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In 2019, it was a very unfortunate fact that 1264 people lost their lives because of drugs – this is a 6% increase on 2018’s drug-related figures. The figures have risen six years in a row and 2019 is the deadliest year since records commenced in 1996. Scotland’s drug problem is not new news, but 2019’s figures proved that there is rising abuse of addiction in Scotland.

Drug addiction is an enormous concern and the effect of recent lockdowns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened these concerns. But there is hope for people suffering addiction in Scotland – Nova Recovery.

We provide drug rehab for those who have fallen victim to the rise of addiction, and our rehabilitation hospitals provide a safe place for individuals to recover in privacy and with dignity. Nova Recovery provides a wide range of treatments, all with a focus on promoting physical as well as mental health recovery. Our passion is your long-term recovery, and the improvement to your quality of life that this will bring. Through our rehab programmes and a commitment to recover from you, your recovery goals can be achieved.

Contact us today for all the information you need about seeking treatment at Nova Recovery.


Scotland Drug Abuse

Scotland drug deaths have risen for the last six years, and unfortunately are likely to continue into a seventh – the worst death rate in Europe. Frontline workers have been warning that the death rate has been rising, whilst government meetings have been trumpeting proposed solutions to the problem.

Scotland’s Drug Death Task Force is attempting to change the narrative. This task force has encouraged same-day prescriptions for drug addicts, and the expansion of medically assisted treatment alongside programmes that distribute Naloxone, which is a life-saving drug. However, these efforts will take years to bear any fruit.

The UK government is arguing for greater investment in rehab beds, whereas the Scottish government’s belief is that it requires greater control over the law so that it can trial initiatives, for example, safer injecting facilities. These arguments highlight just how much of a problem the rise of addiction in Scotland is.

Sadly, Scotland’s “polydrug” habit was responsible for many of the 2019 deaths. “Polydrug” is the mixing of dangerous street drugs, alcohol and prescription pills, and 94% of drug-related 2019 deaths were of people who took multiple substances. Heroin and morphine were a part of more deaths than in any other previous year on record, which was more than half of the total deaths. There was also a significant rise in cocaine-related deaths (a total of 365), as well as the nerve pain treatments, pregabalin and gabapentin.


Substance Abuse

Issues that have been identified in the way Scotland approaches drug addiction are punitive measures, that have seen users removed from methadone prescriptions as a result of missing appointments. Some methadone users were left waiting for up to five weeks for a prescription, which leaves an addict vulnerable to a host of withdrawal-related conditions.

As the death toll rose, funding for frontline services has been cut and in 2016, it’s a tragic fact that treatment only reached 40% of the vulnerable people that required it.

The trends in drug abuse have also changed. The younger generation has started to inject cocaine, which has kickstarted an HIV epidemic in Glasgow. At the same time, etizolam, or Street Valium, has become a commonly used drug. “Street” benzodiazepines like etizolam were named in two-thirds of deaths, which is an increase in previous years.


If you are suffering from drug addiction, and want to get help, then private drug and alcohol rehab from Nova Addiction is exactly what you need to move forwards with the rest of your life. We provide inpatient and outpatient recovery, allowing you to choose the best treatment option for your situation. Inpatient treatment is best for those with no stable home life and in a deep state of addiction. Outpatient treatment allows you to return home to your loved ones after a day of treatment.


Drug Detox

Nova Recovery offers individuals with a drug addiction in Scotland the chance to live the rest of their life clean. Drug addiction can lay waste to your life in a matter of weeks, destroying relationships with your family and friends and completely changing the way your mind works and the visible appearance of your body – people experiencing a drug addiction are likely to experience significant weight loss, rapidly.

drug detox with Nova Recovery gives you the opportunity to remove the influence of drugs from your body. Detoxification is difficult due to withdrawal symptoms but is a vital process for achieving addiction recovery. During this process, we will taper away from your access to addictive substances until your body is clean. You will have expert support from our medical staff, who can check your progress and keep you safe during this difficult time.

When your detox has been completed, you will undergo therapies. Your therapies will change your mindset when it comes to addictive behaviours and is vital for overcoming a dependency on drugs.

Before you leave our care, we will create an aftercare plan for you. This is an essential part of your relapse prevention and ensuring that you continue to put into practice what you learn during your time with Nova Recovery. We’ll put you in touch with local recovery groups, and you’ll have access to a 24-hour helpline. Your aftercare is free for 12 months as part of your private rehab.

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John Gillen - Author - Last updated: September 8, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.