Service users may stay at Oxygen for between 10 days and 21 days. Whilst in detoxification treatment, service users will engage in a structured programme of therapeutic activities from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sundays. Therapeutic interventions will include groupwork, 1-1 key working sessions, counselling and complimentary therapies such as auricular acupuncture. The programme is based on the Therapeutic Community model and is designed to help service users to gain an understanding of their addictions and develop coping strategies to assist them in remaining abstinent from substances. Service users will be encouraged and supported to take responsibility for all aspects of their lives inclusive of budgeting money, laundry, cooking, and rebuilding family relationships. Some clients will have the potential to move into Oxygen rehabilitation centre or any of our move on accommodation that we provide across Hemel Hempstead & Luton, these stages will provide service users with opportunities to prepare for reintegration into the community, focusing on education, employment, training, and voluntary work opportunities.
Signposted support offered. Family will be able to visit the service during a residents stay with us.
Druglink also has links to our own supported housing for those who require longer term accommodation post treatment.
Aftercare will be available to those that are relocating into the Hemel Hempstead area.
Naloxone and relapse prevention will be provided to be opiate and alcohol clients.
A planning meeting takes place with our housing team post treatment, whereby the client’s goals and achievements whilst in treatment are reviewed. The same process is conducted for those that are returning back to area, however, we will be working with the client two weeks before leaving, whereby the client will create their own aftercare package, that incorporates the support we are able to offer them. We will also ensure contact by the clients has been made with the referrer and their local area, to arrange a support package.
We have service user representatives, who hold monthly meeting with the clients, this is feedback to our quality assurance meeting with senior management.
Regular reviews are held every four weeks with the clients in line with our care plan policy and procedures, with questionnaires used to help collate feedback for improvements.
We are in the process of changing our group program, with the support of previous and current service users input.
For those that are relocating, we offer 18 months of supported housing that consists of groups, work placements, education and volunteering. For those that are returning to area, we can offer a similar package, which is online. We offer telephone/video support for 28 days post treatment. All clients are eligible for 12 months of aftercare that is three days a week, they can re-join at any point after completion.
We have a secondary quasi house that offers an additional 12 weeks for those eligible. They can access our supported housing after this. For those unable to access funding, we have eighteen beds of supported housing across Hertfordshire and Luton which is accessed with housing benefit. All our supported housing projects, offer floating support, group work, counselling, employment and education opportunities.
The service always keep a regular contact with all providers with any changes in service users treatments and, we aim to inform them of any concerns of discharge at the very earliest opportunity to ensure that a contingency plan can be put in place in case of a discharge. We have an on call team, who all work at the service that are available 24/7 to offer support to clients who might want to leave, we aim to always try and keep clients overnight or until Monday if it the weekend, so a plan can be put in pace with the referrer. Clients are not given any medication that we see as risk if they leave, during their detoxification. All clients that self-discharge are given three days of medication, to reduce the risk of harm. All are given harm minimisation on discharge. Naloxone is given to all of those that are opiate drug users. Where consent is sought, all families or loved ones are informed and involved with the safe return back to an address. We have a contract with a taxi firm, that will provide clients a lift home 24/7 365.
Male and Female
Providing continuous observations to service users experiencing a decline in their mental health
state and therefore are awaiting a mental health act assessment and or awaiting admission into an
inpatient mental health hospital. Delivering patient care as per care plan and risk assessment.
Providing pharmacological interventions; medication administration and monitoring patient
medication compliance, providing non-pharmacological interventions; engaging patients in 1:1 session, proving a
therapeutic environment for patients and engaging them in activities.
Multidisciplinary working with specialist nurses, therapists, psychologists, medical professionals,
support workers, occupational therapists, social workers, positive behavioural support workers, GPs
and community forensic and mental health teams to provide specialist behavioural assessment and
This will be discussed at referral and assessment.
All clients will also undertake a full comprehensive assessment and risk assessment, conducted by a nurse prior to admission, to determine suitability for the service, which will be reassessed by the prescribing GP to deem suitability for the unit.
Upon treatment commencement, all service users will have a private consultation with the GP prescriber, who will assess levels of dependency to substances. This consultation will take place in person or via video link. The GP will always ensure that this consultation takes place within 2 hours of detoxification commencement. The GP will then devise a substitute prescribing regime and medication will be administered by Oxygen Detox nursing staff during the 'detox' phase of treatment. This will assist service users in being as comfortable and safe as possible whilst stopping using substances on which they are physically dependant.
Oxygen Detox will provide a range of experienced nursing' staff, and non-nursing staff 24/7 to deliver our structured programme.
Detox treatment will last between 10-14 days for alcohol treatment and from 14 days upwards for benzodiazepines and opiate addiction, depending on the level of dependency.
Private Donations / Loans
Service users may self-refer if financially able to do so or be referred following Community Care Assessment via their local tier 4 authority/funding panel. All potential residents will be encouraged to attend the service, before their admission to view the premises and speak to staff and other residents prior to admission We will be able to facilitate live video tours, plus there will be a video link ion our website, for those that are unable to visit in person, so they get a feel for the environment. They will also undertake a full comprehensive assessment and risk assessment, conducted by a nurse prior to admission, to determine suitability for the service, which will be reassessed by the prescribing GP to deem suitability for the unit.