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, independent, community-based organisation which operates throughout Calderdale & Kirklees. We 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Following all COVID-19 secure guidelines we are currently open with limited capacity both in terms of staff availability and client spaces.

Our complete Freedom Recovery Programme is now being delivered across our hubs in addition to some Here & Now and SMART Recovery groups (selected hubs).

ALL group attendance is by appointment only. Please contact your recovery hub or keyworker for more information.

We will keep you updated here and via our Facebook Page.

We are continuing to host a number of Zoom meetings.

For more information please see our blog post.

Our phone lines remain open.

Please also join the Calderdale in Recovery and Kirklees in Recovery Facebook Groups to offer, and receive online support.

For more information on Coronavirus see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Our Recovery Hubs

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Ward 17 logo

Recovery Community Giving Back to Life Saving Hospital Ward

TBRP staff, past and present clients, members of our recovery communities and friends and relatives are all getting behind an event to help raise vital funds for Ward 17 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.  We hope you will too!
TBRP Happy New Year 2019 message envelope graphic

Thank you to our community 2018

Each year, we send a letter to the Halifax Courier asking them to thank our communities for their support throughout the previous year. Here is a copy of the letter for 2018.

Community Learning Works – update

Since our launch in September 2017, we Community Learning Works has supported over 1000 people to get involved in learning activities. Over 70% of them have gone on to do some further learning. 38% have progressed to formal courses, or have gained work or volunteering placements.
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From no hope, isolation and loneliness to The Great North Run!

18 months of training with a group of 10 very motivated and hard working runners. All from disadvantaged backgrounds. One fantastic trainer, ex-professional international rugby player, Damian Gibson (DG Ozfit), who was actually one of this year's local heroes. As a team, we were privileged enough to represent the “Home Run Project” team in the promotional video which was partly aired on the BBC.
Alcohol Awareness Week 2018 campaign Poster

#Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Every day, 20 people die as a result of their drinking. But alcohol harm is not inevitable. This Alcohol Awareness Week communities across the country call for change. Find us at Halifax market all week and at Todmorden market on Thursday.

TBRP Halloween Party 2018

It was fantastic and very heartwarming to see so many old and new faces, all coming together to dance, laugh and sing. The atmosphere was so warm and friendly, which added to the celebration...

CiR – TBRP 3-Peak Challenge

...this was an enduring but enjoyable and memorable experience. And all for a very worthy cause, The Hull and West Yorkshire Interstitial Lung Disease Service where my dad is being treated. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CIR and a big thanks to Michelle Hanley for the use of the Basement Project’s van!
Image of Allen from Channel 4 Rites of Passage with Grayson Perry - Coming of Age episode

Allen’s Story

If you have been watching Grayson Perry's 'Rites of Passage' on Channel 4, you may have seen Allen featured in episode 4 'Coming of Age'.  The programme didn't have time to explore why people ended up at The Basement Recovery Project and focused on the celebration of recovery.  Allen's account of his relationship with alcohol is raw, unedited and told in his own words. Thank you, Allen, for allowing us to share your story with the wider community.

Fiona’s Story

If you have been watching Grayson Perry's 'Rites of Passage' on Channel 4, you may have seen Fiona featured in episode 4 'Coming of Age'. In this episode, Grayson explores coming of age which starts with his visit to the Amazon where he witnesses the Tikuna people celebrate the transition of two girls to adulthood. Thankfully, we don't do that here and he's not suggesting we do, but he does think we can take something from it.  He's even more convinced after talking to London teens and people in recovery at The Basement Project.

Events have Moved

Recovery Timetables are now on their respective websites:

(During COVID-19, please check with the office as the schedules are changing regularly)

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.

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.