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Conditions we treat


Recal is primarily but not exclusively concerned with recovery from substance and behaviour addictions. Substances may be consumed either singly or in combination: cannabis, alcohol, opiates, cocaine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines as well as new psychoactive substances.


Behavioural addictions may include: gambling, compulsively excessive appetites for sex, pornography, spending, debt, shopping, gaming, on-line activity.

Whatever the presenting condition, we always engage with and support the family.



Our approach: Minnesota Model

​Recal treatment centres base their approach to treatment on the principles and practices of the Minnesota Model, which has developed over many decades in the U.S. and been more or less replicated in other countries around the world.



The key components of the Minnesota Model are:



1.Integrated treatment of the whole person – addressing issues of body, mind and spirit.


2.Establishing and maintaining abstinence.


3.Facilitating engagement with the world-wide 12-Step mutual-aid programmes.


4. Other therapies are incorporated into the individual treatment plan as appropriate to strengthen the resources for recovery.


5. A community of people supporting each other in their shared purpose of recovery.


6. Patients are looked after by a multi-disciplinary team that includes medical, nursing, psychological and counselling staff.


7. Involvement of the family.



Recovery Community


One of the benefits of treating patients in a location and programme shared with other patients and a multi-disciplinary staff team is that it creates a community with a singular therapeutic purpose in which everyone has an interest: recovery. 

Creating and maintaining a community that actively fosters a recovery culture is one of the most powerful ways to introduce patients and their families to a sustainable recovery that is based on mutual care and support.

This, along with group therapy, will prepare them to take up the support offered by the anonymous mutual-aid fellowships (AA, NA, etc.) after they leave treatment


Our Culture

 We are aware at all times of two competing and conflicting cultures: that of addiction and recovery.  We work every day to increase resistance to the insidiously destructive potential of addiction by fostering a strong recovery culture in every aspect of the life and work of Recal.

 Everyone involved has to be able to understand and recognize how addiction will find a way to undermine the recovery purpose if the community becomes inattentive to this possibility.

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