Pastoral Care at Castle Craig

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Pastoral Support

Nurturing emotional well-being and spiritual growth

What is Pastoral Care?

“Pastoral care” refers specifically to spiritual care provided by trained professionals who are often associated with religious institutions or denominations, and who provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are facing various challenges, including addiction.

At Castle Craig, we provide a comprehensive approach to addiction treatment that includes pastoral care for those who wish. In these settings, clergy members affiliated with Castle Craig are able to offer spiritual guidance and emotional support to patients who are struggling with addiction.

Who Can I Meet for Pastoral Care at Castle Craig?

Pastoral Care Is Delivered By:

  • Father Tony Lappin, a Roman Catholic Priest from the Peeblesshire parish and formerly a psychotherapist and life coach
  • Rev Tony, the Reverend from the local Church of Scotland Parish at Kirkurd.

Our Pastoral Care Services

As part of our pastoral care, Castle Craig can arrange weekly visits to places of worship such as:

  • Catholic Church Peebles (weekly)
  • Church of Scotland Kirk (weekly)
  • Edinburgh Central Mosque (can be arranged on request)

In addition to visits from a Priest and Chaplain:

  • Visits to Castle Craig Hospital once a week from Priest and Chaplain.*
  • Fifth Step Listening by Father Tony Lappin
  • Step 2 and 3 Group by Father Tony Lappin
  • We have a chapel at Castle Craig for prayer and reflection

Our Approach to Pastoral Care

Support for Christians with Addiction

At Castle Craig, we offer pastoral care as part of our treatment programme. In these settings, clergy members are able to offer spiritual guidance and emotional support to patients who are struggling with addiction.

Incorporating faith into pastoral care in addiction rehab can be a valuable approach for people who draw strength, support, and meaning from their Christian beliefs. 

Support for Those with No Faith

Not everyone shares religious faith and others have different beliefs. Some patients may seek out pastoral care to connect with their faith and find meaning and purpose in life beyond their addiction. Others may appreciate the support of a compassionate listener who can help them process the emotions and experiences that led to their addiction.

There is an appointment system for those who wish 1:1 pastoral counselling and our visiting chaplains and we hold open sessions where you can come and talk.

What is the Role of Pastoral Care in Addiction Rehab?

Addiction interferes with a person’s ability to create and sustain a meaningful spiritual life. The disease can deeply affect spiritual balance as well as their family’s faith. For those who wish to receive extra support and spiritual guidance, we offer options for pastoral care where concepts such as self-awareness, acceptance, belief, reconciliation and trust are explored.

The pastoral care at Castle Craig can be a valuable component of addiction treatment, providing patients with a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore their spiritual beliefs and emotional well-being.

Christian Clergy are in an ideal position to recognise addictive disorders, address these problems and help in recovery. In many ways, they constitute a trusted and respected front line of support due to their commitment to care and confidentiality. 

Similarly, Christian Chaplains have been likened to advocates, providing cultural advice and support but they also support spiritual and religious observance. Research indicates that a collaborative (as opposed to a dependent) religious coping style (working with God rather than waiting for God to fix things) correlates with a positive impact on mental health and recovery 

A 2016 NHS study published in BMC Psychiatry found that in mental health care “Service users’ spirituality should not be sidelined. To service users with strong spiritual beliefs, supporting their spiritual resilience is central to their care and well-being. Failure will lead to non-holistic care unlikely to engage or motivate.” They found that Spiritual Care produced a treatment that was ‘patient-centred’. 

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Is Pastoral Care Only for Christians?

No, pastoral care is not only for Christians. While the term “pastoral care” is often associated with Christian religious contexts, the principles and practices of pastoral care can be found in various religious traditions and even in secular settings. Pastoral care encompasses providing spiritual and emotional support to individuals, regardless of their religious background.

In a Christian context, pastoral care is typically provided by pastors or clergy members. However, in other religious traditions, similar roles may exist, such as imams in Islam, rabbis in Judaism, or spiritual leaders in other faiths. These individuals are trained to provide care, guidance, and support to individuals in their religious communities.

Is Pastoral Care Compulsory?

No, pastoral care is not compulsory. It is a voluntary form of care that individuals can choose to engage in based on their needs, preferences, and circumstances. Pastoral care is typically offered as a supportive service within religious communities, healthcare settings, educational institutions, and other environments where individuals may seek spiritual and emotional support.

Is Pastoral Care Offered as Part of the Aftercare Programme?

No, pastoral care isn’t offered as part of the aftercare programme, but can be a part of the support and counselling we offer during your residential stay. 

Who Arranges Pastoral Care at Castle Craig?

Our pastoral care team members include Dr McCann, Father Tony, a Roman Catholic Priest from the Peeblesshire Parish and Rev Tony, the Reverend from the local Church of Scotland Parish at Kirkurd.

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