This year we have decided that we’d like to fully introduce all of our Partners to you. For us, the reasons we love them are obvious, but we realised that for many of you who come to our conferences and are able to appreciate the work we do thanks to the support we get from these wonderful organisations, don’t actually know who or what these companies are. Therefore we have devised a set of questions that really get under the fabric of these wonderful places. We want you to get a real feel for them and the good that they are doing in the BME arena. Some interviews may be different depending on the organisation that is responding to them, but we can promise you that once you have read their answers, you will know exactly what it is that make these places tick and have a better understanding why their work is so important and how and why they are contributing to our mutual goal of facilitating dialogue around Behavioural, Mental and Emotional (BME) Health on a global level – promoting conversations, and encouraging prevention in the wider communities and the general public through education, awareness and training, so that we can have a direct impact on people’s lives as well as to inform best practice for professionals in the field.
Today we are getting to know Addcounsel:
1.What is the official mission statement of your treatment facility?
To offer a better tomorrow, supporting you and your loved ones through recovery from addiction and behavioural disorders, delivered exclusively, professionally and with compassion
2. What makes you different from other treatment facilities?
The difference is we are not the traditional, 28 day, multi bed/occupancy facility. We provide diagnostic and treatment services in a discrete residential setting and deliver a range of services from detox through to long term aftercare, with an incredible team of people, who are the real difference.
3. Who is/are the owner(s) or founders? Does their own story have a connection to the facility? Was there a particular reason or event that l to the founding of the facility, the name or the location?
The facility is owned by myself Paul Flynn who is the CEO and Michael Ishmail. The decision to base ourselves in London was based on the premise, that there is a greater pool of clients within our target market – higher availability of practitioners, support network and excellent medical services. Additionally we believe strongly that urban recovery is excellent preparation for life outside treatment
4. What is the vision of your treatment facility?
To be the leader in the provision of individualised care programmes for those suffering from addiction and behavioural disorders
5. Who is the Clinical Director? What is their history? Do they have any compelling personal stories about their involvement, motivations or passions they wish to share?
Addcounsel’s Clinical Director is Michael Ishmail, who is an integrative Psychotherapist and Clinical supervisor with over 15 years in the treatment of those with addiction and mental health disorders. Michael is highly affective and passionate about helping others by implementation of the most affective and empirically tested means that available to date. A man of science, Michael previously felt the limitations of working in multi bed facilities for over a decade and is now key in clinically delivery and directing all day-to-day activities within Addcounsel whilst overseeing multi-displinary team members
6. What clinical orientations and modalities do they use? Any specific reasons why? Was there a moment of enlightenment / change of belief system that led to these?
I think its important not to get into a right or wrong approach, what motivated us to look at orchestrating our type of service, was a strong believe that for a certain type of person, the traditional ‘merry go round’ of treatment centre and then into 12 step and hope doesn’t work. I have years of evidence of this, we believe that a carefully curated care plan that takes into account the specific circumstances of the client, overlaid with a high level of engagement with the family and a strong commitment to long term care can provide a radical transformation in people.
We have an open minded approach to our care, we don’t position our service as purely 12 step, but treat each situation individually.
7. Are there any strong and passionate beliefs about the future of the treatment field?
The relapse and mortality rate within the addiction industry is and has always been heart breaking. Any person or organisation that can evidence improved outcomes has our admiration and full attention.
The stigma of addictions unfortunately remains a pervasive disincentive for those to seek assistance. Continuous advocacy of the disease nature of the problem can only help to counter the moral argument.
Given addiction does not discriminate, we must remain considerate of the nature of support we offer beyond the necessary treatment, where family, social, employment support etc will be key.
We are witnessing the emergence of better investigatory processes to improve our understanding of the factors that may lead to addiction, from brain scanning to genome mapping. This may not only raise the profile of the disease-model of addiction, but also herald potential new treatments, pharmacological and psychological.
It is an exciting time to be working in the field, with a hope of better outcomes for our clients.
8. Is this a multi-disciplinary team? Please can you describe?
We have a multi disciplinary team that is led Medically by our Medical Director Dr Farrukh Alam who has over 25 years as an Addiction Psychiatrist, and Clinically by Michael Ishmail who is our CQC Registered Manager
Within this team we have over 60 on-boarded consultants ranging from a Physician through to the support architecture that handles the logistical side of things.
9. How many clients are in your groups?
This is arranged/facilitated upon request or need within the care plan.
10. Can you describe the daily experience for a client? What is it about your treatment facility that makes this experience unique.
Due to the nature of the service this is very hard to describe as it changed with range and intensity of the experience. The first 48 hours can often be critical with a high level of activity in terms of specialist input and ensuring that client is well orientated to their environment, reassured and cared for. At the same time managing the family to ensure they are assured their loved one is care for. Moving beyond this it about the level of engagement and ensuring the right team members are providing the right level of input into the client.
11. Do you have a detox facility and could you describe it?
We provide a highly integrated, medically assisted withdrawal detoxification programme called ONE-DETOX. Covering Alcohol, Stimulants, Opioids and Benzodiazepines, we deliver this with a team of 12 people, which includes a Physician, Consultant Psychiatrist, GP, 24/7 Nursing by Detox experienced RMN’. Though not required we often find this is the first step towards further treatment.
12. What types of therapeutic topics, themes, skills, processes and changes can a client expect to encounter?
Post Addcounsel assessments and comprehensive reporting systems. all clients at Addcounsel are fully involved in the creation of their care plan and subsequent treatment experience with full MDT support and oversight. Clients are encouraged to input and prioritise their needs and treatment pathway specific to their unique circumstances. Evidence to date confirms that treatment outcomes can be 2nd to none!
13. What scheduled activities are available to the client.
Our clinical operations personnel circulate daily and live weekly schedules to all stakeholders. It is no secret that Addcounsel have the resources and capabilities to provide all and any medical and therapeutic experiences available within the treatment industry.
14.What type of peer support meetings are available to the clients, and how frequently?
Dependent on need and request, support meetings are arranged and facilitated to care plan requirements. Appreciating that some clients resist the exposure that some support groups present with Addcounsel can utilise in-house resources to create such environments as and when required.
15.What sort of specialists do you have at your treatment facility? Eg Equine/Somatic/Art
We have used the majority of specialist treatments including Equine, Art, Music and Art.
16. What does your Family Program look like?
Due to the individualised nature of our services, the family component is central from not only the need to engage in the therapeutic process, but also where there is a need to put in place support frameworks across a family. Due to our client being exclusively those with extensive private capital the type of dysfunction we encountered can be magnified. We work with a range of specialists to also assess the emotional impact of succession planning and wealth transfer across the generations.
Addcounsel sees itself as a service that is there to support the family, whether it is an individual admittance for care, or instances where there is a need to discuss and map a course of action.