Rehab for Alcoholism
During the detox phase, patients undergo a thorough medical assessment that looks at their medical record, alcohol abuse history and any other health conditions.
Medically Managed Detox
Castle Craig has experience with all of the latest approved medications to decrease cravings and alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms as recommended by NICE.
The medical team prescribe a diminishing dose of medication to ensure a smooth withdrawal process.
Prof Jonathan Chick, our Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director, explains that the medication dose for each patient is closely monitored during the alcohol detox phase. “If you think of the nervous system of an alcohol abuser as a spring, on which alcohol has been sitting like a heavyweight. “When the weight is suddenly removed, the spring is unstable. This can lead to alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, trembling, anxiety or even hallucinations.”
Patients with mild alcohol dependence usually do not need assisted alcohol withdrawal in our detox unit.
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Alcohol Detox Medication
The medications our doctors prescribe to you will depend on the intensity of your withdrawals.
Our doctors specialise in reducing all the physical withdrawal symptoms you can experience when you no longer have alcohol in your body by using appropriate detox medication.
The most common medications include Acamprosate calcium, Carbamazepine, Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride, Clomethiazole, Diazepam, Disulfiram, Haloperidol, Lorazepam, Nalmefene, Naltrexone hydrochloride, Vitamin B and Thiamine.
As you would expect from any hospital, Castle Craig has robust prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring arrangements over both weekends and public holidays as appropriate to the patient’s needs and risks.
Medically Managed Detox
How Can Castle Craig Help?
How Do I Pay For Rehab?
One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.
How Long Is the Rehab Programme?
Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.
Who Will I Speak to When I Call?
When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.
What Happens at the End of My Treatment?
Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.