June 27, 2008


VENUE: Peeblesshire, Scotland

DATE: Sunday 29 June 2008, during Misuse & Addictions Week 2008

Addiction specialists and former patients from the UK and rest of Europe gather at a reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of Castle Craig, which has treated over 7,000 people seeking help with their addiction since 1988.

The reunion will begin with a morning session on Addiction Treatment: How to change the brain addressed by two eminent psychiatrists: Dr Peter Geerlings, former medical director of The Jellinek in Amsterdam and Dr Geert Dom, head of addiction at the Psychiatric Centre Alexian Brothers, Belgium.

After an electrifying therapeutic drumming exercise, the afternoon session will be introduced by the international coordinator for Narcotics Anonymous who will speak together with six former patients about their experiences in recovery, after leaving Castle Craig.

“The annual reunion is always an inspirational occasion where hundreds of former patients return to Castle Craig to talk about their new alcohol and drug free lives”, said Peter McCann, Castle Craig chairman. “Over the last 20 years, attendance at the reunion has grown rapidly and this year we are anticipating about 600 attendees. Substance misuse is one of the UK's major problems and Castle Craig – as the largest addiction-treatment hospital in the UK – plays an important role in influencing public awareness that people who are addicted do recover and go on to lead abstinent and fulfilled lives.”


In the UK, the number of alcohol-related deaths more than doubled from 4,144 in 1991 to 8,758 in 20061.

The Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England estimates that up to 22,000 premature deaths per year are associated in some way with alcohol misuse2.

In 2004, the Government estimated that alcohol misuse costs the health service in England between £1.4 and £1.7 billion per year2.

Alcohol problems cost Scotland an estimated £2.25billion per year in NHS, social work, police, emergency services, and the wider economic and human costs3. 

It is estimated that in England there are up to 1.3m children affected by parental alcohol problems4 and in Scotland there are 100,000 children in Scotland are living with a problem drinking parent5.


Located in the Borders of Scotland, Castle Craig Hospital opened in 1988 and has since helped over 7,000 patients on the road to recovery from their addictions. The treatment at Castle Craig is based on the Minnesota Model and promotes The 12-Step programme as a way of recovery from alcohol and drug dependence. A skilled, multidisciplinary team provides medical and psychiatric care, detoxification and relapse prevention.

Castle Craig is a major contractor to the National Health Service and is recognised by the major medical insurers in the UK. While Castle Craig is a national resource for the people of Scotland, many insurance companies from other countries also fund the treatment.     www.castlecraig.co.uk


1 Alcohol Deaths, ONS, Sourced 26th June 2008

2 Statistics on Alcohol, England 2007, ONS, Sourced 26th June 2008

3 Alcohol Focus Scotland, Sourced 26th June 2008

4 Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, England

5 Alcohol Focus Scotland Manifesto, 2007 Sourced 26th June 2008.


Castle Craig chairman Peter McCann:

Phone: +44 (0)1721 725363 or email.      


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felix dolan

hi castlecraig, would just like to thank you for giving me the best help and support during the toughest 9 months of my life, would especially like to thank craig, eddie and kevin, for kicking me into shape when i needed it (like most days), if any of the therapists are stil here and would like to get in to0uch please do so, yours sincerley felix dolan ,

thomas whyte

good day to all my name is tommy and i am still an alcoholic i was a paitent in castlecraig back in april 1990 till feb 1991 it was the toughest time of my life but the best i am pleased to say that i never relapsed and on the 28th of march 2011 i will celebrate my 21st aa birthday i do hope to be at the reunion this year and hope to see some of my old friends if anyone old or new would like to get in touch it would be so nice all i can say is the more you put in the more you get out and you can have the best life ever it tells me that in the promices god bless and have many sober and happy days tommy whyte

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