Why Smarmore Castle?

Safe, Expert Addiction Treatment

Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

Why do more patients choose Smarmore to recover?

High Standards

At Smarmore Castle we hold ourselves to rigorous inspections by CHKS, an independent quality improvement inspectorate.

Smarmore is ISO 9001 accredited and CHKS accredited.

Our most recent CHKS inspection reported that Smarmore Castle has the following:

“amazing setting” | “impressive, spacious and clean” | “exceptionally high standards of care and the excellent facilities”  | “excellent”

“The truly team approach at Smarmore Castle to provide a comprehensive detoxification and therapy programme with excellent support and good outcomes for patients with therapies and other supports unseen in other centres in the Republic of Ireland.”  –CHKS

Our Team

The unrivalled alcohol and drug rehab experience that Smarmore Castle offers is attributable to our most valuable resource.

The dedication and compassion of our staff, our enthusiastic team of doctors, nurses and therapists at Smarmore Castle make our environment a genuinely welcoming, energising, and refreshing place for recovery. See team.

Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, and Gym

Equipped with a large swimming pool, spacious gym, steam room and sauna, we give our patients the means to get their bodies back into shape, free from cravings; their minds focused and free from the compulsion to drink and use drugs; their spirits renewed, and their lives back on track.

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Discreet Location

Based on 15 acres of private land set amid the rolling hills of County Louth, Smarmore Castle is only a 30-minute drive from Dublin and is a beautiful and discreet haven in which to start the journey of recovery.

We have complete privacy in 15 acres of beautiful and inspiring countryside.

Smarmore Castle has extensive private gardens and woodland, guaranteeing peace, inspiration and tranquillity.

Our private grounds enable us to offer outdoor fitness activities and also equine therapy.

Amongst the beautiful hills of Co. Louth, patients can benefit from freedom and detachment from the outside world, yet we are easily accessible and located just 45 minutes from Dublin and Belfast International Airports.

Transfer to and from these airports is included in the price of treatment. Talk to us about sober transport.




1. Our treatment is based on a highly successful model – 40 years, thousands of patients helped and consistently high success rates.

Peter and Dr Margaret Ann McCann founded Smarmore Castle after the success of their first treatment centres, Clouds House (1983) and Castle Craig (1988). Smarmore Castle offers the same high standards of care provided at Smarmore.  

This model of treatment, adapted from the Minnesota Model, helps the majority of people to achieve recovery from their addiction and enjoy a renewed life based on abstinence from alcohol and mood-altering substances. Independent research on this programme at Castle Craig showed that 73% of patients achieved long-term abstinence, and 92% showed overall improvements.

2. Extensive Facilities.

Patients at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic will be under the care of a highly experienced medical and therapy team. We provide detoxification onsite under the care of our medical team.

We offer a wide range of treatments and therapies that few other treatment centres in Ireland offer.  

Smarmore Castle also offers an impressive leisure centre, with a 22-metre swimming pool, a spacious sprung-floor gym, a steam room and a sauna.

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Our caring admissions team are here to answer your questions in complete confidentiality.

4. We are medically managed – Medical Director, Consultant Psychiatrist and nursing team.

We employ a multidisciplinary team of staff at Smarmore Castle, who supply 24/7 medical coverage and detoxification from drugs and alcohol. In addition, nurses are always on-site to ensure patient safety and comfort.  

5. Quick assessment and admission.

We offer rapid assessment and admissions wherever possible – we are ready to help you as soon as you are ready for help.

So if you want treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, there won’t be any waiting list to join or any delays in getting you into therapy.

Our admissions department is also available to respond to your enquiry in the evenings and at weekends.

6. Each patient matters before, during, and after treatment.

After treatment at Smarmore Clinic has finished, patients are given the option to enroll in our 12 month continuing care programme. Patients are also invited to return as guests every year for an annual reunion.

Leaving treatment can be challenging, but our patients are always one phone call away from a staff member who remembers them, knows about them, and cares about them.

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The staff at Smarmore Clinic are here to answer your questions about treatment and the admissions process at any time.

Personalised Treatment

We thoroughly assess each patient in order to build a comprehensive, personalised treatment plan.
  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • My Loved One Doesn’t Want Help, What Do I Do?

    You can’t force someone to go to rehab. A person must be ready to commit to treatment if they want to get the most out of the programme. However, there are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter rehab, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the individual. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.

  • Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?

    We offer detox from any drug, whether they are illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ketamine; or prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines or zopiclone, oxycodone, zolpidem, klonopin, methadone, cannabis; and legal drugs such as alcohol.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    Yes. All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • How Do I Get To Rehab Safely?

    Smarmore Castle is one hour north of Dublin international airport, please speak to our advisors if you require collection from an airport.

    We can also arrange a ‘sober transport’ service with a trusted driver, from anywhere in Ireland or Northern Ireland, at an additional cost.

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