South Yorkshire, Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham

Alcohol Abuse and Drug Addiction in South Yorkshire: Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham

Considered the third largest city in the UK, and also known for its University population, the charming South Yorkshire city of Sheffield is no stranger to alcohol and drug abuse. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone and unfortunately not always addressed properly. Therefore, the University of Sheffield’s School of Health opened ShARRP (Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Panel), which is open to both patients and the public, and aims at helping people with addiction and professionals in addiction-related fields.

People looking for help for a personal or loved one’s addiction have many resources available to them throughout South Yorkshire, especially within and around Sheffield. The neighbouring districts of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham also offer facilities specialising in aid for addiction and various treatment options.

UK Addiction Treatment centre near Sheffield

Is rehab the only option for curing addiction?

A private residential rehab, such as Castle Craig, is considered to be best option for directly tackling addiction. The aim of a rehabilitation centre is to provide treatment that will help the addicted individual throughout their lifetime. The recovery process is a complex one that has many steps. Attending a residential rehab during recovery provides a person with a safe place with medical staff and a strong support system.

However, residential rehab centres are not the only option and it may be that some people are not ready for it. Alternative options can include private therapy, self help group meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, or harm-reduction centres.

Numerous charities and nonprofit organisations dedicated to alcohol, drug and substance abuse can be found near Sheffield. These organisations can provide resources and treatment options, as well as free help to those in need.

Sheffield DACT has an excellent website with resources for people dealing with addiction as well as their family and friends. Addaction, a UK-wide charity, has a location in Sheffield as well.

The Sheffield City Council also offers useful links and phone numbers for those looking for local assistance and treatments. The NHS website also has a directory of treatment centres, therapists and other helpful resources throughout Yorkshire, and the cities of Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. One of their top recommendations is the Substance Misuse Service, which is managed by the NHS Foundation Trust.

In Doncaster and its neighbouring towns, Aspire, a charity, is open for drug and alcohol addiction help to adults over 18. Project 3, also based on Doncaster, focuses on helping younger people.

Those who live in Barnsley can contact Recovery Steps for help.


What does a stay at Castle Craig, a residential rehab, look like?

Not all residential rehabs are created equal and the treatment programme can vary or be incomplete. Castle Craig focuses on assisting people each and every step of the way – before they walk through the doors and long after they leave.

Before a person is admitted into Castle Craig, the rehab staff will usually do an assessment of the person’s situation, including mental and physical health state, addiction type and the severity of the addiction. This is done to make sure the person is admitted as safely and comfortably as possible.

Upon arrival, the person will immediately begin a detoxification process, which may be complemented by therapy as well. At this point, the patient is also assessed for any cross-addictions or associated mental health problems (dual diagnosis).

Detox does not mean going cold turkey – doing so can be dangerous! The detox process varies depending on the person and the addiction type. For example, a person with a severe drug or alcohol addiction may develop seizures or hallucinations if they stop using. If the medical staff believes this is the case, they will prescribe a substitute, which will be lowered in dosage over the course of the detox.

After detoxification, patients will participate in a variety of individual, group and complementary therapy sessions over the course of four to six weeks. During this time, the patient will address their addiction, learn coping skills and prepare for a new lifestyle. If the patient has a dual diagnosis, such as PTSD, depression or an associated behavioural/process addiction, these issues will be addressed as well.

Once the recommended treatment course is complete, the patient may choose to stay longer in an extended treatment program. Otherwise, Castle Craig will provide aftercare resources and options to assure a lasting recovery. Having over 30 years of experience in addiction treatment, Castle Craig recognises that continuing care is a critical part of the recovery process and must never be neglected.