We provide treatment for adults addicted to drugs or alcohol, and support for their families and loved ones.
Our treatment programme is split into three areas:
Pre-admission, Assessment, Admission
THE JOURNEY begins when a client makes contact with our admissions specialists.
We slowly take the client through what we do, gauging:
- The addiction
- Physical and mental needs
- Need for a detox
- The desire to engage
They discuss the relevant FUNDING OPTIONS and decide if we are the right facility for the client.
Finally we conduct a FINAL ASSESSMENT and if needed, time with our consultant psychiatrist or addiction nurse.
They then make a recommendation to the admissions panel and an ADMISSION DATE to the treatment programme is confirmed.
This takes 24 hours or maybe several weeks if the client needs time to sort out their affairs.
Throughout this period we remain in contact with the client and open channels with their loved ones in order to provide them with support.
Once admitted, we assign a counsellor as well as a key-worker. In addition to this they have weekly FEEDBACK sessions with one of our admissions team.
DETOX – for some clients, treatment begins with a detox monitored by our medical staff, counselling and admission teams.
GROUP THERAPY – we use counsellor facilitated group sessions to ensure clients benefit from the experience, honesty and challenge of their peer group.
ONE to ONES – clients will spend time every week on a one to one basis with their counsellor exploring their addiction and understanding the damage it’s causing them and others. As well as this they also team up with their key worker looking at benefits claims, housing options and debt management.
COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENT – clients enjoy yoga, art, drama and music workshops on a weekly basis. These bring a new dimension to life in recovery and provide a strong therapeutic message in a more relaxed way.
AA & NA – during treatment clients will attend meetings every week. This helps them build a strong support network, a notable feature of the Fellowship.
FAMILY CONFERENCES – the collateral damage of addiction can be massive. Families are torn apart and left feeling used and hurt. We facilitate meetings for clients and families in treatment to explore this and rebuild trust and reconciliation.
GRADUATION – this is an inspirational day for all of us. We come together – clients, staff and visitors – to celebrate the successful completion of the front line treatment.
Aftercare and Reintegration
Following graduation, a client moves into one of our free AFTERCARE programmes, in Bury St Edmunds or London. On a weekly basis we welcome them to either facility for an aftercare meeting with their peer group and therapeutic team member.
12 STEP – we encourage clients to actively follow a 12 Step programme with AA, NA or another mutual support group and to find a sponsor to support them.
REINTEGRATION SUPPORT – we help aftercare clients find volunteering opportunities and also return to work.
Not only are clients encouraged to build a new life where they can become productive members of society, but also our iconic GREEN DOOR is always open for them.
Uniquely, Focus12 also provides a weekly FAMILY GROUP for those close to somebody struggling with addiction. Whether there is a loved one in treatment; a family member they would like to see in treatment; someone who is in relapse; or someone who is clean after 20 years; or somebody who has passed away; the group continues to offer a programme of support and friendship. In essence, everyone becomes a member of the Focus12 Family.
Currently Family Group occurs every Tuesday at 18:15 in the Sinclair Room of Focus12, 82 Risbygate Street.
We will soon be expanding our reach, opening an Ipswich based Family Group. If you would like any further details on this, please contact us.
Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Richard O’Flynn oversees our clinical team.
Richard has 33 years of psychiatry experience and specialises in liaison and substance misuse.
Moreover, he is keenly interested in alcohol & drug dependency; mood disorders (depression & bipolar); anxiety disorders; medico-legal assessment and specialises in eating disorders, pain management as well as psycho-physiological disorders.
Specialist Addiction and Hepatology Nurse Lou Mascall manages our client’s day to day medical health. Lou trained at Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridgeshire and has 34 years experience in both General and Mental Health Nursing. She has a diploma in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Studies, a Degree in Liver Disease, and has worked in the NHS, the private sector and forensics.
Furthermore, Lou is married to Andy Mascall who is an Emergency Care Practitioner with 25 years experience as a Senior Emergency Paramedic. Between them they provide 24/7 basic and emergency medical cover for the whole Focus12 operation.
Altogether, this sort of cover coupled with such commitment is part and parcel of the Focus12 family; a solid, devoted unit linking the counselling, admissions and administration team and it is this that makes clients feel safe and cared for throughout their stay.
Our properties are in the beautiful market town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, within easy walking distance of our treatment facility and offices. The houses are a mix of single and twin rooms and accommodate between four and six clients in each.
If you would like to know more, please contact our Admissions Team.