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Swindon & Wiltshire

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Guide to our groups

Find information on our groups below. For group timetables visit the hub pages.

Introduction to Change – for anyone new to treatment or those not quite ready to engage with structured support.

This is a group programme that encourages you to explore motivation to change and supports the introduction to substitute prescribing (scripting) which can be offered as part of your treatment. This aims to improve your confidence to make decisions about your substance use. The group will consist of a 90 minute session, once a week for four weeks. At the end of the four weeks, you will have more information about the change process in general, helping you to decide on your treatment goal.

Alcohol and Wellbeing – A group specifically focusing on alcohol use which helps you to explore the reasons behind your drinking and find different ways of coping.

This is an informal group which aims to build peer support as well as increase your knowledge and understanding around alcohol. It will enable you to make choices around making changes to your drinking whether that be reduction to safe levels or abstinence. It is a 7 week rolling programme so you can join at any time. The group runs for two hours every week.

Recovery Skills – This group is aimed at opiate clients new to treatment or those who may be using regularly.

This programme builds upon Introduction to Change. It looks in more detail at the change process and helps you to set goals, develop coping strategies and support networks which can help you move forward with your recovery journey. This programme is delivered in a variety of ways including creative projects, film and games as we are that individuals learn in different ways. This group runs two hour sessions each week over twelve weeks.

Mindfulness – Aimed at clients who have stopped drinking/ using illicit substances, but may be prescribed substitute medication.

Another name for mindfulness is ‘awareness’. Mindfulness is about learning to live in the present, rather than in the past or an imagined future. Being mindful has two main effects: it makes you more aware of emotions or cravings coming up that need attending to, which makes slips and lapses less likely. Also, mindfulness has proven effects for helping you to deal with stresses and can make you less depressed and anxious. You will get the most from this programme if you take some time to practice some of the techniques outside of the group. You will be given a CD containing mindfulness exercises to help you with this. This group runs for two hour sessions each week over eight weeks.

Reclaim – Supports clients using non-opiate substances e.g cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine etc. who are considering making changes in their use.

You may already be committed to making changes and needing some skills to be able to do so. The sessions are set up as being a blend of monitoring use, exploring change and promoting harm reduction. The emphasis here from the beginning is on you taking on responsibility for your own behaviour change encouraging you to utilise our on-line service with support from the service to get started or feel more confident. This group runs for two hour sessions each week for seven weeks.

Reduced Drinking – This group program has been designed for clients who are using alcohol in a problematic or dependent way.

The objective of this group is for clients to understand more about their drinking, and learn how to manage this with a view to reduce their drinking. If drinking very large quantities of alcohol and/or if you have complex needs you may use the group to assist you to reduce sufficiently in order to work towards a community or in-patient alcohol detox. The alternative is that you may wish to use the group to reduce alcohol use slowly and then move on to the final ‘Alcohol and well-being’ group –please see details above. The reduced drinking group is a rolling group so you can join at any time. The sessions are two hours long each week and run over seven weeks.

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  • Recovery Skills

    Check back soon for more information about the groups we have available.

    Aimed at those who have started to take control of their use and are using less often.
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