Addiction counselling and therapies for addiction

Our specialist programmes allow you to escape external pressures, giving you the time and space to examine the self-defeating behaviours that may lie behind your addiction. When attending an addiction recovery programme at an inpatient rehabilitation centre, you can expect to receive a combination of therapies that will form your overall treatment programme. At UKAT, our programmes are based on a 12-step programme to work through a series of recovery steps. Alongside this, we have a range of holistic treatments and workshops, such as individual therapy, group therapy, meditation, and drama therapy, that you attend as a group to build trust and form a support network.

Please see below to learn more about some of our most popular therapies and benefits:

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Trauma therapy

Staff are trained in the Post Induction Therapy Model from Pia Melody and the Meadows in the United States.

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12-step therapy

Promotes principles such as honesty, open-mindedness, compassion and altruism.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – A proven therapy used to treat emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.

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Holistic treatment

Holistic treatment is a type of treatment that focuses on treating addiction as a whole rather than focusing on one aspect of the individual’s issues.

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Healthy eating

All of the food at our rehab clinics is freshly prepared using local ingredients and offering high quality, nutritious and delicious home cooking.

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Dialectical behavioural therapy – A form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where clients and therapists work together to manage your thought patterns.

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A process of breaking through denial where loved ones come together to form a firm treatment plan.

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Art therapy

A creative method of expression used as a therapeutic technique to address emotional issues.

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Music therapy

A powerful sensory medium which can enable individuals to express themselves and communicate with others.

Addiction therapies and treatments

We understand that addiction causes many negative health consequences. Without rehab treatment, these consequences tend to get worse. Although people can quit addictive substances by themselves, the recovery can feel very shaky, and individuals are prone to experience a higher risk of relapse than those who quit with professional help. Therefore, addiction therapy is a medical necessity that gives you the best chance of recovery.

Our specialist programmes allow you to escape external pressures, giving you the time and space to examine the self-defeating behaviours that may reside behind your addiction. For example, when undergoing an addiction counselling programme at an inpatient rehabilitation centre, you can expect to receive a combination of therapies to form your overall treatment programme. At UKAT, our courses are based on a 12-step programme, which is designed to guide you through a series of recovery stages.


The 12-step programme

There are many misconceptions surrounding the 12-step programme. One common misunderstanding is that it is built upon a religious principle. However, the inclusion of spirituality – the concept that recovering addicts gain help from a “power greater than themselves” does not have to be associated with any existing religious doctrine. A “higher power” can be anything that resonates with you and offers infinite possibilities.

This is your journey, and therefore your source of a higher power is bespoke to you. With the notion of asking for help and exploring your spiritual side, you may find that you can harness a deep sense of personal strength and use it to motivate you further toward recovery.

Holistic treatments

Alongside the 12-step programme, we have a range of holistic treatments and workshops, such as:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Drama and group therapy
  • Yoga and mediation
  • Music therapy

Group work

Group therapy and drama therapy offer clients the chance to work collaboratively with our other clients to build confidence, identify common patterns of addictive behaviours, and bond with people going through the same rehab experience. Many people in recovery may feel intimidated by group work, but this type of addiction therapy is highly transformative; knowing you aren’t suffering alone and listening to the stories of others can help clients to feel seen and heard. Furthermore, each resident’s shared courage and strength creates a powerful and inspiring atmosphere.

One-to-one therapy


Individual therapy offers you a chance to receive addiction counselling in private to discuss the underlying issues that may have contributed to your addiction, and give you the opportunity to talk through things you may not be comfortable sharing with the group.
This may incorporate treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented treatment which aims to address the psychological triggers behind the compulsive behaviours which can lead to addiction.


Workshops are set up by our therapists, based on personal experience and the requirements of the group. These delve deeper into the inner workings of the mind and how to think from new perspectives to encourage better decision-making.


Yoga and pilates allow you to process and express your innermost thoughts and feelings in ways that may not come easy in standard communication.

The role of therapy in addiction recovery

After completing an addiction detox, your mind will be cleared and begin to focus back on reality. A strong support network and positive thought alignment are vital at this stage, or you could be at risk of becoming overwhelmed and slipping back into unhealthy habits. When these different forms of addiction therapy are combined, they help with two main areas of recovery: addressing the cause of addiction and learning healthy coping mechanisms.


Address the cause of addiction

Addiction is an illness that can affect anyone at any time. It is not a lifestyle choice, and it is certainly not something anyone should feel ashamed of. Like with any other illness, there is treatment, and one of the therapies for addiction is to look at the root cause of addiction behaviour. As mentioned previously, you will have the opportunity to participate in individual therapy. During one-on-one private conversations with a professionally trained therapist, you will have a safe space to talk about any difficulties you may have experienced in life that led you to addiction. This can play a vital role in your addiction recovery, as our therapists are non-judgemental, often having their own first-hand experience of addiction.

Learn healthy coping mechanisms

Whilst rehab can help transform your attitude towards addiction and encourage positive changes, rebab cannot change the outside world or any challenges it may present. However, inpatient recovery can teach you how to cope with life’s challenges once you leave the centre. Your inpatient programme offers specific addiction therapy that will teach you the proper techniques to build your resilience to cravings and temptations post-rehabilitation. Through the various treatments, you will learn crucial coping mechanisms, and our quality aftercare services will help you to apply these mechanisms when you return home.
At UKAT, we understand that accepting change is the most challenging part of addiction recovery. Therefore, working through your newfound sobriety in a safe space and receiving addiction therapy guidance from our professional therapists will provide you with the motivation and support to achieve successful addiction recovery.

Please note that while UKAT offers a wide range of therapeutic options, the availability of specific therapies may vary across our clinics due to a customised treatment approach. Our dedicated admissions & clinic teams will gather the necessary information to assess your needs and recommend the most suitable therapy approach for your unique circumstances.

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