Group sessions with 8-10 patients are led by a therapist twice a day. Patients work together, empathise, support and see positive changes in each other. Group therapy enhances self-awareness and insight through the shared experiences and openness of other group members.
How Group Therapy Improves Rehab
Group therapy is an integral part of our treatment programme as it:
- Helps patients to discuss their self defeating behaviours and negative attitudes;
- Encourages the process of change through support and challenge;
- Identifies problems and situations which could lead to relapse;
- Educates on drinking and drug using behaviour and its consequences;
- Assists patients in making decisions that are crucial to their recovery;
- Prepares patients for long-term abstinence and involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA);
- Encourages patients to learn from the experience and example of others.
How Group Therapy Works
One of our trained and experienced therapists listens, gently identifies and points out issues and problems, reflecting these back to the patient. Group therapy does not try to find causes for dependency but rather takes a practical “here and now” look at each patient’s addictions.
During group therapy patients present their life stories, complete small tasks and present homework e.g. examining some of the most serious consequences of their addiction and sharing this with the group, or identifying how fear/shame blocks their recovery. This begins a journey for patients which, with the additional insights from the group, enables them to deepen the understanding of their addiction.
Specialised Group Therapy
Some groups are directed towards a particular goal:
- Trauma therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Relaxation therapy
- Gambling addiction
- Eating disorders group therapy
- Relapse prevention group
- Women’s group therapy
- Young adult’s group therapy
- Body image group therapy
- Relationship therapy
- Grief and loss group therapy
- Cross-addiction therapy
- Coping skills therapy
- Equine assisted therapy
- Drumming therapy
- Art work therapy
Involvement of family members in alcohol, drug & gambling addiction treatment and strong support networks of friends and colleagues is vital to successful recovery. The more the family know about the addiction and know how to offer the right support, the better the outcome for the patient.
Our team knows the importance of family involvement of family members in alcohol, drug and behavioural addiction treatment. The strength of friends, family and colleagues’ is vital to successful recovery, but the same network can simultaneously feel traumatized by the addiction and need support themselves. The more the family knows about the addiction and know how to offer the right support, the better the outcome for the patient.
Our family therapy programme helps patients and families to connect and share their feelings of shame, hurt and anger. The goals of family therapy include:
- It helps them to communicate again
- rebuild their damaged relationships
- Educate family about the disease of addiction
- Help them to understand the behaviours of the addict
- Guide the family to cope with the problem
- Support and assist family members in rebuilding their lives
We involve the family all the way through treatment, often before admission. We provide specilised therapy for the patient and their family/spouse We invite family members to visit Castle Craig on Sundays when we hold a family program with educational lectures about alcohol & drugs, family therapy sessions and self-help meetings such as Al Anon and Families Anonymous.
Re-Building Damaged Relationships for Swifter, Stronger Recovery
Our family therapy programme helps patients and families to connect and share their feelings of shame, hurt and anger. It helps them to communicate again, and to rebuild their damaged relationships.
We aim to:
- Educate family about the disease of addiction, and help them to understand the behaviours of the addict.
- Guide the family to cope with the problem.
- Support and assist family members in rebuilding their lives.
Why & How We Involve Family & Friends
Alcoholism, drug addiction and other addictions have a damaging and traumatic effect on the family, friends and work colleagues. We involve the family all the way through treatment, often before admission. We provide therapy conducted by a specialist therapist for the patient and their family/spouse.
We invite family members to visit Castle Craig on Sundays when we hold a family program with educational lectures about alcohol & drugs, family therapy sessions and self-help meetings such as Al Anon and Families Anonymous.
Grief is a powerful and complex emotion accompanied by a deep, lasting pain. Going through a natural grieving process which eventually provides acceptance and closure is critical. Using alcohol or drugs to numb the pain may prevent ourselves the ability to grieve properly.
Grief can occur not just after the death of a loved one but also after divorce, separation, miscarriage, stroke, disability, moving home, or redundancy. All of these life events can be a trigger for alcohol or drug addiction, or exacerbate an addiction that is already formed.
Some of our patients arrive with unresolved grief (or bereavement) that contributed towards or exacerbated their addiction. . We teach patients about the five stages of grief so they can understand and manage these feelings. The 5 stages of grief are:
How Grief Therapy Works at our Rehab Clinic
Castle Craig holds a grief therapy group so that patients can share their feelings. Grief can cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and we treat this in our trauma therapy group, in individual therapy sessions and by using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR).
Grief and Addiction Relapse
Bereavement is also a trigger for relapse so we teach patients the importance of grieving without alcohol or drugs. Castle Craig’s grief counselling therapy provides comprehensive treatment for patients struggling with alcohol or drug abuse problems, complicated by grief and loss. Our expert team of Consultant Psychiatrists, doctors, nurses and therapists works closely with patients to develop a plan that supports them through every step of the recovery process. Contact us today if you or someone you care about is recently bereaved and needs alcohol and drug addiction rehab treatment.
Women-Only Therapy Group
At Castle Craig, we understand that it can sometimes be difficult for a woman to talk about the emotional pain and traumatic experiences she has gone through in a group that includes men. Women’s Group provides a safe and comfortable setting for women in recovery to open up and share stories and feelings that they may otherwise keep hidden.
There are a number of benefits to a women-only therapy group, including:
- Non-confrontational, non-judgemental and compassionate environment for women to share their struggles, fears and anxieties
- Sharing within a women’s only group creates a safe community
- Members can develop a shared sense of empathy and community, find common issues and provide mutual support that can be transferred to a safe network once people leave rehabilitation and are back to their home environment
- All-female groups provide a more supportive setting for treating co-occurring disorders that women commonly struggle with, such as trauma or eating disorders.
- Women’s group therapy helps address specific social and emotional problems that are usually associated with substance use among women, such as:
- Negative portrayal of women in society and the media
- Stereotypes about beauty and women’s sexuality
- Social and familial pressure
- Marital problems
- Intimate partner abuse or codependency
- Other interpersonal reasons that could contribute to addiction