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Our Addiction Treatment Programme

Castle Craig is one of the world’s most celebrated inpatient addiction treatment centres. We are rated ‘exceptional’ by hospital regulators.

The Foundation programme typically lasts 4-6 weeks. Patients can then join our Advanced Programme should they require longer-term treatment.

From admissions to detox, to treatment, to relapse prevention, we are constantly looking for opportunities for patients not just to overcome their addiction but to grow as a person.

Our individualised addiction treatment programme has helped over 10,000 people on the road to recovery with the majority achieving sobriety and living free from addiction.

Many patients we have treated have achieved long-term abstinence and had good outcomes.

At Castle Craig, we believe that addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease. As a result, patients must undergo an abstinence-based programme to achieve long-lasting recovery. See our programme model.

Instead of a “one size fits all” approach, our expert staff of addiction specialists works directly with patients to effectively craft a personalised treatment programme to treat alcohol and substance misuse issues. This allows patients to address their addiction in a supportive environment that they have helped create. Some patients may require detox before joining the programme.

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Programme Summary

Programme Summary

Example Programme Timetable

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Who are my peers | How successful is the programme

Our approach combines compassion for people suffering from addiction with a patient-centred focus at the heart of how we deliver treatment.

Every patient is an individual and has different needs and requirements. However, there is common ground within all addiction treatment that can be incorporated into our ‘programme.’

We know entering rehab is a big decision.

We understand that arriving at rehab can feel overwhelming, and you may experience anxiety. We aim to ease you into this process by providing you with a warm welcome on arrival.

The timetable is structured but does allow for the maximum flexibility to meet your individual needs. Patients are introduced to individual therapy, group therapy and the main principles of our 12 Step Programme. 

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Our Patients, Your Peers

Many people are anxious about who they will meet in treatment and recover alongside. 

People come to Castle Craig from different walks of life and parts of the world. However, you will find you have a lot in common with others here through similar experiences and sobriety goals.

Ages range, on average, from 20-to 65 and include a 60/40 mix of men and women.

Many patients may also suffer from depression or anxiety and are in a similar vulnerable state.

In our experience, we often see people settle in quickly and build long-lasting, supportive friendships. 

The programme surprises most people when they arrive because it is varied and full and that it helps them re-learn how to focus the mind and cope with cravings.

Patient feedback is always asked for and listened to. Our patient satisfaction rate of 98% speaks for itself.

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Programme Success Rates

73.4% of patients who finished our evidence-based programmes were abstinent from drugs or alcohol at follow-up.

There is also substantial proof to support the therapies used at Castle Craig and research and data supporting residential rehabilitation as one of the best methods for combatting addiction.

Castle Craig has not only academic and theoretical backing for its treatment programme, but it also has mounting evidence on its own successful outcomes. 

“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 more grateful to have a life day by day.” Andrew.

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Where do I stay?

Accommodation and facilities

Bedrooms & Living Spaces

At Castle Craig, we have a range of accommodation to suit all preferences and budgets.

At the top end, we have specially decorated, large, private en-suite bedrooms.

These bedrooms are the largest in the castle and contain a double bed with comfortable bedding, a writing desk, wardrobe, an en suite bathroom, and beautiful views of the Scottish hills through Georgian windows.

Other bedrooms in the castle can accommodate more than one person with en-suite bathrooms.

We also have a shop on site for those forgotten toiletries and extra bits that can just make the day a little easier.

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Location, Woodland & Gardens

Location, Woodland & Gardens

Castle Craig is a place you can come to, where, for a few weeks of your life, time will stand still and give you the breathing space you need to address your problems.

We believe it is a perfect recovery environment.

In the heart of the Scottish countryside: all patients are free to discover our peaceful 50 acres of parklands and woodlands.

Picture the rolling hills of the Scottish countryside, just a half-hour drive from Edinburgh – close enough to reach us quickly and just far enough to feel like a retreat from everyday life.

Here, you can reconnect with the areas of your life that have been neglected through addiction. 

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Location, Woodland & Gardens

Fitness, Gym & Massage

All patients attend sessions with our fitness instructors, there are opportunities to discuss individual fitness goals with them through one-to-one training sessions. 

We’re not just stopping addiction – we’re giving our patients a chance at regaining their physical health.

All wellness sessions are allocated in line with clinical recommendations. We offer a full range of yoga and pilates options within our gym.

Patients are also encouraged to walk and jog in our 50 acres of parkland.

Spa treatments can include Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and massage as paid-for extras.

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What will I do?

Programme components: learning How to Get Sober

Castle Craig clients in an addiction group therapy setting

One to One Therapy

The importance of 1-1 therapy is often to focus on the specific reasons for addiction, not just the behaviour itself.

We offer double the number of therapy sessions of other rehabs offers in the UK. Castle create also has the largest Clinicians to patient ratio.

Therapy is a chance for trust to build and form a healthy, open relationship between the patient and therapist. Treatment can evolve as the needs of the patient dictate.

Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), our therapists explore and address the underlying issues around the addiction leading to effective and sustained recovery. Trauma therapies and equine therapies are optional.

One to one therapy is twice a week and can often be outside, weather permitting. All patients have the option of increasing the number of sessions.

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Group therapy is an important part of the programme

Group Therapy

Group therapy enhances self-awareness and insight through shared experiences and the openness of other group members.

Our trained and experienced therapists listen, gently identifies and points out issues and problems, reflecting these back to the patients in a group setting where individuals are encouraged to openly share their experiences.

12 Step Approach and life skills – Training patients to use methods other than their addiction to cope more effectively with difficult situations in the real world.

During group therapy, peers present their life stories, complete small tasks and present homework, e.g. examining some of the most serious consequences of their addiction and sharing this with the group, or identifying how fear/shame blocks their recovery. 

All clinically led process groups have a longitudinal focus on how to get sober and stay sober.

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One to One Therapy

12 Step Approach

The 12 Step Model is one of the world’s most reputable addiction treatment approaches for drug addiction and alcoholism – and it is the foundation of Castle Craig’s programme.  

Known as ‘The Minnesota Model’, the 12 Steps is central to our abstinence-based model, which is clinically proven.

We combine medically managed treatment with the traditional 12 steps. This is one of the most successful and recognised treatment approaches for drug and alcohol addiction in the UK. Some will quickly embrace the 12 Steps and make quick progress, while others move more slowly.

Patients are introduced to the Twelve Steps at an early stage through group therapy & reading materials, and patients also attend Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous/Gambling Anonymous meetings.

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Meditation & Mindfulness as part of our programme

Meditation & Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a type of therapy involving calming thoughts, breathing and meditation, and focusing on being in the present.

At Castle Craig, our trained therapists use mindfulness in group therapy and one-to-one sessions with patients. It is the part of the programme that encourages new behaviours that advance patients’ mental and physical health.

At Castle Craig, we believe that complementary therapies enrich your mental, physical and spiritual health and enable you to reconnect with yourself so you can build a new life without the need for drugs, alcohol or mood-altering behaviours.

We offer a wide range of complementary therapies that include Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Massage and Relaxation Therapy.

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Workshops & Learning

Workshops & Learning

Workshop and talks can help teach a number of skills that can help patients maintain their sobriety post-rehab.

Life skills are an example. Here we train patients to use methods other than their addiction to cope more effectively with difficult situations in the real world.

Other workshops teach patients the tools of recovery and how to deal with emotions.

Subjects like grief and self-esteem and dealing with depression are also available daily. We believe that better knowledge and emotional expression can help people attain long term sobriety after finishing their programme at Castle Craig.

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Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Involvement of family members in addiction recovery and strong support networks of friends and colleagues can be vital in sobriety.

The more the family know about the addiction, the better the outcome for the patient.

Family members of patients at Castle Craig are invited to attend Al-Anon and Families Anonymous self-help meetings and attend further 1:1 therapy sessions during aftercare.

Involving the family is often an important part of the programme. The strength of friends, family and colleagues is vital to successful recovery, but the same network can simultaneously feel traumatised by the addiction and need support themselves.

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Our addiction treatment programme places an emphasis on Food/Diet & Physical Exercise

Food/Diet & Physical Exercise

Holistically we address the needs of the patient – physical, mental, and emotional.

Mind, body and spirit: a healthy, balanced diet improves organ function and digestion; it boosts the immune system and increases energy and mental alertness.  

This helps patients focus on their recovery, increases positivity, and reduces cravings for substances. 

We provide a range of gluten-free, kosher, halal, vegetarian options should they be required.

At Castle Craig, we have found that nutrition and fitness play an essential part in recovery.

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The Foundation addiction treatment programme deals with mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Support

Dual diagnosis is when a person’s addiction is complicated by a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, an eating disorder or other personality disorders.

People suffering from addiction are very likely to be diagnosed with a co-occurring mental health disorder.

People with mental health issues have a higher likelihood of developing an addiction.

Dual diagnosis is also known as ‘co-occurring disorders’ or ‘comorbidity’.

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Our addiction programme has a supervised detox process to ensure people are supported as they come off drugs or alcohol.

This requirement will vary from person to person.

Any patient physically dependent upon drugs and/ or alcohol might experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping and be very vulnerable.

Castle Craig has a separate unit for detoxification, Kirkurd House, to provide a safe space where people can manage drug cravings and feel more comfortable and have medical supervision. 

Much of the initial therapy at Kirkurd is provided on digital platforms so patients can join the rest of the community at Castle Craig.

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Who delivers the programme?

First Class Medical Care: Castle Craig Rated ‘Exceptional’ in Latest HIS Inspection

Consultant Psychiatrists

Consultant Psychiatrists

Each patient is carefully assessed and provided with an individualised treatment plan. 

At Castle Craig, our psychiatrists assess detoxification requirements and prescribe medication. In addition, they will look into your patient history and make notes on the early signs of when difficulties with substances began to appear.

New and additional medications can be prescribed to help patients manage withdrawals in early primary recovery. This would include detox, for example.

Our psychiatrists continually monitor patients’ physical and mental health status throughout treatment and approve all discharge plans.

Many patients at Castle Craig suffer from dual diagnoses, which means a psychiatrist plays an integral part in providing an accurate diagnosis.

This is in turn, will identify the most suitable treatment plan tailored to the exact needs and requirements of the patient.

The main work of an addiction psychiatrist is to work with patients on a one-to-one basis and determine the reasons for the development of their drug or alcohol addiction.

If necessary, they can also prescribe higher dosages of medications than GPs, to treat your underlying or co-existing mental health or psychiatric disorders.

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Clients petting a horse for equine therapy at our rehab clinic

Your focal therapist

All patients are allocated their own focal therapist. The idea is that therapist is your go-to person that gets to know you very well.

At Castle Craig, we have many other counsellors and therapists who specialise in addiction treatment and intensive therapy.

Our therapeutic team help you overcome your addiction and any co-occurring issues by offering targeted care that includes seeing your therapist for 8 hours during your stay.

In individual sessions, they focus on the specific reasons for addiction, not just the behaviour itself.

Many of our therapists have personal recovery experience, and we assign a focal therapist to each patient who conducts individual psychotherapy. Permanent staff include EMDR and CBT trained psychotherapists.

Our Certified Addiction Therapists are practitioner members or are accredited with BACP  and COSCA. In addition, some have further accreditations such as university Masters degrees.

Our addiction therapists are trained to use a discreet and sensitive approach with patients, encouraging them to open up about matters they may find difficult to share within a group setting.

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24/7 Round the clock care

Our doctors and nurses at Castle Craig ensure dedicated onsite medical cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A doctor is immediately available to deal with any emergencies that arise.

This is extremely important as many patients arrive with a host of physical health ailments. As a hospital, we have a medical centre that is staffed by nurses 365 days a year, day and night. There has to be a nurse in the medical centre at all times, so the patients can go and speak to somebody if they are worried, if there is a medical problem or if they just want to ask anything.

The nurses work within teams of doctors, therapists and psychiatrists. They attend the multidisciplinary meetings every morning and update the rest of the team on each patient’s state of health. Nurses are the main support in helping patients settle into their new, drug-free environment; acquainting them with the treatment programme and generally guiding them along the way on their journey to recovery.

Our intensive care unit (detox centre) has round the clock nursing care as you would expect.

Some of the nurses consider addiction nursing one of the greatest forms of medical care. 

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What do I do post programme?

Learning to Stay Sober: long term sobriety help and support

Castle Craig clients in an addiction group therapy setting

AA/NA/GA and the fellowship

Lasting recovery: Our programme has a longitudinal focus on getting sober and remaining sober.

AA/NA/GA meetings are a big part of our treatment, with meetings held onsite in the hospital or online.

After leaving Castle Craig, all patients are encouraged to attend their relevant, local fellowship.

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Aftercare/Continuing Care

We know that returning home to your local communities can cause anxiety for people who have been through residential rehab and are new to recovery.

We make sure that no patient leaves our facility unprepared.

We consider continuing care essential to reduce the risk of relapse and so we provide a personalised continuing care plan as well as online therapy with CATCH Recovery, London – part of our healthcare group.

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Relapse Prevention

In hindsight, getting sober is the easy part – staying sober requires determination and hard work.

But you won’t have to do it alone. Here, at Castle Craig, you’ll learn the necessary life skills to help you achieve sustained sobriety and will also experience peer-to-peer support, as well as therapeutic support from the hospital to help you manage the triggers that often lead to relapse. 

We offer customised relapse prevention strategies that hone in on each individual’s needs and circumstances. This can include working with family members.

Our specific relapse prevention groups aim to maximise your insight into substance abuse and how to address any present or past issues.

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New Freedom and a New Happiness

We understand that every patient at Castle Craig has unique stories and needs.

Our patients leave us in excellent health and carrying a set of therapeutic skills and tools that last a lifetime. In addition, we are always available to support and maintain contact with all patients when they leave Castle Craig.

At Castle Craig, our vision of ‘recovery’ goes beyond helping patients when they are here; we want to help them forge their very best life with the therapeutic tools they need to stay abstinent and live fulfilled lives in recovery.