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Priory invests £3 million in new recovery centre for those suffering from addiction

  • The service will be the first Priory facility of its kind
  • 16-bed centre will offer extended, fully-supervised residential support to those recovering from addiction
  • As a ‘secondary’ care centre*, it will help those who have completed an addiction treatment programme but are not yet ready to return home
  • It offers a full programme of ongoing therapy to help residents look ahead and avoid relapse

The Priory Group, which runs the largest independent network of mental healthcare hospitals and clinics in the country, is launching a new residential facility in London for patients recovering from addiction.

The service – a 16-bed facility called Rhodes Recovery in Mill Hill, North London - will admit its first residents in the autumn, and is the first longer term residential-type facility of its kind opened by the mental healthcare group.

Rhodes Recovery will offer extended help to those who have already attended 28-day Addiction Therapy Programmes, and residents can stay for several months working towards a life free of dependency.

Secondary care* for addiction is an important option for those who feel they need more time and support to ensure their recovery is sustainable.

Experts say that for some people, graduating from rehab can be a very vulnerable time and a stay in secondary treatment can be the best way of overcoming these difficulties and reintegrating with normal life.

The new service, which has created 11 new jobs, comes amid an increasing need for residential rehabilitation. In England, there are an estimated 595,131 dependent drinkers, of whom only 108,696 are currently accessing treatment.

Yet alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages. Alcohol harms are estimated to cost the NHS around £3.5 billion annually, and cause significant damage across people’s work and personal relationships.

Typically, hospital rehab programmes run for around 28 days, although the precise length of treatment is influenced by the severity of the condition.

Whilst an initial residential addiction treatment programme helps individuals address their addiction and acquire effective life skills for the future, others benefit from ongoing support once they have completed their programme, to help them live their life in recovery.

At Rhodes Recovery, they will receive additional – group and individual - therapy while focusing on rebuilding life skills, including managing finances and re-learning daily skills such as cooking. The service offers a combined range of treatments, honed into an individualised programme.

Therapy programmes at Rhodes Recovery will typically last at least three months, depending on individual needs, and combine elements of the initial treatment plan while focusing on trigger points, such as complex relationships, trauma, anger management and any cross-addictions.

A major part of addiction recovery is developing a strong support network of family and friends. Family days are integrated into the treatment plan to help address any wider negative issues that have arisen in the family due to addiction. Regular family days involve group therapy sessions, workshops and lectures to help rebuild relationships. 

Patients will also spend time identifying their hopes for the future with free periods set aside for CV development, interview skills, voluntary work, education and building a return to work plan.

Sylvia Tang, CEO of Priory Healthcare, said; “We are delighted to open Rhodes Recovery in North London. There is a real need for secondary addiction services for patients who feel that they need more support to help their transition back to normal life, and who worry about the dangers of relapse. We want to help those in their quest to obtain long-term sobriety and a life free of dependency.”


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The Priory Group is the leading provider of behavioural care in the UK caring for around 30,000 people a year for conditions including depression, stress, drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders and self-harming. The Group is organised into three divisions – healthcare, education and children’s services, and adult care. The Priory Group is owned by NASDAQ-listed Acadia Healthcare, which is recognised as a global leader in behavioural health.

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