Grief is a powerful and complex emotion accompanied by a deep, lasting pain. It is important to go through a natural grieving process which eventually provides acceptance and closure. If we use alcohol or drugs to numb the pain we may prevent ourselves from grieving 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.

The 5 Stages of Grief

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 (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance) so they can understand and manage these feelings.

How Grief Therapy Works at our Rehab Clinic

We hold 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 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.

Contact Us for Addiction Rehab and Bereavement Support

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.

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 27, 2020