Alcohol Treatment in Glasgow
Alcohol Rehab Centres In Glasgow

We have treatment centres for Alcohol Rehab in Glasgow

The Rehab Clinics Group offers a wide range of alcohol addiction treatment options at our clinics in the UK. If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Glasgow, we can offer you a variety of places to stay and recover, all while receiving world-class treatment.

We also provide a medically assisted detoxification service for drug addictions and full rehabilitation programmes for any type of addiction.

Finding Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Glasgow

If you are looking for a drug and alcohol rehab centre in the Glasgow area of Scotland, our closest facility is based just a short 30-minute drive away in Largs on the west coast.

This is a dedicated drug and alcohol hospital, where you will typically stay for anything from 7 to 28 days. The most severe of our patients can stay for 8 weeks but most rehab programmes are completed within a month.

If you need help with an alcohol or drug addiction, undertaking a rehab treatment programme at a dedicated centre will bring the best chances of living a sober life in the future.

What are my rehab options in Glasgow?

If you are a resident of Glasgow and are suffering from alcohol addiction or drug addiction, you have two types of drug rehab centres available.

You can receive treatment through various community centres through outpatient rehab. These treatment centres are free at the point of use and you will recover at home.

Alternatively, you can visit a rehab as an inpatient, one where you live in rehab for a period of time.

Treatment as an outpatient has it’s pros and cons compared to inpatient rehab treatment but the services are free and situated within the city.

Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment

If you are seeking to get clean as an outpatient, the 1st step you should take is to contact your local GP.

Here, they can advise on what resources are available in your local neighbourhood or the wider Glasgow area. They can also give you a physical check-up and check your overall wellness.

You may not have a GP or wish to contact support services directly.

Treatment for outpatient drug and alcohol care in Glasgow is split into Three Zones and delivered through the Local Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services.

Glasgow Recovery Service Zones:
North West Glasgow
North East Glasgow
South Glasgow

You should contact the centre that is most convenient and can book an appointment to speak to an advisor. Here they will be able to speak to a councillor and discuss what services you may be eligible to receive.

Services provided by the Glasgow Local Drug and Alcohol Team include:

• Drug and Alcohol Abuse Advice
• Community Detox Programmes
• Social Issue Support
• Needle Replacements
• Opiate Replacements
• Virus Testing
• Help with Interventions
• Access to Community Groups
• Support for Parents
• Support for Children

Outpatient Service Locations

North East Alcohol Recovery Services – Westerhouse Road
Westwood House
1250 Westerhouse Road
G34 9EA
Mon-Thu 08:45-16:45; Friday 08:45-15:55
0141 276 3420


North East Alcohol Recovery Services – Springfield Road
The Newlands Centre
871 Springfield Road
G31 4HZ
Mon-Thu 08:45-16:45; Friday 08:45-15:55
0141 565 0200


North West Alcohol Recovery Services – Hecla Square
35 Hecla Avenue
G15 8NA
Mon-Thu 8.45am- 4.45pm; Friday 8.45am-3:55pm
0141 276 4330


North West Alcohol Recovery Services – Garscube Road
Woodside Health and Care Centre
891 Garscube Road
G20 7ER
Mon-Thu 08:45-16:45; Friday 08:45-15:55
0141 800 0670


South Alcohol Recovery Services – Ardlaw Street Road
Pavilion One
Rowan Business Park
5 Ardlaw Street
G51 3RX
0141 276 8740


South Alcohol Recovery Services – Sandiefield Road
Gorbals Health and Care Centre
2 Sandiefield Road
G5 9AB
Mon-Thu 08:45-16:45; Friday 08:45-15:55
0141 420 8100

Pros of Outpatient Care

As an outpatient one of the major benefits is that it is free on the point of service. This will appeal to many people who do not have access to pay for inpatient addiction treatment.

You will have access to local alcohol support groups and community support workers who you can meet on a schedule to discuss your progress and how the treatment services are working for you.

Whilst receiving treatment or attending therapy sessions you are free to come and leave as you like. You can still go to work as an outpatient and can stay at home to look after the kids without having to spend a period of time away.

Outpatient therapy can include detox treatment and group therapy sessions. These can be attended when you have the time at a Glasgow drug unit.

Pros include:
• Free Service
• Can still go to work whilst under treatment
• Will still be at home to look after children
• You will still be around family for support
• You are free to attend as you wish

Cons of Outpatient care

We do have to weigh these benefits of outpatient treatment against its disadvantages. Whilst you may be looking to make the 1st step to get clean from your drug or alcohol addiction, you will not be removed from your current environment.

When you go home after a therapy session, you will be surrounded by the same triggers and people that may have led to your addiction issue. Also when you go through detoxification at home, it is very easy to give up and visit the shop for alcohol or phone a friend for drugs.

In some cases your friends may even call around at your home whilst intoxicated, making an already challenging period even tougher for you. Strict discipline is needed to go through outpatient treatment successfully, this is often achieved with the help of family and friends. But unfortunately, it is no replacement for 24-hour professional support from addiction specialists.

Severe addictions for both alcohol use disorder and drug substance abuse be very challenging to your physical self through the withdrawal stage.

In serious cases, a person may need to be put through a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification under the supervision of a Doctor.

If you are detoxing at home in Glasgow, you will not have this close supervision guaranteed at a residential addiction treatment centre.

Con’s include:

• No 24 Hour Care
• You will be in the same environment where you developed an addiction
• Easy Access to drugs and Alcohol
• Access to Networks that may be involved in drug abuse
• No Supervised Detoxification
• Distractions in your environment and day-to-day can increase the prospect of relapse

Inpatient Treatment

Alternatively, you can look to receive treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction as an inpatient in Largs.

The most effective way to complete drug and alcohol rehabilitation is as an inpatient.

Here you will stay in a private residential rehab centre and receive full 24-hour support through your detoxification and intense therapy designed to help you quit your addiction in the long term.

You will have access to a range of holistic therapies and a tailored treatment programme designed to eliminate your alcohol or drug affliction.

Not only will you stay in a professional rehab facility with trained addiction specialists, but you also will also be put through a series of group therapy sessions and work with therapists who specialize in relapse prevention.

Inpatient Pros:
• 24 Hour Support from Addiction Specialists
• Medically Assisted Detox
• Safe Environment
• No Access to Drugs or Alcohol
• New Peaceful Surroundings
• A Tailored Programme based on your needs
• Intensive Therapy
• Private Room
• Reduced Relapse Rate

Treatment as an inpatient in a rehab clinic is the best, most effective way of completing a drug or alcohol rehab programme.

Compared with outpatient rehab, people who stay an extended time at residential rehab have a greater chance of making a full addiction recovery.

But inpatient treatment will not be for everybody. When you sign up as an inpatient you are not free to come and go and you will also undertake therapy sessions every day.

Whilst this gives you the best chance of a long-term recovery, some people may find it difficult to adapt to a new regimented structure. In addition, you will not be able to go to work during this process and will also have to leave your family for a period.

Access is available through facetime and mobile phones, but you will be restricted to family visitation and visits from friends.

Cons of inpatient treatment
• Restricted Access To Family and friends
• Can not go to work whilst an inpatient
• Costs, Private Rehabilitation is not free
• Rehabs have a structure meal times, bedtimes, therapy times
• Can not come and go

What Can I get Treatment for in Glasgow?

Our rehab centre provides support for all kinds of drug addictions. The most common addictions treated in our rehab are:

• Alcohol Addictions
• Cocaine Addictions
• Heroin Addictions
• Opioid Addiction
• Prescription Drug Addictions such as Codeine
• Crystal Meth Addictions

Drug Addictions

According to NRS, between 2017 and 2021 Glasgow had a drug death rate of 44.4 per 100’000 people. This is the second largest in Scotland as a percentage of people.

1130 people lost their lives in Scotland to drug abuse in the year 2021. Most cases of death through drug use were through the use of benzodiazepines such as heroin and methadone.

We have also seen an increasing amount of people needing drug rehab for prescription drugs. This could be a consequence of the post-pandemic backlog for operations and people’s dependence on certain prescription drugs for pain relief.

Alcohol Addiction

Glasgow as a region also has the 2nd most alcoholics to proportion of the population according to the National Records of Scotland. 1245 people lost their lives in Scotland to drink Dependency in the year 2021.

So whilst Glasgow came second in both charts as addicts per 100’000 of the population, the greater amount of people living in Glasgow make it the area with the most drug and alcohol consumption.

Drug Detox in Glasgow

When you are considering taking a detox programme in Glasgow, it is important to be aware of the prevalence of drugs in the community if you are under outpatient treatment.

We have learnt that drugs are widespread in the Glasgow region, if you have started treatment as an outpatient you need to be aware when you get home, and in daily life, temptations will occur.

You may visit the local shop with stocked up with alcohol or all your friends may be going to the local pub to watch the football and drink alcohol.

Similarly, you may be visiting or receiving visits from friends who may have drugs on them. They may turn up at your house under the influence and increase the urge for you to take the drug again.

It is important you set some boundaries with these people whilst you undertake detox to remove as many sources of temptation as possible if detoxing at home.

Detox as an Inpatient

Attending a private rehab facility will take away all of this potential access to drugs or alcohol.

Under the watchful eye of our mental health nurses and physicians, you will enjoy 24-hour care under full supervision.

Residential treatment includes full access to therapists and clinicians experienced in seeing people through the worst stages of rehab.

Straight after you have been through the admissions process and had a tour of the building, you will start your detox at our drug and alcohol rehab.

Medically Assisted Detox

When you begin your detoxification at our centre we expect to see your body react and this will show itself through withdrawal symptoms.

After years of alcohol and drug addiction, your body and brain will be wired to expect the drug. When it does not arrive, your body goes into a withdrawal shock.

Commonly referred to as cold turkey or the shakes, your body reacts to not having alcohol or a specific substance in the body and is an unpleasant process to go through.

At one of our registered rehab centres, your detox will be managed by an addiction team, carefully monitored and withdrawal managed in a controlled setting.

We are at hand to administer a range of medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and understand the timescales and stages you will go through.

Our medics have access to a range of addiction treatments and understand what drugs to administer and at what times.

As you progress through your addiction recovery you may look back at detox as the most physically challenging period and it will leave an impression on just how much substance abuse has had an effect on your body.

Withdrawal Symptoms

As you begin your drug and alcohol rehabilitation, you will need to complete detoxification. This of course can bring varying levels of discomfort.

If your substance abuse or alcohol consumption has been at a high level for many years, you may experience worse symptoms than a user who has been addicted for a short time only.

But of course, every individual reacts differently to rehab treatment and many factors contribute to how you handle this stage of the recovery journey.

During a detox you may experience:
• High Temperature
• Nausiness
• Shaking
• Loss of Appetite
• Depression
• Despair
• Pain
• Vomiting

In extreme cases, people can suffer from hallucinations and their body can also go into shock.

Depending on how long you have been addicted withdrawal symptoms may vary from mild symptoms to aggressive withdrawal onset. People who have been addicted to alcohol for many years may experience delirium tremens.

This extreme withdrawal happens due to a sudden lack of alcohol and patients suffer from visual and auditory hallucinations in addition to tremors across the whole body.

It has been reported that only 5% of people will experience these extreme withdrawal symptoms. But the difference between managing these symptoms in your own home in Glasgow compared to a medical facility is stark.

These extreme withdrawal symptoms are classed as a medical emergency, one that we are experienced with treating and managing.

Cost of Rehab in Glasgow

Community services are available in Glasgow at the point of contact and provide free treatment. Private drug rehabilitation can cost around £3000 pounds per week.

For this, you will stay in a dedicated rehab centre under 24-hour supervision and go through a complete, professional rehab process.

Private rehab is more effective than communal treatment as it is intensified and delivered in a controlled environment with 24/7 access to professional experienced addiction psychologists and mental health nurses.

A range of alternative therapies can be found at rehab and everything is covered from your food to your transport to and from rehab.

Still, some people in the community may need to borrow from family members to afford the cost if they do not have the personal funds themselves to pay for the costs of rehab or private insurance.

Will the NHS pay for Treatment?

On occasion, your local health authority can pay for you to attend a private residential rehab centre. But this is notoriously difficult as local council budgets are usually spent in community settings for the treatment of addiction.

Inpatient rehab is more costly than outpatient as the users receive full-time care and attention including holistic therapy that will also identify any further mental health conditions.

Mental Health and Addiction in Glasgow

According to Public Health Scotland, 92% of all drug-related hospital stays resulted in mental health or behavioural diagnosis.

Having a drug or alcohol addiction can really have a detrimental impact on your mental health. Not only can it induce issues such as anxiety, depression and hallucinations, it can also lead you to a full breakdown.

Drug-related stays in Glasgow are 354 per 100’000 of the population, again recording the second highest in the country.

Dual Diagnosis

In order to provide effective addiction treatment, we need to unlock all behavioural addictions and any mental conditions.

This will begin in the admissions process but will carry on through your time with us. As you open up it can often be discovered a person has a contributing issue that contributes to your drug and alcohol addiction.

This is where you may have a mental issue such as PTSD, Bereavement Trauma and it leads to addiction through a way of coping mechanism. It will not be of benefit if you are treated for drug addiction, and you have not treated the underlying reasons for your addiction.

For this reason, our holistic approach will include dual diagnosis treatment.

Depression for example can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism can make your depression worse and you are left in a spiral with each disorder making the other worse simultaneously. The end result will require you to undertake alcohol rehab, but identifying and treating the depression is also a key point.

When we assess you on your 1st day and through your stay with us we will work to uncover any further diagnoses to better treat your addiction. Whilst it is true that mental health issues can lead to drug abuse, drug abuse can also cause mental health problems.

Our leading psychiatrists are very well experienced at identifying dual diagnosis issues in patients and finding the right treatments and therapies to increase your long-term prospects.

Other Factors Relating to Addiction in Glasgow

Living in a bustling city such as Glasgow can bring its own challenges. Homelessness is a big problem in every major city in the UK, homeless people are more likely to turn to drink and drugs on the street as a way of coping.

Or you may be used to visiting the Glasgow club scene and took cocaine as a recreation use once or twice but developed an addiction outside of the nightclub scene.

These are common occurrences that happen in the city and are best tackled at an early stage. Cocaine addiction can lead to a person losing their job, then ending up homeless and then becoming addicted to other substances such as alcohol or opioids.

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So whilst it is of grave importance to cure yourself of any addiction, it is plain to see that alcohol and opioid misuse is the leading cause of death amongst substance abusers.

What is often prevalent in these deaths is the number of drugs in use, people can often be found with more than one drug in their system post-mortem so a drug addiction can really spiral out of control, compounded by accompanying mental health issues.

There’s no denying that there are many problem drinkers in Glasgow. Many surveys of drinking habits across the UK have seen Glasgow top the list for the sheer number of people with alcohol or drug addictions.

Because The Rehab Clinics Group is a private care provider, we don’t simply put you on a one-size-fits-all pathway. There are lots of kinds of addiction treatment, and unfortunately, the NHS often has very limited options.

Not only are there often long waiting lists, but you may also have to complete one type of therapy before they’ll try something else, which can mean recovery is slow. One of the advantages of residential treatment is that it’s relatively short and intensive, and combines many types of treatment options.