A two phased abstinence programme that helps keeps individuals focused on recovery is available to men in Glasgow.

South East Alternatives, based in the Adelphi Centre, offers Recovery for Men which is a two phased abstinence programme.

South East Alternatives is part of the Glasgow Abstinence Project , a partnership between three community rehabilitation services in the city focusing on recovery from addiction through abstinence based approaches.

The service is funded by a grant from the Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

Phase 1 – 5 weeks of one to one and group sessions to help the individual remain abstinent from alcohol, drugs and substitute medication including methadone/suboxone.

Phase 2 – 16 weeks of groups and one to ones to help the individual maintain their abstinence and understand their addiction through group work that includes: 12 steps, SMART thinking, steps to success, brief solution focused therapy and positive outlooks.

Referrals for the service can be made via Community Addiction Team Care Managers. Individuals will need to be at least 4 days abstinent at the referral stage and be willing to detox from methadone/suboxone completely by the end of phase 1.

Simon, who joined the group in February comments:

“Since starting the group my outlook has changed dramatically. I now awake each morning feeling positive and of value to the world. I often feel and look much healthier. Family and friends will often comment “You’re looking really well.”  I’m positively addressing my feeling towards alcohol.”

For an informal chat about Recovery for Men contact 0141 429 7229.