Littledale offers a robust knowledge based (psychosocial) approach to treatment. Staff at Littledale Hall believe it is important all community members are clear about the way the programme works and the importance of both meeting individual needs and working with the whole community. We provide a culture that offers people the support they need to progress through treatment. The knowledge based programme is grounded in Haigh’s (1999 ) work. This model highlights the importance of a staged approach to treatment:
The programme is built around five stages and 10 core elements, which means all residents will be expected to take part in these. The other 5 elements are available to all residents but may not be accessed by everyone. These programme elements will be discussed with individual residents and decisions incorporated into care plans. Every resident is allocated a key worker (staff member who coordinates their journey through the programme) and a mentor (peer) when they first access treatment. A comprehensive case management system is used at Littledale Hall, which ensures residents are clear about what they need to achieve and can assess their progress through treatment.
LHTC staff believe everyone has the potential to change. Potential residents include those:
drug users with significant and enduring histories of substance misuse (e.g. using drugs over a long period or using a range of drugs)
who have never accessed residential services before
those who have accessed residential services before but have not maintained abstinence in the community
living in difficult circumstances (e.g. previously homeless)
who have spent time in prison and have been/are drug /alcohol free
with limited support (e.g. family and friends)
who have had relationships with other people, (e.g. partners) who misuse drugs and/or alcohol
All aspects of the programme at LHTC are designed to link together and the family service is no exception. At Littledale part of our approach is concerned with ‘looking in’ and ‘looking out’. Looking in helps people focus on how they think, feel and behave (e.g. helping them to better understand themselves and other people) whilst looking out helps them consider their ambitions and aspirations if they are to have a meaningful and rewarding life post treatment (including positive relationships with their family). Family work complements and extends other work residents undertake as part of their programme (e.g. in Parenting or Domestic Abuse groups). We hope family members will understand the need to look ‘inwards’ (e.g. considering how they respond to the changes the resident is making) whilst also looking outwards (e.g. finding support and help for themselves outside LHTC in their own right).
Since opening in 2006, the staff team at LHTC has strongly supported and witnessed the benefits of a family inclusive approach to the treatment and recovery of residents: our family work service is an integral part of the holistic treatment approach at LHTC. The current family work service includes:
1. Family focused work (as described in this brochure)
2. Support for residents where there are complex child care issues (as negotiated and provided by the LHTC specialist childcare worker).
LHTC offers a wide range of opportunities for families to undertake activities with their children. Below is an example of family days:
LHTC provides a comprehensive aftercare service for all those who complete treatment. The aftercare service is provided for 12 months (alcohol and illicit substance specific support in the community). This support includes regular weekly meetings that focus on topics and issues that may affect ex-residents’ ability to remain abstinent and achieve their goals. Former residents are also supported with accommodation, employment, training and/or education.
Residents may leave the programme at different points in their treatment. Whenever they leave the following principles apply:
Residents are supported to access appropriate housing, financial and associated advice and guidance from community based agencies (e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau). Some agencies visit LHTC to provide support and appointments are arranged at the hall for residents. Alternatively residents are supported to access community based services (e.g. housing associations and local authority housing officers).
Sport, volunteering, clubs.
Male and Female
LHTC is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all its Service Users, Staff and Visitors. In doing so LHTC seeks to promote a coherent, comprehensive policy and procedure that details our non-stigmatising and supportive approach to working with people who have a ‘dual diagnosis’. LHTC recognises that people seeking treatment for their addiction may have diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health needs, which we understand need to be recognised and appropriately managed as part of their recovery.
Where co-existing mental health needs have been identified and mental health services have been involved (resulting in a Care Programme Approach) the referring local authority must accept (before an admission can be agreed) ongoing responsibility for the supervision and support of the resident with regard to their mental health needs.
Anyone under 18
People who have committed arson
Schedule 1 Offenders
History of sex offences
We have ground floor disabled facilities, including disabled shower room, ramp to front of property and wide door access.
We recognise LHTC is not suitable for everyone and need to ensure any prospective resident is physically and mentally stable enough to work with peers and staff. Potential residents will have an interview with the Admissions Coordinator who assesses the individual’s psychological, emotional needs and their suitability as a community resident. After the interview the potential resident maybe invited to attend a Day Visit.
Day Visit's provide an opportunity for prospective residents to ask questions and gain information about the treatment process at LHTC. If, after the Day Visit, the person wishes to access treatment at Littledale Hall, and the Admissions Coordinator’s assessment (based on a range of information including feedback from current residents and staff) concludes they would benefit from the service offered, an admission date will be offered (once funding has been approved). Offers are subject to availability of beds and admissions dates may have to be re-negotiated. In some instances people wishing to enter treatment may not be offered a place (e.g. if there is a conflict of interest with a current resident).
Anyone leaving Littledale Hall can access Aftercare services for up to 12 months (alcohol and illicit substance specific support in the community). This support includes regular weekly meetings that focus on topics and issues that may affect ex-residents’ ability to remain abstinent and achieve their goals. Former residents who have not been in contact with the Aftercare service for 28 days will be discharged.