Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Rehab

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves breathing pure oxygen at increased pressure in an enclosed chamber. 
  • It increases oxygen levels in the bloodstream, stimulating the repair of damaged organs and tissues, including the liver and the brain.  

Can HBOT Help People with Alcohol and Drug Addiction?

Years of alcohol and drug abuse can result in brain damage and cognitive impairment. Research points to the renewal of brain tissue under HBOT, otherwise known as neurogenesis.

"The tenfold increase in oxygen levels during HBOT treatment supplies the necessary energy for rebuilding neuronal connections and stimulating inactive neurons to facilitate the healing process." - Dr. Shai Efrati of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine.

HBOT Can Aid Detox

Alcohol and drug addiction can result in the build-up of aldehydes and acids in the brain. An increased absorption rate of oxygen can reduce the time these toxic substances remain in the brain, thus speeding up detoxification.

Other Ways HBOT Aids Rehab

  • Increases serotonin, the feel-good hormone, in the brain;

  • Sleep improves, leading to superior decision-making and emotional control;

  • Appetite increases; improved eating is an important part of addiction treatment;
  • Regeneration of damaged tissue in the pancreas, liver and brain and other areas affected by alcohol and drug abuse.

HBOT in Residential Rehab

Castle Craig is the first alcohol and drug addiction clinic in the UK to include HBOT as a complementary treatment for patients; with 18 seats our chamber is also one of the biggest. 

Inside, patients can relax, read, write or watch films on one of the two flat panel screens that are placed at either end of the chamber. Patients breathe oxygen through a face mask for a period of one hour. A typical number of sessions may be 20, one a day, for a period of four weeks, but some ailments may require more – or less – sessions as each individual requires different levels of treatment.  

HBOT is also safe. Trained staff members supervise conditions during HBOT sessions and the type of chamber we use is so safe that it was deregulated by an Act of Parliament in 2008. Indeed Professor James stated that – “To be in a hyperbaric chamber is to be in the safest place in a hospital”.