Fast, Effective Drug & Alcohol Rehab Clinic

Somewhere House is a residential rehabilitation centre for those seeking help with their addiction. We are monitored by the CQC for quality of care. We provide treatment and support for individuals who wish to make changes to their lives.

The organisation have both internal and external monitoring systems, externally monitored by the CQC; we are currently rated as good in the new system.

Through intensive group therapy, one to one counselling sessions, recovery studies and also lots of fun group activities which help to re establish structure, routine and self belief. Our team specialises in clients with additional complexities e.g mental health, eating disorders and all have extensive training in trauma work, process and CBT. We work with a holistic approach meaning we treat the whole person and because we are a small facility with a large staff to client ratio, can offer the highest levels of person centred care.

We will support every individual to work towards their own recovery goals but are also aware of the importance of having someone there to listen and support them.

Treatments Provided

Our residential programme is tailored to the individual, including 10 group therapy sessions weekly (30 hours total), a minimum of 2 hours one to one counselling weekly with our fully qualified and expert counselling team. Family and couples’ therapy, recovery studies, family support, workshops e.g. money management, alternative therapies (e.g. art, clay, music). Mid way through treatment, clients give back by doing voluntary work in the community, attending events and equine therapy. Mutual aid meetings are available in house and also in the community. Treatment can be tough so we balance this with fun activities, games on the beach, cinema trips, a day trip monthly and a mentoring programme. Clients are encouraged to seek education; we have links to colleges and a Universal Credit liaison worker is on hand to support with benefit queries.

Specialisms

We specialise in clients with complex needs or a dual diagnosis. Eating disorders, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma sufferers, Personality Disorders, PTSD, Criminal Record to name a few. Our facility is small, staff to client ratio is high and therefore our programme is individual and holistic, and we tailor your treatment accordingly. We also work with transgender, gender neutral, non-binary and LGBTQ clients.

Gender Specific

We assess clients of any gender including male, female, transgender and non-binary at Somewhere House.

Family Support

Family values are at the core of the treatment programme and ethos of Somewhere House. Clients are encouraged to have visits. Regular facetime, skype and phone contact with clients’ children is encouraged, supported and facilitated. Family therapy is available (in person or by video call) and is included in the weekly rate.

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Dual Diagnosis

We can support complex clients or those with a dual diagnosis for example Schizophrenia, Personality Disorder, Trauma, PTSD, Bi-Polar to name a few. We work in conjunction with our local GP and community mental health team from a shared care approach.

Disabled Access

We do not currently have access to wheelchairs as our bedrooms are located on the first and second stairs. Clients with limited mobility can be assessed in person on an individual basis

Move on Accommodation

Our move on accommodation is clean, comfortable, abstinence based and comprises shared houses, flats and bedsits and is for clients who wish to continue their recovery in the community with the full support of Somewhere House (an aftercare package must be in place) and if appropriate, relocate long term. The accommodations are based in Burnham on Sea and the nearby town of Bridgwater.

Aftercare

We offer an aftercare package that can also be tailored to the individual. This comprises ongoing group therapy and one to one counselling, 24 hour on call support, giving back to the community through a variety of voluntary work opportunities – many supported by a trained counsellor. The chance to mentor an in house client, access to retraining and education through our links with local colleges, support with Universal Credit and/or finance related matters. Attaining paid employment. Transition back to home. Transition back to work.

Restrictions

All client referrals are considered including arson and serious index offences. This does not guarantee acceptance though and further information may be required before a decision can be reached.

Bed Capacity

14 beds (mixed)

Q How long does the treatment last?

At Somewhere House we ask to work with you for initially 3 months (12 weeks); this is then reviewed; we will then look at further funding if you want it and think together about what best suits you. This is either funded by the agency supporting you, or self funded if that is an option for you.

If after the six months treatment you feel you would still like further support, then we are also able to offer after-care; this includes a move-on house and the opportunity to sustain relationships built over your time at Somewhere House. We do treatment match and recognise that 6 months maybe too much, so time is negotiated with each individual. What we do recognise is that each person has their own journey and they have the right to choose what they want to do. We encourage each person to discuss and plan his or her journey through treatment with his or her addiction worker. The above is a guideline, some funders provide 3 months of treatment funding and aftercare is not a given. This would be discussed with the care manager or funder from the time of assessment, so everyone is clear on what is being offered.

Q What therapy do you offer?

Here at Somewhere House, we treatment match – we are a person-centred program; the program is guided around the group and the individuals within it. We recognise every person has individual needs and these are recognised and respected. We offer a range of different therapies including cognitive/behavioural, art therapy, Alexander technique, lifestyle, personal, family, group and the 12 steps if this is preferred; which you can do in your one to one session. You will get the opportunity to look at your past, present and future using many different mediums.

You will have one 1-1 session a week with your allocated counsellor, the opportunity to see a student counsellor for another session if you desire and you will also have a recovery study session with a different counsellor for variety and not to become dependent on one worker.

Care plans produced and written by the individual client and are used to set goals and areas to explore and work through. Care plans are reviewed on the first of the month to help keep the client’s goal on track.

Q What’s the food like?

The menus at Somewhere House are chosen by the clients; all of the food is freshly brought in and the clients plan, prepare and cook it. Each Tuesday the menus are planned by the senior clients, taking into consideration any dietary needs.

This is done a week in advance and a rota is made up taking into consideration people’s abilities and further encouraging the development of new skills for the outside world. We encourage clients to take ownership of the cooking, improve living skills and develop a healthy relationship with food. Food is varied and of excellent quality.

Q Do you have any activities?

Activities are voluntary if you would like to join the gym, go swimming, walking etc. you are more than welcome to, although outside activities are dependent on the circumstances at the time. We encourage regular exercise and we have a table tennis facility. Trips to the gym are limited to three people at a time; this can be done from 4pm onwards during the week and weekends are flexible. We have a football team that plays regularly in a league once a week. We recognise that filling your spare time is something that needs to be motivated by the client. It is not normal in life for someone else to organise your leisure time. We have guitars, piano, an art room and a small garden for the gardener in you. When you are ready, voluntary work is another thing you can do. These outside activities are dependent on circumstances at the time.

Q How will treatment help me?

Treatment can only help you if you want it to. We are here to help you help yourself. It can open your world to new choices and challenging your thinking and the patterns you have established throughout your addiction. It gives you the opportunity to explore the past and the traumas you may have experienced and allow some closure around these things. With family therapy, family relationships can improve your self-esteem, grief, self motivation, self respect and that of others; the list goes on.

Q Can I have a visit?

Yes. Visits are generally at the weekend due to the structure of the timetable in the week but can be arranged outside of group time. If you choose to have a visit it is from 10.30am to 6pm and if they are staying in the area overnight you can ask them if they would like to stay for dinner. Visits can also be used to spend some time having family or couples’ therapy during the week. However, visits are also dependent on the circumstances at the time.

Visitors must be clean and sober. Visits must be discussed with your addiction worker before you plan them and visit itineraries must be checked with the team. Visits are dependent on circumstances at the time.

Q When and how many phone calls can I have and when does this start?

From the day you arrive at Somewhere House you can have telephone calls. You are allocated 6 calls per week either incoming calls or outgoing. These calls are limited to 15 minutes a time and can only be taken evenings and weekends. We
do this to help individuals to focus on themselves and not on the outside world. If a client has young children, we can discuss facilitating calls via Facetime, Zoom or other media in the evenings which would not count against the allocated six calls a week..

Q Are there any restrictions and if so what are these?

At Somewhere House there is a client handbook that has many boundaries and regulations for Somewhere House clients. This is so we can maintain an appropriate place for individuals to live and work on themselves. It also means that the standard of the house is kept the same for all clients, both current and future; think about the expectations you would have in your own home. Boundaries are developed for particular reasons for example: headphones and personal stereos/mp3 players etc are not allowed around the house or on walks with peers due to health and safety reasons and social reasons, however if you wish to use these in your bedroom then you may. The rules have been mainly put together by the clients, past and present, and are always open to change, so don’t be put off by them.

Q How much money will I receive and do I keep my benefits?

You will receive the relevant amount of your benefits set out by Department of Work and Pensions per week with the rest of your benefits going towards your funding for treatment, this is known as your ‘contribution’ towards your treatment. This is generally paid directly to us by you as requested by your funders.

You will receive £25.00 per week as a personal allowance to spend on yourselves this is a way of helping you learn budgeting skills.

If you have your own monies, we will keep it safe for you whilst here.

The group ask each client to pay £1 per week into the house money, which is then used to buy birthday cards, leaving presents etc by the house. This is done in the weekly house meeting. Please note this is something that the house organises and is part of the client’s social factor of treatment and you are expected to take part in.

Q Do I share a room?

Yes, here at Somewhere House we have two - triple bedrooms, three - twin bedrooms and two - single bedrooms. Your room allocation is based on a practical and same sex basis. Most people share when they first come in as it is found people need the support and care of another when in early recovery and then you are generally with your buddy.

Q Can I go to NA/AA?

Yes, you will be required to attend at least two meetings a month while you are at Somewhere House, this is a CQC requirement. Once a month there is a compulsory meeting at Somewhere House and clients arrange to attend at least one other meeting in the local community. You are free to attend more depending on how many clients wish to go. This is in accordance with Care Quality Commissioners recommendation for outside support. You will also be offered the option to attend online NA/AA meetings.

Q Can I go to the shops when I need to?

Yes, clients go out in three’s and there are numerous allotted times throughout the day to visit the town centre.

Q How much time do I get in a week to do Recovery Studies?

Recovery Studies usually consists of working from books/pamphlets at a rate of one a week, this may increase or decrease according to the individual needs. It is down to you how much time you put into this but completing the recovery studies is part of your therapeutic agreement. Including group time there are 7 hours a day for recovery studies in the week, plenty of time on the weekends and even before the day starts if you’re an early riser.

Q What happens if I can’t spell or struggle to read or write?

No matter what your abilities, we will support you to develop any educational needs you may have in this area. For example: assisting clients when enrolling on English courses. There are other ways of expressing yourself, which we encourage e.g: drawing, painting, verbal etc. We have worked with many clients who can’t read or write. Clients can also find it beneficial to use our kindles for their recovery studies.

Q Do you test for drug and alcohol use?

Yes, we randomly test for drug and alcohol use.

Q Do I attend college?

After completing 3 months of treatment we will encourage you to attend college if you choose to.

Q When I can’t sleep what can I do?

We encourage all the residents to stay in their room from 23:00-06:00 even if they cannot sleep. In our experience this helps develop a normal sleep pattern. This is also due to health and safety – in the event of a fire it essential that if needed our support staff have the ability to locate everyone. However, staff are available during the night for support if needed.

Q If I am still on medication what should I bring to Somewhere House?

On admission to Somewhere House, you must make sure all medication is in the appropriate boxes and labelled from the pharmacy it was dispensed from. If you can bring a month’s supply, it would help with the transition into treatment. If you do not do this, we may have difficulty getting your medication for a few days which may cause you challenges, so please take this into consideration. Medication is administered at the discretion of Somewhere House

Q Can I use electronic cigarettes? Are there restrictions around smoking?

Yes you can. If you use the liquid top ups you must bring them into the office on admission and they must be bought in sealed and unopened. This is to prevent contraband being brought into the house through these liquid tops. Yes, there are restrictions around smoking due to health and safety all smoking equipment is kept in the office, smoking is in designated area at designated times. We recognised that managing our addiction is also about being respectful around smoking. Smoking tins are provided for all clients to keep their tobacco and lighter in.

Q Are staff qualified and DBS checked?

All staff within Somewhere House have been police checked to ensure that they are safe to work with adults in this setting. We employ Addiction Workers/counsellors at minimum level 4 qualified in counselling, admin staff, support workers and students. They will be in various stages of training, but we ensure that they all supervised regularly and ask for client feedback to ensure we are providing a high level of care.

Q Do you offer family therapy or couples therapy?

Yes, we do, and this is something we encourage, as we are aware that addiction doesn’t just affect the individual. We can also offer therapy for your family or partners that may need that extra bit of support with communication, finding resolve, opportunities to be honest with each other. We also encourage contact with your young children on a daily basis which can be done via the office either through Face time, Zoom, Skype and also by phone.

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