Coming to terms with our past is a scary prospect for many. Clients joining us for rehab often share stories of feeling unworthy or unlovable, or experience deep-rooted feelings of guilt and shame. When we begin to explore those core beliefs with the support of our experienced therapeutic team, quite often we notice that these beliefs took form in the earliest stages of our development.

At The Providence Projects, therapy begins on day one alongside any detox regime that has been agreed as part of your treatment. For clients undergoing a medically-assisted detox, gentle therapy will be offered until our GP is happy with the progress you are making.

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.

The Providence Team helped turn it all around with our dedicated therapies and workshops.

Why Therapy Is an Important Component of Addiction Recovery

When we talk about therapy or therapeutic treatment, what we refer to is the nourishing of the individual self. Perhaps you or a loved one struggle with the difficult emotions and feel unequipped to deal with them. For others, childhood shame or abandonment prevented us from developing a healthy sense of self, for which addiction provides temporary relief or comfort in replace of deeper, human connection.

Self-love and compassion is the first and most important lesson we must learn in rehab, and we really do understand how difficult that can be for many caught in the cycle of addiction. Being vulnerable can feel unnatural when we feel unworthy or misunderstood, but you’ll soon come to understand that you are not alone in your pain.

At The Providence Projects, our therapeutic model encompasses the 12-steps, alongside both evidence-based therapies and fun activities that are designed to promote self-awareness, self-confidence and most importantly, self-love. Our team will walk with you step by step, as you begin to explore the various parts of you that feel undeserving, or unlovable.

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How our Addiction Treatment Programme Works in Rehab

When you come to us for treatment, regardless of the substance or compulsive behaviour, you will receive your tailored treatment plan in the form of a programme. The addiction treatment programme provides your daily timetable which consists of structured individual and group sessions, alongside workshops and fun activities to help break-up the intense nature of the programme.

As part of your treatment, we will also work alongside your family members or loved ones, providing the necessary support, guidance and updates on your progress. It’s important to remember that addiction is an illness that affects the whole family, and from our own experience, recovery and long-term abstinence is synonymous with a strong family unit.

Exploring Deep-Rooted Pain

The question that often comes up around addiction is “what is the cause of it?”. Various contributing factors can lead to maladaptive states or behaviours, but we like to think of addiction as a means of “filling a void”. That void can quite often be a result of childhood trauma or shame, extended periods of stress, or an empty feeling which can express itself in the form of loneliness.

Reconnecting with ourselves and others is empowering, but we understand this can be a difficult process for many. Our non-judgemental approach provides a safe and inclusive environment for you or a loved one to share difficult feelings or experiences from your past.

Coming to terms with the reasons for your addictive behaviours, and understanding the triggers that lead to them requires immense self-reflection and above all, courage. With our compassionate approach you will begin to understand your relationship with drugs, alcohol or gambling from a different perspective.

Goals and Objectives of the Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programme

Reconnecting with Ourselves

Love and kindness towards ourselves can feel tricky at the best of times. Being caught up in the daily struggles of being a parent, a partner or even a colleague can feel exhausting, but when we have the added pain of addiction and trauma, our window of tolerance can often feel narrower.

In its more difficult form, addiction can replace authentic relationships or healthier means of managing stress. Reconnecting with our pain and learning to love all of the parts of ourselves is the primary goal of treatment.

Motivational Interviewing

If you feel as though you are not being heard, or have past experiences that have led to self-doubt or self-rejection, Motivational Interviewing is a fantastic evidence-based therapy. The goal of MI is self-acceptance, and through the act of self-love you can feel empowered to make the necessary positive changes in your life. You will work with your focal therapist who will listen to you in a non-judgemental environment, drawing on your own personal experiences and fears around change, so that you can develop the necessary confidence to do so.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is an evidence-based therapy that we integrate into our wider programme. Individuals who struggle with addiction are often reactive, prone to black and white thinking, and tend to steer towards worst case scenarios which fuels their compulsive behaviours. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps to retrain the mind to think more logically, constructively and less critically.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma can leave a lasting wound spanning an entire lifetime. Trauma isn’t always about the things that happened to us, but also the things that didn’t happen to us, but should have. As a child you may have experienced disconnect, perhaps your caregivers were busy or disengaged at times which lead to negative beliefs about yourself. Trauma, especially childhood trauma, can really change the way that we think about ourselves and others, making It difficult to form meaningful bonds which are essential to lasting recovery.

Together with your therapist, you will explore some of the reasons that may have led to substances or behaviours taking a dominant place in your life.

If you experienced shame, abandonment or neglect as a child, we can help you find comfort in a place with a natural sense of safety.

Dialectal Behaviour Therapy

Accepting and managing intense feelings of anger, abandonment or shame can be difficult for those struggling with addiction. Extreme reactions can sometimes feel disproportionate, leading to further disconnect in the individual, while others on the receiving end of volatile behaviour feel the need to tip toe around the individual in order to keep the lid on.

Substance abuse and intense emotions quite often go hand in hand, you may have realised that drink or drug use tends to peak when situations blow out of control. Dealing and coping with intense feelings is an important part of the healing process. Exploring the root cause of such behaviour, and the reasons for feeling them so strongly, will help you and loved ones to navigate these moments without resorting to substances or problematic behaviours.

Relapse Prevention

Educational workshops on addiction and identifying triggers is an important part of the rehabilitation process at The Providence Projects, but it’s even more crucial once you leave rehab and return to normal life.

There is often a misconception that relapse begins at the point when an individual drinks or takes drugs again, when in fact the signs of a relapse begin way before that moment.

Recovery can be a life time commitment for many and during difficult times, we may find ourselves reminiscing about the good old days, or trying to justify our destructive behaviour as a blip.

Staying on top of your recovery requires careful planning and self-awareness, and as much we love to hear from our ex-clients and their progress, our main goal post-treatment is to keep you from coming back.

Reconnecting through our Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programme

Structured interpersonal group therapy at The Providence Projects is often described by clients as the doorway to feeling heard and understood. Many of your peers will have similar stories to share about their struggles with self-destructive behaviours.

The goal of group therapy is to be empowering, and feel empowered by the support and love of your peers. Building strong, personal relationships with like-minded individuals provides a sense of duty and purpose, but it also expands our field of empathy for others.


Holistic Rehab Activities & Therapies

Self-healing and transformation involves a multi-disciplinary approach, and while the intense structure of therapy provides a solid foundation for addiction recovery, having fun and experiencing joy in new, healthier activities provides additional layers of inner peace and self-confidence.

At The Providence Projects, we want all of our clients to have fun and experience joy in its natural form. With the added benefit of being minutes from the beautiful Dorset Coast, we take full advantage of our local environment which in itself, is incredibly therapeutic!

Our holistic therapies and fun rehab activities offer a fully immersive experience, reconnecting our clients to the natural world the way we are designed to experience it.

Rehab Activities include:

  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Fun Activities
  • Beach & Forest Walks
  • Boxercise
  • Sports & Spa Days

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Primary Treatment FAQs
How can I determine if primary treatment is right for me?

If you’re struggling with addiction and experiencing negative consequences in various areas of your life, primary treatment may be beneficial. Consulting with a healthcare professional or addiction specialist can help assess your needs and determine the most suitable treatment options for your situation.

Will I have privacy during primary treatment?

Our rehab facilities prioritise confidentiality and privacy to create a safe environment for recovery. While therapy sessions are conducted in groups or one-on-one, your personal information and experiences are kept confidential within the boundaries of legal and ethical standards.

Is relapse common after undergoing a primary addiction treatment programme?

Relapse can occur as part of the recovery process, but primary treatment equips individuals with coping skills, strategies, and support networks to minimise the risk. Aftercare planning and ongoing engagement in recovery activities will help reduce the likelihood of relapse.

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