Chris Simonite: Senior Admissions Counsellor
Chris joined as a group counsellor; he progressed to work within the admissions department, supporting individuals and families through the sometimes challenging and emotional task of entering into treatment. He is experienced and qualified in Substance Misuse Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Humanistic, Gestalt, TA, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Relationship Counselling. He is a registered (voluntary accredited) counsellor with the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Chris is available to support you and your family and help to signpost you to a suitable solution to meet your individual needs.
Questions for Admissions Manager
- How long will I need to stay/how long is the treatment course?
Inpatient treatment can range between 10 days to 6 months depending on the clients mental health, detox needs and social needs. We’ve long recognised that different people have different needs. Our outcomes substantiate that it’s imperative to find the right treatment centre to fit the client, as oppose to try and fit the client to the centre. We are fortunate in One40 to have so many different types of centres that we able to offer the perfect solution for the vast majority of people suffering with addiction.
- What’s involved day to day in treatment? Describe a typical day
Whether in detox or a full rehabilitation programme, days are structured to offer an appropriate amount of talking therapies. The range of therapies vary from centre to centre but can include anything from equine therapy to group process.
3. What do you think surprises most people about treatment/rehab?
It’s always nice to see the exasperation of family members and loved ones at their first visit when they are able to visually gauge the success.
- What’s the biggest shock for someone?
By the time clients arrive at treatment their self esteem is usually very low, it can be a shock to the system to be among people that know exactly what they are going through. This type of deep and meaningful resonance lends its hope and compassion to our client’s up to, and beyond the point where they are able to care, love and respect themselves again, or in some cases, for the first time.
- Can I speak to my family or friends?
This leads us back to the first question really, we need to assess your individual needs and match them to the right clinic. One very common ‘by product’ of addiction is that of co-dependency i.e. needing someone else desperately in order to try and feel ok about yourself. It’s critically important for clients to be able to start to develop a relationship with themselves and we are always motivated to help them do so. Contact generally works on a continuum ranging from total, to restricted contact. Different treatment centres enforce different rules.
6. Will it work?
Recovery from addiction is possible millions if not billions have achieved recovery from addiction since man crushed grapes. The real question is, will it work for you? The answer to this question of course is, it depends on you! There are a number of things that we can do to support you i.e. match you to the right centre, support you with the right type of counselling and detox, but ultimately any longevity of recovery depends on maintenance of an appropriate programme. Rehab / detox is not a magical fix to a problem, it’s often the very best possible start of ongoing journey.
7. What happens after I leave treatment?
Clients of One40 are very fortunate to have access to one of the best aftercare packages in the country with over 8 points of access, currently extended for up to 5 years post treatment. Other benefits include regular Alumni events and an ongoing individual care plan exit strategy with their own focal counsellor, helping clients to make the most of their recovery in their local area. Furthermore, counsellors are always available for a quick chat if you need a bit more of hands on readjustment to your recovery.
- What happens if I’m not 100% going to rehab for myself? I think I’m doing it for a family member
In all honesty after eight years working in rehab, I think I’m still yet to meet someone that’s 100% into giving up when they come in. Addictive habits, as destructive as they are, all offer us something a little rewarding, even if it’s just about trying to block out the pain. It can be really hard and scary to let that go. I often ask for willingness, and nothing more, time will normally do the rest, if the treatment mapping has been successful.
- What’s the best advice you could offer a person going into treatment?
I can offer a top 10 list here…
- Be wary of any website declaring themselves a ‘helpline’, these are often commission based agents that farm your information out to rehabs offering commission payments. Clients inadvertently utilise these services thinking they are getting impartial advice and end up getting inundated by calls from pushy sales people.
- Remember it’s natural to feel anxious about going in to rehab.
- Closer to home may well be closer for visiting, but it might not be the best treatment centre to meet your needs.
- Try and restrict your communications in the first few days, it’s normal for clients to feel a little homesick and contact can often exasperate it.
- It’s often very important for families and loved ones to develop boundaries against the offending behaviour. Addiction is a family illness, so always ensure there is some support available for the family too.
- Be weary of salespeople that offer guaranteed success, success really depends on the client.
- Remember it’s a journey and not a destination.
- It’s normal not to deal with absolutely everything in rehab, think about some additional one to one counselling post rehab. We can help you find a suitable counsellor if need be.
- Sometimes clients are so intoxicated that they loose the ability to be the ‘responsible adult’, be prepared to step in and guide the process if you need to.
- Be sure to do your homework well, establish the clients needs and find a treatment centre that can meet them.
- 10. What would you say to someone who’s been to rehab before and it hasn’t worked?
Lapse and relapse are a part of the cycle of breaking any addictive process, identifying your needs and mapping them to the right treatment centre from the outset will reduce the risk of replase