Aftercare is provided as part of an integrated package of personalised support for everyone completing treatment. Access to the service is entirely voluntary. Those most likely to benefit from Aftercare are ex-residents who have completed treatment and actively engage with peers and staff after discharge.
The approach to Aftercare adopted by Littledale is based on the belief that:
People who are active in their own treatment are more likely to sustain changes adopted to address their addiction
Being part of a supported peer network offers opportunities to maintain positive life changes
The responsibility for ongoing treatment and support is shared by peers, families, communities and professionals
This approach is based on a clear shared understanding of roles, responsibilities and decision making. The collaborative and democratic Aftercare provided is an extension of the approach taken to residential treatment at Littledale.
Anyone not living locally can attend the recovery group and/or 1:1 meetings (at their own cost and using their own transport) or use technology (e.g. telephone/ skype) to access 1:1 support.
Anyone leaving Littledale before completing their programme:
Will be referred back to their funding authority
Will be provided with relevant information when discharged
Cannot access the Littledale Aftercare service
Ex residents using the Aftercare service, as with all Littledale services, are encouraged to:
Believe you can be free of your addiction
Maintain a commitment to your recovery
Share a commitment and belief in your recovery with peers, friends/ family and professionals
Work with your recovery plan and access appropriate resources to support you as you work to achieve your goals
Share your recovery journey with other people in recovery
Continued recovery relies on individual commitment, peer support and professional help to ensure you meet your needs in six key areas1:
Meaningful activity (paid work, voluntary work, childcare etc)
Psychological and emotional health (e.g. self-esteem and self-worth)
Ongoing ‘treatment’ to support your continued recovery from addiction
1 Galvani, S. (2008) Alcohol or Drug Problems. In: The Blackwell Companion to Social Work, 3rd Ed (edited by M Davies), Blackwell: London.
Why choose Littledale Addiction Treatment Services?
Staffed 24-hours a day
Safe & supportive environment
Restore self-esteem & self-confidence
Picturesque 200-acre location
Access to GP services