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Our residential rehab model incorporates evidence-based therapies, 12 Step philosophy and medical care.

At some point in their lives, many people will have a family member, partner, or friend, who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.

The information and issues surrounding addictions and rehab treatment can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to manage a situation like this, and many people have already tried and failed to improve the situation by the time they start looking for professional advice.

Addiction can be to alcohol or to drugs such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis or opioids and people can also be addicted to behaviours such as gambling, gaming or sexual compulsivity. Neuroscience has shown that all types of addictions affect the reward circuit in a person’s brain, taking control of their day-to-day life. Although addiction is a chronic mental illness that needs intensive psychotherapy, it is possible to recover from it as we see here daily at Smarmore Castle.

Here we aim to help give you the information you need to arm yourself with the facts about addiction and make an informed decision about what kind of rehab treatment is best for you or your loved one.

This section explains the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain, signs of addiction, explanations about different drugs, how to cope with addiction in the family, addiction in the workplace, information on women and addiction, the elderly and addiction, ex-pats and addiction, support for military veterans and guidance on making the right rehab treatment choice.

Reaching Out

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