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Alcohol and Drug Rehab near County Antrim


Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, near County Antrim, is a residential rehab clinic providing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioral addictions including gambling. We are located very close to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, in County Louth, just a 1.5 hour drive from County Antrim.At Smarmore Castle, we value physical health as much as psychological well-being.

County Antrim Alcohol and Drug Abuse

In 2014, an estimated 170,000 people drank at dangerous levels in Northern Ireland. Over-consumption of alcohol can have dire consequences; alcohol binges accounted for 12,000 admissions to hospital in 2011/12. County Antrim, and the Northern region of the country, had the second lowest rate of alcohol consumption compared to other regions in Northern Ireland in 2011. This was reflected in the low rate of alcohol-related deaths in County Antrim and the northern region of the country in 2009 compared to other areas of the country (12.7 per 100,000).

Of drug users admitted to treatment in 2014/15, cannabis was the most widely used drug across all regions of Northern Ireland. This was particularly true for the northern region including County Antrim, where 79% of those in treatment had used cannabis. Of those treated in the County Antrim area, 27% had used cocaine. Use of opioid pain-relief drugs was highest for those patients in the County Antrim area than any other region of Northern Ireland, with 28% having tried these drugs before.

Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near County Antrim

At Smarmore Castle, our mission is to provide the highest quality and most effective treatment for our patients and those suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addiction in  County Antrim. We receive patients from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the UK, EU and further afield. We offer many different options for referral and admission.

Admissions for Patients from  County Antrim and the Rest of Northern Ireland

Patients from County Antrim and the rest of Northern Ireland can access drug detoxification and addiction rehab treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic in the following ways:

Contact us for more information on our admissions process.

Our Treatment Programme

The addiction treatment model at Smarmore Castle has been developed over 30 years by a world-renowned team of doctors and psychologists. We provide an intensive rehab programme which follows the 12 Steps Model, and offers a rapid admissions process. On arrival, patients receive a thorough medical assessment and physical examination. This informs the development of their personalised detox and treatment plan. The detoxification stage of the treatment is closely managed by our experienced medical team.

Specialist addiction therapies that form our core treatment programme include:

We also offer a range of complementary addiction therapies to patients, including:

We develop a two year continuing care plan for each patient after discharge.

Our residential rehabilitation treatment programme is based on the clinically proven rehab treatment model pioneered by Castle Craig, our partner establishment in Scotland.

Our Location, 1.5 hours from County Antrim

Smarmore Castle is situated just 1.5 hours from County Antrim, in a stunning, countryside location in County Louth, Republic of Ireland. Patients will find both comfort and privacy in a renovated 14th-century castle, housing excellent facilities including:

  • Gym
  • 22 metre, heated swimming pool
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 15 acres of scenic landscape, which patients are able to explore in their leisure time

Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous in  County Antrim

We recommend you begin your journey to abstinence by seeking self-help through attending peer support groups in  County Antrim. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are organised across Northern Ireland, in County Antrim, Belfast, Derry, and Lisburn, among others. They provide an invaluable network of support for those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction in  County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Contact us for Addiction Advice

The team at Smarmore Castle is always available to answer questions about our rehab treatment programmeadmissions, or funding. If you are from  County Antrim and are thinking of entering rehab or if you are the family member, friend or employer of someone who is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction in  County Antrim, please contact us for advice.

Health and Fitness at Smarmore Castle

At Smarmore Castle, we value physical health as much as psychological well-being. Sustained alcohol and drug abuse damages the body’s organs and can impair cognitive abilities. An essential part of the recovery process is repairing this damage through a programme of exercise and healthy eating.

Exercise releases endorphins which produce a natural high, boosting feelings of well-being and positivity. This can help to relieve the emotional stress the patient may experience during their early recovery period.

Smarmore Castle is equipped with both a gym and a pool, which patients can use during their leisure time. For those patients that are physically weak, we offer aquatherapy sessions, where they can do aerobic activity in the water. We have extensive, scenic grounds which patients can walk or jog through. Following a period of exercise, our sauna and steam room facilities provide an excellent form of relaxation.


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Smarmore Castle is located near Ardee, County Louth, about 45 minutes north of Dublin, Republic of Ireland and 1.5 hours south of Belfast, Northern Ireland.