New Addiction Clinic Opens in London

Serena House, a new detox clinical located in central London, is about to open its doors to help those in the grips of addiction.

Medical experts from London’s leading hospitals who specialise in the treatment of addictions have come together with top addiction therapy specialists to provide what is considered to be the best possible chance for patients to recover from this illness, which unfortunately, can be fatal. There are also huge implications dor the rest of family and friends when a loved one is suffering an addiction. 

The death rates for those suffering from addictions is high

In one large-scale study, it was found that nine out of ten deaths of those addicted to drugs were avoidable. When it comes to alcohol, the fact it is a legal drug doesn’t make it any less dangerous: in the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 reported alcohol-related deaths

The private unit located in a discreet location near Harley Street provides a high level of medical detox combined with the best therapists and nursing care - providing the optimal chance for patients seeking to kick their habit.

Patients at Serena House will receive dedicated attention and are cared for by an experienced, addictions multidisciplinary team consisting of a Head of Treatment, Medical Director, Addiction Consultant Psychiatrists, Addiction Unit Doctors, Specialist Addiction Therapists and a Specialist Nursing Addictions team.

The team includes the renowned addictions expert, Dr Robert Lefever, who established the very first addiction rehabilitation centre in the UK offering treatment to patients with eating disorders, alcohol or drug problems. He was also the first to treat compulsive gambling, nicotine addiction and workaholism. Dr Dmitri Popelyuk, previously  a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, is a recognised expert on sex addiction and also provides treatment.

Dr Bruce Trathen, who is widely known as ‘the Alcohol Doctor’ is Serena House’s Clinical Lead. He has worked as a psychiatrist specialising in addiction medicine for over tweny years and is a leader in the field.

Why a medical detox is best

Detoxification with doctors is the safest way for addicts to stop their dependence on drugs and alcohol.

Having the support of professionals is not only easier in terms of comfort, advice and support, they can provide lifesaving intervention. This is especially true in terms of alcohol withdrawal.

Clinical Lead Dr Trathen, says: “In some cases, alcohol withdrawal can lead to seizures, brain damage and even death.”

He adds: “When the person is heavily alcohol dependent, the overactive brain state may be so severe that epileptic fits occur (discharged electricity in the brain). Fits can sometimes lead directly to death, and in other cases cause fatal injuries”

Mr David Durand, Head of Treatment says: When it comes to our treatment plan, patients arrive with a range of presentations and our approach to treating all addictions is entirely bespoke ranging from the need for immediate detox, crisis management that may also involve loved ones - through to developing the best treatment plans.” He adds: “As a consultant-led medical detox unit all therapies are based on the latest clinical evidence.”

“It is about finding what works well for the patient. We do not expect every patient to respond to every type of therapeutic approach. Instead, patients have the opportunity to try a number of evidence-based treatment modalities and the patient is involved in each step of the therapeutic pathway and subsequent choice of appropriate treatment options.”

A unique approach to addiction treatment

The philosophy at Serena is each person is unique – so treatment should be too. “Through therapy, education on addiction and alternative approaches we aim to give you the knowledge and coping skills for living without the aid of mood altering chemicals or addictive behaviours,” says Mr Durand. “The addiction treatment programme also has a strong focus on relapse prevention and offers an introduction to self-help groups such as AA and other mutual support fellowships.”

In addition to the highly-qualified team, Serena House also uses healthcare assistants who have been through the experience of addiction themselves. “The therapeutic power of one addict helping another cannot be over-stated,” comments David Durand.

If you need advice on your addiction, addiction treatment or an addiction specialist or therapist we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make. Please contact us confidentially at Serena House on 07387 018286 or [email protected]

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