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Continuing Care (Aftercare)

Continuing Care Reduces the Risk of Relapse

At Smarmore Castle, Ireland, we understand that addiction is a lifelong condition, and this is why we continue to support patients after they have completed their treatment with us. We consider aftercare essential to reduce the risk of relapse after our patients have returned to their homes and that is why we ensure our patients are equipped with an personalised one-year continuing care plan when they complete treatment. This plan gives details of local support groups, such as AA, NA and CA; and gives personalised guidance for the person leaving treatment.  

We provide ongoing support and access to free groups, making sure that you have all the resources and tools you need to maintain sobriety and make the transition back into your everyday routine.

Free Group Therapy in Continuing Care

After leaving Smarmore Castle, patients are encouraged to attend one of our free weekly continuing care groups, led by a therapist. Our aftercare groups work to support the growth and recovery of the person leaving treatment.

We allocate a specific group for the person so they can get to know other members better and feel secure and comfortable. Groups are held via Zoom and at Smarmore Castle.

We ask for weekly attendance for a minimum of 1 year to our aftercare groups and we monitor attendance at these groups to ensure nobody falls off the radar.

Please note: Our aftercare groups are free of charge. Group Members must be abstinent from all mood-altering drugs and processes. The groups are mixed-gender.

Relapse Group

Anyone who suffers a relapse is able to get specialist group therapy via our Relapse Group, where a psychotherapist helps people who have relapsed to process what happened, and develop skills to prevent it from happening again. The Relapse Group runs for a minimum of 6 weeks until the person is stable enough to rejoin our aftercare group. In this way, we can give urgent, specialised group help to those who have relapsed.

Family Group

We run two groups at Smarmore Castle each week that are open to former patients accompanied by a family member. This popular group gives attendees the chance to grow and learn together in Recovery.

One-to-One Therapy over Zoom

We offer private, paid-for individual therapy sessions via CATCH Recovery, our specialist addiction outpatient centre based in London. All of our therapists are qualified and experienced rehab specialists. For more details on our programme of 10 individual therapy sessions held via Zoom, contact CATCH Recovery

Support Within Your Community

We refer our clients back to their GP or to the original medical practitioners involved in their care. We also arrange for a contact within the local AA/NA fellowship to act as a sponsor and help introduce them to these essential support groups.


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Last updated & clinically assessed 10 November, 2022