Sydney Detox and Rehab: a holistic approach
Sydney Detox and Rehab offers its clients a holistic approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment in a nurturing, friendly environment.
We work with clients to bring greater balance and healthy into the 5 main facets of human life:
• The Physical
• The Psychological
• The Social
• The Emotional
• The Spiritual
A range of therapies and interventions are offered to help bring each aspect into balance. If therapies are not your thing, the beach is nearby. Sometimes a walk along the beach is the best medicine.
Managing physical dependence on substances and detoxing drugs and alcohol out of your body is the first step we take to getting your physical wellbeing back on track. Addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol contributes to an array of physical health issues including, altered brain function & structure, nutritional deficiencies, poor sleep hygiene, decreased strength & fitness and chronic health issues.
At Sydney Detox and Rehab we pay close attention to balance & wellbeing as being cornerstones of recovery and relapse prevention. A private chef prepares nutritious tasty meals to ensure your nutritional needs are met. Clients receive massage or acupuncture to support relaxation, sleep and detox.
A personal trainer will work with you to bring more strength and stability into your body and daily walks & physical activity are encouraged.
We will support you with developing healthy sleep habits and introduce you to breathing techniques to support your levels of energy. Your physical wellbeing has a huge impact on your psychological & emotional state, which is why we really strive to help you learn to better take care of your body and physical health.
We offer the following supports to help you find physical wellbeing:
• Medically supervised detoxification from drugs and alcohol
• Personal training
• Nutritional support
• Beach walks
• Time in nature
• Massage and acupuncture
• Breathing and mindfulness exercises
• Yoga and qi gong
• Swimming and surfing
• Sleep routine
Chronic or abusive use of drugs and alcohol changes the way that the chemicals in the brain operate, leading to imbalances. These chemical imbalances can manifest in depression, paranoia, obsessive thinking, anxiety and psychosis. Self worth, decision making and views of the world can become distorted.
During your detox and rehab process at Sydney Detox and Rehab we will be supporting you to examine and reorientate your mindset, thinking patterns and sense of self to better work for you. We endeavour to teach you skills such as mindfulness, CBT, inquiry and meditation. We support you to understand your patterns and habits & help you to both start to shift the patterns & habits that don’t serve you and develop new habits that do serve you.
It can take time for entrenched patterns to shift and for chemical imbalances in the brain to change, but supports such as counselling, exercise, mindfulness and yoga can get you off to the right start.
We recommend that clients continue to invest in the tools and supports that they’re interested in after their time with Sydney Rehab and Detox.
Sydney Detox and Rehab offers a range of psychological supports and methods:
• One-to-one counselling
• Psycho-education & harm minimisation information
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Motivational Interviewing
• Narrative Therapy
• Relapse Prevention
• Brief and Early Intervention
• Art therapy
• Solution Focused Therapy
• Mindfulness & meditation
Isolation, disconnection from others and relational conflicts are common consequences of addiction. When life centres around using substances, your interest in and capacity to engage with others becomes affected. Some people start to only spend time with other users. Shame and secrecy are common experiences for addicts, this can create anxiety and feelings of inauthenticity.
At Sydney Detox and Rehab we look at various aspects of the social domain. We support clients with understanding healthy boundaries, tools for conflict and how to recognise & communicate needs. For some clients it is important to reevaluate their social circles and look at alternative ways of spending time with people that don’t involve using or drinking.
For other clients, we need to focus on reparation of relationships- acknowledging how addiction has impacted our relationships and how we can go about rebuilding trust & connection. If necessary we can recommend supports that your loved ones can access.
There is always someone to talk to at Sydney Detox and Rehab. Our team are non-judgmental and enjoy engaging with clients; be it going for a kayak, chatting about world cuisines or watching a film together.
It is important that in addition to work on addiction, that we can offer enjoyable, social activities that can give clients ideas about sober interests & activities that they can take back into their lives.
Sydney Detox and Rehab supports you to reconnect by:
• Offering 24/7 support during your stay, there is always someone to talk to
• Mentoring and coaching
• Eating meals together
• Enjoyable activities
• Equine Assisted learning
• Group work and activities
• Connecting you to groups & activities in your local area
• Supporting you to engage with loved ones
• Support to balance work commitments
• Reparation and forgiveness tools
Addiction can often be a way of trying to numb emotional states that are challenging. This can be anxiety/fear, sadness, grief, anger, disappointment and a host of other emotions.
However, addiction ultimately tends to exacerbate these emotional states for a variety of reasons: drugs and alcohol create chemical imbalances in the brain that lead to states like depression, paranoia & anxiety; addiction & its consequences tends to undermine self-worth; and suppression of emotions normally just creates a build up of unresolved tension & emotion.
Emotions and feelings are important human experiences that give us information about ourselves, our situation and our needs. For example, we might feel angry when someone oversteps a boundary or sad when we lose something.
It is useful for clients to learn how to approach, process and express emotions in a healthy way.
Developing a healthy relationship to our feelings and the feelings of others takes time. If you have become used to numbing your emotions, feeling again can be overwhelming, this is why we take a gentle approach to working with emotions, so that you can learn to regulate your emotions and feel safe.
The emotional domain is supported at Sydney Detox and Rehab with:
• Holistic massage & healing modalities
• Emotional regulation techniques
• Breathing techniques
• Journalling practices
• Creative art therapies
• Sound meditations
• Acceptance & non-judgmental environment
The spiritual is another important dimension of a person and can mean different things for different people. It can include: our sense of purpose & belonging, joy & celebration, connection to something greater than ourselves, reason for living, authentic self, knowing we are loved unconditionally, acceptance and connection to a sense of magic or mystery.
Addiction can take away or diminish all of these- when you rely on alcohol and drugs there is little room for anything in life except the cycles of addiction. A person’s reason for living can often shift to using, which can undermine connection to self and the world. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, anxiety and dread.
Whilst the spiritual may not feel important to everyone, Sydney Detox and Rehab offers clients the space to connect with and explore questions around purpose, meaning, connection and love.
Sydney Rehab and Detox supports the spiritual domain with:
• Meditation techniques
• Providing a non-judgmental space to have conversations around these topics
• Nature walks
• Linking up with appropriate groups
• Reconnection exercises
• Sound meditation
• A retreat-like, relaxed environment
Food and Nutrition
Our kitchen provides healthy, home cooked, gourmet-meals designed and supervised by our in-house chef. Our meals are designed to incorporate locally grown produce and wholefoods that promote detoxification, mental health and energy such as fresh fruits, salads and vegetables. Our menu also offers red meat, chicken and fish for non-vegetarians.
Enjoying and appreciating food is important during your stay, so freshly baked cakes and desserts for afternoon tea and after dinner are readily available. Our clients are offered coffee, tea, fresh juice and smoothies during their stay. Decaffeinated beverages are served after lunch.
Sydney Detox and Rehab caters to your food requirements and tastes. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, an allergy sufferer or just have a food craving, our cook is only too happy to accommodate these requirements. If you want roast potatoes and stew, we’ll give you roast potatoes and stew. If you crave chocolate, we’ll get you chocolate. It’s that simple.