A staged approach to Treatment

The programme includes a staged approach to supporting people as they work through their programme towards a planned discharge. The time an individual spends on each stage of treatment is very much dependent upon the progress being made and the issues that are being addressed.

Each resident progresses though a sequence of stages that promote an understanding of emotional and psychological health and overall wellbeing. The stages provide opportunities to practice revised ways of managing behaviours as well as other essential life skills such as physical and psychological wellbeing, relationships, finance, housing and education. Additionally, support is given to access meaningful activities post treatment to establish a renewed sense of purpose  as people make the transition back into mainstream society.

Each stage builds on the learning taken from the previous stage, with the objective of each resident completing the programme with a renewed sense of purpose linked to improvements in self esteem, self confidence, personal insight and understanding. This is coupled with a focus on improved physical and psychological wellbeing, developing mutually beneficial relationships, and reconnecting with a determination to lead a rewarding and meaningful life in society.

The programme stages scaffold your recovery and as you progress, the scaffolding reduces, and you in turn become more empowered and in control of your life and your future.

This staged approach is very much grounded in the work of Tom Main, Maxwell Jones and Rex Haigh.

1. Belonging

Joining the community, beginning to form bonds and build trust

2. Safety

Learning community rules, developing healthy boundaries.

3. Openness

Expressing emotions, communication and exploring feelings appropriately.

4. Participation and Citizenship

Giving back, finding a place in wider communities.

5. Empowerment

Ownership, self-belief, and making informed choices.

This work is underpinned by a host of theoretical approaches (see below) applied in conjunction with the psycho educational and therapeutic work undertaken by each individual in treatment.

Rex Haigh, (2013) "The quintessence of a therapeutic environment", Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, 34 (1).

Jones, M. (1968). "Beyond the Therapeutic Community." Social Learning and Social Psychiatry. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.

Main, T. (1977). "The Concept of the Therapeutic Community : Variations and Vicissitudes." Group Analysis, 10 (2).

“My time at Littledale was worth every minute. I’ve learnt a lot and very happy with all care and attention to detail and taking an interest in my life and my wellbeing for my future. A very big thanks to all.”

– SH

“Seeing ex residents here today and telling what they have done since leaving treatment and how they have changed their lives around with help from what they have learnt from the hall. Like myself I learnt a lot from LHTC and getting support when I needed it.”

– MD

"I would like to say a big thank you to Littledale Hall for all the help and support that was given to me during my time there. It wasn’t an easy decision to seek help however LHTC saved my life [...]. It was the hardest but most rewarding experience for me. I now own my own home and I am back working with my brothers expanding our family run business. I would never have imagined I would be where I am today this time 2 years ago and for that I am eternally grateful"

- MY

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