Treatment tailored to your needs

World class addictions treatment at Priory Hospital, Woking in Surrey

At Woking, we pride ourselves on offering clinically excellent treatment for a range of addictions, including substance addictions such as alcohol  and drugs , or behavioural addictions such as addiction to gambling, love and sex, internet or shopping. Our Addiction Treatment Programme is a 28-day programme, which adheres to robust national guidelines and is led by our dedicated therapy services manager.

We employ a holistic approach at Woking by not only addressing the physical symptoms of an addiction, but also examining the underlying triggers and causes in order to produce the best individual outcomes for each and every one of our patients.

Free addictions assessment

We are pleased to offer a free, no-obligation addiction assessment which consists of:

  • Individual, face to face assessment with one of our addiction treatment specialists
  • The opportunity to explore any questions or concerns that you may have
  • Talking through your proposed treatment plan

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.

What addictions are treated at Woking?

Our addictions team are able to offer tried and tested treatment for the following substance and behavioural addictions:

Alcohol addiction
Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder, refers to drinking alcohol in an excessive and repeated manner, to the extent that you become physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol in order to function on a day-to-day basis. Without specialised treatment, alcohol addiction can result in a variety of devastating physical and psychological consequences, and can even result in death.

Drug addiction
Drug addiction is characterised by taking or administering drugs in a continuous manner, until this results in physical and psychological dependence on the drug. Drugs may consist of illegal substances such as heroin, cocaine or ecstasy, or can refer to legal prescription drugs. Illegal drug addiction usually develops as a result of curiosity or peer pressure, whereas prescription drug addiction is often the result of taking a certain drug for a legitimate medical reason before going on to abuse this or using the drug recreationally. Either way, drug use can soon become a serious problem.

Some of the most common drug addictions that we treat at Woking include:

  • Heroin addiction – heroin is a dangerous opiate drug, and a derivative of morphine and opium. Heroin is most commonly injected, but it is also possible for this substance to be smoked or snorted. Due its strong anaesthetic properties, addiction and tolerance to heroin build quickly, meaning that individuals are required to take more and more of the drug in order to experience the desired effects.
  • Amphetamine addiction – amphetamine, or ‘speed’, is a potent stimulant drug that typically has the appearance of white powder or small crystals. Amphetamine is ingested by smoking, injecting, snorting, or dabbing onto the gums and causes users to experience alertness, confidence, intense euphoria and extreme bursts of energy.
  • Ecstasy addiction – ecstasy, also known as MDMA, is a powerful stimulant derived from amphetamine, and is typically swallowed in tablet form although it can also be snorted as a powder. Ecstasy causes users to experience euphoria and high energy as well as intense feelings of elation, closeness and intimacy due to this drug causing the brain to release ‘happy chemicals’, serotonin and dopamine.
  • Cocaine addiction – cocaine is a dangerous stimulant drug which usually comes as a white powder and can be snorted or injected. Cocaine use results in intense and prolonged euphoria which makes this drug highly addictive and causes tolerance to build rapidly.
  • Crack cocaine addiction – crack cocaine, also known as simply ‘crack’, is the crystal form of cocaine that takes its name from the cracking or popping noise that it makes when it is exposed to heat. Crack cocaine is typically smoked and although its effects are much more rapid when compared to cocaine, these peak quickly and only last for a few minutes. This rapid cycle of abuse is highly conducive to addiction and tolerance.
  • Cannabis addiction – cannabis, which is taken from the cannabis plant, is also commonly known as ‘weed’ or ‘marijuana’. Cannabis is usually smoked but it is becoming increasingly popular for this drug to be cooked or baked in various foods. Cannabis causes users to experience relaxation and tranquillity which is why this substance is so often abused.
  • Prescription drug addiction – prescription drugs, particularly those with painkilling properties, are typically prescribed by doctors or other medical professionals in order to alleviate pain following an operation or injury. However, as these drugs often cause feelings of relaxation, euphoria and pleasure, they can be highly addictive.

Behavioural addictions that are treated at Woking include:

  • Gambling addiction
  • Internet addiction
  • Shopping addiction
  • Love and sex addition

Addiction therapy at Woking

We employ a range of established therapeutic methodologies at Woking, in order to facilitate effective rehabilitation and recovery from substance and behavioural addictions. These include:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used worldwide in the treatment of addictions, and has proven to be a highly effective method of changing the destructive behaviours that are associated with these complex conditions. CBT works according to the principle that addictions are fuelled by ingrained negative thought patterns which prevent people from making healthy choices and undermine their efforts to change. In CBT, patients are encouraged to challenge their dysfunctional thought patterns, explore why they developed in the first place, and take proactive steps to replace negative thoughts with healthier alternatives as a means of altering behaviour.

Holistic therapy - holistic forms of therapy facilitate the use of alternative methods of expression, to help patients to connect with subconscious issues that may be difficult for them to articulate with words alone. Yoga is an example of one of our holistic therapies at Woking, and offers our addictions patients the opportunity to practice exercises that engage the mind, body and spirit. Yoga enables patients to relieve stress and anxiety through deep relaxation and breathing control. Another holistic therapy that we offer at Woking is art therapy. The purpose of this expressive form of therapy is to help patients to explore their complex feelings through colour, shapes and patterns, aiding them in discovering new truths about themselves and developing a better understanding of their dysfunctional behaviours.

1:1 therapy - 1:1 therapy is a form of therapy that takes place on an individual basis, with sessions consisting of the patient and the most appropriate addictions expert for their needs. 1:1 therapy allows personal feelings to be explored in great depth and in a confidential and therapeutic environment.

Group therapy - as its name suggests, group therapy takes place as part of a broader group of addictions patients, expertly facilitated by one or two of our Woking addictions specialists. This form of therapy has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of addictions and allows patients with similar problems to share their feelings, receive feedback and support each other in a highly compassionate setting.

Family group therapy - family group therapy draws upon the input of the wider family unit in tackling a patient’s addiction. These sessions allow a two-way understanding to be developed regarding the patient’s addiction and the impact that this is having on other people and loved ones. Engaging in an open family dialogue can assist patients in understanding that addictions are damaging on a variety of different levels and have wider consequences.

Couples therapy - couples therapy works on the same principle as family group therapy but is designed to encourage an open dialogue between a couple in terms of the impact that the patient’s addiction is having on the relationship, as well as on each individual.

What happens during the Woking Addiction Treatment Programme?

Our rigorous 28-day programme combines the latest research on addiction treatment with best practice guidelines. You will receive an individualised treatment plan, delivered by specialists that are best suited to your unique needs and requirements. Our approach results in the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our patients, enabling long lasting recovery.

Free addictions assessment

We also offer a free addictions assessment which consists of:

  • Face to face assessment with a member of the Addictions Treatment team
  • The opportunity to ask any questions you may have
  • Talking you through a proposed treatment plan

Please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.

Medically assisted detoxification

At Woking, we are able to offer a medically controlled detoxification, or ‘detox’, which helps you to manage the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that are encountered when you stop consuming alcohol or drugs. Our detox programme is a safe and secure method of removing harmful substances from your body, and adheres to a personalised detox plan.

Residential treatment

Once you have successfully completed the detox process, you will be ready to commence with intensive residential treatment. This consists of a programme of robust, evidence-based therapies as a means of addressing the psychological components of your addiction.

Day patient treatment

Following rigorous residential treatment, you will typically take a step-down in intensity to our day patient treatment programme. This is characterised by you attending Woking for a certain number of days each week, participating in Addiction Treatment Programme therapy groups, before returning to your own place of residence following a day of therapy.

Free aftercare

After you have completed the Woking Addiction Treatment Programme, you will have access to free aftercare for 12 months. This ensures that you are provided with the support that you need when you leave treatment, including a bespoke continuing care plan, equipping you with the skills to remain abstinent for life.

To discuss treatment options and find out how we can support you, please contact a member of our team on 0800 840 3219. Alternatively, click here to email your enquiry or click here to arrange a free addictions assessment.