Making the decision to undergo residential addiction treatment at Castle Craig is the beginning of a life-long journey from admission and detox, to relapse prevention and discharge. Our patients leave us in excellent health and carrying a set of therapeutic skills and tools that last a lifetime, including:

  • Impulse control
  • Therapeutic tools to combat negative feelings
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  (CBT)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Relapse prevention techniques
  • Holistic therapy aids for mind, body and spirit
  • New, healthy dietary and fitness habits
  • 12 Step fellowship
  • New sober friends
  • Strong support networks that last a lifetime

At Castle Craig, we believe that addiction is a primary, chronic brain disease. As a result, patients must undergo an abstinence-based programme in order to achieve long-lasting recovery. The specialized residential treatment that has been developed here at Castle Craig will help patients suffering from addiction find get the personlised care they need to combat the disease.

Personalized Treatment Plans

We do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to treatment. We treat each patient who comes here as a unique individual with specific needs. For instance:

They may:

  • be addicted to alcohol or addicted to illegal or prescription drugs
  • have eating disorders or be addicted to gambling
  • have other psychological disorders
  • be old or young
  • be professionals from wealthy backgrounds
  • come from dysfunctional families
  • have lost everything due to their addiction

In their past they may have:

  • lost a loved one and been unable to grieve properly
  • been physically or sexually abused
  • suffered from depression or other mental health disorders
  • been in an accident or fought in war and be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

Because of these varying circumstances, we ensure that their treatment plan is tailored to those needs. Our expert team work together to prescribe a personalised combination of medical treatments, specialised therapies and complementary therapies for each individual patient.

The benefits of personalised addiction treatment include:

  • Targeted care. Therapies that target the specific causes of the addiction can help prevent relapse in the future
  • Lasting recovery. Intensive treatment produces results that last
  • Life skills. Patients learn to cope more effectively and positively with difficult situations in the real world
  • Quality care. Our full-time Consultant Psychiatrist, doctors and nurses who provide round-the-clock care ensure patients’ bodies return to peak condition
  • A chance for trust to build and a form a healthy, open relationship between the patient and therapist, making group therapy and individual therapy more effective.

The 12 Steps

Although 12 Step treatment is not the only therapy provided at Castle Craig, it is still central to our abstinence based model.  Patients are introduced to the Twelve Steps at an early stage through group therapy & reading materials, and patients also attend Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meetings in Edinburgh or nearby towns.  Patients complete the first 5 steps of the Twelve Steps as inpatients according to our core treatment programme.

On top of this we provide medical treatment, psychiatric care and specialised therapies such as:

Our world-class psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and therapists meet regularly to discuss the patient’s ongoing condition and update their treatment plan according to their progress in treatment.

Castle Craig group therapy

12 Steps for Loved Ones of Addicts

Family members of patients at Castle Craig are invited to attend Al-Anon and Families Anonymous self-help meetings, held regularly on Sundays at the hospital, as well as in most people’s local communities or online. Al-Ateen meetings, aimed at teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics, are also offered at Castle Craig. These support groups provide a chance for families to meet and share their experiences and problems.s can join in the daily routine of individual counselling and group therapy as soon as their physical condition permits.

Get Help for Alcohol or Drug Addiction Now

If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol or drug addiction, getting help as soon as possible is critical. Trying to detox from drugs or alcohol on your own is dangerous and doesn’t address the underlying issues of your addiction. A structured rehab programme that includes detox, consultant psychiatrist care, medical treatment and psychotherapy provides a good chance for lasting recovery.