Our Philosophy is everyone has the right to change if they wish to do so.
Somewhere House gives each individual both the opportunity and the right environment to accomplish this. Somewhere House is a person-centred programme, the staffs have experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which can unblock the damaging patterns established over many years by examining the links between an individuals thinking and behaviour . The therapy side allows the individual to explore other options and solutions to the challenges. ‘Life choices’ is another option on offer as well as solution-focused therapy. We also provide a person centred and a 12-step approach, the client can make this choice (treatment matching). Some of our staff have also trained in the integrative approach and have this model to draw from. Each resident will take part in creating their own care plan. This allows the individual to monitor and goal-set their own treatment; and is reviewed at least monthly.
A resident has at least one individual session per week with their one-to-one counsellor and a homework check in, other check ins are given when required by the team or the individual. Group therapy takes place daily during the course of the week, where, we believe, the client has as much to offer the other clients as the staff. To this end we encourage each person to join in the discussion and offer constructive feedback and open identification. Everyone is expected to take part in all activities, unless prior permission has been given by a member of staff.
We ask that each resident attend a minimum of two AA or NA meetings a month in order to experience the 12-step support on offer in the community. We are also fortunate to have a 12 step meeting here on the premises once a month. This is supported by the local fellowship and most of our clients really appreciate the support that is on offer.
Every resident is expected to be responsible for the running of the house and daily duties are allocated at the weekly house meeting ran by the clients. The general maintenance of the property is regularly checked by residents and staff, all maintenance is carried out as soon as possible.
The opportunity to cook, paint, draw and develop hobbies is encouraged, fishing has also occurred and recently one of our clients caught two excellent specimens of local fish!
Many families have been affected by the course addiction can take, so we will always take this into consideration when setting up family counselling, meetings and visits. Somewhere House recognises the value of strong family ties and will offer support to the family where it is deemed appropriate. Family visits are encouraged and can be planned via a member of staff. We also have a family support group once a month on a Sunday to suit when families visit. To find out when this is taking place please contact the office.
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
Our programme is designed to take into consideration the individuals circumstances with the maximum stay being six months. This allows flexibility for the resident and recognises that everyone is an individual and should be treated so. We have an expectation of a minimum of three months, when treatment is reviewed, recognising that further time is generally required after a life time of addiction.
On leaving we offer face to face, email and telephone support, as appropriate. An aftercare package can be negotiated and there is a cost implication for this. Our commitment is to helping people stay in recovery, we do our best to do this by being available by phone 24 hours per day and having an open door policy for those who would like to utilise this.
Somewhere House uses a treatment matching system offering either person centred approach or 12 step
We also provide family treatment and support. Family therapy is on offer to all our clients and their families providing the client wishes to do so. Many families have been affected by the course addiction can take, so we will always take this into consideration when setting up family counselling, meetings and visits. Somewhere House recognises the value of strong family ties and will offer support to the family where it is deemed appropriate. Family visits are encouraged and can be planned via a member of staff. We also have a family support group once a month on request. To find out when this is taking place please contact the office or indeed book in. We also offer a family program on request.
Children are welcome to visit residents at the project we encourage visiting just ask that the client discusses this with their addiction worker and an appropriate itinerary is then written, agreed. These visits generally take place on a Sunday but can happen outside of this time if agreed by all parties. We also provide family treatment and support. In our move on houses many children have joined their parents in their new life here in Burnham. We build close links with other agencies to allow a smooth transition back into the family way of life for children and clients. Counselling for the family member relocating is also on offer if required.
We have 24 hour support for all ex clients, aftercare is provided but this does carry an initial fee. We feel our commitment to the client continues even when the client has left the main house. We also have a supported work arm that provides supported work for anyone who wishes to gain work experience in the community. Help is given to join the local college and any support required is on offer.
Harm reduction information is given to clients on discharge, both face to face as well as written. We would inform clients' care co-ordinators and look at support systems outside of treatment for the individual and encourage contact. We also advise client of available services and will transfer to other services if deemed appropriate. All clients are encouraged to keep in contact, and we are happy to continue to support individuals by phone and email when requested.
Our aftercare package consists of;
- Free telephone/ email contact.
- We set up discharge support / aftercare package to suit individual using care plan approach which would link in with service providers both statutory and non statutory.
- One to one counselling, group therapy is available (there is a charge for this service). Supported work and links into college. We currently have 18 supported bed spaces to enable further support in the community. Individuals are allowed to live independently, making a contribution to society, while being supported by two floating support staff. Some of the tenants only require minimal support where others may need more. Once again this follows the theme of setting the needs according to the individual. We have a two new additions to the team in regards to support, we have a specific support worker who is also in recovery from addiction who liaises for the team and the clients, this helps the team do the best for all parties. Alongside this someone who helps with the transition into voluntary work as well as work and work placements.
We will take external referrals for the move on houses which allows local individuals returning from rehab to resettle in their local community, and those wishing to extend their support in this area. All individuals are assessed before entering the houses and abstinence is a must; an aftercare package has to be in place for this.
Male and Female
We will assess each individual but cannot accept those who are currently suffering from psychosis. Clients need to be stable on medication before admission. Increased support for all clients in the first few weeks will be seen on a one to one daily if required we will be guided by the client. All staff dealing with dual diagnosis have been trained to manage the needs of the individual and we work strongly as a team and the team support each other to provide the best service.
We have strong links and a formal protocol with our local mental health team and will make external referrals when necessary.
All clients are treated as individuals so each persons needs are supported by their need and we accommodate accordingly.
Subject to checking with our insurance company and to suitable assessment, we are able to consider and accept clients who have a schedule 1 and/or arson offence against them.
All clients with acute mental health problems must be stable on their medication prior to any admission.
We are an abstinent based program.
We do not provide detox of controlled drugs, street drugs or alcohol but will support an individual who wishes to be supported in reducing their prescription medication
We have French, English readily available.
We do not have wheelchair access but do have experienced staff and support workers to help residents with limited mobility or sensory impairment.
£30 For drug testing
Weekly feed upon request.
Anyone is welcome. We will accept referrals from both organisations as well as individuals, privately or paid through other channels. If we have any doubts about if we can help, just pick up the phone and we will answer your questions
Once you have decided that you would like to check us out the next stage is an assessment. Once again a phone call to make the arrangements and one of our trained staff will be only too happy to sort things out.
We do prefer all potential clients to come out and visit our premises to clear up any questions and spend time with the residents/staff. Potential clients can attend a group and have lunch at the house giving an opportunity to get a feel for the place. In cases of prison referrals and exceptional circumstances where a visit is not possible we are only too happy to
Our discharge procedure can either be voluntary or therapeutic. A therapeutic discharge is usually resulting from a serious infringement of the guidelines in place.
When a resident is being discharged, staff are required to inform all interested parties of the residents intentions and forwarding address.
If a client is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it maybe necessary to contain the situation overnight and follow discharge procedures in the morning.
We have a warning system in place to promote change and discharge is our last resort.
All addiction workers have diplomas in counselling, management are all level four and above NVQ, staff have qualified in many other areas and have ongoing training. All staff have had some kind of counselling training with the exception of one who is training to be a teacher.
the team have a wealth of experience especially in mental health issues and pride them selves on trying their best for each individual.