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Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme

Sharp Day Treatment

17 Rodney Street
England
Merseyside
Liverpool
L1 9EF
0151 703 0679

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Centre Description

Sharp Liverpool [Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme] is an abstinence-based, intensive structured day treatment programme for men and women with drug and alcohol addiction. It is modelled on the London-based SHARP which opened in 1992 and has helped thousands of people into recovery and a new way of life. SHARP Liverpool provides a safe, caring environment in which people can accept and begin to overcome their addiction within a day treatment setting. It offers a unique opportunity for clients to live in their own homes whilst engaging in a full-time, comprehensive treatment programme: it minimizes disruption and allows them to start making practical changes and using new skills immediately, in the setting in which they will be attempting to stay clean and sober, offering real benefits for clients with children.

SHARP operates on the premise that if an individual is willing to accept help in order to abstain from alcohol and drugs, then full recovery is possible.

THE PROJECT
SHARP Liverpool is CDC's first national project and it opened its doors in January 2005. It is a first stage day treatment programme with 22 places for men and women, located in Rodney Street in the centre of Liverpool. The intensive programme is provided by qualified counsellors and therapists with expertise in addictions counselling and treatment. Clients benefit from sharing recovery skills with a close group of peers with whom they spend each day whilst in treatment. This peer group can form the basis of a network of drug and alcohol free support once the client leaves the programme. [top]

THE SERVICE
Graduated programme - 48 days treatment with 9 weeks full time and 3 weeks part-time attendance; Thorough assessment and treatment planning; One to one counselling and groupwork; Relapse prevention; Workshops and Lifeskills groups; Leisure Activities & Outings; Aftercare; Family programme.
SHARP encourages the use of self help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to support ongoing, long term recovery. We also offer advice and onward referral to those needing continuing professional help. [top].

THE STAFF
The programme is directed by the Project Manager. The staff team comprises qualified and experienced addictions counsellors, a Families’ Counsellor, Referrals Worker and an Admissions/Receptionist worker. The team is supplemented by trainee counsellors on placement, a Life Skills facilitator and regular visiting speakers. [top]

REFERRALS & ELIGIBILITY
Detoxification is not provided. Clients must be at least 24 hours drug and alcohol free, have a desire to remain abstinent in the long term and be 18 years or over . Some understanding of the 12-step abstinence based approach to recovery is helpful so that clients know what to expect and are ready to participate in the programme. Clients are usually expected to attend for an assessment visit but telephone assessments or prison visits may be carried out by prior arrangement. Reports from other agencies may be required - for example, discharge summaries, social enquiry or psychiatric reports. Referrals are accepted from all sources including self-referrals. Family programmes and aftercare are included in the cost.