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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Response

Castle Craig is open and Covid-free and we continue to offer our much needed residential addiction treatment for patients during the Coronavirus pandemic. Travel to Scotland from the rest of the UK and all European countries is allowed for healthcare purposes. These are difficult times and we want to reassure our patients, their families and people who desperately need treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, that we are committed to providing the safest environment for recovery possible. We have taken special measures to ensure that our clinic operates safely and some complementary therapies have been paused.   Information on Actions…

Castle Craig Rated ‘Exceptional’ in Latest HIS Inspection

Castle Craig had an inspection from our regulators Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) recently and today we have received the official report.  They found our infection prevention and control policies and procedures, were excellent and comprehensive. They commented on the thorough Covid-19 risk assessments which had been carried out and the effective processes we had in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission.   The inspectors commented on the positive attitude and evident teamwork of all the staff that they spoke to, and also the supportive and appreciate attitude of the patients. HIS uses the ratings ‘Exceptional’, ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’…

How to pay for private rehab with BUPA

Bupa has a comprehensive mental health insurance coverage policy. They cover a variety of illnesses including addiction to alcohol and drugs and can fund treatment at a residential rehab clinic depending on the individual’s coverage policy. Castle Craig is a Bupa-accredited provider of residential addiction treatment. We have received their Covid-19 Safety badge that demonstrates our dedication to Covid-19 safety standards in relation to testing, infection control and use of PPE. View our Bupa page here.  Insurance through Bupa for residential rehab treatment programmes usually covers detoxification, medical and psychiatric assessments, therapy, room and board costs, fitness and continuing care….

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8 Reasons why online gambling is more addictive than casino gambling

In 1996 the first ever real stakes online casino was launched. Now there are thousands of gambling sites, and millions of  gamblers place their bets and participate in the world of online gambling.  It might seem like harmless fun to start with, but Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest bricks and mortar casino operating company in the world, describes online gambling as ‘fools gold’ and ‘a societal train wreck waiting to happen’. The ‘Richest Man in Vegas’ may have a vested interest in attacking online gambling, but he might just be right.  So what’s…

How are we performing? Recent patient satisfaction levels

We regularly run audits on patient satisfaction levels to make sure we are listening and responding to what our patients are saying. Recent surveys taken in July and September found the following: Our patients describe our staff as ‘very kind’, ‘supportive’, ‘diligent’, ‘fantastic’, ‘absolute treasures’, ‘rays of sunshine’ and ‘efficient’. Every category rated 100% Good, Very Good or Excellent, with particular praise for nursing care, individual therapist care and staff support. Ratings increased to Very Good or Excellent for ‘Catering’ (88%), ‘Accommodation’ (89%), for ‘Fitness’ (89%). New fields for ‘Use of ICT’ and ‘Hygiene, Health & Safety and Infection Control’…

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Alcohol Rehab: A Guide To Getting Help in the UK

This article is medically reviewed by Doctor Peter McCann, MSC, MBBS. Dr McCann is a is a Psychiatry and Internal Medicine Resident at Duke University Hospital, USA.  If you’re looking for information on alcohol rehab, you’re probably worried that someone has a problem with alcohol. Maybe it’s someone you love, or maybe you’re worried about yourself.  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 right steps)  Nobody should go through this alone…  This article aims to set out everything…

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Royal College of Psychiatrists show drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown

High-risk drinking has nearly doubled since lockdown, reports the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and addiction services are in desperate need of funding. Castle Craig’s data supports this, with website visitors more than doubling, a record number of daily enquiries to our Help Desk, and a rising number of enquiries about the Castle Telehealth online addiction therapy programme. The Royal College of Psychiatrists today issued a statement after analysing data from Public Health England which shows that the rate of people in England drinking “high risk” amounts of alcohol has almost doubled at 19% in June, up from 10.8% in February…

How Has 12 Step Recovery Helped You Prepare for the Coronavirus Pandemic?

In recovery we remember the isolation our addiction brought us to, so we knew what isolation meant and how it felt. In 2020, that’s something which has been new for a lot of people – especially family members of those with addiction – they didn’t understand what it meant when we talked about those feelings of isolation. Now they’re really realising what that is and what that does to you. Most important of these is Step 1.  Step 1 – Admitted we were powerless and our lives were unmanageable In terms of global issues that are facing us, Step 1…

Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Rehab Clinic

Castle Craig is a privately-run residential rehab clinic which provides treatment for alcohol, drug and gambling addiction. We are located close to Glasgow, Scotland, and have many ties to the Glasgow medical community. It is possible to drive to Castle Craig from Glasgow International Airport in an hour and we regularly provide pick-ups for our patients who come from Glasgow. Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near Glasgow At Castle Craig, our mission is to provide the highest quality and most effective treatment for our patients from Glasgow and across Strathclyde and Scotland and the UK. We offer many different options for…

Many people are finding the coronavirus situation is increasing their anxiety

Coronavirus presents a new challenge to sobriety

Addiction sufferers and their families face new challenges.  Coronavirus increases the dangers faced in recovery and has also adversely affected some well-tried responses which, until now, have proved reliable. The sudden arrival of coronavirus has brought everyone out of their comfort zones. Stress levels are high, mainly due to fear of the disease itself. There is also fear of consequences such as financial meltdown. Throughout the UK and around the world people are anxious, afraid and wondering what to do about it all.  We are being told to self-isolate and distance ourselves socially and none of this is good news…

Peter and Dr McCann, founders of Castle Craig

Half a lifetime helping addiction recovery – Peter McCann celebrates 80th birthday

Almost 40 years ago, Peter McCann and his wife, Dr Margaret Ann McCann, began helping people with drug and alcohol addiction into a life of recovery.  This eventually led to the founding of Castle Craig Hospital in 1988. As he celebrates his 80th birthday having spent half of his lifetime helping people overcome addiction, we asked Peter to look back on his own life, and the changing face of addiction treatment. A genuine understanding of addiction Peter’s passion for helping people overcome addiction came from his own experience, along with coming from a family with a medical background. “It was…

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Alcohol and Viral Immunity – Heavy Drinking Increases the Risk of Virus Infection

Excessive alcohol consumption is known to cause damage to both the physical and mental well-being, especially if consumed regularly or in large amounts. More so, it can lead to a lowered immune response, particularly when combined with stress. Castle Craig’s Medical Director, Professor Jonathan Chick, advises that during the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to avoid regular heavy drinking and heavy drinking sessions. Reducing or ceasing heavy drinking should improve immunity within days, (except in the case of liver damage). It is advisable to take extra precautions to keep ourselves and each other safe. As there is no known cure…

New Admissions Unit Opens at Castle Craig to Meet the Challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic

This blog article is not updated. For our latest Covid-19 Preparedness & Response Updates please visit our page castlecraig.co.uk/coronavirus In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Castle Craig rehab clinic has launched an innovative, separate admissions and detox unit to treat drug and alcohol addictions. The separate admissions unit, Kirkurd Unit, was created in response to the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic and the increased demand on NHS resources and closure of Private and NHS detox beds and rehab clinics around the UK. The Kirkurd Unit strives for enhanced Covid-19 screening at all stages of admission and detox and a 7 day social distancing…

A Drug Summit Drums Up Support for Scotland

A Drug Summit Drums Up Support for Scotland

Drug summits are being held today and tomorrow to address the drug death epidemic in the UK. Ironically, this is happening in Glasgow, which is at the heart of the problem.  For Scotland, this is literally a life-or-death turning point as the country has seen some of the highest numbers of drug and alcohol-related mortalities in the world while having a drastic decline in addiction treatment funding. Since last year, Scotland has seen a 27% rise in drug-related deaths, with the majority of it being from opioid overdoses. Meanwhile, admissions to treatment centres, especially residential rehabs, have dropped. Today, it…

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Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Rehab Clinic

Welcome to Castle Craig Alcohol and Drug Addiction Clinic, near Edinburgh, Midlothian Castle Craig is a private residential rehab clinic near Edinburgh which provides treatment for alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. Established in 1988 we have forged close ties with the private and NHS medical community in and around Edinburgh and across Scotland. Our Clinic is Near Edinburgh Driving to Castle Craig clinic from Edinburgh and the Lothians takes from 30 minutes. We regularly pick up patients from central Edinburgh, Edinburgh Waverley, the Lothian area, and Edinburgh International Airport. Thinking about Addiction Rehab Close to Edinburgh Why attend a residential…

How to Help Someone with an Addiction

This section will guide you in how to help someone with an addiction. When someone struggles with addiction, it can have serious negative effects on their relationships with family, friends, and work colleagues…

Castle Craig Reviews

Read reviews by former patients and doctors recommending Castle Craig as a top rehab clinic for addiction treatment….

Addiction Treatment Programme

Castle Craig is one of the world’s most renowned residential alcohol and drug rehab clinics and the UK’s only dedicated addiction treatment clinic with a 24/7 doctor and hospital standards. Since we opened our doors more than 30 years ago, over…

Family Recovery Workshop

Our residential family programme values support networks of family & friends for successful recovery during & after alcohol, drug, gambling addiction treatment….

Leading Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Clinic

It's time to leave addiction behind. At Castle Craig rehab clinic, we know that recovery is possible. Call us now to begin your journey. Call Now 01721 728118 Make an Enquiry Visit our section on drug and alcohol What We Treat At Castle Craig, we treat many kinds of addictions including alcohol addiction, prescription drug addiction, illicit drug addiction, cocaine addiction, compulsive gambling, other behavioural addictions and dual diagnosis. Read More Visit our section on mental health Therapies We Work With Our expert addiction therapists deliver a clinically proven treatment programme of 12 Step therapy, CBT, psychoeducation, EMDR, group &...