Addiction Treatment

At Paracelsus Recovery, our world leading and exclusive alcohol addiction treatment programme is grounded in empathy, care and pragmatism. We adopt a harm-reduction framework which means whether your alcohol abuse problem requires drinking less than before or giving up alcohol entirely is a decision that remains with you. We will provide the tools needed to regain control over the alcohol use on a physical, psychological, social and spiritual level.

One Client at a Time

Unparalleled staff to patient ratio of 15:1

How we treat alcohol addiction

A day at Paracelsus Recovery


Alcohol addiction treatment

A medically safe withdrawal from alcohol is the first step in your recovery. The withdrawal protocol is carefully planned and supervised by our psychiatrist and medical doctor and closely monitored by our clinical nursing team who is available 24 hours a day. This ensures a safe and comfortable detoxification process.

Our priority is to understand your relationship with alcohol. During the treatment process, which takes place in the comfort and privacy of a luxury clinical residence, we identify the underlying causes and effects of the addiction in a thorough 360° assessment. This includes an extensive medical check-up, psychiatric evaluation, comprehensive laboratory tests, a functional health assessment, nutrition and lifestyle assessment. With this information, we can design and implement a comprehensive and individually tailored care plan that treats your mind, body and soul.

There is a great misconception that people who struggle with alcohol abuse are weak-willed. In reality, the majority of people who have an alcohol addiction problem are highly motivated and determined. However, these characteristics often increase a person’s chances of suffering from perfectionism and a harsh inner critic, which can sometimes lead to the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism. These traits can push people to work above and beyond and to isolate themselves in the process. At Paracelsus Recovery, we believe alcohol dependency comes from patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviours. These patterns are often a coping strategy in response to trauma, unhappy childhoods, stress in current real-life circumstances, relational challenges in marriages, families, business and dissociation from self and others.

360° Treatment Approach — The most extensive and comprehensive treatment worldwide.

Medical Check-ups
& Treatments
Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing
Interval Hypoxic
Hyperoxic Treatment
Probiotic Therapies
& Psychonutrition
Lifestyle &
Nutritional Counseling
Bio Feedback
& Bio Resonance 
& Accupuncture
Personal training 

Are you an alcoholic? 

Numerous studies show that our environment and relationships impact our propensity for substance abuse. A downward spiral can occur whereby our reliance on alcohol begins to negatively affect our lives more and more, impacting our relationships and wellbeing.

For example, if we are going through a difficult period and rely more heavily on alcohol than usual, it can lead to secrecy or shame surrounding our drinking habits. Shame can create walls between our loved ones and us, therefore isolating us further. We can begin to feel misunderstood, afraid or out of control, all of which affects how we perceive ourselves, how we interact with others and how we engage with our environment.

If you think you have an alcohol dependency, consider the following:

  • In the last few months, have you failed to meet deadlines or expectations because of your drinking?
  • Do you ever need alcohol to function after a night of heavy drinking?
  • Do you often find it hard to identify what you are feeling when or after drinking?
  • Have you ever had a blackout while drinking?
  • Do you think, or know, your relatives and friends are concerned about your drinking?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might have an alcohol abuse problem.


Paracelsus Recovery has services available in Switzerland and London. In Zurich, our alcohol rehabilitation programmes take place in our treatment centre. In London, we provide alcohol rehabilitation within your home, hotel or an apartment. 

Following treatment, we recommend a carefully planned relapse prevention and aftercare programme. If recommended, family or couple therapy sessions can be organised to facilitate negative family dynamics. 

Alcohol abuse can lead to lasting changes in our brain’s biochemistry. Biochemical deficits and imbalances caused by stress, substance abuse or unhealthy eating habits can lead to cravings, anxiety, depression and sleep problems. All of these will weaken our ability to fight off both physical and psychological ill-health. At Paracelsus Recovery, restoring the brain’s biochemistry is one of our top priorities when it comes to alcohol addiction treatment. 

Harm reduction is a pragmatic approach to addiction that has gained widespread scientific support in recent years. It recognises that some people may not, or are not ready to, practice abstinence in their lives. Harm-reduction aims to minimise damage and to improve emotional wellbeing. If you would like to learn more about harm reduction, you can read about it on our blog.

Paracelsus Recovery provides the highest level of confidentiality. We treat one client at a time to ensure both privacy and maximum care. Amongst other measures, we will never use your real name or date of birth in company communications and employees have to sign a strict confidentiality agreement.

The treatment programmes for alcohol addiction at Paracelsus Recovery start at CHF 80’000 per week, all inclusive. Further information on our fees can be found here.