Drug and alcohol rehab in St Albans
Do you require local drug or alcohol rehabilitation services in St Albans? If so what follows could be the most exciting message you will ever read! At Cassiobury Court, we offer local rehabilitation and detox services that will have you drug or alcohol-free in less than a week.
At Cassiobury Court, we believe addiction is a neurological or 'brain' disease that's fully curable. To cure the disease of addiction, we utilise modern therapy, education and an extended outpatient/aftercare plan. This ensures old 'reward pathways' relating to your addiction are removed, and also ensures new healthier pathways are established.
What is an addiction?
Addiction can be described as a disease of the brain. When you expose yourself to drugs and alcohol, your brain reacts by releasing dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that allows messages to trigger a pleasurable response via opioid chemicals located towards the centre of the brain.
When you become addicted, a neural pathway is established so you unconsciously remember certain activities that will lead to you experiencing pleasure. Cues existing in your environment or internal cues which cause dopamine to be released. This dopamine encourages your addiction via urges to engage in the addictive behaviour.
Dopamine is known as a 'goal directing' chemical that causes you to engage in activities that secure your survival or your genetic survival. These activities include eating food, drinking water and having sex. However, drugs and alcohol hijack this evolved process so you seek out these chemicals on a habitual basis. Urges for drugs and alcohol are akin but more powerful than urges for natural pleasures such as eating food or drinking water.
How Cassiobury Court can help you in St Albans
When you attend Cassiobury Court, we employ World-class therapists and neuroscientists who allow you to break free from the chains of addiction. You identify your triggers of addiction that encourage dopamine release and hence unstoppable drug and alcohol cravings. You are taught a number of strategies that allow you to cope or avoid these triggers so you do not resort to drug or alcohol use. We achieve this by applying cognitive behaviour therapy techniques.
Challenging unhealthy beliefs
We also help you challenge your negative core beliefs that encourage your drug and alcohol use. These beliefs typically encourage you to believe you are hopeless and that you will never break away from your addiction.
We assist you in becoming consciously aware of these beliefs and then we provide you with the tools to form new healthier and more representative beliefs that reflect your true inner power to overcome your addiction.
Below we list some of the negative core beliefs that may be holding you back in your fight against addiction:
- Your belief in your ability to deal with anger
- Your insistence in viewing life with negativity
- Your belief that you are 'hopeless' and 'beyond repair'
- Your inability to accept that things can change
- Your beliefs that you are a bad person
Judgment impairment caused by addiction
When you abuse drugs and alcohol, your brain's 'frontal lobe' experiences a condition known as 'hypofrontality'. This means your frontal lobes shrink.
Because your frontal lobes direct your decision-making abilities, your willpower to manage 'cravings' caused by your addiction is weakened. However, the good news is that your frontal lobes will restore with abstinence.
Furthermore, the speed in which your frontal lobes will restore to normal function is increased when you engage in activities such as meditation, socialising and deep relaxation.
When you attend Cassiobury Court, you engage in all of these activities that are proven to restore your frontal lobes to their normal pre-addiction abilities. When your frontal lobes are fully restored, managing your addiction triggers and cravings becomes much easier to achieve without falling foul of relapse.
The importance of detoxification in St Albans
When you attend our rehabilitation programme, you must begin a detoxification programme. This programme ensures all toxins are removed from your body. During this time, you may experience 'withdrawal symptoms.' Thankfully, we employ a team of dedicated psychiatrists who prescribe you with medication designed to fight off these withdrawal symptoms.
During your detoxification programme, you also engage with therapy sessions. This includes group and one-to-one therapy sessions conducted by a trained counsellor or therapist. You also engage with your peers who are also attending our rehabilitation centre for treatment for addiction.
Since all of our treatment is conducted on an inpatient basis, you have no reason to leave whilst you attend. We provide all of your food and we take care of all of your laundry and day-to-day cleaning. We also employ cleaners to ensure your sleeping quarters are kept clean each day. This means your energy is solely focused on your recovery.
Find out more in St Albans
To discover how we are able to assist you with your drug or alcohol addiction, contact our admissions team today on 01923 804 139 for a confidential and no pressure consultation. Alternatively, you may contact us via this website by Clicking here.
We appreciate the fact it may be difficult to seek out professional help for your addiction, but please know we understand exactly what you are going through. Many of our admissions team have themselves battled and conquered their own addiction in the past. This ensures you call for help is met with utter sympathy, understanding and compassion.