Treatment Programme

The Treatment Programme at Trevi House has been designed to provide a wide variety of interventions, which focus on three main areas of need; Addiction, Parenting and Healthy Relationships.  


We are an abstinent based service. Women can be referred to us for detox from prescribed medication such as methadone or buprenorphine. We work alongside a local GP in planning and implementing a withdrawal schedule. Elements of the programme dedicated to maintaining abstinence include the following:

Recovery Training

We deliver two sessions a week of Recovery Training, made up of workshops which focus on motivation, relapse prevention and living a life free from drugs.

Sessions include:

Physical harm caused by drugs and alcohol
Managing Emotions
Blood Borne viruses
Self Esteem/ Confidence
Node Link Mapping
Overdose awareness

As part of this course, we have an external agency, Sexpression:UK, delivering sessions. Sexpression:UK provides education about sex and relationship issues to empower people to make informed choices about their reproductive health. Healthcare students deliver interactive sessions to our residents creating a relaxed environment to learn about sexual health and broach sensitive topics.

1-2-1 Counselling

All residents have a nominated counsellor for weekly counselling sessions. This provides a space for women to address some of the underlying issues that may have contributed to their substance misuse. Residents will be asked to completed personal work between 1-2-1 sessions.

Personal Presentations

Residents are asked to prepare a range of personal presentations which they share with their peers for feedback.

These include:

This is Me
Drug and Alcohol History

Peer support / Mutual Aid

Plymouth has a vibrant recovery movement, and Trevi residents are encouraged to participate in this. They are able to attend external AA / DAA / NA and SMART recovery meetings.

We are currently in the process of setting up an in house DAA meeting.

Healthy Relationships

Trevi recognise that many residents have been in previously unhealthy relationships, which may have been abusive / controlling. We are also aware that women may have challenging relationships with family members / partners. Through groups and personal work we start to try to increase residents’ awareness of their personal interactions with others and begin to build positive relationships with those around.

We also seek to improve the relationship that each woman has with herself, building self-esteem and confidence can be key to maintaining recovery. 

Freedom to Change Programme

This is delivered by Kerry Whincup, a qualified Counsellor with a history working in domestic abuse support services and in writing and delivering training to victims and workers in the field. She also spent several years working with Ahimsa Plymouth, gaining considerable experience in working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

The 24 week programme draws heavily on the ‘Freedom Programme’, a programme commonly used in domestic violence support, but which also looks more broadly at relationship building and assertiveness. The programme encompasses the following sessions:

Bill of Rights, The Dominator, What is Abuse?
The Bully, Why it’s so hard to leave
The Bad father, Effects on children
The Sexual Controller, Women’s Sexuality
King of the Castle, Rules of the Game
Dysfunctional Childhood Legacies
Boundaries & Saying Goodbye to Old Patterns
Assertiveness (myths & realities, techniques)
Assertiveness (requests & authority figures)
Setting Realistic Goals
Decision Making
Healthy Relationships, Early Warning Signs
Changed Patterns, Moving Forward

The Gym

Trevi are fortunate to have access to the gym at Hamoaze House (a local day service), where one morning a week residents can attend and use the facilities. These sessions are always supervised by fully trained gym staff.

Evenings & Weekends

During the evening and at weekends, residents will have their children with them at all times.

Children are in bed by 7:30pm and residents are encouraged to participate in a house activity in the evening, such as a game / DVD.

On Wednesday evening, we plan with the residents for the weekend activity. We try to ensure that weekend activities are child centered and low budget. Trevi house do have our own minibus so residents can make the most of being situated close to both the moors and the coast.

Mindfulness (Monday evening)

Mindfulness is a very simple concept.  Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.  This session, delivered by a local practitioner, enables women to find ways to sit comfortably with themselves.

Cookery Classes (Monday evening)

Our cook Sue offers this chance to learn / hone a range of cooking skills. These range from sauces to soups to cake making.

Residents Meeting (Thursday evening)

This space is a chance for residents to meet to discuss house issues. The Registered Manager attends the latter part of the meeting to answer queries and receive feedback / suggestions.

Move on & Resettlement

The final phase of a resident’s treatment journey is the ‘Move On’ phase, whereby they begin to prepare for the transition to independent living in the community. Activities undertaken in this phase include attending local Children’s Centre’s, work around housing, linking in with volunteering and budgeting.