Our clients have often been drinking alcohol or using drugs right up until the point of arrival at the centre, so an appointment is always made with our doctor for them. If required, the client will be prescribed a medically supervised detoxification, which alleviates much of the discomfort of withdrawal for the individual. Detoxification usually takes a maximum of two weeks and clients are fully supported via detox-specific groups. Being housed in the community whilst detoxing, clients are still confronted with everyday issues helping them to face up to the reality of their addiction, whilst all the time having the support of the centre, the counsellors and their peers.
Process group helps clients to gain fresh insight into their thinking and behaviour, working with their peers and counsellor on real life issues. Process group is a place to get support and discover new coping mechanisms, by talking about feelings and learning how to trust other people.
The 12 step recovery programme has been operating for 75years and has been proven to bring about lasting change in alcoholics and addicts with a genuine desire to stop. At Trust The Process, clients receive thorough instruction in all 12 steps, as part of the full 12 week programme. Clients are given worksheets which invite them to explore their attitudes, thinking, feelings and past behaviour around the themes of each step. Clients read out their work to their group, with feedback from peers and counsellors. These groups are crucial to help our clients understand they are suffering from a condition from which they need to recover and that 12 step recovery is a very effective solution. The feedback clients receive on their work is a very powerful means of removing the isolating effects of this illness, where individuals can feel that they are the only person who has suffered in this way.
1-2-1 counselling (as required)
Our programme at Trust The Process is based largely on groups working together, as this produces the best results. In certain circumstances it may be necessary for our clients to have 1-2-1 counselling. Should this be the case, arrangements will be made for the individual by their focal counsellor.
Diary sheets are written at the end of the treatment day by every client, allowing them to focus on what is happening for them in daily units. Clients find discipline and self-awareness through this activity, as well as learning to pay more attention to what is happening that day rather than analysing events in the past or the future. Progressing through treatment, diary sheets typically become more expressive, allowing counsellors to spot addictive processes and signs of recovery. At the end of treatment, the diary sheets are returned to the client. This is an excellent tool for the client to appreciate the changes they have made.
Each treatment day begins with morning meditation. Clients can go into a meditation room together, without staff or volunteer supervision, to prepare themselves for the day. Soft music is played in a restful atmosphere. At this same time of the day, clients can also choose to sit in a silent room to think and reflect, read recovery literature or work on their written assignments.