Smarmore Castle Drug & Alcohol Rehab
Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, near Bangor, Northern Ireland, is a residential rehab clinic providing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioral addictions including gambling. We are located very close to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in County Louth, just a two hour drive from Bangor.
Bangor Alcohol and Drug Abuse
In Northern Ireland, in 2015/16, it was found that a fifth of the population drank above the recommended weekly allowance. In 2011, 78% of people surveyed said that they had drank up to or above the weekly recommended limit at least once in the previous week. In the Southeastern region of Northern Ireland, including Bangor, there was the third highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in 2009, compared to other regions.
In the Bangor area, 62% of people in treatment were seeking help for alcohol abuse in 2010. Over-consumption of alcohol has dangerous consequences. In 2011/12, approximately 12,000 people were admitted to hospital because of alcohol related emergencies. Alcohol use in Ireland killed almost three times as many people as drug use in Northern Ireland in 2014.
Of people seeking treatment for drug abuse, over half of those in the Bangor and South Eastern area had used benzodiazepines. In 2014, 1.5 million prescriptions for tranquilisers and sleeping pills given out in Northern Ireland. For Bangor and the surrounding areas, only a third of these patients had tried stimulant drugs.
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Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near Bangor
At Smarmore Castle, our mission is to provide the highest quality treatment for our patients and those suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addiction in Bangor. We receive patients from Bangor, Northern Ireland, the UK, EU and further afield. We offer many different options for referral and admission.
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Admissions for Patients from Bangor and the Rest of Northern Ireland
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Our Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programme
The addiction treatment model at Smarmore Castle has been developed over 30 years by a world-renowned team of doctors and psychologists. We provide an intensive rehab programme which follows the 12 Steps Model, and includes:
- Rapid admissions process
- Thorough medical assessment and full physical examination
- Detoxification from alcohol and drugs, managed by our medical team
- Specialist addiction therapies including individual therapy, group therapy, CBT, Trauma therapy, grief therapy, family therapy
- Complementary addiction therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, equine therapy and drumming therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment including eating disorders and depression
- Use of our 22 metre indoor heated swimming pool with sauna and steam room, gym and sports with our fitness instructor
- 16 acres of private gardens
- Continuing care after discharge.
Our Location, Two Hours from Bangor, Northern Ireland
Smarmore Castle is situated just two hours from Bangor, in a stunning, countryside location in County Louth, Republic of Ireland. Patients will find both comfort and privacy in a renovated 14th-century castle, housing excellent facilities including a leisure centre, gym and swimming pool. It is set within 15 acres of scenic landscape, which patients are able to explore in their leisure time.
AA and NA Meetings in Bangor
We recommend you begin your journey to abstinence by seeking self-help through attending peer support groups in Bangor. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are organised across Northern Ireland, in Belfast, Derry, and Lisburn, among others. They provide an invaluable network of support for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction in Bangor, Northern Ireland. They help people from Bangor to achieve sobriety through a 12-step programme.
The team at Smarmore Castle is always available to answer questions about our rehab treatment programme, admissions, or funding. If you are from Bangor and are thinking of entering rehab or if you are the family member, friend or employer of someone who is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction in Bangor, please contact us for advice.
Personal Therapy for Addictions at Smarmore Castle
Personal therapy forms the backbone of our treatment programme at Smarmore Castle. It is essential for the patient’s psychological healing and drives their progress to sobriety. The therapy is patient-led and personalised to their unique life history and current circumstances.
In the safe space created in these one-on-one sessions, patients can discuss sensitive personal issues and past experiences. The therapist will help them to address attitudes and behaviour which might impede them on their journey to recovery. Visit our dedicated Personal Therapy page to learn more.
- 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. At the end of the day, it needs to be their decision because they are the ones that need to be open to turning their lives around. There are ways in which you can encourage someone to enter treatment, one of these ways is via an intervention with a trained interventionist, who facilitates an honest discussion between family members and the addict. This is something Smarmore Castle can arrange – contact us today.
- Which Drugs Does Smarmore Castle Detox From?
- 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?
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.