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Alcohol and Drug Rehab near Newtownabbey

Smarmore has helped over 1000 people recover from addiction

Smarmore Castle Private Clinic, near Newtownabbey, is a residential rehab clinic providing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction and behavioural 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 Newtownabbey.

Our Location, 1.5 hours from Newtownabbey

Smarmore Castle is situated just 1.5 hours from Newtownabbey, 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 a leisure centre, gym and swimming pool. It is set within 15 acres of scenic landscape, which patients are able to explore in their leisure time.

Newtownabbey Alcohol and Drug Abuse

In 2014, an estimated 170,000 people drank at dangerous levels in Northern Ireland. This can have dire consequences; alcohol binges accounted for 12,000 admissions to hospital in 2011/12. Newtownabbey, and the Northern region of the country, had the second lowest rates of alcohol consumption compared to other regions in Northern Ireland in 2011. This was reflected in the low rate of alcohol-related deaths in Newtownabbey and the northern region in 2009 relative 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 area including Newtownabbey, where 79% of those in treatment had used cannabis. Of those treated in the Newtownabbey area, 27% had used cocaine. Use of opioid pain-relief drugs was most prevalent among patients in the Newtownabbey area compared to other regions of Northern Ireland, with 28% having tried these drugs before.

Residential Rehab Treatment Clinic, near Newtownabbey

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 Newtownabbey. We receive patients from Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, the UK, EU and further afield. We offer many different options for referral and admission.

Admissions for Patients from Newtownabbey and the Rest of Northern Ireland

Patients from Newtownabbey and the rest of Northern Ireland can access drug detoxification and addiction rehab treatment at Smarmore Castle Private Clinic as a privately paying patient, or through a private medical insurance plan.

Please contact us for more information on our admissions process.


Our Addiction Treatment Programme

The addiction treatment model at Smarmore Castle has been developed over 30 years by a world-renowned team of doctors and psychologists. Our residential rehabilitation treatment programme is based on the clinically proven rehab treatment model pioneered by Castle Craig, our partner establishment in Scotland.

We provide an intensive rehab programme that follows the 12 Steps Model and offers a quick admissions process. On arrival, patients receive a thorough medical assessment and physical examination. They then begin a period of detoxification from alcohol and drugs, under the close supervision of our medical team.

Our core programme incorporates specialist therapies including individual therapy, group therapy, CBT, Trauma therapy, grief therapy, and family therapy. Dual diagnosis treatment is offered to patients suffering from psychological conditions such as eating disorders and depression, alongside a primary diagnosis of drug and alcohol addiction.

Our holistic approach to treatment also encompasses complementary addiction therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, equine therapy and drumming therapy.

During their leisure time, patients can enjoy access to our indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room, gym and sports with our fitness instructor. They can explore the 16 acres of scenic private gardens surrounding The Castle.

When the patient completes their treatment, they are provided with a continuing care plan to help ensure their sustained recovery. We continue to support patients after they re-enter their daily lives, with weekly group therapy meetings, and a programme of teletherapy sessions.


Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous

We recommend you begin your journey to abstinence by seeking self-help through attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings in Newtownabbey. These peer-support meetings are organised across Northern Ireland, in Belfast, Derry, and Lisburn, among others. They help people from Newtownabbey to achieve sobriety through a 12-step programme.

Contact us for Addiction Advice

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

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Smarmore Castle

Patients suffering from alcohol and drug addiction often experience unhelpful thought patterns, coupled with negative attitudes and behaviours.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps patients to identify their recurring negative thoughts and deconstruct them, rendering them less powerful and consequently reducing their impact on the patient’s behaviour. The patient will also be helped to devise coping strategies for difficult encounters with either people or stimuli which could trigger negative emotions and the desire to consume alcohol or drugs.

CBT provides the patient with invaluable insight into their own psychology and behaviour. It equips them with the necessary coping mechanisms to ensure the best possible recovery, and their sustained abstinence.

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Last updated & clinically assessed 23 March, 2022