All of our clients are assessed prior to admission for our alcohol or drug rehab programme, to ensure our service is suitable for you. On the day of arrival a full assessment is carried out in order to personalise your recovery. It is important to remember that an addiction treatment plan is not only depended on the patient, but also on the drug they have been using. Click here for more information on different types of drugs.
Soon after admission clients will have a one-to-one assessment session. An individualised recovery plan is agreed on.
Clients are required to adhere to the plan and to discuss their progress with the relevant staff.
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10 day programme for those clients who feel unable to commit to a lengthier programme of recovery. Achieving sobriety and beginning the process of education to maintain a healthier life choice.
- Rapid Recovery is a major breakthrough in treating addiction, providing tools and resources needed to achieve permanent sobriety.
- Alcohol and drugs are not the problem, they are symptoms of an underlying acquirement of a deregulated brain stress system. Rapid Recovery quickly transforms your state of disease to a state of ease.
- Stage 1 – Inspiration and Relaxation.
- Experience emotional sobriety. When you feel safe and secure your body relaxes, your mind quietens down, your emotions become calm.
- Stage 2. – Balance
- Learn how to achieve a state of harmony, balance and synchronisation between your heart, brain, emotions and autonomic nervous system. You can achieve a state of ‘coherence’.
Introduction to the 12 Step Minnesota Model
We also work with the 12 Step Model of recovery incorporating a psychological and educational approach for everyday life.
The Twelve-Step Model
The Twelve Step Model of treatment is a non-medical intervention. It is based on following spiritual principles and applying those principles to daily life.
At Cassiobury court the 12-Step model is presented in a contemporary and relevant way. We work with clients with the first part of the 12 step programme, which focuses directly on the addiction and looks at issues of denial, unmanageability in life and getting through the very early stages of living without alcohol or drugs.
Also at this stage we look at how emotions, behaviour and psychological processes have become out of control and self-destructive. We address this and, alongside the other programmes being delivered at Affinity Lodge, seek to re-balance the system.
We explore what spiritual principles mean to individuals and how they can be applied as an on-going recovery process.
The Twelve Step Model also offers on-going support beyond the treatment environment in the form of self-help meetings. These meetings are held in every area of the UK and can offer a much needed support system in early recovery. These self-help meetings are referred to as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and many more that cover other issues.
We do offer attendance at but this is not compulsory:
Alcoholics Anonymous AA
Narcotics Anonymous NA
Cocaine Anonymous CA
We offer various approaches to psychotherapy
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT)
"People are disturbed not by things, but by the view of which they take of them" Epictetus AD 55 - 135 Stoic Philosopher
Cognitive specialists believe that individuals have the capacity to distress themselves unnecessarily with the type of thinking that they adopt, here at Cassiobury court we predominately use a REBT approach that consistently scores highest within the cognitive behavioural approaches to addiction.
This approach is delivered as a series of psycho-educational workshops the aim is to assist the individual to become their own self-counsellor and therefore adopts an active, directive approach to issues that need addressing and like all cognitive approaches homework is compulsory to clarifying understanding and creating lasting change. We do not focus on past events but on how past events affect you in the here and now, we cannot change the past, but we can change how we perceive it, allowing us to move on from it.Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) operates from the leading edge of cognitive psychology, for years it posited that self-esteem is a false concept and, in fact, what is required to remove oneself from the guilt, shame and embarrassment of addiction is unconditional self-acceptance (USA) acceptance of self with all of your faults and failings, warts and all, though not resigning yourself to ‘well that’s me’ but making a conscious effort to create the change you are looking for it helps if you understand the concept of fallibility, not as an excuse, but that we are complex human beings who sometimes make mistakes.
Each client is allocated a Key Support Worker who can act as a confidant and is there to assist and clarify the programme and help were necessary in the understanding of things, as well as to ensure that the individual is cared for and all necessary needs are met to try and keep stress at a minimum during their stay here at Cassiobury Court.
Though no two people are the same and each client will have an individualised plan, most of the delivered sessions will come in the form of group presentations and discussions, dialogue and debate. Some of the sessions are listed here:
- Cognitive skills
- Mindfulness applications
- Stress management
- Dietary requirements
- Amino acids (brain food)
Delivered in group formation
- Educational Dvd’s
'What is stress' It could be said in short that it is the mind’s inability to cope in certain situations in particularly when life feels over-loaded, like a pressure cooker. Under prolonged stressful situations, stress can then have a detrimental effect on the body if left indefinitely, the body's natural reaction to stress is the fight or flight response, this is a series of chemical reactions that can potentially speed up or secure the body into action to defend or flee from the situation. The animal kingdom’s natural response in these situations is more often than nought healthier than the human species, animals flee and only fight if necessary therefor the chemicals that give them strength are used up for what they were intended for, humans appear to be less fortunate in how they respond.
Stressful people are often conditioned to remain in the situation longer than is healthy for them, there are many pressures on our species that have taken over our lives and conditioned us to live lives of unnatural intensity and pressure, we are conditioned to be successful, win or lose, pass or fail, added to which is the inflation of trying to live as the financial world is spiraling out of control and we struggle to keep up and survive. Often when individuals find themselves in this situation they turn to that which gives them (short-term) pleasure that which helps them to forget, often their drug of choice: caffeine products, sugar, nicotine, alcohol or any cocktail of drugs
Sadly for many when this is the state of play it is the beginning of a slippery slope, when individuals find themselves in this place and it continually goes unchecked it spirals out of control.
Stress management encompasses techniques intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress, with stress defined as a person's physiological response to an internal or external stimulus that triggers the fight-or-flight response. Stress management is effective when a person utilizes strategies to cope with or alter stressful situations.
Emotional stress usually occurs in situations people consider difficult or challenging. Different people consider different situations to be stressful.
Physical stress refers to a physical reaction of the body to various triggers. The pain experienced after surgery is an example of physical stress. Physical stress often leads to emotional stress, and emotional stress often occurs as physical stress (e.g., stomach cramps).
Stress management involves controlling and reducing the tension that occurs in stressful situations by making emotional and physical changes. The degree of stress and the desire to make the changes will determine how much change takes place.
Basically, stress is: being out of harmony with oneself and the world around us.
To effectively manage stress, it is important to be cognizant of the causes of stress and to understand that good health and stress management strategies are important issues to address in order to gain and maintain a high quality of life. Another major stress inducer is on-the-job or work related stress. This could come in many forms; not getting along with our boss, excessive work hours, not enough work hours, tension amongst co-workers and probably the biggest of them all, fear of being terminated. Stress management in business situations is necessary for all people who are in the work force; so along with work skills, in today’s business world, it’s a good idea to take your stress management skills.
Strained relationships are also high on the list. This can be with our significant other, a sibling, a parent, our children. These are especially hurtful types of stress because they involve people that we love the most.
What comes first the chemical addiction or the stress? for some it’s hard to recognize, all that we know is that all addicted persons live in the stress zone, fully immersed on a never ending spiral of destruction, some refer to it like a carousel, you get to the point where you are sick and want to get off, but can’t because it’s going to fast and spinning out of control.
Here at Cassiobury court we understand the science behind the disease of addiction and when you are not participating in your drug of choice, “it becomes a disease of tension and stress” therefor, we help you to de-stress and teach you strategies to maintain a stress free life for the rest of your life and if you follow the advice given and invest the time and energy required you need never look back.
Stress reduction and relaxation technology
In the life of an addicted person stress plays an important part. Many people become addicted to substances because of stressful situations. Once addicted, stress affects both the addict and his/her family, and stress is undoubtedly the major cause of relapse.
Our programme at Cassiobury court focuses on techniques and therapies designed to reduce stress.
In addition to approaches that induce a relaxed state such as mindfulness meditation and yoga. Biofeedback is an extremely useful tool in recovery from addiction though this approach is not new it allows the user to recognise on a screen or as a series of readings in real time how the body responds in a stressed state and then through a series of applications or solutions and a calm state is then created.
Its original application was used to optimise the performance of business executives and subsequently many top sports people are using it to improve their performance, we use this approach to reduce stress and promote tranquillity.
Few people are aware that the heart is much more than a simple muscle-pump; it has its own complex nervous system which monitors the body’s internal environment and this information is relayed to the brain and appropriate regulation of the internal environments is facilitated, when all systems are operating optimally, the body is in a state of balance or homeostasis.
Initial training in biofeedback involves the use of breathing techniques and imagery in a simple biofeedback process the chart’s results and progress are demonstrated graphically and usually on a computer screen, once the technique is mastered, the information sent to the brain will be co-ordinated and balanced. We term this as a state of coherence, lack of coherence is manifested by stress-related biological symptoms, and the main marker of stress within the body is an increase in the hormone cortisol. Regular use promotes coherence and over a six-month period, has been shown to reduce plasma cortisol by 23% - this is scientific proof of its effectiveness.
Mindfulness Meditation Applications
Mindfulness Meditation can be a powerful tool in relapse prevention, It can provide a healthy alternative to addictive behaviours, practitioners also report that meditation leads to new insights about the source of their cravings and helps to dissolve them.
At Cassiobury court, each day begins with mindfulness meditation, mindfulness is experiencing every moment fully, when we try to do this, we quickly discover the way the mind interferes with this awareness becoming attached to thoughts and worries about the future or regrets of the past, repeatedly letting go of these thoughts and returning to the present moment allows us to develop a more conscious and fulfilling way of being.
Mindfulness, which has its roots in Buddhism, involves a purposeful and non-judgmental focus on ones feelings, experiences, and internal and external processes, in the present moment, rather than escape from painful feelings, mindfulness meditation encourages addicts to sit quietly with themselves and pay close attention to their thoughts and feelings without taking action to judge or ‘fix’ them.
Like yoga, tai chi and related practices, mindfulness is a portable skill that can become a regular part of the recovering addict’s life, both during and after treatment. It takes only a few minutes and can be done by anyone, anywhere, and its effects are long-lasting.
Neurobiology & Addiction
Over the past two decades considerable scientific evidence has demonstrated that the dysregulation of the brain's biochemistry is of fundamental importance not only in the development of the disease but also is responsible for the physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal and significantly failure to correct these imbalances will inevitably lead to relapse.
At Cassiobury Court we introduce a plan of supplementation with amino acids, vitamin and mineral replacement therapy in order to correct these imbalances in the brain’s biochemistry.
All Drugs of addiction exert their effects by in some way affecting the action of the messenger chemicals within the brain called neurotransmitters. Different drugs of addiction act on different neurotransmitters and thus cause differing effects; however, it is self-evident that for a drug to cause addiction the resulting experience has to be pleasurable. We now know that this reinforcement of pleasure-seeking behaviour is mediated by the neurotransmitter Dopamine. The research of Professor Blum, in the United States, has demonstrated that as many as a third of the population of the population of the U.S.A. have deficiencies in Dopamine receptors. They are, therefore, genetically predisposed to seek alternative means of stimulation.
Addiction within the general population is far more prevalent than is generally realised; there are both healthy and destructive addictions. Exercise releases the feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins (the ‘runners high’); this would be generally considered to be a healthy addiction, however, endorphin production is also stimulated by the ingestion of opiates like heroin; this obviously a destructive addiction. All mood altering drugs act in some way to either stimulate (agonists) or inhibit (antagonists) the production of neurotransmitters.
All neurotransmitters are produced from precursor amino acids found in protein-rich foods (see the Nutrition section). A diet rich in protein is vital but for most chronically addicted people this is not enough. Alcoholics are particularly prone to poor nutritional status. They have poor appetites, even if they eat well there is often damage to the absorption mechanisms from the intestine and of course there may well be liver damage. Simple dietary changes are unlikely to permit the absorption of the necessary amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis. These missing ingredients can be adequately replaced by safe natural, oral replacements. Each client at Cassiobury Court is individually assessed and a specific programme of replacement therapy is designed for their specific needs.
The amino acid gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) is the brain’s natural tranquilliser and is particularly relevant to alcohol addiction. L-tyrosine is the precursor of the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline which both have a feel-good factor and enhance focus and motivation. They are particularly relevant to alcohol and cocaine users. L-tryptophan is the precursor of serotonin which is a calming balancing neurotransmitter which controls spontaneous behaviour as well as controlling appetite and regulating sleep. This is probably the most sensitive system within the brain and is relevant to probably all forms of addiction. DL phenylalanine has been shown to enhance endogenous opioids and is particularly relevant to heroin addicts. Combinations of these precursors are given to clients according to their needs.
In order to synthesise neurotransmitters additional co-factors are required. These are predominantly vitamins and minerals. The need to take particularly B vitamins, including folic acid and vitamin B12, has long been recognised. We now know that high doses of vitamin C are highly beneficial along with vitamins D and E. The metals zinc, magnesium and calcium are also necessary for the mediation of neurotransmitter production.
Withdrawal from addictive substances can be both extremely unpleasant and in some cases (particularly alcohol) life threatening. The administration of certain neurotransmitters along with calcium, magnesium and zinc van complement the use of benzodiazepine tranquillisers (Librium, Valium)to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible.
Insomnia is a cause of great distress during withdrawal. This can be rectified by administering the natural hormone melatonin as well as using bright light therapy in the morning. It is clear that correction of biochemical imbalance within the brain facilitates ease of withdrawal and lessens the likelihood of relapse. This does not negate the need for allied therapies such as behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, mindfulness etc. but rather the benefits of these therapies are hugely enhanced if the mind and body are balanced.
Acudetox - Auricular Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture stimulates nerves in the outer ear using sterile needles. The resulting neural stimulation causes beneficial changes in the brain that improve the wellbeing of the patient.
Why Acupuncture for detox………Unique benefits
Reduces the physical symptoms of withdrawal and profoundly relieves withdrawal symptoms including cravings, body aches, headache, etc.
- Reduces Stress and has a peaceful, calming, and empowering effect.
- Lessens hostility and denial
- Increases desire to access and participate in long term programmes
- No diagnosis session required – immediate relief and proactive action taken with patients
- Cheaper than pharmaceutical treatment of addiction
- Relieves depression, anxiety, and insomnia and helps patients relax.
- Patients become comfortable with their own physical processes
- Patients learn to ‘let go’ of tension and preoccupations
- The calm stability in the acupuncture setting creates a relatively timeless process. There is much less pressure to improve according to guilt-related standards.
- Acupuncture treatments, taken enough times, clear the mind, build energy, and give a sense of well-being.
- The acupuncture detoxification is an ideal partner with other programs and creates a calming response to life's troubles.
- Acupuncture can be especially useful for cocaine abusers, since there are no medications to treat this addiction
- Can be used safely with any other health condition
- Does not utilise other abuse able, addictive drugs for treatment and it is balancing and not-symptom, syndrome dependent.
NeuroWave Brain Health Program
The specially designed music delivered through headphones is not only soothing, but therapeutic; NeuroWave music has been composed with special frequencies, tones and binaural beats to deliver a truly therapeutic session.
The session’s goal is to induce the ‘Relaxation Response’ the benefits of the ‘relaxation response’ are reduction in blood pressure, reduction of heart rate and slower breathing, once individuals reach the relaxations response, the mind and body are free to heal from within.
The binaural beats within the music entrain the brain into brainwave patterns that are optimum for greater learning, creativity and relaxation, once the brain calms, learning to deal with things like cravings, anxiety and anger becomes easier to control, addiction recovery is much more than stopping a drug or alcohol, the brain develops a physical need for these things over time.
The NeuroWave Brain Health Program aids by guiding brainwave patterns into a slower more relaxed state which allows the participation to focus more clearly, scattered irrational thoughts are replaced with peace and calmness, allowing individuals to re-adjust their current mind-set.
We encourage the use of music alone when put into situations that may be challenging to one’s recovery; the brain will come to recognize the music as being a safe place, easing the cravings, the anxiety or anger. The NeuroWave Brain Health Program will leave individuals refreshed, energized and revitalized with a renewed sense of hope and commitment to free themselves from the addiction cravings