Addiction Treatment and Alcohol Rehab for Liverpool, UK

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

Liverpool has had a bad name for its excessive drinking culture, drug use, and high alcohol-related mortality rates since the 19th century. Unfortunately, this aspect is still very much part of the city to this day. Substance misuse affects many cities in England and the UK, and it is an issue that can be addressed. Addiction treatment options can be found in Liverpool and surrounding cities.

Addiction and Recovery in Liverpool

Residents of Liverpool are not alone. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. Whether it is to drugs, alcohol or a behaviour/process, addiction can take a toll on one’s physical and mental health. In addition to the person, addiction affects others around them, and their community as well. Drug and alcohol misuse reaches much farther than most people think. Alcohol abuse alone costs England over £21 billion a year.

Access to addiction treatment services is readily available in Liverpool to those who wish to get help. However, not everyone realises they have a substance misuse issue or an addiction. Sometimes, signs of addiction can be hard to detect, especially in oneself.

Where to get treatment for addiction

Others may not know where to go, believe that treatment is expensive, or think that they will be punished for their actions. One can easily find out about the availability of community services via the local drug and alcohol action team, fellowship meetings or even by speaking to a GP. Most of these are free and confidential.

Treatment doesn’t necessarily mean going straight to a drug or alcohol rehab. Liverpool is fortunate to have day-treatment programmes, peer-support groups, addiction communities and many other services.

With the right motivation and resources, recovery is always within reach, even when an addiction is severe.

Over the years, Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland has treated a number of patients from North West England, especially Liverpool. The rehab’s accessible location from Liverpool, just a 3.5-hour drive away, makes it a convenient location for treatment. Many patients prefer us because of our experience with treating comorbid mental health issues, such as PTSD and depression, which can lead to relapse if left untreated.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Liverpool

While many measures are being taken to prevent excessive drinking or access to drugs, and access to addiction treatment services is available, the problem in Liverpool does not appear to be lessening.


Alcohol consumption has been on the rise in North West England, and in 2011, John Moores University declared that Liverpool was the capital of alcohol abuse in the UK. In fact, in 2011, more people were admitted to hospital due to excess alcohol consumption than anywhere else in the country. Today, Liverpool is one of UK’s cities with the highest rates of chronic liver disease.

According to a report by Public Health England, alcohol misuse costs the citizens of Liverpool about £200 million a year, and this doesn’t even include crime-related healthcare costs.

Patients admitted into alcohol rehabs in Liverpool are typically male, and often have a secondary substance abuse problem, mainly with cocaine and cannabis.


In 2012, Liverpool was classified as the region with the highest number of all drug-related deaths. Liverpool also has a high rate of opiate-related drug deaths, nearly twice the national average. Cocaine is also responsible for a large part of the mortality count, and novel substances, such as designer drugs and bath salts, have made a significant contribution as well.

Liverpool also ranks 5th in the number of opiate and/or crack users in all of England.

Given this clear picture that both drugs and alcohol are a serious issue in Liverpool, what can be done to improve or prevent it? One of the easiest things to do is to be knowledgeable about treatment options and be aware of the signs of addiction. Liverpool has many resources in and around the city that can help those with a substance misuse problem.

Addiction Treatment and Alcohol Rehab in Liverpool

Because alcoholism and drug addiction have been a serious problem in Liverpool for over a century, the local council has worked on making addiction treatment resources available to its residents.

Unfortunately, the Liverpool area has also seen drastic cuts to its addiction treatment programme funding. Hence, various charities and non-profit organisations have stepped in to help people. Nevertheless, there are plenty of free community resources throughout the city. Drug and alcohol rehabs in the Liverpool region and surrounding cities are available as well.

Although not all addiction centres are created equal, community addiction services typically include:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group support sessions
  • Group activities
  • Family/friends support services
  • Harm reduction
  • Blood tests and medical services
  • Assessments for personal recovery plans
  • Referrals to additional treatment

Find addiction services for you or your loved one

Action on Addiction offers a support service for those seeking an abstinence-focused lifestyle, free from drugs and alcohol. They host a 48-day programme with both individual counselling and group support activities.

Genie in the Gutter also hosts a number of activities, wellbeing classes and support sessions, and is located in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter.

While not a drug and alcohol rehab, Liverpool Central Addaction Recovery Centre provides a variety of services, including detoxification, counselling, medical care, and recovery planning. Addaction Liverpool also offers harm-reduction services, and support for friends and family. When it comes to costs, most of the community services are free.

Do I need rehab?

People with mental health issues will need to be treated for their psychological problems as well as addiction, because ignoring both increases the risk of relapse. Those on strong drugs, such as heroin, or even alcohol, may need medically supervised detoxification (which is mainly found in residential rehabs) in order to prevent further harm to their health. Most rehabs will also provide aftercare, or continuing care, that may not be available from other services once a patient leaves treatment. This can be crucial for a successful long-term recovery, especially since most relapses happen within the first 12 months of treatment.

It is important to realise that while community services typically don’t cost much, they may not provide the adequate care, medical support, or proper therapy that a patient needs. It is possible for a stay at rehab to be paid for by the NHS, but it is rare and difficult to obtain. However, if one does not qualify for NHS coverage, many treatment centres will accept private insurance or self-funding.

Local Liverpool Resources Substance Misuse

In addition to making use of community resources, attending local fellowship meetings, which can be found throughout the city, is highly recommended. It is never too early or too late to ask for help. If you suspect that you might be addicted, a visit to a local fellowship, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous, can be helpful in the journey to recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous in Liverpool host a number of meetings at many times and different days of the week.

Castle Craig Addiction treatment Centre Location Map

Get Help at Castle Craig

If you or someone you know needs help with alcohol and drug addiction treatment our team of compassionate and caring experts can help. Manchester is in a wonderfully central location for the rest of the United Kingdom and it is easy to travel to Castle Craig from there. Castle Craig is in the beautiful hills and woodlands of the Scottish Borders.

We are easily accessible being located only 40 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport. We are easily accessible by road and can also arrange a car to pick you up.

The air is fresh and clean, wildlife, trees and plants are everywhere and the private water supply comes straight out of the surrounding hills – it is good enough to bottle.

AA Meetings: Liverpool

Here are some local AA meetings in Liverpool. More can be found on the Alcoholics Anonymous Liverpool page.

Tuesday and Sunday at 19:30
All Saints Church, L4 2QG

Friday, 19.30
St Francis of Assisi, 26 Earp St, Garston, L19 1RT

Saturday, 19.30
Emmanuel Church, Higher Lane, Fazakerley, L9 9DJ

NA Meetings: Liverpool

Surrender from the Heart
Sunday at 11:00
17 Rodney Street, L1 9EF

The Good Shepherd Church
Wednesday at 19:00
Carr Lane East, L11 4UJ

Al-Anon Meetings: Liverpool
Monday 19.30
Hunts Cross St Hilda’s Church Hall, 7 Kingsmead Dr, L25 0NG

Saturday, 12.15pm
West Derby St Mary’s Millennium Centre, Meadow Lane, L12 5EA