Addiction treatment is what we focus on here at UKAT. We offer treatment for a long list of addictions, covering everything from alcohol and illicit drugs to certain behavioural addictions. Our treatment philosophy is based on the understanding that no two addicts are the same. People are different and, as a result, require different kinds of treatments.
The vast majority of patients who come to us are battling alcohol or well-known drugs like cocaine or heroin. Still, our treatments are much broader. In addition to alcohol and illicit drugs, we also offer treatment for the following addictions:
The common thread in all of these conditions is the presence of uncontrollable compulsions. Where the alcoholic might feel compelled to drink excessive volumes of alcohol despite knowing the damage it is causing, a gambling addict faces uncontrollable compulsions to gamble. It is compulsive behaviour despite the obvious harm that is the earmark of addiction.
The first step in any treatment programme is to evaluate the client on an individual basis. Based on what we now know about addictive behaviour, it is not enough to simply funnel every alcoholic into one rehab programme and every cocaine user into another. The old one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment does not work.
Our evaluation process is designed to accomplish several things. First, we want to know what the client is currently struggling with and how long that struggle has been ongoing. Second, we need to know if there are any other addictive behaviours or compulsions the client is experiencing. Third, learning the clients history – as related to the current addiction – is important. Lastly, we need to know what the client’s home life and living situation are. We take all of this information into account before determining how to best treat the client.
Evaluations are followed by customised treatment plans developed by trained professionals. Plans are implemented as soon as clients are ready to go.
When dealing with substance addictions such as alcoholism and crack cocaine addiction, the first step is detox. The need for detox is simple: the body has to be allowed to cleanse itself from the toxins within before normal physical and mental function can be restored.
Please know that detox in the UK is medically supervised when undertaken at a private or NHS clinic. Why is this important? Because detox creates what the healthcare community classifies as a medical emergency requiring constant monitoring to prevent accidental injuries or deaths.
The person suffering from a behavioural addiction or eating disorder does not need detox in the strictest sense. However, a similar step is required. Take the internet addict as an example. He may not need ten days in detox under the supervision of a registered nurse, but he does need to be kept away from the internet. He must be separated from that behaviour that only serves to fuel his addiction.
Following detox or behavioural separation, addicts transition into a rehabilitative therapy programme that serves two purposes: helping patients understand the deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues they suffer from and helping them develop avoidance and coping strategies to prevent future relapse. The thing to understand about rehabilitative therapy is that it can take many forms.
Trained therapists have access to more than a dozen different options for each client. Not every clinic offers every option and, in fact, some specialise in one or two therapies. This is one of the reasons we recommend clients call and speak with us before trying to arrange addiction treatment. We know what’s out there, so we can help clients figure out what is best in their circumstances.
As for the different kinds of therapies, here are just a few examples:
The therapies listed here are just a small sampling of what is available to therapists and counsellors involved in addiction treatment. Because the underlying behaviours of both substance and behavioural addictions or so similar, the full compendium of treatment options is available to therapists regardless of the specific addictions they are working with.
Most private clinics provide aftercare services following formal rehab. Aftercare is a collection of ongoing services, like counselling and support group participation, that are utilised to prevent relapse.
Here at UKAT, we take addiction seriously. We are here to assist you or a family member suffering from any kind of substance addiction, behavioural addiction, or eating disorder.