WELCOME TO LIFE WORKS
“This place does what it says on the packet, it makes life work for you. My experience here has been priceless – it has given me back my life. I will be eternally thankful for all that Life Works has done for me. Thank you.”
Life Works is a private specialist Behavioural Health facility leading the way in the Integrated Treatment of: • Alcohol and Drug Addictions • Eating Disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and Over Eating, • Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders, • Compulsive Disorders including Sex and Love Addiction, Co-Dependency and Gambling Addiction.
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We believe that we offer the best and most comprehensive evidence based treatment for Behavioural Health problems in Europe. Our unique integrated treatment approach combined with the expertise of our specialist team, has earned Life Works its excellent reputation reflected in the highest industry award of three stars – ‘Excellent’ from the industry regulator the Care Quality Commission. Life Works is committed to helping each individual achieve a sustained and healthy recovery and an improved quality of life. We provide the highest level of care to our clients and our range of services include:
• Residential Primary Treatment • Detoxification Programme • Assessment and Stabilisation Programme • Day Care Programme • Intensive Family Programme • Outpatient services • Extended Care Treatment • Aftercare Programme
LIFE WORKS APPROACH
How Can Life Works help me? Our Integrated Treatment approach to Behavioural Health problems is based on global evidence-based best practice adapted to a European context and our own professional experience of what is effective. Our Clients receive: • Careful pre-admission screening for suitability for treatment at Life Works • Comprehensive medical, psychiatric and psychological assessments on arrival • Medical detoxification where required for physical and psychological stabilisation • Intensive Group psychotherapy using a wide range of therapies • Family Work • Trauma stabilisation • Nutritional support • Psycho-educational lectures and workshops • Relapse prevention and • Aftercare planning
To ensure the effectiveness of our approach to treatment, Lifeworks’ Clinical Advisory Panel is comprised of some of the world’s leading experts who assist us in developing and maintaining our innovative and effective treatment programmes.
Treatment Approach Behavioural Health issues require an in-depth and sophisticated approach focusing on all aspects of the individual including physical, mental, social and spiritual elements and treating all co-occurring Behavioural Health issues in an integrated way. At Life Works we are aware of the complexity of individual difficulties and understand that people may be struggling with more than one disorder. Our programme is designed to address every aspect of the individual’s struggle with Behavioural Health issues. We are able to effectively address and
treat co-occurring disorders (such as depression and alcoholism, eating disorders and anxiety, drug and sex addiction) rather than treating them separately or simply ignoring the co-occurring issues. For Substance Addictions and Compulsive Behaviours, the programme is built on the 12 Step Programme, a model of abstinence proven success world-wide. We believe that this integrated approach vastly increases the chance of sustained recovery. Without this holistic approach the individual is more likely to be at risk of relapse, developing another disorder, or not enjoying a higher quality of life.
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RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMME
“Recovery is our passion. We are committed to healing the whole person – mind, body, spirit and emotions”.
Life Works Residential Treatment Life Works’ Residential Treatment programme is a 4-12 week intensive programme for those with Behavioural Health issues, delivered at our beautiful Georgian Manor house set in the tranquil Surrey countryside. Residential care plays an important role in helping an individual to address their issues. It
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removes them from their current situation to a safe haven allowing them to be medically, physically and psychologically stabilised. It is only when an individual is stabilised that therapy can effectively commence and recovery begin. Life Work’s treatment programmes have been developed and designed by leading international experts. We
adopt a multi-disciplinary approach employing the advanced skills of Psychiatric Consultants, Masters level Psychotherapists, Neurologists, Physicians, Specialist Nurses, Dieticians, Physiotherapists and Complementary Therapists working as a team to ensure comprehensive and individual treatment.
Life Works – Addictions Programme Addiction to alcohol and other drugs can sometimes seem overwhelming and it can be difficult to know who to turn to for help. At Life Works we understand what you are going through. Our expert team provides a caring and comprehensive rehabilitation programme which addresses the effects of the disease. At Life Works we treat a range of addictions including:
• Alcohol • Opiates including Heroin and Heroin substitutes • Stimulants including Cocaine and Amphetamines • Designer drugs including Ecstasy and MDMA • Marijuana • Hallucinogens and other illicit drugs • Prescription medications including Benzodiazepines, pain medication and Barbiturates.
Life Works Addictions Programme, devised by internationally renowned clinicians, helps individuals recover from their addiction to alcohol and drugs and assists them in rebuilding damaged relationships. Incorporating the 12-Step philosophy, our treatment programme is designed to assist you at all stages of your recovery.
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EATING DISORDERS PROGRAMME
“ Life Works has given me strength and hope for the future. Life really does work!” Jo, Eating Disorder
Life Works – Eating Disorders Programme The Life Works Eating Disorders Programme is an intensive six week programme specially designed for those clients suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia and Over-Eating. The programme is built on a series of levels from 1 to 5. As a person moves through the level system, they progressively take more and more responsibility for their food intake, and ultimately for their meal planning and food preparation. Focussing
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on the complexities of the disorder this affords the individual the best possible chance of recovery. Created by experts in the field and based on best practise, we have found this programme to be extremely effective. Our team of professionals deliver a comprehensive and high level of care and support. In addition to a thorough personalised assessment, the programme includes Nutritional Counselling, a Wellness Table for all meals, Shiatsu
Stretch classes for gentle exercise, Art and Drama Therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies to address distorted and obsessive thinking, Family Therapy, special assignments that address perfectionism and distorted body image issues, a focus on Relapse Prevention, extensive Aftercare planning and support and an overall holistic approach to treating this complex and often life threatening illness.
Life Works Mood and Anxiety Disorders Progamme Depression and bipolar disorder are often complex and can have far-reaching and potentially very dangerous consequences for both individuals and their families. As the illness progresses, the individual becomes more and more pre-occupied and increasingly withdrawn from others. Over time, depression disconnects the person from themselves, from others and the community which leads to overwhelming feelings of loneliness and isolation. Anxiety can have a significant impact on the quality of the individual’s life, affecting interpersonal relationships and limiting the individual’s engagement with the world. Experience has shown us that our Anxiety Programme enables clients to understand the underlying causes of anxiety and provides effective
techniques for management resulting in improvement in all aspects of daily life. It is important to recognise that depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety are treatable illnesses; the sooner a person seeks help the sooner he or she can get relief and possibly avoid further distress. Depression and Anxiety can frequently present together. At Life Works our intensive programme begins with a detailed psychiatric and medical assessment. The programme focuses on the underlying causes of your depression, bipolar disorder and/ or anxiety and teaches new coping strategies to assist with managing the illness. We believe that utilising a combination of treatments including group and individual psychotherapy, CBT counselling and medication vastly increases your chances of sustained recovery and improved quality of life.
Life Works – Compulsive Behaviours Programme At Life Works we understand the huge impact that Compulsive Disorders can have on an individual’s life and the effect it has on friends and family. At Life Works we treat a range of compulsive disorders including: • • • •
Sex Addiction Love Addiction Gambling Addiction Co-dependency
The aim of the programme is help individuals uncover the origins and underlying causes of their compulsive behaviours, working towards a redefinition of themselves and others whilst learning new strategies for coping. In addition, our team is able to assist in resolving underlying trauma that frequently contribute to the development of compulsive behaviours.
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“ Our aim is to offer hope of a better life in recovery.”
Life Works – Detoxification Programme The Detoxification Programme is a short term programme offered to clients who wish to detoxify from alcohol and drugs. Detoxification is the first step towards recovery, as it addresses physical withdrawal from alcohol or other chemicals and begins the process of physical, mental and emotional stabilisation. Only once an individual is stabilised can they engage in the process of recovery. Life Works has created best practise detoxification protocols to ensure that the best medical care and emotional support is given to every individual. We are experienced in alcohol and drug and poly-drug detoxification. Detoxification is managed sensitively and gradually, with a high level of medical support. Throughout the process the individual is monitored around the clock by our medical staff. Individuals
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receive a full Medical and Psychiatric assessment with our Consultant Psychiatrist and the opportunity to work in groups and attend lectures during the day if appropriate.
Life Works – Stabilisation and Assessment Programme Life Works 7-14 day Stabilisation and Assessment Programme is a multi- disciplinary, medically-based programme designed to thoroughly assess and, if needed, stabilise the individual. This programme is suitable for individuals who may be unwilling to commit to lengthy treatment or are unsure of their need for treatment. The Programme ensures the individual is thoroughly medically, psychiatrically and psychologically assessed in order to identify the most appropriate treatment options. At the completion of the programme the individual receives recommendations for continuing care derived from a full comprehensive assessment.
Life Works – Family Programme We value the role of the family in treating behavioural health issues and family therapy forms an integral part of residential treatment at Life Works. Our Family Works Programme is a non-residential programme designed by Life Works to enable participants to establish a mutually supportive family whilst developing the requisite tools for ongoing growth and development. The programme serves to address the trans-generational cycle of dysfunction that affect many families. Staffed by our expert clinicians, families are provided with a safe and nurturing environment to overcome the problems that arise from broken lines of communication. Ensuring the integrity, respect and dignity of all participants are central to our philosophy.
Life Works – Extended Care Programme Life Works Extended Care Programme offers specialised care for individuals recovering from Behavioural Health issues who require either extended residential care or who would benefit from a staggered return to the outside world. The structured programme consists of Group and Individual therapy, 12 Step work (where appropriate), life skill sessions, psycho-educational lectures and fellowship group meetings. Clients have structured free time in the evenings and on the weekends, planned and approved with their individual counsellors. The programme is based in our beautiful Grade II listed cottage within the grounds of The Grange and offers a comfortable, relaxed and healing space in which to start building the bridge back into healthy everyday life.
After Care Services
Aftercare is a core aspect of treatment. At Life Works our Aftercare Programme has been carefully designed to provide each individual with the support they need when they leave treatment. We conduct an assessment of individual aftercare needs, develop a personalised Continuing Care plan, make relevant referrals for a range of interventions including counselling and 12-step fellowships, and provide access to weekly aftercare groups.
We offer a range of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists who are available for outpatient appointments. For more information on Life Works Outpatient Care, call us on 0800 081 0700, to speak to one of our staff in confidence. We can answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you find the right treatment.
Day Care Programme Life Works Day Care Programme is highly valued by those who attend – whether it is a client who has recently completed primary treatment and requires step down support, or someone who attends just for Day Care. Day Care clients attend from one to five days per week and participate in all therapeutic activities.
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FACILITIES AND FUNDING The Facilities
Life Works’ residential facility in Old Woking, Surrey, is a safe and comfortable place to start the process of recovery. Set in a beautiful listed building in the Surrey countryside we provide a haven for recovery 24 hours a day. This lovingly restored, Grade II listed Georgian manor house has a large traditional walled garden, well appointed bedrooms, comfortable sitting rooms, small gym and a passion for home cooked nutritious food.
Treatment is a significant investment of time and money, and often at a difficult time. It is therefore especially important that funding is addressed supportively and smoothly.
Clients who wish to self-fund will need to complete our assessment process. We will then make a recommendation to you about your treatment. For residential treatment this will most often comprise an inpatient stay of 5-6 weeks.
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Private Medical Insurance We are recognised by all major private medical insurers. We advise that, where possible, the client checks with their insurer to ascertain the level of cover of their policy. If you have private medical insurance then you should let us know as soon as possible. We will guide you in the application process that should be followed in order to avoid having difficulties with claiming benefit.
Life Works is dedicated toÂ recovery. Our core purpose: To transform lives and leave a legacy ofÂ recovery and hope for future generations.
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For more information please call: +44 (0) 808 149 8225
Published on Aug 2, 2012