We have a number of alcohol and drug groups that are run within our lifehouses. However, there is a distinct difference between these and specific treatment programmes. Our treatment programmes have clinical governance and work towards abstinence.
Our service in Gloucester House is a stage-four residential rehabilitation centre. At the service they help those with severe chemical dependencies. The support provided is unique as it is motivated by a spiritual philosophy to provide a holistic bio-psycho-spiritual rehabilitation programme within a caring and supportive environment.
This programme is based on providing a safe and therapeutic setting, an integrated treatment model using cognitive, behavioural and social learning therapies. Gloucester House recognises and understands the damaging effects caused to individuals, families and communities through substance misuse. And our holistic, integrated 12-step programme is designed to empower and support every individual to attain a life free from dependency, look beyond their issues and explore ways of changing their lives.
Most of our lifehouses offer support to battle with addiction. People we have helped include Trevor, who came from a damaged and broken family. He was put into care at the age of seven. From then on he knew little security or sense of belonging. He started drinking heavily in his teens and moved on to taking drugs to blot out the emptiness of his life.
There were a few years when Trevor’s life was more stable. In his twenties he got married and had three sons. But soon, due to his heavy drinking, his marriage fell apart and he was forced to leave the family home. Worse was still to come. Trevor lost his job and ended up living rough on the streets. Then one terrible day he collapsed in agony and was rushed to hospital, close to death.
Trevor’s drinking and drug taking had severely damaged his liver. Luckily, he survived and was offered a place at a Salvation Army residential centre. From that moment on his life began to change. Not only did Trevor receive medical treatment to help him overcome his addictions but he was given back his pride. With our help he has overcome his problems and is now hoping to move into his own flat and train as a social worker so he can use his experiences to help others. But most importantly, Trevor is back in contact with his three sons for the first time in seven years.