During the program, residential clients are seen by our Psychiatrist, Dr Ranvir Sood.
About Dr Sood
Dr Sood is a Consultant Psychiatrist with expertise in the assessment and treatment of addiction disorders of all kinds. He has worked with over 3000 clients suffering moderate to severe addictions to ice, speed, cannabis, opiates, cocaine, alcohol and other substances, and also with gambling and sex addiction. He specializes in assessing the motivations that drive addiction and in helping not only the individual, but also their partner or family members to help the person who is struggling with these problems. His approach to recovery takes into account the whole person, their development and coping mechanisms, and their network including family.
Dr Sood has background of extensive experience as a clinical psychiatrist dealing with the full range of mental health issues, as well as additional training in child and adolescent psychiatry (RANZCP) and in family therapy (Bouverie). He has previously held long standing appointments as a Senior Consultant in State Psychiatric Services at Geelong and Mont Park, as well as an Associate in Psychiatry at both Monash and Melbourne Universities, and as Clinical Dean for the Melbourne University’s Northern Psychiatric Campus. He has had considerable involvement in the training of psychiatrists and supervision of drug and alcohol workers.
He currently runs a private practice specializing in Psychiatry as well as providing guidance, support and therapy for people, who have had serious addiction problems and their families, after they have completed rehab program.
Whatever their symptoms and problems, most people who seek addiction treatment experience the underlying difficulty of establishing and maintaining satisfactory relationships with others.
The purpose of the group is honest, interpersonal exploration, i.e. learning about yourself in relation to and as seen by other people.
Evidence indicates that group therapy participation increases a person’s connection with self, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-care and provides participants with the opportunity to develop and maintain positive relationships.
A key requirement is the direct and honest exchange of feelings towards other members at the time these feelings are experienced.
This kind of expression is difficult at first but becomes easier as trust develops.
During their treatment episode DayHab clients can expect one-on-one personalised professional support. Counselling sessions include practical and emotional support addressing the underlying emotional and psychological issues that accompany and perpetuate a person’s addictive patterns.
Participants are encouraged to express feelings as they arise or when appropriate with any of our staff in confidential one-on-one counselling.
Individual counselling sessions add to the supportive environment that enables clients to overcome personal challenges or unexpected emotions as they occur and to move forward or progress more quickly in other sessions such as group therapy.
Through our one-on-one recovery support counselling sessions, clients who up to this point have been living in delusion and denial are introduced to reality.
This approach provides the springboard to a life of sobriety, recovery and freedom.
The purpose of the Dayhab interactive workshops are to educate clients about critical information regarding addiction, addiction treatment, consequences of addiction, recovery, relapse prevention and ongoing aftercare support.
DayHab lecture and workshop topics include:
Introduction to addiction
The disease of addiction
How denial impedes the recovery process
Underlying causes of addiction
Guilt, shame, fear, remorse and anger
Self-defeating learned behaviours’
These workshops are delivered in a safe and supportive environment in an emphatic, considerate and assertive manner by qualified and experienced professionals.
Family Information and Support Sessions
At DayHab we recognise that problematic alcohol and other drug use, as well as related mental health issues can be overwhelming for families.
At DayHab we know that it is important to understand the addiction problem so that we can all become part of the solution. The more family members know about addiction the better equipped they are to become part of the solution.
Topics discussed and explained are as follows:
Medical aspects of addiction
Why addiction has been declared a disease
Neurological aspects of addiction
How it plays out in the addict
What is addiction treatment?
How does it work?
How do I get help for my loved one?
How do I support my loved one when they are in treatment?
What do I do to support my loved one when they come home?
How do I look after myself?
What support is there for me “as I’m not the addict”
The DayHab Family Information Night arms you with support, information, education, inspiration and encouragement to create positive long-term sustainable change in yours and your loved ones lives.
Together, DayHab helps you regain control of your life and get your family back on their feet again!
Our Family Information Nights are held monthly on a Thursday evening. Please contact DayHab on 1800 329 422/ 1800-DAYHAB to register as places are limited.
A critical component of the DayHab Addiction Treatment Program is supporting each client to develop an effective and sustainable aftercare plan that is comprehensive and achievable.
Through the aftercare planning process additional referrals, supports and services are identified, actioned and initiated before program completion.
DayHab recognises the importance of actioning aftercare supports to help achieve ongoing recovery. With this in mind weekly aftercare groups are available free of charge to all DayHab clients. (Please note: Aftercare does not operate on a public holiday).