Addiction Services

  • Assessments
  • Inpatient programme
  • Co-ordination with outpatient programmes
  • Withdrawal / detox
  • Opiate substition therapy (OST)
  • Follow up and tracking
  • Individual therapy

We specialise in the treatment of a wide range of addictions, including addiction to alcohol and drugs (both street drugs and prescription medication), as well as behavioural addictions (including gambling, sexual compulsivity and binge eating).

Our approach to treatment is that it needs to be comprehensive and of the right duration. There are many models and theories about the cause of addiction, consequently there are many different approaches to treatment.

Alcohol and drugs harm many lives and often aggravate other mental illnesses. It is our opinion that, once established, addiction is a brain disease that needs effective treatment, including medical treatment.

We believe that treatment, in addition to being innovative and evidence based, should recognise the uniqueness of each individual’s specific needs. We are committed to understanding these needs and to providing help with associated problems. These may include improving physical and psychological health, helping the family of the patient, or addressing issues at work.

We also believe that treatment should be provided by experts who are caring and experienced, whose therapeutic style is motivational, and who are able to build a sense of personal competence and an enthusiasm for pursuing a vital and fulfilling life.

“At its core, addiction isn’t just a social problem, or a moral problem or a criminal problem. It’s a brain problem whose behaviours manifest in all these other areas.” Michael Miller – past president of ASAM.

The first step is booking an assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s difficulties. We can then offer a treatment plan that addresses the person’s current needs and budget.

Treatment offered includes:

Treatment for alcohol dependence and problem drinking.

Treatment for addiction to drugs, including:

  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy
  • Hallucinogens such as LSD
  • CAT
  • Tik and other amphetamines
  • Heroin and other opioids
  • Mandrax

Prescription medication, including

  • Benzodiazepines and sleeping tablets
  • Pain medication, including codeine and other opiates.

Nicotine and smoking cessation interventions for

  • Pregnant mothers
  • Individuals who have health concerns
  • Anyone who has struggled to quit.

Behavioural addictions, including

  • Gambling
  • Sexual compulsivity
  • Binge eating
  • Gaming
  • Shopping.

Treatment for associated psychiatric problems, including

  • Mood disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Anxiety disorders, including Social and Generalised anxiety and Panic attacks
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychotic illnesses
  • Somatoform disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Grief, stress, anger management.

Treatment for associated medical problems

  • Dr Laurenson is a General Practitioner attached to the Kenilworth Clinic practice who has a special interest in addiction. He provides medical assessments for patients admitted to the Dual Disorder Unit and may also be consulted on an outpatient basis.

Treatment can be offered in different settings

  • Inpatient - this is generally in the Akeso Kenilworth Clinic Dual Disorder Unit
  • Outpatient care.

Specific Treatments

Withdrawal / Detox

Patients may require admission for physical withdrawal from substances of abuse. The withdrawal syndrome can be a medically dangerous period and requires admission to a clinic in certain circumstances, particularly with alcohol and heroin users, as well as in the elderly.

Patients entering treatment for withdrawal should enter a substance abuse programme once the withdrawal process is completed

Opiate substitution therapy (OST)

We offer maintenance or substitution therapy for opiate dependence (usually heroin), when appropriate. Patients are assessed clinically and followed up regularly both telephonically and by appointment. Urine testing is included in the service. Both Suboxone and Methadone substitution is offered.

Follow up and monitoring

There is significant evidence to support the fact that engaging in ongoing treatment improves outcomes in substance use disorders.

Continuing care, which is an essential part of our treatment philosophy. This includes

  • regular review by an addiction specialist
  • we have developed a monitoring and support programme, Recovery Outcomes
  • attendance at 12-step meetings
  • advice on outpatient programmes providing primary and secondary treatment
  • advice regarding a stay in a halfway house or tertiary treatment centre
  • drug testing to support monitoring and medicolegal processes (this includes testing of urine, blood, sputum and hair)

We also offer

  • Individual therapy
  • Family education, support and empowerment
  • Medico-legal assessment and reports.
  • Workplace support: we offer balanced support that assists the addicted individual while also addressing the concerns of the employer.