Edinburgh Addictions Clinic

The Edinburgh Addictions Clinic (a service of the Castle Craig Group), was set up to assist people struggling with addiction to find appropriate help and services. This service is also available to family members, employers and anyone close to an addicted person.

Determining if you or someone you love suffers from addiction will often occur over a period of time, and can be identified through some of the following signs: 

Signs of Addiction

Specific indications of addiction will vary according to particular addictions but there are some common signs that are applicable to all addictions. These include:

  • Increased desire to participate in the activity or consume the substance
  • Difficulties and withdrawal when not involved with the substance or activity
  • Inability to control the addictive behavior
  • Major shifts in mood related to the presence or absence of the substance or activity
  • Negative effects to one’s life due to the addiction (financial issues, relationship troubles, work problems, deterioration of health)

Edinburgh Addictions Clinic

Staff at the Edinburgh Addictions Clinic

Nuno Albuquerque is an Addictions Counsellor with over 17 years of experience. Nuno has been a Senior Therapist at Castle Craig Hospital, and has worked in several other addiction services in the UK and abroad.

Nuno helps his clients to understand, accept and recovery from the illness of addiction.  He also help to identify and address some of the associated causes.

Nuno’s experience and qualifications are detailed below:

  • BSc (Hons) in Substance Misuse Management, University of Kent, UK 2014
  • Diploma in Addictions Counselling, Open College Network, Plymouth College of Further Education, UK 2004
  • International Coach Certification & Coach Practitioner Certification, Expertise Coaching Training, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
  • Motivational Interviewing Practitioners Course, Plymouth, UK 2004
  • International Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, CENAPS, USA, 2005
  • Chemical Dependency Counsellor Training Programme, Weston-super-Mare, UK 2002

Nuno has been a member of the FDAP (Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals) since 2004 and in 2008 obtained membership at the Certified Coaches Federation. In 2018, Nuno Albuquerque achieved Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (IC&RC) by the UK Professional Certification Board.


Services at the Edinburgh Addictions Clinic:

Individual Counselling Sessions – Face-to-Face and/or by Video Conferencing

In a confidential and safe environment, clients are able to discuss and explore their problems, and begin the process of identify areas for change and develop sustainable recovery plans. Nuno’s counselling approach integrates elements of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT).


Using our detailed network of contacts and experience working in the field, we are able to advise and guide people towards the most appropriate service or treatment option.

Family Structure Interventions (FSI)

A family intervention is, as the name suggests, a process where a family assists in cases when the loved one refuses to acknowledge an addiction problem, or accept help. This process involves building a group; discussing letters to be read at the intervention; deciding on the intervention model to use; choosing and arranging the treatment option; discussing obstacles to admission that the loved one may raise. An FSI is normally accomplished over 3 to 5 sessions.

Post-Treatment Support

Residential treatment is only part of the process of a person’s recovery. People in early recovery post-treatment can benefit from professional support such as monitoring and counselling. Continuing-care psychotherapy sessions are one such tool.  These can be weekly individual or even group sessions where patients can discuss hurdles or challenges in early recovery and work through their continuing care plans to successfully progress with their recovery.

Family Programme

Addiction is called a family disease because it affects in some way, everyone who is close to the addicted person. Therefore a successful recovery outcome requires therapeutic engagement with family, partners and other loved ones.  It also requires the family members to engage in a process of learning and understanding, and to look at themselves and identify family dynamics that might impact on a person’s recovery. They also need to look after at their own recovery.

Sober Companions (SC)

The transition from residential treatment to normal living can be quite scary and lonely. The Sober Companion (SC) plays an important role, especially, in this period, with total availability 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. The SC will accompany the client to social and recovery events and other potentially stressful occasions as needed. This is a professional connection and very valuable to have in place during the early stages of recovery. The SC works under the supervision of a senior therapist.

Bespoke Treatment Programmes

These are programmes tailored to meet the needs of each client. Bespoke Treatment Programmes includes a variety of medical, wellness and talk therapies in an exclusive treatment package. The Case Manager coordinates all services for the benefit of the client. Clients requiring the maximum privacy are often good candidates for this service.


For more help and information:

  • Direct Phone number: +44 (0) 7484527424
  • Contact Address: 35- 37 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AL

Addiction help from the NHS, Social Services and local Charities

If you know someone or you yourself are concerned about any issues relating to Addiction, there are several NHS, Social Services and Charity run options in Edinburgh. Please visit the Recovery from Alcohol and Drug Problems in Edinburgh Page hosted by The City of Edinburgh Council.