Residential Treatment

At Castle Craig rehab clinic, we ensure the care, respect and dignity of people who come to us for help

Our inpatient detox and therapy programme treats addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling and prescription drugs as well as dual diagnosis disorders. We believe each patient is unique and our staff work hard to meet the specific needs of each individual person.

Residential treatment at Castle Craig is the beginning of a life-long journey from admission and detox, to relapse prevention and discharge. An intensive recovery experience is made possible thanks to the community effect. During residential treatment patients will:

  • Mentor and orientate new patients – patients can offer newcomers a valuable insight into treatment and recovery whilst helping reduce anxiety;
  • Attend all parts of the therapeutic programme together;
  • Meet in group therapy where peers support each other;
  • Accomplish daily duties to encourage awareness and pride in their surroundings;
  • Follow rules and guidelines so that everyone is treated equally;
  • Engage with each other openly and avoiding cliques and unhealthy exclusive groups.
  • Regular staff meetings are held so all staff are aware of the dynamics within the community at any time.

Our patients leave us in good health and carrying a set of therapeutic skills and tools that last a lifetime:

  • Impulse control
  • Problem-solving
  • Therapeutic tools to combat negative feelings
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy problem-solving skills
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • Holistic therapy aids for mind, body and spirit
  • New, healthy dietary and fitness habits
  • 12 Step fellowship
  • New sober friends
  • Strong support networks that last a lifetime

Arriving and setting in

New patients receive a warm and caring welcome, both from staff and also from their peers. There is an overriding optimism at Castle Craig that recovery is possible.

On arrival patients receive a Welcome Pack which contains:

  • An overview of the programme,
  • Guidelines and procedures,
  • Details of visiting times,
  • Some written assessments

Following the medical assessment patients meet with a senior therapist who explains the treatment approach and answers any questions the patient has.

New patients are assigned a ‘mentor’ from among their peers who will show them around and introduce them to the rest of the community.


A choice of bedrooms are available and all afford comfort, privacy and assist recovery.  The treatment experience can be helped by a shared room environment facilitating mutual support. We offer shared bedroom accommodation which are often en-suite rooms, although a couple have adjoining bathroom facilities. There are 2 – 4 beds in these single-sex bedrooms. The rooms are large and offer personal space, storage space and often stunning views across the countryside.  Single en-suite rooms are also available based on assessed need.

Daily schedule

Our structured and intensive daily schedule has been carefully constructed applying over 30 years’ experience in recovery programmes. It immerses patients in the programme in a safe and supportive environment and has a clear focus – abstinence.

Our schedule is designed to be varied and engaging and is occasionally altered based on the input and views of staff and patients.

A typical day on the Castle Craig Foundation programme will include rising at around 7:00 am for meditation and breakfast, morning lecture and discussion session followed by group therapy. Afterwards, relaxation and lunch followed by individual therapy some days, afternoon workshops and groups, fitness sessions and complementary therapy sessions are also provided most afternoons.

In the evening group shares are a regular occurrence as are trips to local AA and NA groups (or Zoom sessions). At the same time patients will have some reading and ‘homework’ assignments to complete as part of their 12 Step therapy.

Most people coming into treatment don’t know what is wrong with them. We want to educate our patients and inform them that they are suffering from a disease, not a moral disorder.

The lecture programme helps patients to gain awareness of the behaviour and attitude patterns resulting from addiction and provides relief and direction throughout the treatment process.

Addiction lectures

Patients receive approximately 10 lectures a week delivered by a member of the clinical team, or as a carefully chosen educational DVD. The daily lectures by the clinical team cover a broad range of topics including:

  • The disease of addiction,
  • The medical complications of addiction,
  • Cross-addiction,
  • The 12 Steps,
  • Relapse prevention,
  • Mental health,
  • Feelings and emotions,
  • Nutrition and general health.

Food and nutrition

Alcohol and drug abuse rob the body of important vitamins and minerals.

A healthy, balanced diet improves organ function and digestion; it boosts the immune system, and it increases energy and mental alertness. 

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

Our professional catering team use wholesome, nutritious ingredients and prepare all dishes with pride. We listen to our client’s suggestions and feed back comments to our caterers directly.

Out buffet, continental-style breakfast consists of a range of fruits, meats, cereals, cheeses and eggs. Lunch and dinner are both hot meals with a meat and vegetarian option. We supply plenty of fresh fruit and healthy snacks throughout the day as well as an evening snack before bed.

Tea and hot drink facilities are available throughout the day.

The water at Castle Craig comes from our own private supply of pure Scottish spring water.

Specialist dietary requirements

We provide dietary assessment and nutritional counselling for patients with eating disorders and we cater for special diets on religious or medical grounds. We also provide for those who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

Community spirit

Our strong therapeutic community is one of our most powerful tools in bringing about recovery. Castle Craig is a trusting and supportive environment where people feel secure and the stigma of addiction is left behind. The principles of our community include mutual respect, fellowship, honesty and collective responsibility.

Recovery from addiction comes when people change their destructive attitudes and behaviours. Our therapeutic community encourages them to be aware of other people around them, it helps renew self-esteem, encourages patients to be open and gives each individual the hope that they can lead a sober life. The benefits of immersing yourself in an intensive recovery programme will stay with you when you return home.

How will you benefit from residential addiction treatment?

  • Living within a set of basic rules and responsibilities encourages personal responsibility;
  • Living according to a routine helps patients to regain a sense of normality in their once chaotic lives;
  • It is a safe support network for patients to express themselves and share their experiences without criticism or judgement;
  • Learning to cooperate with other people;
  • Exploring new coping mechanisms which can be applied to life after treatment;
  • Learning to cope with disagreements and difficulties without the use of alcohol or drugs;
  • Looking after their community through therapeutic duties encourages a sense of self-worth;
  • Sharing responsibilities encourages teamwork;
  • Helping each other and discussing problems develops self-confidence;
  • Solving problems due to challenges within the community teach patients how to cope with real-life issues without alcohol or drugs;
  • It provides the opportunity to question how my behaviour/attitude affects others.

Shaping Your Own Recovery

Patients and staff meet weekly to discuss any matters affecting the community and to voice any concerns. We listen to our patients and we ask them to help us shape the community. This structure encourages personal responsibility.

Empowering You

Castle Craig is able to run a highly effective treatment programme based on the concept of a residential therapeutic community. Many of those completing treatment name this as the single most important element in their success.

Recovery is a lifelong process. We ensure that when the time comes for patients to leave residential rehab, all the necessary arrangements for their ongoing recovery are in place.

Planning for Life After Rehab

You will work with your focal therapist to make a detailed continuing care plan for leaving. This includes recommendations for further individual and group counselling (if necessary) and emphasises the importance of attending local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) / Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings regularly.

We will make sure you are given a contact in of your local AA/NA group, often a former patient of Castle Craig who is established in their own recovery and who can act as a ‘sponsor’, to provide guidance and support while the patient gets settled. We recommend that all patients attend weekly continuing care sessions for at least 2 years after leaving treatment. See more on discharge.

Our specialist team liaises with GPs and referring agencies, to make sure that they are updated and involved in this process and that arrangements are in place to support patients’ ongoing care.

Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | July 6, 2021