Health And Wellbeing Category: Mind and Body Healing, Self Empowerment and Talking TherapiesHealth And Wellbeing Tags: Addictions Counselling, Behaviour support, Birmingham, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational behaviour and Personal Skills Training (PST)

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  • Aquarius was established in 1977 to run three residential services as part of a Birmingham University research project, to look at developing new and effective interventions for people with alcohol problems.

    At Aquarius we strive to help people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling.

    We work closely with individuals, families and friends to lessen the impact caused by the behaviour of a loved one. Overcoming an addiction can be a difficult process but you can be sure that our staff will be dedicated to giving you and your family the attention and support that you need. We will be there to help you with each step of your journey along the way to recovery and to help you look forward to the future with the confidence that change is possible.

    Our theoretical framework is based within the social-ecological model enabling us to see the issue of problematic alcohol, drug or gambling use not just as an individual problem but one that impacts on families, communities and society. The Aquarius approach includes elements of Personal Skills Training (PST) which is based on a cognitive behavioural approach and was developed through our original research project.

    The main concepts that underpin our methodology are:
    • That people use substances to cope with a variety of problems,
    • That people are responsible for thoughts, feelings and actions and are capable of change,
    • That people can change given the right support and alternatives to drinking.

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