Take the first step

Park­land Place, re­cently opened in Col­wyn Bay to of­fer ther­apy to peo­ple strug­gling with ad­dic­tions, could be the per­fect place to launch your re­cov­ery

Cheshire Life - - Health - WORDS: Kate Houghton PHO­TOS: John Cocks

Peo­ple from all back­grounds can find them­selves on the wrong side of ad­dic­tion. Fre­quently they have ar­rived there one small step at a time, un­til sud­denly harm­ful be­hav­iours gov­ern their life and con­trol is lost. Ad­dic­tion might mean drugs of course, but usu­ally it’s more likely to mean al­co­hol – ac­ces­si­ble and fun, un­til it isn’t. We’re all in­creas­ingly aware of non-sub­stance ad­dic­tions too – gam­bling, shop­ping, in­fi­delity maybe – all of which can de­stroy lives; and all of which can be beaten, with the right help from the right peo­ple in the right place.

Park­land Place is the first pri­vate re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre estab­lished by CAIS, a char­ity that has run res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes for more than two decades, serv­ing the NHS and so­cial ser­vices across Wales and the UK.

‘We ac­cept peo­ple who self-re­fer,’ says man­ager Julie Coates ‘and peo­ple pointed in our di­rec­tion by a GP or pri­vate ther­a­pist. We

un­der­stand the stigma around seek­ing help for be­havioural and ad­dic­tion is­sues. Peo­ple can call on us with no fear of judge­ment and with ev­ery con­fi­dence in re­ceiv­ing the help they need.’

This ethos – “no judge­ment, just help” – vi­brates through ev­ery sen­tence you will hear from ev­ery per­son you will meet at Park­land Place.

‘Our ex­pe­ri­ence with NHS clients means that we have worked with many, many clients with com­plex needs and in com­plex cir­cum­stances,’ says Elen Richards, the ad­mis­sions man­ager. ‘Our ther­a­peu­tic team has years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the fields of ad­dic­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­cov­ery and are so ded­i­cated to their work. You re­ally couldn’t be in bet­ter hands.’

Park­land Place is rather like a com­fort­able, coun­try house ho­tel. Ev­ery bed­room is dif­fer­ent, warm and wel­com­ing. Each room is, of course, en-suite and, as the house was orig­i­nally built in the 1880s by a Lan­cashire cot­ton mag­nate seek­ing a coun­try re­treat, is el­e­gantly pro­por­tioned and com­pletely, ut­terly silent.

‘Com­fort and con­fi­den­tial­ity are ab­so­lutely cru­cial to our guests and of course to us,’ says Elen. ‘We can dis­creetly col­lect peo­ple and re­turn them home, pro­vide truly com­fort­able sur­round­ings dur­ing their stay here, and make sure they en­joy the meals they want to eat. We know our guests lead busy lives and may have fam­ily or busi­ness com­mit­ments, so we’re pleased to do what­ever we can to sup­port them to ac­cess our ser­vice in a way which suits them, and in com­plete pri­vacy.’

Park­land Place’s ex­cel­lent kitchen serves bistro-qual­ity meals in a small, friendly din­ing room. Menus fea­ture the finest, lo­callysourced Welsh pro­duce wher­ever pos­si­ble. Over din­ner, guests meet and min­gle, sup­port and re­as­sure one an­other. There’s also a pro­gramme of week­end vis­its to some of this stun­ning re­gion’s most cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant and his­toric beauty spots – en­abling guests to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of Wales.

‘The ther­apy is in­tense,’ says Julie. ‘Peo­ple usu­ally com­mit to a three or four-week stay here, but be­fore that we can help our guests deal with the phys­i­o­log­i­cal as­pects of their ad­dic­tion, should that be nec­es­sary, by re­fer­ring them to our own spe­cial­ist detox­i­fi­ca­tion clinic. Then, at Park­land Place, we can ad­dress the psy­cho­log­i­cal back­ground to their ad­dic­tion and the so­cial cir­cum­stances that have en­abled it.

‘To heal some­one you must look at the whole per­son, not just the symp­toms. As such, our ther­apy is fully be­spoke, and tai­lored to the needs of the in­di­vid­ual. We un­der­take a thor­ough as­sess­ment of ev­ery prospec­tive guest be­fore they ar­rive, so we can be­gin to build a ther­a­peu­tic plan around them. Group and one-to-one ther­apy are of course a huge el­e­ment of it, fam­ily ther­apy is vi­tal for some too, and we also seek to put in place cog­ni­tive be­havioural ap­proaches that our guests can carry on them­selves when they re­turn to their lives. Med­i­ta­tion, yoga, mas­sage… we look for those tech­niques which help each per­son con­tinue on their path.

‘Our sup­port doesn’t end when guests leave, of course. We put in place a 12-month af­ter­care pack­age to con­tinue their ther­apy and ease them back to their lives feel­ing safe and sup­ported. We have a huge net­work of con­nec­tions that will en­sure the sup­port they need is there for them.’

With mod­ern life be­ing in­creas­ingly stress­ful it’s no sur­prise that peo­ple are strug­gling to cope and seek­ing to es­cape through drugs, al­co­hol or other means equally harm­ful. When the time comes that peo­ple need help, then Park­land Place is there with ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to ef­fect pos­i­tive, heal­ing change. Park­land Place, Col­wyn Bay 01492 203 421 www.park­land­place.co.uk

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