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Primary care treatment

What is primary care treatment?

In Primary Care, clients immerse themselves in a structured therapeutic programme every day. The work during this stage is instrumental in being able to achieve a life free from addiction and to also address any other presenting issues.

During their stay, clients will work with a focal counsellor who will meet with them on most days during the first week and regularly thereafter for the duration of treatment. At the beginning, the client and counsellor will establish a thorough care plan to tailor the treatment to the client’s needs and to identify specific treatment goals.

In addition to individual one to one counselling, the programme includes daily group therapy, lectures, workshops, shares, assignments, therapeutic films, holistic therapies, Fellowship meetings and other wellbeing activities.

With Primary Care treatment, clients will normally work on Steps 1 to 5 of the 12 Step programme.

How long is the primary care programme?

Our Primary Care treatment programme runs for between 8 to 12 weeks depending on the clients need and situation. For private clients unable to commit to longer, we have developed an effective 4 week programme with the opportunity to extend treatment, or continue in our aftercare programme. We will work together to agree the optimum package of support following a personalised assessment.

Following residential rehabilitation in the Primary Care stage, some clients choose to spend a period of time in our Extended Care programme which is a supportive stepping stone prior to living independently in the community.

Family involvement

Family members and friends are encouraged, where appropriate, to be involved in the client’s recovery process as these relationships may be central to the quality and availability of post-treatment support. Visits normally take place on Sunday afternoons. In addition, family members may be encouraged to fill in questionnaires and to attend a Family Conference to help explore the consequences of addiction and consider hopes for the future.