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Help Me Stops' New Non-Residential /Outpatient Drug And Alcohol Treatment Programme

By Chris Cordell


It is important to remember that lockdown rules do not apply if you need to access treatment for your drug or alcohol use, so please do not let this stop you accessing treatment. Well this sounds all good in theory but in practice many of the 500 or so enquiries Help Me Stop have been getting each month have said they their ability to access services has been seriously compromised due to COVID-19. Predominantly this is about the lack of face to face treatment available, and in some cases none, and increased waiting times to be seen where some face to face provision is possible.

At its inception Help Me Stop had a vision to provide the sort of intensive treatment that you would get in a residential service but delivered in the community and to fit this around someone’s work and home life. In other words, Rehab in the Real World. Moreover, to provide this at a cost that was available to the many as opposed to the few. So, we certainly were not going to let COVID-19 get in the way of this.

New Timetable Of Treatment

On the back of client and family feedback and a desire to meet the needs of the public in this challenging period we have reconfigured our 6 week intensive programmes. The first part was ensuring we provided a safe environment to continue face to face delivery so:

  1. We have reviewed and update  out a 26-page COVID-19 risk assessment to bring it into line with the latest Government guidance
  2. We have cleaning, handwashing, and hygiene procedures in line with this guidance
  3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work safely from a COVID-19 Secure workplace or work from home if needs be
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace
  5. But, and in line with Government guidance, “where people cannot keep 2m apart we have ensured at least a 1m distance and taken all the mitigating actions possible to manage transmission risk”

Part of the mitigating actions involves changing the times we run our programmes to ensure social distancing.

Clients can now attend a morning stream drug and alcohol treatment programme between 09.00 and 14.00 or an afternoon stream between 12.00 and 17.00, this immediately doubles our capacity without the need of larger premises, but requires careful scheduling of the cross over period between 12.00 and 14.00 as potentially we can have up to 20 people in the morning stream and the same in the afternoon.

We also moved our family programme online to ensure that we could meet the needs of the clients coming onsite for treatment but also those affected by their behaviour in the safest possible way. 

Due to social distancing and the new timetable our 12 month free aftercare programme also moved online but this will, like the family programme, will move back to both face to face and online when we come out of this restrictive period.

The 6 week online drug and alcohol treatment programme has, since its start nearly 10 months ago, continued to deliver successful outcomes and with two treatment streams to access between 9.15am and 11.30am and 6.15pm and 8.30pm  it makes it ideal for those that need treatment around work and who cannot get to our service in West London.

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Face To Face Treatment

Onsite Drug & Alcohol Programme
£3,000 for 6 weeks*

  • 10% the Cost of Residential Treatment
  • Non-Residential, Intensive & Effective 
  • Morning or Afternoon Streams (9am – 2pm or 12pm to 5pm)
  • Phase 1 = 5 days a week, Phase 2 = 3 days a week
  • Phase 1 = 4 weeks, Phase 2 = 2 weeks
  • 30 Group Sessions per week Phase 1
  • 18 Group Sessions per week Phase 2
  • One Individual Psychotherapy Session Per Week
  • Interactive Lectures, Mindfulness and Behaviour Change
  • Individualised Treatment Plans And Assignments
  • Inclusive Aftercare For 12 Months
  • Inclusive Family Conjoint Sessions
  • Drug And Alcohol Testing
  • Family programme **

*Equivalent to £23 per hour
** Optional. Additional cost £35 pp per week

Online  Treatment

Online Drug & Alcohol Programme
£1,250 for 6 weeks*

  • No Commuting
  • Accessible from home or work
  • Morning or Evening Streams (9.15am to 11.30am or 6.15pm to 8.30pm)
  • Confidential, Secure, Intensive & Effective
  • Eight Group Sessions Per Week
  • Two Individual Psychotherapy Sessions Per Week
  • Interactive Lectures, Mindfulness and Behaviour Change
  • Individualised Treatment Plans And Assignments
  • Drug And Alcohol Testing Included On Request
  • Inclusive Aftercare For 12 Months
  • Delivered By Qualified Experienced Addiction Psychotherapists
  • Treats Underlying Reasons for Drug & Alcohol Use
  • Family Programme**

*Equivalent to £19 per hour
** Optional. Additional cost £35 pp per week

Why not give yourself and your family the best Xmas present they can have by getting on top of your drug or alcohol problems now by calling us on  0208 191 9174 or jumping onto our Live Chat/emailing us directly at https://helpmestop.org.uk/contact-us

Chris Cordell is Help Me Stop's General Manager and is a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Certified International Recovery Specialist, member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.

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