Community rehabilitation

Before you can take part in community rehabilitation an initial assessment needs to be done. This is called a community care assessment and involves you and members of the substance misuse team. The assessment identifies if community rehabilitation is the best service for your needs.

If it is an appropriate service, you and members of the substance misuse team will complete a care plan. This is a written plan identifying how your support will be provided and what your responsibilities are. It is developed and agreed with yourself and the substance misuse team.

Along with prescribing options, you may be offered one or several of the following community options:

  • structured day programmes, such as relapse prevention, anger management, relationship counselling, bereavement counselling, dealing with loss and change
  • therapeutic groups
  • support groups such as Family Support, SMART recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous
  • education
  • life skills, support in own tenancy, budgeting, shopping, benefits advice, coping skills, time management, personal hygiene
  • one to one counselling such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, confidence building, self esteem
  • day services
  • drop in facilities
  • access to community substance misuse service employment development officers to look at a whole range of options once a degree of stability has been maintained
  • leisure activities
  • alternative therapies
  • access to the community substance support work service
  • signposting to other agencies
  • providing leaflets and advice on a wide range of substance misuse issues and related topics
  • preparation for residential rehabilitation
  • advocacy

The community substance misuse service works in partnership with many agencies. As part of the assessment process you, we'll ask you to give your consent to sharing information about you with relevant partnership agencies such as Health, Turning PointChildren First, Barnardo’s, Foyer and social work departments such as children and families, criminal justice, and homecare.

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