Priory Hospital Chelmsford - alcohol rehab and mental health treatment in Essex

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  • A team of experts
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About this location

Chelmsford is one of the UK’s leading treatment centres and is rated by former patients for its excellence, dedication and commitment, as well as producing outstanding treatment outcomes.

The hospital first opened in 1992 and since then, has established an excellent reputation for providing fast access to high quality treatment for a range of addictions as well as treatment for mental health difficulties. We also offer private autism assessments for adults and children.

Chelmer Ward and The Lodge are private general psychiatry and addiction treatment facilities. We offer support to people in crisis with mental health issues, such as psychosis, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and trauma. The ward has a multidisciplinary team consisting of experienced consultant psychiatrists, specialty doctors, mental health nurses and therapists, who provide person-centred care, in collaboration with the patient, to allow them to maximise their recovery journey.

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Priory Hospital Chelmsford Stump Lane Springfield Green Chelmsford Essex CM1 7SJ

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Our free addiction assessment explained

Priory is currently offering 10% off private self-pay addiction inpatient treatment, for admissions until 31st August inclusive.

Get a free initial assessment with a therapist, to help you take the first step towards recovery. T&Cs apply.

  • Work with world-class addiction specialists
  • Network of rehabilitation centres nationwide
  • Range of therapeutic techniques used, including equine therapy

Our services

At Priory Hospital Chelmsford, we can treat a range of mental health conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

We also provide high quality therapy to people struggling with gender issues, low self-esteem, and those with a personality disorder diagnosis.

Without expert mental health treatment and therapy, it’s unlikely that your mental health problems will go away on their own; they can continue to have a detrimental impact on your life, and cause a range of long term problems. If you think that you or someone you know is struggling  with their mental health, it’s important to understand that these conditions are treatable, and the most crucial first step is to get help. At Chelmsford, our highly trained team are committed to providing you with every resource you need, enabling you to tackle your mental health challenges within a compassionate and highly supportive environment, and return to a positive way of life.

Chelmsford offers its own standalone addiction treatment unit as part of our 28-day residential addiction treatment programme, based in its own dedicated building on-site, known as The Lodge. Here, the emphasis is on total commitment to your programme of recovery, in a safe and supportive environment.

Addiction treatment at Chelmsford is based on the 12-step addiction treatment model, which was first popularised by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). This approach has an abstinence-based philosophy, and focuses on your motivation to change, whilst incorporating a spiritual element within the treatment process, with proven, worldwide success.

Our flexible and patient-centred addiction treatment programme has been developed by our expert team of psychiatrists, addiction psychologists, addiction therapists and mental health nurses. We work in close collaboration with you, while drawing upon all of the available specialists in our team. This approach ensures that treatment produces the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.

Our addiction rehabilitation programme includes:

  • Free, no obligation addiction assessment
  • 7-day medically assisted detoxification for alcohol and drug addictions, if needed
  • Individual 1:1 therapy and group therapy
  • A family and couples programme
  • Access to 12-step support groups, selected according to your needs
  • Free aftercare for 12 months following treatment
  • Free family support for 12 months following treatment
  • Opportunity to engage with a step-down programme, tailored to your needs

We also deliver specialist treatment to the LGBTQIA+ community, who are struggling with addiction and recovery issues.

At Priory Hospital Chelmsford, we are dedicated to your continuing recovery, which is why we offer free aftercare for 12 months, once you have completed our full 28-day addiction treatment programme. Our aftercare programme consists of weekly support groups for patients, as well as ongoing family support.

Our free addiction assessment

We offer a free addiction assessment for you to discuss your challenges with one of our experts, supporting you to start your recovery. Speak to a specialist:

  • Face-to-face
  • Over the phone

Treatment options

Our flexible treatment programmes include outpatient therapy and day care, which are designed to fit around your existing commitments, as well as inpatient (residential) treatment, for those who need more intensive, ongoing support.

For more information on the treatment programmes we offer throughout our wider Priory network, including at Priory Hospital Chelmsford, please click the links below:

At Chelmsford, our experts have a wealth of experience in delivering a wide range of therapy services, including:

Part of our specialist provision at Chelmsford is The Stables Therapy Centre, where we provide individual therapy using a variety of methods. These are all consistent with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for therapeutic interventions.

These include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Psychodynamic approaches
  • Group work in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Informed skills training programme
  • Trauma focused therapy

Referrals to our therapy centre are either via a consultant psychiatrist or self-referral, usually via a GP. We can treat adults and young people and everyone is offered an initial assessment to explore their needs and the benefits of therapy, before therapy commences.

All our therapists are either accredited or working towards accreditation with a recognised regulatory body, such as the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


We also understand that improving patients’ general sense of wellbeing can help them in their recovery journey. That’s why we also provide a number of wellbeing activities, helping you to stay healthy in mind, body and spirit while you’re with us. These include:

Meditation and relaxation classes
Yoga, Tai Chi and Shiatsu classes
Art psychotherapy
Recreational quizzes and movie nights
Gardening groups


Priory Hospital Chelmsford overview

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Our psychiatrists and therapists in Essex

At Priory Hospital Chelmsford, our team of highly qualified psychiatrists and therapists are dedicated to providing exceptional care and personalised treatment plans for a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and addiction, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Frequently asked questions

Here, you will find some commonly asked questions about Priory Hospital Chelmsford.

Can I have visitors?

If you're receiving inpatient treatment with us, we'll encourage you to keep in touch with your loved ones during your recovery.

Visiting hours are permitted in the week and on weekends, but this is something your ward staff can discuss with you on arrival.

Family, friends and children are allowed to visit you, but we ask that they remain respectful of others in the hospital.

Will I get my own room?

Yes, while you’re staying with us, you’ll have your own en-suite bedroom. The bedrooms come equipped with a TV, DVD player, a small safety deposit box and a nurse call button.

We have regular housekeeping, as well as a common room with a TV, games, and a lounge area.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of treatment can vary depending on the condition treated, the kind of treatment needed and for how long the condition needs to be treated.

There are lots of reasons why people may choose to pay privately to receive expert mental health treatment at Priory Hospital Chelmsford.

We are able to book appointments at a time that's convenient for you, and are committed to delivering excellent, high quality care with the most positive individual outcomes. For more information on how to commence with expert treatment at Chelmsford, contact us today on 0800 756 2805 or via email.

Paying for treatment

There are two ways you can pay to receive expert mental health and addiction treatment at Priory Hospital Chelmsford:

  1. Self-paying – this means that you pay for your treatment yourself
  2. Payment via private medical insurance – we are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK’s leading private medical insurers, including Aviva, AXA Health, Bupa, Cigna, Healix, Vitality and WPA

For more information on self-funding your treatment or using your private medical insurance to pay for our services, call us today on 0800 787 0510 or visit our fees and funding page.

Who will be there to help me?

Our specialist team at Priory Hospital Chelmsford comprises:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Mental health nurses

Our team is committed to providing the best treatment to everyone we support, and we pride ourselves on placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey.

What if I'm in crisis?

Priory’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure peope can be signposted to the best possible support, as quickly as possible. For immediate crisis support, they may direct you to your local NHS facilities.

The specialist teams at our residential facilities can help to stabilise those in need of immediate assistance, including providing access to medically assisted detoxification for drug and alcohol addictions, where required. Call us today on: 0800 787 0484.

How is the hospital regulated?

The treatment we deliver at Chelmsford is driven by robust clinical governance protocols, and we receive ongoing monitoring by our independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

How to find us

Priory Hospital Chelmsford is located just outside Chelmsford town centre. We are 6 to 7-minute drive from the town centre or a 25-minute walk.

If you’re travelling from further afield, the train station is a 24-minute walk away and the bus station is approximately a 25-minute walk away. The 54 or 56 bus from the town centre will bring you nearby the hospital within 20 minutes.

From the surrounding areas, such as Basildon, Colchester, Burnham on Crouch and Billericay, buses and trains are available. There are some direct routes available, although some trains require changes at Shenfield.

There is also easy access from the A12, Stansted Airport, Central London, and close to excellent transport links to other neighbouring areas including Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk

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Why Priory?

Care and quality

We provide treatment that adheres to National Institute for Health and Care excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Flexible payment options

We offer flexible payment options for patients, including inpatient, day care and outpatient packages.

Expert clinicians

We work with world class clinicians who are experts in their fields.

Patient pathways

Our teams create seamless pathways to help when stepping down from inpatient care to day care and outpatient treatment.

What our patients say...

At Chelmsford, the experience of the people we support is central to the delivery of our services, and the ongoing focus of our team.

would recommend our addiction service to a friend
of addiction patients feel the support offered has helped their recovery
of mental health service patients feel that staff are caring and supportive
of patients felt their privacy and dignity were respected

Private medical insurance

We are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK's leading private medical insurers. All of the services that we offer at Priory can be funded through private medical insurance. This includes:

  • Mental health treatment
  • Addiction treatment
  • Eating disorder treatment

All clients will have access to our highly skilled and accredited clinicians, many of whom are published experts in their fields of treatment. Whatever your requirements, we are committed to working with you to get your life back on track.

Registered and approved provider

We are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK's leading private medical insurers.

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