Primary Treatment

Primary treatment at The Providence Projects addresses the psychological nature of addiction, and provides the necessary coping strategies for staying sober.

Treating the Underlying Causes of Addiction

When it comes to drug addiction, alcohol addiction or other forms of addictive behaviours, it is important to understand that it is not simply about quitting.  Most people who suffer from addiction have stopped many times; sometimes days, sometimes weeks or months, sometimes years but haven’t been able to stay stopped. The key is learning how to stay stopped.

Primary treatment at The Providence Projects is therapeutic. For many people, there are years of unresolved issues such as trauma, that require treatment in order to stay clean and sober.

Primary treatment typically lasts for 28 days, with the option to extend your stay and complete secondary treatment with us.

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Jon’s life was going downhill because of his addiction, but the Providence Team helped turn it all around with our dedicated therapies and workshops.

The goal of primary treatment is to improve mental health, foster self-awareness and help individuals live a life free from drugs and alcohol.

For many, seeking addiction treatment with us is the first stage of their addiction recovery, and we aim to treat all, regardless of their history with substances.

From the moment you arrive at our clinic in Bournemouth, the counselling team will be working very closely with you on a daily basis to help identify the underlying issues that make it difficult for you to stay clean and sober before helping you to develop new strategies, coping mechanisms and the ability to live life without reverting to alcohol or drugs. You may have a range of beliefs or misconceptions about treatment.  Whilst it is completely normal to feel anxious about entering rehab, in our experience, those nerves disappear very quickly due to the love and care you will receive from the Providence team and also your peer group.


During primary treatment, you will engage in an intensive 7-day-per-week therapy programme and you can see a copy of a timetable here.

Alongside the activities in the timetable, your 1-1 counselling sessions with your skilled and experienced personal therapist will be scheduled as well as family therapy sessions and a range of other interventions here.

All clients have an individualised drug or alcohol addiction treatment plan to help and support them in laying a solid foundation for lasting recovery.

Alongside the activities in the timetable, your 1-1 counselling sessions with your skilled and experienced personal therapist will be scheduled as well as family therapy sessions and a range of other interventions here.

All clients have an individualised drug or alcohol addiction treatment plan to help and support them in laying a solid foundation for lasting recovery.

Your recovery journey begins here. Call our addiction specialists today for a free, confidential assessment.

Here are just some of the daily activities that make up primary treatment:

  • 1-1 Counselling
  • Structured Group Therapy
  • Workshops
  • Assignments
  • Self-Esteem Groups
  • Exercise Classes
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Art Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Life Skills
  • Fun Activity
  • Acupuncture
  • Family Counselling
  • 12 step meetings
  • Music Therapy

Self Esteem Groups

Over the years we have found that the most common characteristic of our clients is low self-esteem and depression.  It is essential for this to be addressed to ensure the best chance possible of a long term recovery.  These affirmation groups are normally the first group of the day and in fact a group that ex-clients often attend and a great way to start the day!

Exercise Classes

As part of your therapeutic treatment, there will be regular walking and we are very fortunate to be so close to the beautiful beaches.  As well as this, we deliver weekly boxercise classes,  These are not compulsory but are a great form of exercise for those looking to make exercise a part of their recovery.


Guided meditation sessions are delivered to help clients relax and are particularly beneficial for those suffering from anxiety or insomnia.  For those that don’t suffer from these, the sessions are still therapeutic and relaxing.


Auricular acupuncture is delivered by our trained acupuncturists alongside a meditation session.  We understand some are a little nervous about having pins in their ears and it is not compulsory!  It is however a fantastic intervention for those in early recovery from addiction.

Family Counselling

Addiction affects the whole family.  At The Providence Projects we look to involve close family members in family sessions not only to explore the damage that has been caused and the effect on the family unit but more importantly to explore life after treatment, educate the family about addiction and recovery and help to prepare everyone for a long term recovery.

Our programme is personalised and suited for your needs. Contact our team to learn more about your options with the Providence Projects.

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1-1 Counselling & Individual Therapy

Counselling sessions will be with your dedicated 1-1 personal therapist, for who you will have direct contact with throughout your stay with us.  In the early stages of your drug treatment or alcohol treatment, you will agree a plan which will be reviewed as you go through the programme to ensure that you are on target to meet the required goals.  It is also a safe and private space to explore a range of personal and sensitive issues. Cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt) and dialectical behaviour therapy are essential parts of these individual sessions, and evidence shows they are effective treatment options.

Art Therapy

Part of the holistic therapies offered at the Providence Project and similarly to music therapy, art therapy can be a very useful intervention to help those who struggle to open up find ways to communicate their thoughts, emotions and experiences to the outside world through their artworks and designs.

art therapy for self discovery

music therapy uses in addiction counselling

Music Therapy

Much of the programme is designed to help clients explore, open up and process difficult feelings.  Some find this easy to do whilst others – more difficult.  Music therapy is often a great way to help people open up.  In this activity, clients will be asked to choose meaningful songs and talk about the relevance of the song. It can be very powerful.


Workshops are delivered on a wide range of topics but will include workshops on relationships, relapse prevention, self-esteem, anxiety, anger management, shame and guilt, families, grief and loss.  Whilst not all clients are affected by all of these issues, we have found that they are all beneficial in assisting clients to achieve long-term recovery.

Addiction counselling

Interactive Workshops

During the primary treatment phase, there will be a range of lectures, workshops and therapeutic sessions which are designed to be interactive and fun.  The workshops are delivered to increase the knowledge our clients have of their alcoholism or addiction, develop skills for recovery and provide insight into the change process and what will assist in that process. Our group therapy sessions are another part of our interactive method with discussions taking place within the enclosed safe space created by our therapists.

Addiction group counselling

12 step meetings

As part of the addiction treatment programme, clients will be introduced to 12-step meetings which are a fantastic resource for ongoing aftercare.  These free self-help meetings have been running for many years and have helped millions of people across the world maintain their recovery.

Relapse Prevention

Integrated into the weekly timetable is a series of relapse prevention workshops which also include a workbook element.  These workshops explore triggers, decision-making, emotions, thinking errors and so much more and are really focused on identifying and preventing drug or alcohol relapse.


Clients are generally set written assignments to work on during the evening by their personal therapist.  This may include anything from a life history to an assignment exploring a specific destructive behaviour.  It may be an assignment in exploring their drinking or using it in further detail or their patterns in relationships.  Some of these assignments may be processed with a counsellor, whilst others may be processed in a group.

Group Therapy

These sessions facilitated by the incredible counselling team are also a key element of the primary therapeutic programme.  There are a range of benefits of group therapy in treating addiction from the instillation of hope to individual learning and even corrective experiences. Staying connected with your peers and developing new bonds is a healthy part of the recovery process.

If you are looking for help for yourself or someone else and have any more questions about our addiction treatment programme or would like to set up your free assessment or immediate admission, please call our team today.

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