We believe that addiction is an illness that affects the brain and the body in accordance with the Diagnostic Statistical Manual researched and written by the ‘American Psychiatry Medical Board’. As a private treatment clinic we aim to support and help anyone who has developed a physiological and psychological dependence on alcohol and/or legal and/or illegal contraband.
Due to the different impacts substances have on an individual, we use a holistic approach to our treatment as we believe wellness is multidimensional. We champion Dr Bill Hettler’s (1976) model of seven dimensions to wellness. These seven dimensions address wellness from various different angles, they consist of the following:
We also use different evidence-based treatment approaches that have proven to be effective in the field of substance dependency, these include the following:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - this is a form of psychotherapy that focuses
on how a person's thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviors.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) - this is a more specific form of CBT which looks at helping a person manage their emotions and how they relate to others in their relationships. It covers mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
Biopsychosocial Model - this model states that the body, mind and environment all play an equal part in determining the outcome of an individual’s wellbeing.
12 Step Programme - often referred to as the ‘ACTION programme’. The 12 Step programme is a set of guiding principles that when actioned is incredibly powerful to help those with addiction recovery.
Therapeutic Community (TC) - this is a treatment environment whereby those in the community interact together and act as both client and therapist, while receiving help they are also helping others.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapies - this is a form of psychology, it looks at tapping into what is happening on an unconscious level in an individual's mind. It’s also more focussed on a person’s thoughts and feelings as opposed to their behaviour and how the past affects an individuals present behaviour.
Our intensive alcohol and drug recovery treatment (whether that's inpatient or outpatient) is modelled off evidence based practices that have been proven to be effective in the field of substance dependency, we use modalities like CBT, DBT and reflective meditation for emotional regulation. Our eclectic treatment model focuses on the 12 Step programme for a recovery guide whilst integrating psychodynamic psychotherapies that look at past barriers versus future goals. We also take a holistic approach and structure it according to the 7 dimensions of wellness (SPECIES), this covers spiritual, physical, emotional, career, intellectual, environmental and social.
It’s important to note that as a team we really listen to what each individual’s goals are around their use. For some people they like to take a harm reduction approach and for others they want to take an abstinence approach, please see an explanation below:
Harm Reduction Approach - this means that an individual would like to see if they’re able to keep drinking or using however have set parameters and accountability in place around the level of that use with their AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) clinician.
Abstinence Approach - this means that an individual has chosen to not pick up a drink or drug and to refrain from consuming a substance for the period of their lifetime.
During your treatment takes you down the pathway of requiring our residential stay there is a requirement that you undertake an abstinence approach.
Our recovery treatment pathway comprises of the following:
1 // Complete our AOD Comprehensive Evaluation Assessment.
2 // The Clinical Team meets and discusses what would be the best approach for effective treatment.
3 // A Treatment Plan is formulated, this is presented to you and we encourage you to ask as many
questions as you would like to in regard to your treatment.
4 // A Treatment Pathway is determined, based on the treatment plan. We provide you with our recommendation based on our professional expertise whether we believe you would be best suited to our intensive inpatient or outpatient programme.
Inpatient // entering into our intensive inpatient therapeutic community (TC) involves coming and living onsite for a stay period of between approximately 3-4 weeks.
Outpatient // this means that we work with you to implement a recovery lifestyle into your current personal and work schedule (you don't live onsite).
5 // A medical detoxification is generally required if the treatment pathway is to enter into our inpatient residential recovery programme.