Therapeutic Programme

We recognise at Trevi House that the drug or alcohol use is often a result of other underlying issues such as childhood trauma or sexual / domestic violence.

We believe that in order for women to maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol is it therefore important to understand and resolve those underlying issues via both group and 1-2-1 therapy.

Our Therapeutic Programme 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. Women can be referred to us for detox from alcohol and from prescribed medication such as methadone or Buprenorphine. We admit women at any stage of pregnancy.

Elements of the programme dedicated to maintaining abstinence include the following:

Recovery Training

These workshops 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
  • Cravings
  • Overdose awareness

1-2-1 Counselling

All residents have a nominated counsellor for counselling sessions. This provides a space for women to address some of the underlying issues that may have contributed to their substance misuse. Residents may 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
  • Lifeline

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 and we are closely linked with a Women Only NA Meeting.

Random / Regular Testing All residents are tested randomly for both drugs and alcohol at least twice a fortnight. There is no prior warning given. A positive drug or alcohol test will result in immediate discharge from our service.

Healthy Relationships

We 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 Programme

This is delivered following the Pat Craven programme.

All women are issued with a copy of Living with the Dominator, alongside a workbook to support their learning.

You and Me Mum

This group looks at the impact of Domestic Abuse upon children. For many of our residents, there is almost a parallel process, as they explore the effects that domestic abuse had upon their childhood, alongside any exposure that their children may have had to abuse within the home.

Self Esteem - Power to change

This programme is designed to enhance both the safety and self esteem of women who have survived domestic abuse. It covers a range of topics including assertiveness, boundary setting and coping with grief and fear.

Heartfelt Craft

This two hour weekly session is delivered by Nancy Pederson. Activities undertaken within this session have included working with fleece, wool and leather. Children can join in.

Residents Meeting

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.

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.

We try to ensure that weekend activities are child centred 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.