Addiction is a notoriously difficult illness to treat. Known as a ‘chronically relapsing condition’ people often seek therapy feeling defeated, overwhelmed and hopeless having already tried many other solutions that haven’t worked. And it’s not just the addict who suffers, as families and relationships are hurt by the persistent self destructive behaviours too. At CHARTER we don’t believe that relapse is inevitable; we will show you that there is hope, as experience shows us every day that recovery is possible, but we need you on board – recovery works if you work it.
A formal understanding would describe addiction as a disease. Neuro-biological research tells us that addiction operates in the brain, over stimulating the reward pathways so that the addict experiences pleasure and, crucially, avoids feeling negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger or perhaps a reaction to past trauma. As a result, the addict’s ability to ‘self-regulate’ (a brain function) is compromised so that managing extreme emotions or the ability to be aware of and control, for example, chemical intake, becomes almost impossible. Thus addiction manifests as a developmental vulnerability where it is not the addict’s fault that they cannot control their using, but it is their responsibility.
Here at CHARTER we consider addiction to come from a need to self medicate. So we understand that as you become abstinent you will feel vulnerable, which might make you angry or want to run away. Your feelings and thoughts that you may have wanted to repress will come back, and we are here to support you to work through this emotional backlog so that you can be set free. We know that in many ways you will feel young, and we will help you to mature emotionally so that you can manage your feelings in a respectful way.
Vitally this is where our treatment programme differs from other treatment providers and is also why we consistently achieve such positive outcomes. At CHARTER we believe that sobriety is the means not the goal – helping you get clean is probably the first and easiest step; its important, but ensuring you stay there is another. It’s also important that you’re happy and this requires a different focus. Readmore +
Addiction comes in many forms, the most well known being drug and alcohol addiction, but you should also know that the behavioural or process addictions such as eating disorders or gambling, can be just as damaging (see our drop down menu for more details). At CHARTER we are simply not prepared to take the risk of waiting for a person to ‘be ready’ for treatment, or to hit their ‘rock bottom’. We believe in and proactively promote early assessment and intervention, so that help can be put in place before, as well as when, the addiction becomes chronic. We work with you, with your loved ones, your GP or consultant to help you achieve a trustworthy recovery. We help you to develop the self respect that makes that possible and the means to communicate effectively so that you can be in healthy interactive relationships in your life.
The members of the CHARTER team are inspiring, remarkable in their knowledge and experience around treating addiction. We have known and worked together for many many years which is a game changer when treating addiction where there is so often so much resistance to properly going the distance. You will never feel like a number here. Instead you will quickly feel part of the CHARTER family, a sense of belonging that will help you to want to keep coming back.
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We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Some members of our team are in long term recovery from addiction themselves so know what it’s like to stand where you are standing. You can make an appointment with our assessment team using the Enquiry form below or simply give us a call so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.
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