Residential Drug Treatment from Sefton Park

Sefton Park bases its personalised treatment on the belief that no two clients’ treatment needs are the same

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Sefton Park is a residential addictions treatment centre located by the beach in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. This year the service is celebrating 25 years of helping people become free from addiction.

Our shared belief is that every individual has the right to care, respect, autonomy and choice, and that every individual should also have the opportunity to change the way they live. We provide that opportunity by helping the client to understand the causes of their addiction and gain more control over their lives.

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Our treatment approach

As an alternative to 12-step, the treatment we provide takes a self-empowerment approach, helping the client to gain a better understanding of their underlying issues, attitudes and behaviours.

The qualified and experienced team deploy a wide range of cognitive and person-centred interventions within the caring and supportive environment of the therapeutic community. In this way, we help our clients to better understand their underlying feelings and anxieties within a person-centred ethos.

The detox facility is now in its second year and has had an excellent response and very good outcomes. We also partner with other units in the South West to provide full medically assisted detoxes.

Working with the family and significant others

We recognise that addiction is something that affects the whole family. If requested by the client we will facilitate family conferences in the interest of establishing dialogue and mutual understanding around the impact that substance misuse has on the family. This can also prove to be a good opportunity for the client and their family to consider the choices open to them for the near and more distant future. Staff encourage family visits at weekends as we understand the importance of the family unit and the support that can be provided through social visits.

Healthy living and mindfulness

We support the client in building confidence by helping them develop their potential.

We provide a ‘Discovery Day’ in a rural environment that promotes new experiences through risk taking and team building. These are outdoors activities such as falconry, rope climbing, orienteering, bushcraft and woodland cooking – lots of team-based exercises and having fun in the outdoors.

Fortnightly, our staff organise a ‘Mindfulness Day’, with the opportunity to experience a whole raft of mindfulness activities – acupuncture, meditation, poetry, music and artwork, depending on what’s available on that particular day. The client selects their own choice from the activities. It’s about relaxing, learning, experiencing new things and self-expression through art and poetry – doing things that allow people to reconnect with themselves. It’s about re-finding your inner self.

Food is a large part of recovery.

We focus on a healthy lifestyle and our kitchen team ensure that all dietary requirements and preferences are catered for. We bake our own bread each day and our clients enjoy a varied diet and healthy range of meals. We have considerable experience of supporting clients with food issues and a well-developed understanding of the support required.

Exercise is also encouraged – there are opportunities to access a local gym and the two miles of sandy beach on our doorstep create the opportunity for walks, running and bike rides. Bikes are provided!

Access to structured aftercare and supported housing

Having access to aftercare support is a very important element of the treatment journey, so aftercare services are available to all Sefton Park clients. If you’re in recovery and you’ve completed Sefton Park then our aftercare support is available for as long as it’s needed. We also offer aftercare support via Skype.

We offer support with housing via our experienced aftercare and resettlement worker and enjoy strong connections with a range of supported housing providers in the local area and across the country. Each client who completes treatment at Sefton Park will normally have access to supported housing locally.

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A whole team approach to client care

The whole team at Sefton Park take pride in supporting each individual client in achieving a successful treatment outcome, with the client’s needs at the core of what they do. The work is intensive, and it’s very much client-centred which means it’s personalised to the needs of each client.

You can put any four clients in a room together and it will soon be obvious that they are not the same.

Each client is different and has different issues to address. Each client is on a different journey.

So, each client needs an individualised approach that recognises their differences.