The Hall Recovery Course
The most proven method for treatment of any kind of addiction is conducted within the context of a group environment. Although the prospect of joining a group terrifies most people initially, it often proves to be the single most significant step towards life-long recovery. You can find out more about what previous course members have said on our testimonials page. The reason that the group environment is so important is that it breaks through the feelings of shame and isolation that so often continue the cycle of addiction. It also provides support and accountability and an opportunity to rebuild self esteem and close friendships that have so often been wrecked by addiction.
The Hall Recovery Course is not group therapy where you will be expected to share personal feelings that are uncomfortable for you. It is a pragmatic, down to earth psycho-educational course that has been developed specifically for the treatment of sex addiction and sexually compulsive behaviors. The course is unique in providing practical skills for recovery as well as creating an environment where deeper psychological and emotional needs can begin to be explored.
The course is limited to a maximum of 10 people and meets once a week for between 1.5 and 2 hours and includes one non residential weekend.
The course is broken into 4 modules
Module 1 Understanding Sexual Addiction
You can’t overcome a problem until you understand it. This module explains exactly what sex addiction is and how it gets set up. Starting with information and theories on addiction and most importantly, sexual addiction and also a whirlwind explanation of the latest thinking and neuropsychology. Childhood influences and adolescent development are explored as well as the current sexualized society within the UK that can trigger addiction. As well as formal teaching there are homework assignments which focus on deepening awareness and understanding of personal experiences.
Module 2 Identifying and Overcoming Blocks to Recovery
Every addict gets trapped on their own unique cycle of addiction and in this module you learn how to recognise your cycle and break it. Many people with sex addiction feel unable to comprehend their behaviour but once they’re able to identify the common pattern that they go through each time that they act out, then they can begin to regain a sense of personal control. Course members also learn to recognise the unconscious mental messages that enable the cycle to continue.
Module 3 Establishing Strategies for Long Term Relapse Prevention
Many sex addicts manage to stop but they can’t stay stopped. This is a practical module that provides techniques for dealing with both predictable triggers and the unexpected situations that trigger vulnerability. The group environment provides an excellent forum for sharing and strengthening strategies and you will learn how to healthily manage temptation.
Module 4 Restoring Relationship and Developing a Healthy Lifestyle
It has been said that overcoming addiction isn’t about learning to manage the addiction, but learning how to manage your life. Overcoming addiction almost always requires a change in lifestyle and therefore the course concludes with input on nurturing healthy relationships, rebuilding positive self esteem, establishing healthy coping mechanisms and creating a balanced life.
Unlike individual therapy, the Hall Recovery course provides a network of support that can continue long after the addiction is broken to ensure long term relapse prevention. It is not an alternative to individual or couple therapy and ideally should be attended concurrently. If it’s not possible to attend more than one type of therapy at a time, it is highly recommended that the Recovery Course is completed as early as possible to give a thorough grounding for further work and kick-start the recovery process.
The Recovery Course is also not intended to replace attendance at a 12 step or other self support meeting which can be an excellent resource for long term relapse prevention.
Intensive Residential Course
The Hall Recovery Course is available as an intensive residential programme which may be particularly beneficial for people who are time-pressured or live within the public eye.
Group work can feel very daunting but it is such a worthwhile experience, everyone you meet and get to work with is in the same position and feels exactly the same to begin with. The exercises and work done in groups is not the only benefit, I have made many good friends and a network of support even after the group course has finished.
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