Our Rehab Programme
Anyone can fall into the toxic cycle of addiction, and it can be challenging to overcome. The first step, the one you’re making now, is to recognise the damage it’s done and look for a way out. The second, more difficult step is to take hold of the opportunity to break free of it. Here at Sanctuary Lodge, our rehab professionals stand ready to help you find sobriety and move forward into your new life.
How Does Rehab Work?
Rehabilitation begins with detoxification, which cleanses your system of the addictive substances. Once your body is free of drugs or alcohol, you are ready to begin therapy. Our therapists use a diverse number of treatments tailored to each client’s individual needs.
We offer both individual and group therapy. Individual treatments like DBT and CBT help you identify negative thinking patterns. We then teach you to regulate your emotions in one-to-one, confidential sessions. Group therapies, such as the 12-step programme, rely on interaction. As a result, they help you feel a sense of community.
We recommend inpatient programmes in one of our treatment centres. They’re staffed by our friendly counsellors, dedicated support workers and experienced health care professionals. Together, they’ll help you move through every stage of recovery.
After you’ve completed detoxification and therapy, the final phase of rehabilitation is recovery supported by aftercare. (1)
Rehab Services Offered at Sanctuary Lodge
Sanctuary Lodge offers the UK’s most thorough, leading-edge substance abuse treatment. Here, the country’s most experienced addiction counsellors and therapists provide care to you or your loved one. We offer psychological therapies as a step towards peace of mind. These include group therapy, individual sessions, CBT, motivational interviewing and the 12-step programme.
Our structured programmes are full of activity, including group outings, educational classes and both individual and group therapy. After that, time is set aside for recreation and leisure. (2)
Detoxification is the first step in recovery, supported by medication if needed to ease withdrawal symptoms (medically-assisted detox). These can include anxiety, depression, seizures, nausea and muscle aches. Some potential prescriptions to deal with those symptoms are antidepressants (Zoloft, Prozac) and clonidine, which reduces cramps and prevents seizures during alcohol and opiate withdrawals. (3, 4)
With alcohol addiction, a medical detox alone can soothe your withdrawal severity. Within 7-10 days, your body will be completely free of the substance. That said, the mental and spiritual aspects of addiction will remain untreated. For that reason, we suggest you consider complete alcohol rehab or drug rehab.
Quitting most street drugs cold turkey can be dangerous if not supervised or medically assisted. In some cases, our healthcare professionals may prescribe you substitute drugs to stabilize your condition or safely taper you off the addictive substance.
Psychotherapy and counselling
After your body is no longer substance dependent, your mind needs to heal. UKAT provides specialist programmes that shelter you from outside pressures. In this safe space, you can explore your behaviours. You may have both a substance addiction and a mental health condition, which is known as dual diagnosis. (5)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) are well-established treatments. CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps clients find the link between their perception of the world and the decisions they make. DBT can help break negative inclinations and form positive thought patterns.
Your options are not only limited to talk therapy, of course. We’re proud to offer bespoke art therapy, which includes painting, pottery, dance and writing. Art therapy allows you to visualise and express your thoughts and emotions. As a result, you may gain a better understanding of your relationship with addiction. Music therapy has similar benefits with the addition of improved cognisance.
Psychodynamic therapy, in contrast, has more to do with you and your external world. It’s particularly beneficial to those who suffer addiction and social anxiety. (6)
Part of why we encourage complete rehab is the extraordinary effects of the holistic approach to therapy. It treats the person as a whole and caters to the mental, spiritual and physical needs of the individual. (7)
Another extremely effective tool in tackling addiction is group therapy. Group therapy sessions create a sense of community and mutual support and provide a safe space to share your stories or practice new skills.
Family support programme
We believe that the involvement of friends and family is essential in the recovery of our clients. Our family support programme offers an opportunity to be a part of a loved one’s journey. Family members are free to join our weekly support groups, where they’ll receive guidance in understanding addiction and become a part of a larger support network.
We see addiction as an illness that affects both the suffering individual and their family. Our professional counsellors and therapists are there to help mend broken relationships, deal with hardship and cope with the impact of addiction within the family. (8)
We know that returning to regular life after completing a rehab programme can be challenging. We value the efforts of our clients to keep on track, so we offer a year of free aftercare. UKAT’s rehabilitation specialists make sure that you or your loved one leaves our facilities with a plan for the future in place. Working with self-help groups (AA, NA, CA and SMART) and reconnecting with the aftercare group are key factors in maintaining recovery motivation. (9)
If you are still hesitant to take on the route toward recovery, you may receive feedback from the alumni at our treatment centres. Hearing their experiences will help you prepare for your time in treatment and your life post-rehab. To improve your chances of success, we’ve setup UKAT Alumni as a life-long recovery community. You help yourself by maintaining a part in the community, and you help others taking the first step towards escaping addiction. In UKAT’s treatment centres, you’re part of something bigger.
Talk to our addiction experts today! Your road to recovery is just a text or a phone call away.