Our approach to treatment with the 12 steps

Although addiction is identified by the mainstream treatment models as a chronic, relapsing condition, relapse is not inevitable and it can be treated successfully.

Our treatment approach has full recovery based on abstinence as its core aim and employs the 12 Steps as the programme’s framework. The 12 Step method, combined with accessing ongoing peer support, is one of the longest-standing and most effective addiction treatment approaches.

How we help

Your treatment

Clients follow a supportive abstinence-based programme that aims to ensure that they are able to live fulfilling lives free from their ‘drug’ which they have become dependent on and to improve their mental, emotional, spiritual and physical (where required) wellbeing.

Every day clients will follow a comprehensive schedule from 07.30am – 10.00pm on most days that includes group therapy, regular one to one counselling, lectures, workshops, assignments and holistic therapies such as Reiki, Auricular Acupuncture and Aromatherapy Massage, particularly beneficial when clients may naturally feel anxious or overwhelmed at times.

Additional therapeutic sessions where clients can express themselves in an alternative way to written or verbal communication, such as art, drumming or music therapy, also form part of our programme. Our experienced counsellors work with clients using an integrated approach encompassing various interventions and proven and established styles of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to address some of the presenting issues.

We know that everyone is unique so the approach will be tailored to each client to suit their individual needs throughout their stay. Through almost 50 years of treating addiction, we know that long-term recovery is more than just a dream, it is achievable.

What to expect

A typical daily schedule

Detoxification, Primary Care and Extended Care clients will engage in a therapeutic programme which provides a healthy mix of challenge and support and every day will be different, tailored to each client to meet their individual needs. A typical schedule is as follows:

06:45     Bell

07:15     Morning reading

07:40     Breakfast

08:00     Medication (if applicable)

08:30     Tai Chi Quigong

09:15     Lecture

10:00     Group therapy

11:00     Auricular Acupuncture

11:30     Assignment time

13:00     Lunch

15:30     Group mix

16:45     Relaxation class

18:00     Evening meal

18:45     Life story

19:30     Fellowship meeting (AA/CA)

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The first centre in Europe

A simple guide to the 12 steps to recovery

Broadway Lodge was the first centre in Europe to offer 12 step-based treatment, a model which is accessible to people of all faiths and none. There is long-standing evidence that practising the 12 Steps, as part of an ongoing commitment to Fellowship meetings, is one of the most effective means of establishing and maintaining your recovery. A simplified explanation of the 12 Steps can be read below:

  • Step 1 – Honesty – I realise I have a problem, and I’m stuck
  • Step 2 – Hope – I’m willing to ask for help and see things from another perspective
  • Step 3 – Faith – I will let go of control and seek contentment
  • Step 4 – Courage – I honestly look at the impact of my actions
  • Step 5 – Integrity – I take responsibility for my actions
  • Step 6 – Willingness – I am willing to change
  • Step 7 – Humility – I will ask for help to change
  • Step 8 – Discipline and action – I stop blaming others and am willing to make amends
  • Step 9 – Forgiveness – I make amends
  • Step 10 – Acceptance – I pay attention to my motives and the effects of my actions
  • Step 11 – Knowledge and awareness – I stay tuned to who I am and what I can do
  • Step 12 – Service and gratitude – Having changed, I can now reach out to others who feel stuck


But I’m an atheist?

One of the many questions we get asked a lot, is “will the 12 steps work for me if I’m an atheist?”. The simple answer is, yes. Many have done so already and many will continue to do so. But there’s a little more to it than that – take a look at our blog posts to help understand the 12 Steps: The 12 Steps for Atheists: It’s not necessarily the “God” you think or The 12 Steps Simplified.

Broadway Lodge

Our mission is:

  • To provide the highest quality of care and treatment for people suffering from addiction.
  • To deliver services of the highest possible standards through the quality and professionalism of our staff.
  • To accept, respond and be at the forefront of change.