Treatment Methods

At Life Works, we take pride in providing the most effective and varied treatments possible. All of our clients have the option to take part in a number of different treatments that are designed to help your recovery. This helps each person find the treatment that is most effective for them and provides the best possibility of starting and maintaining recovery.

Popular treatment methods include: arts-based psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, complementary therapies, family programme, group psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy, medication, meditation, nutrition support, psycho-educational workshops, relapse prevention planning, short-term stabilisation and assessment, spirituality, trauma stabilisation, twelve-steps work and aftercare planning.

For further details regarding the support offered at Life Works, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.

Popular treatment methods:

planning for addiction aftercare

Aftercare is a core aspect of treatment. We are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the support they need when they leave treatment. That's why we offer the following services to meet your individual aftercare requirements:


  • Individual assessment of aftercare needs
  • Development of a personalised Continuing Care Plan
  • Referrals for counselling - to continue the therapeutic work completed during treatment
  • Referrals to twelve-step fellowships
  • Access to weekly aftercare groups - every Monday evening, 6:30-8:00pm, based in central London

These group sessions facilitate the use of non-verbal forms of expression, for example, colours, shapes, textures and sounds, to help our clients connect with issues that may reside in the unconscious mind and therefore be difficult for clients to access. This can be a valuable opportunity to get in touch with feelings which may be difficult to articulate with words.

Music-based Psychotherapy

Clients use these sessions to explore sound through drums, percussion, voice, and harmony. Our music workshop groups provide an alternative form of expression and are popular with our clients.

Drama-based Psychotherapy

Drama-based psychotherapy is used to help facilitate personal growth and encourage a healthy mental attitide. Through this expressive art therapy people can find new ways to solve problems, deal with emotional issues, discover new truthes about themselves and better understand their unhealthy personal habits.

cognitive therapyCBT is a short-term treatment that helps clients to understand how cognitive processes, that is, thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, impact on how they behave in response to emotional issues. This type of therapy aims to help clients change their underlying thought and behaviour patterns which will alter how they feel. This helps clients develop valuable tools for managing their emotional problems more effectively. CBT can be particularly relevant for individuals diagnosed with co-occurring conditions, for example, depression or anxiety.

compelmentary therapyOur group shiatsu sessions employ gentle physical exercises and stretching to reduce muscle tension, improve flexibility and relieve joint stiffness. These techniques help clients to learn a more balanced way of movement. In addition, clients are introduced to meditation, deep belly breathing, self-affirmation and grounding techniques. This type of treatment focuses on the overall energy pattern within the body and aids the body's natural healing process.


Yoga sessions offer an opportunity to practice exercises that engage the body, mind and spirit. Learning the basic techniques of yoga offers a healthy way to relieve stress through deep relaxation and breathing control.


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that works to assist stretching, joint health and mobilisation. It is a great way to relax and releave stress. 

family therapyWe value the role of the family in treating addiction and behavioural health issues and family programme forms an integral part of primary, residential treatment at Life Works.

Our Family Works Programme is a 2-day 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 program is available to anyone receiving 28 days of treatment or more.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop healthy ways of communicating feelings and needs
  • To understand, set and maintain healthy boundaries
  • To develop or renew intimacy in family relationships
  • Heal debilitating shame; nurturing the individual within the family
  • Overcome past pain that impedes family fulfilment

To meet these aims, our programme combines three elements: education, group work and consolidation.

The programme addresses the trans-generational cycles of dysfunction and addiction 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. The integrity, respect and dignity of all participants are central to our philosophy.

group psychotherapyGroup therapy sessions form a major part of the treatment process and allow clients to talk with each other in a safe, facilitated space. Looking at the relationship between individuals and the group highlights the social dimension of human experience. This is key to addressing the loneliness and isolation that many individuals may feel.

At Life Works, our group therapy sessions can be valuable for individuals who struggle to express their feelings and needs with others, group members are encouraged to share their experiences and insights in a supportive and trusting environment. This offers individuals different perspectives on problems relating to behavioural health and addiction issues and also provides opportunities for timely feedback and support from other members of the group. This experience supports individuals to develop greater self-awareness and understanding of their relationships.

Most people find the thought of discussing their life experience with strangers in a group setting very intimidating. We understand this and will ensure you are given enough time to get to know your peers and hear their experiences. This will allow you to build up a level of trust and feel safe to open up, in your own time. Participation in our group sessions often helps individuals realise that they are not alone and this experience develops a sense of strength, closeness and support between group members.

individual psychotherapyIndividual therapy sessions with one of our dedicated primary counselors provide our clients with a safe, supportive space in which to explore personal issues and to connect with the feelings that may emerge around these issues. For many clients, this can be a difficult and often painful process. However, the work completed in these sessions helps clients develop greater insight and understanding of themselves and also healthier ways to manage and cope with stress.

At Life Works, we are medically astute: we do not believe in overly medicating the individual but we also recognise that some clients require medication for psychiatric conditions. As part of the admissions process, we conduct a careful and thorough medical, psychiatric and psychological evaluation of each client's needs to determine the best treatment. If we feel that an individual requires medication to help manage pre-existing conditions or co-occurring challenges such as depression or anxiety, then medication may be prescribed by our dedicated psychiatrist.

Our team of medical professionals will also work with clients who require support to manage the medical aspects of the treatment process. Following assessments from our dedicated psychiatrist, general practitioner and nursing staff, where required, we can provide a full, medically-supervised detox service to clients.

meditationGroup meditation sessions can help clients to centre within themselves, to slow down their breathing and to become aware of their own bodies and feelings in the present moment. Experiencing these processes in a safe group space can also provide an opportunity for feelings to emerge and to be talked about and shared with the group. Clients begin to discover where in their bodies they hold their feelings and learn valuable techniques for relaxation. These sessions help to reduce anxiety and facilitate improved awareness between mind, body and spirit.

nutritional supportNutrition is an important part of our philosophy and fundamental to each person's recovery. Many clients entering treatment at Life Works have struggled to take care of themselves and often do not have healthy eating habits. Teaching our clients to eat well is an important way in which they can learn how to take care of themselves. Additionally, individuals have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the flavours of natural foods, free from artificial sweeteners or flavouring. At Life Works, we serve our clients delicious and nutritionally-balanced meals, three times a day. We continually strive to deliver a menu that reflects the latest understanding and guidelines for healthy eating and nutrition. All our meals are based on the British Dietetic Association's recommendations for best practice. For more information, please see the British Dietetic Association website. Where possible, we limit the amount of white flour and sugar in the food we serve our clients. While these foods can be triggers for some clients, not all individuals with eating disorders need to avoid sugar. White flour and sugar are therefore included in some of our foods and desserts. Our dedicated dietician works closely with individuals to evaluate whether abstinence from sugar should be included their treatment plan. We aim to support each client in eating regular, healthy and nutritional meals, particularly eating disorder clients, so that food and one's relationship with food can be explored and trusted as a necessary component of health and quality of life. Where appropriate, our dedicated dietician will work with clients to assess individual needs and provide a personalized meal plan tailored to the individual's specific treatment goals. Additionally, eating healthy, nutritious meals with a low GI ensures that brain cells and muscles in the body have the nourishment they need to function properly. This leads to increased, sustainable energy levels and helps to minimize tiredness, mood swings and irritability. We feel that this gives our clients the best chance to feel healthy, energized and well, and ultimately, this provides a strong foundation for sustainable recovery.

Special Dietary Requirements

At Life Works, we provide treatment to individuals from many different cultural backgrounds and, in conjunction with our dedicated dietician, our menu can be tailored to incorporate the specific dietary needs of our clients, for example, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher and Halal food.

psycho-educational workshopsThese 'core lab' sessions build knowledge and understanding around addiction and behavioural health issues and are delivered in a more educational style, around a particular theme related to addiction. Some aspects of experiential learning are incorporated, along with group discussions. These sessions are popular with our clients and offer valuable insights into the function of addictive and compulsive behaviours and their influence on the individual's own relationships.

preventing relapseAn essential part of your treatment will include creating your own detailed plans for relapse prevention. These will help you build recovery into your everyday life and develop a strong support network, grounded within the recovery community. This is an important part of treatment and essential to onward successful recovery. We work with our clients to raise awareness around danger signs and possible triggers that may lead to relapse.

stabilise and assessThis programme is suitable for individuals requiring short-term stabilization or for clients who may need to be away from their everyday situation which may be contributing to their current condition.

The programme allows clients to be properly assessed medically, physically, socially and psychologically before identifying the most appropriate continuing care or treatment options, making it ideal for clients who are unsure of exact treatment needs. In addition, it is suitable for individuals who are unable to commit to lengthy treatment programmes.

For more information on Life Works Short Term Stabilisation and Assessement Programme call us on 0808 149 6346, 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.

spiritual treatmentLife Works Programmes have been developed to nurture spiritual growth as a key element of re-connection with the self. Developing a sense of spiritual awareness can be a process that is different for each individual. Experiences and understanding of spirituality in recovery vary considerably, and yet they can play a valuable role in a person's recovery. At Life Works, we aim to support our clients in exploring their own understanding of spirituality in a way that provides meaning, awareness and insight for the individual.

trauma stabilisationThis process is key to our treatment approach. Specific traumatic events or cumulative trauma all play a central role in triggering an addiction or behavioural health issue. Stabilising the effect of these experiences is not about reliving the original trauma but building internal self-soothing structures and integrating new coping skills. By working with the body's response to the trauma and enabling the patient to feel in control of these responses, the patient feels safe and able to engage with treatment and recovery. The importance of stabilisation protocols is that no therapeutic work can be done until the client is able to confidently manage his or her own trauma reaction on a daily basis.

The Twelve-Step philosophy is a spiritual, abstinence based programme and is an essential component of the path to recovery. The wisdom of this programme is that it sees recovery as bound up with the individual's spirituality and need for change. An individual's spirituality is concerned with how he or she lives life with regard to the questions of identity, meaning, value and purpose. Conversely, any addictions or compulsive behaviours inhibit, suffocate and shut life down, with the loss of all of these life-giving values and structures.

During treatment, our clients work steps 1, 2 and 3 of the Twelve-Step Programme, presenting their work to the group and receiving feedback. This develops insights and awareness of the impact of addiction on both addicts and their families. Clients also attend weekly 12-step meetings, held outside of Life Works, to deepen engagement with the Twelve-Step philosophy and the wider recovery community.

Contact us

Life Works provides first rate support and guidance through a range of treatment methods. To discuss how we can help you, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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