Addiction Treatment

The driving force of the Nightingale Hospital Addictions Unit is Education and Motivation, to encourage each patient towards a successful recovery. To achieve this we always take into account each individual’s needs, circumstances and expectations, and promote patients to be a part of the decision making process regarding their treatment. This engenders patient choice to ensure that their recovery from addiction is self-determining and fulfilling.

We adopt a holistic approach to addiction treatment, focusing not just on the addiction, but also the factors that might facilitate the addiction, such as allied mental health problems, environmental influences and home issues. The design of the group therapy programme reflects this, so that it is not a one track, fits all programme, but allows all patients to gain from it.

Our approach to treating all addictions (drug addiction treatment, alcohol addiction treatment, gambling addiction treatment, technology addiction treatment or another behavioural addiction) combines individualised addiction treatment programmes with therapies that are based on current clinical evidence. Our addiction therapy treatments are put into practice by an experienced, addictions multidisciplinary team consisting of Dr William Shanahan the Medical Director, Addiction Consultant Psychiatrists, Addiction Unit Doctors, Specialist Addiction Therapists and a Specialist Nursing Addictions team. Addictions therapists include psychologists, cognitive behavioural therapists, family therapists and occupational therapists skilled in a wide range of disciplines including CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Twelve Step Facilitation.

Key features of our Addiction Treatment:

  1. Accessible central London service
  2. A rigorous diagnostic assessment of an individual’s needs leading to personalised treatment and support comprising of inpatient, outpatient, day patient, 1to1 therapy, group therapy, psychiatric care and family therapy
  3. Carefully planned and monitored detoxification if required
  4. Diverse therapy group programme with a therapy assessment that caters for an individual’s expectations
  5. Co-morbidities can be managed
  6. A planned aftercare programme with outpatient follow-up and a free after care support group
  7. Free family groups to provide families education and a space to share with others

What happens in Addiction Therapy Treatment?

Through therapy, education on addiction and alternative approaches we aim to give you the knowledge and coping skills for living without the aid of mood altering chemicals or addictive behaviours. The addiction treatment programme also has a strong focus on relapse prevention and offers an introduction to self-help groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), CA (Cocaine Anonymous), MA (Marijuana Anonymous) and GA (Gamblers Anonymous).

We lay great emphasis on Relapse Prevention, as relapse is the greatest risk in the recovery from addiction. If someone successfully completes treatment but relapses thereafter – the possibility of this happening is greatly reduced by use of intensive and comprehensive relapse education.

We believe that addiction education is also a determining factor in recovery, so that patients can view their addiction as an illness to get better from rather than a weakness of will. This lessens the shame and guilt people can feel when they have an addiction problem, as shame and guilt can be a hindrance to recovery.

Treatment does not end with discharge. We run a successful and well attended free weekly addictions aftercare group. This support is invaluable for many patients after leaving the safety of the hospital and entering back into everyday life.

Addiction Treatment Programmes can include:

The addictions group therapy programme is always a work in progress, and we adapt it to whatever the patient needs are at any given time. We may add or withdraw groups, and also amend or change content depending on which subject the facilitator thinks would benefit the group the most. Patients are also consulted regarding group topics, dependent on their concerns and priorities.

Family involvement

Addiction is often said to be a family disease, as it affects not only the person with the problem, it also can overturn the emotions and lives of those close by. In recognition of this, Nightingale Hospital has launched a FREE monthly family day for the families and carers of current addiction patients. This group is facilitated by a family therapist with expertise in addiction.

Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.

Family Day consists of 2 groups. One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.

The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.

Nightingale also offer a weekly evening Family Support Group which is anonymous, confidential and we only use first names. A therapist experienced in addiction is present to help facilitate the meeting. We hope to give you strength and understanding so that you are more able to deal with the situation at home. You do not have to speak and can just listen, but you may join in and ask questions if you feel able. The Family Support Group is there so that you do not have to go through this alone.

Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.

We look forward to welcoming you to the family groups available.

Addiction Treatment at Nightingale Hospital London

At Nightingale Hospital, addiction treatment whether for alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, technology addiction or another addiction such as sex, shopping or gaming addictions, can be accessed here in London as part of an outpatient, day patient or inpatient addiction treatment programme. Addiction treatment is phased to allow easy and supported transition from acute care through to rehabilitation. To understand the most suitable addiction treatment for your needs and personal circumstances our team would welcome your call.

We have a number of addiction therapists with a breadth of experience to match your individual situation. We establish successful patient/therapist partnerships and achieve the most effective therapeutic relationship due to this extensive expertise. We will take the time to understand your problem and individual needs.

Is Addiction Treatment right for you?

If you need advice on your addiction, addiction treatment or an addiction specialist or therapist we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make. Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.