Clinical treatment for addiction

Whether clinical treatment is necessary depends on your request for help. Sometimes you benefit most from getting out of your own environment, resetting and starting over. If clinical treatment is appropriate for your situation, you can visit our clinics in Scotland and Ireland. Surrounded by a large number of hectares of nature reserve, you can recover in peace here.

During our clinical treatment you can recover from addiction in a safe, controlled environment. Treatment focuses on learning to live without it alcohol and / or drugs, breaking your patterns and the adjustments necessary for an abstinent life. This is not easy and it is hard work, but our experienced treatment team will guide you through every step of this process.

Am I eligible for clinical treatment?

During a consultation, it is determined whether you are eligible for clinical treatment. This interview takes place after the intake. Together with the directing practitioner, you decide which care best suits you and your situation. If it turns out that clinical help is not necessary, the directing practitioner may advise outpatient treatment.

Treatment at Castle Craig Hospital (Scotland) is reimbursed by almost all health insurance companies. Click here for more information about reimbursement via the health insurer. Treatment in Smartor Castle Private Clinic is reimbursed by some health insurers. Click here .

How do I register for clinical treatment?

You can register for treatment in various ways:

What are the next steps?

  1. Your treatment can only start once we have received a referral from your doctor. Contact your doctor if you don't have one yet.
  2. When we receive your referral, we will call for a telephone registration interview. During this interview, we confirm your registration and make an appointment for an intake interview.
  3. After the intake interview, we draw up a personal treatment plan together and your treatment can start.

What does a clinical treatment process look like?

Broadly speaking, clinical treatment looks like this: you start (if necessary) with detoxification, receive personal guidance during your admission and aftercare when you return home. We offer tailor-made care, so the actual content of the treatment differs per treatment plan.


When treatment for addiction starts, the addictive substance has to leave the body. We call this detoxification (detox) or detoxification. Many patients dread this, but it is in many ways the easiest phase in the treatment. The process is supervised by specialist doctors and nursing staff. They ensure that the detoxification as quickly and comfortably as possible. An average detoxification from alcohol takes 3 to 5 days. Detoxification from other agents can take a period of 2 weeks or more. The detoxification is done with the help of medication under 24-hour medical supervision.

The treatment

The clinical treatment is a combination of psychotherapy and the 12-step treatment and starts on the second day after arrival. A practitioner will personally guide you during the treatment and is responsible for the individual therapy.

The treatment is intensive, structured and consists of various therapeutic and complementary activities including individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducation, specialized therapies, sports activities, relaxation techniques and self-help methods. There are specialized group therapies for grief counseling, eating disorders, trauma and there are separate male and female groups.

Aftercare and follow-up treatment

After the clinical treatment, you continue your treatment in the Netherlands. It is often said that "it only starts then". In the clinic you have drawn up an aftercare plan with your personal practitioner. You plan an appointment before your discharge, so that you can immediately follow the treatment when you return home.

In the Netherlands, we discuss the follow-up of the treatment based on your aftercare plan. This can consist of a consecutive day treatment, individual therapy or group therapy. The treatments in the Netherlands are offered both face-to-face and online. Any eHealth (online) modules are offered via video calling.