Are you based in Dubai and worried you have an alcohol or drug problem, but you don’t know who to turn to?
Castle Craig is working with Dubai counsellor Johanna Griffin, who specialises in addiction to alcohol and drugs, family counselling, reality therapy, motivational interviewing, and grief therapy. All correspondence and therapy with Johanna is completely confidential.
Johanna trained and worked at Castle Craig Hospital, Scotland before beginning her counselling work with the NHS in London as a specialized counsellor and educator.
She went on to study for a Postgraduate degree in Drugs and Alcohol: Policy and Intervention (theories of counselling) at Imperial College London.
She has worked in the Middle East in Dubai UAE for the last five years as an addictions specialist at Lifeworks.
Help and support for …
Louise C. runs a successful family business in Scotland that employs 90 people.
But she very nearly lost all of this, and her life, due to chronic alcoholism. Louise thanks her family for getting her into treatment.
In residential rehab, she realised that the disease of alcoholism “was going to kill me”. After many weeks of therapy, she was able to face up to herself, overcome her fears and learn to be “happy in my skin and happy to be myself.”
The situation in Dubai
Dubai has strict alcohol laws, only allowing drinking in designated areas. Getting caught drunk in public can lead to a fine and even a jail term. This makes an already sensitive issue even more complicated for people seeking help with a drink problem.
And yet alcoholism is a growing problem in the United Arab Emirates with alcohol consumption heavily increasing over the past years. A report from the National Rehabilitation Centre states that 5.3% of deaths are alcohol or drug-related, with a considerable amount of hidden users.
Local Emiratis, as well as ex-pats living in Dubai, can experience alcohol problems. An ex-pat may get caught in a downward spiral of drinking and isolated from their support network back at home.
A citizen of the UAE may lack information on their drinking problem and not know where to turn for advice and help.
Addiction treatment in Dubai
The most efficient way to overcome addiction and lead a sober life is getting treatment in a residential rehabilitation clinic. Going abroad is currently the only solution for Dubai residents looking for 12 steps in residential rehab.
The United Arab Emirates seem to be putting an increasing amount of effort into tackling this problem, with the opening and expansion of the National Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi.
However, for those seeking 12-step addiction treatment (see choosing a treatment method), the only option is to attend one of AA meetings available there. If you are a concerned friend or family member, you will find support at an Al Anon meeting.
Addiction treatment abroad
Castle Craig, the publisher of the Executive Rehab Guide, is a leading private treatment clinic and admits patients from all over the world.
Located close to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, it is a beautiful retreat in the countryside, while not being too far from the main transport hubs in the UK. There are several daily flights connecting London, Paris and Amsterdam to Edinburgh.
Castle Craig has 24/7 medical care by a team of specialist psychiatrists, doctors and nurses; supervised detox; and an intense schedule of individual counselling and group therapy sessions. Private or shared accommodation is available.
Expatriates in Dubai may have their costs covered by their professional health insurance.
Most major airlines offer flights from Dubai to Edinburgh with a single stopover. You will be met at Edinburgh airport by a Castle Craig staff member and brought directly to the clinic.
Visits from family members are welcome.