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Livingstone House

Livingstone House
Last Updated: 02/05/16

Telephone: 0121 753 4448

Address: (map)
290 Mansel Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B10 9NN



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What we do
Substance misuse: Drugs:      Alcohol:  
Female only project: No
Typical length of the first-stage programme 2
Typical length of the second-stage programme 4
Mandatory drug/alcohol testing: Regularly
Detoxification available
Detox length  
Alcohol: 2 - 3 weeks
Opiates: 2 - 3 weeks
Benzodiazepines: 3 - 4 weeks
Stimulants: 2 - 4 weeks
Support available
Supported housing and resettlement: No
Education, training & employment No
Female only groups: No
Philosophy/programme of care: 12-step (inc MM)
Programme details:
Livingstone House based in Birmingham provides a comprehensive and holistic treatment programme for individuals aged 18 - 64. Our residential Unit comprises a detox, primary, secondary and re-entry phase back into society utilising a 12 step approach to the management and treatment of addictive behaviour. We are abstinence based and offer recovery from active addiction. The aim is to provide residents with a full range of life skills and knowledge to arrest their addiction one day at a time. By the end of the programme through individual/group and one-to-one work residents will have a greater awareness and understanding of the nature of their addiction. Attendance at NA/AA/OA and Codependents Anonymous help strengthen their recovery foundation.
Family support services:
No details supplied
Activities provided for children and families:
We provide comprehensive aftercare, assertive outreach and family and community support services. We offer supervised visitation with vulnerable adults and children and can provide reports and liaison with statutory agencies. Staff who supervise visits have enhanced Criminal Record Bureau and Protection of Vulnerable Adults clearance.
Post treatment support:
No details supplied
Harm reduction policies for clients leaving the programme early:
Livingstone House have a relapse policy and after 28 days a resident is allowed to reapply for readmission witthout prejudice. Livingstone House re-refer back to the refering agencies. The resident's next of kin are informed that a person has left treatment. Harm reduction strategies where appropriate in relation to loss of tolerance and the potential for overdose are discussed several times before a resident leaves and a discharge against treatment advice is signed. Livingstone House has a strict policy of not enabling residents to use substances again. If residents leave, they will leave with no medication nor will Livingstone House provide any form of material or financial support.
Resettlement / after-care services:
Free to residents who complete the programme
Hours a client would typically spend on elements of the programme in a week:
One to one counselling and keyworking: 2
Group work: 9
Complementary therapies: 0
Education: 0
Domestic duties: 10
Other activities: 0
Other details:
Cinema, Bowling, Swimming. Hand over meeting Steps 1 - 3 thoughts/feelings and group relaxation.
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
Age range of clients 18 - 65
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:
Each case will be assessed on individual need and complexity and severity of existing mental illness. Where an individual is suffering with acute mental health problems as a result of their substance misuse, appropriate mental health support must be sought first prior to admission. Livingstone House can offer support and guidance in relation to this.
Accepts client on the following prescribed psycho-active medication: None yet selected
Exclusions and restrictions to admission:
Arson convictions, registered sex offenders, severe and enduring mental health needs, individuals with a proven history of violence and disordered behaviour.
Facilities / vacancies
Bed vacancies
No current vacancies
Total registered beds: 12
Ensuite rooms: 0
Shared rooms (3+): 3
Twin rooms: 12
Single rooms: 0
Female-only beds: 0
Male-only beds: 7
Beds for detox: 7
Detox programme details:
Livingstone House provides effective intervention through assessment and medicated detox with a 12 step programme of self discovery and change. A specialist GP and experienced mental health nurse with many years experience provide a full health and mental health assessment within the first 24 hours of admission. Detox can take anything from 2 to 7 weeks based on individual needs. The physical discomfort of withdrawal is reduced to a large amount by reducing regime prescribed medication although some minor physical and psychological symptoms may persist. Detox from all substance abuse takes place at Livingstone House with medicated support for stimulant users.
Level of wheelchair access: None
No. bedrooms with full disabled access: 0
Sign language: No
Pets: No
Level of catering Full
Domestic responsibilities Full
Complementary therapies:
No details supplied
Other facilities (eg. languages spoken, dietary options, religions etc.): Religious holidays observed
Fees & other info
Gross weekly residential charge: Not yet supplied
Block contracts:
Block contracts costs: Not yet supplied
Other cost-related services:
We are a registered charity and weekly fees are based purely on ability to pay, so please ask. We also have paid detox/rehab beds available for local authorities.
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:
Admission is gained via telephone assessment, application form and home/prison/institution assessments. We take referrals from all partnership agencies including self referral and having an information sharing protocol. During this assessment we use the Christo Inventory to assess risk, a comprehensive assessment document and motivational interviewing to assess willingness and motivation to engage in treatment. On admission an initial assessment is completed covering all aspects of risk and personal, social and psychological support that has been received and is ongoing throughout the assessment process. Individuals are screened for all substances of abuse including alcohol using saliva, urine and breath sampling. Residents sign a consent form for treatment which has been read out by the GP/Mental Health Nurse who will provide all information necessary in order to be truly informed and consensual for treatment to occur. Residents are searched for illicit substances and taken to our specialist GP by the mental health nurse so that an appropriate detox can be commenced based on individual need. Residents are asked to arrive alone and bring enough clothes for one week so as not to complicate admission. Medical needs are assessed and met. During a detox period residents are encouraged gently to participate in the therapeutic environment but their individual circumstances are taken into account. Within the first 48 - 72 hours once comfortable on detox, a comprehensive assessment document is completed to provide a basis for care planning and care delivery. Each new resident is assigned a buddy who will shadow and introduce the resident to the programme and rules within Livingstone House...continued below
Additional admission services:
For the first 4 - 6 weeks, no contact with anyone from outside is allowed in order to not distract residents from their addiction and they only leave the house accompanied by staff or senior peers. After this period contact is discussed with the resident. Phone calls and home visits become more frequent as individuals progress and grow throughout the programme.

Prison and hospital assessments
Court assessments
Telephone assessments
Discharge policies:
Livingstone House has a strictly enforced set of rules and expected behaviour. New residents are orientated to this within the first 24 hours of admission. Immediate dismissal includes using substances on the premises and acts of physical and verbal aggression of any kind towards another resident. Attitudes and behaviours are continuously challenged and therapeutic discharge will only occur after 3 written warnings. On the third warning people are asked to leave the programme. Residents also have a tailored individual contract which focuses on specific behavour issues related to their addiction which they are expected to adhere to including rules regarding non engagement...continued below
Registered with the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS): No
Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - from October 2010: No
Local Authorities using this project Telford and Wrekin
Local Care Quality Commission(CQC) office: No details supplied
Region: West Midlands
Local Authority area: Birmingham
Drug and Alcohol Team: Birmingham
Primary contact: No details supplied
Contact phone: No details supplied
Admission phone: 0121 753 4448
Quality initiatives
No details supplied
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: No details supplied
Reviews / videos
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Service user reviews:
No details supplied
Professional reviews:
No details supplied

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