Each individual’s transition to and through recovery is a deeply personal process and is generally seen as a personal journey rather than a set outcome. The Addiction Support Aftercare Service is a low threshold programme targeted specifically at people that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The programme is from 12 – 24 months in duration.
Addiction Support Aftercare Service statement: Our aim is to provide, a safe and supportive low threshold post-treatment service. To support people that want to address their addictions and behaviours as a barrier to moving out of homelessness. Our service is underpinned by the following approaches: Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Approach (PCA) and Systemic Therapy (ST). It is one that may involve developing: hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and a sense of meaning. Through the use of these modalities we support individuals to address their addictions as a barrier to exiting homelessness.
Staff: There are two trained Addiction Support Project Workers who are experts at managing addiction recovery and related behaviour who ensure the running of the service on a daily basis. In addition, the unit is staffed by the Recovery and Aftercare Manager and one Addiction Support Volunteer. We understand that coming in to begin the Aftercare process can be an anxious time and a stressful event for clients and we would like to reassure them that they will be kept safe and supported during the process.
The Programme: Clients availing of the service attend one to one key- working and group work is provide twice weekly to discuss issues such as personal matters, thinking- feelings- behaviour, addiction history, high risk situations and relapse prevention management etc. The groups are very good for building interpersonal skills. The groups are facilitated by the Addiction Support Team, who also works with clients on an individual basis to address their needs. Groups include: Relapse Prevention, Progress Review Groups, Anger Managements and Conflict Resolution Skills, Communication Skills – Assertiveness Skills, Develop Social Support networks and support group and Mindfulness.