Cedar Rehab Addiction Treatment

Cedar Rehab specializes in addiction treatment covering substance abuse & co-occurring disorders.

At Cedar Rehabilitation & Addiction Treatment Center, each client benefits from a highly personalized recovery plan developed by our expert, multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. Our integrative approach combines evidence-based addiction treatment with complementary holistic therapies designed to heal mind, body, and spirit and encourage an overall healthy lifestyle, free of the influence of drugs and alcohol.

What is Addiction

Addiction is a disorder which causes malfunction of the brain’s reward circuits. Up to 60% of addiction sufferers have probably inherited the disorder genetically (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2010). As well, the reward system can be damaged by overusing it.

Those who are affected by this disorder will continue to reinforce their dulled reward system with substances (drugs, alcohol) or processes (gambling, sex, food) to increase feelings of pleasure – although only temporary.

Once this happens, someone with a genetic susceptibility to the disorder will have knock on effects, or chemical cascades, to other parts of the brain affecting things like judgment and impulse control. This is why ‘addicts’ or alcoholics cannot control their using. Addiction is a chronic condition (American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2011) which means that it lingers, and symptoms will return if it is not treated.

Types of Addiction

Contrary to popular belief, addiction involves more than just chemical dependency (dependence on drugs or alcohol). Instead, modern medicine has found that addiction can include a variety of stimulating activities that are potentially addictive. Referred to as ‘process’ addictions, these activities include gambling, compulsive overeating, compulsive sexuality and many more. At Cedar Rehabilitation Center, we view all addiction as part of the same disorder and employ the ‘all addiction’ model for addiction treatment. If you or someone you know is suffering from a process addiction to gambling, food, sex or other addictive processes, you may need treatment. Treatment for these disorders follows the guidelines of treatment for chemical addictions (drug or alcohol addictions).

How We Treat Addiction

It is widely accepted by both medical and psychological professionals that the disease of addiction entails biological, psychological and social components – all of which need to be treated. Which is why we use the bio/psycho/social model to conduct our addiction treatment.

Medical Treatment

When detoxing from any substance, it is always advisable to seek medical advice to ensure a safe beginning to recovery. However, the need for medical treatment varies depending on the severity of the individual’s addiction. At Cedar Rehab, we have an on-site psychiatrist who can make an initial assessment and assist with detoxes when necessary.

Psychological Treatment

Psychological and social aspects of addiction can be effectively treated using recognized and evidence based counselling models:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: focuses on increasing psychological health by learning to dispute what are known as ‘thinking errors’ or irrational ways we perceive and make meaning out of situations. Thinking errors are a main cause of the dysfunctional emotional states which are symptomatic of addiction

Meditation/Relaxation Techniques:  There are many techniques of meditation which concentrate on building the brains ability to focus and concentrate, producing a more balanced brain chemistry which is necessary for recovery from addiction. You can even expand the idea of meditation to include physical activities which increase feelings of well-being, such as yoga.


Inpatient model

Our inpatient addiction treatment method:  minimum of 4 weeks and up to 12 weeks, clients attend several intensive inpatient treatment sessions. This intensive phase of treatment incorporates various therapeutic and support sessions:
Daily Reflection and Individual therapy.
Group therapy: Group dynamics, Art therapy and Drama Therapy.
Recovery Skills group sessions: Psychoeducation, Confrontation, Evaluation Yoga and painting.
Individual/conjoint family sessions.

Outpatient Model

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), providing a highly personalized approach tailored to the individual’s specific addiction treatment needs.

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