This is a active educational-based group focused on giving you insight into the function of addictive/problematic alcohol and substance use, and the tools needed to overcome this.
It runs across 12 weeks, and is a rolling programme which can be joined at any point in the programme as it functions as a non-linear programme.
The 12 Themes covered are:
1. What is Addiction?
2. Relationship to addiction (the manager and employee)
3. The On Concept (© Engima Drug & Alcohol Consultancy)
4. The Broken Window Theory
5. The Johari Window and substance use
6. Identity with drugs and alcohol
7. The frog and the scorpion
8. Triggers and Cravings 1
9. Triggers and Cravings 2
10. Relapse Prevention
12. What is your understanding of addiction now?
This space is an open group process held and facilitated by a qualified therapist. Group process can be a challenging, but highly effective and rewarding experience, which provides its members with the courage to share in a safe and confidential space, their own individual challenges and successes as well as receiving and supporting others through their process.
In a world where interpersonal connection is often conducted over the phone, email, text and video chats, this space brings individuals into direct connection with each other at a critical transitional phase of life change.
The group sessions are followed by a 60-minute mindfulness/yoga and meditation group, run by a qualified practitioner with over 20 years’ experience.
Yoga has been around for centuries. Researchers have been looking at the efficacy of Yoga within an addiction treatment setting.
Yoga offers the practitioner the potential to change behaviour and stabilise the ego. Helping them deal with cravings, relapses, feelings of loss, emptiness, depression and anxiety often associated with addiction.
The latest contemplative neuroscience data, shows that yoga meditation and mindfulness meditation, both of which engage sensory, non-conceptual awareness, can target multiple brain regions, and the functional connections between them, that subserve addictive behaviours. Thus, yoga and mindfulness meditation, which were developed thousands of years ago, are increasingly recognised as a form of mind-body medicine that can potentially address the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects pertinent to addiction.(1)
In conclusion, mindfulness-based interventions, some of which include yoga, have sound conceptual underpinnings and growing empirical support for enhancing addiction treatment, prevention, and recovery.(1)
Yoga offers something else: reconnecting with ourselves and learning to see ourselves, and our reactions to the world around us, from a different perspective. It takes emotional and spiritual strength to reflect inwardly and directly address personal conflicts, anxieties, hopes and fears, and understand how we respond to them. It also takes time to learn how these states of mind impact directly on physical wellbeing, and how we can change this (2).
(1) Narrative Review of Yoga and Mindfulness.
(2) Yoga: What New Research Reveals.
As with all transitional process, the programme relies heavily on a collaboration between both the facilitators and the group members. The idea that ‘we' can ‘cure’ you is a myth! However, what our programme can do is offer a safe and contained environment in which to begin your own individual and personalised experiential group journey focused on learning self-awareness, self-healing, and how to support and trust yourself again.
Our primary aim is to provide you with the necessary skills to exist in a healthier, more self-governing and responsible way, bringing new meaning to your life.