Dual diagnosis/addiction

Our dual diagnosis/addiction programme helps people struggling with more than one psychiatric disorder, with one being a chemical or behavioural addiction. We use group and individual therapies and other clinical best practices to help our patients achieve sustained changes to their harmful behaviours.

Who will benefit from this programme?

Our dual diagnosis/addiction programme is specifically aimed at helping people who struggle with addictions and compulsive behaviours to find their way out of self-destructive cycles. We provide the best possible mental healthcare and assistance with the aim of not only stopping the cycle, but also preventing it from recurring in the future. This is done by giving people the tools they need to keep them from falling back into destructive patterns.

What to expect

The treatment programme

The treatment model focuses on helping the person to build skills for truly sustained positive behaviour change. The dual diagnosis unit (DDUs) programme includes individual and group therapy, and, when appropriate, family and couples counselling. We also offer community support programmes and family support meetings at certain facilities.

Most importantly, the dual diagnosis unit (DDUs) is committed to care that promotes dignity, self-respect and non-judgement. The DDU programme is goal directed and based on the principles of effectiveness, mindfulness, and creating a life of worth and meaning.

The focus of the treatment programme is two-fold. Firstly, of course, it focuses on the individual and their unique treatment needs. Secondly, the focus is on providing education and support for the patient’s impacted social and family system, as they are so crucial to the patient’s journey back to full wellness.

The programme consists of the following:

  • Individual therapy

  • Family therapy when required

  • Mindfulness

  • Leisure/social activities

  • Group therapy

  • Skills development

  • Therapeutic relaxation

The multidisciplinary treatment team

The multidisciplinary treatment team comprises of registered professionals with a specialist interest and expertise in mental health and psychiatry and includes:

Nursing staff




Social workers

The dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) model

Dialectical behaviour therapy, more commonly known as DBT, is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy used in psychotherapy. It’s highly effective, and helps to treat mental health disorders such as depression, substance abuse disorders, borderline personality disorder, and many more.

The main theory behind DBT is that people are often more likely to react strongly or in a way that is concerning only in particular situations. These emotional situations occur mainly in relationships with family, romantic partners, or friends. Among other things, DBT teaches people with these intense arousal levels how to manage their stress, their distress, and their emotional reactions in order to cope better with these often destructive emotional surges.

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Take a self-assessment

Our substance use self-assessment can help you to understand and reflect on your relationship with any substances you use, and identify whether it's something you may need help to manage.

Complete self-assessment

We offer mental healthcare for a range of disorders

Disorders treated in the adult programme

The adult programme offers mental healthcare for a range of disorders.
Understanding more about these disorders can help you to know when you may need help.

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Get in touch

As part of our commitment to providing the best and safest care to all of our patients, we listen. If you have anything you'd like to ask us, or need assistance accessing our services, please get in touch.

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