St. Anne’s Community Services offers housing, care and support to suffering populations in the North of England; its substance abuse treatment program is in central Leeds. Though it offers limited treatment to drug addicts, the alcohol services program offers medical detox and 13 weeks of rehabilitation at the St. Mark’s House, on the University of Leeds property. The St. Anne’s Alcohol Services program is based on a therapeutic community model, meaning that a healthy and open environment, made possible by cooperation between the clients and staff, is seen as an integral part of recovery.
Accommodations and Food
Behind the university, the St. Mark’s House has private bedrooms for 15 adults aged 18 and over. All clients share the common areas: dining room, TV lounge with DVD player, game room and garden. Three meals a day are prepared and provided for detox clients. Residential treatment clients are also provided three meals, but are often involved in the preparation. Special diets can be accommodated. Clients make their own breakfast every day before 8:30 am. Lunchtime is from 12 to 1 pm and dinner is at 5 pm. There are two designated coffee breaks each day; at 10:15 am and 3:15 pm. Smoking is allowed on-site, but not permitted in bedrooms.
Treatment and Schedule
St. Anne’s Alcohol Services offers medical detox to alcoholics to manage withdrawal symptoms: a visiting doctor prescribes medication, and a nursing staff supervises the process. The whole affair lasts seven to 10 days.
Once detoxed, clients may enter the 13-week rehabilitation program. For safety’s sake, clients are assigned a peer “buddy” for their first few days. St. Anne’s is not a 12-step program. The primary tools for recovery here are therapies that empower clients to understand and reshape their behavior patterns: CBT, Social and Behavior Network Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Every morning, clients get together with staff for a community meeting and break off for morning chores. In the morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday, clients meet for group in an adjoining building, the Ashton House; there are 25 hours of regular group meetings per week. St. Anne’s provides a brochure that breaks down each group’s subject and goal.
Exercise is mandatory for all clients twice a week. One hour is set aside daily for quiet reflection, during which clients can read, draw, journal or meditate. Clients meet with their assigned counselors for individual therapy once a week to review the progress of their sobriety. All clients at least halfway through the program meet for a “future options” group once a week to start mapping out their lives after treatment. After 10 weeks, clients are expected to start preparing their own weekly schedules. St. Anne’s is big on including clients’ support networks in the treatment process. Family and friends are welcome to visit on weeknights after dinner and on weekends between 10 am and 9 pm.
Clients can sign up for a free Leeds Leisure card and access the gym and pool at local facilities. Tai Chi, yoga, and gardening are offered periodically as recreation activities, weather permitting. St. Anne’s also has a relationship with a local pony rescue center and clients have the extra opportunity of interacting with the animals.
This is a program for alcoholics in the Leeds area. Potential clients may apply for funding from Leeds Adult Social Care for treatment; detox is free for Leeds residents. St.Anne’s is well connected to local housing providers, so clients who are homeless when entering treatment stand a better chance of finding a safe place to go when they leave. The St. Anne’s community is tight knit, and clients are involved in the operation, not simply ministered to by staff. Potential clients not married to the idea of a 12-step program and willing to commit to an extended program will find St. Anne’s a comfortable fit.
St. Anne’s Alcohol Services
186 Woodhouse Lane
St. Anne’s Alcohol Services Cost: Sliding scale (30 days). Reach St. Anne’s Alcohol Services by phone at 0113-243-4486 or by email at [email protected] Find St. Anne’s Alcohol Services at Facebook and Twitter
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