The vision for Alpha House came out of one of the trustee’s experience of working with Probation clients who were being released from prison. Some were desperate to remain drug free but had nowhere to go except on the streets or back to their old drug using or drinking friends and inevitably back to their addiction. Many of those also suffered from mental health issues. This led to a repeat of the cycle of drug/alcohol use, offending, prison and release. It sometimes led to suicide out of frustration about their inability to break free or premature death by overdose or gradually failing health.