See our short videos on addiction treatment.
Glynis Read, Head of Training at Castle Craig, talks about emotional development and the “deep sense of peace” that people in recovery experience.
Addiction is a Treatable Illness (Transcription)
Glynis Read, Head of Training:
If somebody becomes addicted, their emotional development is arrested by the chemicals that they’re using and may even suffer some deterioration. So the recovery process is about developing emotionally and maturity level. Because people regress when they’re drinking and using and they start to mature once they get into recovery. The maturing process, as you might remember from your adolescence, can be quite painful. It’s quite challenging, it’s very exciting. It’s very easy to lose the boundaries and get sucked into other people’s emotional distress. Obviously to be effective we have to have the empathy but we also have to be able to stand back and let the person have their own treatment process, with the help of the team.
Alcohol and drug addiction is a very treatable illness. If a person is motivated and keen to make the huge changes necessary to do that, it’s more than possible to get well and I’ve seen hundreds of people go through the treatment process and get well, and have really fruitful lives that have meaning and value, and have that deep sense of peace that was missing initially.
Tom Bruce, senior therapist at Castle Craig Hospital, says the disease of adddiction “is more powerful than the individual”.
Audrey Grant, a former therapist at Castle Craig describes the clinic’s therapeutic work with women.
Gordon Hogg, former Head Therapist at Castle Craig, describes how addiction can “destroy families.”
Alcohol Destroys Families (Transcription)
Gordon Hogg, former Head Therapist:
Well, alcohol destroys families. It’s very destructive. They put their whole life in harm in trying to help. But in the same way as the alcoholic can’t stop drinking, the family can’t stop them. The family can’t stop the alcohol or addict from using or drinking. So they have the same dilemma.
The alcoholic’s dilemma is, “Here I am, putting all this effort into feeling okay with this alcohol stuff and nothing changes.” And the family are putting in all this effort into trying to stop or help the alcoholic or addict stop and nothing changes. So the dynamics are very similar for both. Illness… it’s a family illness, complicated by the fact that they love them. So the family really need help and that’s what we provide.
The family need help in understanding the problem, understanding the illness, and the family also need help in being allowed to… or get help to process how they have been affected by this. So this healing has got to go on in the family as well as the addict and the alcoholic. And again, there is a way when the family can be help. And the relief the family starts to see is powerful for them, quite quickly. They see there’s a direction they’ve been taken in that seems to have a road to it rather than going around in circles. And also I think the families instinctively recognise that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.
Phil Grant, an addiction therapist at Castle Craig, describes some of the reasons why people come into residential addiction treatment.
Maryam Ghaffari, a former therapist at Castle Craig, describes the transformation that can follow successful addiction treatment.
Linda Hill, trauma consultant, gives a compelling overview of brain trauma and how it can be treated.
Welcome to Castle Craig’s Drum Circle! We have pioneered drumming therapy for addictions since 2003.
Castle Craig is Britain’s first addiction treatment clinic to offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to all patients. This video gives a short introduction.