Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Dundee

If you are looking for a drug and alcohol rehab in Dundee, Rehab 4 Alcoholism is here to help.

We will locate a high-quality treatment centre within your budget, thanks to our contacts with leading drug and alcohol rehabs in the area.

Taking into account your needs and personal preferences, we will ensure you are accepted into a rehab centre that ticks all your boxes.

Simply contact us and tell us what you would like to get out of the rehab experience, and we will find a place for you at a Dundee treatment centre in a matter of days.

Addiction In Dundee


Drug-related deaths in Scotland are on the rise, with 1,339 deaths in 2020, which is a 5% increase from the 2019 death rate.

Unfortunately, this problem is of particular concern to Dundee, where attempts to reduce the ‘sky-high death rates’ due to substance abuse have frequently failed, making Dundee the European capital of drug-related deaths.

Would I Benefit From Attending A Drug & Alcohol Rehab In Dundee?

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If you find that your drug or alcohol addiction is taking over your life and affecting your relationships, you may benefit from attending a drug and alcohol rehab in Dundee.

Here are some specific signs that you will want to look out for:

  • You have tried to stop taking substances and failed, which includes failure as a result of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
  • You have stopped doing things you previously enjoyed, or you get less joy out of them, as a result of your substance use.
  • You cannot control your consumption of the substance i.e. the amount or the length of time you are consuming it for.
  • You spend a significant amount of time trying to access the substance, perhaps to the detriment of your family or job.
  • You are continuing to consume substances despite experiencing unpleasant physical or psychological symptoms when you do so.
  • You have become tolerant of the substance, which means you need more of it to experience the same desired outcome.

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There are also questionnaires you can fill out that tell you your risk of dependency on drugs or alcohol, such as the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

For this specific questionnaire, questions are asked about your intake, dependency and the consequences of your alcohol consumption.

A score higher than 13 suggests you may be dependent on alcohol, but even a score of 8 implies you may need professional help.

Why Rehab Might Not Be For You

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There are several circumstances where, despite suffering from addiction, residential rehab might not be the best option for you.

These include:

  • You suffer from Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a neurological condition that must be treated with thiamine.
  • You become violent when you consume substances.
  • You have attended rehab or had a medical detox (e.g. an alcohol detox) more than once yet you continue to relapse.
  • You have experienced delirium tremens when attempting to withdraw, or you have experienced alcoholic seizures when under the influence.
  • You are drinking more than 30 units of alcohol per day.
  • You have significant mental health problems.

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If one or more of these signs apply to you, you may want to consider some alternatives to treatment such as:

Drug & Alcohol Rehab In Dundee: The Admissions Process


Rehab centres in Dundee often follow the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria when formulating a personalised treatment plan for each patient.

They focus on six dimensions, which are:

  • Dimension 1 – Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal
  • Dimension 2 – Biomedical conditions and complications
  • Dimension 3 – Emotional, behavioural, or cognitive conditions and complications
  • Dimension 4 – Readiness to change
  • Dimension 5 – Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential
  • Dimension 6 – Recovery/living environment

Medical professionals will assign a risk rating to each dimension on a scale of 0 to 4 (going from lowest to highest risk).

Patients with higher scores need more support, and their treatment plan will reflect this.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab In Dundee: The Detox Process

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Your experience at drug & alcohol rehab in Dundee will vary depending on the substance you are addicted to, as the treatment plan is different for every substance.

Some addictions require a medical detox, and this is because they cause you to have a physical dependency on the drug which needs to be reversed.

This is the case for addiction to alcohol, opiods, and benzodiazapene.

However, other substances such as cocaine and cannabis cause only psychological dependency, and therefore no medical detox will be necessary.


There is no option to skip the detox, unless you are not physically dependent on a substance, as you cannot begin your recovery journey without ridding your body of the toxins in drugs and alcohol.

Medical professionals will explain the significance of a detox – it weans you off the substances as a way of reversing the process of dependency.

This is carried out in a controlled environment, as spontaneously getting sober can be dangerous.

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Unfortunately, detoxing can cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms, which are very uncomfortable.

These may involve physical symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, restlessness, and muscle pain, and psychological symptoms, including panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, and intense cravings for the substance.

Rest assured that staff will do everything they can to reduce the risk of you experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms.

Often, benzodiazepines such as Librium are used in the detox process to reduce levels of anxiety and therefore make the process more comfortable for the patient, as well as reducing the risk of seizures.

You can also spend more time in rehab after the detox and get involved in therapies that will help you to cope with the challenge you have just faced.

The Benefits of Residential Rehab in Dundee


Firstly, residential rehabilitation programs in Dundee are abstinence-based.

Rather than attempting to help you reduce your drug and alcohol consumption, which is what harm reduction and moderation management aim to do, abstinence encourages you to give up substances completely.

This may be trickier to begin with, but it is the best option for patients as it prevents them from relapsing in a severe way.

Secondly, there is plenty of choice when it comes to how to pay for your residential rehab.

You could choose to find funding via the NHS, which means you will receive free treatment and the burden of organisation will not be on you, which may be a less stressful experience.


On the other hand, if you want to receive treatment of a higher quality and access it much more quickly, you could choose to attend a private treatment centre in Dundee.

You must keep in mind that this comes at a cost.

Generally, the price of a 28-day stay at a treatment centre in Dundee is around £6,000 for a multi-occupancy room, and £10,000 if you want a private room.

For a 10-day detox alone, the price will usually be around £4,500 for a private room and £3,000 for a shared room.

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Another benefit of attending rehab in Dundee is that you can enrol for specific substances, and staff will know how to deal with each substance in a different way.

Some examples of substances that are frequently treated at rehab centres are:



Cocaine is a stimulant drug that induces a pleasurable experience for people who take it.

It can trigger an addiction even after one use, which explains why cocaine is one of the most common addictions in Dundee.

Some common symptoms of cocaine addiction are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Impulsive behaviours
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Dishonesty
  • Impaired decision-making skills

As cocaine does not cause physical dependency, no medical detox is required, yet psychological services are used to treat underlying issues.



Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that many people view as safe, yet it can cause people to experience unpleasant symptoms after either short-term or long-term use.

Short-term use can cause:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Nausea

Long-term use can cause:

  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Psychosis

Just like cocaine, cannabis is not a physically addictive drug, so patients do not need to undergo a detox if they are addicted to this substance, but they will benefit from different therapies.



Heroin is an opioid drug that triggers pleasure in the brain, making it extremely addictive.

Heroin can be injected, which allows people to experience the effects of it much more quickly than other drugs.

If someone is addicted to heroin, they may become very secretive, neglecting to explain why they are spending more money, going out late at night, and spending less time with their loved ones.


They may also pay less attention to everyday things, like being on time for work or prioritising their personal hygiene.

Unlike cocaine and cannabis, heroin is physically addictive so anyone who enters rehab with a heroin addiction will need to have a physical detox to rid their body of the dangerous substances that have been introduced as a result of the drug consumption.

Choosing The Right Rehab In Dundee

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When it comes to choosing the right rehab in Dundee, it’s mainly down to personal preference.

We can help you decide what your preferences are, but we generally recommend that you focus the services that are provided, such as the types of therapy offered and the quality of aftercare.

If your addiction is influenced by an underlying mental health condition, which we call dual diagnosis, it’s advisable to choose a treatment centre that specialises in this specific condition.

For example, if you suffer from anxiety, some rehab centres will offer CBT, a well-known successful treatment of anxiety, whereas other rehabs will offer therapies that do not necessarily target anxiety in the same way.

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Even if you are not a dual diagnosis patient, we recommend finding out which therapies are on offer before you agree to attend a rehab centre, as you may not benefit from the therapies they tend to use.

Some common types of therapy offered by treatment centres in Dundee are:

You will most likely experience several of these when you attend rehab in Dundee.

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Finally, most rehab centres in Dundee offer aftercare, which means you will continue to benefit from their services after your stay.

We recommend securing high-quality aftercare as this is an essential component of relapse prevention.

Aftercare services allow you to contact the rehab centre when you are in need, continue to access therapy, and benefit from strategies such as the HALT strategy.

This is simply the idea that you are more likely to relapse if you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, so you are taught to address these areas when you are tempted to return to substances to prevent you from giving into temptation.

When Your Loved One Is Refusing Help

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When your loved one is refusing professional help for their addiction, you can work with a professional interventionist to encourage them to consider the possibility of attending rehab or accepting another professional service that helps people with addiction.

Many interventionists employ the CRAFT method, which focuses on positive reinforcement rather than shaming.

This involves praising your loved one when they resist temptation, helping your loved one identify their triggers for substance use, having open and honest conversations with them, and encouraging them to attend therapy.

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Unfortunately, if this doesn’t work, you cannot force your loved one to attend rehab, even if you believe it’s in their best interests.

However, the professional interventionist will support you as you cope with the challenging situation you are in.

Frequently Asked Questions


Does addiction represent a lack of control?

No, addiction does not represent a lack of control on the part of the user.

Addiction can affect anyone as it is not a result of moral failure, but rather of a disease.

It is not helpful to view substance users as moral failures, as this encourages a culture of shaming, which worsens the stigma surrounding addiction.

What should I bring to rehab?

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It is your choice what you decide to bring to rehab, but we recommend bringing personal items that will be comforting to you.

As for your mobile, tablet, or laptop, many rehab centres will allow you to bring these in, but it is your choice whether you do so, as some people find that they are an unwelcome distraction.

What questions should I be asking when choosing a rehab centre?

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Some questions you should ask yourself are:

  • Does this rehab centre offer facilities I would benefit from?
  • Is the rehab centre local or far away?
  • Will the rehab centre deal appropriately with my mental health condition or trauma?

Are there any misconceptions about rehab?


Many people believe rehab has to be extremely expensive and is therefore only for the wealthy, but there are many affordable rehab centres that offer great services, and you can even attend rehab at no cost through the NHS.

Another misconception is that there will be no privacy in rehab, but you can stay in a private room and there will also be plenty of opportunity to spend time alone.

Will going to rehab help my legal case?

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Yes, going to rehab could help your legal case as judges tend to be more lenient towards people who have made an effort to recover from their addiction.

However, this does not apply in all cases, and there needs to be evidence that you want to change your ways.

I Want to Attend Rehab in Dundee: What Next?


If you’re ready to start treatment for your drug or alcohol addiction, contact us on 0800 111 4108.

Our helpful advisors will explain your options for treatment, ensuring you secure tailored treatment in a high-quality rehab centre in Dundee.

Once you are notified that you have a place in a rehab centre, you will be able to attend whenever you are available, preferably sooner rather than later.

First you will have a pre-admission assessment, and then you will start your first day at rehab with a full assessment of your health.

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The first step for most patients is a detox, and then therapies begin to be introduced.

Each patient receives a personalised treatment plan and staff work around the clock to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Overall, rehab is a beneficial experience as it takes you away from your everyday triggers and places you in an environment where abstinence is honoured, teaching you how to live a life free of substances.

You will be surrounded by patients who are passionate about recovery, and as they are from all backgrounds, you will see that abstinence can work for anyone.

Contact Us Today

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To find out more about benefiting from alcohol addiction rehab in Dundee, contact our admissions team today.

When you do get in touch, we will explain your various treatment options to you in depth.

You can reach us by calling 0800 111 4108.

Whatever stage your addiction may be in, we are here for you.

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