Alcohol and addiction primary care encompasses a considerable mix of care, treatment, education and therapy. ATP units (Addiction Treatment Units) are at the core of any alcohol or addiction treatment providers program. Often referred to as “Rehab”, Primary Care units are available in the UK and many other countries.
Primary Care for addiction can be out patient. In context of a Family or Workplace Intervention we are normally looking at a Treatment centre that provides seamless detox and Primary Care. Other than quite severe physical withdrawal where the person is bedridden or two medicated, Clients will engage with the therapy straight away.
Primary care provides a safe environment to learn about addiction and how to stay stopped. Away from the triggers for using, clients are engaged in a comprehensive and busy program of active recovery.
Therapy will address trauma, anger, fear, shame, guilt. Therapy will look to reestablish diet, sleep patterns, exercise.
Group therapy will normally be an important part of the primary treatment for all forms of addiction. Primary treatment will have clear therapuetic programs based on a variety of recovery and change models. Acceptance Commitment Therapy, S.M.A.R.T. recovery, 12 step programs. Minnesota models.
Primary treatment sees alcohol and drug use as the result of the problem, and all clients present with a variety of key problems areas to address.
The Primary Addiction Treatment care team provide a mix of direct therapy skills. Cognitive Behaviour Threrapy, Person Centred, 12 step, ACT etc.
All clients will have a nominated key worker who they see for 1:1 sessions. These will be to monitor progress, plan recovery, assess emerging problems.
Primary Treatment will address and support the client with all the consequences of active addiction. This can be legal issues, financial problems, housing, family, social, health, work etc. Primary Care is where the past addiction is left behind, yet real world life is awaiting.
Primary Addiction Treatment Programs prepare and pave the way for leaving treatment in a manner most likely to support long term recovery. Realistic active recovery aftercare plans are essential.
Primary Care staff are a mix of therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, holistic care specialists, Doctors, ex-client volunteer peer supporters and incoming support from organisations that offer recovery services.
UK based Primary Care may be only for private paying clients or a mix of social funded and private. The quality of care is all about the current staff team. All treatment providers seem able to produce a good brochure and website, not all of them back it up with quality staff and programs. Your Interventionist at The Intervention Service works hard to keep abreast the good, the bad and the ugly on your behalf.