Addiction support

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The Salvation Army is committed to offering help and support to individuals who want to overcome addictions and substance misuse. Our 'Seeds of Exclusion' research highlighted 80% of individuals staying in our Lifehouses experienced one or more substance misuse problems.

Drug and alcohol support and resettlement

Six specialist detox centres operate in the UK and provide medically controlled detoxification to ensure safe withdrawal from drug or alcohol abuse. This is complimented by rehabilitation and support programmes to facilitate recovery and social integration.

In addition to specialist services The Salvation Army also provides structured resettlement programmes within fifty Lifehouses, equipping individuals with the skills and confidence needed to overcome their addictions and live independently. This includes counselling, group work and one-to-one support.

Substance misuse programmes and services

The Salvation Army has also developed a distinctive approach and philosophy for supporting individual to over addictions. The Bridge Programme is offered in many Lifehouses and is a Christian bio-psychosocial approach to the problems of alcohol and substance misuse. The programme is based on high quality client assessment by key-workers recording the physical, psychological and social domains of the addiction. This enables an individualised support programme to be put in place which is monitored and evaluated as the individual progresses through staged recovery.

The Salvation Army has developed a National Monitoring and Evaluation Service to collate data from all addiction programmes offered in our Lifehouses. This data is then evaluated and used to identify trends and successful responses which can be further developed to assist and support future clients.

Substance misuse day programmes and additional support services are available from hundreds of Salvation Army churches and community centres. These address alcohol and drug abuse, substance misuse and other addictions such as gambling. Support is given to both the individual affected and their family members.

Addiction research and development

The Salvation Army works closely with the University of Kent, Canterbury to develop new and innovative responses to addiction management. This includes staff training along with ongoing research to maximise the opportunity of full addiction recovery.