At change, grow, live (CGL), our focus is always on you, and how we can best support you to reach your goals and live the life you want, free from the negative effects of alcohol or drugs.
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The support you receive at a CGL service could include:
- Regular appointments with a dedicated key worker
- One-to-one sessions
- Group sessions
- Social activities like cooking clubs
- Peer mentoring by people with personal experience of the issues you’re facing
- Foundations of Recovery (a non-religious twelve-step programme)
- Breaking Free Online (an online support tool for your recovery journey)
- Support with housing, education and training
- Needle exchange
- Testing for blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis
- Help to access other sources of support, like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous etc.
- Other holistic treatments and services
Accessing our services
You can arrange an appointment with all of our services directly – just search for your local service. Many of our services also offer times when you can drop in without an appointment, and offer flexible opening hours so you can fit support around your lifestyle. Alternatively, you can ask your GP or another healthcare professional to refer you to your local service.
Preparing for your first appointment with us
If it’s your first time accessing a CGL service it might feel a little daunting, but our friendly staff will put you at ease. On arrival at the service, you’ll be greeted by one of our expert key workers, who will work with you to explore the level of support you need and your preferred options. There will be time to consider your individual and family needs, and look at the support available both within the service, and the wider community in which you live.
Depending on the service, you’ll either have one dedicated key worker, or a small team of two to three workers, to ensure consistency and help build a trusting, supportive relationship. Together, you will agree a personalised plan of care that fits around your lifestyle.
Helpful items to bring with you:
- A list of any current medication you’re on
- Your GPs details, if you have them
Don’t worry if you don’t have these items, or if you forget them – we will still be very happy to see you.