What Is Biomedical Therapy?

Biomedical therapy, or biomedical psychiatry, uses physiological treatments such as medications to treat psychological disorders. Many people who have addiction or substance abuse problems also have another mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety. This treatment approach helps address some of the underlying issues that may contribute to addiction.

Treatment for Addiction

At The Retreat, we treat addiction problems as a disease. With the right combination of therapies, medications, and other treatment methods, we can help you find recovery. Our addiction therapy methods include:

Co-occurring Group

We hold groups five days a week for individuals who face co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders. The groups help members find the motivation to:

  • Work on addictive behaviors

  • Identify and reflect on the impact of addiction

  • Engage in self-diagnosis

  • Discuss and prepare for triggers and difficult environments 

  • Learn coping skills

Alcohol Education Lecture Series

You can participate in unaffiliated programs held on Sheppard Pratt’s campus. The free eight-week Alcohol Education Lecture Series provides education on:

  • Alcoholism

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Dynamics of dependency

  • Recovery

  • Attitudes

  • Addiction

  • Family illness

Each topic is presented independently, so residents can join the series at any time.

Biomedical Psychoeducation

Education is one of the most powerful tools you can use to combat illness. Biomedical psychoeducation provides a weekly opportunity to interact with members of our psychiatric staff, including a world-renowned psychopharmacologist. During this question-and-answer session, you’ll learn about the biological and diagnostic issues of psychiatric care.

Some of the past topics selected by residents at The Retreat have included:

  • Genetics of psychiatric illness

  • How medications or devices work 

  • Difference between a mood disorder and a personality disorder

Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment can be complicated. Our goal is to provide you with a thoughtful perspective based on the latest research.

Individual Addictions Counseling

Every week, a specialized addictions counselor meets with each resident who is facing a substance use disorder. These weekly sessions assess the nature of your relationship to substances and help motivate you along your path to recovery.

We first perform a thorough addiction evaluation to get the full picture of the addiction and challenges you face. This evaluation helps us plan the most appropriate therapies for you.

We tailor the meetings to your needs, and they can be therapeutic, educational, or motivational. The addictions counselor works with your primary therapist as a critical, ongoing part of your treatment team.

Self-Help Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings several times each day on our campus. We also offer meetings of Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon, a support group for friends and families of people living with alcoholism.

If you are dealing with addictions, we strongly encourage you to attend these meetings. These self-help groups are essential to your recovery and healing, as they provide accountability and give you access to an understanding community.