Kenward Trust began as a modest effort to help homeless addicts in 1968, but has expanded to include three residential treatment homes, one extended care home and four sober living homes in the UK. One of the residential homes, the Naomi Project, addresses the specific needs of women and is located in the village of Hawkhurst, Kent. While Kenward Trust is a Christian organization, it stresses that the programs are not faith-based and it welcomes those from all walks of life.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Naomi Project occupies a Georgian home about 35 minutes from the main Kenward Trust campus and can house up to nine women, most of whom end up with a single room. One of the rooms is double-occupancy. Residents sleep in spacious, but minimally decorated bedrooms with twin beds, windows that give the rooms fresh, natural light, nightstands and desks. There is also a large, comfortable common area with a television and a garden.
Residents eat three meals a day and the women themselves prepare some of the meals, giving them an opportunity to engage in typical life duties. Breakfast may be a continental-type spread of pastries, fruit and tea, while lunch and dinner might be heartier like shepherd’s pie or beef roast.
Treatment and Staff
Kenward Trust uses a cognitive, holistic approach to treat addiction. The Naomi Project program requires each resident to make weekly and sometimes daily goals for therapy and involves a substantial amount of group therapy to help women explore their behavior in a safe, supportive space. Each client is guided by a “key worker” who develops an individualized therapy plan for therapy and continues to work with the resident throughout treatment. The program can last anywhere from three to six months.
Treatment includes group therapy, relapse prevention, Motivational Interviewing (MI), workshops such as attachment and loss, moving forward, relationships in recovery and self-defeating patterns, 12-step meetings, and life skills training including building self-esteem, healthy eating, co-dependency, parenting, rational thinking, problem solving, stress management and assertiveness. Individual therapy costs about $69 a session.
The Naomi Project also offers experiential therapies, such as art therapy, music therapy, movement therapy, and horticultural therapy, and an opportunity to work in their sensory room, which allows residents to work with touch, sight and sound to explore their feelings.
A typical day at the Naomi Project begins with an early morning wake-up, followed by breakfast, chores, morning meditation and possibly an objective group therapy session, during which residents set goals for the day and for the week, or a life skills group. Clients then might have relapse prevention or 12-step work before lunch at 1 pm. After lunch, residents often have experiential therapy and a group, such as the Here & Now group or a co-dependency group (except on Wednesdays when they have leisure time, which might be a visit to a nearby park, from 2 pm until 5 pm). At about 5 pm, residents may have a 12-step group or complete written assignments before dinner at 7:15 pm. After that, they have free time until 10:30 pm, which is the recommended bedtime.
Staff includes licensed therapists, various administrative staff and a pastoral care worker in varying shifts. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-two, and staff members are present around the clock.
A family program is available for those with family in the area. Kenward Trust family services include workshops, therapy sessions, play therapy for younger family members and access to family support groups. These services are not included in the total cost of treatment and cost $76 or more per session.
Kenward Trust also offers residents the opportunity to attend a monthly religious service and its chaplain holds an Exploring Christianity course for residents.
Those seeking extended support can move into one of the sober living homes in Kent, each of which is co-ed and has a capacity of up to four or five. Residents attend weekly house meetings and continue meeting with a key worker.
The treatment at the Naomi Project is thorough and supportive, uses experiential therapies and features a degree of privacy uncharacteristic of low-cost programs.
Naomi Project Location
High Gate Hall Rd
Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4EY
Naomi Project Cost
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