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I am pleased to use the rehabilitation facilities at Castle Craig. I have had very good feedback.

— Dr William Shanahan, Medical Director (Private) and Clinical Director of Addictions, The Priory

I went through treatment over 21 years ago and it has worked for me, O.D.A.A.T. (One Day At A Time)

— Tom

It was a gift that through you I could find a programme such as the twelve steps in which I never have to be alone and hiding again.

— Markus

I celebrated four years of sober living at the end of September and am living a simple and contented life. I will never forget those who helped me in the Castle.

— Mary-Jane

Start2Stop have referred people needing primary treatment to Castle Craig for many years. This is because Castle Craig is a genuine centre of excellence. The care offered by Castle Craig is world-class and delivered with expertise and love. It’s a place where people with additive disorders get well.

— Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon, Founder of Start2Stop

For me EMDR came as a godsend and certainly made a difference.

— Rachael

It is now 5 years ago that I left for treatment at Castle Craig and today I am 5 years clean. Life becomes more and more a pleasant journey and I am day by day more grateful to have a life. Thanks for treatment, it was so good.

— Andrew

From the first (HBOT) session I could feel it working – I was much more talkative, the agony of withdrawal eased and my concentration started to return.

— Bradley Neill, article from The Sun, 28 April 2017

My experiences with those who have been through Castle Craig have been nothing but positive.

— Glasgow-based GP

I would like to thank you all, as without you my recovery would not be possible. Words cannot say how much this means to me and my family.

— Paul

I’m almost 2 years clean and sober and don’t crave for anything! Total abstinence is the only way I believe!

— Lisbeth

Thank you for all the help and guidance you’ve given me throughout my stay here. You’ve given me back confidence and hope and the faith to go on.

— Nadja

Your kindness has kept me here…. you’ve treated me like a human being and that’s what I’ve become. I will never forget you all. Thanks for showing me a way out!

— Richard

Castle Craig has always been high on my list of options for treating patients who need a safe, spacious, secure and tranquil environment in which to seek their early recovery from addiction. Highly recommended.

— Dr Mike McPhillips, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Chelsea Consulting Rooms

I have had excellent experiences of referring patients to Castle Craig.

The assessment process is thorough and offers patients lots of reassurance. I was able to refer several patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the process was smooth and straightforward. The weekly updates are extremely helpful to keep in touch with the patients and there is the ability to speak to a therapist when needed.  

I cannot recommend Castle Craig highly enough.

— Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya, Consultant Psychiatrist, London

My stay at the extended care unit at Castle Craig was an amazing time. Time to reflect, learn, share and practise recovery lifestyle.

— Ernst

As a facilitator of the group I take enormous pleasure seeing the results as patients’ personalities begin to flourish and, despite such distressing histories, they begin to laugh once again.

— Specialist Trauma Therapist

Life is good at my end. I celebrated six years of sober life on the 29th September this year and it gets better and better.

— Anna

The total package is on a whole other level compared to other treatment centres. Thank you!

— Anonymous

A successful treatment programme for addictive disease needs structure because so often in the lives of our patients there is no structure. The drug dictates how they live their life.

— Senior Therapist

I will be celebrating eleven years of sobriety this year and I cant thank you enough for giving me the privilege to do this.

— Elizabeth

Thanks for giving me this chance – I will be forever grateful! I wont forget what this place did for me.

— Jim

This course is wonderfully healing. I felt released from the fears that held me in the past and placed firmly on my own feet in the present moment. Since the course, I have gone forward empowered with the tools it gave me, to make healthier relationships with others and particularly with myself. I believe this course would benefit everyone of us, regardless of whether we think we have a problem or not, so if you have the opportunity to do it, take it!

— Caroline

Castle Craig has literally been a lifesaver for my clients.
The quality of therapeutic care is both extremely high and individualised to the client’s needs. Throughout the Covid19 issues Castle Craig have done everything and more to ensure they can continue to help clients in difficulty.

They have kept me abreast of any developments and helped enormously through the admissions process. The team at Castle Craig is second to none and I will, without doubt, continue to refer my clients for treatment there.

— Charlie Birch-Reynardson, TurnAround Addiciton

Such a beautiful environment to begin a very special journey! Thanks to all who continue to make miracles possible.

— Sue

I’d never been in contact with horses before and I did have some fear of being around them at first but what I learned about myself from even the first [equine therapy] session with them was absolutely incredible. I walked away stunned by the experience.

— Steven Lowe

Thank you all for the beautiful life I have back. I wouldn’t be in this position without the support you all provided, each of you in your own special way. 9.5 months clean and sober.

— Mark

Words cannot express how much gratitude I feel. You make people know that there is a wonderful life out there and I certainly intend to enjoy it now.

— Amelie

Many cocaine users are ‘functioning addicts’ for 10 years or more. But excessive use of cocaine can lead to dysfunctional judgment, risky decision-making and reckless gambling with company assets.

— Peter McCann, Chairman of Castle Craig Hospital

I firmly believe that CC saved my life and i see many people on a daily basis that could benefit from the care that CC provides.

— Frederick

You all mean so much to me. Thanks for all your help and support. Castle Craig is a very special place, it will stay in my heart.

— Sarah

Thank you for everything that you and your wonderful staff have done for me. My time there has constantly held a warm and cherished place in my heart and through my everyday walk of recovery.

— John

This is the most wonderful place to sort out your troubles – although you don’t think so to start with!

The staff are simply out of this world. The location is peaceful and beautiful. Only when I was near leaving did I actually appreciate how fabulous the whole place was.

If you are in two minds. It’s easy, GO THERE.

— Ed M

If it if was not for CC and my peers i would certainly be 6 feet under, I personally think CC is a place where magic happens.

— Naomi

The Castle is an amazing place. Before I went there I was an alcoholic and an addict in despair. Without getting the fantastic care from all the staff I would still be a wreck. Castle Craig saved my life and for that I will be eternally grateful.

— Donna

I still feel very privileged to be one of CC’s patients. I started there recovery for the very rest of my life. I got in fact a new life, with new horizons full of hope, belief and love.

— June

With the help of Castle Craig, AA and God’s will I feel a new person, able to do anything I wish except drink alcohol.

— M. Lanark

To see someone change right in front of you is a modern-day-miracle.

— Maryam Ghaffari

I personally at Belgravia Therapy have been referring to Castle Craig and Smarmore for many years and have had many happy patients returned to me from the excellent primary care which they received at your facilities.

Not only have you made myself and my supervisor extremely welcome on site visits. It has always felt as if Castle Craig, the founding family and personal service is part of the culture and fabric you delivery with the highest industry standards.

It is a pleasure working with Castle Craig and Smarmore and I fully intend to continue referring clients and building on what is already an important and bonded relationship with Belgravia Therapy.

— Caroline Curtis Dolby, Psychotherapist, Belgravia Therapy

Re-directed in life and eventual freedom from addiction… I rate this the best treatment centre in Europe

— Bill

I don’t feel sorry anymore about anything, I don’t feel guilty anymore and most importantly I don’t feel so lonely and misunderstood. After that 45 year long struggle I am free!

— Nicholas

All I can say is Castle Craig works, and the whole set up of the therapeutic community works. This is because of the commitment from all members of staff.

— James

Thanks to all the therapists who helped me come to terms with the loss of my beloved wife. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

— Robert

I have worked with the team from Castle Craig on and off for many years. When you need safe and high quality treatment for addiction, there are very few options within the UK. Castle Craig has always been one of a very small group of UK treatment providers that we trust, and the McCann family who own it are widely known and respected within the world of inpatient treatment. When you need reliable, safe, and trustworthy inpatient treatment, we recommend Castle Craig.

— Barny Guthrie, Chief Executive, Clinical Partners

The art class brought me to a free place. When I painted I didn’t think of my problems, by that I learnt more about myself. Every painting is different, my moods and feelings came out in the paintings.

— Menno

I was a hopeless, chronic alcoholic, full of despair. I am now a contributing member of society, trusted enough to be a priest and run my own parish.

— Fr. Henry

Thank you for giving me my Mom back! Before my Mom came to Castle Craig life was pretty horrible, I was constantly worrying about her, and to be honest I felt like I had lost my Mom. But coming to Castle Craig was the best decision she could have made.

— Elly

I have always had excellent experiences with Castle Craig. They are responsive to any queries – even the most challenging. CC provides a safe and supportive space for clients to take an honest look at themselves, and ascertain what changes need to be made. 

The McCann family provide an excellent backdrop to a rigorous and well designed treatment programme. Knowing the family are there reassures that the centre has integrity and strong foundations.

Thank you Castle Craig.

— Virginia Graham, Private Addictions Counsellor, London

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | March 2, 2021