Located in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, on the Bristol Channel, Western Counselling is a treatment center that was founded in 1983. Western Counselling offers 12-step based detox and residential care for men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Western Counselling is a community-based program that offers free or subsidized beds for those who are dealing with legal issues or financial hardship.
Accommodations and Food
Housing at Western Counselling is provided in comfortable gender-specific homes within walking distance of the Treatment Center and just a few blocks from the beach. Each property has space for 12 clients. Bedrooms are double occupancy with shared bathrooms throughout the facilities. There are also comfortable lounge areas with large couches and TVs.
Each house has a housekeeper and chef. All food is prepared on-site and the menus are designed by a dietician. Food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
All clients receive individualized treatment plans. If detox is necessary, the process is monitored 24 hours a day by medical staff. After three to five days of detox, clients can go into the residential program and begin a phased protocol.
Phase One is typically four weeks long and highly structured. The daily routine includes mandatory attendance at two or three groups per day in addition to workshops, on-site 12-step meetings, lectures and individual therapy. During Phase One, clients are not permitted to leave the premises without the permission of a member of staff, and must be chaperoned at all times.
Phase Two lasts another four weeks and requires four group sessions per week and at least two one-on-one counseling sessions. Residents are encouraged to explore relapse triggers, potentially risky situations, behaviors and attitudes. They are also required to begin reintegration into the community through outside support networks like AA/NA. Clients are also expected to attend educational or vocational training courses at the local college and find work in the community.
Therapy methods include CBT, EMDR and DBT, along with nutrition and physical fitness. The staff includes certified counselors, therapists and medical staff with years of experience, some of whom are also in recovery.
Clients are welcome to stay longer than four weeks, but they typically move to outpatient care and different houses, which are operated by Genesis Recovery Housing. For those who prefer to get away to get clean and sober, Western Counselling also operates a co-ed residential recovery program in Portugal called Monte Wellness Centre.
Western Counselling partners with a local social action charity, Lighthouse, that provides a range of voluntary work and training programs including the Lighthouse Café. Here, clients have the chance to learn employment skills in catering, food delivery, retail and customer service.
Western Counselling has been offering solid residential treatment to the beachside community of Weston-super-mare for 30 years. The gender-specific homes provide safe spaces for clients to get clean and begin to heal. Western Counselling is an excellent choice for those seeking affordable rehab with a vocational training component and 12-step emphasis.
18 Whitecross Rd
Weston-super-mare, BS23 1EW
Western Counselling Cost: GBP $3,920 ($4,924.25 per publishing date exchange rate, for detox and 30 days). Western Counselling by phone at +0800 849 8257 or by email [email protected]. Find Western Counselling on Facebook and Twitter
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