Recovery Centre Structured Day Care Programme

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Monday a.m 10.30 -12.30pm Recovery Group
with Ste in the Big Room

Tuesday a.m 10.30 -12.30 12 Step Fellowship Awareness
with Joe in the Groupwork Room

Wednesday a.m 10.30 - 12.30 Personal Development Group
with Claire in the Groupwork Room

Thursday a.m 10.30 - 12.30 Recovery Meeting
with Jimmy in the Big Room

Friday a.m 10:30 - 12:15 Alcohol Support MAP Meeting
with Craig in the Groupwork Room


OR 10.30 - 12.30 Personal Development Group
with Claire in the Groupwork Room

OR 10.30-12.30 12 Step Study
with Joe in the Groupwork Room

OR 10.30 - 12.15 Recovery MAP Meeting
with Alan in the Big Room

10.00– 11.00 Peer to Peer Abstinence Group

OR 10.30 - 12.30 Recovery MAP Meeting
with Dave S & Dave M in the Big Room

OR 10.30 - 12.30 Meditation & Spirituality Group:
From Recovery to Self Discovery
with Alan in the Serenity Room

with Stan in the Groupwork Room

OR 10.30 - 12.30 CRA Group
with Ste in the Groupwork Room

OR 10.30 - 12.30 Opiate & Crack Support Group
with Ste in the Therapy Room

OR 10.30 -12.30 Abstinence Support Group
with Joe at the Millenium Centre (Room 1)

OR 09.30 – 12.00 Nurse Health Check Drop Ins
with Margaret (30 minute slots)

11.00– 12.00 Service User Group

with Paul in the Groupwork Room

OR 09.30 – 12.00 Nurse Health Check Drop Ins
with Rachel (30 minute slots)

OR 10.30 - 12.30 Relaxation & Indian Head Massage
with Karen & Julie in the Serenity Room

12.30 - 1.30 ‘C Steering’ Hep C Support Group
with Jimmy at the Millenium Centre

LUNCH (12:30 – 1:00)
Why not play chess, read the papers, listen to music and

socialize in a safe, Recovery-orientated environment? Food available for those who have attended morning sessions.

12.30 - 1.30 Check In + Peer of the Week
with all staff in the Big Room


Monday p.m 1:00 - 1:30 Guided Meditation
with Alan in the Serenity Room

Tuesday p.m 1:00 - 1:30 Guided Meditation
with Alan in the Serenity Room

Wed. p.m.

Centre Closed
this afternoon (1.00 – 5pm) for staff Admin

Thursday p.m 1:00 - 1:30 Guided Meditation
with Alan in the Serenity Room

Friday p.m 1:30 - 3.00 Women’s Group
with Julie in the Groupwork Room

OR 1.30 – 2.45 Quiz Time
with Jimmy in the Big Room

OR Keep Fit DVD
in the Big Room

OR Keep Fit DVD
in the Big Room

OR Keep Fit DVD
in the Big Room

Re-open at 5pm until 8pm

1:30 - 3.15 Abstinence MAP Meeting
with Joe in the Groupwork Room

1:30 - 3.00 Cognitive Behavioural Group
with Paul in the Groupwork Room

1:30 - 3:00 Football / Sport
with Ste, Craig and Jimmy

OR 1:30 - 2:30 Abstinence Support
with Joe in the Groupwork Room

3.15 – 4.45 Health Awareness Group
with Dave M in the Groupwork Room

OR 1:30 - 3.00 Discussion Group
with Jimmy in the Serenity Room

OR 1:30 - 4.00 Art Therapy
with Oliver in the Big Room

OR 2.30 – 4.30 Reiki / Swedish Back & Shoulder Massage /Indian Head Massage*
with Alan / Julie / Karen in the Serenity Room *Indian Head Massage available from 3.30 onwards *

OR 3.15 - 4.45 Service
(Cleaning, picking litter or special projects such as gardening, preparing food parcels etc)
with all staff and service users

OR 1:30 - 3:30 Music Therapy: ‘Jammin’ with Alan’ OR 1.30 – 3.30 Reiki/Indian Head/Swedish Back & Shoulder Massage
with Karen in the Serenity Room

OR 1:30 – 4.00 Reiki Treatments
with Alan in the Serenity Room

OR 3.00 - 4.00 Drama Group
with Carol H in the Groupwork

OR 3.30 – 4.45 Aftercare Peer to Peer Support
In the Big Room

4.00 - 4.45 Music Appreciation
with Jimmy & Paul in the Serenity Room

5:00 - 7.45 Art Therapy
with Iain in the Big Room

3:30 - 4:45 Book Club
with Jimmy in the Serenity Room

Recovery Centre Guidelines
 This centre is open to anyone who wants Recovery, is motivated do some work on themselves and is reducing their substance use (drug or alcohol, including substitute prescribing). Anyone who attends appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or smelling of alcohol will be asked to leave. If you have consumed alcohol the previous evening or that morning due to alcohol dependence, please take measures to prevent your peers from smelling alcohol on you (good personal hygiene, mints etc) so as to not put others’ Recovery at risk. The Recovery Centre is a Structured Day Care Programme, NOT a Drop In centre. Therefore you are expected to show a meaningful engagement and commitment to activities, attending at least two structured recovery-focused groups / meetings per week (marked with an asterisks below) in addition to other activities (art, music, holistic therapies). In fact, if you have no other responsibilities (work, college, caring responsibilities), participating in the full programme by attending the centre daily would help you build an excellent foundation for your Recovery. Please be on time for scheduled groups or you may not be able to take part. Staff may not allow you in to a group if you are late. If you are at the centre, you will be expected to take part in whatever Groups / Meetings / Activities are going on or you will be asked to leave. It is not acceptable to just use the centre as somewhere to sit and have a coffee rather than participate in structured group work activities (the exception to this is for new clients who have come over to see the centre for the first time). The Recovery Centre is designed to be a positive, vibrant and Recovery-focused environment, somewhere where people feel safe and welcome; part of a community of people in Recovery – somewhere where you will be listened to, respected and valued. Any behaviour that is detrimental to this vision will be challenged. Anyone who persistently behaves in such a way that undermines the centre will be asked to leave. The most important value in the centre is respect, for yourself, for your peers and for staff. This means not talking over each other in group, listening and supporting each other, tidying up after yourself and keeping your centre looking clean and tidy. We run an honest, open programme, whether you are struggling, lapsing or doing great, be honest with yourself, your peers and staff and you will get the support that you need. Bus tickets (daily Solo Passes from Mersey Travel) are available if you have attended structured groups at the centre and live outside a 2 mile radius of the Recovery Centre (approximately a 25-30 minute walk or more away). These tickets are subject to availability and staff discretion.

 Please be on time. We will endeavour to start groups at the time allocated (though crisis /emergencies arising or staff shortage due to illness or holidays may mean this is not always possible). Once groups have begun, the door at the bottom of the stairs will be closed
and no clients will be admitted to the centre so as not to disturb groups. The only exception to this is if you have informed a member of staff in advance that you have an appointment or unavoidable prior engagement. If you are late, you may come back at 11.15 to join the second half of the group.

 Phones must be switched off during Group or placed on silent. It is not acceptable to get up during group to answer your phone unless you are expecting an important phone call or in the case of an emergency. If this situation does arise, please take the phone call in the office downstairs or outside the building to reduce disruption to groups.  Unless you have a pre-arranged appointment or something urgent arises, you will be expected to stay for the full group out of respect to your peers.  When the Group or Meeting has a break, you will be asked to be back for a certain time by the Facilitator. It is your responsibility to be back in the allocated room by the time given. Once the second half begins, the joining door will be closed again and no clients will be admitted to the centre.  We will speak one at a time. If necessary, such as in a large group, the facilitator may ask you to raise your hand if you want to speak and will bring people in one at a time. Please respect this to allow the group to run smoothly.  We will strive to listen to each other attentively and with empathy. We will respect each other’s views, though we are welcome to challenge them constructively and respectfully.  We will own our own experiences, views and feelings – “In my experience...”, “I feel...”, “I think...”, “This is what works for me...”, rather than stating our own views or beliefs as facts, or holding them to be superior to somebody else’s.

 We will strive to make positive and constructive contributions. Though we are encouraged to challenge each other constructively, we will avoid criticising, dismissing, condemning, blaming or insulting each other.  Similarly, if you are challenged in an appropriate way, please accept this peer feedback as well intentioned and listen so that you might benefit from others’ experience rather than reacting defensively.

Respect Confidentiality:
o Whatever we share within this group shall remain within this group and will not be shared outside of Addaction by our staff. The confidentiality is across the whole team at the Recovery centre and the whole of Addaction, St. Helens. Therefore, please note that a staff member may raise what you bring in group during the morning staff meetings or may discuss this with your Recovery Co-ordinator (key worker) if they feel it would be helpful / necessary.

There are some limits to confidentiality, for example if somebody says that they are going to themselves, or somebody else, confidentiality may have to be broken to ensure that you and others are safe, but the facilitator will take responsibility for sharing this information with the appropriate people and deciding whether confidentiality needs to be broken. Unless it is considered unsafe / risky to do so, the facilitator / staff member will normally encourage you to break your own confidentiality and will tell you if they feel they need to take something you have disclosed further. Though facilitators / staff will take your confidentiality very seriously, we cannot control whether or not other group members break confidentiality, whether deliberately or through an accidental slip of the tongue. Though we trust that most group members will recognize the importance of respecting each other’s privacy, please take responsibility for what you choose to share in a group setting. Whilst taking a risk and opening up in group is encouraged for it’s therapeutic value, please only share what you feel comfortable to share, remembering that we cannot completely guarantee your confidentiality in a group setting.

 Please remember, when entering and leaving the group room, that the kitchen area is a designated Silent Zone from 10.30 until 5pm every week day. This includes break and lunch times. Please close doors and cupboards quietly and do not hold conversations or take telephone calls in this area.

What are all the different groups about?
*Personal Development Group: These groups are delivered by Claire, from the Hope Centre. They aim to help participants develop coping strategies, build motivation, self-esteem and confidence. *Abstinence Support: This group is reserved for those currently abstinent from all substances (including alcohol and substitute prescribing). It provides an opportunity for individuals who define their Recovery as being abstinent to meet together to share where they are at and give each other supportive challenge and feedback. *MAP Meeting: MAP stands for Mutual Aid Partnership. MAP Meetings are structured, peer-led meetings which adopt a problem-solving, solution focused approach and utilise eclectic evidence-based tools, techniques and interventions to help participants take positive steps to resolve their issues. There is a specialist MAP Meeting for Abstinence (defined as being free from drugs, including substitute prescribing and alcohol), an Alcohol-only and a Women-only MAP Meeting. “Recovery MAP Meetings” are open to anybody. *12 Step Fellowship Awareness: This group is designed to raise awareness of the 12 Step Programme of Recovery and network of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings in the local area. This group is good for those interested in AA/NA to learn more about the fellowships, debunking myths and breaking down barriers to attendance. The group is also good as a means of support for those who do attend AA/NA. You do not need to be abstinent to attend this meeting, but should be working towards or aiming for abstinence. *12 Step Study: A more in depth look at the 12 Step programme of Recovery, including readings from 12 Step Literature and a discussion around some of the steps and what they mean. This group is good as a means of support for those who attend AA/NA meetings or are considering doing so. You do not need to be abstinent to attend this meeting, but should be working towards or aiming for abstinence. *Service: Service is a humbling experience that takes us out of ourselves and gives us the natural ‘feel-good factor’ of giving something back and doing something to support the centre and the local community. It also helps to promote Recovery in the community, reducing stigma and challenging prejudice and stereotypes people hold towards drug and alcohol users. *Drama Workshop: For all budding actors, singers and musicians. The Drama Workshop will involve creative expression, dramatic exercises, writing and performing plays. *Meditation & Spirituality Group – From Recovery to Self Discovery: the first half of this group includes an introduction to what meditation is, a 30-40 minute guided meditation session and a discussion / share and feedback. It is designed to teach basic meditation skills, promote meditation as a tool in Recovery and for personal and spiritual development, answer questions, debunk myths about meditation and support a personal meditation practice. The second half is a rolling programme exploring the role of spirituality in Recovery (what is spirituality? Is it important in your recovery? How do you live a spiritual life?) and discussing

spiritual values (acceptance, gratitude, kindness etc) and practices (meditation, prayer, contemplation, mindfulness etc) and how they can add value and meaning to your life and enhance your Recovery. *Recovery Meeting: A group that encourages participants to look at their own Recovery journey; to share and discuss what Recovery means to them, what supports them in their Recovery and how to continue to move forward in a positive direction, using ITEP / Mapping and Coaching tools alongside group discussion. Nurse Health Check Drop In: Have a health MOT with one of our trained nurses who can give you health advice, signpost and/or refer you on for further testing or treatment if needed. CRA Group: This group is a 12 week rolling programme for those sentenced to drug or alcohol treatment by Court. It is a mandatory appointment for this client group, but not suitable for voluntary clients. Opiate & Crack Support Group: A group specifically for people in recovery from opiate or crack cocaine use. ‘A View to Abstinence’ Peer-to-Peer Support Group: A service-user / Recovery Champion facilitated group to support those who are abstinent or aiming for abstinence from all substances and want to find out how to live a positive, drug and alcohol free lifestyle. Discussion Group: Discuss and Debate topics of importance to you (including current affairs, politics, philosophy, Recovery – whatever you want!) and build effective communication skills in the process (learn to listen to other people’s opinions without being judgmental, to be open minded to new ideas and how to put your own viewpoint across assertively and appropriately in a safe environment) . Check In Group + Peer of the Week: An opportunity to “Check In” with your peers and staff about where you are up to in your Recovery, how you are feeling, any worries or plans for the weekend. You then have a chance to vote for the Peer of the Week, i.e. a fellow member of the Recovery Community here at the Recovery Centre who has stood out to you this week, whether through their own achievement and commitment to Recovery or by the way they have helped or supported you or others. The Peer of the Week gets a certificate and a small prize! Cognitive Behavioural Group: Look at how your thoughts, attitudes and core beliefs influence your emotions / feelings and therefore your behaviour / actions. Consider how challenging negative, unhelpful and unrealistic thoughts and replacing them with more helpful, balanced and realistic alternatives can lead to healthier emotions and more positive, constructive behaviour. Monitor your moods and triggers, experiment with new behaviours and learn new coping tools. Guided Meditation: A brief, relaxing guided meditation session over the lunch time period to help promote mental clarity, mindfulness / present-moment awareness, acceptance and serenity, allowing us to cultivate a positive, peaceful and balanced mind. After-care Peer Support Group: A peer delivered group for Recovery Champions and other service users who have been discharged as ‘treatment complete’. Traditionally, once clients where drug / alcohol free and stable, they were discharged with no follow up or further support. At the Recovery Centre, we provide an

aftercare package (timetable available on request) plus the After-care Support Group to keep you connected, motivated and moving forward in a positive direction. Quiz Time: A fun, general knowledge quiz with a small prize for the winning team! Art Therapy: Express yourself creatively through Art whilst contributing to the colourful, vibrant appearance of the centre (all the Art displayed in the centre has been created by our service users). Music: ‘Jamming with Alan’: Express yourself, be creative, build your confidence and learn new skills by taking part in one of our music sessions. Learn to play and/or sing songs by your favourite artists*, practice and perform them together or for each other. Have fun and relax performing and jamming together as a group.*Please note, there is not sufficient time to allow for one-to-one instrument tuition. If you do not play guitar or keyboard, for example, there are bongos available and various percussion instruments so you can join in the fun or just sing along! Music Appreciation: Bring in a song or piece of music that is important to you or just makes you feel good. This group will be an opportunity to share the music we are passionate about, listen to good music in a relaxed environment and discover new artists and styles. Book Club: Take it in turns to suggest a book that you have really enjoyed or thought had a powerful message. Read it together and meet to discuss it with your peers. Reiki Treatment: A traditional Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and pain management. Enhances your sense of well-being and leaves you feeling peaceful, calm and refreshed (physically, mentally and spiritually). Speak to Alan at the centre for more information. Relaxation & Indian Head Massage: Enjoy a guided relaxation session followed by Indian Head Massage – a relaxing massage of the head, face, neck and shoulders which helps to relieve stress and tension. Swedish Back & Shoulder Massage: A relaxing massage of the back and shoulders with oils to relieve tension in the muscles and promote relaxation and well being. Football (and other seasonal sports) Either go for a nice walk to get your recommended 30 minutes of exercise in today, join in the Recovery Centre kick about (either at an indoor facility or a local park, depending on the weather), compete against a local team or take part in another seasonal sport (such as Badmington, Cricket etc). The Recovery centre football team won a gold medal at the 2012 Homeless Games!

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