Female veterans needed to take part in addiction programme

If you are a female veteran (over 18) and finding it hard to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medicine, the team at Tom Harrison House (THH) can help you to recover from addiction.

The programme they run is abstinence-based and supported by the Armed Forces Covenant. Although abstinence can be very difficult,  it’s the best way forward (during this programme) for your mind and body to recover, and to make the most of the services on offer.

You will be able to totally focus on your recovery and to achieve the life you deserve.

Throughout your time on the recovery pathway, there are opportunities to engage with other veterans in recovery. And to take part in a retreat in the Lake District.

Female veterans crossing ropesThis ensures that you’ll be able to build up a network of female veterans who will be glad to offer support.

In turn you will also inspire women veterans by sharing your own experiences, challenges and successes as you progress on your recovery journey.

Aims of Tom Harrison House addiction programme

Tom Harrison House (THH)  is the only veteran specific facility in the country and is based in Liverpool.

The team provides specialist addiction recovery for UK Armed Forces veterans and emergency services personnel.

Current veteran addiction rehabilitation services have been designed to meet the needs of male veterans.

The team at THH want to encourage female veterans to seek relevant support to avoid delays in female veterans in seeking support which can  lead to complex, long term physical and mental problems.

How to get involved

– Self-refer

– A friend or family member can refer on your behalf

– Get a referral from your GP, keyworker or other professional

What the programme involves

– An engagement officer provides information on how the programme can help you overcome addiction and will also answer any questions

– You will be asked confidential questions about your history and current circumstances to help identify your recovery need.

– With the engagement officer you will decide on the right support pathway for you.

– There may be the option of linking up with local services where you will be supported in achieving abstinence.

Support offered

There are a number of pathways to recovery for female veterans. This means you can choose  the right support package for you:

– Access to a female veterans engagement worker throughout the recovery pathway.

– Access to an online female community of veterans living in recovery from addiction.

Engaging with these women, provides a clear understanding of what drug and alcohol dependency is and what it means to be in recovery from addiction.

– Access to a mixed gender veteran recovery community including information for resources.

– An opportunity to engage with the 6-week abstinence based on line recovery programme. This involves working with THH’S trauma informed therapists and completing structured assignment work.

– Access to the 12 week residential veteran focussed recovery programme involving assignment work and workshops delivered by THH therapists.

– Signposting to a wide range of community based mutual aid recovery programmes.

Programme outcomes

This is a chance for you to establish a network of female veterans who will be glad to support you on your journey.

Another important aspect of the retreat is that you will also be able to offer support to other women veterans by sharing of your own experiences, challenges and successes as you progress on your recovery journey.

Having graduated from the female veterans’ programme, you will be offered staged after-care support according to your needs. This may include identifying opportunities to take up new roles and explore training opportunities.

Contact details for taking part

Please get in touch via email or by phone: 0151 909 8481 and ask to speak to Annie or Paula.

The team look forward to supporting you and we wish you every happiness on your recovery