Why Abstinence is Key for Recovery

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

Abstinence is The Only Way to Treat Addiction

At Smarmore Castle, our programme helps patients to achieve long-term sobriety from drugs or alcohol. We believe that abstinence is the only way for a person to truly recover from addiction. It is very unlikely that after being addicted, the person will be able to use drugs or alcohol in a recreational, non-abusive manner. This is why long-term sobriety is the only way to free themselves from addictive behaviour.

An addicted person sometimes surrounds themselves with other drug or alcohol abusers. Alternatively, they could be isolated and lonely because of their habit. In the former situation, the person is surrounded by triggers to negative, drug or alcohol abusing behaviour. If all of their friends also partake in heavy drinking or drug use, then they will find it very hard to maintain contact with these people after leaving rehab without relapsing.

People start drinking or using drugs for various different reasons. They could have initially been seeking a method of controlling stress at work or due to family circumstances. Whatever the reasons, our treatment programme at Smarmore Castle effectively helps patients to achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. 

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Abstinence is Proven to Work

At Smarmore Castle, our rehab programme has been developed over 30 years of experience in treating addiction. Thousands of patients with drug and alcohol abuse problems have successfully recovered as a result of our residential treatment. Our rehab centre is a new one, but our treatment programme is based on the clinically proven model of Castle Craig, our partner facility based in Scotland. Studies of patient outcomes from this addiction facility have proven that this treatment programme is effective. We achieve impressive results, helping people every day to find health and happiness in sobriety.

We incorporate the 12-Step ethos into our programme, which is also the model employed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). It is responsible for the effective treatment of countless people across the globe.

Personalised Treatment

We thoroughly assess each patient in order to build a comprehensive, personalised treatment plan.

Achieving Long-Term Recovery

Prolonged drug and alcohol abuse can take a toll on the body, leaving the brain and the liver in a damaged state. However, the body is capable of healing itself to some extent if treated with respect and care. Abstinence is the only way to create the conditions necessary for healing to take place.

Although it can be incredibly challenging, abstinence is the only way for an addicted person to get better, and to live the life that they deserve.

Abstinence-Based Addiction Treatment Programme

An abstinence-based programme like Smarmore Castle’s is the only way for patients to find long-term sobriety and achieve their full potential. Our programme equips them with the skills necessary to resist the temptation of alcohol and drugs and to lead a fulfilling life. Our specialised programme is made up of individual therapygroup therapycognitive behavioural therapy, and complementary therapies, in combination with our exercise programme and healthy diet plan.

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  • 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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