My stay at the extended care unit at Castle Craig was an amazing time. Time to reflect, learn, share and practise recovery lifestyle.
I like to keep my counselling style individualised, flexible, direct, clear and consistent.
— Karolina Czepil, Therapist
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.
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 Hospital
I’m almost 2 years clean and sober and don’t crave for anything! Total abstinence is the only way I believe!
My experiences with those who have been through Castle Craig have been nothing but positive.
— Glasgow-based GP
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.
— A quote from our Service User Questionnaire, 2008.
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 session with them was absolutely incredible. I walked away stunned by the experience.
— Steven Lowe
The total package is on a whole other level compared to other treatment centres. Thank you!
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.
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.
When life seems hopeless, when things seem to go wrong, when my mind is haunted by memories of the past, I only have to think of you and what you taught me in that miraculous place called Castle Craig. Thank you, again and again, one day at a time, for this new life shown by you.
All patients benefit, but those who benefit the most are the ones who have difficulty in expressing themselves with words. They come alive! They find they can express themselves and become comfortable with others.
— Phil Grant, Specialist in Drumming Therapy
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.
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.
To see someone change right in front of you is a modern-day-miracle.
— Maryam Ghaffari, Therapist
JuneI 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
The patients are so enthusiastic and the room is full of laughter.
— Helen Ireland, Dance Teacher
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
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.
Such a beautiful environment to begin a very special journey! Thanks to all who continue to make miracles possible.
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
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.
I will be celebrating eleven years of sobriety this year and I cant thank you enough for giving me the privilege to do this.
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
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.
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.
Words are not enough. I started to think about the names of all who helped me change my life – what a list!
I am very grateful for this treatment, and for the passionate way it was delivered
— Aromatherapy Patient
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.
I went through treatment over 21 years ago and it has worked for me, O.D.A.A.T. (One Day At A Time)
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.
I was on a Highway to Hell, when I saw a Stairway to Heaven, so I took the steps out into the Sunshine of your love… 8 years this May.
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!
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
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!
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!
Re-directed in life and eventual freedom from addiction… I rate this the best treatment centre in Europe
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.
Thanks for giving me this chance – I will be forever grateful! I wont forget what this place did for me.
For me EMDR came as a godsend and certainly made a difference.