Addiction Treatment and Alcohol Rehab for Birmingham, UK

Welcome to Castle Craig Alcohol and Drug Rehab Facility Serving  Birmingham, UK

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes people to obsessively seek and consume a substance or engage in an activity regardless of the consequences.

Being addicted to something, no matter what your addiction is, can be an awful experience. Not being able to control yourself when it is damaging you, your relationships and work life has far-reaching consequences and can even end in death. Some addictions might seem more innocuous, perhaps easier to deal with or less harmful, but the truth is that once addiction has its proverbial claws into you it becomes a life-long battle. All addictions can be treated and it is best to get the help of a professional at a rehab rather than trying to kick it on your own. The odds are stacked against you if you don’t seek assistance, especially when it comes to going cold turkey with drugs and alcohol. Drug and alcohol recovery, as well as addiction treatment, is something that is best done by people you can trust in an environment that is caring and safe. It’s not an easy road but with help people are able to live a long fulfilling life after beating their addiction.

Alcohol can be a terrible mistress and when you give her the boot she can wreak havoc on your body and mind. Stopping suddenly after using regularly makes your body react and it is not pretty. Seizures, confusion, and anxiety are just a few of the symptoms you could expect. Even worse you could be struck down with Delirium Tremens or the DT’s and these can end in death.

Why does Birmingham have such a big drug and alcohol problem?

Birmingham is a fantastic city, full of places to go and things to do. It isn’t called the “Second City” for nothing. The Midland metropolis boasts a hugely popular music scene and has some fantastic bars and clubs. The up-and-coming music scene of today is centred in Digbeth, the “Shoreditch of Birmingham”, as the NME calls it. As the likes of Peace and Swim Deep demonstrate, the ‘B-town’ scene is fast eclipsing Manchester as a hub of new indie bands.

The party scene has a darker side to it and has been plagued by drug and alcohol abuse for years. Nearly 450 people in the West Midlands have died as a result of drugs in the past three years. The rising number of deaths is being caused by cocaine and fentanyl, a powerful opioid drug that some people have been mixing with heroin which has been causing accidental overdoses. Birmingham has also seen a rising number of deaths due to prescription drugs identified by the government as potentially addictive.

It has recently gotten so bad on the streets of Birmingham that the police conducted an operation

where they raided a number of properties, targeting guns and drugs. 3 men were arrested. The West Midlands police have also set up a tip line where you can remain anonymous and still get the police the information they require to conduct a search and possible seizure.

Who We Can Help

If you or someone you care about needs help in the West Midlands, our expert team at Castle Craig have over 30 years experience treating people from the Birmingham area successfully.

We are proud of our world-class treatment programs for all forms of addiction. We treat a wide range of patients from all walks of life and we have helped many people achieve long term lasting sobriety. Castle Craig can also help if you are a loved one or relative of an addict. It can be very stressful for all concerned when a loved one needs assistance. We do not judge anyone for their need for recovery or their addiction. There are also times when a work colleague is in desperate need of someone to grab their hand and get them into recovery.

Having a few too many drinks at a works do is one thing, but getting completely obliterated and having patchy memories of a debauched night out is a recipe for disaster in the workplace. Our team is here to get the person through to full lasting recovery over the long term. If you have someone you care about that is stuck in a tragic cycle of addiction, no matter what it is, make sure they are able to get the aid they need.

Call our number any time of day if it is an emergency and you want help.

Castle Craig is a rehab centre that puts your recovery first.

We were the first treatment centre to bring the  12 step facilitation programme to Scotland, as far back as 1988 and we have over 35 years experience helping people in Birmingham with an addiction or substance abuse problem. When it comes to addiction a person needs to get the treatment they need, no matter the circumstances they find themselves in. That is the most important thing, and with our experience, guidance, and support you have the best chance possible for a successful and long-term recovery. At our exclusive residential facility, we ensure our patients live a healthier, happier life, free from drugs and alcohol. Castle Craig is one of, if not the premium rehab facility in the whole of the United Kingdom and Europe. In October 2017 we were awarded grades of 6 “excellent” and 5 “very good” for every part of our care programs as well as quality in all areas in our latest inspection report.

Our process

Each client’s individual needs are examined and then a tailored customised approach is used in every single one of our addiction treatment plans. Castle Craig has extensive resources and they are available to you so that you can achieve a long-lasting recovery. We offer more so that you can get even more out of the experience. You won’t just be sat around in groups talking about your problems. Of course, we do have full medical management and in-house staff training, but our patients have access to a wide range of complementary therapies – including physical training, equine-assisted therapy, art group, and mindfulness meditation.

We do not focus solely on your addiction. We delve deeper because many people who suffer from addiction experience other mental health and emotional conditions such as depression, grief, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder. These all need to be understood, helped and treated. You get personalized attention and the benefit of different options rather than a rigidly enforced system. Your feeling safe and cared for during your personal recovery is our top priority.

Call our number any time of day if it is an emergency and you want help.

Birmingham has a serious problem on the streets

Birmingham has seen far-reaching complications associated with substance abuse and this includes a rise in crime, either directly or indirectly associated with drugs or alcohol. Homelessness can be a direct consequence of addiction and substance misuse. Users who are injecting drugs like Heroin are having a serious effect on the city. According to West Midlands Police, Birmingham has a serious issue with dirty needles being strewn on the streets. The map below shows locations of discarded needles found in recent years around Birmingham city centre.

To deal with this awful problem the city has a needle exchange program at many pharmacies. It is a harm reduction method and was first introduced in England in the mid-80s in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. People who are injecting drug users are able to obtain sterile injecting equipment and also dispose of used needles in a responsible, hygienic and safe manner. Both crime and homelessness are issues that have been on the rise in Birmingham,  according to a 2017 report by the West Midlands Police. If you or someone you know has an issue with injecting drugs or has a serious addiction you should get help as soon as you can. Many people, especially those who are struggling to find support from others, look up 12-step based programmes such as Alcoholics Anonymous, or Narcotics Anonymous. This type of group support also exists for behavioural or process addictions – some examples are Help for Hoarders or Sex Addicts Anonymous.

AA Meetings: Birmingham

One can find their local AA meetings on the  Alcoholics Anonymous Birmingham page. Here are some AA meetings in Birmingham, but you can also find one at a convenient time and date for you on the website.

Date and TimeFriday at 20:00
Length of Meeting1 hr
Where (name of facility)St. Chad’s RC Cathedral
Street AddressSt Chad’s, Queensway
Section, City, Metro AreaWest Midlands
Postal CodeB4 6ET
Who can attend?open
Wheelchair accessible?Not listed

Date and TimeMon and Fri 12:00
Length of Meeting1hr 30
Where (name of facility)St Vincents RC Church
Street AddressFrancis St, (near Nechells Parkway),
Section, City, Metro AreaWest Midlands
Postal CodeB7 4JY
Who can attend?Open mtgs on request
Wheelchair accessible?unlisted

 

You can find a full list of meetings hosted by Narcotics Anonymous in Birmingham by going to the Narcotics Anonymous UK page. Here are some below:

NA Meetings: Birmingham

Date and TimeSunday 19:00
Length of Meeting1.5 hrs
Where (name of facility)The Arthur Moore Hall
Street AddressAlexander Road, Acocks Green
Section, City, Metro AreaBirmingham, West Midlands
Postal CodeB276HE
Who can attend?Open on request
Wheelchair accessible?yes

Date and TimeMon 12:00
Length of Meeting1.5 hrs
Where (name of facility)Birmingham,West Midlands
Street Address 8 Allcock Street
Section, City, Metro AreaDigbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands
Postal CodeB9 4DY
Who can attend?Addicts only
Wheelchair accessible?No

 

The NHS also has an extensive directory of various addiction-related services and centres for both counselling and treatment. Asking your GP for help or a referral is never a bad idea.

You can also contact the admissions staff at Castle Craig about addiction treatment options for yourself or someone you care about. We’re happy to help you out, without any obligation.

Castle Craig Addiction treatment Centre Location Map

Castle Craig Hospital

Blyth Bridge, West Linton
Peeblesshire
Scotland, UK
EH46 7DH (post code)

Telephone: +44 (0) 1721 722 763
Freephone (UK only): 0808 256 3728
International: +44 1721 788 372
General enquiries: +44 1721 788 067
Fax: +44 (0) 1721 752662
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: castlecraig.co.uk