Secondary treatment is recommended as part of any rehab programme as all evidence demonstrates that longer engagement in the programme improves the chances of long term success.
With regards to gambling in particular, much of the therapy during this stage of treatment will concentrate on from the foundations built during the primary stages of the rehab programme. The difficulty when dealing with addiction is often that the individual will become convinced that they are ‘cured’ and are in danger of becoming overconfident.
In this phase of gambling rehab, you will be given more responsibility and will be preparing for life after rehab.
During this stage, we continue to build upon the self-esteem whilst at the same time identifying and working on the thinking and behaviour which leads back to addiction. In secondary treatment, clients will have a full peer evaluation to comprehensively identify blocks and resources to recovery, engage in one-one counselling to address issues identified in the treatment plan as well as intensive daily group therapy programmes.
There is also quite a strong focus on relapse prevention and how to apply the skills learnt here in the outside world. The relapse prevention element of this programme will include some education elements, some written elements, skill straining and role play so that you are best prepared for life after treatment.
Commonly during this phase of treatment, we would also encourage clients to visit home in order to experience what that is like after a period of time in rehab. This can also raise some issues which had been previously not been identified.
After successful completion of secondary treatment you will ‘graduate’ from rehab. These are magical days whereby we celebrate your achievements with your group and/or your family before putting your aftercare plan into action.