At all UKAT centres the approach is one of promoting abstinence as essential to recovery from addiction. Our clinical team provide an excellent and comprehensive Primary programme to enable all individuals to begin to identify the underlying, negative behaviours and thought processes that are evident in active addiction. We take a step by step approach, working alongside you in order to guide and facilitate the changes that need to be made in order to achieve life long recovery.
On admission you will be welcomed and shown around the facility of your choosing by one of our highly trained staff. You will then be settled in your room where admission paperwork will be completed. You will meet with our Medical Consultant who will complete a thorough medical assessment and if you require detox will prescribe a detoxification regime.
All individuals will have a written care plan, designed to optimise their treatment gains and which is based on their expressed needs and wishes, clients are encouraged to contribute to their care plan, in order to have ownership of their treatment journey. This plan is at the centre of the individual’s programme of treatment. It ensures they receive a tailored programme which incorporates both standard and individual elements. Once admitted and stable the service user will meet with their assigned key worker and construct their programme. This will include both medical and psychosocial elements. It will also indicate the specific elements of any additional service they will be accessing (e.g complementary therapies, debt advice, etc.) and their personal timetable of group work and individual sessions.
The plan is reviewed on a regular basis and each individual is involved in that review. We understand that the needs and wishes of individuals in treatment can and do change as they move through their treatment programme. We are always ready to work with individuals to alter their goals and objectives, their areas of focus and their programme.
Throughout the programme each individual’s motivation is monitored and enhanced through structured group work, care planning and individual one to one sessions. All our clients are encouraged to take an active part in identifying improvements or areas of concern in their peer’s contribution to the programme. This approach allows the client to engage in a process which enables them to identify and take responsibility for any change. The emphasis is on a safe, supportive environment of collaboration and participation, they engage in and support each other’s progress and maintain an open channel of communication amongst the therapeutic team and themselves.
We employ a number of methods in order to monitor change in each individual including ongoing assessment by the counsellors and through the group work process. In the early days of treatment interventions for abstinence preparation are employed, based on the principles of motivational psychology and designed to produce rapid, internally motivated change.
This treatment approach does not attempt to guide and train the service user step by step, but employs motivational strategies to mobilise the individuals own resources and thus enhances the more practical and educational components of cognitive behavioural therapy and 12 step facilitation. Staff working with this group use a combination of comprehensive assessments, structured group work, one to one counselling, contact with other agencies as appropriate.
We provide a structured timetable of daily activities with a built in flexibility to allow for specific needs. The day begins with a short meditation and focus group plus an opportunity to discuss any issues that may have arisen from the previous day. There will then be a series of groups and workshops covering topics such as:
12 Step work
Cognitive Behaviour therapy
Anger and stress management
Motivational Enhancement therapy
Relapse management and prevention
Self esteem workshops
You will be assigned a focal therapist who will meet with you on a weekly basis in order to review the care plan and discuss any problems or concerns that may have an impact on ongoing recovery.
We are committed to providing the most comprehensive treatment journey in order that, on completion, each person will have attained the strategies and motivation to continue on into a life free from addiction.
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