Ethos of the Programme
- Better than Well: Promoting one outcome, to lead a rich and meaningful life, the life that matters — a greater ambition of helping people feel better than well rather than simply living an addiction-free life.
- Value Directed: Figuring out what values are important to the person and supporting them to act consistently in the direction of those values.
- Person Centred: Tailoring the programme to encourage and capture personalised change whilst at the same time providing a structured and consistent framework to support all residents.
- Recovery Capital: Underpinning the CBT therapeutic model with the practical development of recovery capital — the personal, social and community resources that help people move on from their addiction.
- Leadership: Championing the belief that it is possible for all of our residents to become assets — active citizens and leaders within their own communities.
Central to all our rehab activity is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) core programme that supports residents to manage their addiction by changing the way they think and behave. We enhance the CBT therapy with activities that build residents' resilience and individual recovery capital – the personal, social and community resources that help people live a happy, addiction-free life in the long-term.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Driving all programme activity is CBT, a therapeutic model that will help residents manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave. Residents will take part in two CBT workshops per week and a reflective learning session: an introductory workshop on the week's CBT theme, followed by an intensive workshop breaking down the theory and looking at application of the tools; finishing the week with a reflective learning session. Residents will also be asked to reflect on individual learning and application during their 1:1s. The focus of all CBT work will always be working towards independent recovery and identifying / reducing the triggers of relapse.
Each morning will start with a feelings group where residents share their mood using a 1-10 numbered scale and explore with the rest of the group why they feel that number represents their mood. Starting the day by sharing feelings allows the therapeutic team to identify areas of concern they can support residents with and spot the signals that could lead to a lapse. It also enables the group to bond as they support each other through the negative and positive emotions of their recovery.
Learning to cope with complex emotions can be challenging and is often the biggest risk to relapse. The Core Rehab Programme focuses on developing personal capital by developing resilience and coping strategies. Sessions will include managing emotions, working with depression and anxiety and building coping strategies around challenging situations such as preparing for celebrations.
Each resident will be allocated a named worker from the therapeutic team for individual care planning. As well as reviewing programme learning and engagement, 1:1 sessions will use Valued Directions to develop personal goals. Valued Directions is a key constituent of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), part of the Third Wave of CBT. ACT essentially promotes one outcome, to lead a rich and meaningful life, the life that matters. This entails exploring what values are important to the person and acting in a way that is consistent with those values. Valued Directions is tailored to the individual and captures personalised change while at the same time providing a common framework that can be applied to all the residents.
Developing Recovery Capital
Recovery is about leading a happy and fulfilling life – being better than well following an addiction and in order to help residents achieve this we support them to develop what is widely called Recovery Capital. Recovery Capital is the personal, social and community resources that will help someone achieve and sustain their recovery from addiction. Throughout the programme residents will take part in activities to learn new skills, rediscover themselves, have some fun, find a passion and get some structure back into life. Activities will include training, quiz and games nights, mutual aid meetings, mindfulness, cooking classes and lots, lots more.