Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Edinburgh

Statistics show that addiction is a serious problem in Edinburgh for adults and young people alike.

Young people’s attitudes to drugs and alcohol is of particular concern.

Studies have shown that in 2018, almost a third of 13 year olds in Edinburgh had consumed an entire alcoholic drink, which is actually 7% lower than Scotland’s national average.


The percentage of 15 year olds who had had an alcoholic drink was 66%, 5% below the national average.

The statistics for drugs are far less promising, given that drug-related deaths have soared in Edinburgh in recent years.

If we compare the statistics for 2000-2004 to those from 2016-2020, we can see that drug-related deaths have tripled in Edinburgh.

What Are The Benefits Of Rehab In Edinburgh?


Firstly, when you make the decision to recover at drug & alcohol rehab in Edinburgh, you are not restricting yourself as there are a variety of different treatment centres available in the area.

For example, we recommend opting for a private drug or alcohol clinic as you will not face long wait times, meaning you could be starting at rehab within just a few days.

However, the downside of this is that it is very costly, often running into the many thousands.


On the other hand, council-funded treatment does not come with the same financial burden.

However, most people will not manage to secure this type of treatment, and if they do, they will be waiting a long time before they can enter rehab.

In terms of mental health, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of whilst at rehab.

You will have the opportunity to speak with psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and addiction specialists about your relationship with drugs and alcohol.

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Furthermore, if you are a dual diagnosis patient – meaning you are diagnosed with addiction and an additional mental health condition – you will benefit from tailored therapy sessions in which evidence-based techniques are used.

There are many mental health conditions that often occur alongside or because of addiction, including:

You will also need to consider any physical conditions linked with your addiction, such as liver failure, heart conditions, alcoholic hepatitis or cancer.

When you enter rehab in Edinburgh, you are not treated as a criminal but rather a victim of addiction.

Staff are aware that addiction is a disease that you cannot control, so they are there to reassure you of this and to teach you how you can live with this disease.

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For most people, the most successful method of living comfortably with addiction is abstinence.

This does not mean reducing your consumption of substances, or carefully monitoring it, but rather giving them up entirely.

It goes without saying that this is a very difficult process for substance users to endure, which is why you will be provided with an individualised treatment plan in rehab.

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Generally, we would recommend that you stick with Edinburgh as your rehab location, given that it is quicker and easier to commence treatment where you already live.

However, if you have reason to believe you would benefit from treatment elsewhere, do not hesitate to inform us.

We work with rehab clinics in many towns and cities across the UK, so we can refer you to a treatment centre in a different location if this is your preference.

To get an idea of the areas we cover, have a look at our rehab locator.

What Are The Drawbacks Of Rehab In Edinburgh?

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At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we are not naïve to the fact that there can be disadvantages of drug & alcohol rehab in Edinburgh.

Attending rehab is a huge decision, so we encourage you to carefully consider it before committing to anything.

However, at the same time, it is dangerous to wait too long before seeking treatment if your addiction is severe.

For this reason, we recommend calling us and asking for advice about which treatment option would be the most suitable for you.

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There are certain factors that can exclude people from rehab, such as having violent episodes, serious mental health problems, frequent relapses, and extreme substance use (e.g. more than 30 units of alcohol a day).

What’s more, if you have ever had Delirium Tremens (DTs) or Wernicke’s Encephalopathy (WE), you should not opt for inpatient treatment.

Delirium tremens is alcohol withdrawal in its most intense form that causes severe withdrawal symptoms and sometimes death.

Symptoms of DTs include:

  • Chest pain
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucinations
  • Losing consciousness

Generally, these symptoms kick in a few days after a period of binge drinking and they last up to a week.

Patients with DTs must be admitted to hospital and are usually prescribed benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, blood pressure medication, and painkillers.

Severe Addiction

Wernicke’s encephalopathy is a severe condition usually caused by thiamine deficiency after extreme alcohol use.

This condition damages the brain.

The principal symptoms are:

If you suffer, or have previously suffered, from either of these two conditions, please inform us when we conduct our initial assessment and we will advise a  suitably equipped support service in Edinburgh.

Rehab For Specific Substances: Cocaine, Cannabis, Heroin and Alcohol


No matter what substance you are addicted to, the general idea of rehab remains the same.

You will follow a personalised treatment plan that takes into account any mental health conditions you have, and you will do this with the support of medical professionals.

However, something that is very different depending on the substance you are addicted to is the detox process.


Some people enter rehab and immediately have to detox from drugs and alcohol, whereas others begin therapy straight away.

To get an idea of how different substances affect people’s recovery journey in different ways, here are some examples of common addictions, the symptoms they cause and the treatments they require.

1. Cocaine Addiction


People with an addiction to cocaine tend to exhibit psychological symptoms such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, restlessness, and overconfidence.

As for physical symptoms, they may suffer from nosebleeds, high blood pressure, insomnia, and liver damage.

If you are a user of cocaine, you will not have to have a detox at drug & alcohol rehab in Edinburgh, as we do not become physically dependent on cocaine.

2. Cannabis Addiction


Users of cannabis may notice that they become less capable of concentrating for long periods of time, they are more irritable, and they struggle with decision-making.

Physically, some common symptoms include increased appetite, extreme fatigue, and impaired balance.

Rehabs for cannabis do not offer detoxes as, just like cocaine, cannabis does not cause physical addiction.

However, therapy is frequently used to treat this addiction.

3. Heroin Addiction


When it comes to heroin, you can always expect to have a medical detox, as users become physically and psychologically dependent on this drug.

People with an addiction to heroin are likely to have bruised skin, watery eyes, kidney problems and heart problems.

In terms of their mental health, they may deal with a sense of hopelessness, disorientation and low self-esteem.

4. Alcohol Addiction

Symptoms of addiction

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions in Edinburgh.

As alcohol is a substance that causes physical dependence, anyone with this addiction will be subject to a controlled alcohol detox when they enter rehab.

People with a dependency or addiction to alcohol may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms including a loss of appetite, Delerium Tremens, pale skin, and seizures.

The psychological side effects can look like increased paranoia, inattentiveness, changes in personality, and the deterioration of mental health.

To limit the risk of these symptoms, a medically-assisted detox will often be employed, using the benzodiazepine Chlordiazepoxide, better known as Librium, which is effective at limiting the effects of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

What Is The Admissions Process For Drug & Alcohol Rehab In Edinburgh?

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There is no set admissions process for rehab facilities in Edinburgh, as each clinic will have its own way of diagnosing patients and offering them a place.

However, we can introduce you to several psychiatric assessments that treatment centres in Edinburgh will use to determine the severity of your substance use disorder.

These are:

1. The DSM Criteria For Substance Dependence


The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th edition) Criteria is useful as it helps staff to see the way that you handle your addiction.

They will ask you questions relating to your consumption, cravings, social life, and other things to do this.

At the end of the assessment, they will check how many symptoms apply to your life and decide on the seriousness of your addiction based on this.

A score of 6 or more symptoms is concerning as it means you are dealing with a full-blown addiction.

2. The ASAM Criteria (The Six Dimensions)


The six dimensions of the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Criteria help medical professionals to see which areas of your life are suffering the most as a result of your drug or alcohol intake.

For example, the results of one patient’s test may show that their most risky behaviour is their frequent relapsing, whereas another may relapse less often but experience more severe withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to get sober.

An overall score is decided upon, and this score reveals how much danger the patient is in with regards to their drug and alcohol consumption.

The scores range from 0-4, with 0 indicating little to no risk and 4 indicating extreme danger.

3. The AUDIT

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A test designed just for alcohol users, the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test) is another way of assessing the risk that addiction poses to a patient, with 0-7 indicating low risk and 20+ representing a potential dependence on drugs or alcohol.

The risk rating is determined by the patient’s responses to questions such as ‘how much alcohol do you drink on an average day?’ and ‘how often do you drink alcohol?’.

Overall, 10 questions are posed to the patient.

There are many other assessments that can be used to measure and diagnose addiction, with another popular choice being the CAGE Questionnaire.

The data gleaned from these tests allow psychiatrists and recovery specialists to create a person-centred care plan tailored specifically for each individual,  producing an extensive course of physical and psychiatric treatments designed to give them the best chance of achieving and maintaining sobriety.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inpatient Treatment

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Can I Attend Rehab If I Am Dealing With Trauma?

If you are dealing with trauma, you are likely to be labelled a dual diagnosis patient, and dual diagnosis patients can and do benefit from inpatient treatment.

Many substance users are affected by trauma, so you are certainly not alone in this.

However, if your trauma has caused you to become violent when you are under the influence, we would not advise you to attend rehab as this could put yourself, staff, and other patients at harm.

Similarly, if your trauma has led to the development of a severe mental health condition, we would recommend avoiding rehab and opting for a less immersive experience, such as outpatient treatment.

How Do I Know Which Rehab Is Right For Me?

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It can be challenging to know what you need out of a rehab centre, but this is when Rehab 4 Alcoholism comes in.

We are here to listen to your story and help you make the right decision when it comes to rehab.

We will encourage you to consider things like the types of therapy you may want to try, the facilities you want to have access to, and the location of the treatment centre.

We are prepared to advise people in great detail if they are not sure how they would like their treatment to be.

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On the other hand, we are experienced in supporting clients who are very specific with their treatment needs.

Wherever you sit on this scale, our expert advisors can help.

We would like to encourage you to select a rehab centre for its success rates and benefits for you personally, and not simply because your loved ones are pressuring you or it will help with your legal case.

The reason we advise this is that relapse rates are already too high after rehab, and if you are recovering for the wrong reasons, there is even less chance you will be able to remain sober.

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When you are dealing with constant triggers after you leave rehab, you will not be in the position to resist temptation if you do not truly believe that recovery is the best option for you.

On the other hand, if you are passionate about keeping on top of your sobriety, there is much more chance that you will be able to avoid drugs and alcohol entirely.

This will not be easy and it may involve making drastic changes, such as changing your friend group or avoiding certain places such as pubs, but it will be incredibly successful if you are committed to it.

What Do I Have To Invest Into Rehab?


In terms of cost, you will have to invest around £10,000 for a single room at a private drug or alcohol clinic, or £6,000 for a multi-occupancy room.

The exact cost will vary from centre to centre.

If you just require a 10-day detox, the cost will be more like £3,000-£6,000, as you will be staying in accommodation for a shorter amount of time and you will not be having therapy sessions.

Cost of rehab

As for the time you will need to invest, we generally recommend 28 days as most treatment programmes are designed to last this long, though you can request to stay for more or less time.

Talk to us if you would like to experience a luxury treatment programme, as this is also an option in Edinburgh.

The cost can end up being over £70,000, but you will benefit from excellent services and facilities.

Is There Any Support Available After Rehab?

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One common misconception of rehab is that it is only for 28 days.

Though patients do generally stay for this length of time, the support provided by the rehab centre does not stop when you leave, and this is thanks to the excellent aftercare plans that are designed especially for each patient.

Aftercare plans are written up while you are still at the rehab facility, which means you can suggest that certain strategies are included in the relapse prevention plan.

Some services that may appear in your aftercare plan are:

  • Helpline numbers
  • Additional therapy sessions
  • Regular check-ups
  • Specific advice for sobriety, including distraction techniques and mindfulness

What Should I Bring To Rehab?


We can help you to think about what you may need at rehab when you contact us, but ultimately this is your decision.

It is always a nice idea to bring sentimental possessions, such as photos and gifts, to comfort you in challenging times.

It is important that you know there are different rules in each treatment centre.

This means some facilities do not allow gadgets such as phones, tablets and laptops, whereas others are happy for you to bring these.

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However, even if it is permitted to bring gadgets, you should consider whether this will be beneficial for your treatment, as anything that will distract you in a negative way is not worth it when you are investing so much into rehab.

Some people choose to bring their phone to keep in touch with their family and friends.

However, as many drug & alcohol rehabs offer family visits and family therapy, this is not an essential for everyone.

What’s more, some people unfortunately do not have supportive families, and they would rather leave their phone at home so they can concentrate on recovering without unnecessary input from people who enable them.

How Can I Get Help In Edinburgh?

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The least stressful way to arrange help in Edinburgh is to call us on 0800 111 4108 for a free assessment that could lead to a referral to a high-quality drug & alcohol rehab in the area.

Some of our patients are referred after an intervention arranged by their loved ones.

If you are in this situation, we are more than happy to guide you through the process of securing treatment.

However, we will of course only do this if you have consented to having inpatient treatment in Edinburgh.

Do I Have To Have Inpatient Treatment In Edinburgh?

As we discussed above, residential rehab is not the best option for everyone with an addiction.

So, what are your options if you cannot attend rehab?


Firstly, you could receive treatment on an outpatient basis via a drug & alcohol rehab in Edinburgh.

This means you would have any necessary detoxes and therapies, but you would do this in the day time and then stay at home each night.

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Secondly, you could request a home detox with the help of Rehab 4 Alcoholism.

The detox process is just as it would be at rehab, but you would be in the comfort of your own home throughout the entire process.

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Finally, self-help meetings can benefit people with mild drug or alcohol dependency. Organisations such as SMART Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, AI-Anon Family Meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous provide meetings to substance users and their families.

Attending these meetings on a regular basis could help you to stay sober when faced with the temptations of everyday life.

We do not recommend these meetings as the sole treatment for people with moderate to severe addiction, as they are not personalised and they are usually not sufficient to help someone get sober.

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However, if you are in the early stages of mild dependency, or you want to attend these meetings as well as going to individual therapy and having a detox, we recommend searching for meetings in your area.

There are plenty of meetings that take place around Edinburgh, but also in many other towns and cities in the UK.

Some are open meetings, which means anyone is allowed, whereas closed meetings are reserved for people struggling with addiction.

Which Types Of Therapy Are Effective For Drug And Alcohol Addiction?

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As therapy is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, there is not one recommended type of therapy for every victim of drug and alcohol addiction.

Having said that, rehab facilities in Edinburgh rely on evidence-based therapies to ensure patients are given the best chance of recovering successfully.

Many treatment centres employ:

Examples of the kinds of physical and talking therapies include but are not limited to:

Some other examples of therapies that may be available are:

Motivational Interviewing


Motivational interviewing is one of several motivational therapies used to inspire patients to change their own behaviour, rather than doing the work for them.

Four key principles are used to achieve this, which are:

1. Expressing Empathy

It is essential that the therapist expresses empathy in order to prevent the client from feeling judged for their addiction, as this will make them want to become more secretive about it rather than opening up in a healthy way.

2. Supporting Self-Sufficiency

This is the idea of allowing the patient to come to their own conclusions and to make the changes themselves, as this will benefit them when they are eventually left to their own devices.


3. Rolling With Resistance

It is likely that substance users will show resistance to therapy as it is very challenging to tap into one’s emotions and share these with a stranger.

When this happens, the therapist should let it pass rather than getting defensive.

4. Developing Discrepancy

This involves identifying the patient’s faults and thinking of ways the patient can correct these for their greater good.

For example, if they are using substances when they are lonely, the therapist would help them to figure out methods of dealing with their loneliness that do not involve substances.

Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy (TSF)

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12 step programmes are centred around the idea that we must rely on a greater power, which could be God or something else, to help us recover from addiction.

There are 12 principles in TSF, which are:

  • Admitting your powerlessness over substances.
  • Believing in a higher power that can help you.
  • Giving your life up to this higher power and trusting them.
  • Assessing one’s morality.
  • Confessing one’s sins to oneself, the higher power, and to another human being.
  • Being prepared for the higher power to take these sins away.
  • Requesting that the higher power takes these sins away.
  • Listing the people you have hurt and being prepared to apologise.
  • Apologising to these people, unless this would cause more harm than good.
  • Resolving to admit to one’s mistakes as and when they happen.
  • Praying and meditating to improve one’s connection to the higher power.
  • Passing on these principles to other substance users.

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Some 12 step programmes, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, focus solely on alcohol when applying these principles.

However, others, such as Narcotics Anonymous, have widened the 12 step programme to include all substances.

Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy is slightly controversial, as some people do not like the idea of including a higher power in their treatment.

If this does not appeal to you, please let us know and we will ensure other successful therapies are available to you at rehab.

Free organisations to consider in Edinburgh

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Below is a list of other organisations that offer statutory-funded support:

1. C G L

Address: 62 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3SA

Telephone: 0131 557 5273

Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/north-west-recovery-service-edinburgh/info

2. The Junction

Address: The Junction, 82-86 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5LL

Telephone: 0131 553 0570

Website: http://www.the-junction.org/opens

3. Turning Point Scotland Edinburgh

Address: The Links Project, 5 Links Pl, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7EZ

Telephone: 0131 554 7516

Website: https://www.turningpointscotland.com/getting-support/edinburgh/

Get free mental health support at Mind UKYoung MindsRethink Mental IllnessSamaritans and Papyrus.

For general support, you can reach out to organisations like We Are With You, Turning Point, Change Grow Live, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the National Association for the Children of Alcoholics.

SMART Recovery offer the chance to meet others in recovery while learning coping techniques, and Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous can help you to stay sober and find a higher power to lean on.

To make sure that your loved ones are supported while you recover, Al-Anon Family Meetings is an excellent service, whilst Alateen offers help tailored specifically for adolescents.

The NHS are also there to help you, with reliable and current information, as well as advice on accessing a sober living house.

Help from Rehab4Alcoholism

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We hope that this article has outlined how quick and easy it is to get help with Rehab 4 Alcoholism.

Do not worry if the options seem overwhelming, as we are happy to explain further over the phone or by email.

If you are not yet ready to have treatment but you want to register your interest, we still encourage you to reach out to us for our expert advice and non-judgemental listening.

We also offer rehab facilities in towns and cities across Midlothian, including Arniston, Borthwick, Danderhall, Easthouses, Gorebridge, Mayfield, Newtongrange, Penicuik, Auchendinny, Crichton, Dewartown, Edgehead, Lasswade, Newbattle, Nine Mile Burn, Polton, Shawfair, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Easter Howgate, Fala, Loanhead, Newton Village, North Middleton, Rosewell, Aberdour, Blackness, Roslin, Royal Mile, New Town, Leith, Corstorphine, Gorgie & Dalry, Portobello, Bruntsfield & Morningside, South Queensferry, Cramond, Roslin, Dirleton, Pittenweem, Culross, Dirleton, South Queensferry, Peebles, Linlithgow, North Berwick, Arniston, Borthwick, Danderhall, Easthouses, Gorebridge, Mayfield, and Newtongrange.

All of the rehabs we recommend are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (England and Wales) or the Care Inspectorate (Scotland).

Contact us as soon as possible with your treatment preferences and you could be commencing treatment in Edinburgh in no time at all.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we offer free advice from a team of non-judgemental professionals, many of whom are in recovery and understand how hard can be to change your relationship with addiction.

For more information about rehab in Edinburgh, simply reach out to our 24/7, confidential hotline on 0800 111 4108.

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