Addiction Treatment at Smarmore Castle

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Safe & Expert Addiction Treatment & Detox

Smarmore Castle excels in expert supervised detox for drug and alcohol recovery tailored to your needs

At Smarmore Castle, your recovery journey is supported by our comprehensive, empathetic and professional approach tailored to your unique needs. We understand that addiction is a complex illness that can affect different areas of your life. That’s why we offer a holistic approach to treatment, tackling not just substance abuse, but also addressing mental, physical, and emotional health.

We pride ourselves on providing individualised care. Our team will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your specific situation and goals. We believe in empowering you to take control of your recovery journey, equipping you with the tools necessary for successful long-term recovery.

Involving your family in your recovery process is also a crucial part of our approach. We offer family therapy sessions and educational programmes to help your loved ones understand the nature of addiction and how they can support you.

Our programme also incorporates relapse prevention strategies to help you deal with triggers and high-risk situations. We’ll teach you coping skills and stress management techniques to maintain your sobriety.

Wellness activities are integral to our programme too. From yoga to nature walks, we offer various activities to promote physical health and mental well-being. Remember, at Smarmore Castle, you’re not alone in your journey towards recovery.

Addictions We Treat

At Smarmore Castle, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals struggling with addiction and related mental health conditions. Our treatment programmes are designed to address a wide range of addictions and co-occurring mental health issues, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery. Below is an overview of the primary and secondary addictions we treat, as well as the co-occurring mental health conditions that we address alongside addiction treatment.

Primary/Stand-Alone Addictions

We offer specialised treatment programmes for people dealing with stand-alone addictions, which are often the primary focus of their recovery journey. These addictions include:

Secondary/Co-occurring Addictions/Compulsions

In addition to primary addictions, we recognise that many individuals struggle with secondary addictions or compulsions that may occur alongside or as a result of their primary addiction. These include:

  1. Gaming
  2. Social Media
  3. Internet
  4. Other Process/Behavioural Addictions

Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions

Recognising the complex relationship between addiction and mental health, Smarmore Castle provides dual diagnosis treatment for individuals facing co-occurring mental health conditions alongside their addiction. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Mood Disorders

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What Happens on a Typical Day at Rehab?

If you’re currently researching addiction treatment options and wondering if rehab is for you, it’s reasonable to want to know what life is like there. 

On your first day at Smarmore Castle, you’ll be met by our administrative and nursing staff. Here, a nurse will talk you through your daily routine and explain what you can expect during your stay. They will also outline any visiting arrangements and specific guidelines you’ll follow while you’re here, and answer any questions you or your family have. 

You’ll then complete a detailed medical assessment, and the information will allow us to create the best treatment plan for you. After your medical assessment, you’ll meet with a senior therapist who will go through your treatment approach and answer any of your questions. 

Next, if it is something you and your family want to engage with, we offer family counselling sessions which help your family become more involved in your treatment and learn how to best support you as you go through the process. 

You’ll be shown around the facilities and to your bedroom, all of which are en-suite. Bedrooms are single-sex and accommodate between 2 – 4 people. Private rooms are available on request. 

There’s also a welcome pack that you’ll be given on arrival which will provide you with a treatment timetable, guidelines, visiting hours and a few written assessments. You will also be assigned a peer mentor, who will show you around and introduce you to everyone else. 

Once you’ve settled in, you will begin your treatment programme. How that looks will vary between individuals but after you have been through a detox it will likely involve some one-to-one therapy, group sessions and access to holistic complementary therapies including aqua therapy, aromatherapy massage, creative writing and mindfulness meditation

You will likely also attend specific skill sessions, such as sleep hygiene techniques and life skills. You will be provided with three nutritious meals a day, along with snacks and refreshments. There will also be free time during the day which you can choose to fill however you like. You could swim in the pool, take a sauna or steam or explore the beautiful gardens. 

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Why Choose Smarmore Castle?

Choosing the right rehab is crucial, as the wrong type of care can negatively impact treatment outcomes. Smarmore Castle stands out as a premier choice for several compelling reasons, all aimed at providing the most effective and compassionate care for those seeking to overcome addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. Here’s why Smarmore Castle should be your choice for addiction treatment:

A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach to Treatment

At Smarmore Castle, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the addiction. Our comprehensive treatment model integrates physical, psychological, and emotional health services to address every aspect of addiction and its underlying causes. From medically supervised detoxification to personalised therapy and holistic treatments like meditation and yoga, our approach ensures that all dimensions of a person’s well-being are nurtured.

Expert, Multidisciplinary Team

Our team consists of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and support staff, all specialising in addiction treatment. This multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to create personalised treatment plans that cater to the individual needs of each client, ensuring the highest standard of care throughout the recovery process.

Tailored Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Recognising the prevalence of co-occurring mental health conditions in individuals with addiction, Smarmore Castle offers specialised dual diagnosis treatment. Our experts are adept at helping patients suffering from mental health disorders alongside addiction, providing a coordinated treatment plan that addresses both sets of challenges in a supportive and understanding environment.

Serene Environment

Set in a tranquil, historic castle amidst lush countryside, Smarmore Castle offers a peaceful environment that is conducive to recovery. The serene surroundings and privacy of our location provide an ideal backdrop for reflection and growth, away from the stressors and triggers of everyday life.

Proven Success and Continuous Support

Our commitment to your long-term recovery extends beyond your stay at Smarmore Castle. We have helped many patients achieve and maintain sobriety, backed by our comprehensive aftercare support. This includes ongoing therapy sessions, support groups, and resources to assist alumni in navigating the challenges of post-treatment life, ensuring a successful transition back into everyday living.

A Commitment to Excellence and Compassion

At Smarmore Castle, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care, continuously updating our programmes to incorporate the latest research and best practices in addiction treatment. Our compassionate approach creates a nurturing environment where individuals are respected, valued, and empowered to achieve their recovery goals.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Hugh Gallagher
Dr. Hugh Gallagher
Medical Director
Philip Grant
Philip Grant
Senior Addiction Therapist
Paul McAnespie
Paul McAnespie
Senior Staff Nurse

Our Treatment Programme

Your journey towards recovery at Smarmore Castle typically begins with a stay of four to six weeks, which may be extended based on your unique medical and substance misuse history, and the severity of your addiction. Here, you’ll experience a comprehensive treatment programme tailored to your needs and aimed at long-term recovery.

Our individualised care ensures that your treatment plan is as unique as you are. We understand that no two journeys are the same, and we’re ready to meet you where you are.

We incorporate a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of your well-being. This encompasses:

  • Physical health, through nutritious meals and physical activities.
  • Mental health, with therapy sessions conducted by our expert team.
  • Emotional well-being, by creating a supportive and understanding environment.

Family involvement is integral to our process. We believe that including your loved ones in your recovery journey builds a strong foundation for success.

At Smarmore Castle, we’re not just dedicated to helping you in the short term. We strive to equip you with the tools and resources necessary for a sustainable, long-term recovery. We’re with you every step of the way.

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The first phase of treatment is detoxification, a medically supervised process designed to safely eliminate harmful substances from your body. 

Detoxification isn’t without its challenges. The physical impacts can be unpleasant, with withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. But you’re not alone in this. You’ll receive all the necessary medical attention to manage withdrawal symptoms effectively.

But detoxification at Smarmore isn’t just about overcoming the physical side of addiction. Holistic approaches are a core part of the process. These include mindfulness exercises, dietary adjustments, and physical activities that address your overall well-being.

Emotional support during detox is paramount. The staff at Smarmore understand the emotional upheaval that detox can cause. They’re there to offer support, empathy and reassurance throughout the process. You’ll also have access to counselling services to help you navigate through this challenging phase.

Therapeutic Treatment

Once you’ve navigated the challenging path of detox, the next vital step in your journey at Smarmore Castle is psychological therapy. Here, you’re in the hands of our leading addiction specialists, who implement a variety of psychotherapy techniques to address the underlying issues contributing to your addiction.

The treatment at Smarmore Castle adopts a holistic approach, which includes a mix of individual and group therapies. These therapies are facilitated by qualified therapists who are accredited by the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland and the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, among others.

Your treatment will involve:

Trauma therapy:

This component of the programme is trauma-informed, using a combination of one-to-one, trauma group and DBT to help you process your experiences.

Family Involvement:

Weekly educational Zoom lectures and discussions are held for family members, aiding their understanding of addiction and addressing co-dependency.

Holistic Therapies:

These include art therapy, mindfulness meditation, and aqua therapy, which help balance your body, reduce anxiety, and increase overall wellness.


We ensure you leave Smarmore Castle equipped with a personalised aftercare plan specifically designed to support your long-term sobriety. This plan ensures continuing support as you transition home, offering you weekly aftercare groups online via Zoom, at Smarmore Castle, and in Dublin, for a full 12 months. These groups are crucial for relapse prevention, helping you sustain the gains you’ve made while navigating through potential risks in your home and work environment.

In case of a relapse, don’t worry – a relapse group is available to help you work through the situation. It’s important to remember you’re not alone. You’ll find a wealth of support, understanding, and encouragement within these groups.

Your journey is also supported by family involvement. Once you leave, your family members are invited to a dedicated aftercare group. This invaluable resource not only helps them understand your journey but also equips them with the knowledge to provide the necessary support.

Aftercare at Smarmore Castle is about fostering a supportive community for your continued recovery.

Begin Treatment With Smarmore Castle 

Are you ready to take the first step towards your recovery? You can reach out to Smarmore Castle today for personalised addiction treatment options. Don’t let apprehension hold you back. Our compassionate staff are dedicated to assisting you through every step of your recovery journey.

Financial considerations shouldn’t deter you from seeking treatment. The staff understand this and will work with you to explore payment options. Be encouraged by patient testimonials who’ve walked the path to recovery at Smarmore Castle and have emerged stronger. Remember, the first step to recovery is always the hardest, but with Smarmore Castle, you’re not alone. Contact us today and start your journey towards a healthier, happier life.

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Smarmore Castle has the facilities and staff to help you regain control of your life, request a call-back from one of our professionals today. The choice you make today could change your life forever.

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