Eating disorders therapy

An eating disorder is a mental health condition that revolves around an individual’s relationship to food and can lead to severe physical, mental and emotional distress. 

At Castle Health we treat several types of eating disorders:

  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Anorexia nervosa

People dealing with an eating disorder may eat large amounts of food, not enough amounts of food, or constantly worry about their weight and body shape. Without being treated, an eating disorder may cause serious problems. Recovery from an eating disorder is possible with the right treatment. Our team of medical professionals work together to tailor for each patient the proper treatment plan that opens the road toward complete recovery.

Types of therapy

Various types of therapy can be used during the recovery process. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT helps the patients to identify the thought patterns and beliefs behind their eating disorder.

These thoughts or beliefs can be associated with:

  • weight
  • body shape
  • food
  • body appearance

Once these thoughts and beliefs are identified, the patients learn from the therapist healthy strategies to modify these patterns and to help better deal with them. CBT is also used for other mental health conditions. Patients receiving CBT for eating disorders manage to improve other related symptoms like anxiety and depression.

Family-based treatment (FBT)

This type of therapy is often used for children or teenagers that struggle with an eating disorder. In FBT, the family members are essential parts of the recovery process. Parents and siblings are involved in helping the adolescent do certain things like:

  • restoring and maintaining a healthy weight
  • adopting healthy eating patterns
  • quitting unhealthy behaviours (binge eating or purging)

Group Therapy

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a therapy that involves sessions with two or more patients at the same time. During therapy group sessions, patients share their feelings, struggles, experiences, and recovery goals. Therapy groups focus on a specific recovery topic (how to identify and avoid triggers), or they may be general (how to communicate with difficult family members, colleagues, or other interpersonal relationships).

Group therapy sessions may be open or closed; new members may join the group after the therapy has started (open) or the number of the group members remains unchanged from beginning to end (closed). Open groups may be more flexible, with no specific start or end date, while closed groups are created for a specific number of weeks or months. 

Therapy groups in all Castle Health programmes are closed groups and are led by a single therapist (or counsellor). 

Individual Rehab therapy

Individual therapy is a talking therapy that helps patients express themselves openly during therapy sessions led by a counsellor. 

Open and honest communication is the path toward recovery and sobriety. When understanding the underlying issues that caused addiction, the therapist is better equipped to advise and help the patient avoid a relapse.

Benefits of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy helps patients to share their experiences in a private setting. They can discuss openly with the therapist about their worries and fears. Our trained counsellors help patients to better understand the cause behind their addiction and develop awareness. During these therapy sessions, patients can better understand their issues and triggers that led to compulsive addictive behaviour. After recognizing the triggers, patients can learn essential life skills they can use to maintain abstinence.

At Castle Health, you can break the cycle of addiction. Recognizing the fact that you are struggling with addiction is the first step toward recovery. Ask for help today! Our rehab specialists can advise you and tailor the best treatment option for you. Working together, you can discover the path toward sobriety and maintain this path for the rest of your life.

Smoking Cessation

Many people who are smoking are not sure how to quit this addictive habit. Or some of them may have tried quitting in the past, but they started smoking again after a while.

Our experts at Castle Health know that creating a quit-smoking plan may improve patients’ chances of quitting this habit. Having a plan helps them set goals, identify the support they need, develop coping skills to avoid cravings, and stay motivated.

Our team at Castle Health share the necessary steps you need to follow if you want to quit smoking:

  1. Make a list of reasons why you want to quit
  2. Only you can determine when it is the right time to quit smoking. Therefore, you need to write down why you are making this decision and what will keep you motivated not to start smoking again.
  3. List the reasons for quitting — this list will help create your quit-smoking plan. Some common reasons for quitting might include:
  • Lowering your risk of lung and heart disease in the future
  • Avoiding exposing family and friends to secondhand smoke
  • Improving your overall health
  • Saving money

Choose a quit day

Choose a certain day within the next month to stop smoking. Picking a specific day will help you commit to your recovery process. It is important to give yourself time to prepare before quitting. You may pick a day that has a special meaning for you (a holiday or a birthday), or you may choose a random date. Make sure you mark the date on your calendar. Our rehab specialists recommend abrupt quitting — choosing a quit date and respecting that date for a successful long-term quitting.

Prepare for your quit day

Medical treatment and behavioural counselling may improve the chances of successfully quitting. Preparing the tools, support and strategies need time. Our rehab specialists recommend including the following when you prepare for quitting, especially if you attend an outpatient treatment programme at our clinic:

  • Find support therapy. Individual or group counselling can offer you the proper support and help you learn healthy coping skills. Your rehab specialist will guide you to choose the right therapy for you.
  • Ask your doctor about medications. Medication can ease cravings, and they can include lozenges, gum, nicotine replacement skin patches, inhalers, or nasal sprays. These treatments should begin on the day you set for quitting. 
  • Make a list of your smoking triggers and habits. List the common triggers that make you crave smoking or your usual smoking habits. You may be smoking when you are stressed, after a meal, or during work breaks. Identifying smoking patterns can help you determine when you will need support or something to distract you from your cravings and smoking habits.
  • Tell people in your life. Let family, friends and colleagues know about your decision and your quit day. Ask them to be your allies. They can provide emotional support by checking in with you, helping you plan activities to shift your attention from smoking and being patient with your mood swings. Ask friends who smoke to avoid smoking around and offering you a cigarette.
  • Clean your house. Make sure to throw away all your smoking materials (cigarettes, lighters, matches and ashtrays) from your car, house, and office. Wash your clothes that may still retain the smell of tobacco. Clean upholstered furniture and window curtains.
  • Stock up on substitutes. Buy substitutes for the cigarettes, including hard candy, straws, sugarless gum, cinnamon sticks, or carrot sticks. Find items that can keep your hands busy (squeezing ball), to avoid going for a smoke. Place these items where you would usually keep your cigarettes or ashtray.
  • Plan a dental cleaning. Give yourself a fresh start by having your teeth cleaned to remove any nicotine stains.
  • Reflect. Identify the challenges you faced in the past when you tried to quit smoking and find the reasons why you started again. What worked and what can be improved? 

Dealing with quit day

Handling your quit day can be physically and emotionally challenging, especially if you struggle with severe tobacco cravings. These tips may help you better deal with your cravings during your quit day:

  • Make sure to talk to your rehab doctor about adjusting the medication plan to manage these symptoms.
  • Keep in mind your reasons to stop smoking.
  • Drink plenty of water or juice.
  • Practice mindful relaxation techniques.
  • Keep your hands busy (do some work on your computer, write, or knit).
  • Keep your attention somewhere else (read a book or solve a crossword puzzle).
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid situations and people that may trigger the need to smoke.
  • Attend our clinic support group or individual counselling sessions.

Respect your decision of quitting

With a quit-smoking plan to guide you, and a team of specialists to support you, quitting can be possible. Get as much support as you can (therapy, nicotine replacement, medication) to stay on the path of quitting for good and enjoying a much healthier and happier life.

Relationship Therapy

Relationship therapy is a talking therapy that helps people with addiction identify and dissolve conflicts in an intimate relationship. 

Working with a licensed counsellor allows patients to express their feelings and share experiences with their partner. When conversations turn into heated, as they sometimes can, the counsellor acts as a guide for them to share their thoughts and feelings and feel understood in a respectful way. 

During relationship therapy, couples will have to do specific homework, such as using communication exercises and coping techniques to help them improve their relationship. Improving the relationship means that both partners must be willing to make changes in their behaviour and thinking. 

How Does Addiction Affect Intimate Relationships?

When one, or both, partners are consuming drugs or alcohol in a relationship it can lead to serious relationship problems. Couples may have to deal with financial issues if one partner is spending money on their dependence or have lost their job because of addiction, which causes major frustration for the other partner. Couples can have poor communication skills, a lack of trust and develop codependency. There is an increased risk of physical violence and emotional abuse as well as impacting a couples sexual life, resulting in one or both partners feeling unloved or unsatisfied.

Substance Dependence and Sex Life

Men who have an addiction to alcohol have higher chances of being affected by sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction, loss of sexual desire, and premature ejaculation. 

In a couple, sexual functioning and the emotional connection between the partners are affected by substance abuse. When struggling with addiction, couples may lack feelings of closeness and desire. Feelings of resentment may often surface in this type of relationship. 

Relationship therapy may help identify and resolve these negative feelings and help couples rediscover the intimacy that makes their relationship work.

Substance Dependence and Infidelity

Abusing various substances does not mean that a person will become unfaithful to their partner, however it does increase the risk this will happen. When drinking alcohol, the decision-making area of the brain is affected in that alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases impulsivity making it more likely that people who drink heavily may engage in sexual relationships outside of their partnership. Infidelity can ruin relationships, and it takes time and patience to rebuild the lost trust but it is possible! At Castle Health, relationship therapy will help couples begin the journey toward sobriety, to develop an honest and fulfilling relationship.

Identifying Negative Patterns and Solving Relationship Problems

Perhaps the most important benefit of relationship therapy is that it provides a way to repair the damaged relationship between partners.

In the beginning, partners may have a difficult time admitting they are dealing with relationship problems, however usually once the healing process is initiated couples begin to solve their problems. Working together may include identifying patterns of secrecy and lies, acknowledging these patterns and healing traumas from present or past affairs. It may also include releasing the need for using violence, emotional blackmail and granting/giving forgiveness.

How to Help My Partner who Has an Addiction?

Being supportive of a partner with addiction does not mean you have to become an enabler. Enabling means making excuses for someone’s behavior, taking over their responsibilities, and helping them escape from legal troubles. Letting them deal with the consequences of their action is a great way to help your loved one hit rock bottom and realize they need help. The best support you can give is to set healthy boundaries and to help them find proper treatment. Relationship therapy helps couples regain trust, rediscover love and offer each other support and care. 

Relapse Prevention Group

The recovery process from drugs and alcohol addiction starts with finding the right treatment. During rehab treatment, you will identify the underlying causes of your addiction and learn to better manage triggers. 

Overcoming addiction can be a lifelong process that involves developing coping skills that help you stay away from relapse. Attending relapse group therapy sessions will help you gain insight, self-esteem, and provide a chance to be part of a supportive community that understands you and stands by you during difficult times.

Being part of a Supportive Community

When you enter a treatment programme, you will learn that you are not alone and that others are going through similar experiences and feelings. The desire to get sober is one of the main aspects you have in common with others during group therapy. During this therapy, each patient goes through various stages of learning how to live a substance-free life. In your group therapy sessions, you can share your experiences with other patients and also learn from them how to manage urges outside of the treatment clinic. Regaining trust will help share your experiences with new patients so that everyone benefits from your insight. Here are other benefits that you will discover during the relapse prevention group:

Feel Comfortable Talking About Challenges

People with addiction may discover, during these therapy sessions, that others struggle with the same frustrations and feelings when it comes to staying sober. This common ground helps you offer and receive support during difficult moments, and it opens the door toward open communication. 

Benefit from a Structured Environment

At the beginning of your treatment, you are most vulnerable to relapse. One of the benefits of a relapse prevention group is that attending these sessions keeps you active and engaged with your recovery. The relationships that you form with your counsellor and other patients will help you to make wise decisions and become more responsible for your choices. 

Identify Potential Triggers

A trigger may vary from one patient to another. It may be a smell (of alcohol), a social situation, a person or a negative feeling that makes a person want to resort to alcohol and drugs to escape.

Trauma therapy

Trauma can change brain chemistry, making an individual more vulnerable to stress and situations that trigger the use of alcohol and drugs to deal with these uncomfortable situations. Those emotions, thoughts, and behavioural patterns associated with past trauma can reactivate in various contexts. They may occur as flashbacks or as emotions that feed the urge to consume addictive substances to cope.

One essential goal of therapy at Castle Health is to help people struggling with trauma find healthier techniques to cope with emotional, mental, and behavioural triggers. At our clinic, addiction treatment involves assisting people with dependence and co-occurring mental disorders overcome harmful behavioural patterns while replacing them with healthier ones.

Trauma and addiction can be treated with success through dialectical behavioural therapy. At Castle Health we can help patients find the most appropriate treatment programme so that  patients can navigate the recovery process with components such as:

  • Distress tolerance skills: The therapists encourage patients to use specific tools for a temporary shift of attention, self-relaxation, patience, and acceptance. These tools can help patients gradually learn a healthier ability to cope with stressful situations in daily life.
  • Emotional regulation: Techniques for better managing intense emotions empower patients to develop better emotional balance. During the recovery process, patients may be highly emotionally reactive, as the withdrawal symptoms intensify. Over time, with the help of therapists, patients learn to better handle and control emotions, especially the negative ones.
  • Mindfulness practice: At Castle Health clinic, patients learn to pay more attention to the present moment and release the need to reactivate traumatic memories and emotions.
  • Interpersonal skills: People with addiction can learn how to interact with family members more assertively by setting a goal for each interaction. For instance, when patients want to develop healthy interpersonal boundaries in their relationship with their parents, they communicate with love and respect while enhancing their need for autonomy and self-differentiation.

 If you find yourself struggling with addiction, contact one of our rehab specialists today for advice and the chance to access a recovery treatment programme that suits your needs and goals. 

Other specialised therapies include: 

Adult children of alcoholics group

Most adult children raised in homes where alcohol was regularly consumed exhibit specific traits that show past neglect or abuse.

The same characteristics have been identified in adults who were raised in homes where parents struggled with other compulsive behaviours. These people usually deal with shame, guilt, and abandonment issues.

Other compulsive behaviours may include:

  • Overeating
  • Behavioural addictions
  • Gambling
  • Violence

Some adult children were raised in homes where parents did not consume drugs or alcohol, but abuse or unhealthy behaviour was changing the dynamic of the family. Many children raised by abusive people or by people with addictions have difficulties when they become adults: 

  • Judge themselves very harshly
  • Are rarely having fun
  • Poorly manage the changes over which they have no control
  • Are in constant need of affirmation and approval
  • Feel that they are different from other people
  • Are either very irresponsible or very responsible
  • Are extremely loyal, even to those people that are not loyal to them
  • Take themselves very seriously
  • Guess at what normal is
  • Have difficulty in following a project from beginning to the end
  • Lie when it would be just as easy, to tell the truth
  • Form unhealthy intimate relationships

Some adult children of people with addictions may become victimizers themselves: 

  • Use fear to control others 
  • Dominate others and abandon them 
  • Have an attraction to people that can be easily manipulated 
  • Become irresponsible and self-centred to cover any flaws
  • Make others feel guilty when they express themselves
  • Use authority and anger to frighten others and make them withdraw
  • Become self-sufficient, disdaining the approval of others
  • Deny the fact that they were affected by their family environment or that there ever was dysfunction in the home
  • Act as if they are nothing like the dependent people who raised them 

How to find help?

By contacting Castle Health you can find a safe and non-judgmental place that enables you to talk openly about your struggles. If you tend to isolate, it may be difficult for you to accept the idea of joining a support group or start individual therapy. During group therapy, you become part of a community where mutual support and compassion help you overcome negative emotions. Many adult children of alcoholics discover that their support group is a safe place, and they begin to express themselves and start their healing process. During therapy sessions, emotional healing can start when you release negative feelings and cease isolating by talking freely with people going through similar experiences. 

Other Tools of Recovery

During an inpatient treatment programme at one of Castle Health’s locations you will also access other tools of recovery:

  • Set and keep personal boundaries
  • Begin daily journaling
  • Avoid people, places, and situations that are unhealthy for you
  • Learn as much as you can about adult children of people with addiction
  • Follow a 12-step program
  • Start helping others with similar issues

Through Castle Health you can access a psychoeducational 12-step programme that can help you heal trauma from your past and achieve healthy coping skills for a happier, more positive life.

Body Image Group Therapy

Body Image Therapy can help you identify the causes that led to developing poor self-image and encourages you to discover a positive view of yourself. ‘Body image’ refers to how you see yourself when you look in a mirror or how you picture yourself. Body hatred, poor self-image, and shame are very often experienced by people with addiction.

Many people with dependence may believe themselves not worthy enough to be loved and they develop self-defeating beliefs like:

  • I do not look in the mirror because I do not like what I see 
  • I am too thin or too fat
  • Who could ever want me?
  • I am not worthy to be loved

Some patients struggle with unhealthy body image, they may have a distorted perception of their physical features. They feel uncomfortable in their body, find it difficult to accept their physical appearance, and feel ashamed of their body. These people suffer from dysmorphia, the mental health condition that makes them obsess for many hours each day about minor physical flaws that are invisible to other people, but which may become enormously important to them. When they are experiencing body image distortion they see themselves as different from their actual body appearance. Checking constantly inexistent physical flaws may lead in time to self-isolation, drug abuse or even unnecessary surgery. 

 Body Image and Self-Esteem

Body image and self-esteem are strongly connected. People with low self-esteem tend to be more critical of their own body and are often more likely to compare with others.

Patients at one of Castle Health’s programmes learn during therapy sessions to value themselves by exploring their talents and gifts, appreciating their smile, the contribution they make. Building healthier habits helps patients to acquire a more stable, steady, and solid view of themselves. People fixated on perceiving even the smallest physical imperfections may set unrealistic goals regarding their weight and size and may resort to binge eating, self-starvation, or purging. Having a body image distortion may lead to developing eating disorders.

Body Image Group Therapy for Patients with Addiction

No matter the shape and size, people may find the joy to gratefully live their life and fill every day with love and compassion.  If you are feeling stuck or trapped, constantly criticizing yourself, then therapy can guide you to find your motivation and to overcome addiction and compulsive behaviours. For people with distorted body image is easier to obsess over their physical imperfections than to admit they are depressed, or they are stressed. During therapy sessions, patients at Castle Health can get in touch with their deep feelings, learn how to manage negative emotions and how to maintain sobriety while doing that. During the recovery process, patients learn self-acceptance and embrace a positive self-image of themselves, committing to loving and caring for themselves. If you struggle with similar difficulties, here are a few steps you can follow even before beginning therapy sessions:

  • Look in the mirror for a few minutes daily, without clothes preferably, and just observe your body without judging it. If judgmental thoughts arise, try to reduce the judging.
  • Hang around confident, happy people who are accepting their bodies as they are. Their self-esteem will positively influence the way you view your body and yourself.
  • Use daily affirmations to shift the way you talk to yourself. Remain grateful and appreciate your body for all the things it does for you.

Take the first step and contact one of our team specialists today to access Therapy for Body Image Issues at one of Castle Health’s treatment programmes.

Cross-addiction therapy

Cross addiction is a disorder that affects an individual on several levels. People with cross addiction are struggling with more than one addiction or are displaying more than one type of addictive behaviour.

People with cross addiction do not suffer from multiple addictions at the same time, such as addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol abuse. 

Cross addiction occurs when one addiction replaces another. This may happen during addiction recovery treatments where patients do not relapse on the same addictive habit, but instead, they develop a substitute addiction to another substance or behaviour.

For example, a patient getting treatment for alcohol or drug addiction may become addicted to gambling. All addiction can be harmful and negatively impacting the life of the individual.

Addiction changes the chemistry of the brain. The brain starts secreting the chemical responsible for reward response- dopamine. Dopamine gives the individual a high effect making the user indulge in the same addictive behaviour.

This effect can be created by any compulsive behaviour, such as sex, gambling, shopping, and excessive workout. 

Here are some of the addictions that have the same effect on the brain as alcohol or drug addiction:

Gambling

Gambling can be experienced as a cross-addiction when the person who gambles starts making risky bets to feel the adrenaline associated with taking huge risks and having them pay off. The sensation of danger given by taking these risks makes the person with gambling addiction want more, disregarding even serious situations as financial ruin.

Symptoms of Gambling

Gambling is considered a hidden illness; the symptoms are not so obvious as for drugs or alcohol addiction. These are the signs that point toward gambling addiction:

  • The person with gambling addiction hides this addictive behaviour from friends and family, being afraid that others would not understand the need for it.
  • People with gambling addiction live with the false impression that they can stop when they want. Addiction makes them unable to stop. They are constantly looking for new ways to gamble all their money.
  • The person with gambling dependence feels irascible when he or she wants to control, reduce, or stop gambling.
  • For people with gambling addiction, this behaviour becomes the escape route when feeling stressed or anxious.

Which Are the Consequences of Gambling?

People who suffer from compulsive gambling behaviour end up losing all their money, damaging the relationship with their family, and experiencing work problems.

What to Do to Avoid Gambling Addiction?

  • Avoid situations, websites and people that trigger gambling behaviour.
  • Ask someone you trust to take control of your finances, at least until you feel able to manage temptation on your own.
  • Engage in healthier activities to replace the addictive habit in your life.

 Compulsive Sexual Behavior

People with compulsive sexual behaviour fail to control intense sexual urges leading to repetitive sexual behaviour.

Symptoms of Compulsive Sexual Behavior

People with compulsive sexual behaviour may:

  • Fail to control or reduce repetitive sexual behaviour even when they do not feel satisfaction from it, or they deal with adverse consequences.
  • Engage in constant sexual activities disregarding their health, other interests or personal care.

Which Are the Consequences of Compulsive Sexual Behavior?

  • Intense feelings of shame and low self-esteem
  • Severe depression and anxiety
  • Sexually transmitted diseases from unsafe sex
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Serious financial problems

What to Do to Avoid Compulsive Sexual Behavior?

The best way not to engage in this type of cross-addiction is to avoid situations with high risk or compromising situations. Ask a friend or your therapist to become your accountability partner and to regularly check on you. 

Shopping Addiction

People with shopping addiction feel the urge to shop compulsively, and they feel they cannot control this behaviour. During shopping sessions, the brain releases dopamine and endorphins, chemicals that can become addictive. 

Symptoms of Shopping Addiction

If you struggle with shopping addiction, you may:

  • Use shopping to cope with depression, anxiety, boredom, stress, and anger.
  • Spending more money than you have, opening new credit lines without paying the previous ones.
  • Experience a feeling of intense excitement after buying various items.
  • Buy products that you do not need or have no use.
  • Obsess over going shopping on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Get money for shopping by any means, including lying or stealing.
  • Feel guilty after shopping but cannot control it.

What are the Consequences of Shopping Addiction?

People with a shopping disorder ask for money from family and friends to keep shopping. This can lead to damaged relationships as a person with a shopping addiction is unable to pay back the debts. 

This addiction can enable the affected person to meet financial obligations.

What to Do to Avoid Shopping Addiction?

  • Schedule “no spending” days; decide that in some days not to spend money at all. When you realise that you are strong enough to stay away from spending a whole day your self-esteem will grow and will fuel your determination to stay away from shopping for a longer period.
  • Close or avoid opening credit cards.
  • Make sure to carry a small amount of cash.
  • Start taking notes on your spending. Keeping a journal about your spending will help you adjust expenses if necessary.

Exercise Addiction

People with exercise addiction become obsessed with physical exercise and staying fit.

Symptoms of Exercise Addiction

People who suffer from exercise addiction may:

  • Spend less time with other activities to exercise more.
  • Experience an inability to keep their exercise routine shorter.
  • Feel the uncontrollable urge to exercise.
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms after not exercising for long periods.

What are the Consequences of Exercise Addiction?

People with exercise addiction struggle with health complications due to an inability to take care of their body properly, insomnia, damaged relationships with friends and family. Most people with exercise dependence isolate themselves from family and friends, avoiding social interactions to make time for their fitness routine.

What to Do to Avoid Exercise Addiction?

  • Set specific exercise goals.
  • Talk to your therapist when you want to start a new exercise routine.
  • Avoid going often to the gym.
  • Take a close look at your motives for exercising and adjust them if necessary.
  • Make sure to give your body enough time to rest in between exercises.

Food Addiction

People with food addiction tend to consume large amounts of food in a short period even when they are not hungry. 

Symptoms of Food Addiction

When dealing with food addiction you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Consuming food at a faster pace than normal.
  • Feeling ashamed to eat with others.
  • Eating large amounts of food even when you are not hungry.
  • Eating until you feel the stomach very full.
  • Feeling disgusted with yourself.

What Are the Consequences of Food Addiction?

People with food addiction feel unhappy and distressed about their overeating habit. 

What to Do to Avoid Food Addiction?

If you struggle with food addiction contact the Castle Health team today and start working with one of our specialists to get you the right treatment programme. Our team can help you find the right programme to overcome your compulsive overeating habit and rediscover new, healthier coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety.

When dealing with cross-addiction, people should keep in mind a few aspects:

  • You may observe changes in your behaviour. Many cross addictions are not to substances, but negative compulsive habits such as gambling, excessive shopping, or overeating. These are all behaviour changes that point toward developing an addiction and the necessity of asking for help.
  • To overcome addictive behaviours you need to stay connected. The therapist, coach or doctor can help during stressful times, or when addictive behaviours start to surface. Staying connected with professionals helps you navigate with ease withdrawal symptoms and develop healthy habits.
  • Share your thoughts and talk about your addiction with friends and family. Be open to family and friends suggestions and ask for professional help to avoid a cross-addiction problem.

Coping Skills Therapy

During rehab, patients learn recovery or coping techniques to support their healing process. Developing recovery skills is an essential aspect that helps patients to maintain sobriety and to avoid relapse. 

What Are Coping Skills?

Recovery skills are a set of skills that help patients deal with negative feelings and stressful situations. The goal is to help people discover a healthy perspective on life.

Some coping skills help patients manage anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression are mental health disorders that coexist with addiction. It is essential for people with dependence to learn to deal with these problems in healthy ways and avoid triggers that lead to relapse.

Avoiding triggers can start with paying attention to high-risk situations. When feeling tired, hungry, lonely, or angry, it is easy to resort to old addictive habits. Many coping skills revolve around helping patients avoid these situations and make healthy choices. People with addiction who do not learn coping skills have difficulties dealing with isolation and loneliness without abusing substances. 

Coping Skills for Addiction

Learning coping skills to overcome addiction is a priority at all Castle Health programmes.

During rehab treatment, patients learn how to relax. Being relaxed is the first step to reducing stress and anxiety, conditions that may lead to depression. 

Another coping skill that patients learn is being honest with their loved ones about their condition, feelings, and experiences. Remaining honest allows them to express their feelings and be open about their addiction.

At Castle Health, our team of specialists know the value of recovery skills. Learn more about how coping skills can help you maintain sobriety and follow your dreams to achieve a happy and healthy life. Contact us today to take the first step toward recovery.

Find Positive Ways to Address Cravings

Group therapy also prevents relapse by giving patients a safe environment where they can share with others the strategies that helped them succeed in remaining sober. During this exchange, as a patient, you gain recognition for your achievements and develop positive feelings that increase your self-esteem and motivation to maintain the path of recovery. Your new sober friends and newly discovered hobbies can also help you keep busy and engaged in healthy and helpful activities and conversations.

If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, contact Castle Health today to find out how the relapse prevention group can help you or your family member overcome addictive behaviours.