Drug & Alcohol Support For Mums, Dads and Pregnant Women

The National Specialist Family Service offers structured support for mums, dads, single parents and pregnant women looking to address their problematic drug or alcohol use. Families stay together as a whole unit at the service meaning that parents remain the carers of their children at the same time as taking part in the programme.

The programme focuses on three main areas; therapeutic interventions, parenting and childcare. The parenting element is underpinned by the Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P), an accredited programme which enhances the skills parents use in managing their child’s behaviours.

Our staff team are highly skilled and experienced with a passion for helping people create brighter futures for themselves, their families and communities.

The National Specialist Family Service is located in a beautiful suburb of Sheffield within easy reach of local amenities, the city centre and the Peak District National Park. The spacious service provides for up to 12 families with children up to the age of 11 years old.

Treatments Provided

  • Comprehensive treatment programme within a therapeutic community setting, with a range of health and social care services to suit the needs of individual service users. It promotes change by developing self-worth and personal responsibility, challenging individual attitudes and behaviour, and encouraging the development of life and social skills through engagement in daily work and activity routines.
  • Structured group work, embracing Cognitive Behaviour Theory methods
  • Onsite Ofsted registered nursery
  • Community family-based activities
  • Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P)
  • Social Learning
  • Detox regimes
  • Phoenix Futures involves all referring agencies in the development of appropriate plans following discharge, e.g. housing, support packages, childcare etc.

Bed Capacity

30 (12 families with children up to the age of 11 years old)

Q Can I receive visits from friends and family?

Yes, visits are encouraged. We also support you to be able to connect with your loved ones in different ways with access to telephone and video calling facilities.

Q What is a Therapeutic Community?

The Therapeutic Community approach is an evidence-based model.
The Therapeutic Community is designed to encourage the development of life and social skills through engagement in daily work and activity routines. Additionally, structured group work embraces cognitive behavioural therapy methods as well as including one-to-ones and behavioural role play therapy. The full programme further consists of life story work, peer support, complementary therapies, and a person-centred approach.

Q How long is the programme?

Our programme is a minimum of 12 weeks in length, however longer programmes are available based on the needs of the individual.

Q Do you offer gender-specific support?

The service welcomes both male and female parents, as well as pregnant ladies. The service is breastfeeding friendly.

Q Can I smoke?

Yes, designated outdoor smoking areas are available at each of our sites. We also offer smoking cessation support should you wish to look at cutting down or stopping smoking.

Q What should I bring with me?

We will discuss this with you prior to your admission however we encourage you to bring your personal items and comforts if you would like.

Q Can I detox with Phoenix Futures?

Yes, we are able to offer detox as part of our programme. We offer a medically monitored detox within our therapeutic environment. Please contact the service for further information.

Q What happens at the end of my programme?

From assessment and throughout your time with us we will work together on developing an aftercare plan that is right for you. This could be making sure you have support if you return to the same area or supporting you to relocate if this is right for you. We have a housing pathway with supported housing close by to each of our residential services if you would like to stay in the area and continue to get support from Phoenix.

Q Who can access the programme?

Our programme is open to couples, single mums or dads and pregnant ladies wishing to remain the primary carer of their child whilst completing their programme of residential rehabilitation.

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