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After an initial detoxification, rehabilitation begins – in the form of primary treatment – and the causes of addictions will start to be uncovered.
Therapy sessions reveal the reasons for relevant behavior patterns and will provide patients with the tools needed to change their responses to the daily triggers that have been forming part of their addictive and dysfunctional behaviors.
Proven techniques are taught that help to prevent any relapse in the changes being made to behaviour patterns. For example, by learning to better organise time and daily activity, patients will feel more capable of maintaining balance.
Patients will generally find they are able to think differently about their addiction and their limiting habitual behaviors will be changed, enabling a new found confidence in being able to live life without relapse.
It is recommended that all patients participate in group therapy sessions during their primary treatment process as bonding with others who share some of their needs and experiences can be powerfully healing and friendships made this way can last a lifetime. It is important that patients understand that they are not alone with their challenges and our group therapy sessions help to create a communal atmosphere in which goals can be shared – helping build confidence all around.
Family therapy can be particularly helpful in finding balance at home and among those who may not understand what patients have been going through in private.
The dysfunctions caused by addictions often cause family communication to break down and family members to be disconnected from one another. A lack of understanding, honesty and overall health may all be involved in causing family members to feel lost, fearful, angry and stressed. By having family members talk freely about the situation they can open to healing injured emotions and processing the pain they have been feeling. The result can be a new found respect and the formation of a more loving bond within the family, which forms a foundation for increased wellbeing into the future. Children who have lived traumatic experiences as a result of addiction may require additional support from specialists.
The completion of our primary residential program can take between 1 and 3 months, depending on the motivation and commitment of the patient.
This process focuses on an individual’s inability to stop using or drinking, increases understanding of the cravings and addresses underlying issues that are involved in the cause of addiction. Our patients explore their relationships with others, their behaviours and any patterns of ‘negative’ thinking – all of which can be playing a role with their use of potentially addictive substances.
All therapeutic work is completed in either one-to-one sessions or in groups, along with trained counsellors, practitioners and psychotherapists. The Charterhouse Clinic team are highly qualified and experienced, having learned and used a wide selection of different approaches including forms of psychotherapy, integrative relational counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Action & Commitment Therapy), MI, 12 Step approaches and person-centred therapy.
Alongside their therapeutic work, our patients are encouraged to improve levels of of self-care and thus there overall levels of wellbeing. To this end we provide a variety of therapies, including mindfulness and meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and other complementary therapies which can prove to be powerful tools for healing all aspects of self. Our gym is also open for use to further strengthen the body and to thus also improve patient’s self image and feelings of balance.