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Drug Rehab

Drug Rehab for Drug Addiction

Do you or a loved one want to live a life free from drugs like cocaine, crack, heroin, benzodiazepines or cannabis? Or know someone who wants to? Castle Craig can help.

We understand what you or your family are going through

Nestled in the rolling hills of Pentland’s regional park, you will find the world-renowned, 5-star rated Castle Craig Hospital, inpatient rehab and detox facility.

Our visitors fall in love with our 50-acres of captivating, private parklands, hotel-like services and thorough residential treatment programmes.

At Castle Craig, we provide the perfect environment and programme for recovery from substance-abuse using treatment methods proven to work.

Out of 10,000 patients who attended our addiction hospital, 73% reported having stayed clean.

The most common drug addictions we treat

See also: Opiate addiction | Stimulant addiction | Sedative addiction | Benzodiazepine addiction

The Effects of Drugs

As drug addiction becomes established there are changes in the brain. These neurochemical changes affect a person’s self-control and decision-making processes.

There is a strong impulse to continue taking drugs despite the harm that drug use is causing.

Addiction to drugs can take hold quickly, and the user requires increasing amounts or stronger substances to achieve the desired effect. Drug craving and drug withdrawal keeps the user ‘hooked’ and those suffering from addiction often resort to crime to fund the habit. Understanding drug addiction.

Drugs and Denial

When people are addicted to drugs they are usually in denial about their addiction and unwilling to get help for their drug addiction. They do not see that they are addicted and often blame those around them for the problems that have arisen from their drug abuse. Sadly, drug addiction not only affects the user but also their family and friends.

If you suspect that you or a close family member or friend may be addicted to drugs and are suffering the consequences of drug abuse, the best thing to do is seek help immediately.

“Of all the places I inquired about, I am glad I chose Castle Craig to help me detox/withdrawals and stop my drug use. My room was pretty, and the therapist[s] were amazing.” – Anne.

First step: call 01721 722 763 for your free drug-addiction assessment.

Residential Drug Rehab

Residential drug rehab is very structured and offers the highest available professional and medical support to people who want to recover from addiction. 

At our hospital, our residential (or inpatient) drug rehab programme (Addiction Treatment Programme ATP) requires you to stay within our treatment facility for 4-5 weeks. During which, you’ll focus entirely on recovery and coping with other mental health issues like depression or anxiety.

Programme Outline | Hospital Facilities | Getting Sober | Mental & Physical Health | Staying Sober

Who would benefit from attending a drug addiction treatment programme

Depending on the severity of the addiction, anyone struggling with a substance that can include narcotics, stimulants, prescription drugs or street drugs like cocaine, heroin, crack  abuse may likely need residential addiction treatment to deal with the following:

  1. Detoxing and withdrawal symptoms 
  2. Dealing with initial cravings
  3. Dealing with temptation and access to drugs/dealers
  4. Relapse prevention

When do you need to go?

  1. When you are acting out or engaging in dangerous behaviour (driving etc) whilst under the influence
  2. Your friends, family or work colleagues have started noticing strange behaviour and have started commenting
  3. You are losing hope and often feel hopeless and suicidal
  4. You don’t like the person you have become
  5. You are sick and tired of being sick and tired
  6. Your addiction/substance is the primary concern in your life above all other things

At our treatment centre, we believe that it’s not so much about the substances you take or the frequency/quantity you consume, but the reason you turn to drugs in the first place to cope.

More on ATP for drug addiction.

Targeted care

The first step in recovery here is our free drug addiction assessment.

Assessments start the process of uncovering and exploring the reasons you might take drugs. In addition, it can provide insights into any co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety or depression you may be suffering with.

When drugs become habitual, and users look to escape the symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief or trauma, it often changes their personality and behaviour. Mental-illness can ruin relationships/families/work and isolates them further. Thus, a drug problem creates further problems.

Only by taking a person out of their ‘live’ and home/work environment can we be sure that they will have the best chance to recover from an illness that is physical, mental and spiritual. 

The average person has a life expectancy of nearly 30,000 days, what is 35 days out of a lifetime?

Inpatient rehab is suitable for people exhibiting severe signs of addictive behaviour. They may require detoxification and treatment/therapy to overcome any dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

Without intense psychiatry to successfully treat the reasons for abusing substances, a patient is more likely to relapse soon after rehab.  Addiction is multi-faceted, but does have distinct psychological patterns.

Coming off drugs and alcohol completely on your own is not advisable.

Other options include outpatient care at a local treatment centre. See pros and cons.

No single treatment type is right for everyone.

When you should go to rehab

If you are struggling with any drug dependence, including alcoholism, we will encourage you to seek residential treatment as soon as possible; it could be your life or loved ones on the line. There are other options for addiction recovery available that include daycare or outpatient treatment.

How effective is it? 

Due to our immersive setting, the fullness of our daily ATP programme and the removal of triggers and temptations, our drug rehab shows the best overall outcomes compared to any other addiction treatment option. See getting into any rehab.

7 out of 10 people achieve sobriety with Castle Craig. This is one of the best recovery rates in the UK.

Our therapists have had significant success from our specially designed drug ATP that are scientifically proven to work.  Castle Craig has academic and theoretical backing for its treatment programme and has mounting evidence on its own outcomes. 

Our independently reviewed research revealed that 91.8% of patients questioned were either living with reduced alcohol or drug use or were completely abstinent.

Is there a waiting list?

The private medical industry offers the advantage that there are no waiting lists. Patients can be admitted within 24 hours. In emergencies, it can be faster. Please contact admissions.

How Do I Pay For Treatment?

How much does rehab cost?

Private hospital prices for drug addiction vary from £2000-£5000 per week. We are priced in the middle at £3800.00 per week.

Cost of rehab

Prices vary because it depends on the length of your stay and the rehab’s facilities. Health insurance used to be the most popular method of paying for drug rehab, but this has been superseded by more and more people self-funding. More.

Quality care

Since 1988 we have been committed to providing the highest quality alcohol and drug programme at the most affordable price. We want the people who come to our facility to recover and enjoy long term sobriety.

Unlike other substance abuse rehabs, we have a full medical contingent and one of the UK’s highest patient to medical staff ratios.  We also employ highly qualified medical directors and psychiatrists. Every patient has their own tailored recovery programme; there is no one size fits all. 

Funding is available to receive free rehab treatment in the UK, often through the NHS or charities. However, this often frustrates patients who have to join long waiting lists due to underfunding.

Self-funding/insured individuals can skip the queue and access treatment immediately.

How does drug rehab work?

Lasting recovery 

Patients receive therapy daily that accredited psychiatrists and therapists deliver after undergoing a medically 24/7 supervised detox. Everyone joins the day programme and enjoys group therapy and other activities to build long term sobriety life skills.

“Once the detoxification process has ended, you will find yourself embedded in a daily structure that keeps you busy, and your mind focused entirely on recovery.”

Every moment spent here will focus on that one goal; YOU getting clean and sober and working on learning all of the skills required for long term sobriety. In addition, our intensive recovery programme may include learning how to cope with other illnesses like depression, anxiety or trauma.

One of the benefits of our treatment centre is access to round the clock consultant psychiatrist, who will review and update your medication.

21 or 3 week rehab

What is drug rehab like?

Contrary to what people might think, a treatment facility is not all doom and gloom. Instead, it is a place of hope and recovery, a place to make a determined effort to face one fears and engage in real life, without the comfort or fog of drugs or alcohol. Choosing the right rehab for you.

For those wanting to get better, we can genuinely be a transformative experience.

Many report their time at our rehab as “life-saving” – and it’s true, our addiction treatments have saved over 7000 lives in the last 30 years.

Every new day new patients arrive, and old patients leave feeling confident of living life on life’s terms. Our fees include round-the-clock access to the hospital’s team of psychiatrists, therapists, doctors, and nurses

Your Recovery programme includes:

  • Group therapies
  • Individual therapy/Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • NA meetings, educational talks and programmes
  • Holistic approaches/leisure and spa time
  • Health, fitness and wellness
  • Time with your consultant psychiatrist who weekly reviews your medication and progress

How can I get admitted?

Sometimes, the opportunity window to get someone addicted to drugs or alcohol into treatment is very narrow; we understand this. Our admissions team work their hardest to ensure a seamless and rapid admission. What’s rehab like?

Self Funding/ Health Insurance
All you need to do is get in touch. We can process admissions in around 24 hours (emergencies or crises can be more immediate). All we require is a letter from your GP referring you to Castle Craig and some relevant medical history if possible.  Having all of the relevant medical history ensures that admission is safe and suitable. For health insurance, we require a pre-authorisation code. See BUPA example.

NHS/Local authority

If you are funding your Recovery via your local authority, we will have to wait for certain information concerning your funding to be made available before checking you into our facility. Please note that this process can be very long and time-consuming.  More on rehab and NHS funding.

If you are trying to get a friend or loved one into rehab, it’s probably best to speak with us first. We can give you help and advice on how to best achieve this. We do offer interventions and sober taxis.

It is tough to recover without professional help. Call 01721 722 763


How Long Does Treatment Take?

How long is a typical stay?

All of our evidence tells us that five weeks is an adequate foundation for starting the recovery process.  However, time and money do not always allow for the entire programme to be completed.

Putting money to one side, then the length of time required is the same as for a physical illness. The more severe the illness (length of time/extent of a person’s dependence in this case) dictates the optimal length of stay for an addict to recover. There are no quick fixes from recovering from a lifetime of addiction.

  • Our hospital recommends a five-week stay as advised by our Medical Director, who notes that shorter stays are not conducive for long-term healing for patients who are chemical-dependent. However, we understand that time constraints or budgets do not always allow for this number of days. 
  • We offer other options that include a 21-day stay residential stay followed by 21 days of online rehab. More.
  • We also offer long term stays for patients needing to extend their programme.

Aftercare: what to expect after drug rehab?

Recovery is a lifelong process.

Our support staff and alumni will be happy to support you throughout your recovery post-rehab. In addition, we offer a wealth of online aftercare for all our patients to support sober/drug-free living. 

Within a year of completing treatment, you will be invited to weekly group sessions with alumni groups to check in on your progress.

Addiction ends here. Call 01721 722 763.

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