and Alcohol Clinic with Inpatient Detox
Through Learning and Change via Action
Past (and some current) clients of Lampton Court have said:
I was lost before I found Lampton Court
and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for treatment for
drug or alcohol addiction
(I) have been an addict for 10 yrs. I came
to Lampton Court in August 2010, for me coming to rehab was a life
or death decision and I choose life, which was the best decision I
have ever made...
...I know it
We went to visit Gary and couldnít
believe how well he looked, serene and happy he is hoping to get
some voluntary work to do to help him get back into society. Garyís
dad and me canít thank and praise Lampton Court for the help
they have given Gary, and we are behind him
This place works so give it a go you wonít
Overall, I can thoroughly recommend this
place. It's the best move/decision I've ever made in my whole
I came into Lampton near a broken man
after my detox... ...I would say that Iím more confident
now, Iím more hopeful for my future and I have faith that
everything will be ok and things do not have to be the way they
were when I first walked through the door of Lampton Court.
When I arrived at Lampton Court on 13
July, I was broken!... ...I'm Colin, 38, and I know that I
have a wonderful life ahead of me.
I have spent my whole life, or what I can
remember of it, in and out of prison and committing crime to fund
my addictions and the life style that I once believed I was
trapped in.... ...I am nearing the end of my treatment now, and
looking back to when I first came in, I am a different
My experience of Lampton has been one of
extremes. Coming off drugs gave me back my feelings, so I have
been through a lot of lows but also a lot of highs. The highs have
definitely outweighed the lows. I had to go through the lows to
fully appreciate the highs.
From the age of 22 I have been in and out
of numerous prisons, I would say I've served a total of 14
years... The reason I chose that life! Drugs... ...I can say
I have a life now. I have so many things to look forward to, and I
can honestly say I see things so differently now.
When I cam here to Lampton Court just over
3 weeks ago as a drunk, without any faith, or hope in my life, the
rehab treatments given by attending groups etc has made me feel a
person again with a life to fight for.
Hi my name is David I have
come to Lampton Court after successfully completing a detox
programme in Hackney London.
My main problem
was alcohol I had hit rock bottom and lost pretty much everything
I was homeless Iíd lost contact with my two year old daughter
and my family had basically disowned me. I found Lampton Court via
the internet and was attracted to the fact that they had one to
one counselling sessions which I felt was vital to my recovery,
also the great activities they do here such as sailing, kayaking,
beach walking etc.
The main house is
beautiful as are the grounds that surround it such a difference
from London life itís peaceful and inspiring and set in such a
lovely part of the country, as I said I was lost before I found
Lampton Court and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for
treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
The staff are
very understanding and really helpful with anything you should
need and the one to one counselling is first class, but most of
all the big factor for me is the service users, at first I was a
little frightened of meeting new people but everyone was so
welcoming and once you settle in everyone has great banter and a
good laugh. Although it is hard to give up an addiction Iíd have
to say Lampton Court is definitely the best place to do it, the
work I have done here has changed my outlook on life and I believe
I will be a better son, brother, uncle and father for it.
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My name is Naomi Iím
32 yrs old and have been an addict for 10 yrs. I came to Lampton
Court in August 2010, for me coming to rehab was a life or death
decision and I choose life, which was the best decision I have
Lampton Court has helped
me in so many different ways from dealing personal issues, getting
awareness and understanding, acceptance to reprogramming myself to
having a more positive and focused outlook on life.
The staff at Lampton are
great at what they do and you get support and guidance around the
clock 7 day a week. Itís a great programme if you work it, I
know it works. You also get the opportunity to make new friends
and the support you get from your peers is priceless.
The activities and the
experience you will get from Lampton Court will stay with you for
I am writing this to
explain what Lampton Court has done for my son. My son is 45 and
for 25 years of his life he has been dependant on drugs, it was 25
years where I lost my son because his life was totally absorbed by
drugs, which in turn resulted in prison sentences, he lost his
relationships, marriage and consequently children, we had lost the
closeness we had which was hardest of all.
Several times he
tried to get off drugs, but each time the pull back always won.
Each time his step dad and myself were always behind him, but even
that was not enough. However when he was 43 he eventually resolved
to end the life he had been living for good. He sought help
through the necessary channels and after a year being whined off
drugs he applied for rehabilitation and was given a placement at
Lampton Court, Bideford.
His step dad and
I arranged for a meeting with staff at Lampton Court to see if
Gary was eligible and to be shown around. Me and Garyís step dad
spoke with a member of staff, all our questions were answered and
all the procedures of the programme were relayed to us, the staff
were very friendly and reassuring.
We came away from
there with plenty to think about (all of us) it was a very big
decision for Gary as the only life heíd known was drug induced.
(I would like to point out that at the time Gary did not know how
or what a conversation was, yes or no were his responses), he also
suffered from OCD.
arrived at Lampton Court on the 4th November 2010. He was very
apprehensive and did not know what to expect, but the staff were
very good and patient with his problems i.e. having to sleep with
his radio on. Me and his step dad noticed a difference with Gary
in the first 2 weeks, he was actually talking to us and so full of
where and what was going on around him. They showed him what life
is and can be without drugs, itís opened his eyes to a whole new
way of thinking of what is out there and can be achieved.
We went to visit
Gary and couldnít believe how well he looked, serene and happy
he is hoping to get some voluntary work to do to help him get back
into society. Garyís dad and me canít thank and praise Lampton
Court for the help they have given Gary, and we are behind him
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Hi my names Gary and if
you are reading this you must be thinking about coming to rehab,
well read on and hopefully I can help you think positive.
Well Iím 45 and
spent 16 years in jail for committing crimes to feed a 25 Year
Iím getting on
in time now so decided to sort myself out and give rehab a go!!!
I was told about
Lampton Court but was a bit scared coz the only courts Iíve been
to is crown court, when I got here I was so anxious and my OCD was
very prominent, but after a few days getting to know my peers and
getting involved in the programme this place started to working
for me, Iíve been here 3 months and true fully it ainít been a
walk in the park but itís been perfect in helping with my
recovery, you get what you put in and everyone peers/staff all put
This place works
so give it a go you wonít regret it.
GOOD LUCK IN YOUR
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The new Detox suite at
Lampton court reopened on 08 December 2010 and I was its first new
resident, I had come all the way down from Leeds in West
Yorkshire, Setting off at 6am in the morning so I didn't actually
arrive until about 3pm.
The staff had
arranged to collect me from Barnstaple Train Station, which is
only about 20 minutes from the rehab, but it was a relief to get
some help with my bags after all that travelling changing train's
etc. I had deliberately not tried to have too many prior
expectations about what it would be like as I had already done my
homework on the CQC web site over which rehab would be best for
me. However I still couldn't help being a bit nervous upon arrival
wondering whether it could ever really be as good as it looked and
sounded in the brochure. As we pulled off the road any niggling
doubts started to melt away, as we swept up the largest, longest,
driveway I've ever seen in my whole life. As we approached the
building I thought for a minute I was arriving at something
similar to Balmoral castle, the 30ft trees and stunningly
beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside took my breath away.
As we came
through the door into the main foyer, it instantly had a really
good and welcoming atmosphere and felt very homely. This was by
far going to be the poshest place I had ever lived in and I
actually felt quite excited.
We went up a huge
open staircase with all the original chunky wood carved banister,
and made our way through to the detox suite where I was to spend
my first 3 weeks, before being able to get back over into this
main part of the building. The detox suite is within the same
building as the rehab but all detox residents are kept separate to
the rehab residents. I was most relieved though that in no way
shape or form did it feel like a hospital wing, which was what I'd
expected; it still had a welcoming atmosphere and just a different
feel to the older part of the building. I was shown to my room,
which was a 2 bed with on suite bathroom, and it was lovely and
warm and fitted out with modern fittings and was all nice and
clean ready for my arrival. The room soon filled with staff for
the check in procedure where they had to search through all my
belongings (standard procedure at any rehab), and as Id brought
such a huge bag extra staff were needed on board. This took some
time and by this point I was starting to feel really tired and a
bit poorly, the staff were really understanding though as I had to
just collapse on the bed while they did the rest of the search.
Then it was time
to nip down to another room, to see the doctor, who comes in once
a week on a Wednesday afternoon, especially to see any new detox
patients, as they only take in new arrivals on that day of the
week. She was a nice enough lady and just wanted to know my
current drug use, and prescribed me the appropriate amount of
subbutex, which was the detox medication of my own choice. After
that I was shown where the detox residents lounge was, and allowed
to do my own thing for the evening. I got a shock when I went back
into my bedroom, as the staff had put all my clothes away neatly
for me, which I really appreciated.
I had a bit of a
rough first night, but after that didn't seem to feel too bad
during the duration of my 3-week detox. It was by a long way the
easiest one I have ever done, and I've done about 20 detoxes in my
13 years on Heroin (have never done rehab before though). I put
this down to the fact that I have been so well looked after here.
In the week that I was on my own the staff went out of their way
to sit with me, pretty much 24/7 unless I actually wanted to be on
my own for a bit. I was always treated with the utmost respect and
felt I could talk to them about literally anything. Because I had
such good company the time whizzed by, there was plenty of good
food available, and because at first my appetite was poor, I only
had to ask if there was something special I thought I could keep
down, and it would be either sent up from the chef in the rehab
kitchen, or if they didn't have it in, one of the staff would go
out and buy it in for me. They also brought a Play Station 2 in
from home to help keep me occupied, there's freeview TV and then
they brought a DVD player in with a big stack of DVDs to choose
from. There's also a library in the main rehab that you're allowed
to borrow books from, as well as jigsaw, games etc.
On the second
week 2 new clients came in which was nice. I had some new company
and obviously we were all in the same situation together, so could
help each other out. By the end of the 2nd week I was starting to
feel really well in myself, as I was over the worst of the
symptoms and felt a lot brighter and alive, unlike the zombie Id
become through repeated drug use.
The 3rd week
dragged a bit, as I really wanted to get down to the rehab part,
meet all the other residents and get on with the therapy part of
the programme. However as I still wasn't sleeping much, I
recognised, that the staff knew what they were doing, as I was
almost too well to be in the detox part, yet not quite well enough
to start being up at 7am everyday, and being really busy on the
programme and doing all the activities that they offer here. So,
the only slightly negative thing I can say about my experience
here, was that because the area around the detox part is much
smaller than the rest of the rehab, you may find that as you get
well you too feel a bit restless. So my advice is to bring plenty
of kit from home to keep yourself occupied during this phase, like
a mini DVD player for when you want to be in your room, or MP3
player as it just helps keep you busy when you bored of doing TV,
radio, etc, etc.
Overall, I can
thoroughly recommend this place. It's the best move/decision I've
ever made in my whole life. I'm in the rehab part now and I
absolutely love it here. All the staff are fantastic, they know
their drug therapy well, and I don't feel any rehab could possibly
offer more than what these guys do. Not only is the therapy part
brilliant but we go on activities 3 days a week, and do stuff that
you just wouldn't normally ever get the chance to do. Furthermore
now that I've met all the other residents and had time to get to
know them, I have huge faith in the programme and have seen for
myself that it really works. When you hear people's life stories
and written assignments, you realise just how much they've changed
for the better in such a short time. It's truly inspiring and I
still can't get over it, but it fills me with hope for my own
future. You only get out of it what you're prepared to put in
though, but if your ready to change and change for the better this
is the place to do it.
The last thing I
want to say is about the fact that Lampton Court offers this
in-house detoxification service. For me, it was very important
that I went to a Rehab that had this as I didn't like the idea of
going to one place for detox, and then having to travel on and
start afresh at a new place for the rehab program. I know from
previous situations that if I'm happy somewhere I don't want to
move on, so I knew it wouldn't do me any favours especially for
something as important as this. I have noticed too, from other new
clients who have come straight into the rehab part, having detoxed
elsewhere; it definitely seems to unsettle them to some degree or
another they have all said to me, at some stage in their 1st week
that they've found it harder 2 settle for these reasons, and they
wish they'd known because they'd have preferred to do the detox
here as well. Fortunately with help and advice from myself and
their other peers they've come through it, and are still here and
enjoying the program. So, I'm not saying it can't be done both
way's round. This was my and their experience. I have also heard
though, that statistically speaking the results for people staying
and completing the course at all rehabs is definitely higher than
at those that ONLY offer in house detoxs, with no ongoing therapy
from what I've said above its because people either feel, 'Well
I'm clean now- that's the most important and hard part out the way
so I can do the rest myself', or they don't have anyone or don't
think they need anyone to come on the journey from the detox to
the rehab with them. However they find that at some point on that
journey, no matter how sure they were when they got on, that they
would not relapse they actually do. Its as though the addicts part
of their mind whether it be drink or drugs, knows its on its last
chance to have something and before you know it takes over. As for
those that think they've done the hardest part in detox, it may
seem that way at the beginning but in the end it's really not the
getting off of the substance, but the ongoing staying clean all
day everyday is the truly hard part. Hence why the therapy/rehab
part is so very important in the longer term.
I don't like
saying this, as I know it may sound a bit negative, but I'm just
speaking from the heart and telling it how I genuinely believe it
to be true. As a recovering heroin addict I know and remember the
hellishness of the addiction and lifestyle that goes with it, both
for drugs and alcohol - its all more or less the same, and if this
testimonial helps just one person out there make the decision to
get well then its been worth my while.
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My Time At Lampton
I came into
Lampton near a broken man after my detox. I had some key issues
hanging over me which I didnít think I could get through,
uncertainty around a lot of stuff. I suppose my key issues were
loss ie the loss of years I had through drinking, using and drug
dealing. The loss of not having any parents when growing up. I had
all the above hanging over my head along with not knowing where my
life was going, facing my life without the use of chemicals.
I got straight
into my one to ones and assignment groups and faced all my losses
and fears head on, which, for me, was painful but also rewarding
and I started to grow because of this. For the first time in my
life I was getting some massive benefits from the programme and I
had some confidence in my ability to get through things without
drinking and dealing. I have also learnt not to run from things
anymore and with recovery I live anywhere I choose.
with my family and friends has changed because I value those
relationships, ie appreciate them and I have realised that people
really care for me and just want the best for me. Now I would say
that Iím in a place where I am clean and comfortable within
myself. Iím working on myself and can be there for them when
they need me and I can be consistent and be loyal to them. I view
myself a little different from the man who came up that driveway
12 weeks ago.
I would say that
Iím more confident now, Iím more hopeful for my future and I
have faith that everything will be ok and things do not have to be
the way they were when I first walked through the door of Lampton
Court. I have had a lot of time to think here about my life, where
I have come from, where I am going and what I need to do in order
to have a sober, beautiful life. Iíve realised that Iím not
all to blame for my past but I am responsible for my future and my
actions and they speak louder than words in my vocabulary than any
other words I can think of. I never thought that I would be in the
position that I am in now and coming to the end of my time here,
at one point it seemed so far away so I need to give myself a
great big pat on the back. I think that I have put a lot of work
into the programme and have also challenged myself, therefore am
really proud of myself.
Like I have said
previously, I have got a lot from groups here, mainly journal
group and assignment group and my one to ones with Nula. I have
gratitude to Lampton for everything it has had to offer me plus
some of my peers have been amazing as well. But, last but not
least, I made myself a promise before I arrived here that I would
complete the programme whether it would be 3 months or 6 months,
that I will not leave any earlier even when things got shitty for
me here. I know in my big heart that if I seriously take one day
at a time I will be worth my weight in gold!
Thank you for
taking time out to listen to me. Please keep the to the programme
and work it, it will work if you work it, just remember youíre
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"When I arrived at Lampton Court on
13 July, I was broken!
Whether I was prepared to admit it or not - I needed fixing.
I had been a successful lawyer, had a career, family, friends,
money and a home. Alcohol took all this away from me leaving me,
both materially but more importantly emotionally, with nothing.
Over the 12 weeks that I spent at Lampton, through the group
sessions, counseling, activities and time with other residents, I
learned that I wasn't alone and that it was ok to be me again; the
real me who didn't have to pretend or hide behind a mask. The me
that didn't need alcohol to make my life worth living.
There were tears, laughter, shouting, sad and very happy times but
I was never on my own. I was safe and had the freedom to express
all that I needed to.
I'm Colin, 38, and I know that I have a wonderful life ahead of
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My name is Duncan and I have been a drug addict for almost 20
I have spent my whole life, or what I can remember of it, in and
out of prison and committing crime to fund my addictions and the
life style that I once believed I was trapped in.
My life had hit rock bottom, which is inevitable for most people
that use drugs or drink excessively.
All my family had disowned me; my only son had been taken into
care. I was physically and mentally exhausted and feeling very
depressed t the point of wanting to kill myself. I no longer
wanted to live as the junky low life that I had become and made
the decision to do something with my life.
I went to the D.I.P team in Brighton to see what help was
At first my key worker tried a twelve step programme, but on
looking at it in more detail I didn't think it was for me. I
thought it was too intense. She started looking for an
alternative. Unfortunately for me I was arrested and before
anything was put in place, I had to do a two year prison sentence.
The day after I was let out I went to see my D.I.P worker and was
given a place in detox seven days later. After being detoxed,
somewhere in the back of my mind I somehow thought I was cured but
before I could leave, my probation officer came to see me with
some news. He told me that a rehab had been found that they
thought would suit my needs and that my prison licence had been
amended for a condition of residence at Lampton court. He said
that if I did not go, I was going to be recalled back to prison.
I was livid; I do not think that I have ever been that angry
without hitting someone.
As soon as I arrived at Lampton Court, I did not want to be here.
The way I saw it was that I had been forced to be here, I was not
happy at all and I was going to make my feelings heard. "IF I
WAS UNHAPPY WHY SHOULD EVERYONE ELSE BE HAPPY".
For about ten days, I did not stop complaining about everything
that I could think of.
I moaned about the food, the beds, the staff, and my money from
the DSS. You name it I had to moan about it. I complained non-stop
day and night. Someone then pointed out to me that I was not going
anywhere and asked me if I was just complaining to avoid the
issues that I did not want to look at surrounding my addictions
and past problems that needed to be addressed.
It made me stop and take stock of myself. I decided to start doing
some work on myself and to do the group work just to see what all
the fuss was about.
I am nearing the end of my treatment now, and looking back to when
I first came in, I am a different person. To get involved, to
learn about myself, and to give it my best shot was the best thing
I could have done for my life and for me.
Since being here, I have learnt new life skills. I have learned to
sit with myself and my past and be comfortable with my decisions.
I have been taught new meditation skills, also to be mindful of my
actions, situations and people in my life.
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Life at Lampton
When I arrived at Lampton Court I was full of nerves and quite
anxious about the journey I was about to embark on.
I was also quite
afraid because it was all new to me, and I did not know anyone.
Everyone was really nice and made me feel welcome straight away.
My experience of
Lampton has been one of extremes. Coming off drugs gave me back my
feelings, so I have been through a lot of lows but also a lot of
highs. The highs have definitely outweighed the lows. I had to go
through the lows to fully appreciate the highs.
I have gone through every emotion imaginable, this was challenging
as I sat with my feelings and had nothing to numb the pain. I have
cried a lot on my journey, which I have not done for years. This
was very relieving.
The support of my peers has been priceless. They have held me when
I could not hold myself. They understand me and the way I tick. If
it were not for my peers I dont know if I would have stayed.
I myself have supported my peers in their time of need. This is
how it works here at Lampton. We are like one big dysfunctional
family, but it works.
I can truly say I have had the best counsellor here, who has
helped me immensely. I was taken back to my childhood, where we
explored and dealt with my past. This was difficult for me, but I
trusted the process and my counsellor.
I also explored my thought process and they way I tick and why I
tick the way I do.
At time I felt vulnerable and exposed, but was allowed to, and
this has made me the man I am today.
I have come to a lot of realisations with L**** and I understand
myself a lot more than I did. I have become quite attached to L****
as I trust her completely and she has opened my mind up to new
concepts, and to my future. After all this hard work, it is only
right we are rewarded. And rewards we reap!
The first is obvious, we become stable and then are able to
reflect on our lives, and where we want to go.
Secondly we have activities every Saturday with a company called
EBO where we go rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, coasteering and
horse riding. Many of these activities we have never had the
pleasure of doing before coming here.
Its absolutely amazing! Facing your fears and overcoming them. You
get such a rush and a real natural buzz.
Through doing these activities I have now so many more exciting
Lampton Court is a beautiful building with 8 acres of land. So if
it gets too hot in the kitchen with L***** you can always go for a
walk in the grounds. And who knows what you might bump into.
This has been a wonderful chapter of my life and I have some
beautiful memories here.
I am grateful I have had the opportunity to go on this journey.
Robert Okacha, September 2008
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From the age of 22 I have been in and out
of numerous prisons, I would say I've served a total of 14 years.
The longest time
I've been free is about 20 months. The reason I chose that life!
Drugs or should I say it chose me, whichever way you want to look
In the early
years I would have said no it wasn't because of the drugs, it was
a way of life for me. But as time and sentences got longer, my
behaviour and drug intake got worse. I couldn't see an end to my
madness and destruction of everything good around me. My family,
my friends, even my lovely daughter who I worship, and still do.
All the hurt and
pain I caused was due to my craving. Anything I could steal, rob
or cheat someone out of I would. Back then it was just cannabis,
but that led to harder things like 'E'. cocaine then crack and
lastly heroin. I used to say when I saw people taking it, I'd
never touch that stuff, and I believed what I said. But it
happened and that is when my life fell apart.
I'd like to think
I'm sensible about most things, but I lost my way, when, I cant
I hurt everyone
around me and made a mess of my life. Honestly could'nt see a way
out of my nightmare. I was due to be sentanced for more crimes I'd
committed while under the influence. I was sick of the life I was
living and this one time I asked the judge for help with my
entrenched addiction, and was given the chance of help and ended
up at Lampton Court.
I can say I have
a life now. I have so many things to look forward to, and I can
honestly say I see things so differently now.
I'm 44 years old
today and happy I came here.
Trevor , August
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My very first day that I
arrived at Lampton Court, like more or less everyone else, was
Within about 30
mins I think more or less all of the staff on duty that day, but
also the people that were already here had made me feel so
welcome, that from that very minute I knew that I was going to be
I went up into
the detox part of the building with a member of staff that helped
me settle in to my new bedroom, then left me to unpack my
belongings. I was in detox for 2 weeks, not once was I ever left
alone, feeling that I didn't have anyone there if I was in need of
anything. There was always a nurse and other members of staff 24
hours a day and night on hand if I required anything. I was
checked out by the doctor who decided what medication was suitable
for me. All the staff were, and still are, very caring and
understanding, it made me feel wanted and almost loved for the
first time in my life for years.
Now I am in
rehab, attending group meetings and many different things each day
I never thought I would be able to do, an example is like giving
my opinion in the groups.
There are house
rules which are fair, nothing given that you are not able or
capable to do. I have nearly finished my first week as a client in
rehab and am amazed how much better I already feel. And as far as
member of staff in rehab, it is the same as detox, there is always
someone on duty if we require anything. Never is there a need to
go through anything alone. Staff members are there, who are easy
to talk to, or will listen if you need to talk about anything, and
are always willing to help and give advice if you need anything.
So far my stay in
Lampton has been a very good and happy one.
When I cam here
to Lampton Court just over 3 weeks ago as a drunk, without any
faith, or hope in my life, the rehab treatments given by attending
groups etc has made me feel a person again with a life to fight
spent just over 6 months at Lampton Court and completed her
programme which was celebrated in true Lampton Court style by
sending her up to fly (literally) a small single engined aircraft,
the Lampton reward for all those completing the programme.
27th September 2008
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