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 who had a history of drugs and alcohol addiction. In addition to this many were also suffering from enduring mental health issues. This made it very difficult to get people housed on release from prison. Alpha House now has several shared accommodation properties as well as several single occupancy flats. We realise that our clients have different needs and that the progression to independent living needs to happen in stages so we have 14 single occupancy flats as part of the “move-on” process before clients 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 Treatment Programme. Alpha House is not a soft option and we only take people who are committed to staying off drugs/alcohol and recovering from addiction. 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 drugs 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 make a decision to stop.

Our residents are incapable of maintaining abstinence without a recovery treatment programme.

Our 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. These include Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Our staff are highly trained and our Senior Addictions Counsellor has an MSc in Addictions Psychology and Counselling as well as a range of other appropriate qualifications and experience.