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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Edinburgh

Learn about drug and alcohol rehab and detox in Edinburgh. The rehab clinic offers a robust admissions process and supervised detox and evidence-based treatments.

    Drug and Alcohol Rehab Edinburgh

    Rehab Recovery offers a variety of treatment options in Edinburgh. This includes residential rehab, outpatient therapy, and home detoxification.

    We carry out a quick telephone assessment to assist you in selecting the best possible treatment in Edinburgh. The service we offer is entirely free and independent of the treatment facilities we recommend.

    At Rehab Recovery, we work with a variety of treatment providers in Edinburgh. All of our partner treatment providers are registered by the Care Inspectorate.

    This ensures all treatment providers on our panel provide the highest standards of care. We consider this to be an ‘excellent’ level of care.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Levels of addiction in Edinburgh


    Nowhere is untouched by the struggle of substance misuse, because addiction is a disease that does not distinguish between class, background, or locality

    In most places in the UK, the number of people battling substance use disorders is on the increase.

    The rate of deaths from drug use in Edinburgh has more than tripled in the last twenty years¹.

    What is addiction?


    Addiction still carries with it a stigma as being somehow related to a lack of willpower, or even a lack of care about how our behaviour affects other people.

    This, however, is far from the truth, as science tells us now that addiction is a chronic mental disease that is caused, not by a lack of willpower, but by the effect of the chemical dopamine in the brain.

    Dopamine is the chemical connected to the repeating of behaviours because they are considered beneficial by the brain.  The chemical is normally released when we do things like eat a healthy meal, or get some exercise, and our brain learns that this activity should be repeated.

    However, ordinarily, when dopamine is released by the brain following a wonderful meal, we do not immediately try to eat the meal again because the urge is counteracted by other factors realised by the brain. So, what is different when it comes to addiction?

    Addictive substances such as alcohol and certain drugs release huge amounts of dopamine, far more than is released by normal pleasures.  Most people still do not become addicted, however, because, like with other pleasurable activities, their brain knows how to regulate their behaviour.

    In people with addiction, it has been discovered that there are always other psychological struggles present, such as significant stress or depression, along with some form of lack of emotional support. 

    When all these factors are combined, the brain reacts to the addictive substance in such a way that it learns to start putting the repeated use of the substance in a position of greater importance than anything else.

    As this addictive repetition begins to happen more and more,  it begins to have an effect on other areas of the person’s life, as using the substance starts to take precedence over relationships and responsibilities.

    Can I go to rehab if I have other mental health issues?


    Depression and anxiety, along with many other forms of mental health issues are commonly discovered in people who are battling addictive behaviours.

    Whilst in rehab, clients are offered the chance to receive therapeutic treatment for many of the more common mental health problems that are frequently coupled with addiction issues. 

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Will rehab help me to drink normally?


    Any treatment you receive whilst at a drug and alcohol rehab Edinburgh will have the goal of helping you to stop drinking or taking drugs for good.  Rehab will not help you drink alcohol or use drugs in a more controlled way.

    For someone who has struggled with addiction to substances, trying to return to using that substance in a more controlled way is almost impossible. 

    Trying to regain this balance also carries with it enormous risk as addictive patterns can once again very quickly get out of control.

    What are the benefits of going to rehab?


    A chronic disease, such as addiction, requires treatment that can take some time. 

    Substance misuse can make physical changes to the brain that require significant time to try and reverse, and for newer, healthier habits to be put in place.

    This means that trying to establish new patterns of behaviour and decision making will be far from a matter of willpower; the brain’s ability to make the right choices will be seriously impaired.

    Rehab is an opportunity to be living in an environment which is structured around helping you make those right choices day after day so that new patterns can be firmly established in the brain. 

    For so many people who have been struggling with substance use for a significant period of time, their home environment can be far too linked in their mind to using alcohol or drugs, that trying to stop whilst remaining in that environment can be almost impossibly challenging.

    Going to a new, neutral environment that also provides specialist support for overcoming past negative patterns can mean the difference between success or failure when it comes to addiction recovery.

    It is also sadly the case that when addictive behaviours become more overpowering in a person’s life, they can begin to neglect to eat properly and look after themselves in other ways. 

    Rehab will ensure that these positive things begin to be rebuilt into a person’s life and are no longer neglected.

    How is a private rehab different from a council-funded rehab?


    When you are looking at the possibility of going to rehab, the choice of which rehab to attend can seem hard to navigate.  One distinguishing feature between rehabs will be whether they are privately run or council-funded.

    When someone reaches the point of wanting/needing to go to rehab, a vital factor can be finding somewhere that is ready to receive them quickly, perhaps before they change their minds or because of the declining state of their health.

    When it comes to waiting times, the differences between a private rehab and a council-funded rehab can be enormous. It is usual that with a private rehab, a client is able to enter within a few days or even straight away. 

    With council-funded places, the waiting times for an available place can be, and normally are, extensive.

    Other differences will be largely down to financial issues, with private rehabs able to spend more money not only on the physical comfort of the place but most importantly on employing highly-trained staff.

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    Is rehab suitable for everyone?


    Each case needs to be considered individually by rehab staff as everyone has a different array of factors present in their situation.

    For example, staff will want to ensure that a person actually wants to stop and is not going to rehab only because of pressure from family and friends.

    Staff will also want to find out about other mental and physical health issues in order to ensure that all the necessary care will be able to be provided. 

    What are the alternatives to going to rehab?


    If rehab does not seem suitable, or the person struggling simply does not want to go at this point, there are a range of alternative methods available to assist them on their journey to recovery.

    Most people have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, and some may have heard of the 12 Step Programme which is the basis of their method of recovery.  This method is now also used by groups dedicated to recovery from other substances (e.g. Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous).

    Along with AA, these groups have proven successful in helping huge numbers of people sustain freedom from substance misuse.

    SMART Recovery is another alternative programme which offers support and tools to help people make safe and healthy decisions regarding their substance use.

    Most local councils also have their own set of services and facilities to help those who are battling addictive behaviours.  Each location will be different and so we recommend contacting your local council for guidance.

    Who can go to rehab?


    There are no set criteria regarding what type of a person is suitable or ready for rehab.

    When you approach a drug & alcohol rehab Edinburgh, they will want to look at certain areas of your life simply to get a picture of your substance use now and how it has changed over time. 

    They will look at:

    1. How much you are using now and whether that amount has changed over time.
    2. Any health issues you have or have had.
    3. Your current mental and emotional wellbeing.
    4. How you are feeling about your substance use, and what changes you want to make.
    5. Have you tried stopping in the past.
    6. Have you got a good support network.

    What is the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test?


    The Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDITs) is a tool used by medical staff to evaluate whether a person has an alcohol use disorder, and if so, how severe it is.

    This tool is made up of 10 questions, each of which has a score attached.  The higher the score indicates firstly whether a disorder exists and then its degree of severity.

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    Professional intervention with a loved one


    A tool of recovery that is perhaps not used as much as it should be, is the use of professional interventions.

    This intervention is carried out by someone like a doctor or therapist and involves them talking to the person struggling with addiction about the impact that substances will be having on their wellbeing.

    The purpose of the intervention is not to make anyone feel negative or guilty, but to have the facts laid out by someone who is not part of the group of family or friends.

    The Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training (CRAFT), is one method of intervention that has been frequently successfully used in situations linked to substance misuse.

    This method is actually useful for the whole family as it seeks to improve support for all those who are affected by addictive behaviour.  The emphasis is on positive support and encouragement of the person struggling with addiction each time they take healthy steps towards recovery.

    How much does it cost to go to rehab?


    Prices for attending a drug and alcohol rehabEdinburgh will differ from place to place as well as depending on the length of stay as well as whether a client wishes a supplement to ensure a single room.

    The prices available can be discussed individually when you speak with us.

    For example, if you would like to stay in rehab for the ten days necessary to have a detox, then the cost would be between £2000 and £4000.  To ensure a single room for this period would mean costs of between £3000 and £6000.

    If you would like to stay at rehab for 28 days this would normally entail a cost of around £6000, but again, the extra price of a single room would take the cost to around £8000 and £12000.

    The price for a home detox is normally around £1500.  Home detoxes have been found to be very helpful by some people who want to choose an alternative to rehab but who need some medical help to stop using alcohol or drugs initially.

    Whilst it might be seen as a benefit to be able to do this in your own home, this also means that there is less support available during the process.

    How do I choose the right rehab in Edinburgh?


    Rehabs differ in various ways, such as facilities, number of staff, and types of therapy

    It is therefore advisable to look carefully at what type of rehab would suit you but also know that by contacting us we will help you look at the different options available.

    We will help you find a rehab that has a high success rate, as well as professionally-trained staff and comfortable facilities.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    What is a detox, and do I need one?


    Whether a person requires a detox or not will firstly depend upon whether they have been using a substance that is physically addictive.  Cocaine and cannabis, for example, do not lead to physical dependence and so would not require a detox.

    Other substances, such as alcohol or heroin, cause the body to begin to adapt to having them in the system and this means that when someone tries to stop taking the substance the body experiences withdrawal symptoms.

    The detox process involves the use of medication to assist the body with getting used to functioning without the addictive substance.  The type of medication used will depend upon the substance.

    Withdrawal from alcohol dependence is not only uncomfortable but can also be dangerous.  During detox from alcohol, a medication called Librium is often used over the course of several days to help the body safely adapt to no longer having alcohol present.

    How long does rehab last?


    Some people only go to rehab for the period of time required for a medical detox to be carried out.  For alcohol addiction, this will require a minimum of 7-10 days, whilst for other substances, a slightly longer period will be needed.

    However, addiction is not simply a matter of using a particular substance, and normally involves an array of other social and psychological factors. 

    Many clients choose to stay in rehab for a longer period in order to give themselves the opportunity to begin to deal with these other factors.  It has been seen that longer periods of time in rehab are in fact linked to greater success rates in long-term recovery

    Rehab for cocaine addiction


    An addiction to cocaine does not require a medical detox as cocaine does not produce physical dependence in the body.

    Going to rehab for cocaine addiction instead gives an opportunity to concentrate on breaking old patterns of behaviour around cocaine use.

    For many people who develop cocaine addiction, the use of the substance has become intimately tied up with work and social life.  In order to develop healthier habits, it is often vital to have this time away from outside pressures and influences.

    Rehab for heroin addiction


    It only takes a very short period for the human body to become physically dependent on heroin.  This is why it is very usual for someone going to rehab for heroin addiction to begin treatment with medical detox.

    Heroin addiction can have enormous ramifications on other areas of health and this is another reason why rehab can be the best solution for someone battling heroin misuse.

    A heroin detox has been described as feeling like having flu; but it is very possible and quickly gets easier.

    Further to the detox, the other facilities offered by rehabs, such as different therapeutic methods, group work, and developing support networks, are an intrinsic part of providing protection from relapse to heroin use.

    Rehab for cannabis addiction


    Going to rehab for cannabis addiction does not require a medical detox as cannabis does not produce a physical dependency.

    However, the time in rehab provides a window of opportunity away from old habits and influences which can be necessary in order for healthier coping mechanisms to be established.

    When we are surrounded by old triggers for using, trying to stop and stay stopped can be an excruciating challenge.  Rehab is a place where new choices can be made freely and with professional support.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Types of therapies available in rehab


    Many different therapeutic methods are utilised by addiction treatment services.  When you attend a drug and alcohol rehab Edinburgh you will have a range of these therapies available to you.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used therapies for addictive behaviours.  There is an enormous amount of evidence indicating its success in helping people change their attitudes and behaviours toward substance misuse.

    Motivational Interviewing (MI) is perhaps less well-known outside of the world of addiction treatment but has proven hugely successful with substance use disorders.

    Motivational interviewing looks at where each individual is on their journey towards wanting to stop substance use.  It accompanies the person through this journey and encourages them to come to a point of wanting to make those vital changes.

    Some rehabs base their work on the Twelve Steps method of substance use recovery.  The Twelve Steps provides a set of tools to help people with addictions to a variety of substances and behaviours.  Its success is widely-acknowledged and it has spread across the globe.

    Many rehabs also offer the opportunity to experience holistic therapies of different kinds as part of the programme of developing self-care and personal wellbeing.

    If you would like to know more about what therapeutic opportunities are available at specific rehabs then please get in contact with us. 

    What happens after rehab?


    A key element of the process of being in rehab is planning life when you are no longer in rehab.  Rehab staff will work closely with you in looking at what challenges may arise and developing methods to respond safely and prevent relapse.

    After-care will be an important part of this as any long-term recovery needs to be well supported long after rehab itself has come to an end.

    For this purpose, many rehabs offer their own ongoing meetings and support groups for clients who have completed their treatment.  These groups provide a time and place for mutual support and encouragement, as well as somewhere where concerns can be raised and challenges discussed.

    It might also be proposed that you consider ongoing personal therapy.  Recovery from a substance use disorder frequently reveals underlying issues that can be positively helped through therapy. 

    This ongoing treatment can be a vital source of continued support.

    Rehab staff will also help you investigate services available to you from local providers.  The end of rehab is the beginning of a new stage in life that is supported and enables you to continue to take positive and healthy steps way into the future.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Specific addictions we treat in Edinburgh


    Treatment centres in Edinburgh are set up to assist with a range of addictions. This includes addiction to drugs, alcohol, prescription drugs, and gambling. You may also benefit from mental health and eating disorder treatment.

    Programmes offer you a variety of distinct treatments. This includes detoxification, diagnostics, therapy, and aftercare. Treatments are designed to change your outlook on life so that you do not feel the need to engage in addictive habits.

    You will effectively ‘re-programme’ your worldview so that you may experience happiness from natural sources. Whilst we do not offer a ‘cure’ for addiction, we do offer you hope and strength to live your life ‘in recovery’.

    Addiction therapy in Edinburgh


    Treatment is essentially a mixture of cognitive therapy, 12-step work and holistic therapies. These treatments give you the tools and techniques to live your life in recovery without feeling the urge to relapse. Residential treatment in Edinburgh typically requires around 28 days to complete.

    During this time, you will partake in an extended therapeutic programme. You will be given the tools to examine your life and your beliefs so that you can make the required changes to live your life in recovery.

    You will benefit from round-the-clock care and attention. This support is offered by a multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists and support workers.

    You typically require care during the detoxification phase. This is when you are most likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.

    You will also receive a daily dose of medication that’s designed to treat drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

    Start your recovery journey today by calling our expert team on 0800 088 66 86

    Contacting Rehab Recovery

    For more information on detox and rehab options in Edinburgh, contact Rehab Recovery today on 0800 088 66 86.

    When you contact us, we shall outline a variety of treatment options that are available to you in Edinburgh.

    This includes both private and statutory addiction treatments.

    We also offer drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of places within the South West of the UK, including, BristolSomersetDevonDorsetBournemouthBathExeter and more!


    [1] National Records of Scotland, 2020: Drug-related death in Scotland in 2020,

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