Dual Diagnosis & Related Mental Health Problems

Our Extended Treatment Programme is particularly valuable for patients with dual-diagnosis. These patients suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs as well as additional, related psychological problems which aggravate the addiction and prevent recovery. This could be:

Both the mental health disorder and the addiction must be treated. Although we do address this in the first stage of care, we place a greater emphasis on dual-diagnosis during extended treatment. We do not treat patients with serious psychiatric illness and we are not a secure facility.

A Blend of Private Therapy, Socialising and Coping Strategies

Patients with these complex needs are treated by the Consultant Psychiatrist and focal therapist in private psychotherapy sessions. Patients are involved in developing their personalised treatment plan and in setting goals for their recovery.

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 their problems, teach assertiveness skills, coping strategies and ways to enhance self-esteem and cope with negative feelings and relapse triggers.

Dual-Diagnosis is Best Treated in Residential Rehab

Diagnosing and treating dual-diagnosis patients in their home community can be complex and difficult. Patients are often at a high risk of relapse. Different support providers may be involved in individual cases which can lead to fragmented care and insufficient supervision.  This approach also puts demands on inter-agency communication and collaboration which can make consistent treatment very difficult.

Our inpatient addiction clinic offers specialised care, 24/7, in a single organised framework. Our experienced medical staff communicate with each other daily about each patient’s progress.  This means we can give complex cases the time and attention they require to achieve long-lasting recovery.

CBT and eating disorders

We challenge the vicious cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours, regarding the body and the relationship with food. We educate patients about eating disorders and show them new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving again.

The eating disorder programme is led by Glynis Read, a registered eating disorder and CBT accredited psychotherapist.