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Dayhab Treatment Programme

Our Dayhab programme is the first in the UK to offer a new model of flexible, non-residential treatment for alcohol and drug problems. Based on the successful U.S Intensive Outpatient model, Dayhab bridges the gap between the ever-diminishing Local Authority services and expensive residential rehab. Our flexible programme is designed to fit around work, study and family commitments, so recovery runs alongside daily life.

Dayhab treatment is particularly relevant at a time when more and more people with alcohol and drug problems are functioning in society and struggling with their issues while holding down a job, studying, caring for children or have other commitments. Help Me Stop Dayhab makes it possible to get effective treatment without having to take weeks off work or away from family. Working people often avoid seeking help due to fears over job security, and parents with young children resist coming forward for treatment as they worry about childcare. What’s more, even when people are not in paid employment, they still have commitments, such as health appointments, volunteering roles and such like, that can make it hard to take leave their daily routine. Because Help Me Stop is open mornings, daytime, evenings and weekends, clients can come in at times that suit their circumstances.

Treatment Programme with our team of specialist therapists.

Why Choose Dayhab?

In the U.S, Dayhab is recommended as the first choice treatment for alcohol and drug problems, over and above residential. That’s because studies show it’s just as effective, if not more so, than residential treatment and has lower relapse rates. This is thought to be because when leaving the protective environment of a residential rehab, people find it difficult to settle back into their everyday lives. These stresses, which they’ve avoided for the weeks they’ve spent away from work, home and family, can cause them to drink or use again.

Another reason for Dayhab’s lower relapse rates is that it allows families to be involved. We can’t stress the importance of families in recovery enough. If they understand their relative’s condition and how they’re changing, they’re in a much better position to provide compassionate, empathetic support free from judgment and the tendency to blame. If a client is in residential treatment they are usually far away from home and cut off from family members. Then, when they return home, the family can be unaccepting or even afraid of the changes in their relative.

We include a family programme as part of our core treatment at no extra charge. Up to two relatives or friends can attend a weekly therapy group where they meet other families in similar situations. This works to remove the shame and stigma that often surrounds addiction and alcohol and drug problems and gives them strategies to help improve family dynamics. While this is not compulsory, experience shows that family relationships and friendships improve greatly when they’re involved in the process and increases the chances of long-term recovery.

Find out more about our family program

Programme overviewProgramme overview

Our 160-hour Dayhab programme is made up of a mixture of group work and one-to-one sessions with our team of BACP registered, specialist therapists. Our 20-hour family programme is included.

You’ll be given a workbook to support your treatment and therapy sessions. It contains information on your programme and the way we work, as well as exercises you’ll be expected to complete in your own time.  There’s also a workbook for family members and friends.  


Help Me Stop Dayhab is an abstinence programme. This means you can’t drink or take any non-prescribed substances while on the programme. You’ll be tested for drugs and alcohol on the day you start treatment, and randomly each week.

The 12-step approachThe 12-Step approach

The 12-Step programme of recovery, pioneered by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), is widely recognised as being important in the ongoing support of people with alcohol and drug problems. Its success lies in its focus on changing behaviours through peer support with the goal of sustained abstinence.  We encourage people to attend AA or NA meetings whilst with us as we’ve found their programme underlines the work we do.

Often there are deep, underlying reasons behind alcohol and drug problems, so a 12-Step programme is not enough on its own. We combine it with a range of other therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, counseling and psychotherapy. This combination, which we describe as Combined Behavioural Intervention, has proved extremely effective in addressing associated negative behaviours and achieving lasting change.

While the Help Me Stop Dayhab programme is unique to us, our treatment model is fully aligned with guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Help Me Stop Dayhab programme in action.

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Our treatment programme is delivered using a mixture of group and individual therapy, interactive workshops, lectures and presentations, and meetings:

Your one-to-onesOne-to-ones

Weekly meetings with your primary therapist

Based on an integrative therapy approach, this progressive form of psychotherapy combines different therapeutic tools to fit your individual needs. By taking elements from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy is more flexible and inclusive than other traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy.

These sessions give you an opportunity to review your personal treatment plan and your progress towards the goals you’ve set yourself.

Your assignmentsAssignments

Written work carried out in your own time

You’ll be expected to write assignments and present some of them during group sessions. This is to support your long-term recovery by increasing your learning and communication capabilities, enhancing your practical skills and embedding what you’ve learned.

Changing behavioursChanging behaviours

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychotherapy

Stopping the use of alcohol and drugs is one part of the recovery process, but it’s not the whole journey. Virtually everyone with an addiction suffers from a range of other problems such as anxiety, depression, anger, shame, guilt, and trauma. Left untreated, these inevitably lead to relapse.

Preventing relapsesPreventing relapses

On-going 12-Step recovery programme

Continuing to attend AA or NA meetings and working with a sponsor is the most effective way to avoid relapse. But relapse is not a single event; it’s an ongoing process marked by “red flags.” We help you prepare a personalised relapse prevention plan to help you recognise and manage these warning signs, and sustain a healthy, sober lifestyle.

Is Dayhab right for you?

Alcohol and drug problems affect millions of people in the UK, and many of them are in employment, at college or university or are caring for children. Help Me Stop Dayhab is ideally suited to those people who want to fit rehab around their daily lives. We provide affordable, accessible treatment for drug and alcohol problems ranging from hazardous use to addiction and alcohol and drug dependency. Our Dayhab programme is an effective and more affordable alternative to residential treatment for those who are working, studying or have family commitments. That’s why we call it rehab in the real world.

If you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, or you know someone who does, please get in touch for free, confidential advice.