The day programme is open only to residents of the Boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond, aged 18 years old and plus. Is designed to support people while struggling to come off alcohol and/or drugs, as well as to support individuals who are abstinent from substances and/or alcohol and want to access additional recovery support and relapse prevention services.

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What we offer

The day program offers an extensive range of services which include:

  • Therapeutic Groups.
  • Counselling Sessions.
  • One to one keywork sessions.
  • Online and face to face support access.
  • Recreational and leisure activities such as football, cycling, gardening, and crafts.
  • Specialist support for clients with suicidal ideation.
  • Specialist support for neurodiverse needs.
  • Veterans support.
  • Health and nutrition education and guidance.
  • Wellbeing and mindful practises.
  • Relapse prevention.

What we aim to achieve

The programme aims to assist our clients in discovering their own unique qualities and strengths, developing self-esteem and hope for a brighter future. We achieve this by using the five ways to wellbeing:

  • Connection with others; building a support network and long-lasting friendships.
  • Learning new skills to build confidence and self-worth.
  • Giving back to others; because by being of service to others we help and heal ourselves.
  • Physical and recreational activities; to support physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
  • Paying attention to the present moment (mindfulness) to escape the shame and regret of the past, and fear of the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can access the programme?

The programme is for the residents of the Borough of Wandsworth and Richmond aged 18 years and over with a substance or alcohol misuse problem.

How can the programme be accessed?

We have very simple referral process. Health care professionals can contact CDARS for a referral, and anyone who feels at risk can call the service via email at: info@cdars.org.uk

How long is the programme?

12 weeks (6 days a week) after which we provide support and aftercare that clients can choose to access for up to 2 years after their structured treatment finishes. 

Do I have to attend every day?

No. When you have an initial assessment a care plan will be created taking into consideration your current responsibilities such as work, school and family, the support you require, the groups which are best suited to your needs, and how much ‘action’ you want to put into your recovery.

How big are the groups?

Group sizes range and vary depending on days and times, they can be anything from 5-20 people.

Are the groups mixed with abstinent and non-abstinent people?

Yes and no. There are some open groups, but there are also closed groups that are only available for clients abstinent from all illicit substances and alcohol.

How abstinent do I have to be to attend the closed groups?

5 days abstinent or more. 

Can I access the full programme if I am on medication?

Yes. If you are taking medication as prescribed by a medical professional, and not using illicit substances or alcohol as well as this prescribed medication, then you can attend the day programme. This includes being on opiate substitute’s such as Subutex and methadone.