Alpha House came into being due to the lack of housing for people coming out of prison and returning to Halifax and the surrounding areas experiencing multiple and complex issues including drugs/alcohol dependency, mental health problems and a range of social and domestic issues. This made it very difficult to get people housed as well as appropriately treated on release from prison.

Alpha House has a 3 Staged Accommodation Programme.

3 Stage Community Residential Resettlement Programme

We realise that our clients have different needs and that the progression to independent living needs to happen in stages, so we work hard to help service users in the “move-on” process before they move on to independent tenancies in their own properties.

Our rules are very strict, and we urge all our prospective residents to understand what they are signing up to when they come to us. We are a supported Housing Project with a Change of Lifestyle Training Programme and Addiction Treatment Recovery Programme provided by our partner agency. Alpha House is not a soft option, and we only take people who are committed to staying off drugs/alcohol and recovering from addiction, addressing any presenting mental health issues, dealing with social and domestic issues, as well as working towards an independent and industrious lifestyle by attending all our Change of Lifestyle Training sessions.

Many professionals see addiction in different ways. We follow the scientific theory that addiction is a disease and needs treatment. We do not subscribe to the thinking that addicts can become abstinent on their own and return to independent normal living without help. We know that some drug users do this, but we believe they were never addicts; that they simply became dependent on a drug or alcohol due to continued use and that they were able to decide to stop with some initial support. With this in mind, we work in partnership with SWAP; (Safe Welcome After Prison), to provide a Day Treatment Rehabilitation Programme to address addiction and which must be attended as a part of their residential agreement. Our clients can, if they wish, attend other local addiction recovery treatment programmes available to them locally.

Our shared care treatment programme promotes the 12 Step approach to treatment, but our counsellors also use a range of other interventions to assist residents in their recovery as it relates to their social and domestic circumstances and their emotional wellbeing. These include Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Alpha House has a 3 Staged Recovery Programme:

Level 1

Introduction to Addiction – 6 Weeks
Introduction to Recovery – 6 Weeks
Change of Lifestyle Programme – 12 Weeks:

    • Recovery programme Stage 1
    • Emotional Health
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Self Esteem
    • Accountability

Level 2

    • Recovery programme Stage 2 – 12 Weeks
    • Life Improvements – 6 Weeks
    • Co-dependency – 3 Weeks

Level 3

    • Recovery Programme Stage 3

We believe in providing a quality service for our clients in line with public health needs and to this end, we are monitored and accredited by Quality for Health

Alpha House Quality for Health Certificate