Abstinence is Essential to Rehabilitation
Our approach to addiction treatment at Castle Craig is abstinence-based. Also known as ‘sobriety’ this means completely giving up alcohol and chemical substances. We believe that abstinence is the only way a person can truly get their life back. In effect, abstinence sets them free.
A person addicted to alcohol or drugs often lives in a culture of addiction, living dangerously and surrounded by negative influences. Many live in isolation, cut off from those they love; others begin drinking to help them cope with pressures at work, within the family or to suppress negative emotions.
Whether it be alcohol or drugs, addiction is a disease and the addicted person is unable to control their level of consumption, no matter how much they believe they might be able to. The only real way an addict can control their consumption is to quit altogether. Our rehab clinic provides victims of addiction with the necessary tools to achieve this control.
Experience shows that abstinence really works
At Castle Craig we have been helping people achieve abstinence since 1988. Hard evidence, including our own studies, and the testimony of millions of people around the world show that abstinence has impressive results, leading to a happy and healthy life in recovery.
The 12 Step philosophy, an abstinence-based model used by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, has played a key role in the success stories of people all over the world who have beaten addiction.
A full recovery
Years of alcohol and drug abuse can leave the vital organs such as the brain and the liver in a fragile or diseased state. Yet our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal over time, and abstinence provides the ideal conditions for this.
There are no easy solutions or quick fixes. Abstinence is challenging and takes dedication, but it works.
Abstinence-based addiction treatment
An abstinence-based programme such as Castle Craig’s, helps patents to steer their lives in a different direction, to avoid temptation, and to ensure a fulfilling life without alcohol or drugs. Our combination of individual therapy, group therapy, CBT and other specialised therapies, exercise & fitness, healthy diet and our tranquil, private surroundings all assist in this process.
Download the Castle Craig Abstinence leaflet
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 7, 2020