Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Addiction

You’ve likely heard of different therapeutic approaches for addiction treatment, but have you considered Dialectical Behaviour Therapy? DBT is a cognitive behavioural approach that has shown significant effectiveness in treating various mental health disorders, from borderline personality disorder to substance use disorders. This therapy focuses not just on abstinence, but also on building skills like […]

Addiction Therapy FAQs

What Is Drug Addiction Counselling and How Does It Work? Counselling is an essential part of drug addiction treatment. It provides a safe space for you to explore the reasons behind your addiction and recognise the triggers that make you turn to drink, drugs, gambling, sex, video games or whichever dependency you’re battling. Working with […]

Drumming Therapy

How Can Hitting A Drum Help Me? Don’t worry too much about these techniques! The idea is to have fun, not become an expert. What Happens? How To Play the Drums Djembe Drum The Djembe can be held between the legs and slightly tipped forward or so the sound comes out the bottom. There are […]


Aromatherapy uses essential oils extracted from plants and herbs which can be inhaled or applied through the skin. Aromas and oils from these natural sources have been shown in clinical studies to positively affect the body’s natural ability to balance and regulate itself.  Plant oils have been used as therapy and cosmetics for thousands of […]

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

What is Equine Therapy? Equine assisted therapy is an active psychotherapeutic intervention involving horses and guided by a trained equine therapist. Therapy can be conducted on an individual or group basis depending on the addiction treatment needs. People suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, emotional trauma (including PTSD and dissociative process), low-self esteem, eating disorders, learning difficulties, anxiety […]

Drumming Therapy

Drumming and Communication We are introducing drumming therapy to the complementary therapy programme at Smarmore Castle as soon as possible. Drumming groups have been used at other addiction treatmetnt centres for many years and are a popular part of any complementary therapy and activity programme. Communication Aids Recovery – Drumming Aids Communication Drumming helps the mind […]


Aquatherapy is a form of exercise that uses water to relax the body and enhance recovery. People battling addiction to drugs and alcohol may lack the endurance and energy to work out. However, aquatherapy can be an answer to this problem. The buoyancy of the water eases the force of gravity, making the patient feel […]

Teletherapy Sessions in Recovery

Therapy via Webcam On leaving Smarmore Castle, patients are most vulnerable to relapse in the first few months following treatment. Re-entering everyday life can be very challenging because they will encounter a great deal of temptation, as well as old triggers to addictive behaviour.We provide patients with a teletherapy programme to consolidate their recovery after […]

Detox Therapy

We set a slow and gentle withdrawal pace from alcohol and drugs so that detox can take place alongside psychotherapy.Detox is only the first stage of addiction treatment. It is important to start the psychotherapy in parallel with the detox process so that patients are embedded into their recovery programme and begin to form relationships […]

Personalised 1-to-1 Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Individual therapy is talking psychotherapy that uses psychological methods to help someone overcome addictions, other mental and behavioural health problems, negative beliefs, as well as improve relationships and social skills. There are hundreds of psychotherapy techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy to interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy to transactional analysis. Recovery from addiction is not just about stopping […]

Group Addiction Therapy

Entering an alcohol and drug treatment program requires courage and means you are a step closer to finding long-term freedom from addiction. However, many often experience fear, not only about getting clean and/or sober but of the therapeutic process and the prospect of being honest with yourself and others.  Group therapy is one of the […]

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Our life experiences form a set of beliefs and expectations about ourselves and the world around us which can influence our behaviour. This is an involuntary process and these beliefs can distort how we perceive ourselves and other people, leading to problems with mental health including addiction.  Obstacles to addiction recovery, such as our negative […]