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Charis alcohol & drug therapy unit

Registered charity number: 1154842  

Main Programme

Group work:


The Resident will be part of a structured programme of daily group therapy meetings (Monday to Saturday). The groupwork process is based on sharing twice on each set objective with group members giving weekly written feedback to each other. These objectives cover addiction issues as well as attitudes and emotional issues. There are also two afternoon groups which cover different aspects of recovery practice.


Individual work:


Lifestory - The life story is written as fully and deeply as possible with the assistance of the Resident's Keyworker / Counsellor and read out to the group.


Stepwork -  After the life story comes stepwork. This is the study and understanding of the first three of the Twelve Steps with written self assessments. The Resident's Keyworker / Counsellor and other staff are there to assist him and use is made of the American Hazelden literature, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous literature and other good quality recovery materials.


Other issues - Over time the Resident identifies and begins to work on his specific underlying emotional and practical issues.


One to one Keyworker / Counsellor:


Each resident is allocated a Keyworker / Counsellor with whom they meet weekly. If there is a choice of Keyworker / Counsellors, this will be offered to the new Resident on admission.


AA/NA/CA Meetings:


Residents are required to attend two AA/NA/CA meetings of their choice a week. Fares are provided for this.


Staffing cover:


Staffing cover is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Completion of the main programme:


When the Resident comes towards the end of the Primary Programme he will need to make a choice about continuing in residential recovery. He will be helped in this by his Care Manager (if he has one) and by his Keyworker / Counsellor. The Primary Programme finishes with a leaving group letter and a certificate of completion.


Individual Service User Plan:


The individual Service User Plan is drawn up at the end of the induction and assessment period. It is monitored weekly and reviewed periodically and will usually involve at least the Care Manager, the Resident and the Keyworker / Counsellor. Where no Care Manager is involved, the plan is reviewed internally on a thirteen week basis.

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