Inpatient Rehab Programme at Abbeycare

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What is an Inpatient Rehab Programme?

Inpatient rehab, more commonly known as residential treatment has been developed to provide a safe environment from the recovery of excessive alcohol and drugs use.

Recovery, meaning a return to self, prior to the beginning of problematic drug/alcohol use. Is delivered by means of detox, rehab programme (group work and 1-2-1 sessions) and formulation of an Aftercare plan to implement upon leaving.

Inpatient rehab durations may vary in length but a typical stay lasts 28 Days. During this period of hiatus from the pressures of daily life interventions are delivered to bring about a profound change in thinking.

Once dependant on alcohol or drugs – the newly independent resident is supported to believe they can and will stay abstinent from their drug of choice if they commit themself to the programme of recovery on offer within the rehab facility.

New clients can be certain in the knowledge that the programme on offer utilises models of recovery which have been tried and tested to deliver life changing results.

Upon entering rehab, the specialist addictions Doctor will meet with you to create a personalised detox plan.

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).

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.


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.

  • Assessment
  • Medical Summary Report
  • Conversation with specialist addiction Doctor
  • Prescription i.e. Detox regime begins
  • Detox finishes

Rehab – What to expect from the 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.

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 also involves meditation, yoga, outdoor walks, a health balanced diet and exercise sessions on request.

The rehab programme offers:

  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • One to one sessions 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.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - CBT is a technique used by professionals to address the link between negative thinking and behaviour patterns.

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

Abbeycare – A Holistic Approach

Recovery at Abbeycare is holistic i.e. a whole person approach is adopted. Consideration is given to the following three areas mind, body and emotions or feelings:

The mind – addiction can cause internal turmoil. Accepting the problem is the use of substances, removing them, then talking in group therapy, in a safe, confidential place calms the mind.

The body – addiction can cause physical health problems, and, in most cases, detox is required. Abstinence from substances restores the body to healthier more energised place.

Emotions and Feelings – addiction can bring about feelings of guilt, shame, anger, regret, remorse, low self-worth and self-pity. Making a decision to embrace recovery and stop using alcohol or drugs can reverse those feelings.

Programmes can last from 14 to 28 days however for a complete transformation to occur Abbeycare recommends 28 Days.

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.

In the morning session via ZOOM two groups will be delivered. Group one is a ‘feelings check’ group to identify how the participant is feeling and help them connect with the rest of the group.

Group 2 is the meditation group designed to quiet the mind and eliminate any racing or negative thoughts. Creating a feeling of calm and peacefulness within.

In week one an allocated team member will support you on walks appropriate to your wellbeing throughout the lush grounds attached to the rehab.

In the evening Abbeycare will link into recovery meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous AA, Narcotics Anonymous NA and Cocaine Anonymous CA via Zoom to empower the resident by motivating them to keep on going. By the inspirational stories of others who have been in similar circumstances.

Here is what to expect:

Week 1


  • Continental Breakfast delivered to bedroom
  • Group known as ‘Feelings Check’ via Zoom on resident’s bedroom TV
  • Meditation Group via Zoom on resident’s bedroom Tv


  • Lunch delivered to bedroom
  • Fresh air encouraged through ‘walk and talk’ with staff member


  • Evening meal delivered to bedroom
  • Linked into recovery-based meeting via Zoom (community based & real time)

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.

What to expect:

Week 2


  • Continental Breakfast in dining area
  • Group known as ‘Feelings Check’ via Zoom on resident’s bedroom TV
  • Meditation Group via Zoom on resident’s bedroom TV

Therapeutic Group Work Sessions

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT from 1030 till 4
  • Tuesday and Friday – 12 Step group work and Motivational Enhancement Therapy 1030 till 3

Health Promotion

  • Tuesday and Friday – resident choice of yoga or circuit classes


  • One-hour break from CBT, 12 Steps or MET for lunch and fresh air
  • Short late afternoon break


  • Evening meal in dining area
  • Linked into recovery-based meeting via Zoom (community based & real time)
  • Time to complete assignments considered in group therapy

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.

After Inpatient Treatment is finished 

Aftercare at Abbeycare

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.

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 14 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. (see Covid article)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use the term inpatient are you a hospital?

Abbeycare is not a hospital however medical treatment is delivered at time of entrance by means of an arranged detox. Abbeycare’s doctor will complete an assessment and then prepare a prescription (detox regime) appropriate to the presenting condition.

Participants are cared for by specially trained addiction/recovery staff and as it is a residential facility medical checks appropriate to your presenting condition will be regularly undertaken to ensure of your well-being.

If I don’t attend for 28 Days will I relapse?

Abbeycare recommends the 28 Day programme followed by attendance on the Aftercare programme.

However any intervention in place, to detox and work on the triggers to relapse is beneficial to recovery. And can act as the catalyst to change and go forward into a new way of living which is free from dependence on alcohol and/or drugs.

I am not into holistic therapies do I need to take part?

Abbeycare has carefully selected treatment modalities designed to aid recovery from alcohol and drugs. After years of feedback from clients (many whom did not want to participate initially) holistic therapies have been shown to induce feelings of well-being and mental calm.

Abbeycare asks clients to have an open mind and try or re-try holistic therapies such as yoga or meditation. As there are many benefits to assist the recovery process.

I have dyslexia I don’t like writing will this exclude me from the benefits of the programme?

Abbeycare will work to support any presenting condition. New residents are encouraged to inform the team as soon as possible so appropriate adjustments may be put in place.

Cognitive impairments, mobility issues and special dietary requirements are all supported by the service.

Do I need to attend all the groups?

Abbeycare has designed ‘the groups’ to take the participant on a journey through recovery.

This journey has been specially prepared through years of experience and research-based guidance surrounding ‘what works’ when delivering a treatment programme.

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.

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.

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