Qatar has strict alcohol laws. Getting caught drunk in public can lead to public lashes and a fine. This makes an already sensitive issue even more complicated for people seeking help with a drink problem. Many alcoholics and their families fail to seek help in Qatar due to the stigma attached to problem drinking.
In Doha, the sale of alcohol is expensive and tightly controlled and the only bars are located in high-end hotels and private clubs.
However even with these restrictions, as in Dubai, ex-pats report another side to the story with private alcohol-fuelled parties, hotel bars promoting happy hour and champagne brunches. If someone wants to get access to alcohol, they can.
Local Qataris, as well as ex-pats living in Doha, can experience alcohol problems.
An ex-pat experiencing executive burn out and stress at work may get caught in a downward spiral of drinking and isolated from their support network back at home. A citizen of Qatar may lack information on their drinking problem and not know where to turn for rehab advice and help without getting into trouble with the law. There are few resources for families, friends and employers of someone with a drinking problem.
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Employers often ignore alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace until it is too late. Residential rehab treatment can transform an addicted employee from a liability to a productive and fulfilled worker.
Addiction treatment in Qatar
The most efficient way to overcome addiction and lead a sober life is getting treatment in a residential rehabilitation clinic. Although AA meetings are available in Qatar, going abroad is currently the only solution for Qatari residents and ex-pats looking for English speaking 12 step residential rehab. The TRC treatment centre in Qatar currently only treats male Qataris.
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 being close to 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 Qatar may have their costs covered by their professional health insurance.
Contact us for detailed information on the cost of private treatment at Castle Craig.
Most major airlines offer flights from Qatar 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.