We are born with specific gene constellations. As early as in the mother’s womb, but primarily after birth, we are additionally shaped by environmental factors. If the mother experiences violence during pregnancy, the function of the foetus’ stress axis will also be modified. If we are confronted with crises in life, then we react to them according to our basic personality. One person reacts with fear, the other with depression, and the next with addiction.
In the brain, erroneous regulation in the rewards and decision centre are triggered. This involves the midbrain, limbic system, frontal cortex and the stress axis.
Addiction: a genetically or stress-induced disorder
Addiction is therefore a genetically and stress-induced disorder of the dopamine-glutamate interaction, which namely results in the following symptoms:
Loss of control, addictive cravings and persistent drug use despite negative consequences.
With the substance abuse disorders, there is an excessive, repeated and harmful behavioural pattern with negative psychosocial effects as well as tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. We also interpret addiction as a self-medication, a helpless attempt not to have to feel painful feelings such as fear, loneliness, insecurity, sadness any more.
Generally, addictions are divided into substance-related (alcohol, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, sedatives/hypnotics, anxiolytics, stimulants from amphetamine type, cocaine, tobacco, caffeine, others) and substance-free (gambling, buying-collecting/hoarding, work, sport, sex, computer and internet). With the latter, there is still a lack of sound clear diagnostics today.
Anyone can liberate themselves from addiction
With 62% of our addiction clients, we find a multiple substance abuse, most frequently a combination of alcohol, cannabis and cocaine. The first of these are used for dampening, the latter for stimulation. As such, the individual ultimately loses contact with themselves and has forgotten how natural feelings feel.
Since our brain is vivid for a lifetime, it is possible to change something at any point in time. The most important thing is that the motivation to be liberated from the addiction comes from the affected individual themselves. The basic addiction personality will remain. However, the affected individual can learn how to cope with it in a healthy way.
In the CALDA Clinic, addiction is combined with post-traumatic stress disorder or adaptation disorder in 70% of all cases; in 27%, additional accentuated personality traits are found; in 15% ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity).
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Usually we cannot answer this question and it is ultimately also irrelevant for the therapy.
In addition to targeted, addiction-specific therapy, it is very important to identify and tolerate feelings. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), clinical hypnosis and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) are directly implemented.
During the addiction-specific therapy, unprocessed traumas are also processed, the stress level reduced and the day/night rhythm restored.
A personal coach, in this case, an addiction counsellor, accompanies you 24/7 and concentrates on all aspects of addiction.
We take a holistic approach to treatment. You usually spend the first 1-3 days in a suite at our partner clinic Privatklinik Bethanian in Zurich. This is where the detoxification begins and an internal status is made. We therefore have an emergency station at our disposal and more than 250 specialists.
If the liver has already been affected, you will then be directly supported by our micronutrients. A liver steatosis can completely recover, while liver cirrhosis cannot. The gut is cleansed, the organism detoxified and excess weight reduced. We often see metabolic syndromes with obesity, onset diabetes mellitus type II and an increased risk of heart circulation diseases. With a status after gastric band or gastric bypass, the diet has to be adapted.
This means that our CALDA Concept also includes preventative and better ageing medicine, nutrition and lifestyle coaching.
Our therapy extends over 7 days a week with 6 to 8 therapy hours a day.
With proactive, motivated participation in our personalised holistic therapy programme, we can liberate you from your addictive behaviour within the shortest period of time. Nevertheless, we cannot work miracles. Our organism needs time, time to heal - both physically and mentally. It is this time that you have to hand over to us. A four-week stay is the minimum that we require. Six to twelve weeks are certainly the optimum, depending on the situation.
Transfer to Everyday
For the transfer to everyday life following the first intensive therapy phase at the CALDA Clinic, a multiple-week, low-threshold continuing care is recommended. Our personal coach will accompany you for some time at home and support you in finding your way in your everyday life again and in implementing and affirming healthy strategies.
An alternative to this is our CALDA Meets Africa Programme, which contains a four-week initial phase of therapy at the CALDA Clinic and three-week second phase of therapy in Africa before you return home again.