At Abbeycare we offer an intensive alcohol and / or drug treatment programme. The therapeutic treatment approach is informed by best practice and statistically proven research. Our treatment includes elements of: rational emotive behavioural techniques (REBT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – educational group work, motivational interviewing including person centred one to one, the 12 step model and relapse prevention.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Psycho-educational sessions reveal the past still holding sway over the present. How we act and think, in the here and now, is often programmed out of past experiences and relationships, and this informs our need to hide and protect painful and shaming beliefs about ourselves. CBT allows the client to see the past for what it was, accept that the “tools and rules for living” they have inherited, no longer serve them, and that they have done the best they can. We introduce the 5-factor model; negative automatic thinking, maladaptive rules and assumptions, and negative core beliefs; emotional exploration, and the gestalt cycle of awareness.
All these models help increase client self awareness and an essential understanding of the triggers that lead to alcohol and drug abuse. We teach clients that recovery from alcohol, drug or other addictions is about accepting ourselves for who we really are, warts and all, and celebrating our journey thus far. We teach them that though they have lived with few choices, by accepting that the programming they received was faulty, they have done the best they can with the tools they were given. Drink and drugs have served them, but no longer. They disturb themselves and this means change is possible, as they begin to become aware of their part, in their lives.
The philosophies underpinning Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) promote the installation of hope and taking responsibility, for the disease of alcohol addiction and substance misuse. We work through the 12 step approach to improve clients self awareness and to facilitate their acceptance of who they are; their struggle to survive their addiction; and the potential to live happy, fulfilled lives – on life’s terms – in sobriety. The illness concept has proven utility when working to develop self worth, confidence, trust and belief in self and others. The concept of fellowship, and that clients need never struggle alone again, are, we believe, crucial components of any recovery. The 12 step alcohol/drug treatment approach delivers a compassionate, powerful and sustainable recovery programme well beyond the clients initial intervention at Abbeycare.
The parallels between CBT and 12 step are many and working with both models seamlessly reinforces the key messages, “you had no choice”, “surrender – you are only fighting yourself”, “take responsibility for your thoughts and actions” – both offering a compassionate, accepting and sustainable recovery model.
In our weekly treatment programme we offer three 12 step/CBT sessions – experiential teaching; one therapeutic group (CBT/Gestalt model); and a progress meeting on a Monday morning – CBT facilitation of the clients view of their progress and that of their peers.
During your stay at Abbeycare you will receive alternative treatments from our fully qualified therapist, designed to heal your body and mind. Therapies available include body massage, Swedish massage and reflexology (alternative therapies are carried out subject to risk assessment by our Doctor & Therapist).
Meditation – Mindfulness
Meditation can be a powerful tool in relapse prevention. It can provide a healthy alternative to addictive behaviours. People also report that meditation leads to new insights about the source of their cravings and helps dissolve them. Each day begins with mindfulness meditation, mindfulness is experiencing every moment fully. When we try to do this, we quickly discover the way the mind interferes with this awareness, becoming attached to thoughts often worries, about the future or regrets of the past. Repeatedly letting go of these thoughts and returning to the present moment, allows us to develop a more conscious and fulfilling way of being.
Abbeycare provides aftercare groups, which enables ex-clients who have recently returned home to get together to share their experiences through the transition period and to support each other as they continue in their recovery. Current clients attend the group, it helps prepare them for when they return home and they also find it very encouraging and inspiring to see the progress of others who have accessed the service before them.
For clients in Scotland, a recently established East of Scotland Group meets in Edinburgh on Wednesday evenings. This new group was set up due to demand by many clients who have successfully completed the Abbeycare programme and are based in the surrounding area.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from alcoholism. Clients are expected to attend AA meetings as part of the Abbeycare alcohol treatment programme, as we see AA as a great resource to sustain recovery after Abbeycare. Clients are accompanied to local AA groups on Wednesday, Friday evenings and on Sunday evening AA provide an in-house meeting. Many clients use the support of AA groups to build a new support network as part of their aftercare plan.
Our client forum takes place weekly and is an opportunity for clients to come together to discuss with staff, issues such as: programme content and delivery, further development of the service, menu planning, planning visits and outings etc. We encourage all clients to participate.
All clients are required to attend programme activities promptly, as failure to attend results in the daily programme being held up for other clients and staff. Further, in terms of recovery, you get out what you put in – action equals results.
Abbeycare also provides addiction treatment therapy and family mediation services to external clients. These sessions are provided in our counselling area and non residents are restricted from entering the main building.