Castle Health uses the Minnesota model approach to treat addiction. This is a science-based, abstinence-based addiction treatment guide designed on the 12-step programme. In addition, Castle Health’s therapeutic treatments utilises CBT and DBT for patients where appropriate for their treatment.
Castle Health tailors every patients’ treatment plan to suit their individual circumstances and we offer bespoke specialised therapy programmes for those that have secondary psychological conditions. These bespoke programmes focus on a specific topic and allowing the patient to address the secondary psychological diagnosis in conjunction with their primary addiction problem.
Dual diagnosis refers to a combination of an addiction or multiple addictions with a separate mental health issue. This can be anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorder, or personality disorder. Dual diagnosis can also be referred to as co-morbidity.
Many people who suffer from addiction may also have an accompanying psychological condition. Sometimes, that condition is the cause of the addiction. Because of this, comorbid disorders cannot be ignored during addiction treatment. If left untreated, a person will be more likely to relapse in the future.
Dual diagnosis is best treated in a more intensive setting, such as a residential rehab. Outpatient clinics may not be suitable in such cases as the treatment is more complicated. It is also recommended that patients with a dual diagnosis attend extended care to support their continued recovery.
Therapy, especially one-on-one counselling, plays a large role in dual diagnosis treatment. At Castle Health we have consultant psychiatrists and therapists who specialise in various conditions. Upon admission, patients will be evaluated and given a treatment plan that specifically addresses all their concerns. A referral to a residential rehab will be given if outpatient treatment is deemed insufficient.
All of our locations, including residential rehabs and outpatient treatment centres, have specialised therapy. It is one of the many reasons why our programmes are world-renowned.
Upon admission, we do a careful assessment of all patients to determine what course of treatment is best for them. From there, we assign an appropriate course of action including any specialised therapies, that is best suited for the person’s situation.
Specialised therapy includes one-on-one counselling in a specific area based on the patient’s needs. In addition, we offer specialised group therapy that caters to the common issues our patients face.
Trauma and PTSD are common among people with an addiction. Unresolved trauma may not only lead to addiction but cause other problems in life.
Trauma therapy at Castle Health includes regular group sessions led by a qualified trauma therapist. Patients are also treated for trauma in individual sessions where they may be referred to beneficial complementary therapies such as EMDR.
Like trauma, grief can have serious and lasting effects on one’s well-being. Patients may not be aware that they are struggling with grief, as it is not only about dealing with death. Any dramatic loss, such as divorce or disability, can lead to the same state of trauma. This, in turn, can cause an addiction to spiral out of control.
In addition to a separate grief therapy group, patients at Castle Health may be assigned to trauma therapy as part of their treatment plan. Grief is also addressed in private counselling sessions.
Women often face additional difficulties when facing addiction and are more prone to relapse. There are various issues that are unique to women who are struggling with substance abuse or addiction. Therefore, many women also find it hard to discuss their problems in settings shared with men.
For this reason, Castle Health conducts women-only group support sessions, where our female patients can feel more comfortable. By being in a safe and non-judgmental environment, women find it easier to open up and form a support network, which eases the recovery process.
Treatment for eating disorders is combined with general addiction treatment with the help of specialist therapists. Castle Health hosts eating disorder and body-image group therapy sessions that address issues such as low self-esteem and perfectionism.
At our residential locations, we also have on-site medical staff which will monitor the patients for healthy eating patterns and monitor their physical health. Throughout treatment, we work with our patients to help them get back to eating normally via providing nutritious meals and intensive specialised therapy.
Castle Health encourages family involvement in the treatment process. One of the struggles that people with an addiction face is misunderstanding or lack of support from loved ones. Family therapy can help people reconnect and rebuild relationships that have suffered from the trauma of addiction.
Family therapy is also beneficial for the family members themselves, as addiction takes a toll on everyone around the addicted individual. Hence, it is necessary for everyone to be involved. Our treatment centres regularly hold educational programmes and support meetings for loved ones. In addition, we recommend attendance to off-site peer-support groups, such as Al-Anon.
Castle Health understands the importance of continuing care for a sustained recovery so we provide all of our patients with an individualised aftercare plan.
As continued therapy is important even after leaving treatment, we will provide useful resources and referrals to local support services. This can include private counselling, local addiction clinics, or peer-support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
In addition, aftercare groups are regularly held at all of our programmes. Former patients are free to attend our meetings for one year after departure from primary care or from two years after completing extended care. Our aftercare groups are open to all of our patients regardless of where they completed their initial treatment and scheduling varies by location.
Castle Health also offers teletherapy to those interested or in need of remote support. Teletherapy is an additional package that includes 10 sessions of counselling sessions done via video conferencing with a qualified therapist. They can be purchased for a small fee as part of the continuing care plan. Although these are normally individual sessions, family teletherapy can be arranged upon request.