Drug and Alcohol Rehab Galway | Step 1 Recovery Centre

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Galway

We all know that Irish culture is associated with heavy drinking, and while many people can enjoy the occasional drink after work or a great night out, it’s easy for drinking to spiral out of control. There’s a huge number of persons suffering from alcohol addiction around Galway, with around a fifth of drinkers showing signs of alcohol abuse and just over 10% physically dependent on alcohol. The city has also seen an increase in people abusing opiates, cannabis and a number of illegal drugs, meaning there have been many people searching for drug and alcohol rehab in Galway to try and overcome their addictions.


Residential rehab

One option if you’re looking at addiction treatment, and something that’s becoming increasingly popular is going for residential rehab. This is because it’s a chance to get away from your everyday life and undergo very intensive, effective therapy. At Step 1 Recovery, we offer alcohol, drug and other addiction treatments in a luxurious Spanish villa, away from the stress and temptations of life, giving you the best possible chance of success. While you may be specifically looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Galway, it’s worth considering going further afield for treatment, as it makes for an excellent break and even feels like a treat.


Going private

Many people who come to us may have already sought help from their doctor, as well as organisations such as Cuan Mhuire or Alcoholics Anonymous, but may be struggling to get treatment that’s suitable for their individual needs. Choosing private treatment means you can get onto a treatment programme that’s tailored to you, and some of the advantages of choosing Step 1 Recovery include:

  • Fast admission process – get into rehab in a matter of hours
  • A thorough assessment of your specific needs with trained addiction counsellors on hand who have lots of experience in this area
  • A medically managed detox from drugs or alcohol, with prescription medication available to ease withdrawal side effects
  • A programme of intensive individual and group therapy, with both scientific methods such as CBT as well as holistic therapy
  • Help if you have a dual diagnosis – for example, eating disorders and mental health issues
  • Continuing care – if you complete a 28-day programme with us, you’ll get access to 12 months of free aftercare

While the HSE do offer treatment for those who have an alcohol or drug addiction, there are often waiting lists, which can make life very difficult for the person with the addiction and their loved one. Step 1 Recovery offer drug and alcohol rehab in Galway that is world-class and available at short notice, so you don’t need to wait another day to heal.


Easy admission

If you are seeking help for an addiction and want Step 1 Recovery to help, then the first step is very simple, all you need to do is pick up the phone. We don’t require a referral and there’s no specific criteria for those who come to us, just that they have a drug or alcohol addiction or similar condition, and that they’re willing to follow our programme and try their best.

We understand that private rehab can be a considerable expense to many families, so we ensure our packages offer excellent value for money, including all treatments and extras such as meals, so there are no hidden expenses.


Travelling to Spain for rehab

While you may be searching for drug and alcohol rehab in Galway, it makes sense to consider rehab in Spain. Many people with addictions have negative behavioural patterns and toxic relationships, and simply taking some time away and creating physical space between them and home can be hugely beneficial.

Our centre is set in the Villa Camino de la Paz centre in Moraira, Spain, about an hour from Alicante airport. With so many budget airlines flying from Ireland to Spain, it’s easy to get here, and often works out cheaper than a long train journey. Staying at Step 1 Recovery isn’t just about overcoming your addiction. When you spend time in our villa soaking up the sunshine, your body begins to recover from drug or alcohol abuse, and you can relax and unwind. During your stay we offer nourishing meals and sessions of yoga, meditation and other spiritual activities, which heal your soul.

We believe in the healing powers of the Mediterranean, and if you’re looking for treatment centres then the location is surprisingly important. Going through detox and therapy can be tough, both emotionally and physically, so why not do it in beautiful surroundings? You’ll even have time for a little sunbathing or a swim in the pool in-between sessions.


After rehab

If you are dependent on alcohol or drugs, then going through rehab is just the first step in rebuilding your life. Once you leave the supportive atmosphere of rehab, the first year can be tough, which is why it’s when you’re most at risk for a relapse. If you complete a 28-day programme with Step 1 Recovery, then we offer a year of free aftercare, which can help you through the toughest times. We will put together an aftercare programme that’s suited to your specific needs, so it may involve local organisations or even further therapy if there are things you still need to work on. Complete our programme and aftercare and you have an excellent chance of staying away from drugs or alcohol in the long term.

If you are considering rehab and want to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, your first step should be speaking to Step 1 Recovery today. Simply pick up the phone and call us on +44 (0) 7914 760631 and we’ll ensure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible, so you can get into treatment in a matter of hours.

Meet The Team

Our multi-disciplined team are all industry-leading experts in their individual fields. They are dedicated to providing you with treatment, support, and care around the clock, for as long as you need it.

Graham Peasey


"If you had told me 15 years ago that I would one day get sober and become the founder of one of the...

Dr Ignacio Poole

Medical Practitioner

Dr Poole has been a European qualified specialist in family and community medicine since 1984. Estab...

Laura Smart

Certified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist

Laura is an experienced Integrative counsellor and group facilitator whose professional and therapeu...

Seth Bolton

Counsellor & Group Facilitator

Seth is a passionate and dedicated counsellor and group facilitator. He specialises in helping peop...

Ronald Clark

Financial Director

Ron brings to Step One Recovery extensive management experience with major multi-national companies ...

Amanda O’Shea

Admissions Manager & Life Coach

As Head of Clinic, Amanda is the lead on the Admission process, coordinates the running of all bespo...

Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter



Matthew Armstrong

Transformation Expert

Matthew has dedicated his life to personal transformation. This lead him to read hundreds of books o...

Simone Beck

Yoga Instructor

Simone is a Yoga teacher trained in the prestigious tradition of Viniyoga. Viniyoga is the art of ad...

Mark Harris


Mark has spent 20 years within the 5* restaurant market gaining experience that includes The Savoy, ...

Suzanne Stevens


Working within the food industry and as a Chef for over 25 years’ Suzanne adds a wealth of experie...

Cynthia Souiljaert

Head Housekeeper

Cynthia is very experienced in office management and customer service. She is fluent in six language...

Dominik Sauter

Business Manager

Dominik brings to Step 1 extensive business management expertise with a Bachelors and a Masters degr...

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