You don’t need to be in the dark when looking for options in recovery. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem. It cannot be solved through self-will alone. We are glad that you are actively looking for help. Here is a compilation of places that offer the best resources to aid your recovery process.

Ocean Recovery

This facility offers medically assisted detox, inpatient care and outpatient support. It is proud of its Cognitive Behavioural approach and holistic therapy options. It is called “Ocean Recovery” because its location is near the North Beach. It is widely believed that being near the ocean is therapeutic and can bring a sense of calm.


Edinburgh Rehab Centre

This facility offers medically assisted detox, inpatient care and outpatient support. Alcohol rehab Edinburgh also has affiliations with AA as part of its aftercare function.


Rehab 4 Addiction

This is a referral service for alcohol and drug addiction treatments. The first experience you will have with the service is an assessment phone call. This call is free of charge and intends to give Rehab 4 Addiction an idea or where to refer you to. Their website is easy to navigate and has an active chatbox.


ADT Healthcare

This is another advisory and referral service, much like Rehab 4 Addiction. ADT is connected with accredited clinics that pass Scotland’s Care Inspectorate’s standards.


Castle Craig Hospital

This facility boasts that 98% of its clients are happy with their services. Relapse happens, but 73% of clients who enter the program stay sober. Offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy, equine-assisted therapy (animal assisted therapy), physical therapy, art class and mindfulness meditation programs, they promote overall healing. Mental health problems run alongside drinking problems. Castle Criag wishes to focus not just on addiction recovery, but the other issues that come with it as well.

Another claim they have is that they are “20% and 50%” cheaper than their closest competitor. In their website, they prominently feature a step-by-step guide to get government funding for their residential addiction treatment program. As usual, they present to the public options for medical detox, inpatient care and outpatient options. One of their biggest selling-point is their beautiful location—the privacy of 50 acres of countryside land. Once you decide to seek treatment here, your privacy is guaranteed. The hospital’s area is only accessed through a private country road. The fresh air and the greenery is sure to promote better physical, if not mental health.


Abbeycare Scotland & The North Clinic

Aside from supervised medical detox, inpatient and outpatient services and aftercare options, Abbeycare Scotland features Holistic and Alternative Treatments. One thing it that distinguishes it from other rehabs is that it offers Private Alcohol Home Detox Treatment. This option is geared towards people who have a difficult time leaving home to get the hurdle the first, crucial step in the recovery process. There are also individually tailored plans for people who want personalised services. The clinic is located at the Murdostoun Castle. The grounds comprise of 40 acres of land, which helps with privacy.


Serenity Addiction Centres

This clinic has two locations, one is Glasgow and Perth. Aside from the usual services (medically supervised detox, inpatient and outpatient care), this center has  dedicated options for Process Addictions. Process addictions are behavioural problems in which a person uses a behaviour like a drug—people can be addicted to gambling or shopping, for example. In this facility, there are specialist capable of diagnosing and treating these co-occurring disorders


Edinburgh Alcohol And Drug Partnership

This website has a lot of resources you can use to help you manage your alcohol addiction and find addiction help Edinburgh. There are reading materials you can download, an app called “ARC-Edinburgh” and a list of on-line support groups. There is a link to the Scottish Drug Services Directory, to point you to the nearest service in your area.


Local Services Through NHS

Recently, there has been a drop of alcohol-related deaths in Scotland. There was also a drop of alcohol sales in 2019. Many people credit this to the government’s decision to make alcohol more expensive. Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says, “There are, on average, 22 alcohol-specific deaths every week in Scotland, and 683 hospital admissions.”

Freeman also said, “Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum unit pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high-strength alcohol that causes so much harm to so many families.” Although Scottish people buy more alcohol than people in Wales or England, it looks like the government is on the right path to curbing alcohol misuse.

Here is a list of are Recovery Hubs run by the government that service a particular area. There is a “No Wrong Door” policy in place, so if you go to a centre and you do not belong to the area, you will still be assisted. You do not need to set an appointment, just show up.

  • North East Edinburgh: Leith, Craigmillar
  • North West Edinburgh: Muirhouse, Clermistion, and South Queensferry
  • South West Edinburgh: Gorgie or Dalry, Westerhailes
  • South East Edinburgh: Spittal Street, Liberton or Gilmerton
  • City Centre (for evening drop-ins)

Here are some motivating tips to get you started in recovery:

  • Consider what pain alcohol is causing you – financially, physically and emotionally
  • You will be safer, your family will be safer, without alcohol. Sometimes alcohol makes us do dangerous things that we do not mean to do. Rehab means you are pushing against the possibility of harming others through your addiction.
  • You will have new personal relationships when you go to rehab. You will not feel as lonely as you are feeling now.
  • You can work at your own pace, because you are an individual with your own specific problems. There are many types of people in recovery and your journey is unique to you. People won’t judge you as hard as you think.
  • A lot of people are genuinely out to help you. Your family, your close friends will be there for you if you give them a chance.
  • You are worth recovering from your addiction. There is hope for you, and there is a future too.
  • You can be the person you want to be, even if you are not sure now who this person is.
  • It all begins with one step, and the rest will get easier.

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