Sporting Chance Clinic has created a specialised environment where men and women from all standards of sport can come and address various issues in their lives. We treat each person as an individual with unique problems and difficulties.
Following an initial telephone or email contact, clients are invited to attend a clinical assessment either at Forest Mere or in London. The assessment lasts around ninety minutes and looks at a client’s history, current situation and potential ways in which we can support them to move forward. This may involve residential treatment, one to one counselling with Sporting Chance Clinic or a referral to an affiliated service. When necessary, clients may require further assessment by our consultant psychiatrist. Our aim as always is to tailor the care to the individual need of the client.
We offer a 26 day residential programme in a caring and supportive environment where our clients can begin the journey of recovery. Clients live in a shared house and commit to a 7 day per week compulsory programme, designed to treat their body, mind and spirit. As well as individual one to one counselling and group therapy our clients experience a range of complimentary therapies including: Shiatsu massage, Equine Assisted Therapy and Asyuna meditation.
Physical needs are addressed with a full medical examination on arrival, a carefully worked out nutritional programme, full fitness test and individual fitness programmes. Additionally we have football training and physiotherapy on a weekly basis and have full use of gym, swimming and spa facilities. Walking, mountain biking, tennis and ping-pong are also on offer.
Our programme for recovery from addictions is based on the 12-step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and attendance at 12 step meetings is an integral part of treatment. While we make every effort to support and encourage our clients we are also well aware that the ultimate responsibility rests with them. Self reflection, written work and clients’ support for one another are we believe as important as the work we do.
The mental aspect focuses on self-defeating behaviour patterns and the treatment plan is designed to help the individual understand how these patterns have contributed to a downward spiral affecting every aspect of their lives, from their relationships right through to their performance in the sporting arena.
Our engagement with and support for our clients does not end when they leave our clinic. Each client is offered an aftercare programme on their return home. This may involve ongoing one to one counselling locally or at Sporting Chance Clinic. Additionally our team are always available for telephone support or to arrange refresher visits to the clinic.
As our residential programmes does not take more than four people at a time, we are able to give people the attention and understanding they need. The programme is demanding and intensive, yet at the same time supportive and nurturing.
Our experienced and dedicated team endeavour to help our clients to understand, accept and deal with the problems they are facing. Our aim is to enable and empower our clients to develop new habits and make lasting changes in their lives. We recognise that an individual’s addictions or other destructive behaviours will have had a negative effect on their families, loved ones and employers. Therefore we seek to involve those close to the client in the recovery process wherever possible and provide additional levels of support where needed.
Sporting Chance Clinic utilises a house and cottage within the grounds of Forest Mere, quiet and secluded from the main resort complex. Our clients have the privacy and safety of the clinic and at the same time are able to use the main complex for gym work, swimming and spa facilities. We also benefit from eating at the award winningChampneys restaurant where the food complies with our nutritional beliefs.
These factors all contribute to Sporting Chance Clinic’s ethos of a holistic recovery for mind, body and soul.