Open Minds Primary Accomodation House
Open Minds Clarity House Rehabilitation
Open Minds Extended Care Accommodation
Open Minds Extended Care Accommodation bedroom
Open Minds Primary Accommodation bedroom
At Open Minds we offer help, hope and freedom from alcohol and drug dependency. Our programme of recovery offers comprehensive, abstinence-based treatment and care for people who have problems with alcohol or drug use.
The treatment programme is delivered by our team of qualified and experienced counsellors. In addition to their professional qualifications most of our therapists have personal experience of addiction and the recovery process. The result is that the counselling provided here is not only of a very high quality, it is also delivered with a passion for recovery that is infectious.
The staff are dedicated to working closely with you to offer the insight, information, support and feedback that you need to achieve your goal of a happy drug and alcohol-free future.
Our residential properties are a short distance from the day centre. We have three lovely large houses, all furnished to a high standard and offering very comfortable accommodation. The sober houses are staffed and monitored at all times so that they offer a safe drug and alcohol free environment in which you can relax and concentrate on getting well.
Our location on the border with England and North Wales puts us within easy reach of a wide range of leisure and exercise opportunities which we make use of as part of the weekend programme.
Journey to recovery
For many this is the first time they have spoken to someone who fully understands how they feel. Not only does this bring a sense of relief, it is also the first step on the road to recovery. During this call a brief initial evaluation will be carried out and if the counsellor and you agree, an appointment will be made for a full face-to-face or telephone assessment. This initial call can be made by yourself, a concerned family member or a professional.
We like to get to know you and ensure that we are able to fulfil your needs. You will be invited to visit Open Minds to meet the counsellors and to have a look around. You would chat to a counsellor and talk about the help you would need if you decided to come into treatment with us. You would be given an opportunity to talk freely to some of the clients already here and to ask them about their own experiences.
If you are offered a place and wish to accept then once we have confirmation of your funding a place would be held for you. We would send you an admissions pack full of information on what to bring into treatment with you and what needs to be in place beforehand to ensure a worry free time here.
You will be welcomed into the day centre at an appointed time on the day of your admission. You will meet with the staff who will help you to fill in some basic paperwork. You will then be introduced to our specialist doctor who has many years of experience in prescribing detox regimes. He will prescribe a safe and appropriate way to help you to become drug and alcohol free. Following this you will be introduced to a client who will act as your ‘buddy’ by helping you to settle in and answering any questions you have.
At the end of the programme day you will be introduced to the House Manager and taken to the sober house in our minibus. You will be given a tour of the house and shown to your room to unpack and be helped to settle in. The house is staffed at all times so there will always be someone on hand to help with any problems or concerns you may have. You will spend the evening getting to know the other clients and learning about the daily household routine.
The first phase of your treatment is designed to help you to understand that your addiction is an illness. Then we’ll teach you about the programme of recovery that will enable you to deal with your illness so that you can live a happy, productive, drug and alcohol free life when you leave us. There will be a mixture of group therapy sessions, one to one counselling, lectures and workshops, all designed to help you to discover the truth about yourself and your illness. You will be helped to recognise and change your old, addictive ways of thinking and reacting and to replace this with a more positive attitude. We won’t pretend that this process is easy, but we can promise that everyone who is willing to do their best and be as honest as possible will succeed. Throughout this process help is always available from the counselling team and, of course, the other clients who are a little further ahead in the programme than you are.
You will also be introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. This is your opportunity to meet with the recovering people from all walks of life who are willing to share their own experiences with you as you begin your personal journey of recovery. Over time we hope that you will come to understand how helpful these meetings will be for your ongoing support when you leave treatment.
When you aren’t at the day centre you will be involved in all aspects of running the household, working as a team with your peers. You will be taken on shopping trips, visits to the leisure centre and every weekend clients are given a budget to plan a leisure activity of their choice. You will be learning that a life in sobriety can be fun and many clients tell us that since they came to Open Minds they have started to laugh again for the first time in many years.
The extended care programme is designed to allow you to start to put into practical use the new skills you have been learning. You will move into one of our second stage houses, where you will take on more responsibility in a smaller group. You will be given opportunities to participate in voluntary work and further education in preparation for your return to living independently following your graduation. You will also be helped to recognise your personal relapse triggers and develop strategies to deal with them. This is vital work for your long-term recovery.
You won’t believe it on the day you arrive, but time really will fly and before you know it, it will be time for your graduation ceremony. We hope that you will feel a great sense of pride and achievement as you complete your treatment with us. You will leave with our very best wishes for a long and happy sobriety and we will urge you to take up our offer of 18 months free aftercare. We love to see our graduates come to the aftercare meeting each week so that we can catch up with their news and it also offers a lot of help to our new clients to meet others who have successfully completed the programme.
You will stay at our 14 bed sober house situated a short distance from the Day Centre. This tastefully renovated and comfortably furnished detached house is set within private walled gardens. It offers a safe, tranquil environment in which to begin your journey of recovery.
The premises are staffed at all times so there is always a housekeeper to offer you practical support and to ensure the smooth running of the household.
Extended Care Programme
Clients who have successfully completed our primary programme, or who have completed a thorough primary programme elsewhere can be considered for entry onto our extended care programme.
If you are accepted you will move into one of our comfortable extended care properties where you will be given a greater level of personal responsibility. Regular evening and weekend staff visits and phone calls will continue to be a valuable source of support to you.
The houses are a short walk away from the day centre where you will make your own way each day. There you will participate in a full programme of therapy delivered by our dedicated team of re-entry counsellors. In addition to the Day Programme you will be following a structured programme of evening and weekend activities designed to prepare you for leaving treatment.
Who do we help
We offer help to people who are over 18 years of age and:
Have a problem with alcohol or drugs and would like to stop drinking or using
Need detoxification and a comprehensive rehabilitation programme
Have already stopped using alcohol and drugs but need ongoing counselling, support and help with relapse prevention
Have attended a structured rehabilitation programme elsewhere and would like to participate in our extended care phase
Who are partners or family members of people who have problems with alcohol or drugs
The daily programme is highly structured and is designed firstly to help you to recognise and accept the extent of your chemical dependency, and then to develop the skills necessary for your long-term recovery.
Regular individual counselling sessions help you to identify and overcome any underlying personal issues that could interfere with the recovery process.
The programme includes:
Meditation and relaxation classes
Weekly care plan review
Life skills workshops
Videos and lectures specific to substance misuse
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Relapse prevention workshops
Therapeutic work activities
Please follow the visit website button above for further information. You can also use the send email button to ask Open Minds any questions directly