Our recovery programme

We are set in beautiful surroundings on the outskirts of Oxford.


We offer a unique recovery programme; a therapeutic community model of intervention for men and women with problems with dependency and addiction including: drugs, alcohol, new psychoactive substances (NPS, also known as legal highs), gambling, eating, and sex addiction.

Our programme is peer driven self-help and abstinence and helps to enhance life skills and recovery capital because it encourages behaviour change, developing self-worth, and self-confidence improved social skills together with the ability to manage personal responsibilities, physical and mental health and well-being.

We were established in 1971 and have been saving lives and restoring families and communities for over 44 years.

We pride our self on offering a recovery programme designed to meet individual needs within a set structured day over two phases.

Phase one

Main therapeutic intervention is up to 26 weeks. A staged progression helps you to understand your self better and learn a new way of living and working drug and alcohol free, with peer support.

Phase Two

Resettlement 12 weeks – where you engage in a range of voluntary work placements in readiness for finding full time employment.

Aftercare/forever care

Once you secure employment we provide short term recovery move on accommodation and our aftercare team will link you into our recovery community where you will be able to take advantage of mutual self-help support through participation in activities and events organised by aftercare and other people in recovery.

Once a month we meet for coffee, cake and catch up in the refresh café in Oxford

Our recovery programme provides a framework for you to learn with your peers and change the way you have behaved, thought and felt over many, many years. Therapy groups provide an opportunity to examine your behaviour, attitudes and values in the context of day-to-day problems. Building positive relationships with other residents is central to your recovery.

You will be given responsibilities within a clearly defined structure and as you progress, the level of responsibility increases with more senior residents supervising the work of junior residents.