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 (1, 2 or 3 weeks) conducted by two specialists 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

Session 1

  • Understand alcohol use history

  • Explore reasons for seeking treatment

  • Assess motivation for treatment

  • Introduce the therapeutic programme and set treatment goals

Psychoeducational Workshop

  • What is addiction?

  • Understanding the cycle of change

  • What is recovery?

  • Understanding the challenges in alcohol addiction recovery

Session 2

  • Review life story and presence of traumatic events

  • Identify closest relationships and support network

Psychoeducational Workshop

  • 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


Session 3

  • Explore underlying issues related to alcohol use

  • Understand advantages and disadvantages for change

  • Reinforcing motivation for change


Relapse Prevention Workshop

  • Introduction to relapse prevention therapy

  • Understanding cravings and urges

  • Learning craving management techniques

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


Session 4

  • Discuss the impact that alcohol has had in patient’s health, behaviour and relationships.

  • Ask for feedback from significant others about the effect of the detox process and treatment in respect of the patient’s health, behaviour and relationships.


Psychoeducational Workshop

  • Understanding the relationship between alcohol and mental health

  • Effects of alcohol on CNS

  • What is dual diagnosis

  • Alcohol as a coping mechanism


Session 5

  • Explore patient’s feelings regarding detox and treatment

  • Assess motivation for change

  • Identify fears and fantasies about stop using alcohol

  • Reinforce personal goals


Relapse Prevention Workshop

  • 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


Session 6

  • Conjoint evaluation of treatment process

  • Providing feedback to patient regarding the treatment experience

  • Discuss commitments and long term goals


Relapse Prevention Workshop

  • Evaluation of low, medium and high-risk situations

  • Changing lifestyle and readiness for change

  • Creating a relapse prevention plan

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