Drug addiction

Drug addiction, originally starting as harmless fun, or a dependency on prescription medication for legitimate health reasons; can have life-altering physical, emotional and psychological consequences. Drug abuse is a mental health disease that can be life-threatening, and leave a trail of destruction in both the users’ life and their loved ones. Recovery from drug addiction is possible, and Nightingale Hospital can help you take that vital step to regain a life free from drug addiction.

Signs of a drug addiction

Some warning signs that you may be addicted to drugs include:

  • Feeling you have to use the drug regularly to function
  • Needing more to achieve the desired effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Failure to cut down or stop the drug
  • A great deal of time is spent obtaining the drug
  • Family, social and work responsibilities are ignored
  • Carrying on using despite negative consequences

Types of drug addictions treated at Nightingale Hospital

  • Amphetamine addiction
  • Benzodiazepine addiction
  • Cannabis addiction
  • Cocaine addiction
  • Codeine addiction
  • Ecstasy addiction
  • Heroin addiction
  • Inhalant addiction
  • Opiates addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction

Our treatment approach for drug addiction

Our approach to treating drug addiction combines individualised treatment programmes that are based on current clinical evidence. You may attend as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient.


Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), known as CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Twelve-Step Facilitation (TSF). We consider biological, psychological and social factors in our drug addiction treatment programmes.

We also treat any co-existing conditions such as depression, anxiety etc. If detoxification from a chemical or substance is required we have experts in this field to carry out specialist detoxification as the first stage of treatment. Our programmes aim to achieve abstinence from your ‘drug of choice’.

Alternative therapies

Through therapy and education on drug abuse and relapse prevention and alternative approaches such as mindfulness, sleep therapy, relaxation techniques, nutrition and physical therapies, we aim to give you the knowledge and coping skills for living without depending on drugs.

Family support groups

Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.

Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.

Addiction monthly free family day

Our addictions family day takes place once a month and is led by addictions and family specialist therapist. It consists of two groups.

One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.

The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.

Addiction weekly family free support group

Family support groups are aimed at families, partners and friends of people suffering from an addiction problem. When these problems arise, it can have a devastating effect on those who are close to the person. The family support group is there for families, so they don’t have to go through it alone.


Avoiding relapse is the greatest challenge so we offer step down programmes, individual counselling and free aftercare and family support groups to sustain motivation against drug abuse.

Free telephone consultation

We offer a free telephone consultation to determine if drug addiction treatment would be right for you or a loved one. Complete the form below and a member of our expert addictions team will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

“When you have a problem and you drink, take drugs or gamble, the problem won’t go away. Stay and tackle the problem”