Rehab for Alcohol Addiction
An alcohol disorder is not only characterised by the number of units you drink but how your body and mind physically and mentally depend on alcohol to function.
If you drink to forget past traumas, overcome grief, escape feelings of anxiety or depression and want to be free, then you’ve come to the right place. Castle Craig is a well-known Recovery Centre that was established in 1988.
At Castle Craig, we are not so concerned with the amount you drink or the frequency, but the reason you drink and how your behaviour subsequently changes because of your alcohol use.
Our style here at Castle Craig combines expert psychological therapies with relaxing, comfortable surroundings. Our breathtaking views of Pentland Hills Regional Park provide the perfect private oasis where you can truly get better.
We’ve helped more than 10,000 people find recovery.
Many people get into serious trouble because of their drinking, causing harm to themselves and those around them.
There is a strong evidence base of research that shows that alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, is a primary, chronic brain disease.
Heavy drinking is described as ‘alcohol abuse’ also known as ‘alcohol use disorder.’
How To Stop Drinking
Alcoholics cannot accurately predict what is going to happen when they put alcohol into their system. It might be one drink and then home or it might be a three-day bender. All that is predictable is that the illness of alcoholism gets worse never better if untreated.
As a result, patients who undergo an abstinence-based programme have a much better chance of long-lasting recovery.
The specialised residential treatment programme for alcoholism that has been developed here at Castle Craig often starts with detox. This is physically removing the alcohol from the body. Then treatment can begin when a patient can come to terms with their alcoholism and learn the tools to remain sober and free from a drink.
Alcoholism is a cunning and baffling disease. Despite a dependency on alcohol, many alcoholics remain functional in their personal life and at work. However, this perceived “functionality” doesn’t change the signs or symptoms of being an alcoholic.
Common Alcoholic Symptoms
- Having withdrawal symptoms
- Criticisms from family and friends about their drinking
- Using alcohol to cope with stress or mental issues
- Enduring legal consequences from drinking
- Facing professional consequences from drinking
- Increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol
- Substantial time spent planning to abuse alcohol or recovering
- A desire but inability to cut down on drinking
- Reduced interest and time spent on hobbies or responsibilities
- Having to constantly excuse or justify drinking
- Memory lapses
- Using alcohol to steady nerves and tremors throughout the day
Health Risks & Side Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is toxic to the body’s cells when consumed in amounts other than those recommended. Prolonged heavy drinking and binge drinking have a variety of adverse effects on the body, including:
- Alcoholic brain damage and Chronic liver disease
- Memory blackouts, Anxiety & depression
- Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
- Chronic liver disease, Infertility in men and women
- Increased risk of many types of cancer
- Anxiety & depression
We’re here to tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all rehab program for alcoholism.
In any addiction recovery journey, progress is a process.
As experienced addiction psychiatrists, we know that one of the most critical aspects of recovery is to work with knowledgeable professionals who can provide medical diagnoses and have a holistic approach to treatment. All people who come through our doors have very different needs and circumstances. In this respect, we offer individualised treatment plans.
When experienced medical staff are involved, you can access a customised treatment plan that will make the most sense to your unique situation, addiction and co-occurring mental health issues.
Medical intervention will play a significant role in your recovery journey, and at Castle Craig, we have a total of 18 psychiatrists, doctors and nurses with 14 additional specialist therapists. More.
The journey from addiction to recovery typically takes place in a sequence of stages…
Recovery From Alcohol Addiction: Stages
Understanding the Problem
Denial is an innate characteristic of alcohol addiction, especially among high-functioning users. The first step in making a real change is to see addictive behaviour for what it is. Being assessed is the first part of any Treatment Facility process of admission. See alcohol abuse.
Castle Craig’s Treatment Model for Alcohol Addiction
Because of our belief that alcohol addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease and that patients must undergo an abstinence-based programme in order to achieve long-lasting recovery, we utilise the 12 Steps, along with other treatment methods.
Often alcoholism is accompanied by other conditions such as depression, eating disorders, or sleeping disorders. We take into account the comorbidity of these conditions in creating personalised treatment programmes.
Our proven addiction treatment model for a life free from alcohol addiction is made up of evidence-based therapies for the treatment of addiction. Our programme includes:
- Alcohol Detox
- Medical assessments
- 12 Step approach
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Family therapy
- Complementary therapies
The recovery process is assisted by a combination of exercise and a healthy diet, in peaceful, private surroundings. We assign a personal focal therapist who works with patients throughout their stay, conducts one-on-one therapy sessions and shapes their aftercare plan alongside the Head Nurse and Consultant Psychiatrist.
You’ll receive an assessment from an addiction case manager to determine the severity and underlying conditions of your alcoholism.
- Free addiction assessments can be arranged by telephone or zoom before admission.
- It is completely free of charge.
- There is no obligation to pursue treatment if we are not the right hospital for you.
- On admission, those seeking treatment will be assessed by a consultant psychiatrist.
- Free addiction assessments will be the initial foundation for your customised treatment plan.
Addiction assessments provide patients with the opportunity to speak with one of our admission specialists.
They can help explore your unique situation and the challenges you are facing. It is important that Castle Craig Hospital is the right fit for you. More.
Some people require a medically supervised detox before they are ready to move onto the programme, where therapy sessions will begin.
Detox allows you to clear your body safely from alcohol abuse and overcome the discomfort of any withdrawal symptoms you might experience, with the right care and support of psychiatrists, nurses and doctors. Typical detox from alcohol is 2-3 days.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment Choices
Primary Treatment (Rehab)
Patients attend residential treatment as an inpatient. Those wishing to seek treatment as an outpatient will still be required to spend 21 days inpatient in the hospital before being discharged to continue their treatment at home. See online rehab.
During your inpatient treatment at our alcohol rehab, you will begin to work through a personalised therapy programme designed to create long-lasting life changes. Low-cost rehab options.
Alcohol Relapse Prevention
Working with your primary therapist, you will build a plan for long-term sobriety that includes continuing therapy, alcoholics anonymous, lifestyle considerations and social support. Understanding alcohol abuse.
You’ll continue the work you started in treatment and make recovery practice a part of your daily life. Our aftercare support services help sustain recovery through weekly group sessions, check-ins and annual alumni meetups. More.
Castle Craig Is a Fully Medically Managed Alcohol Rehab
An important aspect of alcohol rehab is the team responsible for saving your life.
We are proud to announce a 73.4% successful recovery rate for long-term alcohol sobriety.
The price of alcohol rehab can often depend on your length of stay.
The NHS and charities provide free rehabs spaces. However, due to high demand and underfunding, they often have long waiting lists. Long waiting times don’t make seeking free help impossible; it makes it more challenging. More on prices.
We cannot speak for the rehab experience at any other alcohol clinic. However, from information collected by patients who have received treatment and have relapsed elsewhere, we have been told that Castle Craig is unique.
The Castle Craig experience is about being completely immersed in a therapeutic community. With no outside influences in sight for six miles, we can offer the opportunity to break away from triggers, influences, temptations and even your past self. More.
Alcohol Rehab Duration
Here at Castle Craig, we recommend a minimum of a 5-week residential stay. Longer than the usual 28-day rehab model, we understand that treating and reversing the psychological effects in just 28 days is a difficult task. More.
Call 01721 722 763 to discuss your stay.
We are confident that our alcohol treatments work here at the Castle Craig Hospital because we see the results daily. We see broken, and unhappy patients leave treatment full of optimism and hope for a sober future.
We also have a 73% success rate for achieving long-term sobriety amongst 10,000 patients. More.
The admissions process is straightforward. First, you need to telephone admissions, and we advise you on the process and how we can progress quickly. Admissions can be processed in 24 hours or less, and for emergencies and times of crisis, we can organise immediate access. More.
There are very short waiting lists, typically no more than 24-48 hours.
Aftercare, Post-rehab Support
Our care for you will continue when you leave our residential alcohol rehab. We have paid-for aftercare programmes such as Intensive Continuing Care (£1,200), which includes 2x individual therapy sessions and 2 group sessions a week and Group only Continuing Care for ten weeks at £500.
Change your story. Call 01721 722 763.
This page has been medically reviewed by Doctor Peter McCann, MSC, MBBS. Dr McCann is a psychiatry and Internal Medicine Resident at Duke University Hospital, USA.
Before you read any further, please remember these three things:
- Problems with alcohol are more common than you think
- Things can get better (and will if you take the proper steps)
- Nobody should go through this alone
- Sober living and complete abstinence are very possible