GASP - Gambling, Alcohol & Substance misuse Programme
What’s your addiction?
Life is full of ups
and downs- how do we cope with these? Not all of us are equipped to know how to
cope when we hit a bump in the road. How can something fun turn into
destructive behaviour? Perhaps it gave us a temporary relief from the pain we
might feel. Perhaps something that used
to be fun has turned into something that has turned your life upside down or
has been impacting your life in a negative way. Gambling, drinking or drug use
can be things we turn to in tough times and we are here to say you are not
alone and we are here to help.
Our GASP group is for
anyone (18+) facing addiction to gambling, alcohol or a substance of any kind.
It is open as a mixed group for both men and women and for those still using or
those in recovery.
GASP runs twice
weekly- Monday and Wednesday, 1.30pm-2.30pm and is held in one of our comfortable
group rooms at The Vine Centre. There is
no requirement as to how many groups you attend, but we welcome anyone that
chooses to attend both groups.
We practise a relaxed group
which promotes respect and consideration of one another, confidentiality,
listening to one another and respecting each other’s boundaries. We practice a supportive and positive model, offering
support to each other when each participant talks about their own struggles.
The group can be client led if desired and clients can bring something to group
if they wish.
As part of GASP you
are able to access any of our other services and request a one to one with the
facilitator if you need. Once a month, GASP group go out into the town and hold
a session in a public place- normally a favourite café of some kind where we
fund clients to have a drink of their choice.
The idea behind this is to promote social activities and give some of
our clients a taste of normality when their usual world is so chaotic.
We welcome any new
referrals (self or organisation) so please get in touch. You will initially have a brief assessment
and after agreement that GASP is right for you, you will be able to access
We do ask that while
we respect the fact that those still using may be unable to be completely sober/clean
that clients do not appear to be drunk or under the influence.
Please contact our
addiction services manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01252 400196 for more information.
Penny Dearing BSc
(hons) Psych Dip Coun MBACP.