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Dayhab Treatment Programme

Once you've committed to the Dayhab programme, we'll work with you to plan your personal timetable. Once agreed, It’s extremely important you stick to it.

Programme overviewProgramme overview

Our 160-hour Dayhab programme is made up of a mixture of group work and one-to-ones with our team of specialist therapists. We also include a 20-hour family programme for clients and up to two family members or friends. While this is not compulsory, experience shows that family relationships and friendships improve greatly when they're involved in the process. And it also increases the chances of long-term recovery

You'll be given a workbook to support your treatment experience. It contains information on your programme and the way we work and exercises for the workshops. There's also a workbook for family members and friends.  


Help Me Stop Dayhab is an abstinence programme. That means you can't drink or take any non-prescribed substances while on the programme. You'll be tested for drugs and alcohol on the day you start treatment, and randomly each week.

The 12-step approachThe 12-Step approach

The 12-Step programme of recovery, pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, is widely recognised as an essential component in treating alcoholism and drug addiction. Its success lies in its focus on changing behaviours through psychological and peer support with the goal of sustained abstinence.  A major element of the 12-step approach is working in a group with other alcoholics and addicts. The fellowship this cultivates leads to an incredibly supportive environment.

Often there are deep, underlying reasons behind alcohol and drug problems,  so a 12-step programme is not enough on its own. We combine it with a range of other therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, counselling and psychotherapy. This combination, which we describe as Combined Behavioural Intervention, has proved extremely effective in addressing associated negative behaviours and achieving lasting change.

While the Help Me Stop Dayhab programme is unique to us, our treatment model is fully aligned with with guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

During your programme, you will be taken through the first three steps of the 12-step programme and a member of our staff will attend your first AA or NA fellowship meeting with you. You will also be  expected to attend fellowship meetings outside your core 160 hours.

Our treatment programme is delivered using a mixture of interactive workshops, lectures and presentations and meetings:

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Your one-to-onesOne-to-ones

Weekly meetings with your primary therapist

Based on an integrative therapy approach, this progressive form of psychotherapy combines different therapeutic tools  to fit your individual needs. By taking elements from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy is a more flexible and inclusive than other more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.

These sessions give you an opportunity to review your personal treatment plan and your progress towards the goals you've set yourself.

Your assignmentsAssignments

Written work carried out in your own time

You'll be expected to write assignments and present some of them during group sessions. This is to support your long-term recovery by increasing your learning capabilities, enhancing your practical skills and imbedding what you've learned.

Changing behavioursChanging behaviours

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychotherapy

Stopping the use of alcohol and drugs is just one part of the recovery process, but it's not the whole journey. Virtually everyone with an addiction suffers from a range of other problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, shame, guilt and trauma. Left untreated, these inevitably lead to relapse.

Preventing relapsesPreventing relapses

On-going 12-Step recovery programme

Continuing to attend AA or NA meetings and working with a sponsor is the most effective way to avoid relapse. But a relapse is not a single event; it’s an ongoing process marked by 'red flags'. We help you prepare a personalised relapse prevention plan to help you recognise and manage these warning signs, and sustain a healthy, sober lifestyle. 

If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, or know someone who does, please get in touch for free, confidential advice.