to engage in healthier alternatives.

Day patient treatment

Once you have completed residential treatment, the next step will be for you to attend a less intensive programme of day patient therapy. This is characterised by you attending therapeutic groups at North London for a predetermined number of days each week, but returning to your own place of residence each evening.

Free aftercare for 12 months

You will have access to weekly aftercare groups for a full 12 months, once you have completed the 28-day programme. This ensures that you receive the ongoing support that you need when you leave North London, and equips you with skills for life.