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If it was not for the staff at Castle Craig I wouldn’t be alive today x will always be grateful for all the support they gave me xx

— Elaine

It is now 5 years ago that I left for treatment at Castle Craig and today I am 5 years clean. Life becomes more and more a pleasant journey and I am day by day more grateful to have a life. Thanks for treatment, it was so good.

— Andrew

I went through treatment over 21 years ago and it has worked for me, O.D.A.A.T. (One Day At A Time)

— Tom

With the help of Castle Craig, AA and God’s will I feel a new person, able to do anything I wish except drink alcohol.

— M. Lanark

I was a hopeless, chronic alcoholic, full of despair. I am now a contributing member of society, trusted enough to be a priest and run my own parish.

— Fr. Henry

I want to express my appreciation for all of you. And I really mean all! Nobody excluded! All disciplines that are at Kirkurd. I have a lot of respect for you all. The way you treat us and me is amazing. You were always kind, respectful, present, helpful, professional and funny humour. I never felt that I am less a human than you all are. I never felt like a patient (like top-down) I never felt I am a problem seeker alcoholic. I always felt equal with whoever I was in interaction with. So dear staff you are made my stay in Kirkurd pleasant, safe and comfortable. Thank you all. You are doing a great job, not only helping us (me) addicts. But also the whole of society.

— Past patient

I had known for long alcohol had a detrimental effect on all aspects of my life. Yet due to the cunning, baffling and powerful nature of alcohol, I believe I could arrest my addiction and regain control of my dysfunctional life. Of course, due to the progressive nature of the illness, I became financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. Existing in a darkness darker than night where my next flit would surely have been the Kird Yard. I was blessed. I was 12 stepped by a Castle Craig alumni with 11 years of sobriety. It was frightening to embark on that journey but the alternative was more so. I was beat. I was powerless over alcohol and my life had become unmanageable. I am now 15 months sober ODAAT. Castle Craig has given me a freedom I could never have imagined. A life beyond my wildest dreams. I will be eternally grateful to Castle Craig and the beautiful human beings that set me on that journey. An angel awaiting their wings.

— John

I’m almost 2 years clean and sober and don’t crave for anything! Total abstinence is the only way I believe!

— Lisbeth

The art class brought me to a free place. When I painted I didn’t think of my problems, by that I learnt more about myself. Every painting is different, my moods and feelings came out in the paintings.

— Menno

I personally at Belgravia Therapy have been referring to Castle Craig and Smarmore for many years and have had many happy patients returned to me from the excellent primary care which they received at your facilities.

Not only have you made myself and my supervisor extremely welcome on site visits. It has always felt as if Castle Craig, the founding family and personal service is part of the culture and fabric you delivery with the highest industry standards.

It is a pleasure working with Castle Craig and Smarmore and I fully intend to continue referring clients and building on what is already an important and bonded relationship with Belgravia Therapy.

— Caroline Curtis Dolby, Psychotherapist, Belgravia Therapy

Thank you for looking after Lewis during his time with you at Castle Craig. The day I dropped him off you promised that you would look after my son – and you certainly did that. After many years I now have Lewis back and I can’t tell you just how amazing that is!!! Lewis continues to do well and is a joy to be around. The work you do is incredible and really does save lives.

— Mother of patient

Twenty years ago today I entered the Castle, despondent, hopeless and at times suicidal.
I have never stopped working on my recovery and today I’m still as grateful to Castle Craig as I was those twenty years ago. 🥰 it’s been an amazing journey.

— Flora

Thank you for giving me my Mom back! Before my Mom came to Castle Craig life was pretty horrible, I was constantly worrying about her, and to be honest I felt like I had lost my Mom. But coming to Castle Craig was the best decision she could have made.

— Elly

For me EMDR came as a godsend and certainly made a difference.

— Rachael

I celebrated four years of sober living at the end of September and am living a simple and contented life. I will never forget those who helped me in the Castle.

— Mary-Jane

I’d never been in contact with horses before and I did have some fear of being around them at first but what I learned about myself from even the first [equine therapy] session with them was absolutely incredible. I walked away stunned by the experience.

— Steven Lowe

Many cocaine users are ‘functioning addicts’ for 10 years or more. But excessive use of cocaine can lead to dysfunctional judgment, risky decision-making and reckless gambling with company assets.

— Peter McCann, Chairman of Castle Craig Hospital

Thanks to all the therapists who helped me come to terms with the loss of my beloved wife. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

— Robert

This course is wonderfully healing. I felt released from the fears that held me in the past and placed firmly on my own feet in the present moment. Since the course, I have gone forward empowered with the tools it gave me, to make healthier relationships with others and particularly with myself. I believe this course would benefit everyone of us, regardless of whether we think we have a problem or not, so if you have the opportunity to do it, take it!

— Caroline

You all mean so much to me. Thanks for all your help and support. Castle Craig is a very special place, it will stay in my heart.

— Sarah

I will be celebrating eleven years of sobriety this year and I cant thank you enough for giving me the privilege to do this.

— Elizabeth

I have had excellent experiences of referring patients to Castle Craig.

The assessment process is thorough and offers patients lots of reassurance. I was able to refer several patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the process was smooth and straightforward. The weekly updates are extremely helpful to keep in touch with the patients and there is the ability to speak to a therapist when needed.  

I cannot recommend Castle Craig highly enough.

— Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya, Consultant Psychiatrist, London

Grateful and happy to be able to create and live a fulfilling, safe, and secure life, helping others on their road to recovery. Recovery and being clean and sober feels “normal” to me nowadays but today i look back on the road i was on and the struggles i’ve overcome. Just for today!

— Walter

My experiences with those who have been through Castle Craig have been nothing but positive.

— Glasgow-based GP

Your kindness has kept me here…. you’ve treated me like a human being and that’s what I’ve become. I will never forget you all. Thanks for showing me a way out!

— Richard

It has been 3 years now since you started me off on my life in recovery. I will be 3 years sober in September, God willing. As a result I have a good life and am still married with 3 wonderful children!  The gifts AA gives come daily and I can deal with the challenges now. My sponsor keeps me on the right route!

Thank you Tony for the love and support you gave me at the beginning. Despite a bumpy start I got it eventually and your early part of my journey was invaluable. I am very grateful, recovery has saved my life on every level. Please let everyone know that I am doing well, and that the gratitude I have been given from everyone at the Castle has no words.

— Billy

To see someone change right in front of you is a modern-day-miracle.

— Maryam, Therapist

I would like to thank you all, as without you my recovery would not be possible. Words cannot say how much this means to me and my family.

— Paul

All I can say is Castle Craig works, and the whole set up of the therapeutic community works. This is because of the commitment from all members of staff.

— James

Words cannot express how much gratitude I feel. You make people know that there is a wonderful life out there and I certainly intend to enjoy it now.

— Amelie

Since I left Castle Craig my life’s been absolutely wonderful. I feel happy. I feel comfortable in my skin. I feel absolutely free. I don’t feel frightened anymore. I can manage life.

— Charlene, treated for drug addiction

I have always had excellent experiences with Castle Craig. They are responsive to any queries – even the most challenging. CC provides a safe and supportive space for clients to take an honest look at themselves, and ascertain what changes need to be made. 

The McCann family provide an excellent backdrop to a rigorous and well designed treatment programme. Knowing the family are there reassures that the centre has integrity and strong foundations.

Thank you Castle Craig.

— Virginia Graham, Private Addictions Counsellor, London

8 years ago I came to Castle Craig. Today I can say I am certainly enjoying the ride. 

— Joe S. 2007

I firmly believe that CC saved my life and i see many people on a daily basis that could benefit from the care that CC provides.

— Frederick

Life is good at my end. I celebrated six years of sober life on the 29th September this year and it gets better and better.

— Anna

I have worked with the team from Castle Craig on and off for many years. When you need safe and high quality treatment for addiction, there are very few options within the UK. Castle Craig has always been one of a very small group of UK treatment providers that we trust, and the McCann family who own it are widely known and respected within the world of inpatient treatment. When you need reliable, safe, and trustworthy inpatient treatment, we recommend Castle Craig.

— Barny Guthrie, Chief Executive, Clinical Partners

Thanks for giving me this chance – I will be forever grateful! I wont forget what this place did for me.

— Jim

If it if was not for CC and my peers i would certainly be 6 feet under, I personally think CC is a place where magic happens.

— Naomi

Thank you Castle Craig. I was very close to death I have been told when I came here and the peers and therapists loved me back to health not forgetting the rest of the staff who were kind and honest with me! My experience here set me up for the 13 years that have followed Thank You 😊

— Freddie

I don’t feel sorry anymore about anything, I don’t feel guilty anymore and most importantly I don’t feel so lonely and misunderstood. After that 45 year long struggle I am free!

— Nicholas

The total package is on a whole other level compared to other treatment centres. Thank you!

— Anonymous

Thankyou Castle Craig. I will always be entirely grateful to you. I existed for 29 years. now I have a life and I love myself. ❤️

— Josie

Start2Stop have referred people needing primary treatment to Castle Craig for many years. This is because Castle Craig is a genuine centre of excellence. The care offered by Castle Craig is world-class and delivered with expertise and love. It’s a place where people with additive disorders get well.

— Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon, Founder of Start2Stop

Thank you for everything that you and your wonderful staff have done for me. My time there has constantly held a warm and cherished place in my heart and through my everyday walk of recovery.

— John

I am pleased to use the rehabilitation facilities at Castle Craig. I have had very good feedback.

— Dr William Shanahan, Medical Director (Private) and Clinical Director of Addictions, The Priory

This is the most wonderful place to sort out your troubles – although you don’t think so to start with!

The staff are simply out of this world. The location is peaceful and beautiful. Only when I was near leaving did I actually appreciate how fabulous the whole place was.

If you are in two minds. It’s easy, GO THERE.

— Ed M

Re-directed in life and eventual freedom from addiction… I rate this the best treatment centre in Europe

— Bill

Thank you for all the help and guidance you’ve given me throughout my stay here. You’ve given me back confidence and hope and the faith to go on.

— Nadja

Such a beautiful environment to begin a very special journey! Thanks to all who continue to make miracles possible.

— Sue

A successful treatment programme for addictive disease needs structure because so often in the lives of our patients there is no structure. The drug dictates how they live their life.

— Senior Therapist

Castle Craig has literally been a lifesaver for my clients.
The quality of therapeutic care is both extremely high and individualised to the client’s needs. Throughout the Covid19 issues Castle Craig have done everything and more to ensure they can continue to help clients in difficulty.

They have kept me abreast of any developments and helped enormously through the admissions process. The team at Castle Craig is second to none and I will, without doubt, continue to refer my clients for treatment there.

— Charlie Birch-Reynardson, TurnAround Addiciton

Thank you all for the beautiful life I have back. I wouldn’t be in this position without the support you all provided, each of you in your own special way. 9.5 months clean and sober.

— Mark

I cannot describe the magic this place holds. It saved me from a place so much worse than death, it saved me from the powers of alcoholism. I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to have my way here, nothing but gratitude for CC xx

— Jackie

I’m so glad to be sober at this moment in time. Dealing with what is going on is hard enough, without throwing drink into the mix. I’m living with parents who are in the vulnerability category… being sober allows me to be present and to help them get through this time too. I don’t doubt that alcohol consumed in the levels I drank would affect the immune system. I felt horrendous towards the end of my drinking. My journey began at Castle Craig and it’s where I first learned to start living “one day at a time” – never has this been more true. Stay safe and thank you for working during this time and still providing the excellent care that you do.

— David

I still feel very privileged to be one of CC’s patients. I started there recovery for the very rest of my life. I got in fact a new life, with new horizons full of hope, belief and love.

— June

The Castle is an amazing place. Before I went there I was an alcoholic and an addict in despair. Without getting the fantastic care from all the staff I would still be a wreck. Castle Craig saved my life and for that I will be eternally grateful.

— Donna

I want to thank you! I’d like to you so much for all the help you have given Jordan. He has come out of the castle a calmer, clearer and more self-assured person. He now believes he has a future and is very positive about the direction he wants to go in! I’m very hopeful and extremely grateful to you for the wonderful work you do!!

— Anon

My stay at the extended care unit at Castle Craig was an amazing time. Time to reflect, learn, share and practise recovery lifestyle.

— Ernst

From the first (HBOT) session I could feel it working – I was much more talkative, the agony of withdrawal eased and my concentration started to return.

— Bradley Neill, article from The Sun, 28 April 2017

As a facilitator of the group I take enormous pleasure seeing the results as patients’ personalities begin to flourish and, despite such distressing histories, they begin to laugh once again.

— Specialist Trauma Therapist

8 years ago today I walked into Castle Craig – broken, beyond hope and alone. All my loved ones had given up on me, and I doubt anyone, including myself, thought I could fight my addiction.
In the last 8 years, I have grown, repaired broken relationships and made amends. I am so grateful to be free of the chains my addiction brought upon me, life is not perfect but I am happy and wake up with gratitude for my recovery every day.

— Sally

It was a gift that through you I could find a programme such as the twelve steps in which I never have to be alone and hiding again.

— Markus