Moorpark Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Scotland

How We Treat

Drug Rehab

“A compassionate approach leads to less addiction.” — Johann Hari

What is drug rehab?

The large majority of people who successfully complete a drug rehabilitation programme are still abstinent nine months later. Recovery is entirely possible, and there is a huge amount of support and structure available for you at drug rehab.

Drug rehab is a nurturing environment for recovery that is client-centred and professionally designed. There are many negative perceptions surrounding drug use, but addiction does not discriminate and can affect people of all backgrounds. We believe the rehab process should be compassionate, so that clients feel emotionally held as well as physically safe. In rehab, care is available to you at any time of day or night, and comes in many forms, including both medical supervision and psychological support via a range of therapies. The stages of drug rehab are usually drug detox, a rehabilitation programme and aftercare.

In addiction, recovery is only possible through abstinence. Detox is the process of easing your body away from physical dependence on substances, paving the way for psychological healing. This comes in the form of a treatment programme, which is designed around your specific needs and background. The most effective form of programme is residential, meaning you will be welcomed into rehab accommodation and shielded from any potential triggers at home. The length of your stay depends entirely on your individual situation, but is commonly around 28 days. Treatments are holistic, meaning they approach recovery physically, psychologically and spiritually. While addiction is a disease, it can’t be treated in the same way as other illnesses, because it often has its roots in deep-rooted emotional issues. Understanding your addiction is a critical part of overcoming it. Aftercare is a 12-month structure of support following your stay in rehab, which exists to avoid dropping clients back into the same psychological place they came from before treatment. It keeps the flame of recovery alight and continues to fulfil the rehab’s dedication to keeping the client well.

When does rehab become necessary?

It can be difficult to accept when your drug consumption has become a dysfunctional and destructive part of your life. A large part of this challenge lies in the mind finding ways to justify drug abuse, because it continues to powerfully seek the pleasure that drugs bring, and avoid the pain associated with abstinence.

. There are signals, however, that help you to identify when your drug consumption has become an addiction. These include:

  • Not being able to stop taking a drug, even if you want to
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about the drug
  • Driving a vehicle while under the influence of the drug
  • Friends or family members have expressed concerns over your consumptions and its effects on you
  • You feel physically or psychologically unwell when the drug wears off
  • Your financial wellbeing is being threatened by your consumption
  • Your consumption is having a detrimental effect on your career or education
  • You are under the influence of drugs while caring for your children

These can be very uncomfortable experiences. Negative emotions reinforce themselves. Therefore, conflicts with friends and family can contribute to feelings of shame and judgement which in turn make our addiction harder to break.

That is why drug rehab is so important in recovery – it removes clients from a dangerous physical and psychological space and invites them to move towards wellness in a new, tranquil and supervised environment. Attempting recovery alone can involve a level of risk that and a series of challenges that include:

  • Withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe and dangerous when stopping drugs suddenly. These include seizures, hallucinations, anxiety and depression.
  • Lack of support in the early stages of recovery as you begin to navigate a sober lifestyle alone without a medically-backed plan.
  • Exposure to triggers in your home environment which can include drug use by friends and family, making relapse far more likely.
  • Lack of holistic care including therapy and counselling, which can enlighten you to the unexplored issues underneath your addiction and help you to heal psychologically.
  • Fewer opportunities for drug-free connection, meaning you may struggle to create new relationships that do not involve drug consumption.

At Moorpark, our drug rehab programmes offer the very best comprehensive care designed by medical professionals and supported by research. We want to see our clients well, and we know all of the best approaches.

Drug Detox

Following a successful admissions process, the first stage of drug rehab is usually a drug detox. It’s important to begin your treatment programme with a clear body and mind. Detox gradually and safely helps the body purge all drugs from its system, under medical supervision. This can be a dangerous and even life-threatening process when done alone, due to a range of potential withdrawal symptoms.

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Long-term Recovery

Rehabilitation programme

It’s a great accomplishment to complete a successful detox programme, and we commend clients who are ready to progress with their recovery.  The natural progression from a drug detox is a carefully planned and personalised treatment programme. We anticipate clients may feel apprehensive about the challenges ahead of you, and sometimes even overwhelmed by the future. However, the very fact that you have decided to look for help in this journey means there is a part of you that is alive and well and seeking a healthier lifestyle. We recognise this part of you, and want to work deeply and effectively with you to achieve this.

Time at rehab encourages you to look inward and explore the various factors that lie underneath your addiction, with the assistance of professionals. At Moorpark, clients are surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, which we know contributes to a greater tranquillity in our clients as they stay with us. There are various effective therapies available on the programme, as well as a range of social and leisure activities which are worked into your schedule.  Ultimately, the treatment plan depends entirely on you and our team love when clients contribute to the design of their own recovery journey.

Initial assessment

Moorpark’s team of medical professionals and therapists want to know our clients. The more we can understand your situation, background and condition, the more effective the care we can provide. Before your treatment begins, it’s important that we explore your full medical history, including your mental health background and any medication you have been prescribed. This allows us to ensure any required medication is available for you during your stay.

What drugs do we treat?

Moorpark’s team has a diverse experience that can accommodate for all drug addictions. Some of the most common experienced by clients are the following:

  • Alcohol
  • ADHD medications
  • Amphetamines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Crack cocaine
  • Codeine, Dihydrocodeine, Nurofen plus, Morphine, Co-codamol, Nurofen plus
  • Crystal Meth
  • Methadone
  • Oxycontin
  • Opium
  • Over the counter medicines
  • Prescribed medication
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Valium

Group Therapy

Disconnection is one of the key reasons behind addiction. In being unable to connect with other people, it can be incredibly tempting to turn to drugs, which often simulate feelings of love and affection, until withdrawal symptoms leave the user feeling alone and in pain. Group therapy is a way to provide connection, and build empathy between people who share similar experiences with drug abuse. A peer group is available at drug rehab, and in engaging in group therapy, clients often find great opportunity to form friendships that can support them in recovery.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical behavioural therapy was developed in the 1970s, from CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). It is a talking therapy which incorporates mindfulness and takes a supportive, humanistic approach. The aim of DBT is to balance the need for change with the need to accept yourself. Recovery requires both of these things, and so DBt is particularly effective therapy for clients.

12 Step Programme

Clients may have heard of the 12 Step Programme before entering rehab. This programme was originated by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and promotes a spiritual approach that has been tried and tested for decades. Famously, the programme aims to achieve “the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The 12 steps can be incorporated into your treatment programme at Moorpark.


Addictive issues do not simply disappear, but neither do we. Reaching the end of a treatment programme, clients should feel immensely proud, as well as both physically and psychologically relieved. However, recovery is a constant journey that requires support long after clients have left rehab. In our commitment to supporting clients, we offer a 12-month aftercare programme which helps clients transition back into their lives, while maintaining the fresh and healthier perspectives gained by their stay at rehab. This programme includes weekly meetings with a counsellor or medical professional as well as telephone support.

Other treatments

At Moorpark, we combine therapies and methods to approach recovery from multiple fronts. These include:

  • Clients working with a nutritionist, in one-to-one sessions and workshops
  • Biochemical restoration, including NAD+ infusions
  • Psychoeducation
  • Massage and holistic therapies
  • Trans-cranial Electro Stimulation
  • Hydrotherapy tank
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Heart math
  • Consistent medical attention
  • Key working sessions
  • Açu-detox
  • Access to external meetings

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