ASCA offers support to people 18 years and over who, feel their lives are (or may become) affected by addiction-related issues and those in recovery in need of additional support. We also provide support to people 18 years and over caring for or affected by someone addiction whether it's a family member, partner, friend or work colleague.
All our interventions take place in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental and non-discriminatory environment. Our confidential services aim to help you understand more about addiction, empowering you to make the changes you want or need to make.
We offer a range of interventions including advice and information, one to one counselling, psychotherapy, support groups for carers, self help and well-being groups. Counselling programmes are initially for 6 weekly sessions, which in certain cases maybe extended, if necessary. Groups are typically 90 minutes and are facilitated by two therapists. The carers groups meet weekly and others take place throughout the year.
Additional issues often addressed by service users are abuse, anxiety bereavement, depression, disordered eating/relationship with food, loneliness, loss and grief, low self esteem, relationships, stress and work related issues.
Staff and volunteers have personal experience of addiction with some in long term recovery. We offer volunteers day to day support from paid staff, fortnightly clinical supervision, a peer to peer monthly support group and an annual training programme to help them further develop their skills and knowledge with a view to gaining employment.