Programme Overview for Abbeycare

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At Abbeycare you will be greeted by specialist trained addiction/recovery staff members whose roles within Abbeycare are to help you feel supported and informed about the service on offer.

After detox is agreed the programme begins. The therapeutic programme is designed to help the participant recover from addiction and is holistic in nature i.e. considerate of the ‘whole person,’ mind, body, and soul (feelings and emotions).

Here is a step by step guide to treatment at Abbeycare:

Step 1: Referral

Step 2: Assessment

Step 3 : Admission

Step 4 : Medical Doctor

Step 5: Detox

Step 6: Room allocation

Step 7: Meet the team

Step 8: Case Manager

Step 9: Group Therapy and 121 Sessions

Step 10: Aftercare Programme

Step 11: Demission

Let’s take a deeper look !

Step 1: Referral 

Referral can be made via telephone; anybody can refer themselves to Abbeycare. Referral can be self-referral or by a named professional or loved one.

The referral phone number is 01603 513 091 or you can email Abbeycare on the link below.

Step 2: Telephone Assessment

After referral has been made into Abbeycare and the decision has been made to enter the programme – a telephone assessment between client and admission team will be undertaken.

A date and time will now be arranged to start rehab

Step 3: Admission into Abbeycare

Admittance into Abbeycare on the day of arrival is slightly different at present due to the worldwide pandemic. New residents will be met by a staff member wearing full PPE.

Residents will be required to wear PPE whilst being escorted to their rooms. Temperature checks will be taken on arrival.

Step 4: Doctors Assessment

On the day of entering the programme an assessment will be undertaken between new resident and medical Doctor.

This assessment will form the basis of the detox regime created (where appropriate) for new residents.

Step 5: Detox prepared

After the medical assessment, the doctor will prepare your prescription for detox. Each detox is personalised and will be created to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal and maintain clarity of thinking.

Detox is catered to the individual and their presenting condition. The specialist medical doctor at Abbeycare will review the ‘assessment’ and ‘medical summary notes’ of the potential resident. Then after the initial conversation between Doctor and Client detox will be agreed. Detox lasts between 7 to 14 days.Detox is normally administered 3 times per day and is tapered off gradually.

Step 6: Room allocation and tour of building

Each new resident will be allocated their room on arrival. Rooms are prepared to aid comfort whilst detoxing and have been fitted with SMART Tv’s.

In today’s modern age SMART Tv’s have been shown to increase access to recovery-based groups and benefit residents.

Step 7: Introduction to team

Meeting the team at Abbeycare will help residents feel connected to their new surroundings and faces will seem familiar (if not in PPE).

The team at Abbeycare have been specially chosen for their skills and attributes.

Step 8: Allocated Case Manager

A Case Manager will be allocated soon after arrival. This team member will support the participant through 121 sessions and working through a recovery plan.

Together the case manager and resident will create a personalised Aftercare Plan to support a soft landing back into the community.

Step 9: Group Therapy and 121 Sessions begin

  • 28 Day Specialised Recovery Programme

The 28 Day programme has been created to ensure the participant has a full experience of recovery by attendance on the many therapeutic interventions delivered.

These tried and tested approach’s use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and the 12 Steps to bring about a full and robust change of thinking and behaviour conducive to long term sobriety and freedom from active addiction.

  • Rehab – What to expect from Abbeycare’s rehabilitation programme

Rehabilitation – the restoration to a better place, before alcohol or drug use became problematic. The therapeutic programme fosters a path for recovery to begin a recovery that if followed can last a lifetime.

On arrival at Abbeycare a Case Manager is allocated to each resident to support their recovery journey.

Residents take part in group work therapy daily as well as one to one sessions. These focus on increasing internal motivation to change and cessation of the use of substances. Also, to visualise a happier more productive life free from the ties of addiction.

Abbeycare’s programme is Holistic in nature and involves meditation, yoga, outdoor walks, a health balanced diet and exercise sessions on request.

The rehab programme offers:

  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • One to one session with specialist trained addiction/recovery staff
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Outdoor walks
  • Healthy balanced diet
  • Exercise sessions (on request)

When a resident at Abbeycare the following models of Recovery are used to aid rehabilitation from alcohol and drugs:

  • Motivational Interviewing – Rollnick et al (2008) look upon mistakes as being the best teachers and the answers can be found within i.e. the process of Motivational Interviewing is all about going inwards to find your own answers.

This technique is used by Facilitators to shine a light on the negative aspects of drinking. Motivating a person to stay sober or drug free.

Learned behaviour involves drinking alcohol due to negative thinking patterns i.e. life will be impossible to live without the use of alcohol.

  • 12 Step Philosophy – The 12 Step Programme follows an abstinence approach to the use of harmful substances. This approach can halt relapse and can be used as a reminder that drugs and alcohol can-not be controlled.
  • Peer Led – The participants in the therapeutic group range from one day out of detox to many days and this approach allows for a visual representation of recovery.

Members feel hopeful for their own revitalisation and are inspired to continue their cessation of alcohol or drugs after listening to how their peers overcame hurdles in life.

The cumulation of all these factors create an atmosphere conducive of recovery from alcohol and drugs.

Specialist Addiction/Recovery Staff can be found within Abbeycare waiting to lead the new resident on a journey through recovery which is empowering, life changing and can be applied, as they move from rehab to daily living, occurs.

  • Empowering
  • Life Changing
  • Can be applied Post-Rehab

Step 10: Prepare an Aftercare Programme with Case Manager

Aftercare is delivered in a group setting with an average of 15 people in attendance the sessions are facilitated by a highly professional and experienced facilitator with specialist experience in recovery-based group work.

Aftercare lasts for 18 months post-rehab creating a strong foundation in the community and an anchor for whatever circumstances unfold in life.

The Aftercare Programme will be completed in rehab with your Case Manager. The Aftercare package involves a weekly aftercare group, links into community resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous AA, Cocaine Anonymous CA and Narcotics Anonymous NA and information on recovery cafes.

Aftercare’s main aim is to promote long term sobriety from alcohol and drugs. And acts as a safety net for residents leaving rehab.

Aftercare and the Continued Therapeutic Intervention CTI programme offered is an opportunity to continue CBT after leaving rehab.

This intervention continues to work on areas identified by client and CBT therapist in a more searching, results driven manner. CTI can be organised with Abbeycare staff before leaving rehab and a price list is available on request.

Step 11: Exit rehab programme – Demission

Arrangements will be made for safe entry back into the community. Temperature checks will be in place before demission to ensure the resident is re-entering the community safely.

All relevant Aftercare paperwork will be prepared for take home use.

Abbeycare a Programme Overview

Week 1 in Abbeycare

During Covid-19 the programme on offer at Abbeycare is slightly different for residents as the first week of treatment (inclusive of detox) is spent in isolation.

However, therapy still occurs and the resident in Phase 1 will work through the Week 1 Programme in their room.

In Week 1 the, isolation phase, the resident meets with their allocated Case Manager 3-4 times per week for a one to one session. The Case Manager will set specific tasks to be undertaken to ensure focus is kept on the recovery from alcohol and drugs use.

Week 2 in Abbeycare

On entering Week 2 of the programme having passed all Covid-19 checks (see Covid-19) info page. The resident will now enter Week 2 or Phase 2 of the programme on offer within Abbeycare.

Week 2 begins the main body of the Therapeutic Programme on offer at Abbeycare.

Weeks 3 to 4 in Abbeycare

The resident has now completed 2 weeks of therapeutic care in Abbeycare. Enthusiasm for life and recovery is now beginning to materialise. The group therapy takes on new meaning as the resident feels hopeful for their future.

The programme on offer follows the same path as Week 2.

By the end of 28 Days a transformative journey has completed. And residents leave with a renewed sense of self, refreshed and ready to tackle the world free from alcohol and/or drugs.

Additional Information 

At the weekend the therapeutic programme continues however slightly lighter. Residents can request exercise sessions, meditation, health walks and also have a chance to complete any tasks set by their therapists.

All the nutritious and balanced meals are prepared in house by a team of qualified chefs. The breakfast is of a continental nature and choices are available at lunch and dinner.

Allergies and food intolerances are catered for, a vegetarian or vegan menu is available under special request.


There are currently restrictions in place at Abbeycare due to Covid-19. Temperature checks and testing are in operation within the premises and staff if appropriate will be wearing PPE.

During Covid-19 the minimum duration of stay at Abbeycare is 7 days this is in line with current government legislation and is due to the period of isolation required by new residents before joining their peers.

Addiction to alcohol and drugs can affect every area of life from health, finances, relationships, jobs, children and peace of mind. Addiction is all consuming. For alcohol addiction help, see our page here.

Therefore recovery needs to be progressive and positive in its attempt to eliminate the desire to use substances harmful to health. Recovery involves freedom.

Recovery is available for anyone regardless of background, drug they choose to use or length of time they have used substances for.

The cycle can be broken.

If you visualise yourself free from alcohol and drugs living a happy and productive life?

And wish to learn more about our Addiction Treatment or Detox, Rehab, Aftercare Programme call our free 24/7 Helpline on 01603 513 091 or fill out the form below to speak to a trained addiction counsellor.