Cherrywood House offers a residential programme of flexible duration, with a minimum stay of 28 days.
Recovery from an addiction is not easy, but it is possible. An addiction develops as a complex interaction between environment, innate traits and psychological strain. Recovery depends on much more than simply eradicating the craving for a substance or behaviour. Successful treatment demands a comprehensive approach that addresses all the factors that interact to keep the addiction alive - biological, psychological and social.
In order for a person to break the cycle of addiction, the following steps must be achieved:
First, the individual must wean his or her body and mind off the addictive substance. This first phase of basic abstinence is the object of primary addiction treatment. In the case of substance addictions (specifically alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepine drugs) the patient may need to undergo a supervised medical detoxification.
Second, the individual must develop the internal resources that are needed to remain sober. This is achieved through a process of unravelling the web of distorted thinking, psychological maladaptation and triggers that sustain the addiction, and developing the necessary strategies and resolve to move forward without the substance or problematic behaviour.
Finally, the individual must consolidate and protect their sobriety over time, establishing new and healthier coping mechanisms and building a life that reinforces and sustains the recovery. This is the most important phase. Reversing the disruptive impact of addiction on the brain and reclaiming hijacked neural pathways is the work of a lifetime. Individuals can find assistance in this process through regular group therapy and support.