RECOVERY HOUSE

Recovery House is an 8-bed residential drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre for men. It is based in Rushden but welcomes residents from any area in the UK.

Primary Phase (Overview)

Once you have been admitted, you will then begin your primary care phase which is usually 6 months. During this time you will be assigned a keyworker and together you will work through a 12-Step programme. You will also participate in daily therapeutic groups, duties, and attend support groups in the community.

Our therapeutic programme allows for you to take the necessary time out to process the past, build your self-esteem in the present, and generate hope for the future.

We will work with you to improve all areas of your life and therefore build your recovery capital. Our philosophy is that by improving all areas of your life along with gaining an insight into how your mind and addiction work you will then develop the necessary skills and motivation to maintain your recovery and to live a healthy and happy life.

Aftercare Plan

After the initial phase, you move into our aftercare dry houses, living independently whilst remaining on a plan of activities with the house and your key worker. This  structured plan lasts for 3 months and concludes with a conversation on whether to extend the plan for a further month or apply for a voluntary role either internally or externally.

Further Support and Move-on

All residents are able to continue residing within the aftercare programme until such time as they feel ready to move on and are offered independent accommodation.  We work with the local housing authority to find permanent accommodation. We then operate an indefinite open door policy where former residents may come back whenever they wish so long as they are effectively maintaining their recovery.

Access To Our Service

Referrals

All our residents must self refer via telephone where some initial questions will be asked to ensure they are suitable for the programme, and then assessments will be made if applicable.

We welcome enquiries from friends or family, other professionals or agencies however we do ask that the assessment process is initiated by the individual themselves.

Eligibility

Unfortunately, some individuals who contact us are not suitable for our programme but we will try to welcome as many people as possible and work with individuals to help them. This could be for a variety of reasons and is always on a case-by-case basis so we would always encourage you to ring to discuss this so we can ensure we have all the information.

It is important to note:

  • We do not offer a detox service so if you are addicted to alcohol, you will need to undertake a detox prior to residing with us and we may need a letter from a medical organisation saying that it is safe for you to enter the programme.
  • We are not a medical facility so do not offer a dual diagnosis process service

This is not a one size fits all model so please give us a call or send us an email recoveryhouse@encompasscharity.org.uk to discuss or call us on 01933 353760

Assessments

If you wish to access our service then you can self-refer by calling our office, explaining your circumstances, then booking a telephone assessment. This involves answering some further questions so that we can identify that we are the appropriate service for you.

Following this initial assessment we will send a risk assessment off to another agency that you may already be receiving support from or you GP. Once we have received a the completed risk assessment back then we will invite you in for a face-to-face assessment and you will be officially considered to be on the waiting list.

We cannot give accurate timescales as to how long it will then take for us to offer you a space as this can vary drastically due to circumstances out of our control.

In order to maintain your place on the waiting list we will ask you to try to give us a brief call each day so that we know you are committed to achieving a place. Once we have an admission date for you we will tell you during one of these calls and explain to you what you need to bring with you.

Cost

We are not a private rehab so there is no expected payment from the individual, however our service is funded by Housing Benefit, which we receive directly from the local authority. Residents benefits are also paid directly into the charity bank account to cover all costs such as food, utilities, staffing, transportation, outings etc.

Each resident receives £20 each week for a personal allowance.

Our model operates on the basis that you are eligible for these benefits. If you have any questions about how this works or any concerns about your situation, please give us a call to discuss this further.

About the Primary Phase

We track progress throughout our programme with the outcome star. This is a tool designed to gage an individual’s baseline in ten areas of wellbeing and then provide a clear path for development. These are completed five times throughout residency – on admission and then again with three-month intervals though to one year in recovery. Below are the ten areas of wellbeing and a brief explanation as to how our programme is designed to improve them.

Motivation and Responsibility

We utilise many tools targeting increased motivation including group therapy sessions where residents are encouraged to talk through how their week has been and identify areas where they felt motivated or had struggled with motivation. We also utilise motivational interviewing techniques within our one-to-one sessions which may be with a keyworker or one of the management team.

Our daily schedule is designed to include an appropriate level of responsibility relative to the time spent within the project. This can include tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and managing personal funds. Each resident must then take responsibility for completing these tasks and be accountable to their peers if they do not.

This encourages reflective practice of the week’s events and positively reinforces achievements no matter how small. Most people join us feeling as though they are irresponsible and do not have much to offer others. We challenge this belief promptly by giving our residents responsibility for looking out for one another which builds self-esteem, the belief in one’s own capacity to be responsible and reinforces the idea that you can become motivated to be of service to others.

Self Care and Living Skills

Entering rehabilitation often follows a period of self-neglect which usually includes a lack of engagement with relevant health services. We facilitate a reengagement with doctors, dentists, opticians, sexual health clinics and also promote BBV checks through our links with the Hep-C Trust.

Our daily schedule includes being up, showered, getting breakfast, completing cleaning duties and being ready to face the day by 9am. This structure is essential in ensuring that self-care and care for your environment becomes a priority and part of a daily routine.

Each resident is responsible for the upkeep of their own room which is to be cleaned weekly along with cleaning one communal room per week on our therapeutic duty rota, cooking one evening meal and being responsible for washing clothes, towels, and bedding. These tasks are then checked by the staff team, partly to ensure accountability but also to allow the team an opportunity to identify any areas where an individual may need support in developing these living skills.    

Managing Money

The first thing that we look to achieve is financial accountability. Our residents have a small amount of personal funds each week that are placed in their funds folder within the office. They must sign out any funds and account for every expenditure with receipts. This system was chosen specifically to normalise having money so that once our residents graduate, they do not have a fear of having access to funds. Often having cash in the pocket has been a trigger point and this allows for a new healthy relationship with money to develop.

The second thing we do is look to address the overall financial circumstances which often includes addressing debts. We then facilitate appointments with Community Law Service who are specialists in financial advice and will help address debts in the most appropriate way for the individual.

Residents are also responsible as a group to write the shopping lists for food and for cleaning products. This process helps to develop financial planning and budgeting skills and also adds additional autonomy for them as individuals so that they may in control of their own finances as much as is appropriate.

Social Networks & Relationships

A key feature of building recovery capital is building a strong support network. This process includes developing new friendships within the recovery community and also identifying and strengthening preexisting healthy relationships. Our residents benefit from the support they offer each other and from the former residents that often come back in to visit. We also extend this support network through regular attendance at 12-Step support group meetings in the community.

It is also common that prior to admission our residents may have been associating with people that are still in active addiction. We discuss this topic throughout the treatment period and aim to empower our residents to generate healthy boundaries that prioritise their ongoing abstinence.

We facilitate family visits at weekends that increase in duration over the treatment period. This allows space for these relationships to develop in a measured way and for all involved to acclimatise to the new dynamics. We encourage families to come and speak with the staff team on these visits should they wish to do so and become an active participant in their loved one’s recovery journey.

Our residents also attend church on Sunday mornings. There is no obligation to hold a particular belief system but we have found that the spiritual nature of this time and joining a congregation has been beneficial through developing this additional support network.

Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Addressing this area of wellbeing is clearly the foundation of all we do. As our residents are abstinent from the day that they arrive we focus on the maintenance of recovery.  We attend 12-Step support groups five nights per week which are fundamental in ongoing recovery as they are accessible anywhere in the world and free to attend. We attend meetings both locally and out of the county to maximise the support network available.

We also facilitate therapeutic groups in-house which directly address the nature of substance abuse and its associated consequences on the mind, body, and spirit.

Physical Health

Along with addressing physical health through engagement with the relevant professionals we also promote physical wellbeing with a schedule of regular exercise. We offer an opportunity each week to play football on an astroturf pitch facilitated by a qualified coach from Northampton Town Football club. NTFC also offer regular opportunities throughout the year to play in football tournaments with other mental health organisations. Football is a great form of physical exercise but also has secondary benefit in developing camaraderie, team spirit, and skills in sportsmanship.

We also play badminton once per week and the residents are referred to The Bridge Project who offer membership to a local gym and swimming pool. The therapeutic journey of addressing trauma is often emotionally draining. The opportunity to get some physical exercise is necessary to improve physical health and also helps to burn off some energy, promote a healthy balance in brain chemistry, and is scientifically proven to help lower symptoms of depression and anxiety.  

Emotional and Mental Health

A key feature of ongoing recovery is developing mental resiliency and emotional maturity. The 12-Step programme is designed to address both of these wellbeing areas and we embark upon a formal process of written assignments on all 12 steps and sharing the work with a keyworker. We have developed a condensed version so that the quantity of work is doable within the 6-month period and we believe this is the best foundation that we can offer our residents prior to them moving on and finding a sponsor to continue this work with in the community.

We are also fortunate enough to have a qualified psychotherapist that comes in once per week and offers sessions to all that wish to participate. This therapy in conjunction with regular groups to process emotions and attendance of community based support meetings offer a fantastic platform to develop a solid foundation of positive emotional and mental health.

Meaningful Use of Time

Pursuit of purpose is paramount within our programme. The newest two residents always share a room prior to them then moving on into single rooms later in their treatment spell. This is mutually beneficial as the newest resident is not alone and always has someone to talk to but this also provides their roommate an early opportunity to be of service and begin to pass on a message of hope. We believe that turning a history of negative feelings and experiences into a platform to help others is crucial in coming to accept the past and then translating this into an asset. Purpose is pivotal in addressing low self-esteem and we aim to begin this process as soon as possible.

Along with service as a meaningful use of time we also provide structure throughout the day that aims to provide as much opportunity for a meaningful use of time as possible. There are always opportunities to focus on productive tasks and we encourage our residents to earn their rest. This then helps cultivate a work ethic that includes using business hours to be productive and then winding down in the evening and at weekends. There are also times that we do not dictate structure as it allows an opportunity for our residents to learn to sit with themselves which is something they have often found difficult to do. It is during these periods that we are able to see serenity develop over time and also the capacity to use one’s own initiative in using time in a meaningful way. 

Managing Accommodation and Tenancy

The second stage is where most of this work is undertaken although the primary care stage does allow for the fundamental life skills necessary to manage self-sustained accommodation to develop. It is also within this period that we look to identify any historic accommodation & tenancy issues such as debts that accumulated during active addiction and then look to get these addressed. This helps build a platform to move on and begin to seek safe accommodation having already begun the process of addressing these issues.

Offending

The primary impact on offending behaviour is that it is immediately nullified from the point of admission. The safety that the abstinent environment provides leads to a lack of opportunity or necessity to commit crimes. It then become our objective with each resident to process through what illicit behaviours they had been involved with and how this has affected society and them as individuals. It is often said that the effects of substances block out pain and this is also true of the emotional and psychological pain that is felt when we transgress our own morals & values. Providing a structure to process the harm caused to others and to one’s self through criminal behaviour and without a chemical crutch to dampen the feelings is paramount to heal and to experience a physic shift. We encourage our residents to share the justifications that they created to rationalise criminal activity and then challenge those belief systems which offers an opportunity for realignment with morality. The most important thing is that this is not done from a place of judgement but from a place of understanding and compassion whilst acknowledging the serious impact that continued offending would incur.  

FAQ’s

I am on certain medication - are you able to help?

​We work on a case by case basis so we would need to discuss this with you to get the full information in order to provide an answer. In some instances we may require a letter from your GP or a conversation with them to fully risk assess.

We work closely with a local GP surgery to ensure we are fair and that we can support as many people as possible but we are not a medical facility.

I am an agency - can I refer a client to you?

We welcome enquiries and questions from friends and family of potential residents, as well as agencies working with individuals.

You can ring on behalf of the individual to find out more, and help support them in making their referral phone call however we do ask that the individual themselves self-refer to ensure they are committed and intent on their recovery.

Referrals from agencies will not be considered as referrals until we hear from the individual themselves.

Are you a religious rehab?

The charity is faith-based and was founded with Christian values however, you are not required to have a faith and you do not need to be religious in order to come into and benefit from our rehab programme. Nor is the programme focused on religion as a healing tool or as a focus of the programme.

Our therapeutic model follows the 12-step programme, and this includes discussions of a ‘higher power’. However, we are fully aware that for some people this is not ‘God’ but is simply an acknowledgement that not everything can be controlled by ourselves.

We do have some elements of faith based, meditative and spiritual work within our timetable programme in the week, and you will be required to engage with them and respect other beliefs. Whilst you may not have a religious belief, we believe that these elements benefit your recovery in many ways. The primary phase attends church on a Sunday morning – for those with a faith this is an important part of their recovery and building of a community, and even for those who are not religious, this is a positive part of building a community and giving something back.

Our team of staff and volunteers include a mix of spiritual beliefs from devout Christian to atheist. We all work towards the same goals in supporting recovery and have no agenda beyond this objective.

 

Can I do a detox with you?

As we do not provide a medicated detox then there are some substances that can be dangerous to withdraw from in this manner including alcohol and Benzodiazepines. You will be

required to detox from these before you come into the house. We will then endeavour to line up a treatment space for you  following completion of detox.

For most other substances we would encourage you to reduce as much as possible prior to admission but would be willing to admit those that are actively still using so long as you feel able to confront the withdrawal symptoms.

For detoxing, we recommend you discuss with your GP or talk to a local addiction support agency. The relevant agency in Northamptonshire is Substance to Solutions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Do you operate a waiting list?

Yes we operate a waiting list and will prioritise those who have completed assessments and continued to engage with the rehab.

We will ask you to come for an assessment and then will make you aware of the waiting list and how long it is likely to be. Unfortunately due to the nature of our primary and aftercare phases, this can vary from a week to 3 months. We will try and bring you in as soon as possible and give you a rough idea of how long it will take.

Some residents do complete the programme early or choose to not enter our aftercare stage, which can free up beds sooner although we do prefer all individuals to go into the aftercare facilities.

How long will I have to wait?

Unfortuantely it is impossible for us to say how long it will be, as we are dependent on so many other factors such as how long it takes for a resident to be ready to move on, the housing process, whether people leave early or not.

Generally, you will be advised how long it is likely to be at your assessment but please be aware that this can vary from 2 weeks wait to a 3 month wait.

Am I allowed visitors?

In short, yes however we do ask you to wait several weeks after coming in before visits as our experience indicates this works best. Visits take place on Saturdays and are authorised on various levels, starting with in house visits and progressing to all day ‘out the house’ visits.

All residents are allowed a set number of phone calls each week too

 

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Please email us if you have any further questions that aren’t answered on our website recoveryhouse@encompasscharity.org.uk or call us on 01933 353760

Our Impact and Successes

“I was unreliable, dishonest, untrustworthy and was slowly killing myself. My confidence and self-worth are growing and the best thing is I now have my beautiful daughters back in my life.”

70% of gentlemen who came into Recovery House, completed the initial phase.

Of these, 88% of them completed the
aftercare programme.