Treatment tailored to your needs

London’s leading addiction rehabilitation centre

At Roehampton, we are proud to offer world renowned treatment for alcohol addiction, drug addiction and a range of other behavioural addictions including gambling, love, sex and internet addictions. Our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme focuses on addressing any physical symptoms of the addiction, before examining underlying triggers and developing appropriate lifelong coping strategies. Our programme is guided by the well-established 12-Step treatment philosophy. The 12-Step model was first pioneered by the organisation Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and an abstinence based programme that centres on an individual’s spirituality and is used worldwide in the treatment of substance and behavioural addiction.

Free addictions assessment at Priory Hospital, Roehampton

We also offer a free, no-obligation addictions assessment which consists of:

  • Face to face assessment with a member of the addictions treatment team

  • The opportunity to ask any questions you may have

  • Talking you through a proposed treatment plan

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.

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What addictions are treated at Roehampton?

We are able to treat the following addictions and addictive behaviours at Roehampton:

Alcohol addiction
Alcohol addiction, also known as alcohol use disorder or alcoholism, is characterised by excessive alcohol consumption, to the extent that your body ultimately becomes dependent on alcohol in order to function effectively on a daily basis. Without expert treatment, alcohol addiction can result in a wide array of physical and psychological problems, and can even be fatal.

Drug addiction
Drug addiction is a serious condition, characterised by repeatedly taking or administering drugs, whether these are illegal substances such as heroin or ecstasy, or legal prescription drugs. Illegal drug taking is usually the result of curiosity or encouragement from peers, whereas prescription drugs are usually taken for a legitimate medical reason, before an addiction develops. With continued use, illegal and legal drug use can soon become a serious problem.

Some of the most common drug addictions include:

  • Heroin addiction – heroin, a form of opiate drug, is a dangerous substance derived from morphine and is commonly injected, although it can also be snorted or smoked. Due to its painkilling properties, heroin is highly addictive which causes tolerance to build quickly and results in people needing to take more and more of the drug in order to experience the same initial effects.
  • Cocaine addiction – cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug which is commonly snorted as a white powder, although it is also possible for it to be injected. Taking cocaine results in users experiencing intense euphoria which often causes people to become addicted quickly and develop a high tolerance to the drug.
  • Crack cocaine addiction – crack cocaine, or simply ‘crack’, is the crystal form of cocaine. The drug is heated and smoked, and its name is derived from the cracking or popping noise that it makes when it is exposed to heat. The onset of euphoria is much more rapid in crack cocaine when compared to the powder form of the drug, but the effects often peak quickly and stop after only a few minutes.
  • Amphetamine addiction – amphetamine, also known as ‘speed’, is a dangerous stimulant that comes in powder form and often looks like small crystals. Amphetamine can be snorted, smoked, injected or dabbed onto the gums, and results in euphoria, intense bursts of energy, alertness and confidence.
  • Ecstasy addiction – ecstasy, or MDMA, is derived from amphetamine and is a powerful stimulant drug. The most common method of ingesting ecstasy is by swallowing it in tablet form, although it can also be snorted as a powder. Ecstasy causes a release of serotonin and dopamine, the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemicals, thus resulting in feelings of intense happiness, closeness, and intimacy as well as euphoria and extreme energy.
  • Cannabis addiction – cannabis, widely known as ‘marijuana’ or ‘weed’, is derived from the cannabis plant and is usually smoked, although it can also be cooked or baked in different foods. Cannabis causes people to feel relaxed and peaceful, effects which have likely contributed to this drug being one of the most widely abused substances in the UK.
  • Prescription drug addiction - prescription drugs are often prescribed by medical professionals in order to offer short-term pain relief following an injury or operation. However, these drugs are known to cause feelings of euphoria, pleasure and tranquillity which can be highly addictive to some people.
  • New psychoactive and illicit substance (legal high) addiction – new psychoactive substances, also commonly known as 'legal highs', are powerful psychoactive substances that typically contain a wide range of unknown chemicals that have not undergone sufficient testing to understand their effects. Illicit substances are substances that are easy to obtain and can cause psychoactive effects when they are used in a certain way e.g. glue and solvents. New psychoactive and illicit substances typically mimic the effects of illegal drugs and can cause significant harm and even death.

Other behavioural addictions that we are able to treat at Roehampton include:

  • Gambling addiction
  • Love and sex addiction
  • Internet addiction

Addiction therapy at Roehampton

We use a series of tried and tested addiction treatment methods at Roehampton, which have shown to be effective in aiding recovery and rehabilitation from these complex conditions. Examples of the types of therapy that we use include:


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used method of psychotherapy that has shown to be highly effective in the treatment of addictions. CBT is based on the principle that addictions are underpinned by negative thought patterns which work to undermine a person’s efforts to make healthy choices, and cause a lack of belief in their ability to recover from an addiction. At Roehampton, our CBT experts work with our patients to challenge and change dysfunctional thought patterns, develop an understanding of why they developed in the first place, and ultimately replace them with rational and healthy alternatives.

Equine assisted therapy

The use of animals for therapeutic purposes can be traced throughout history. Whilst a range of animals can be used in therapy, horses are widely considered to be effective in enabling behavioural change. Equine assisted therapy is a holistic therapeutic method that we are proud to offer to our patients at Roehampton. This form of therapy involves patients working in collaboration with a horse, their addictions specialist and an expert horse handler, with the aim of discovering more about themselves, developing new ways of thinking, and changing negative elements of behaviour. Equine assisted therapy has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions, including addiction.

1:1 therapy

1:1 therapy takes place between yourself and the most appropriate addictions specialist for your individual requirements. 1:1 sessions allow your individual concerns to be addressed in a comprehensive and detailed manner, with the format of the sessions being flexible and guided by the unique nature of your condition.

Group therapy

Group therapy is a method of therapy that takes place as part of a group, comprised of other addictions patients. These sessions are typically facilitated by one or two of our Roehampton specialists. For many, the concept of group therapy can be quite overwhelming; however, there is substantial evidence to suggest that group therapy is extremely effective, particularly in the treatment of addictions. Group therapy allows patients to share their experiences, offer mutual understanding and learn from each other in a highly compassionate and supportive environment.

Family group therapy

Family group therapy centres on the patient and their immediate family or loved ones. The purpose of this form of therapy is to generate a two-way understanding and dialogue regarding the nature of the patient’s addiction, and the impact that this is having on family dynamics and relationships.

Couple’s therapy

In a similar way to family group therapy, the purpose of couple’s therapy is to encourage an open dialogue between partners regarding the impact that the addiction is having on them as individuals, as well as their relationship.

What happens during the Roehampton Addiction Treatment Programme?

Our 28-day programme is guided by best practice and the very latest thinking in the treatment of addictions. Our expert team adhere to robust national guidelines and guarantee a truly bespoke journey for each and every one of our patients in order to produce long-lasting rehabilitation and recovery.

Medically assisted detoxification

Detoxification, or ‘detox’, is a crucial first step towards recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, and is the process by which harmful, addictive substances are removed from your body in a controlled and medically assisted environment. A controlled detox programme also helps you to manage the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that are experienced when you stop consuming alcohol or drugs. At Roehampton, we are able to provide a safe and secure alcohol and drug detox programme, providing full medical supervision and a bespoke detox plan.

Residential treatment

Following detox, you will progress to intensive residential treatment for your addiction. Our expert team deliver a comprehensive programme of evidence-based therapies, ensuring that these are best suited to the unique requirements of each individual and foster the best possible outcomes.

Day patient treatment

Following a rigorous programme of residential care, you will typically take a step-down in intensity to day patient treatment. This consists of attending Roehampton for a set number of days each week and participating in ATP therapy groups. However, unlike residential treatment, you will return to your own place of residence following a day of therapy.

Free aftercare for life

Aftercare is a core component of Roehampton’s Addiction Treatment Programme, which is why we are dedicated to providing free aftercare for life. Our comprehensive aftercare offering ensures that you are provided with the support that you need when you leave treatment, including a personalised continuing care plan and access to weekly meetings and 12-Step fellowship groups.

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.