If you are currently suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and are seeking rehabilitation for yourself or you are looking for rehabilitation for a friend or family member, you will likely have concerns and queries. Below are some of the common questions we get asked on a regular basis.

If you have any other questions or would like further advice call us on 01253 847 553 and a member of our experienced team will be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What Should I Bring with Me?

During your stay with us, you will be involved in a vast range of activities that include group and one to one therapy sessions and also some physical activities. It is essential that you are comfortable and feel relaxed in your clothes. You will need to bring comfortable clothing and nightwear, comfortable footwear such as training shoes, and slippers.

There are complimentary shower gels and soaps in each room, but please bring your own favourite shampoos and shower gels if you prefer. You need to ensure that your own toiletries do not contain alcohol (e.g. Alcohol-Free Mouthwash Only). All linens including towels, bedding and bathrobes are supplied.

Personal items like family pictures, books & suitable magazines, musical instruments i.e. guitar, etc are permitted. Most clients feel more at home surrounded by their own things.

IT devices (mobile telephones, tablets and laptops) are allowed and the centre has FREE Wifi. You can even bring your own games consoles too.
If you are currently taking any prescribed medication prescribed by your GP, bring enough to last your stay.

You need to make our admissions team aware of all medications on admission. Any medication in relation to your treatment will be supplied by our own Doctor and Pharmacy.

Every day, clients can go for a walk and can visit a local shop where goodies and treats can be purchased so please bring some additional funds with you. Any purchase of alcohol or medication is strictly prohibited.

Can I Bring My Car?

If you are entering treatment with us, it is likely that you have a dependency to alcohol or drugs may be intoxicated on admission. We cannot condone driving whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol and would advise that a family member or friend drive your vehicle to the centre for you on admission; leaving you free to leave us at the end of your treatment (drug and alcohol-free) behind the wheel of your own car.

You will not be permitted to use your car whilst you are receiving treatment from us and all external outings must be accompanied by a member of our team. On admission, you will be required to hand your car keys into our office for safekeeping and to enable us to move your vehicle in the event of an emergency at the property.

Parking is limited at some centres, so please check before you arrive. Step One Recovery cannot accept responsibility for vehicles or their contents parked on any of our premises and clients should ensure their own vehicle insurance remains valid during this period.

Are All the Staff Fully Qualified?

Step One Recovery works hard to find and employ the right teams across all our centres. Your recovery team will include a mixture of staff from different health and social care backgrounds; ranging from our experienced and qualified addiction and recovery workers to our qualified and experienced support staff.

All our staff undergo rigorous checks prior to employment, including the UK’s National Disclosure and Barring Service; ensuring our workforce are safe and competent to look after your care needs.

Our Medical Teams are all expertly qualified to carry out their role within the Step One Recovery and undergo annual checks to ensure their medical registration and occupational practice is up-to-date and in line with best practice and clinical governance.

Can I Have Visitors During My Stay?

During your stay at one of our centres, we believe it is important to allow you time and space to meet with your family or friends. This usually takes place every Sunday afternoon and provides you with an opportunity to stay in touch and for them to see how well you are doing in your treatment.

During Sunday visiting, you can make arrangements with the team, to go out with your family for the duration of the visit. Some clients prefer to go for a coffee or local walk with their family during these times.

However, it is essential that during these times you and your family ensure you do not consume or purchase alcohol or drugs. You will be checked by our team on your return and any breach of this may result in your treatment contract being terminated.

Our centres reserve to right to refuse admission to any visitors if the unit believes a visitor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or posing a risk to staff or other clients and visitors.

You must notify the team of any planned visitors to the centre, ensuring that staff are able to only allow your chosen guests in and to ensure that the confidentiality and discretion for all clients are maintained.

Special arrangements for visits outside of these times may be possible. Please discuss this with a member of our team or the unit manager during your stay.

Will I be able to receive and make phone calls?

During your stay at any of our centres, you are able to maintain access to your phone during your free time. Phones or devices are not permitted during therapy sessions or treatments and you are politely asked to leave you phone either safely in your room or hand it to a member of our team during these times.

You will have FREE access to Wifi during your stay to enable you to keep in touch with family and friends on social media and able to make calls during free times. However, we respectfully request that you respect other clients and the centre by:

  • Refraining from taking calls in all communal areas
  • Do not access or share materials or images that could be considered offensive, pornographic or discriminatory
  • Maintaining your phone on vibrate or silent when sat in communal areas
  • Adhering to the Step One Recovery confidentiality and social media policy at all times during your treatment programme and do not post images of staff or clients on social media without prior and express consent from the subject and the centre.

Step One Recovery cannot accept responsibility or any liability arising from the loss, theft, damage or destruction of your mobile devices and you must check your device insurance to ensure that you are fully covered for these circumstances, or accept these at your own liability and cost.

You may arrange for private calls using our phones, just ask any member of staff and they will be able to assist you.

Can I Receive Letters/Parcels?

Yes, during the course of your stay you may receive post or parcels at the centre. It is not unusual for clients doing well in their treatment to receive gifts, cards and letters; or to treat themselves to a new outfit from a reputable online retailer.

However, request that you notify our office of any expected deliveries and the likely content of these.

We have a responsibility to you and other clients to ensure our centres stay safe and free from illicit drugs or alcohol. A member of our team must be present when you receive and open any deliveries and reserve the right to confiscate any items that may be considered unsuitable, e.g. Alcohol or medication and hold these until you leave your treatment programme.

Step One Recovery cannot accept responsibility for items lost, damaged or sent in error on delivery. These remain your personal responsibility once the goods are received on our premises.

Is Smoking Allowed?

Each of our centres has designated smoking areas outside for clients to smoke. The use of electronic smoking equipment (e-cigs, Vape, etc) or tobacco products are not permitted within our centres and must be confined to designated smoking areas only.

We politely ask that you consider other clients, staff and visitors before smoking in or around them and to ensure that all cigarettes are fully extinguished in the ashtrays provided.

There is a daily walk and visit to local shops which provide you with the opportunity to purchase cigarettes or similar products each day.

During your stay with us, you can gain support and advice on methods that may assist you to stop smoking and improve your health. Please speak to any member of our team about this and see how we can help.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: December 22, 2023

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.

Dr Adel Ghaly

    Dr Adel Ghaly - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: December 19, 2023

    MB BCh, Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) from 2002

    Dr Adel Ghaly is a registered Doctor who is a specialist psychiatrist. Dr Ghaly gained an MB BCh in 1982 from Assiut University and has since become a substance misuse specialist and psychiatrist. After gaining his qualification in Psychological Medicine (Substance Misuse Psychiatry) in 2002, Dr Ghaly has worked in hospitals and as a specialist trainer recognised by the GMC.