We view addiction as a disorder of the whole person, which affects some or all areas of functioning. These may include behavioral problems, confused values, deficits in education or occupational skills, spiritual problems, and damaged relationships.
The team at Yeldall Manor believe that recovery is possible and that recovery is not just abstinence. It involves learning to live comfortably as a sober, productive member of the community. It involves learning how to work, develop personal relationships, strengthen family ties, and enjoy positive leisure activities – all without the need for drugs or alcohol. The following principles guide this Philosophy of Treatment:
- Every resident, regardless of their circumstances, degree or type of addiction, and type of emotional disturbance, is considered to be a person of worth and value.
- Treatment is voluntary. Despite the positive role that coercion from the courts or loved ones can sometimes play, ultimately you cannot force a person to learn or grow.
- Change comes as a result of action. Residents need to be active participants in their programme.
- Effective treatment of a resident involves restructuring his worldview.
- Movement towards recovery is possible for anyone at any time with no greater prerequisite than a sincere desire to change.
- Building positive relationships within the community and rebuilding relationships with family and friends is a vital part of recovery.
Our approach combines love and structured discipline. Love and acceptance for each resident as an individual provides hope and dignity for the future. Structure and discipline enable feelings and attitudes to be challenged as well as new ones tried and tested in a safe environment. By providing a clearly defined framework, men learn to change the way they have behaved, thought and felt over many years. This requires openness, honesty, co-operation, caring challenge and mutual support.
We are a Christian organisation and all our staff and volunteers have a Christian faith. We believe that the best means of achieving true freedom is through a relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. However, we will never impose our viewpoint upon anyone, recognising freedom of choice in faith, as in other areas.
We ask that residents respect the programme and the Christian aspects, and join us in attending a local church (for the first part of the programme) and our weekly Fellowship and Exploring Faith meetings.
Yeldall Manor is not allied to any particular church or denomination, but values the support of many local churches and Christian organisations. We are members of the Evangelical Alliance, and subscribe to its basis of faith.
You can also read more in this article by Senior Counsellor, Campbell Etchels, which was published in Accord, magazine of the Association of Christian Counsellors, March 2019.