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Addiction Recovery Centre

Addiction Recovery Centre
Last Updated: 14/07/17

Telephone: 02392 378 726

Address: (map)
54 Northern Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3DP



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What we do
Substance misuse: Drugs:      Alcohol:  
Female only project: No
Typical length of the first-stage programme 12
Typical length of the second-stage programme 12
Mandatory drug/alcohol testing: Randomly / On suspicion
Detoxification available
Detox length  
Alcohol: 2 weeks
Opiates: 2 weeks
Benzodiazepines: 2-3 weeks
Stimulants: 1-2 weeks
Support available
Supported housing and resettlement:
Education, training & employment
Female only groups: No
Philosophy/programme of care: Eclectic/integrated
12-step (inc MM)
CBT/social learning
Therapeutic community
Programme details:
We offer a twelve-week primary treatment, and a secondary treatment that can continue for as long as required, from twelve weeks to a year. We are able to offer shorter periods of treatment in primary if required.

Primary treatment involves exploration of addiction and solutions

Secondary treatment involves working solutions and exploring further holistic solutions.

Primary Treatment

Clients begin to identify what type of addict/acoholic they may be, and they begin a process of acceptance of their condition which continues throughout treatment.

Doubt and uncertainty are identified and challenged on a personal basis through a variety of multi-media workshop techniques.

Other important issues are also explored such as, pay-offs, consequences, how the mind works, reasons for using/drinking and the depth and level of the mental obsession, leading to a realistic client-centered assessment and acceptance.

This leads on to looking at psychological conditioning and belief systems (religious, psychological & philosophical) and their role in supporting addiction and as solutions to addiction.

Clients are then guided and challenged into taking responsibility for and changing their belief systems to fully support: continued recovery from addiction, a life of aesthetic meaning, psychological growth and maturity, an acceptance of life on life's terms, and motives for choosing participation and to take responsibility for psychological and emotional conditions.

Deeper causes of stress and pain that often trigger cravings for mood-altering substances & alcohol as an escape are explored, such as; low self-worth, immature perceptions, lack of healthy boundaries, fear, resentment, toxic shame, co-dependency, abandonment etc.

These kinds of issues are introduced to clients, with solutions in the form of post treatment recovery activities.

Throughout treatment the condition of and solutions to addiction are separated from causal and contributory factors, allowing the possibility of long-term solutions to addiction despite deep emotional issues and other difficulties and setbacks.

In the latter stages of primary treatment, clients complete a comprehensive 'Post Graduate Strategy' so that recovery can continue after treatment. This covers a whole range of recovery activities and strategies based on individual client's needs for post-treatment support or continuing into secondary.

Secondary Treatment

Secondary treatment is more about 'doing' than exploring.

By this stage clients have a few months of clean/sober time thereby allowing for a more pro-active approach to recovery.

There are a number of different groups in which clients may choose either to explore in more detail certain recovery techniques or actively work on these techniques for their recovery.

The groups include cognitive conditioning, step work, negative to positive cognition, transactional analysis and co-dependency.

In addition, clients are introduced to local services for further education, vocational training, budgeting skills and any other support services a client feels they need.

Throughout both primary and secondary treatment all clients recieve at least one hour of person-centered one-to-one key-working per week.

There is also a smoking cessation clinic that clients can opt to attend if they wish. We are one of the only treatment centres in the country to use ACT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy which is a model that works on behaviour and is based on scientific behavioural principles. It is a very accessible model for drug and alcohol addiction which we are finding produces dramatic results.

Family support services:
None. However, we aim for our clients to maintain contact with their families via phone and visits after 6 weeks and where applicable we also co-ordinate Contact visits via Family Services.
Activities provided for children and families:
Post treatment support:
Third Stage Housing.
Facilitated links with a range of support services: housing, education and vocational training, budgeting skills, voluntary opoortunities and counselling.
Harm reduction policies for clients leaving the programme early:
ARC tries to ensure that the client has an address to go to when discharged.
Key workers and/or family are contacted, the client is accompanied to the station and placed on a train, or arrangements for their collection are made. Clients are warned about the risk of overdose and given appropriate advice and given a harm reduction leaflet to take with them.
Resettlement / after-care services:
During the latter stages of treatment ARC put in place strategies based on individual clients needs for support post treatment. This involves other services such as social services, doctors, colleges, housing groups, self help etc. For those clients wishing to stay in Portsmouth ARC provides post treatment housing. Ex-clients are encouraged to attend ARC meetings and treatment groups There is no cost for this.
Hours a client would typically spend on elements of the programme in a week:
One to one counselling and keyworking: 1
Group work: 25
Complementary therapies: 3
Education: 8
Domestic duties: 2
Other activities: 4
Other details:
Gym, gliding, co-karting, paintballing, day trips to museums, beach, forest.
Treatment completion rate (% clients discharged for)
Treatment complete 0 %
Service user transferred 0 %
Treatment incomplete :
   - client dropped out 0 %
   - treatment withdrawn by provider 0 %
Who we treat
Accepted clients Male / Female
Age range of clients 18 - 75
The following are accepted: Orders of residence
Clients under Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs)
Clients under other community orders
Criminal Justice referrals: Court reports provided
Accompanied court attendance
Child care options: Children can have day visits
Dual diagnosis clients accepted
How the programme is equipped for dual diagnosis or complex needs:
Regular care planning and risk assessment.
Working with Mental Health Services and other Healthcare practitioners.
24 hour staff availability.
Accepts client on the following prescribed psycho-active medication: Anti-depressants
Exclusions and restrictions to admission:
All potential service users are assessed individually and the decision is made based on the assessment.
People with arson convictions or some categories of sexual convictions would probably be refused although this is dependent upon assessment.
Facilities / vacancies
Bed vacancies
Number of Beds Registration Room
Detox Disabled
Gender Contract
1 Drug/alcohol (D/A) Single Yes None F N/A
1 Drug/alcohol (D/A) Single Yes None M N/A
Total registered beds: 18
Ensuite rooms: 1
Shared rooms (3+): 0
Twin rooms: 0
Single rooms: 18
Female-only beds: 0
Male-only beds: 0
Beds for detox: 3
Detox programme details:
ARC uses a Community Assisted Detoxification Procedure. Each Client is assessed and detox medication is prescribed using established methods.
The length of detoxification depends on the severity and type of addiction but will usually be 14 days.
Treatment begins immediately during detoxification.
Level of wheelchair access: None
No. bedrooms with full disabled access: 0
Sign language: No
Pets: No
Level of catering Self-Catering
Domestic responsibilities Full
Complementary therapies:
Other facilities (eg. languages spoken, dietary options, religions etc.): Religious holidays observed
Facilities for worship
Dietry requirements
Persian, French, Portugese
Fees & other info
Gross weekly residential charge: Not yet supplied
Block contracts:
Block contracts costs: Not yet supplied
Other cost-related services:
£15 per drug test
Detox additional weekly charge  
Alcohol: Not yet supplied
Opiates: Not yet supplied
Benzodiazepines: Not yet supplied
Stimulants: Not yet supplied
Admission and discharge information:
Assessment and admissions:
Private/agency referrals are assessed in person where possible. If detoxification is needed the length and type of it are discussed and decided upon.
The service user is shown the treatment centre and accommodation. They are also given an overview of treatment and a date for admission is fixed.
Additional admission services:
ARC can facilitate prison assessments and telephone assessments.
In some cases transportation may be arranged.
Discharge policies:
When it is discerned that a particular client is, for whatever reason, untreatable at that particular time, or that a clients behaviour impacts detrimentally on other clients, treatment will be terminated.
Some examples of behaviours resulting in discharge are violence, using/drinking and unauthorised absence from treament.
Registration: Care home only
Registered with the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS): No
Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - from October 2010:
Local Authorities using this project None yet selected
Local Care Quality Commission(CQC) office: No details supplied
Region: South East
Local Authority area: Portsmouth
Drug and Alcohol Team: No details supplied
Primary contact: No details supplied
Contact phone: No details supplied
Admission phone: 02392 378 726
Quality initiatives
Client completed assessment database on delivered treatment utilising standard assessment procedures and indicators.
Staffing - Full Time Equivalents (FTEs)
Clinical: 0
Doctors/psychiatrists: 0
Nurses: 0
Dual-diagnosis workers: 0
General counsellors: 0
Other clinical: 0
Volunteers: 0
Support/non-clinical: 0
Resettlement workers: 0
Children's workers: 0
Service managers: 0
Training/education staff: 0
Other non-clinical: 0
Total FTE paid staff: 0
Staff qualifications:
No details supplied
Night cover: 24-hours
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Service user reviews:
No details supplied
Professional reviews:
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