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Our treatment model follows the Minnesota Model or “12 Step Treatment”. We view addiction as a disease and complete abstinence from all mind-altering drugs is necessary for long-lasting recovery.
This is the most widely used and established treatment philosophy for all addictions in the western world. It is estimated that there are over 2 million members of Alcoholics Anonymous worldwide.
Patients are introduced to the 12 Steps at an early stage through group therapy & reading materials, and patients attend AA/NA meetings in Edinburgh. We follow the first five steps in our core treatment programme.
These principles have a strong spiritual emphasis. We talk about the concept of ‘Higher Power’ but this doesn’t have to be God, it can work for any belief system.
The 12 Steps are the foundation of our treatment programme. On top of this we provide medical treatment, psychiatric care and specialised therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), EMDR, individual therapy, group therapy, trauma therapy, grief therapy, family counselling, and complementary therapies.
Family members of patients at Castle Craig are invited to attend Al-Anon and Families Anonymous self-help meetings, held regularly on Sundays at the hospital. Al-Ateen meetings, aimed at teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics, are also offered at Castle Craig. These support groups provide a chance for families to meet and share their experiences and problems.
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Thank you for giving me my Mom back! Before my Mom came to Castle Craig life was pretty horrible, I was constantly worrying about her, and to be honest I felt like I had lost my Mom. But coming to Castle Craig was the best decision she could have made.