Alcohol and Drug Rehab near Derry


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, near Derry, is a residential rehab clinic providing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioural addictions including gambling. We are located very close to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in County Louth, just a three hour drive from Derry.If you are from Derry or know someone who is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction in Derry, please contact us for advice.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Derry

In Northern Ireland, in 2015/16, it was found that a fifth of the population drank above the recommended weekly allowance. In 2014, it was estimated that 170,000 adults in Northern Ireland drink at dangerous levels. 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. In 2009, the western region of Ireland, including Derry, had the second highest rate of alcohol-related deaths (18.1 per 100,000), after the Belfast area. In 2011, the Derry area had the second highest prevalence of alcohol consumption, with 72% of the population drinking.

In the western region of Northern Ireland, including Derry, cannabis was reported as the most commonly used drug for those presenting to drug treatment in 2014/15. In 2014/15, in the Derry region, 50% of those accessing drug treatment had used stimulant drugs, higher than any other region of Northern Ireland.

Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near Derry

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 Derry. We receive patients from Derry, Ireland, the UK, EU and further afield. We offer many different options for referral and admission.

Admissions for Patients from Derry and the Rest of Ireland

Patients from Derry and the rest of Northern Ireland can enter addiction rehab treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic as a private patient, or through a private medical insurance plan.

Contact us to receive more information about 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. The programme was pioneered by our co-founder, Dr Margaret McCann, who grew up in Marghera, Co. Derry. We provide an intensive rehab programme which follows the 12 Steps Model. The programme incorporates a rapid admissions process, during which the patient receives a full medical assessment and physical examination. They will then begin a period of detoxification from alcohol and drugs, which is closely monitored by our medical team. Our core treatment programme is made up of specialist addiction therapies including individual therapygroup therapyCBTTrauma therapygrief therapy and family therapy.

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.

It is supported by a range of complementary addiction therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapyequine therapy and drumming therapy. For patients suffering psychological conditions such as depression or eating disorders in addition to addiction problems, we offer dual diagnosis treatment.

Patients enjoy access to our 22 metre indoor heated swimming pool with a sauna and steam room, gym and sports with our fitness instructor. In addition, patients can explore the 16 acres of private gardens surrounding Smarmore Castle.

When they complete our rehab programme, patients continue to be supported by our continuing care plan.

Our Location, three hours from Derry

Smarmore Castle is situated just three hours from Derry, 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 16 acres of scenic landscape, which patients are able to explore in their leisure time.

Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous in Derry

We recommend you begin your journey to abstinence by attending peer support groups in Derry. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are organised across Northern Ireland, in Derry, Newtownabbey, and Bangor, among others. They provide an invaluable network of support for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Contact us for Addiction Advice

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

Drumming Therapy at Smarmore Castle

Alongside our intensive programme of individual and group counselling, patients at Smarmore Castle experience a number of complementary therapies as part of their treatment. Our complementary therapies form an essential part of our holistic approach to treatment, which emphasises spiritual healing as much as physical and psychological health.

Drumming therapy will soon be incorporated into our treatment programme. This is a hugely popular form of therapy that has received positive feedback from patients in rehab centres across the UK for many years. Playing the drums in a therapeutic, group setting helps patients to relieve stress. This joyful, high intensity activity allows them to channel pent-up emotions and energy. Afterwards, patients report a more focused mind, as well as better interactions with people around them. Other complementary therapies offered at Smarmore Castle include hyperbaric oxygen therapyaquatherapy, and equine therapy.


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