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How Do Treatment Centres Work?

October 10, 2018

When you go along for your initial assessment, you will be asked some questions around your drug or alcohol intake, criminal history and family background.

Once you and the admin team have worked out how much treatment you will need, they will hand your notes over to a councillor and drug support worker, who will make a treatment plan to fit your needs.

You will be given a room and helped to be made as comfortable as possible. Any money you have will be recorded, you will be given a receipt and your money will be put in to a safe. You can then access your money as you need. You will need to ask a key worker or counsellor to sign a request for funds form, this is just to safeguard you around money, as money can be a trigger for relapse. Some treatment centres will not allow the use of a mobile phone, if this is the case, you will have access to a landline for incoming calls, and you can use money from your weekly allowance to make calls. You can also write to loved ones, while you are in treatment.

Firstly, you will enter first stage treatment, in there you will detox from any substance you are on while attended key work sessions and group therapy and morning cheek in.

When you go on to second stage treatment, you will have your completed detox, after a round a week you will have a bit more freedom. You will carry on with keywork sessions, groups, and one to one counselling. It will be part of your care plan to attend 12 step meetings, normally up to 3 a week. You will be able to have town visits with family, and friends at this stage.

After you have graduated from stage 2, you will move on to stage 3. In most cases this is supported housing. This is known as dry house. You will return to the treatment centre to attend the after-care program and see your counsellor. You will be encouraged to enter in some voluntary work, or adult education. You will still need to attend regular 12 step meetings, to maintain your recovery.

If you need to return home, you will still need to attend an aftercare program. This can be arranged in your area, or you can come back to the treatment centre.

After stage 3, the after-care team will support you in moving on in to your own accommodation and finding work. This is when your recovery journey really takes shape. And no matter how long you are out of treatment, we will always be there to support you in any way we can.


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