Local support groups

Recovery Champions

Recovery Champions provide support for anyone who needs it, if you’re interested in becoming one all you have to do is get in touch. If you’re the right person, Inclusion will:
• match you with a supervisor who can offer you support, training and guidance.
• give you specific tasks to help you on your way.
• you’ll also get to meet Recovery Champions from other projects.

By becoming a recovery champion, you will have the opportunity to gain vaulable skills in attending training courses and experience in working in the treatment sector. Feeling a sense of reward in contributing your knowledge and experince to other peers in need of support.

  • Providing support and encouragement to people when they first come to Inclusion                                                         
  • Ensuring good working relationships between service users, Inclusion and others                                                         
  • Acting as a mentor 
  • Supporting in group work                                                                                                                                                     
  • Providing out of hours support

If you would like further information in becoming a recovery champion please speak to Julia Williams - Service User Engagement Lead. Email: julia.williams7@nhs.net  or telephone: 0300 555 0101 selecting option 2


SUN Network Independant Service User Group

 The SUN Network wants to enable people to have a good experience of their local Drug and Alcohol Services in Cambridgeshire.

We can only do this by hearing your views and helping you get involved in shaping future services.

Telephone: 01480 276057

Email: enquiries@sunnetwork.org.uk

Facebook: The SUN Network

Follow us on Twitter @SUNnetworkcambs

SUN Network Drug and Alcohol posters.pdf

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Breaking the Cycle

Addaction, the alcohol treatment service for Cambridgeshire has an exciting new project that takes a ‘whole’ family approach to substance misuse treatment.
Breaking the Cycle has been operational within Addaction’s pilot sites since 2005. In Cambridgeshire there are three Breaking the Cycle workers based in Huntingdon, Cambridge and Wisbech. Breaking the cycle aims to:
• Help parents to address their substance misuse, and by tackling the effects of parental misuse, provide a safer, more stable environment in which children can achieve their full potential.
• Improve family stability by working creatively and flexibly and providing tailored packages of care.
• Improve parenting skills, social competence and family functioning, ensuring children are better supported within the family unit.
• Break the intergenerational cycle of substance misuse.

Please see the below press release for more information:
Breaking the Cycle Press Release
Breaking the Cycle referral form

Family and Carer groups

Inclusion, supported by DAAT, are running support groups throughout Cambridgeshire. The group offers opportunity to share ways of coping with others with a similar situation. They will offer a safe and confidential place to talk.
The groups will look at:
Learning ways to live with and manage their emotions.
Listen to and learn from each other’s experiences.
"Tough Love”, how to remain loving and supportive whilst not colluding with behaviour.
Reclaim the right to a life that has nothing to do with all the problems and difficulties.

There are several groups across Cambridgeshire. They meet once a month in each location. People can choose to come to whatever groups is most convenient to them. Each group lasts for an hour and a half and is run by an experienced counsellor.
The group details are as follows:

  • Cambridge – meeting at YMCA, Queen Ann House, Gonville Place on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 18.00 to 19.30.
  • Ely - meeting at the Cathedral Centre, Palace Green on the 1st Thursday of each month, from 16.00 to 17.30. .
  • Huntingdon - meeting at the Inclusion offices, Huntingdon on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 18.00 to 19.30.
  • Wisbech, Chatteris and Littleport - clinics will be availabe from September 2012.

In addition to the groups Inclusion offer a one to one service for up to six sessions  over the course of a year and a telephone service where someone can ring up and talk to the Family Team. The workers are happy to talk to all family members from mums and dads, sons and daughters to grandparents and extended family.

For more information, please call Tracy Thompson on 01223 723020  or 07766442556.

Carer groups poster

Cambridgeshire Families Anonymous

Meet on Mondays 8.00pm- 9.30pm at the Hall, George Pateman Court, Tenison Rd, Cambridge CB1 2R9.

To make contact with a local FA group before going to a meeting, please call the office or the helpline on 0845 1200 660.

Cambridgeshire Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous groups

Please see the below attachment for information on the local CA and NA groups. Data is corrected at the time of updating, please check the group websites for the most up to date information.
Cambridgeshire mutual aid groups


Got Hepatitis C? Want to speak to others in the same position?

Whether you're newly diagnosed, or have had it for years, there is now a place where you can off-load, share or discuss coping strategies.  Contact: Mike at cambshepc@yahoo.co.uk Mobile (messages only) 07976 669149 for details of dates/times of sessions being held.


Further advice and details of National helplines can be found at:  http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/  and  http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/home.


Al-Anon Group Meetings 

Visit website to find details of local meetings held in Cambridgeshire:  http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/meetings/