If drinking is interfering with your work,
you are probably a heavy drinker.

If your work is interfering with your drinking,
you are probably an alcoholic.

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves
to others that in the end we become disguised
to ourselves.

Addiction is addiction, and not to be flung
out of the window by any man, but coaxed
downstairs a step at a time.

Fear will hold you prisoner,
truth will set you free.

If you want things to be different, perhaps
the answer is to become different yourself.

Treat your mind like a bad neighbourhood -
do not go there alone.

Anything not attempted remains impossible.

Ultimately we know deeply that the other
side of every fear is a freedom.

Many of lifes failures occur when people give
up without realising how close they are to
success.

Insanity: - doing the same things over and over
again and expecting different results.

The chains of addiction are generally too small
to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Let us not look back in anger or forward in
fear, but around us in awareness.

Addiction Recovery Services

The Basement Recovery Project is an award-winning, community-based organisation built on the expertise of lived experience.  We operate throughout Calderdale to offer those in addiction to alcohol or drugs a new way of life, free from the need or desire to use any mood-altering substance; we call this RECOVERY.

Our Recovery Hubs

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Addiction Recovery Stories – Chris and Dona

For many years, Chris and Dona struggled with their addiction to substances. Since coming into recovery and building a solid support network, they have been able to begin to rebuild a life for themselves and their children...
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Recovery Coach

TBRP's success is in our approach to recovery. This includes our bespoke recovery programme and we are now seeking to expand our team of Recovery Coaches. Closing Date is noon 14th November 2022. 37.5 hours per week. Starting salary from £24,000. To apply, please see our Careers page.
Tonnina - Basement Recovery Project Case Study

Tonnina’s Recovery Story

By the time I was 23 years old I was using daily and it was becoming a big problem. I had 2 young children and was struggling to cope with life, and this had been noticed by my kids’ school which led to social services getting involved...
Damian - My Recovery Story - TBRP

Damian’s Recovery Story

Don't think it can't happen to you! Imagine taking your A-levels while physically addicted to heroin, let alone being admitted to an inpatient detox the same week as your A-Level results are due. Read Damian's story of how he managed to quit 21 years later ...
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A Service of Remembrance

We are holding a service of remembrance in memory of those lost in recent years to mental health and addiction issues. It would be great if you could join us during this time of reflection to come together as a community...

Supporting The Maggie Oliver Foundation

Next month, 10 CiR members will embark on a three-day cycling event – travelling 126 miles from Liverpool to Leeds along the canal towpath. The route will see the team travel through Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley and Skipton before reaching Leeds basin on the final day of the trip – Wednesday 30th March.

Julie’s Recovery Story

As the rest of the world waits to get back to 'normal' as we come through the Covid pandemic, some of us are taking life-changing actions.  Congratulations to Julie for reaching 8 months sober and thank you for sharing your story with us. #RecoveryContagion

Community Foundation for Calderdale – Volunteer of the Year Winner

Our Community Coordinator Kev Sheils is recognised by the region as he’s presented with Community Foundation For Calderdale’s 2021 ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award on the evening of 25th November 2021 ...

Recovery is coming to a place near you

The recovery community is coming to a place near you! - We are extending our reach across Kirklees. Starting in November we will be running three groups in four new locations; Marsden, Skelmanthorpe, Batley and Crosland Moor...

Events have Moved

Our Recovery Timetable can be found on Calderdale in Recovery, or downloaded here in PDF format:

What people have to say about The Basement Recovery Project

Because of what I have learned through counselling, groups, meetings and the pre-recovery programme I know my life is going to change in a massive way.

I feel great! The old me is back. Life is good and I’m really enjoying myself.

Massive thanks to both Recovery Steps and the Basement Recovery Project, not just from me but my family too. You have given them their dad and Kev back.

Picture of Kev for his addiction recovery story for The Basement Halifax and Calderdale Recovery Steps

I am a different person altogether. I’m that person I was trying to be all those years ago.

If it wasn’t for The Basement Project I would still be at home, lying on the couch, out of my head on heroin.

Mentally I feel fantastic, never better. I don’t have any anxiety attacks or fear of not drinking again.

It’s thanks to TBRP and the Recovery Programme that has allowed me to make more sense of the nature of my addiction and how it has affected my whole life. After eighteen years of drinking, I’ve not had a drop since.

I can’t believe my life today. All that was promised to me by my key worker has come true.

This detox house has been a sanctuary for me, a life-line to get back my focus and direction.

I feel there is a purpose in life again and I’m happily enjoying it. It has much more meaning now.

90% of my friends are in recovery and I recently held the most sober wedding reception you will ever see.

I am the happiest I have ever been and more importantly, I have the ability to handle the bad times, which, previously, I couldn’t. I have peace and good balance. I have a good relationship with everyone in my life.

After talking to people at the Basement, I felt they knew more about me in five minutes than my councellor did after 12 months.

I have a future to live for, and I embrace it every day. I am currently on an Access course at college hoping to attain A ‘Levels that will get me to university where I’m hoping to do a degree course in criminology.

I’m alive, clean, in recovery and being a proper dad to my kids as well as working towards a better life.

I’ve not seen anything like this, they do incredibly important work and make a huge contribution to the community here in Halifax.

I think what they do here could serve as a role model for other organisations around the country.

Shadow Justice Minister Visits Halifax's Basement Project