The TBRP Recovery Programme

What is the Recovery Programme?

The Basement Project Recovery Programme is designed to help those of us who suffer from repeated drug and alcohol misuse (addiction). It is for people who are sick and tired of living an addicts life and all the mental, social, emotional and physical misery that go with it.

The Programmes aim is to help you understand the nature of addiction, why do we do it?, why can’t we stop?, why me? With this knowledge you will be in a better position to contemplate abstinence and a new way of living.

Criteria for Attending

The Basement Recovery Programme is not for everyone. You must want to embrace positive change into your life without your “drug of choice”. Clients who wish to attend will be expected to engage in all aspects of the programme. You must have a place to live and if on prescribed medication for addiction, you must be ready to reduce. If you are currently with any care services, they must be involved in all stages of your recovery. Clients will be expected to undertake voluntary drug testing throughout the programme in order to continue their attendance.

Getting Started

If you think you meet the criteria above and would like to start your road to recovery, we will arrange an initial one-to-one confidential assessment. You will have a chance to look around, talk to people who are progressing through the programme and get a feel if this is the right environment for you. If you are enquiring on behalf of a loved one who needs help, please contact us in confidence.

What does the Programme consist of?

Pre-Recovery Phase

During this phase you will be supported to reduce your alcohol/drug and to help prepare for medical detoxification if this is necessary.

Eight group sessions cover; an introduction to the nature of addiction, why we do what we do and why we can’t seem to stop, dealing with the triggers and cravings that keep us on that downward spiral and an understanding of how you have arrived here at TBRP along with other people just like you.

We will look at the meaning of ‘detox’ and its function, not as a magic wand to ‘treat’ addiction, but as the first step to Recovery. We will then start planning for life immediately after detox.

Where appropriate you will be encouraged to attend AA/NA, SMART Recovery and our own Here and Now group meetings as well as other Recovery activities.

One-to-one weekly meetings with your individual Recovery Coach are an opportunity to look at your particular issues in more depth and for us to assess your progress and readiness for detox and abstinence.


TBRP runs its own detoxification centre and works with a number of organisations which carry out medical detoxification either as an in-patient or supervised at home. Not everybody will need medical detoxification, this will be assessed during the Pre-Recovery phase with your input.

Recovery Phase

Is a twenty four session rolling programme which you enter following the Pre-Recovery or Detoxification phase.

Now that the physical dependency of your addiction has been addressed we take an in-depth look at the mental and emotional aspects.
You must be abstinent from both alcohol and drugs by this stage and willing to undergo random testing.

During the sessions we will explore the concepts of Recovery in depth. You will be shown how to develop your own Recovery ‘tool box’ of strategies to prevent ‘relapse’ and a supporting network of other people in Recovery. It will be reinforced that this is a ‘we’ process – “only you can do it, but you can’t do it alone”.

You will learn to be more aware and accepting of your feelings and emotions, and to act on them in more constructive ways. We practice this in Here and Now groups.

You will continue to have weekly one-to-one meetings with your Recovery Coach, attend Here and Now groups, AA/NA, SMART Recovery and other Recovery activities.

Here and Now Groups

There are usually two or three Here and Now sessions per week available to those at all stages of the programme and to those who have completed it.

In the groups we are asked to identify our feelings and to share with our peers what is going on for us today. We relate our similar experiences and feelings to each other and thus realise that we are not alone and need not be ashamed.

Together, we then help each other plan how to deal with our issues. Groups are facilitated by a Recovery Coach or a Community Recovery Organiser (CRO).

Community Recovery Organisers

Throughout the programme you will be in contact with CRO’s. These are people who have completed the programme and are in Recovery. They are there to support you by offering their experience both in and out of groups, on an informal basis. This work is an important part of their own Recovery and you will be helping them as much as they help you.

CRO’s are involved with other Recovery activities at TBRP as well as the wider community; helping to reduce the stigma associated with drink and drug addiction, promoting TBRP and the Recovery Programme, attending events locally and nationally, speaking at conferences and to the media. In time, and after completing the programme, you may decide you would like to take on one of these roles yourself.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”