Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Glasgow

Like many areas of Scotland, Glasgow is no stranger to high levels of drug and alcohol addiction.

In 2020, Scotland hit a record high number of drug-related deaths at 1337 people.

The latest figures also showed that there were 291 drug-related deaths in Glasgow alone during the same year.

Further studies have shown that a fifth of adults in Glasgow (21% of the population) drank more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week, indicating a serious problem with binge drinking.


This increases the risk of alcohol use disorder and can cause serious repercussions on the health of an individual.

Many people are afraid to seek help due to the stigma associated with addiction and deep feelings of shame.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we are here to help.

By calling us today on 0800 111 4108, you can speak to a helpline adviser who understands what you are going through, offering friendly and professional support.

If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Glasgow, choose Rehab 4 Alcoholism.

The Disease Model Of Addiction

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The disease model of addiction refers to addiction as a chronic disease categorised by biological, genetic, neurological and environmental origins.

This model is widely adopted and followed by treatment providers as it helps us to understand why people become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

It focuses largely on the loss of control an individual exhibits and how they do not have the ability to stop consumption due to pre-existent factors.

Followers of the disease model of addiction believe that, unless an individual has the right tools and support on offer, they are unlikely to achieve long-lasting sobriety.

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The most recommended form of treatment to overcome addiction is residential rehab.

Through an inpatient programme, clients can experience around-the-clock care and a tailored programme to help them recover.

Although most people follow the disease model of addiction, it has caused controversy and debate as to whether addiction is a disease or a behavioural issue.

What Is Dual Diagnosis?

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Dual diagnosis is the official term used to describe an individual who has both a substance use disorder and mental health problems.

Whilst it can feel disheartening to receive a dual diagnosis, addiction and mental health conditions occur together very often.

The term ‘dual diagnosis’ originated in the USA and has since been more widely adopted in the UK.

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

A dual diagnosis is important as it can help treatment providers to explore the link between the two conditions and provide accurate care.

Severe Addiction

Fortunately, many drug and alcohol rehabs in Glasgow provide dual diagnosis treatment which can help you reach sobriety.

Without the correct treatment, the risk of relapse is greatly increased.

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

What Is An Abstinence Approach To Rehab?

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Abstinence is widely encouraged throughout addiction treatment and describes the process of avoiding drugs and alcohol completely.

Simply put, abstinence is about exerting self-control and restraint to avoid using addictive substances.

Abstinence can be very challenging for some people, but it is considered the safest approach to reducing harm.

The abstinence approach was first adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.

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Despite the abstinence approach being widely used by many treatment providers, others believe that abstinence can be difficult to achieve and instead recommend a moderation or harm reduction based approach.

These refers to slowly reducing an individual’s consumption of drugs and alcohol to a more manageable level.

Whilst this method is seen as ideal for some, it can be very difficult and actually harmful to try and regulate doses of drugs and alcohol thus causing a relapse to occur.

Followers of the abstinence approach believe that if it was easy enough for people with substance use disorders to moderate their consumption, they wouldn’t be addicted to drugs and alcohol in the first place.

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Abstinence can provide many benefits such as removing all triggers and improving the overall health of those in recovery.

For more information, speak to our team today.

Who Is Residential Rehab Best Suited For?


For many people with substance use disorders, one of the most difficult parts of the recovery process is accepting that they have an issue with drugs and alcohol.

Whilst inpatient rehabilitation is the most effective, many people believe that their addiction isn’t severe enough to warrant this kind of treatment.

Take a look at the list below, do any of the questions resonate with you?

  • Do you drink more than 30 units of alcohol a day? This is equivalent to an entire bottle of vodka, 3 bottles of wine, or 12 pints of beer a day.
  • Do you struggle with mental health issues as well as problems with drugs or alcohol?
  • Do you feel suicidal or battle suicidal thoughts?
  • Do you drink so much that you become violent to people in your home?
  • Have you been diagnosed with delirium tremens or Wernicke’s encephalopathy?
  • Have you been diagnosed as a high-risk according to the DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorder?

If your answer to any of the above is yes, choosing inpatient rehabilitation will be in your best interest.

Here you can benefit from the highest quality of care, 24 hours a day.

What Are The Alternatives For Going To Rehab?


Sometimes residential rehabilitation isn’t suitable for an individual.

This could be for many reasons such as an inability to commit to a treatment programme, for example.

Whilst we recommend you call our helpline and speak to our team about your other options, we have compiled a short list of other ways to reach sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

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Both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are free and run across Scotland.

They can help you develop a support network with others in recovery, helping to provide motivation.

Both groups follow abstinence approaches which can significantly help to reduce triggers and distractions.

SMART Recovery


SMART is another free option and runs sessions both online and in-person.

It is considered a self-help programme and helps to place you into contact with other local people who are in a similar position to yourself.

SMART helps participants to build motivation and learn the tools needed to continue in their recovery efforts.

Home Detoxes

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Home detoxes can be particularly helpful for those who may not be able to commit to a month-long stay in a rehabilitation clinic.

Instead, medication will be sent to your home to allow you to manage withdrawals.

During a home detox, you will be required to check in daily with a medical professional to allow them to track your progress and safety.

This process is still medically overseen and is different to attempting to recover alone.

DIY attempts are not encouraged by Rehab 4 Alcoholism and can place your health in extreme danger.

Outpatient Treatment

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Outpatient treatment is a less expensive option than residential treatment and can be useful for those with important commitments that would make moving away from home difficult.

During this form of treatment, you will visit a designated clinic in Glasgow for various therapy sessions before returning home.

Outpatient treatment is only advised for those with mild to moderate addictions, as it can be difficult to manage triggers found in the home.

What Is The Admission Process For Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Glasgow?

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To begin the admission process, all we ask is that you call our team on 0800 111 4108.

From here, we can conduct our pre-admission assessment.

The pre-admission assessment allows us to gather more information about you and your addiction so that we can source a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Glasgow for you.

By opting for private care, you could enter a rehab facility within several days.

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Upon your entrance to your chosen rehab clinic, you will be assessed according to multiple criteria such as the ASAM, AUDIT (if your addiction is to alcohol), and DSM-5.

These criteria will help staff determine the severity of your substance use disorder so that the right treatment programme can be prescribed.

The ASAM Criteria

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The ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria are used widely by healthcare professionals across the UK and abroad.

They help to accurately place, transfer, and discharge patients.

The criteria follow 6 dimensions that are as follows:

Dimension 1: Acute Intoxication and Withdrawal Potential

The first dimension explores the client’s past and their experiences with substance use. It also includes experiences with withdrawal.

Dimension 2: Biomedical Conditions and Complications

The second dimension explores the client’s health history as well as their current mental and physical condition.

Dimension 3: Emotional, Behavioural, or Cognitive Conditions and Complications

The third dimension explores the client’s thoughts, mental health, and the emotions they are feeling.

Dimension 4: Readiness to Change

This fourth dimension determines the client’s readiness and interest in changing behaviours.

Dimension 5: Relapse, Continued Use, or Continued Problem Potential

The fifth dimension explores the client’s relationship with relapsing and continued use of substances.

Dimension 6: Recovery/Living Environment

The sixth, and final, dimension explores the client’s recovery and living situation. It also includes exploration of things such as social groups, friends, support networks, etc.


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The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test) is used to screen and diagnose alcohol use disorder.

It is made up of 10 questions that focus on alcohol intake, physical dependency, and your ability to understand the consequences.

Every question on the AUDIT is scored out of 4 – the higher your score, the more severe your alcohol use.

The questions of the AUDIT are:

  1. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
  2. How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day when you are drinking?
  3. How often have you had 6 or more units if female, or 8 or more if male, on a single occasion in the last year?
  4. How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?
  5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally expected from you because of your drinking?
  6. How often during the last year have you needed an alcoholic drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
  7. How often during the last year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking?
  8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?
  9. Have you or somebody else been injured as a result of your drinking?
  10. Has a relative or friend, doctor or other health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested that you cut down?

The DSM-5


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is considered the textbook standard manual used by psychiatrists around the world to diagnose mental health disorders, including substance use disorder.

The DSM-5 is constantly under review as the wider understanding of mental health continues to grow.

The DSM-5 includes 11 different criteria that a patient must identify with to be diagnosed.

The criteria are:

  1. Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you’re meant to.
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
  3. Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
  4. Cravings and urges to use the substance.
  5. Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
  6. Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
  7. Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
  8. Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
  9. Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance.
  10. Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (high tolerance).
  11. Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.

If you identify with 2 to 3 of the criteria, you will most likely be diagnosed with a mild substance use disorder (SUD).

If you identify with 4 to 5 of the criteria, you will be diagnosed with a moderate SUD and if you identify with 6 or more of the above criteria you will most likely be diagnosed with a severe SUD, otherwise known as an addiction.

These are just some of the many psychiatric assessments that may be used at a drug and alcohol rehab, with another popular test being the CAGE Questionnaire.

These allow rehab staff and psychiatrists to create a person-centred care plan tailored specifically for you, producing an extensive course of physical and psychiatric treatments to give you the best chance of achieving and maintaining sobriety.

What Is An Intervention?

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Interventions can be a great way to help someone you know access addiction treatment.

With the help of a professional interventionist in Glasgow, you can plan and execute a beneficial intervention.

An intervention, when managed properly, can motivate someone to seek professional help for their alcohol misuse.

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Interventions are needed because those with addictions are often in denial about their consumption, believing that others are worse off.

Interventions offer you and your family or friends the time to get together and plan a focused approach.

A useful intervention will usually contain the following:

  • Provide specific examples of addictive and destructive behaviour as well as the impact this has had on family and friends.
  • Lay out treatment plans and options for drug and alcohol rehab in Glasgow.
  • Explain what will happen if your loved one refuses to seek treatment.

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Sometimes traditional confrontations are not effective.

Instead, your professional interventionist will recommend that you work on another approach such as CRAFT.

CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) is a family-based approach that focuses on positive reinforcement and rewards.

When your loved one chooses to abstain from addictive behaviour, they will be rewarded.

For more information on staging an intervention and family support, call the Rehab 4 Alcoholism team today.

How Much Does Rehab Cost In Glasgow?


The total cost of your rehab programme in Glasgow will vary according to different factors such as the severity of your addiction, your budget for treatment, and the total length of your programme.

For a 28-day residential stay in a single occupancy room, expect to pay anywhere between £8,000 to £12,000.

Other clients choose to enter rehab in Glasgow for a single detox programme before returning home.

These programmes usually begin priced at around £3,000 but can increase to £6,000 or more.

Cost of rehab

Factors that make the cost of rehab rise are the type of clinic you choose (i.e. a basic or luxury clinic) or if you choose a single or dual occupancy room.

If you are worried about the cost of treatment or are on a budget, a home detox or outpatient treatment could be your answer.

Home detoxes tend to start priced at £1,500 but still give you access to medical support.

How Do I Choose The Right Clinic?

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Though we can help to offer support in choosing the right clinic, the choice is ultimately yours.

We know this can be overwhelming and have provided a checklist of the things you should look out for when deciding on a rehab clinic in Glasgow.

  • When did the clinic start operating and offering treatment to patients?
  • Do they have luxury facilities or amenities that make them stand out from other clinics?
  • Do they have positive reviews that are easy to access?
  • Do they offer dual diagnosis treatment?
  • Are all staff trained to a high level?
  • Do they offer prospective patients in-person visits and tours of the facility?

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Private rehab is widely recommended for the benefits it brings in comparison to NHS treatment.

Although NHS treatment is free, private treatment offers swift admission meaning you won’t be left on any waitlists.

The level of support is also incomparable with private treatment, offering quality support for mental health too.

Other organisations worth considering

Below is a list of organisations that also offer free support and further information for addiction in and around Glasgow:

1. Scottish Families Affected By Alcohol & Drugs

Address: 199 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EX

Telephone: 0808 010 1011

Website: http://www.sfad.org.uk/

2. Turning Point | Scotland Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Crisis Service

Address: 80 Tradeston St, Glasgow G5 8BG

Telephone: 0141 420 6969

Website: https://www.turningpointscotland.com/getting-support/glasgow/glasgow-alcohol-and-drug-crisis-service/

3. North CAMHS

Address: Barr St, Glasgow G20 7LR

Telephone: 0141 277 7175

Website: https://www.nhsggc.scot/hospitals-services/services-a-to-z/specialist-childrens-services-2/

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

The NHS provides reliable, free advice about drugs and alcohol, as well as information about addiction help and how to access a sober living house.

SMART Recovery will help you manage any relapse triggers, and help you to develop coping mechanisms as you navigate your new life of sobriety.

You can also contact 12-Step organisations in Glasgow such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) for help to maintain your sobriety and learn how to lean on a higher power when addiction seems overwhelming.

For more specialised support, Al-Anon Family Meetings give your loved ones support and guidance during these difficult times, whilst Alateen offers help specifically for adolescents suffering from addiction.

What Is Detox?

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A detox refers to the detoxification process in rehab.

Whether or not you will have to complete one depends on if the substance you are addicted to is physically addictive.

With alcohol use disorder, most clients have to complete an alcohol detox.

Detoxes are required as years of substance abuse increase the body’s tolerance to drugs and alcohol.

This means that if you stop drinking, you will experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms, which can include everything from nausea to delirium tremens and seizures.

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Fortunately, these symptoms can be effectively managed at rehab.

For those battling alcohol withdrawal syndrome, the benzodiazepine Chlordiazepoxide – better known as Librium – is widely used.

Librium helps to reduce anxiety and other alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

The medically-asissted detox process typically lasts for around 10 days before you will move on to therapy.


After your detox, you will be encouraged to remain in therapy so you can heal psychologically.

This is also where you will learn tools for relapse prevention as well as trigger avoidance.

How Long Does Rehab In Glasgow Last?

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We typically recommend that clients stay in rehab for around 28-30 days.

A month-long stay is very beneficial and effective in helping individuals overcome all dependencies and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

If you cannot stay in rehab for a month, a single detox programme will be advised.

These programmes last anywhere between 7 days to 2 weeks, but still provide an adequate time for long-lasting changes to be made.

How long does rehab last

After this, you will be encouraged to make use of local support groups to help you manage your sobriety.

The severity of your addiction and the kind of treatment you opt for will influence how long your programme lasts.

Rehab For Cocaine Addiction In Glasgow


Cocaine abuse is a big issue in Glasgow.

It is an incredibly powerful drug that can cause a wide range of effects on your physical and mental health.

Continuing to use cocaine can easily turn into an addiction and cause irreversible damage to the body.

It also increases the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.


By choosing to enter rehab in Glasgow, you can break free from your cocaine addiction through personalised therapy sessions.

Look forward to a bright future with Rehab 4 Alcoholism – contact us today to begin the pre-admission process.

Rehab For Heroin Addiction In Glasgow


Heroin is derived from the poppy plant and can cause an immediate overdose from just one use.

It is a physically and psychologically addictive substance that requires intense treatment to overcome.

By entering rehab in Glasgow, you can experience high-quality heroin addiction treatment and medication to help you overcome all dependencies.


You will also be able to experience 12 months of continued aftercare once your programme has ended.

This can help to keep you motivated during your first year of sobriety.

Rehab For Cannabis Addiction In Glasgow


Although cannabis is now legalised in many countries, it is still illegal in the UK because of the threats it poses to the health of individuals who abuse it.

Cannabis can cause a range of negative effects on the brain and has been proven to increase the risk of mental health conditions such as schizophrenia.

Cannabis rehab focuses directly on the importance of avoiding addictive behaviour by sourcing healthier alternatives and coping mechanisms.

If you are ready to end your cannabis addiction, call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today.

What Therapies Are Offered At Drug And Alcohol Rehab In Glasgow?

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Therapy is a very important part of the rehab process and can help patients to heal holistically.

Another benefit to private rehab is the combination of both traditional and holistic therapies available to all.

Therapy is a proven way to identify the root causes of addiction and mental health disorders.

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

What Is A Relapse Prevention Plan And Why Is It Important?

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A relapse prevention plan is another perk of private treatment and can help you to adjust to life in recovery.

Before you leave treatment, you will work with a support worker to create a relapse prevention plan that will often work as a cornerstone of you aftercare program.

This is a written document that details important information about your addiction such as triggers and coping mechanisms.

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If you feel that you are going to relapse, looking back at this plan can help to decrease the chances of it taking place.

During your time in rehab, you may also be offered the chance to attend relapse prevention workshops.

Here, you can learn healthy strategies such as HALT.

HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired and encourages you to stop and check in with your needs before you engage in addictive behaviour.

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You are also advised to call your rehab clinic for re-admission if a relapse occurs or is likely to occur.

Relapse is often a part of recovery and does not mean you have failed.

For 24/7 support, call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today.

Getting Help Today

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To learn more about how Rehab 4 Alcoholism may help you in choosing effective rehab treatment in Glasgow, contact us today on 0800 111 4108.

All treatment we offer incorporates aftercare sessions. All drug and alcohol rehabs must also be registered and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

This helps you remain in recovery once your rehab programme has concluded. 

Whatever addiction you may be facing, we are always here to help.

OK Rehab also offers drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of places within Scotland and across the UK, including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth, Paisley, Hamilton, Livingston and Stirling.

Featured Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Glasgow

There are various types of rehab centres available in Drug & Alcohol Rehab in Glasgow, including inpatient alcohol rehab, luxury alcohol rehab, and private drug rehabs.

Inpatient Rehab


Medical Detox