Sefton Park bases its personalised treatment on the belief that no two clients’ treatment needs are the same
SEFTON PARK IS A RESIDENTIAL
ADDICTIONS TREATMENT CENTRE located by
the beach in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.
This year the service is celebrating 25 years of helping
people become free from addiction.
Our shared belief is that every individual has the
right to care, respect, autonomy and choice, and that
every individual should also have the opportunity to
change the way they live. We provide that opportunity
by helping the client to understand the causes of their
addiction and gain more control over their lives.
OUR TREATMENT APPROACH
As an alternative to 12-step, the treatment we provide
takes a self-empowerment approach, helping the
client to gain a better understanding of their
underlying issues, attitudes and behaviours.
The qualified and experienced team deploy a wide
range of cognitive and person-centred interventions
within the caring and supportive environment of the
therapeutic community. In this way, we help our
clients to better understand their underlying feelings
and anxieties within a person-centred ethos.
The detox facility is now in its second year and has
had an excellent response and very good outcomes.
We also partner with other units in the South West to
provide full medically assisted detoxes.
WORKING WITH THE FAMILY AND
We recognise that addiction is something that affects
the whole family. If requested by the client we will
facilitate family conferences in the interest of
establishing dialogue and mutual understanding
around the impact that substance misuse has on the
family. This can also prove to be a good opportunity for
the client and their family to consider the choices
open to them for the near and more distant future.
Staff encourage family visits at weekends as we
understand the importance of the family unit and the
support that can be provided through social visits.
HEALTHY LIVING AND MINDFULNESS
We support the client in building confidence by
helping them develop their potential.
We provide a ‘Discovery Day’ in a rural environment
that promotes new experiences through risk taking
and team building. These are outdoors activities such
as falconry, rope climbing, orienteering, bushcraft and
woodland cooking – lots of team-based exercises and
having fun in the outdoors.
Fortnightly, our staff organise a ‘Mindfulness Day’,
with the opportunity to experience a whole raft of
mindfulness activities – acupuncture, meditation,
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During the latest CQC inspection
the clients said to the Inspectors:
poetry, music and artwork, depending on what’s
available on that particular day. The client selects their
own choice from the activities. It’s about relaxing,
learning, experiencing new things and self-expression
through art and poetry – doing things that allow
people to reconnect with themselves. It’s about re-
finding your inner self.
FOOD IS A LARGE PART OF RECOVERY.
We focus on a healthy lifestyle and our kitchen team
ensure that all dietary requirements and preferences
are catered for. We bake our own bread each day and
our clients enjoy a varied diet and healthy range of
meals. We have considerable experience of supporting
clients with food issues