Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 2nd March 2021

Before recovery can begin properly, the person who is suffering from addiction has to admit that they need help.

A family intervention can be an effective way to help the individual to realise that their life needs to change. Not only does a family intervention highlight the urgency for addiction treatments, but it also helps the addict to realise that it’s not just themselves that they’re impacting with this behaviour.

Their addiction is affecting everyone around them, particularly the people they care about most.

Often this realisation of how much they’re hurting their loved ones can be the encouragement they need to seek professional support. Click here to visit our interventions page for more information.

Drug rehabilitation is not a single method of treatment for addiction, but a combination of methods that are combined in a safe and effective programme to maximise the chances of success.

Whilst rehab is the most effective way of treating drug and alcohol addiction, it may not be for everyone and you may decide that alternative treatment is preferable. Remember, there is no magic formula to get clean, rehabilitation is a long and difficult process.

Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be dangerous and it is vital that you should consult your doctor before proceeding with any programme. Drug and alcohol detoxification is the process of gradually reducing your consumption of the substance in question.

For it to be effective, it needs to be done in a safe and controlled environment such as a professional rehabilitation centre. It’s essential that a detox is done this way, particularly in the presence of a team of medical experts who can help to manage the discomfort that comes with withdrawal symptoms.

Whilst withdrawal symptoms are very common, they can be quite dangerous when not managed correctly. Symptoms could include mild nausea, headaches, dizziness, or more severe symptoms such as seizures, insomnia, and delirium tremens (also known as the DT’s) which require immediate medical attention.

This is why it’s so important to undergo a detox in a safe setting where you can be supervised 24/7.


Addiction Treatment Options

Here at Cassiobury Court, we take the time to listen to each person who walks through our open doors. Our fantastic team will get to know you and understand the nature of your addiction which allows them to create the most effective treatment programme for your specific needs.

This has long proven to be the most successful way of treating people with a drug or alcohol addiction. Whilst we personalise each programme, there are some techniques which we regularly recommend as they have such great success rates. Let’s explore some of the different addiction treatment options that are available at our private rehab.


Therapy and Counselling

Therapy is used to get the client to think about ways to change their lives and how to deal with obstacles that can help prevent recovery. These can be one to one or group sessions with other 15 addicts or sessions with family members.

Not only can this get the root of the issues that lead to addiction, but it is also a fantastic way to get advice on relapse prevention and being able to cope with life beyond addiction once you leave our residential addiction treatment programme.

Understanding what may have caused your addiction in the first place is an incredibly useful piece of information to have. By being able to identify the underlying reasons behind your behaviour, you’ll be able to recognise your triggers, thus learn how to manage them correctly and help to prevent any potential relapses.

There isn’t just one reason why someone may have become addicted to alcohol or drugs, it’s likely to be a number of reasons. Some common causes we see are when you grow up in an environment where substance is the norm, then you’re much more likely to join in.

You could have turned to drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with mental health problems or a traumatic event. Whatever the reason, we’ll be able to help you overcome it.


Support Meetings

Support meetings, such as alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous, are a great way to help prevent relapse after you are clean of substances. These allow you to share your experiences and hear from those who have been through similar problems.

Support meetings can really boost your motivation and well as being a great source of useful information and education materials.
For more information, click here to visit our support meetings page.


Support from Friends and Family

Addiction recovery is not an easy process and the more support you get from loved ones, the higher your chances of success are. If someone close to you needs help with addiction, your support can be the first step towards recovery via an intervention.

Family support throughout the rehabilitation process can help boost the chances of success by offering positive and constructive advice.



Medications can be used to help with different aspects of recovery, including detox and preventing relapse. Detox medications are used to help to overcome the withdrawal symptoms that occur when removing the substances from the body.

This step is only the beginning of recovery and detox should not be seen as the only part of recovering from addiction. Other medications help to re-establish normal brain functions and prevent relapse. A well-known example is methadone, which helps heroin addicts to wean themselves off opioids.


Psychological and well-being therapies

Every personalised residential addiction treatment programme will include a well-balanced mix of psychological and well-being therapies. This carefully selected combination is a great contributor to achieving a long-term recovery from addiction as this approach covers so many aspects to help you give up alcohol or drugs for good.

In addition to counselling, some of the other psychological therapies which we offer include cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, stress management, and relapse prevention.

Alongside these, we offer therapies which focus on improving your well-being which is a huge contributing factor to your recovery. These include mindfulness, yoga, relaxation and sleep management, nutritional supplement therapy, fitness therapy, low level laser therapy, and art therapy.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 2nd March 2021

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.