The first stage focuses on the experience of being substance free, growth of understanding around addiction and unhelpful patterns of behaviour, and strategies for sustainable recovery.
At the end of the first stage, clients undertake a self-assessment which helps them to pause and reflect on their readiness to progress to the second stage. They evaluate their new way of life, their practice of 12 Step recovery and their emerging role as a ‘senior peer’.
The second stage gives clients an essential opportunity to test and consolidate their recovery in the wider community. Clients undertake voluntary work placements or training courses and are expected to demonstrate greater responsibility and independence within and outside the rehab.
Occupational Therapy is an important part of stage 1 as it gives clients a space to unwind and be creative. The workshop and craft programme is an essential and integral part of the holistic treatment at Gloucester House.