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Drug Rehab

The facts about drug addiction

Drug addiction can steal a lot from an individual and their family – including their personality, job and finance. Drugs can have dangerous physical and psychological effects on a user, resulting in behavioural changes such as paranoia, secrecy, over-confidence, irritability, mood swings and depression. Addictive substances can also have long-lasting physical effects on the body depending on the substance being taken and the length of time it is used for.

How do I know if I need drug rehab?

Signs that you or a loved one may require help or rehabilitation for drug use include:

  • Attending work, college, university etc. under the influence of drugs
  • Behavioural changes such as secrecy, aggression, paranoia, wearing long sleeved clothing to cover the body, lack of motivation, change in eating patterns or no appetite, loss of libido, lying about drug use, weight loss and depression
  • Attempting to carry on with normal family life under the influence of drugs
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not taking drugs
  • Extreme depression and/or suicidal thoughts

These are just a few of the potential physical and psychological symptoms of drug use. If you or someone you love might have a drug addiction, we can help at our rehab centre at Step 1 Recovery, and encourage you to give us a call. We have a compassionate approach to every kind of drug addiction and offer treatment that involves mindfulness and holistic therapies. Working together, we can help you or a family member to recover and live a life that no longer involves drugs.

Your guide to drug rehab with us

When we first begin to work with you we will discuss your drug addiction in detail to determine its severity. If you have had previous drug addiction treatment, we will discuss this and how you found the process, and also talk about any occasions when you have previously visited a doctor and tried to get help through a NHS route. You will be assigned a therapist who can give you 24/7 support and talk you through your bespoke treatment plan, which will cover the detoxification process and how it will affect you, as well as any anxiety or other mental health symptoms you may be experiencing.

We offer our clients in-client treatment at our centre, so we can focus on your drug rehab programme properly by having you stay with us in luxurious and comfortable accommodation. How long you stay is up to you, but we will happily advise how long we think you need based on your initial consultation with us. Every person is different, but we always advise that you stay for long enough for us to focus on the mental side of your drug addiction to prevent relapse and to give you a different way of thinking about drug use. When it comes to treating the physical effects on your body, your symptoms should generally improve within two weeks, although this again will vary depending on the degree of psychological addiction to drugs and the severity of your withdrawal symptoms.

You will receive complete care and compassion from our outstanding staff, who have been chosen for their professionalism and knowledge of drug addiction and rehabilitation. You may find that treatment is intense, as you will be required to undertake long sessions of therapy every day during your stay, but we feel this is essential to guarantee success in your journey. You will also attend group therapy sessions, sessions with your family (should you wish), and undergo cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand your addiction to drugs and the choices you have made to date.

When you stay with us at our retreat in Alicante, we will be understanding and sympathetic and will ensure that you receive the best treatment, whether you are staying for a short time or a good few weeks. Our staff will make sure that you always feel safe, secure and healthy. We will discuss detox therapies and psychotherapy so that you can change your attitude towards drugs and kick the habit for good. We want your drug rehabilitation to be as comfortable and enriching as possible. Our professional team are very experienced in planning detoxes that help and support those that want to emancipate themselves from any kind of drug addiction. We can give you effective guidance through a bespoke programme that focuses on healing your body, mind and soul with holistic practices, helping you to walk away from drug abuse for good and live a healthy life.

We are based in the sunny Costa Brava – a relaxing haven in Alicante where spending time in a warm and nourishing climate can work wonders on both mind and spirit. Our stunning retreat at the La Paz centre has been designed to give you the very best in luxurious comfort while you recover in the Spanish sunshine. We encourage mindfulness activities such as meditation, counselling and yoga to re-adjust your mindset and help you focus on relaxation and recuperation. Our retreat has a gym, health and beauty services and a pool, so you will have lots of calming activities to keep your mind occupied.

Our staff

Our well-qualified, helpful and supportive staff are why we have been able to successfully cure so many people of their drug addictions. All of our staff members are deeply passionate and committed in supporting their clients at all times. We select our team for their experience and dedication to addiction therapy, as well as their sympathetic and positive approach to getting you back to being yourself. All of our staff exercise the utmost discretion at all times, as well as understanding. Reach out to us today to find out how we can help you or someone you love with a determined or suspected drug addiction so that we can help you begin the process of positive rehabilitation.

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


Dr Ignacio Poole

Medical Practitioner

Dr Alexander Lapa


Fabiana Mourelle

Pharmacist, Head nurse

Laura Smart

Certified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist

Seth Bolton

Certified Counsellor

Ronald Clark

Financial Director

Amanda O’Shea

Admissions Manager & Life Coach

Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter


Laura Camacho

MSc Clinical Psychology

Matthew Armstrong

Transformation Expert

Simone Beck

Yoga Instructor

Mark Harris


Suzanne Stevens


Jasmin Stickel

Personal Assistant to General Manager

Cynthia Souiljaert

Head Housekeeper

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