Grief is a powerful and complex emotion accompanied by deep, lasting pain. Going through a natural grieving process that eventually provides acceptance and closure is critical. Using alcohol or drugs to numb the pain may prevent the healing process.
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.
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Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | October 12, 2021