Our approach to treatment

Addiction treatment at Broadway Lodge is abstinence-based where the 12 Step philosophy underpins our treatment programme. But that’s just one element. Our comprehensive treatment schedule means that clients are involved in so much more than solely working through the 12 Steps. The range of therapeutic activities delivered by our therapists help clients to understand their addiction, address underlying causes and to build confidence, self-worth and self-esteem.

How we help

Your treatment

Every day, clients are immersed in a structured programme from 07.30am to 10pm on most days that provides a healthy mix of challenge and support and enables them to develop a daily routine and to improve their mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

There’s regular one to one counselling, daily group therapy sessions and psycho-educational lectures and workshops, not to mention the 24/7 medical and peer support. Holistic therapies such as Reiki, Auricular Acupuncture and Aromatherapy Massage are also offered which are 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

All clients, whether in detoxification or on the main or extended therapeutic treatment programmes, have access to a structured schedule. A typical day may include:

06:45     Bell

07:15     Morning reading

07:40     Breakfast

08:00     Medication (if applicable)

08:30     Tai Chi Qigong

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. We also created a series of short films called ‘Reflections’ about each of the steps from the perspectives of addiction professionals and people in recovery. They can be watched on our website here.