Our addiction recovery approach is strongly based on the evidence that patients who benefit from a residential rehab setting that is removed from their chaotic everyday lives achieve the best recovery success rates. By joining a Castle Health inpatient programme, patients can retreat and be immersed in the recovery process away from all distractions and triggers.

Our 50 acres of private land provide patients with the perfect opportunity for outside exercise in a relaxing environment. Our patients can take part in the following activities (depending on availability):

  • Organised outside games;
  • Walking in the surrounding hills;
  • Outdoor complementary therapies (e.g. equine therapy or drumming therapy);
  • Simply sitting outside talking with peers, or taking evening walks in the fresh air.

Fitness training is an important part of the programme at our onsite gym, and dedicated fitness staff give patients every chance of building healthy bodies and minds.

Offsite Visits & Entertainment Nights

We provide patients with the opportunity to leave the grounds for accompanied trips to local AA and NA meetings in nearby locations: Edinburgh, Peebles and Biggar.

We organise Sunday visits to the local Roman Catholic and Presbyterian Church where our patients are welcomed as part of the community. For those of other faiths, transport can be arranged to other places of worship locally or in Edinburgh.

Patients go on supervised outings to cultural sights in the area – such as Edinburgh Castle and New Lanark World Heritage Site. Excursions for local activities, such as fishing, can take place depending on availability. Trips to Penicuik swimming pool combined with shopping trips are also on offer.

Patients in the Castle Health second-stage treatment programme can also take part in our Friday entertainment nights and enjoy a sober, relaxed night with fun events organised by a Patient Entertainment Committee.

We welcome patients to contribute ideas on improving entertainment nights or any other part of treatment.