For many service users, ACCESS is the portal through which they can access the brief intervention needed in times of unforeseen stress, relapse and/ or family issues. It also acts as the place where many of our service users undergo the brief screening and the initial assessment to develop the appropriate care plan and progression routes, whether that is on to Turning Point, Connect or indeed to further external addiction treatment.
ACCESS supports service users to develop foundational skills such as attendance, engagement and goal setting and to get programme-ready to engage in our Turning Point stabilisation programme. Groups are run three mornings a week providing information and skills to service users. In addition, it provides the crisis intervention for past service users that have become drug-free but who have encountered a stressful life event that is putting strain on their recovery. The programme is underpinned by Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and works with service users to realise their motivation to make changes in their life and/or to address the temporary strains that they are facing post treatment.
ACCESS runs groups for up to 26 weeks, but also supports service users in their individual presenting needs. Service users can join this programme on a rolling basis. Access aims to give participants the skills and motivation they need to engage with the next steps on their rehabilitation journey.