We are the only rehab clinic in the UK to offer two types of a programme; we recognise that not all clients respond to 12 Step, usually due to misunderstanding the basic principles; this is why we teach both modules at our clinic. We want our clients to take ownership of their recovery and find a programme that they can follow and practise in their daily lives on leaving the treatment environment.
This therapeutic model follows an eight-stage approach. The importance of a systematic model is that clients can map their progress from one stage to the next, which is important in early recovery, where targets and goals should be thought about in small, measurable and achievable ways.
Each module moves on from the successful completion of the preceding module. Although it is possible to do all eight modules, the programme has been designed in such a way that there is a variety of worksheets contained within each module. Therefore, although each module is necessary to do in order, the worksheets and activities within them are flexible and adaptable according to the individual’s specific treatment requirements.
Strengths Programme: Important Milestones
This is the first stage of the programme and is designed to help the client centre themselves. It is a road map; a ‘YOU ARE HERE’ in their lives and environment. It has the added value of, when shared with peers, allowing their peers to know them as a whole person. The life story is read out during group, and can be very challenging to many clients and will bring up a lot of painful memories. It is a very important start to the individual’s recovery and starts the opening up process.
It is natural for an addict to grieve the loss of their addiction, again this is part of the healing and realisation process. There will have been times when alcohol, drugs and certain behaviours will have served them well. This part of the module helps them to track their past, the consequences and come to understand themselves better so that they can make positive and informed choices moving forward.
Addicts usually suffer from extremely low self-esteem and self-worth, this module helps them to move away from negative defects and consequences and shows them how to embrace change through utilising their strengths and positive attributes.
The feeling of being trapped, of going around and round in circles, is a very common experience for people in addiction and it is this ‘trapped-ness’ that this module is designed to tackle. Through using SMART goals, the individual can start to make small positive changes with the support of our team, their peers and counsellors.
The process of going through the goal setting worksheets in the previous section of the programme should have highlighted certain emotional issues and potential blocks to recovery. The work each day in the Process Groups will also have highlighted certain areas of difficulty. We may find, for example, that fear plays a large part in hindering progress, or certain behaviours such as dishonesty or issues around relationships.
Recovery models that try to ignore the client’s past and the consequences of their actions, although well-meaning, do a great disservice to the client. An attitude of ‘it wasn’t your fault, don’t think about it’ is not very realistic when you have clients who think about it all the time. Many addicts live in a world of guilt, shame, remorse, anger and fear. Theses emotions are a driving force to active addiction.
Rule 1: Don’t let it kill you. (be kind to yourself, allow for personal rest and reflection, don’t drown yourself in unrealistic targets, goals and expectations).
Rule 2. Start from where you are now. (this involves not wading in and changing everything. Contrary to popular belief, our clients sometimes do not need to change everything.
This module covers the ongoing work that is necessary for long term recovery and reflects the maintenance stage of the Stages of Change Model. Relapse prevention is not something that should be given to clients on graduation but is something that they should learn to do while still in the supportive, structured and disciplined environment of our treatment centre.
For many years Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn has been referring clients to a network of sober living communities, throughout the country we have a lot of successful relationships with providers, to assist clients in relocating or building upon their foundation of recovery.
For any individual that has come from a dysfunctional, rootless lifestyle, sober living further ensures their recovery and helps to prepare them for integration back into society, substance and addiction free.
Benefits of a sober living community:
If you have any further questions relating to our Strengths module, 12 step module or any other aspect of our treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help, and our passion lies in witnessing addicts recovering and reuniting with their friends and family and living life sober and clean on life’s terms.