Alcohol and Drug Rehab near Belfast


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, near Belfast, is a residential rehab clinic providing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioral addictions including gambling.If you are from Belfast and need addiction advice, our team is available to help.

Our Location, 1.5 hours from Belfast

Smarmore Castle is situated very close to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in County Louth, just a 1.5 hour drive from Belfast. We occupy a stunning, countryside location, where our patients 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.

Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near Belfast

At Smarmore Castle, our mission is to provide the highest quality and most effective treatment for our patients and those suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addiction in Belfast. We receive patients from Belfast, Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK, EU and further internationally. We offer many different options for referral and admission.

Admissions for Patients from Belfast and the Rest of Northern Ireland

Patients from Belfast and the rest of the Northern Ireland can access drug detoxification and addiction rehab treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in the following ways:

Contact us for more information on our admissions process.

Our Addiction 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:

Our residential rehabilitation treatment programme is based on the clinically proven rehab treatment model pioneered by Castle Craig, our partner establishment in Scotland. At Smarmore Castle, our expert team of therapists, nurses and doctors are led by a highly-experienced Consultant Psychiatrist.

Alcoholics Anonymous / Narcotics Anonymous in Belfast

We recommend you begin your journey to abstinence by seeking self-help through attending peer support groups in Belfast. 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 Belfast, Northern Ireland. They help people from Belfast to achieve sobriety through a 12-step programme.

From Belfast? Contact us for Addiction Advice

The team at Smarmore Castle is always available to answer questions about our rehab treatment programmeadmissions, or funding. If you are from Belfast 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 Belfast, please contact us for advice.

Equine Therapy at Smarmore Castle

Equine therapy is one of a range of complementary therapies we offer patients at Smarmore Castle. Our complementary therapies are delivered alongside our core programme of individual and group counselling. They aim to enhance the patient’s sense of spirituality and well-being, in addition to their ongoing psychological and physical healing.

During what can be an emotionally stressful time, equine therapy helps patients to reconnect with both themselves and nature. As extremely sensitive creatures, horses help to promote the patient’s feelings of groundedness and relaxation, as well as improving their communication and assertiveness skills. Most patients report considerably lower stress levels after interacting with these beautiful animals. Other complementary therapies offered at Smarmore Castle include hyperbaric oxygen therapyaquatherapy, and drumming therapy.

Belfast Alcohol and Drug Abuse

In Northern Ireland, the proportion of the population drinking above the recommended weekly allowance has slowly decreased since 2010. However, a fifth of the population still did so in 2015/16. Belfast had the highest number of alcohol-related deaths recorded in 2009 compared to any other county (22.4 per 100,000 people). In 2011, alcohol consumption was highest in the Eastern region of Northern Ireland, including Belfast, with 78% of the population consuming alcohol.

In 2010/11, drug use was highest in the Belfast region, with 34% of the population trying cannabis at some point in their lives. In Northern Ireland, between 2005 to 2015/16, the use of cocaine among those seeking drug treatment rose from 25% to 35%, while the use of heroin and ecstasy both fell during this period.

In 2014, of people seeking treatment for drug addiction, 28% of them were treated in the Belfast area. In 2014/15, cannabis was reported as the most widely used drug among patients seeking drug treatment in the Belfast area. In the Belfast area, 33% of these patients had used cocaine before. The use of opioid pain-relieving drugs was higher in the Belfast area than all other areas apart from the Northern region (26%).  


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