Residential Rehabilitation

The Residential Rehabilitation programme is for people with substance misuse issues.  It provides assessment, preparatory work and ongoing support.

Referrals can be made through attending a triage drop-in clinic or through other appropriate services.

To apply for residential rehabilitation you are required to meet the following criteria.

You must have:

  • A drug and/or alcohol issue for a considerable period of time (years rather than months).
  • Previously tried and exhausted drug and alcohol services in the community.
  • Not benefited from previous formal community based detoxification.
  • Evidence of willingness to change and to see change as a personal responsibility.
  • A commitment to engage in a structured and intense programme of preparatory work before detoxification followed by residential rehabilitation.
  • A willingness and understanding of the need to continue to engage with services after returning to the community.
  • Been assessed as capable of achieving abstinence and prepared to do so.

There are 3 elements to the service:

1. Assessment and preparatory

Where FIRST will look at:

  • Current and historic drug and alcohol use
  • Criminal activity
  • Housing issues
  • Social circumstances
  • Family networks and support
  • Involvement with other services and assess motivation for change.

2. Detoxification

This involves inpatient residential detoxification for 6 weeks, followed by a 20 week residential rehabilitation programme.

Places are purchased from one of our external providers and is selected on the particular needs of the individual.


3. Community rehabilitation

You will receive

  • Structured community based rehabilitation with suitable housing with support.
  • Comprehensive package of after care services.
  • Continuing follow up for a sustained period of time will follow after this 26 week period.

On completion of the programme you will receive ongoing support from one of FIRST‘s Rehabilitation Workers. You will also¬†have access to a wide range of after care.