Biomedical Therapy and Addiction
Approximately half of our residents live with a substance abuse disorder, like drug addiction, along with a mental health issue. We offer specialized treatment for co-occurring disorders, using biomedical therapy, addiction therapy, and self-help groups to address both issues.
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:
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:
Signs and symptoms
Dynamics of dependency
Each topic is presented independently, so residents can join the series at any time.
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
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.
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.
Please note that due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to offer the following treatments and therapies:
Acupuncture, equine assisted therapy, weekend therapeutic outings, Thursday night group at Ruxton House, and trips to local gym