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Psychotherapeutic programme for patients with alcohol dependence​​

Our treatment programme aims to support patients who suffer from alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction. After an initial comprehensive assessment, patients will attend a bespoke treatment programme conducted by clinicians specialised in addiction. The programme includes individual sessions focused on understanding the underlying issues of their alcohol use problem, sessions with significant others focused on strengthening their support network and therapeutic workshops. These workshops will be focused on psychoeducation and relapse prevention.

Initial Comprehensive Assessment

  • Intake

  • Medical Consultation (medication for detox and for relapse prevention)

  • Assessment (AUDIT)

  • SAD-Q

Sessions topics include:

  • Understanding your alcohol use history

  • Explore reasons for seeking treatment

  • Assess motivation for treatment

  • Introduce the therapeutic programme and set treatment goals

  • Identify closest relationships and support network

  • Reinforcing motivation for change

  • Explore patient’s feelings regarding detox and treatment

  • Identify fears and fantasies about stop using alcohol

  • Reinforce personal goals

  • Discuss commitments and long term goals

  • Evaluation of low, medium and high-risk situations

  • Changing lifestyle and readiness for change

  • Creating a relapse prevention plan

Psychoeducational Workshops topics include:

  • Understanding addiction and the cycle of change

  • What is recovery?

  • Understanding the challenges in alcohol addiction recovery

  • Differences between alcohol use, alcohol misuse, and addiction

  • Effects of alcohol use on:

         1. Physical and mental health

         2. Work

         3. Relationships

         4. Recreational activities

         5. Legal issues

         6. Other

  • Introduction to relapse prevention therapy

  • Understanding cravings and urges

  • Learning craving management techniques

  • The four Ds: Delay, Distract, Deep breathing (de-stress), De-catastrophize

  • Understanding the relationship between alcohol and mental health

  • Effects of alcohol on CNS

  • What is dual diagnosis

  • Understanding relapses as a process

  • Stages of relapse (emotional, mental and physical)

  • Identification of internal and external triggers and warning signs

  • Evaluation of low, medium and high-risk situations

  • Developing coping strategies for triggers

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