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Ireland gets its own Priory in €8k-a-week clinic for addicts

A new addiction clinic will charge Ireland's rich and famous up to €8,000 a week to check into rehab, as it becomes Ireland's answer to the Priory in London, which has treated celebs including Kate Moss and Robbie Williams.

The plush new PROMIS centre in the Wicklow mountains is equipped with a gym, swimming pool and sauna, and will treat Ireland's high class society -- recently plagued by cocaine addiction -- of their problems.

Robin Lefever, founder of PROMIS Ireland, told the Herald: "It's €4,000 a week and €600 a night, and that's an inclusive price for medical work, therapy, and care and treatment.

"We have one suite where people can bring their family in with them, so it's a larger suite costing €8,000 a week," he added.

The luxurious rehab centre aims to provide a retreat to stressed-out professionals and celebrities and, according to managers, it will attract people from all over the world

"We can offer everything that they can find in a spa, like a fitness instructor, a wet room, hydrotherapy, as well as all the therapy for their addiction," he added.

"We'll get some of the rich and famous, we always do. It's very likely to be professionals like lawyers, accountants and their families. It's for people who can afford €4,000 a week in a sense."

Lyn Kirby, Manager of Clinical services, added that the plush addiction centre will provide a haven to those who usually can't go anywhere without being recognised.

"Because of the price, it is going to exclude some people. But the top end of society are often excluded from treatment because of anonymity, so they've been excluded from going into normal treatment."

The centre will help to tackle Ireland's big cocaine problem, as well as the addictions to heroin, alcohol, and eating disorders, according to its founder.

"There's a big heroin problem, particularly around Dublin. In London, a lot of people are using GHB, but we're not hearing as much about that in Ireland."

He added: "There's certainly a problem with cocaine even despite the economic changes. Alcohol and drugs are always the mainstays in our business, and there are a lot of problems with eating disorders."

The new centre will hold a capacity of 20 people at a time, but managers say they'll aim to have no more than a dozen patients at the exclusive facility at any one time.

"A lot of people feel they should go into a gruelling programme for therapy, but we want to build them back up, so instead of checking into a harsh routine, they'll be comfortable.

"Therapy sessions will be from 9 to 5pm, and there'll be a lot of different therapies and sessions."