Alcohol & Drug Addiction Complicated by other Disorders
Castle Craig is one of a small number of rehab centres fully-equipped to treat dual diagnosis cases. Our full time consultant psychiatrist and numerous specialist practitioners, as well as 24 hour on-site doctor and nursing staff all form part of our multidisciplinary treatment team.
People with dual diagnosis suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs as well as additional, related psychological problems which aggravate the addiction and prevent recovery. Both the addiction and the co-occuring illness must be treated in order to prevent relapse after treatment.
Alongside addiction to alcohol and drugs Castle Craig treats:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder;
- Gambling addiction;
- Grief & loss issues;
- Eating disorders;
- Anxiety or panic attacks;
- Burn out / work-related stress;
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD);
- Sexual compulsivity;
- Alcohol-related brain damage;
- Other psychological disorders.
Castle Craig is unable to treat dual-diagnosis patients with serious psychiatric illnesses.
Advantages of residential rehab
Castle Craig is an inpatient addiction clinic which offers specialised, round-the-clock care, within a single organised framework. Our full-time Consultant Psychiatrist and experienced medical and therapeutic staff communicate with each other daily about each patient’s progress. We give complex cases the time and attention they require to achieve long-lasting recovery.
Treating addiction alongside a psychological problem in the community can be complex and challenging and patients are often at a high risk of relapse. Different support providers may be involved in individual cases which can lead to inconsistent care and supervision.
Treatment for alcohol & drug addiction with co-occuring illness at Castle Craig
Intensive Care and Extended Care
The initial period in Intensive Care lasts from 4-6 weeks. Patients focus on their addiction to alcohol and drugs and are treated by the Consultant Psychiatrist and focal therapist in group therapy and private psychotherapy sessions. Patients are involved in developing their personalised treatment plan and in setting goals for their recovery. Co-occuring illnesses are addressed in the first stage of care.
Our Extended Care programme places a greater emphasis on the complex needs of dual diagnosis through group therapy and private therapy sessions. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an important treatment for dual-diagnosis, especially with eating disorders. We also use a range of complementary therapies, such as equine therapy and drumming, to help. We educate patients about the physiological and psychological aspects of addiction and teach coping strategies for negative feelings and relapse triggers.