Step Down Programme

Recovery from addiction is a courageous journey, and one of the most challenging aspects is transitioning back into daily life after completing a rehabilitation programme. The Step Down Programme offered by UKAT London Clinic is a vital resource that provides continuous support and guidance to individuals in their post-rehabilitation phase. This programme is designed to help individuals bridge the gap between the structured environment of rehab and the realities of everyday life, equipping them with the tools and strategies necessary for a successful, lasting recovery.

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The benefits of transitioning mindfully

For many individuals in recovery, the transition from the supportive and structured environment of rehabilitation to the complexities of daily life can trigger challenges and potential setbacks. This is where a step-down programme, like the one offered by UKAT London Clinic, becomes a helpful resource and a crucial lifeline.

Here are some compelling reasons why one could and should use a step-down programme:

  • Gradual reintegration: A step-down programme provides a gradual reintegration into daily life, allowing individuals to return to their responsibilities and routines. This transition mitigates the shock of returning to an environment that may have been associated with addiction triggers.
  • Continued support: Recovery is an ongoing process, and the early stages are often the most vulnerable. A step-down programme offers continued support, guidance, and accountability, reducing the risk of relapse during this critical period.
  • Skill development: Addiction often hinders the development of essential life skills, such as stress management, communication, and problem-solving. These skills are vital for a successful and sustainable recovery. A step-down programme helps individuals acquire and practise these skills in a safe and supportive setting.
  • Relapse prevention: The risk of relapse is a reality for many in recovery. A step-down programme equips individuals with relapse prevention strategies, helping them recognise and address potential triggers and cravings before they lead to a return to substance use.
  • Emotional healing: Recovery is not just about abstaining from substances; it’s about healing emotionally. A step-down programme offers therapy and counselling to address the underlying emotional issues that may have contributed to addiction, promoting emotional well-being and resilience.
  • Connection: Isolation can be a breeding ground for addiction. Step-down programmes often provide a sense of community and connection, allowing individuals to share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs with others who understand their journey.
  • Long-term success: A step-down programme is not just about immediate post-rehabilitation support; it’s about setting the stage for long-term success in recovery. Addressing life’s challenges and uncertainties after rehab helps individuals build a strong foundation for lasting sobriety.

What makes the step-down programme at UKAT stand out

UKAT London Clinic is dedicated to providing high-quality care for individuals seeking addiction or mental health treatment. Our experienced and compassionate staff, evidence-based treatment approaches, and state-of-the-art facilities underscore our commitment to excellence. We take pride in our comprehensive step-down programme, which offers a structured and supportive transition from intensive treatment to ongoing recovery. Our programme ensures that clients receive continued guidance, therapy, and relapse prevention strategies, making it the ideal choice for those looking for a seamless and effective path towards lasting recovery.

At UKAT London Clinic, we prioritise your well-being and recovery journey, striving to offer the best possible care at every step. Some examples of the benefits of using UKAT include:

Continuity of care:

One of the significant advantages of UKAT’s step-down programme is that it ensures continuity of care. Participants can seamlessly transition from their inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation programme to the online platform, allowing them to maintain the momentum gained during their initial recovery phase. This continuity helps prevent relapse and provides ongoing support.

A programme tailored to you:

The programme begins with a structured schedule of 5 weeks, 1st week 5 days and then gradually decreasing to 4, then 3, and so forth, offering a flexible and customisable approach. If you wish to add more days or therapies, you can tailor your programme even more to meet your specific needs, making it the perfect tailored transitional programme for you.

The programme offers two sessions a day, including group therapy and a psychoeducational workshop. Over the five weeks, you will be able to engage with workshops from different therapeutic modalities, such as DBT, CBT, positive psychology, relapse prevention, and wellness workshops.

Taking advantage of therapy:

We offer a comprehensive range of evidence-based therapies to support individuals on their path to recovery from addiction. One of our key therapeutic modalities is the 5-session introduction workshops using dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). These highly effective approaches combine mindfulness techniques, making it a versatile and holistic approach to healing. Our programme includes individual therapy, group therapy, and skills training, providing clients with the tools to regulate emotions and build resilience. By addressing the root causes of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues, therapy promotes long-term recovery and empowers clients to create a brighter future.

Positive psychology workshop:

Positive psychology focuses on nurturing a positive mindset. Over the course of 5 sessions, this workshop provides a dynamic and engaging environment to explore the principles of positive psychology, equipping participants with practical tools to enhance their overall life satisfaction. Through interactive sessions, discussions, and activities, you’ll delve into gratitude, resilience, and the science of happiness.

Coping strategies:

The programme teaches essential life skills and coping strategies crucial for maintaining sobriety. Participants learn how to manage stress, deal with triggers, build healthy relationships, and make responsible choices in a real-world setting. This practical knowledge is invaluable for navigating the challenges that arise in daily life.

Relapse prevention:

UKAT places a strong emphasis on relapse prevention. Participants are educated about the warning signs of relapse and are equipped with the tools to manage and overcome cravings effectively. Regular counselling sessions and support groups are also integral to the programme, providing a safe space for individuals to share their experiences and receive peer encouragement.

Holistic approach:

Recovery is not just about abstaining from substances; it’s about achieving a holistic sense of well-being. The programme incorporates a holistic approach, addressing recovery’s physical, emotional, and mental aspects. Participants engage in mindfulness, yoga, and creative therapies to promote overall wellness.


The programme’s online format offers flexibility and accessibility, allowing participants to access resources and support from their homes. This is especially important for individuals with work, family, or other commitments that make attending in-person sessions challenging. The programme length can also be adjusted when needed, putting you in charge of your programme.

Long-term support:

Recovery is an ongoing process, and the step-down programme is designed to provide long-term support. Participants can learn the skills needed to make recovery long-term and connect with fellow alumni for continued support.

Alumni network:

UKAT London Clinic’s Step Down Programme also facilitates connections among programme graduates within our alumni network. This provides ongoing support and a sense of community, reinforcing that individuals are not alone in their journey to sobriety.

Using a step-down programme after completing rehab is not a sign of weakness but a proactive step towards ensuring a successful and sustained recovery. It offers invaluable support, skill development, and a network of individuals who share similar experiences. Whether someone is just starting their journey in recovery or seeking additional guidance after rehab, a step-down programme can provide the tools and resources needed to thrive in the face of life’s challenges and uncertainties while staying firmly committed to a drug-free life.

To explore our step-down programme further and receive assistance on your journey to lasting recovery while building upon the progress achieved during rehab, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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