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Community Recovery Merseyside

Structured day treatment programme for people who have alcohol or drug dependency issues.

Liverpool drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres and clinics

This 48-day programme takes place over 11 weeks, is available to clients who are aged 18 or over. Clients can opt, prior to admission, for either a 12 Step or cognitive approach to their treatment. Referrals are accepted from all sources, and we also welcome self-referrals.

The programme is delivered by highly-qualified experts and includes the following elements:

  • Assessment (by telephone or face-to-face)
  • Prison based assessments with serving prisoners
  • Interpersonal group therapy
  • Peer-to-peer support
  • Individual counselling
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Workshops and life-skills groups
  • Social and educational activities

Clients must have been free of both drugs and alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours prior to starting the programme. Whilst supervised detoxification is not provided at this location, we do provide support - via the Brink of Change pre-abstinence support group - to those who require assistance in abstaining.

Pre abstinence support

The Brink of Change programme

This programme helps people prepare for treatment options which requires them to be abstinent prior to admission.

Drawing on motivational and cognitive approaches the programme is delivered through themed workshops and support groups. The programme offers the following activities:

  • Peer support breakfasts
  • Group-based and one-to-one sessions
  • Relapse support groups
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Relapse prevention workshops
  • Facilitated access to fellowship and other mutual aid groups
  • Information and support for family members

Referrals are taken from any source and self referrals are welcomed.

The programme operates at The Brink Cafe between 9am and 6pm five days a week, and also on Sunday afternoons.

The Alcohol Pre-Abstinent Support Service (APASS)  

This confidential service, which is run from a private space at The Brink Café, offers people support in making informed choices about their use of alcohol. Support groups and one-to-one counselling are available, together with the offer of onward referral to other appropriate services.

The service is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm as well as on Monday and Wednesday evenings between 5pm and 8pm.

For more information about the above services, please call us on 0151 703 0582.

Additional Information

Council Area
What areas of the city is this for?
People from anywhere in the city
What age groups is this for?
Anyone 18 or over
What groups of people is this for?
People with a dual diagnosis (mental health and alcohol/drug use)
People with substance misuse issues
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Can I bring someone with me?
You are welcome to bring someone with you to the Open Access drop in. If you bring children with you we ask that you bring someone who can stay with the children as we have no facilities for them while you are being seen
What should I expect?
You will need to attend every day from Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm, with a half day every Tuesday for the 48 days. Detoxification is not provided. Clients must be at least 24 hours drug and alcohol free and have a desire to remain abstinent in the long term. Some understanding of the 12-step abstinence based approach to recovery is helpful so that you know what to expect and are ready to participate in the programme
Will I have to wait to access this?
Attendees of the Open Access drop-in will be seen as they arrive. Starting times for successful referrals for the SHARP programme vary. Individuals are usually expected to attend for an assessment visit but telephone assessments or prison visits may be carried out by prior arrangement. Reports from other agencies may be required - for example, discharge summaries, social enquiry or psychiatric reports
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How much will it cost me?
Contact the service for more information
When is this service open?
This is a rolling programme that runs throughout the year. To contact the service call Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Who can refer me to this service?
Referrals are accepted from all sources including self-referrals. Feel free to drop in to one of our open-access referral sessions: Monday and Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm. You can meet a member of the team and ask any questions you may have
How can I access this service?
Via referral


Admissions Office
Rodney Street
L1 9EF

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