Old hangouts may represent powerful emotional triggers which can raise the risk of relapse. For many people, a move back home is simply not an option.
For others, difficulties with family, problems with dealers, creditors or former associates’ means that a return home could put their recovery at risk. Some clients were homeless before treatment or may have come to us directly from prison.
The Nelson Trust offers “low support” resettlement housing for clients as they complete treatment. Sometimes referred to as “Move On” or “Third Stage” housing, our Resettlement service aims to be a stepping-stone between treatment and fully independent living. For some clients we can offer a “tapered ending” to their treatment, moving into resettlement housing and completing their last few weeks of treatment on a part-time basis.
Clients do not necessarily have to have completed treatment at the Nelson Trust to be given a place in one of these houses, but they do need to be fully abstinent. All houses are mixed-gender and are based around the Stroud area, apart from one house which is situated in central Gloucester and provides eight self-contained flats. The smallest house provides accommodation for four clients whilst the others provide accommodation for five and six clients. The Trust employs a dedicated resettlement worker to support the clients on a daily basis.