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Alumni Cathryn Kemp does all she can to help others with painkiller addictions

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Alumni Cathryn Kemp has been working tirelessly to get better help and understanding for people who become addicted to painkillers after revealing her own experience of dependence and subsequent detoxification at PROMIS in her book “Coming Clean: Diary Of A Painkiller Addict by Cathryn Kemp (Little Brown, £10.99)” Cathryn has also founded a charity “Painkiller […]


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Alumni Michael McDowell stands up for the needs of addicts

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I was proud as punch to read of the brave and tireless work that PROMIS alumni, Michael McDowell, is doing in getting help and support for addicts on the streets of Belfast In a piece today in The Irish News, Michael was quoted as saying: Michael McDowell, of drug outreach group Belfast Experts By Experience, […]


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Interview with Clare Kennedy, founder of Kennedy St & Co

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Robin Lefever’s Interview with Clare Kennedy, founder of Kennedy St & Co   For many of us in recovery, the idea of going out to a bar is a terrifying prospect. Will I be laughed at for ordering an orange juice? Will the shelves stacked with spirit bottles be too tempting to resist? But Brighton […]


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“Nothing About Us Without Us!” – Moving Away From Criminalisation Of Addiction

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

It has been impossible, today, to ignore the important findings of a recent Home Office report, which compared the UK’s approach to drug misuse with that of 13 other countries and concluded that there is no evidence that the criminalisation of drug use leads to a reduction in the problem. See, for example, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764. In […]


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PROMIS Research in Progress: Some early findings

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Some 7 months ago, following the start of my work as Director of Research, PROMIS agreed to conduct an experimental trial of new interventions based on proven practices that have emerged within the broad framework of the Positive Psychology movement (Peterson, 2007). Our intervention programme has been carefully designed in consultation with the VIA Institute on Character (University of Pennsylvania, and will be introduced shortly when staff training has been completed.

In the meantime we have been gathering the information that will be required to conduct a controlled evaluation of the intervention following its incorporation into the PROMIS Programme. Some interesting findings have already emerged, and I would like briefly to give the flavour of the kind of things we are discovering, in relation to just two small aspects of our ‘benchmark’ studies of clients at PROMIS, prior to implementation of the experimental intervention.


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Incorporating Life Coaching into our Treatment Programmes

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Our life coaching services are aimed at helping you create an enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding life and career. Through life coaching, we do not only focus on navigating through the difficulties created during active addiction and making life manageable again but we also develop practical tools and solutions to improve daily life.

A unique aspect of our life coaching services is that it starts as you embark on your recovery whilst at treatment, when you are feeling your most vulnerable, helps you gain the motivation to work out what you want from life and continues on to provide you with the support you need when you feel ready to embark on new ventures.


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Latest Addition: CES Treatment

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Recovery from addiction, depression and anxiety is a windy path. It’s also a different path for each of us. At PROMIS we try our hardest to offer every effective treatment we can find that will add another dimension to recovery, another gentle lift up to the next stage. What usually happens is that if we […]


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Welcome to Valco and Bella, two new horses at PROMIS

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

It is a pleasure to introduce you to our newest members of the staff team at Hay Farm. Valco and Bella work with us in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and also love to be riden and groomed. Animals can play a tremendously important role in human recovery and wellbeing and our farm is the perfect place […]


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PROMIS The first UK Rehab to offer Neurofeedback therapy

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

  There has been a steadily growing interest in Neurofeedback therapy. This therapy is already offered in one or two top international clinics and we are proud to be able to offer this treatment here at PROMIS. Neurofeedback is a cutting edge therapy which is proving to be very helpful for the treatment of substance abuse, […]


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Barbeque loving weekends

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Just kick back, relax and enjoy yourself because this is a PROMIS event.. Any excuse to get together with our friends and alumni, we cherish; however doing this over delicious food, freshly prepared for us to perfection is, well, simply our definition of having a great time. Our barbeques are not only becoming a tradition, […]


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