- How to access the service
- direct access via the drop-in centres
- BDP services
- 0117 987 6014
This is a new service for people who are committed to abstinence from drugs and alcohol. The aim of the service is to guide people into the world of training, work, leisure and non-using peer groups as the tools for preventing relapse. This approach will complement the range of services in the city supporting people who are drug-free to stay that way.
Is Boost for me?
If you are abstinent from drugs and are not on substitute medication (methadone,subutex) or if you are willing to sample abstinence for a trial period then Boost may be for you.
What is Boost?
Boost is a 12 week programme for people who are abstinent or would like to sample abstinence for a trial period. The work done in Boost involves looking at social and recreational activities, which you enjoy, and new things you would like to try.
Individual sessions are usually held once a week for an hour with a Boost worker. At these sessions you will be encouraged to:
- Explore and plan social and recreational activities.
- Explore your trigger situations and find ways to manage them.
- Set goals and tasks in specific areas of your life that are important to you.
The group sessions are held once a week on Wednesday afternoons at the Boathouse (see map below). The groups are small and informal usually with 4 to 8 clients, all of whom are in a similar position.Some topics covered are:
- how to have fun
- health & nutrition
- stress management
- communication skills
- problem solving
- drug refusal skills
- stress inoculation
- employment and training
- relationship skills
- negative thinking
Map of the Boat House - location of Boost group sessions
Saturday Night Social:
The Saturday Night Social is a meeting place for people who are abstinent from drugs and alcohol. It is an opportunity to meet new friends, try out new things, get support and find out what's going on locally that can help you in staying abstinent. There will be refreshments, food and opportunities for you to help organise future activities. It is at St Stephens Cafe every Saturday from 7 - 10pm (see map)
St Stephen's Cafe
St Stephens Church cafe - location of Space