The programmes in Stanhope are designed for problem drinkers but also for the concerned person.

At present, we offer six programmes tailored to the client's needs.

This is a 6 week group for clients who have completed one of our Primary Treatment Programmes, i.e. the Night Problem Drinkers Group or the Day Programme.

Clients who have a significant period of sobriety and are deemed by our clinical staff to be in need of relapse prevention education may also attend this group.

When clients contact us by phone, they are first seen for a brief meeting with a counsellor as soon as possible and then will be invited to attend this programme and receive a starting date.The information programme consists of 4 sessions. Group sizes vary according to demand. The maximum number of clients in this group will be 20 people. The Information Programme takes place on Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm.

The Primary Treatment Education Programme (PTE) is a twelve week group which takes place on Wednesdays 2.15pm - 4.00pm. It provides education on the following: 

  • Understanding addiction, which includes information that will help participants determine whether they may have an addiction to alcohol, other mood altering substances, gambling, or other addictive behaviours in their own lives.
  • Understanding the continuum of addiction and its cycle.
  • The impact of alcohol and other addictive substances on the human body.
  • Information outlining levels of risk regarding alcohol consumption.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  • The impact of problem drinking and other addictions on the family.
  • Denial, managing emotions, and outlining stages of change involved in the recovery process.
  • Relapse Prevention, managing cravings, post actue withdrawal syndrome.
  • The importance of effective support groups in the recovery process, with special emphasis on understanding Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and LifeRing.

The goal of the group is (1) to enable participants increase their awareness, and obtain greater calrity and understanding of their relationship with alcohol, other mood altering substances and addictive behaviours. (2) Instil hope and encouragement by providing them with a pathway to address this relationship when it has become problematic. (3) Provide participants with knowledge that will assist them to engage more effectively in individual counselling and other groups that they may attend at Stanhope Centre.

The Day Programme is an outpatient treatment programme for problem drinkers. Clients may also have had problems with gambling and/or substance abuse. It is a 12 week programme, consisting of 3 half days per week: Tuesdays 2:15pm - 3:45pm, Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm and Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm.

The Night Programme is an outpatient treatment programme for problem drinkers and concerned persons.

This includes a 6 week relapse prevention education group on:

  1. recognising and managing the symptoms of post acute withdrawal,
  2. understanding the relapse process,
  3. managing cravings and stress.


Plus a 24 week aftercare group, for clients who have completed primary treatment.

When: Wednesday 7pm - 8.30pm