Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Scotland

Drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland can help you recover from addiction in a safe and comfortable environment.

Learn more about substance use disorder, the process of rehab and how much you can expect to spend with our helpful guide.

What is Alcohol and Drug Addiction?

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Using drugs or alcohol can put you at risk of developing an addiction.

This is a chronic brain disease characterised by frequent periods of relapse and makes it very difficult for someone to stop using drugs or alcohol despite any negative effects.

You may experience strong cravings and urges to use substances if you are addicted, and this can increase your risk of developing a physical or mental health condition as well as being involved in an accident.

The cycle of addiction can be very difficult to break – many people find it hard to stop using substances due to the withdrawal symptoms that occur as they begin to recover.

For the best chance of recovery, it is recommended that you check into a residential drug and alcohol rehab clinic.

For more information on drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108

What are the Signs of Someone With a High-Functioning Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

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Many people have a specific image of a person struggling with addiction – poorly groomed, unable to hold down a job and appearing visibly intoxicated.

But someone with a high-functioning drug or alcohol addiction may appear as though nothing is wrong. They may have a good job, raise a family and look perfectly groomed every day.

It can be very difficult to identify someone who is a high-functioning addiction sufferer, as they often go to great lengths to conceal their addiction.

Signs that someone has a high-functioning drug or alcohol addiction include:

  • Refusing to discuss their substance use with others
  • Attempting to hide any evidence of alcohol or drug use
  • Experiencing frequent blackouts and memory loss
  • Using drugs or alcohol as a reward
  • Not appearing to be under the influence even after using large amounts of substances
  • Denying that they have a problem
  • Drinking alcohol or using drugs at inappropriate times, such as at work or on a lunch break
  • Going for long periods without substance use before binging
  • Being in denial about how much or how frequently they drink or use drugs
  • Comparing themselves to other people who have an addiction

It’s important to remember that someone with a high-functioning drug or alcohol addiction needs help and support just as much as those with a more obvious addiction.

Drug and Alcohol Statistics in Scotland

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Renowned for its rich history, stunning countryside and fondness for bagpipes, Scotland is a country that needs no introduction.

However, the rate of drug-related deaths is higher in Scotland than in any other European country.

This peaked in 2020 with 1339 recorded drug-related deaths and continued into 2021 with 1330 deaths due to drug use.

Sadly, drugs are not the only problem that this country faces.

On average, adults in Scotland drink 18.1 units of alcohol per week. This is far higher than the recommended limit and increases the risk of developing an addiction as well as another physical or mental health condition.

There were 1190 alcohol-related deaths in Scotland during 2020, with men aged 45 years and over contributing the most to these figures.

These are worrying statistics, and the people of Scotland deserve better than to be trapped in the cycle of addiction.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

How Do I Know If I’m Suffering From Addiction?

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Addiction can be difficult to spot, particularly in a culture where binge drinking and casual substance use are so widely accepted.

Thankfully there are a wide variety of psychiatric assessments available to help you determine if you have an addiction and how bad it might be.

There are many different tests out there, but some of the most widely used are the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th edition) criteria, the six dimensions of the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria, the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) and the CAGE Questionnaire.

As well as for your own peace of mind, psychiatrists and addiction specialists can use the results from these tests to create a person-centred care plan made up from a wide range of physical and psychiatric treatments, all designed to give you the best chance of maintaining sobriety.

What Can I Expect From Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?

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This is a process that many people dread, but we aim to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible.

A medically-assisted detox involves controlling your withdrawal from a substance that causes physical dependence with the use of specialised medications. In the case of an alcohol detox, this usually takes the form of Chlordiazepoxide, a benzodiazepine that is better known as Librium.

It takes around 7-10 days and can make you feel anxious, exhausted and nauseous.

Detoxing can be dangerous if not done correctly, as there is a risk severe drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

These can include:

At drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland, staff will monitor you 24/7 to ensure your safety and limit the effects of drug or alcohol withdrawal syndrome.


Once you have completed the detox process, the majority of your days at rehab will be spent in counselling.

This will likely involve both group counselling and intensive one-on-one counselling, and you may have up to 4 sessions per day.

Additionally, your counsellor will help you to create a relapse prevention plan to assist in your recovery and sobriety after rehab.

This will be a document detailing all of your triggers, coping mechanisms, people and organisations to contact when you are at risk of relapse, and what to do if a relapse does occour.

You can learn more about addiction counselling and relapse prevention here.

What Does a Typical Day Look Like at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?


While no two days at rehab will be the same, it can be helpful to gain a general understanding of what you can expect from a typical day at drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland.

  • You will be encouraged to wake up fairly early, and a healthy breakfast will usually be served before 8.30 am.
  • Mornings will often be spent journalling and working through your feelings, before beginning the first therapy session at around 9 am.

The types of therapy you receive will differ depending on your needs and preferences, but it typically involves a holistic form of therapy such as meditation or mindfulness followed by a group therapy session.

  • Next, you will take a break for lunch, which will be another healthy and balanced meal.
  • The afternoon will likely begin with an intensive one-on-one counselling session, typically based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) methods.
  • The rest of the afternoon will often be spent relaxing – you may journal some more, read or take part in other restful activities.
  • After dinner, there is usually another group therapy session before you wind down and go to bed ready for another day.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What is the Average Time Spent at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?

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As addiction is such a complex and multi-faceted condition, it is usually necessary to spend a significant amount of time in treatment.

As a result, treatment programmes that last less than a month are not very common at drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland.

The most common amount of time spent in rehab is 30 days, which is usually the shortest treatment programme available.

You can extend this to a 60-day programme if necessary, and many rehabs also offer a 90-day programme for severe cases of addiction.

This time includes a full medical detox, a course of counselling sessions and assistance in creating a relapse prevention plan.

Your doctor and medical team will be able to advise you on how much time to spend at rehab, taking into account your budget and other responsibilities.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What is the Average Cost of Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?

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Your experience of rehab will likely be very different from that of others, particularly regarding how long you spend in treatment and the type of rehab clinic you choose.

As a result, the price you pay will be relative to your situation and it can be difficult to give an exact amount.

On average, the cost of drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland is £495 per day. This works out to just under £15,000 for a 30-day programme, just under £30,000 for a 60-day programme and just under £45,000 for a 90-day programme.

However, these prices may be higher if you choose a more expensive rehab and a longer programme, or lower if you opt to share a room with another patient and attend a cheaper rehab clinic.

You will be able to speak with staff at your preferred clinic about the price before you commit to a programme, so you will know exactly how much you can expect to pay.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Can I Claim my Health or Employee Insurance for Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?

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There are many benefits to taking out private insurance, and one of these is that drug and alcohol rehab is often covered.

This means that you will be able to access treatment for a greatly reduced price, which can be invaluable to those who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees.

Take the time to carefully read through the terms and conditions of your policy to see whether you are covered, and call the helpline of your insurance provider if you have any questions.

Keep in mind that you will need to divulge the reason for your claim, which could result in higher payments and fees going forward.

Alternatively, you may be able to claim for drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland on your employee insurance.

As with health insurance, you should check the terms and conditions before proceeding with a claim and remember that you may be required to inform your employer about your addiction.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Should I Choose Private Rehab or NHS Rehab?

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Private rehab means that you pay for your addiction treatment whether this is through savings, donations or help from family and friends, while NHS rehab means that your treatment will be funded by the government.

Benefits of choosing private rehab include:

  • You will usually access treatment very quickly, with many private clinics offering spaces within just a few days
  • You may have access to more niche forms of therapy including equine therapy and music therapy
  • You have more options to customise and extend your treatment programme, as long as your budget allows for it

Benefits of choosing NHS rehab include:

  • You don’t need to pay for your treatment, allowing lower-income people to access rehab and recover from addiction
  • You will benefit from many of the same aspects of private rehab such as detox, counselling and relapse prevention
  • You will be able to access aftercare services such as the rehab alumni programme, which can help with your recovery

It’s important to note that if you can pay for your treatment, you will likely not be eligible for NHS rehab.

Statutory-Funded Addiction Programmes in Scotland

Here are a few options in and around Scotland.

1. Turning Point

Address: 80 Tradeston St, Glasgow G5 8BG

Telephone: 01414 206 969

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

2. Glasgow Addiction Services

Address: Easterhouse Area Office Westwood House, 1250 Westerhouse Rd, Easterhouse, Glasgow G34 9EA

Telephone: 01412 763 420

Website: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=18063

3. Perth & Kinross Drug & Alcohol Team

Address: Drumhar Health Centre, Drumhar Ct, Perth PH1 5PD

Telephone: 01738 474 455

Website: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/17261/Alcohol-and-drugs

4. CAMHS | Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Address: Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5BZ

Telephone: 0131 242 1000

Website: https://services.nhslothian.scot/camhs/

The NHS will also be there to help you by providing comprehensive and trustworthy information and services at a local NHS Foundation Trust, as well as advice on accessing sober living houses.

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, Turning Point, Change Grow Live and We Are With You.

Many people find that peer support groups provide an essential element of their recovery, with organisations such as Alcoholics AnonymousNarcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, AI-Anon Family Meetings, Alateen or SMART Recovery.

In the case of 12-step groups, these also provide the chance to lean on a higher power when addiction seems overwhelming.

For more information on drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland, call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Should I Choose Inpatient Rehab or Outpatient Rehab?

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Inpatient rehab involves staying at drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland full-time while you recover, while outpatient rehab means that you will continue to live at home and attend treatment on a part-time basis.

There are many different benefits and drawbacks regarding both forms of treatment, and individuals will often find that one system works better for them than the other.

The benefits of choosing inpatient rehab include the:

  • 24/7 supervision and support from counsellors and your medical team, ensuring your safety and comfort
  • Being completely removed from your former environment, negative influences and situational triggers
  • No access to drugs or alcohol, preventing you from relapsing during your treatment
  • Being able to connect and bond with other patients, forming lasting friendships and growing your support network
  • The ability to be completely immersed in treatment and recovery, without having to juggle work and family responsibilities

The benefits of choosing outpatient rehab include the:

  • It allows you to remain living at home, where many people feel safest and most comfortable
  • Those who need to continue working, have children to take care of or have other responsibilities are still able to access rehab
  • It’s a more affordable form of rehab, allowing people with lower incomes to access treatment
  • You will still benefit from many of the aspects of rehab including detox, counselling and relapse prevention
  • No need to travel for rehab – you can attend a local outpatient clinic

Choosing between inpatient rehab or outpatient rehab will shape your treatment and recovery, so it’s important to make an informed decision.

What Types of Therapy Will I Have at Rehab in Scotland?

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The specific type of therapy you experience whilst at rehab depend on which facility you attend and your exact needs.

Some of the most popular physical and talking therapies used for addiction recovery include:

What is a Dual Diagnosis?

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Many patients at rehab suffer from a dual diagnosis, which means they have a mental health condition as well as an addiction.

Different individuals will struggle with different mental health challenges, but some of the most commonly experienced include:

These conditions can develop alongside addiction, or they may be the cause of it, or they may in fact have been caused by it.

Whatever the nature of one’s mental health struggles, getting help for both conditions will be essential in making a long-term recovery.

To get free mental health support, consider contacting remote services such aa Young Minds, Samaritans, Rethink Mental Illness, Mind UK and Papyrus.

Rehab specialists will also need to consider any physical conditions that may be present alongside your addiction, such as liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy or various cancers.

Are All Staff Members Fully Qualified at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Scotland?


Placing your health in someone else’s hands requires a certain level of trust.

In the case of drug and alcohol rehab, you want to be sure that the staff looking after you are trained and qualified in this area to avoid causing more damage or providing ineffective care.

All medical staff and counsellors are fully qualified at reputable rehab clinics. They have gone through extensive training and most will have years of experience working with people who are living with addiction.

Additionally, when choosing a rehab clinic you should make sure that it is CI registered.

This is the Care Inspectorate, an independent regulator of health and adult social care in Scotland. They ensure that the care you receive will be high-quality, effective and based on scientific research.

If you need more advice and guidance on choosing a reputable drug and alcohol rehab in Scotland, call us at Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Below, we list a number of other resources that you may find useful in your search for quality and suitable rehab treatment in the UK:

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For more information please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today. Our highly trained counsellors offer an unrivalled service for people seeking alcohol treatment in Scotland.

We also advise on drug and alcohol rehab services across Scotland and the UK, including AberdeenDundeeEdinburghGlasgowInvernessPerthPaisley, Hamilton, Livingston and Stirling.

All drug and alcohol rehabs must be vetted and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and Wales or Care Inspectorate in Scotland.

Call today on 0800 111 4108 or contact us through the website by clicking here.

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