How To Treat Addiction | Choosing The Right Treatment
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Choosing The Right Treatment

Addiction treatment is most effective when a combination of tools and treatment methods are employed rather than just one particular type. No two people are alike in their addiction, so many tools need to be available to treat a wide variety of people. We offer individually targeted drug and alcohol treatments.

The most important thing to remember if you have an addiction, is that there is hope for healing. With the right combination of treatments, you can reclaim your life.

There are several types of treatment available. We look at each individual’s life, to help them determine which type is best for them based on their work, family and other life commitments.

 

WORK / BUSINESS / FAMILY COMMITMENTS

 

This is often a reason (or excuse) not to seek help but addiction will not go away on its own. Any problems within the family will stay there, or get worse, until the addicted person gets the help they need.  Remember addiction affects the whole family not just the individual. Visit our Friends and loved ones page for more information.

 

FINANCIAL SITUATION:

 

When it comes to seeking addiction treatment many people often need to rely on family for emotional and financial support as private rehabs can be costly. We have many year’s experience with some of the best rehabs worldwide and can make various recommendations to fit financial budgets. For more information visit our recommended rehabs page.

 

 

MOTIVATION

 

“You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” or not drink in this case. Honesty, open-mindedness, motivation and commitment is required in order to recover from addiction. Part of our assessment and initial consultation will determine your or your loved one’s commitment to recovering from addiction.

If you or your loved one are non-committal and resistant to change despite problems caused by addiction, an intervention may be required. To learn more about this you can visit our addictions intervention page.

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION

 

Also sometimes referred to as primary rehab or inpatient. For most people struggling with addiction, this method of treatment is the best first step. Not only do these facilities offer resources and tools for coping in the real world without the drug of choice, but they also provide medical supervision during detox, in-house individual and group counselling, and peer support. Most residential treatment centres run programmes for 28 days, 60 days and 90 days and in our opinion are most effective when attended outside local areas and in many cases a different country. The longer a person stays in a treatment centre, the better are their chances of recovery from drugs or alcohol.

The popularity of rehabs in countries such as Thailand, Bali and South Africa are often because they are less expensive than Western countries due to overheads. These drug rehabs help get the individual out of the environment they were in, that frequently created the drug problem in the first place.

We are not directly employed by any one single rehab facility but we do have several that we currently work with, have either worked with in the past or have been highly recommended to us. This gives you more options for help to fit your needs.

 

SECONDARY TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION

 

Also sometimes referred to as secondary care, sober living, sober house or halfway house. depending on country but all share the same goal which is to provide a transition between residential rehab and Residential rehab can often be described as a bubble.(this doesn’t make sense to me).  A safe environment with no access to drugs and alcohol where a person in recovery can live.

This is also a great option for people who may not have a home to go to, or whose family may not be ready for them to come back yet.

These sober living programmes are usually affiliated with residential rehabs where you would usually complete 60 to 90 days primary treatment and anywhere between 1 and 12 months in secondary care/sober living. For many this transitional phase serves a highly valuable purpose as it allows you to engage within the outside community within a supported environment.

 

OUTPATIENT TREATMENT

 

This is as an alternative or as part of continuing care following primary/residential/ inpatient treatment and is used when a client returns to their home environment and receives local professional support. These counselling sessions often take place in the evening or outside office working hours to help with the person’s transition back to living at home and working again.

Outpatient means you live at home but attend either a day treatment program (for seven or eight hours a day) or an evening Outpatient program for a couple of hours several times a week.

If your home environment is contributing to your addiction or is not a supportive place that’s conducive to recovery, an inpatient facility might be your best bet.

 

ADDICTION COUNSELLING ONLINE

In addition to being able to access help from the privacy of your own home or office, one major advantage of online addiction counselling is the different time zones. So, say if you are in Hong Kong and a good time for you to have on-line sessions is 7pm it may be difficult to find a local therapist available at these times .However, if you were to have on-line sessions with someone in the UK for example then 7pm in Hong Kong is 12pm in United Kingdom.  For more details about the counselling services please visit our online counselling fees page.

 

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT ONLINE

WHO IS INDIVIDUAL ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMME ONLINE MOST SUITABLE FOR?

  • Those who suspect that their alcohol/drug use may be starting to become problematic and are seeking early intervention
  • Those who are waiting residential treatment and require pre-treatment support and mentoring.
  • Those who have completed residential treatment or other non-residential addiction treatment and are seeking counselling to prevent relapse and maintain gains over the long-term.
  • Those participating in group therapy or 12 Step groups elsewhere who feel that this alone is not adequately addressing their individual needs and who want a professional opinion about their substance use.
  • Those who are multiple relapsers and feel that either something was missing from previous treatment or other attempts have been unhelpful.
  • Those who have been abstinent from their drug of choice for a period of time but are still lacking purpose and fulfilment in their life
  • Those who have completed residential treatment or other non-residential addiction treatment and are seeking counselling to prevent relapse and maintain gains over the long-term
  • Those in remote areas or have travel restrictions.

ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE COUNSELLING FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT ONLINE 

  • Private, strictly confidential setting in the comfort of your own home with no risk of breach of anonymity.
  • Unrivalled support from someone with direct personal experience with addiction.
  • Flexible hours to fit around work schedules and other commitments
  • Individual sessions, delivered uniquely to suit your needs and as a stand alone service, or as part of a wider treatment plan.
  • A dedicated programme of treatment that is built around your unique needs and circumstances leading to a much higher likelihood of attaining lasting sobriety and meaningful recovery.

For more detailed understanding based on your individual/family circumstances we suggest you book an initial online consultation.

 

 

12 STEP SUPPORT GROUPS

 

12 Step meetings are non-profit recovery support groups which have been in operation since 1935, when the most well-known group Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was formed. Since then many other groups have formed which adopt the same principles but tailored for a single substance or behaviour ; such examples to name a few include Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Al anon, Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and Overeaters Anonymous (OA). Meetings can be found in most cities, some will have them daily.

More information regarding these can be found on our free resources page or by clicking here.

 

 

CBT (COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY)

 

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a form of psychotherapy deployed in in one form or another in all types of counselling/treatment for addiction that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying irrational thoughts, which are considered to be the cause of painful emotions, and dysfunctional behaviour, including addictions. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions in order to change those destructive patterns of behaviour.

 

 

HYPNOTHERAPY

 

It’s easiest to start with what hypnotherapy is not. Hypnotherapy is not a magic formula where one or two sessions you will be free from addiction.

 

Hypnosis is a relaxed and altered state of consciousness, which can help people get a different perspective on their addictive behaviours. While in a hypnotic trance, the person is often more open to suggestions than they are in their usual conscious state.

 

By introducing relaxation therapy along with imagery, hypnosis can help remove physical barriers to recovery, such as the body’s symptoms of withdrawal, anxiety, muscle tension, spasm and pain. This is a strong treatment for stress and anxiety, along with reinforcing the commitment to sobriety or abstinence.

 

Hypnosis can also help address associated problems such as slippery behaviours, triggers, toxic feelings and negative self talk (stinking thinking)

One proven benefit of hypnotherapy is to help those in recovery strengthen their willpower and allow them to use their best judgement in overcoming their addictive urges and cravings.

 

Hypnotherapy for addiction is a service offered by Brett who holds a Master Practitioner Diploma in Indirect Hypnosis, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Language with Clients from the British Hypnosis Research and Training School

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