Addiction comes in many forms. For some it is substance based (Cocaine, marijuana, alcohol...) and for others, it is behavioural (gambling, sex, shopping or food related). Whatever the form, addictions cost. At 'Addiction Therapy London', we have the therapeutic experience to help and support you to explore the underlying reasons for your addiction and develop new skills to help you live a life of sustainable abstinence. If you are in recovery, are concerned about your behaviour or that of someone else, we can offer you the support you need to explore your concerns.
Our Trauma Survivors Reduction Therapy is a 3-day group programme which provides participants with a deep insight into the developmental routes/causes of their addiction. Importantly it provides a therapeutic space from within which participants can dispel and ‘give back’ the underlying emotional links to their addictions. This process is both empowering and freeing and thus has a high success rate. This programme is highly recommended if you are in recovery from a substance or behaviour and feel that your life is still unresolved. For example, you may find yourself in the same situations and repeating the same behaviour, either at work, with a boss or with colleagues, or in your personal relationships. Also, for those who are struggling with sobriety and have relapsed, it may be that you are stuck in a loop of unresolved emotional trauma that is linked to your addiction.
We provide a safe, supportive environment for you to share your experiences amongst other people who can relate to you. Our experience has shown that sharing with others provides a sense of safety and belonging and helps you realise that you are not alone. Most people are nervous initially, but the bonds that develop within a group is proven to be one of the most effective therapeutic interventions when dealing with the effects of addiction, either for yourself or for someone else.
Our first session with you will last for 75 minutes. In this session we will guide you through the process. You are not expected to know how this process works. If you have been in therapy before, that’s OK; you will have an idea of the purpose of an initial consultation. The relationship between you and your therapist is confidential so whether you have referred yourself or have been referred by your employer or asked to come by your family or partner, our sessions will not be discussed with anyone without your consent.
The therapeutic approach at ATL is integrative and the following therapeutic modalities are utilised by our therapists and integrated alongside Mindfulness ,EFT, visualisation techniques, trauma therapy, somatic experience and meditation techniques.
Our integrative approach is based on a strong foundation of experience and successful outcomes. Our sessions are open ended and typically we will meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time. We are making a commitment when we schedule each next session, so if you need to re-arrange, we ask you to provide 48 hours notice.
Addiction never only impacts the individual who is addicted. It is a family condition. Partners of those in addiction require their own support because addiction has a detrimental impact on relationships. At ATL we offer both Family Therapy and Couples Therapy to assist you in moving forward and rebuilding your relationships.
We have a family therapist who offers individual and sessions for families. These sessions last 75 minutes and take place in our Harley Street and London Bridge locations. If you are interested in a Family Therapy session, Couples therapy is not recommended to couples when one partner is still in active addiction. Please contact Eve Walkey to discuss your concerns and arrange a time to meet for both Couples and Family Therapy.
ATL has close working alliances with private and NHS community based residential rehab centres in London, the USA and South Africa. If after our initial assessment together, we both agree that a residential treatment pathway would best support you, we help make those arrangements and support you in choosing a treatment centre that suits your needs. ATL does not offer a medical detox service.
Our approach is rooted in addiction psychology and an integrative psychotherapeutic model; our therapists use behavioural, cognitive, (CBT, REBT), humanistic, Gestalt, psycho-dynamic as well as using EFT, meditation and yoga interventions. The therapy is tailored to suit you as an individual.
We offer non-residential therapy to individuals (one-to-one), family members (family therapy) and couples. Sessions last between 50-90 minutes, depending on the type of therapy. Our therapy services are non-residential.
Corporate Awareness Programmes
We offer two packages for corporate organisations:
We can offer your workforce individual therapy with our psychologists, therapists, sports psychologists and trauma therapists. We deal with a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression and addictions (substances and behavioural). Some of our therapists are Aviva recognised practitioners.
Our therapists are all qualified to Masters level or above. Furthermore, they have had previous careers in global financial markets, media organisations. And advertising. We are ideally positioned to understand the pressures and stresses of working in a global economic climate where increased agility and home working offers both flexibility but bring additional strains. We know that psychological stress and anxiety is a reality of operating in this culture. Equally we recognise the necessity of keeping your organisation working to its optimum level.
Addiction (or addictive behaviour) is a coping strategy that people develop as a means of self-soothing when they feel overwhelmed and feel that there is no alternative. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction is that it develops into a behaviour that becomes out of control and carries consequences. Addiction also psychologically tricks the person who is addicted into believing they don’t have a problem despite the evidence of consequences. “Addiction is the condition that tells you that you don’t have a condition”. There are also strong social stigmas attached to addiction; a lack of will power, a feeling the person is weak and unable to cope, therefore treatment requires a gentle and non-confrontational approach.
Our experience in the corporate sector shows us that assisting HR departments and managers to de-stigmatise addiction, and general mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression, in the workplace is key to evolving a positive culture around mental health and addiction.
Furthermore, addictive personalities are often the most psychologically driven and focused employees. In our experience, many “addicts” counter-direct their addictive behaviour into more healthy behaviours such as strong sporting challenges like marathons or triathlons. The profile of someone struggling with addiction is typically a very high achiever, dedicated, committed, strong willed and a positive asset to your organisation.
Call Nicky Walton-Flynn to find out how ATL can help you identify potentially problematic issues and behaviours amongst your workforce and how best to address them.