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Discrete Alcohol Detoxification Treatment in Edinburgh

Last Updated: May 12th 2015

People may battle different kinds of addiction, from drinking alcohol, to taking drugs or gambling.

There are drug and alcohol rehab centres in Edinburgh and the surrounding area which offer counselling and advice.

If you wish to know more about the addiction treatment centres in your area, call us on 0808 163 9632 for immediate access.

Addiction Helpline is a leading name in alcohol rehab. UK based non-profit health organisations such as ours provide quality health service to the people of Edinburgh.

Our alcohol treatment centres offer Edinburgers FREE 24 hr access to trained addiction advisors. The ancient capital of Scotland, the city of Edinburgh has 459,366 residents which makes up 8.67%% of the population of Scotland. It has Edinburgers struggling with similar problems as other parts of the UK, which includes ongoing fights with alcoholism.

If you are based in (or nearby) the city of Edinburgh and have issues with addiction, be assured that you are not alone. Get in touch with one of our alcohol rehabilitation centres in the city. We are here to help.

With 375,052 Edinburgers that can drink out of it's population of 459,366, Government statistics seem to imply that for Edinburgh:

  • 25,332 Edinburgh males are frequent drinkers
  • 16,915 female Edinburgers are regular drinkers
  • 40,577 Edinburgh men and woman are very frequent drinkers
  • With 75,592 Edinburgers in the city of sixty five and over, 8,528 males in Edinburgh aged sixty five and older are expected to drink often with 5,392 female Edinburgers of the same age also drinking frequently .
  • 13,607 Edinburgers aged sixty five and over drunk alcohol on 5 or more days in the previous seven days : a higher total than any other age group
  • 2,268 Edinburgers over 65 that could be drinking to excess
  • 8,756 school children in Edinburgh could have consumed alcohol in the last seven days
  • 2,553 11-15 year old Edinburgers in the city drink regularily every week
  • 146 eleven year olds in Edinburgh think it is normal to be drunk weekly.
  • 2,574 15 year old Edinburgers think it's ok to be drunk once a week
  • 5,832 16-24 men-folk in Edinburgh could be drinking over double the government alcohol consumption limits.
  • 4,956 sixteen to twenty four year olds could also be exceeding safe drinking guidelines
  • 14,592 sixteen to twenty four year old Edinburgers have perhaps drunk very heavily at least once during the previous seven days.


  1. Office for National Statistics - Marriages in England and Wales (Provisional)
  2. Health and Social Care Information Centre - Statistics on Alcohol: England, 2013
  3. Office for National Statistics - Drinking Habits Amongst Adults, 2012
  4. Relate - Separation and Divorce Statistics
  5. Drink Aware
  6. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcohol Rehab in Edinburgh

If you are located in Edinburgh and wish to enter one of our alcohol rehab centres, why not contact Addiction Helpline now for immediate assistance? Send us an email in confidence using the contact form on this page. Our Edinburgh advice line is also available to everyone, including family members, friends and colleagues who may be concerned that alcohol addiction may be affecting a person they care about. Calls to our alcohol rehab clinics are strictly confidential. AH will never share your information with a third party and be assured that our local advisory team can deal with any addiction issue.

AH alcohol rehabilitation services include:

  • Alcohol Rehab: UK based organisations such as ours allow swift access to a treatment clinic in or near Edinburgh ( within 24 HRs )
  • Private Counselling: At home advisory services in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Home Detox: At home outpatient drug based alcohol treatment plans
  • Edinburgh Addictions Guidance: Advice on Edinburgh based alcoholism support services
  • Addiction Helpline (AH) can help Edinburgers cut out the Edinburgh local authority bureaucracy and organise for you rapid expert support and guidance.
  • Edinburgh Residential Detox: Residential in-patient alcohol detoxification programs in Edinburgh

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Rehab Facilities

The prospect of attending alcohol rehab is frightening to some people because they don’t know what to expect. Among their fears is the belief that the average rehab facility is more of a prison than anything else. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Modern treatment facilities such as drug rehab clinics are designed to be as comfortable and accommodating as possible, without continuing to enable addictive behaviour. Yes, there is a balancing act involved. Nevertheless, just about anyone who has completed a rehab programme can tell you that the facilities were mostly adequate and comfortable.

Alcohol or drug rehabilitation centres come in several different guises:

  • NHS clinics

  • Private clinics

  • Clinics run by charities.

Among the three, the NHS clinic is probably the one most alcoholics are familiar with. Unfortunately, it is also the type of facility that is least conducive to long-term sobriety.

Outpatient and Inpatient Facilities

From the standpoint of facilities, alcohol rehab is a choice between outpatient and inpatient. The outpatient scenario is one in which the alcoholic goes to a facility on a regularly scheduled basis for a few hours at a time. Facilities offering outpatient care can be part of a hospital or exist as an independent clinic.

Outpatient facilities are usually ‘bare-bones’ in that they only offer meeting rooms and individual offices. However, you’ll find seating comfortable and the atmosphere conducive to the treatment being undertaken. Inpatient clinics are an entirely different matter.

An inpatient rehab programme at an addiction treatment centre can provide residential housing to alcoholics throughout the duration of their care. That means facilities need to be specifically designed to accommodate every need of the patients residing there.

A typical inpatient facility will have several dozen individual rooms for clients, along with public spaces including dining facilities, conference rooms, and recreational areas. The fact that most of these facilities are operated by private owners or charities mean they tend to be much more inviting and comfortable. They also tend to be in rural areas where the distractions are fewer and farther between

Luxury Rehab

Among private clinics, there is a subset of luxury facilities designed for the wealthy and influential. Luxury clinics offer all sorts of amenities under the assumption that wealthy and more affluent individuals would refuse to seek help under any other circumstances.

It is not uncommon for a luxury rehab facility to include things like swimming pools, well-being spas, exercise facilities, and so on. Yet there is some debate within the addiction recovery community as to whether or not luxury facilities are appropriate.

Critics of luxury clinics claim that pampering addicts with luxury amenities makes it more difficult to help them overcome addiction. Some even suggest that these clinics are nothing more than a temporary holiday allowing the alcoholic to think he or she is being helped when they are not.

Proponents of luxury clinics claim they are the best way to help those who are used to a certain type of lifestyle. They say that expecting the wealthy to undergo rehab in an environment that does not meet their normal expectations only serves to make treatment more difficult.

In the end, it all comes down to results. Regardless of what any individual facility offers, success is all that matters. A facility’s track record should be one of the top priorities when choosing an alcohol rehab programme.

The Question of Cost

Second to a facility’s track record of success is the question of cost. The more luxurious a facility is, the more expensive the treatment will be. It’s a simple matter of economics.

If you can afford a luxury clinic and choose to do so, that is certainly your right. On the other hand, if you cannot even afford the least expensive private clinic you may have to look at other options. We are here to help you sort through those options to determine what you can, and cannot, afford.

Individuals with private health insurance might be surprised to discover their plans cover alcohol addiction treatment. Those who do not have private health insurance should consider other means of paying for residential care, including:

  • seeking donations from family and friends

  • using a credit card account

  • seeking commercial financing

  • contacting alcohol charities to see what they have available.

Don’t discount the fourth option of seeking out alcohol recovery charities. There are a number of secular and religious organisations offering residential rehab at no charge to the client. They may not offer the luxury amenities you might find in other facilities, but they are comfortable and effective just the same.

Charitable organisations receive their funding through private donations, corporate grants, and limited government funds. That means their services are not always available to anyone who wants them; sometimes funds are limited. We can help you locate programmes run by charities when you contact us.

Your Role in Rehab

Regardless of the type of facility the alcoholic chooses for rehab, his or her role in the rehab process cannot be understated. Rehab is useless if the individual does not truly want to change. If you believe you have an alcohol problem, you must want to be helped before you can be helped.

If you were to enter a drug rehab clinic because you felt as though you were being pressured into it by friends or family members, you are likely to approach treatment with some measure of scepticism and regret. That’s a recipe for relapse. However, if you enter rehab because you truly want to stop drinking, you have the right frame of mind needed to achieve long-term success.

It’s Time to Call Us

We assume you have already looked over our website and have learned some of the common symptoms of alcohol abuse and addiction. If not, that’s something you should do. If there is any chance at all you may have an alcohol problem, now is the time to pick up the phone and call us. Do it now while you’re thinking about it.

Our mission is to assist you in getting the help you need by explaining treatment options and making recommendations according to your circumstances. If you need help making admission arrangements, we can assist there as well.

We work with the best private rehab facilities and charities throughout the UK. We can help you get connected with the one that best meets your needs. We will get started as soon as you contact us.

Heroin Rehab

According to the NHS, heroin is the most abused drug in the UK. Moreover, although many smoke canabis and cocaine is gradually catching up, heroin remains the drug of choice for several reasons. First, it is relatively inexpensive and easy to come by on the streets. Second, it is one of those rare drugs that can be abused without leaving any tell-tale outward signs.

The prevalence of heroin has resulted in an upsurge in heroin drug rehab treatment programmes at private clinics and NHS facilities. Drug addict experts in the UK are warning the problem could get worse if things continue as they are right now. This only signifies the importance of receiving treatment at one of the many drug rehab centres in the UK.

Heroin Use 101

Heroin is an opioid known for its ability to induce both relaxation and intense euphoria. It can be ingested through smoking, injection or snorting, depending on the preference of the user. The different methods of ingestion partly explain how addiction to heroin can be hidden so well.

For example, when we think of illicit drug users, the mind often conjures up images of a worn-out and bedraggled individual with track marks up and down the arms. However, the ability to smoke or snort heroin means there are no track marks left behind. Furthermore, the emaciated look and sunken eyes often associated with heroin use are the result of malnutrition rather than the drug itself.

It should be noted that heroin addicts could easily hide their addictions if they take care of themselves otherwise. This is clearly seen in the examples of actors like River Phoenix and Cory Monteith, both of whom were heroin addicts despite their squeaky clean Hollywood images. Because they took care of themselves, only their closest friends knew they were addicted to heroin.

Coming Clean

Coming clean from heroin often requires a long-term rehab programme of some sort. As an independent referral service, our first recommendation is a residential programme lasting anywhere from six to 12 weeks, to set you on the course of drug rehab. UK organisations such as ours believe that the residential programme offers addicts the greatest chances of permanent success.

The NHS recommends heroin users contact their physicians if they want help kicking a heroin habit apart from a residential programme. The NHS offers a limited number of services that include stabilising medications, counselling and detox. Most services are made available via outpatient programmes.

Residential heroin rehab at a private clinic takes a different approach. Instead of daily or weekly outpatient sessions, the addict actually lives at a residential facility for the duration of his or her treatment. This model separates the heroin addict from his or her current lifestyle and forces them to deal with their addiction around the clock.


The Detox Process

The first step in any rehab programme is detox. Medical experts warn heroin addicts not to attempt a detox on their own due to some very real medical complications. Some go so far as to classify detox as a medical emergency.

The difficulty with detox lies in the fact that heroin use causes very definitive damage to the human body. That damage is often not manifested until the detox process begins. Combined with the normal symptoms of withdrawal, the physical damage can lead to serious injury or even death.

To make heroin detox as safe as possible, private clinics will often use stabilising medications as prescribed by doctors. These medications make the withdrawal process more gradual, thus alleviating many of the emergency medical risks. However, make no mistake; these medications are not an instant solution to heroin addiction.

During detox, the heroin addict will undergo withdrawal symptoms that can be quite unpleasant. The good news is that they peak by the second or third day, followed by a gradual subsiding. In 7 to 10 days, the addict can be completely clean.


Post-Detox Rehab

The days immediately following detox are when the real work begins. This post-rehab period begins the long process of dealing with emotional and psychological issues relating to heroin addiction. For the next 6 to 12 weeks, the recovering addict will be involved in a range of therapies including:

  • Individual Counselling – Recovering addicts need intense individual counselling with trained professionals. This counselling is intended to bring the addict to a place where he or she can recognise and admit the underlying issues that originally led to their addiction.
  • Group Counselling – Counselling in a group setting is a means of providing support to the addict by placing him/her in the company of others dealing with the same problems. Group counselling is a means of support, accountability, and encouragement.
  • Life Skills – When the recovering addict eventually leaves the residential facility, he or she will undoubtedly face pressures and temptations that could draw them back to heroin. Part of a residential treatment programme is teaching the recovering addict the life skills necessary to properly handle these pressures and temptations.
  • Recreational Activities – During the latter stages of heroin rehab, a residential facility will often take groups out for recreational activities. This is done to show the recovering addict that life can be enjoyable and fulfilling without the use of drugs. Believe it or not, many heroin addicts do not believe this is possible while still in the throes of addiction.


Following up with Aftercare

No residential heroin rehab programme is complete without aftercare follow-up. The idea behind aftercare is to provide continued support for as long as necessary; support that helps the recovering addict avoid relapse. Aftercare includes many of the same therapies and services the addict was exposed to during his/her residential treatment. They include individual counselling, group support and so on.

The heroin rehab process is one that takes time and effort. Unfortunately, there is no ‘quick fix’ when someone is addicted to this dangerous substance. Nevertheless, complete and total victory is possible if the addict is willing to get the help he or she needs.

AH is here to assist you in finding that help for yourself or someone you love. We work with the best clinics in the UK, all fully certified and meeting our very high standards of safety and quality. Addiction Helpline can help you locate a facility and programme right for your circumstances. We can even help you make arrangements if that’s necessary.

If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, there is a way out. Just call or send us an e-mail so we can get started. We want to see you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible



There is a Way out of Addiction in Edinburgh

Once people have become addicted to alcohol or drugs in Edinburgh, it will mean that they are dealing with a life threatening condition. Some people have described it as a slow form of suicide, but the difference is that nobody ever chooses to end up this way. Over time, the process of addiction this behaviour steals everything of value from the person’s life, and it causes great suffering for other people. There is a way out of addiction, but the individual has to be willing to take a chance on this life. If you have decided that you have already lost enough to alcohol or drugs, you can call one of our drug rehab clinics right now, or just text the word “help” to 66777. We can help you find a path away from this downwards spiral.

How to Develop the Motivation to Quit Addiction

The fact that addiction causes such destruction in the person’s life would seem to imply that they should have no problem breaking away from the behaviour. The reality is that even when the person is aware of what alcohol or drugs are doing to them they can still decide to continue with the addiction. The reasons for why the individual will be willing to do this will include:

  • · The individual is physically and psychologically addicted to these substances, and this means that there will be a strong inner motivation for them to keep on doing it. Cravings can be extremely powerful, and they can be difficult for the person to resist.
  • · The process of addiction actually saps the person of their willpower and inner strength when it comes to ending the addiction. This is because it reduces their self-efficacy – their own belief in their ability to end the addiction. If the individual does not believe that they are going to be able to achieve a goal, it means that they are almost doomed to failure because they will not be able to put in sufficient effort to succeed. Every time that the individual fails to control their drinking or drug use it reduces their self-efficacy that little bit further.
  • · Another impact of addiction is that it reduces the person’s self-esteem. This means that they can begin to believe that the life of the addict is the best they can hope for. They may even view the pain of addiction as a type of punishment that they have earned.

In order to break away from addiction, the individual will need to increase their motivation. This can be achieved by:

  • · Spending time with people who are dealing with their addictions can have a hugely positive impact on the individual. It can motivate them to see their peers achieving success in recovery, and they will start to believe that if others can do it then so can they.
  • · An addiction therapist will be able to use motivational interviewing to encourage the individual to develop the determination to quit.
  • · By entering a treatment programme, the individual will be staying in a therapeutic and nurturing environment. The effect of such an environment is that it greatly increases the person’s own motivation.

Ready to Quit Addiction Now in Edinburgh

The best time for you to escape your addiction problems is right now. There are plenty of good resources available to help you do this in the Edinburgh area. By combining your motivation with the right type of treatment plan, you will be well on your way to success. We are ready to work with you in order to find the best way forward.

If you are considering checking into one of our drug rehab centres, then call us now on 0800 140 4824 to find out more about your options. A new life really does await you, but it is up to you to take the first step. You will not be obligated to do anything, but it will help you to at least know about your options.

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