Recovery House is an 8-bed residential drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre for men. It is based in Rushden but welcomes residents from any area in the UK.

Primary Phase

Once you have been admitted, you will then begin your primary care phase which is usually around 6 months. During this time you will be assigned a keyworker and together you will work through a 12-Step programme. You will also participate in daily therapeutic groups, duties, and attend support groups in the community.

Our therapeutic programme allows for you to take the necessary time out to process the past, build your self-esteem in the present, and generate hope for the future.

We will work with you to improve all areas of your life and therefore build your recovery capital – (please see the programme in detail below). We operate with the philosophy that by improving all areas of your life along with gaining an insight into how your mind and addiction work. You will then develop the necessary skills and motivation to maintain your recovery and live a healthy and happy life.

Aftercare Plan

After the initial phase, you move into our aftercare dry houses, living independently whilst remaining on a plan of activities with the house and your key worker. This  structured plan lasts for 3 months and concludes with a conversation on whether to extend the plan for a further month or apply for a voluntary role either internally or externally.

Further Support and Move-on

All residents are able to continue residing within the aftercare programme until such time as they feel ready to move on and are offered independent accommodation.  We work with the local housing authority to find permanent accommodation. We then operate an indefinite open door policy where former residents may come back whenever they wish so long as they are effectively maintaining their recovery.

Access To Our Service


All our residents must self refer via telephone where some initial questions will be asked to ensure they are suitable for the programme, and then assessments will be made if applicable.

We welcome enquiries from friends or family, other professionals or agencies however we do ask that the assessment process is initiated by the individual themselves.


Unfortunately, some individuals who contact us are not suitable for our programme but we will try to welcome as many people as possible and work with individuals to help them. This could be for a variety of reasons and is always on a case-by-case basis so we would always encourage you to ring to discuss this so we can ensure we have all the information.

It is important to note:

  • We do not offer a detox service so if you are addicted to alcohol, you will need to undertake a detox prior to residing with us and we may need a letter from a medical organisation saying that it is safe for you to enter the programme.
  • We are not a medical facility so do not offer a dual diagnosis process service

This is not a one size fits all model so please give us a call or send us an email to discuss or call us on 01933 353760


If you wish to access our service then you can self-refer by calling our office, explaining your circumstances, then booking a telephone assessment. This involves answering some further questions so that we can identify that we are the appropriate service for you.

Following this initial assessment we will send a risk assessment off to another agency that you may already be receiving support from or you GP. Once we have received a the completed risk assessment back then we will invite you in for a face-to-face assessment and you will be officially considered to be on the waiting list.

We cannot give accurate timescales as to how long it will then take for us to offer you a space as this can vary drastically due to circumstances out of our control.

In order to maintain your place on the waiting list we will ask you to try to give us a brief call each day so that we know you are committed to achieving a place. Once we have an admission date for you we will tell you during one of these calls and explain to you what you need to bring with you.


We are not a private rehab so there is no expected payment from the individual, however our service is funded by Housing Benefit, which we receive directly from the local authority. Residents benefits are also paid directly into the charity bank account to cover all costs such as food, utilities, staffing, transportation, outings etc.

Each resident receives £20 each week for a personal allowance.

Our model operates on the basis that you are eligible for these benefits. If you have any questions about how this works or any concerns about your situation, please give us a call to discuss this further.


I am on certain medication - are you able to help?

​We work on a case by case basis so we would need to discuss this with you to get the full information in order to provide an answer. In some instances we may require a letter from your GP or a conversation with them to fully risk assess.

We work closely with a local GP surgery to ensure we are fair and that we can support as many people as possible but we are not a medical facility.

I am an agency - can I refer a client to you?

We welcome enquiries and questions from friends and family of potential residents, as well as agencies working with individuals.

You can ring on behalf of the individual to find out more, and help support them in making their referral phone call however we do ask that the individual themselves self-refer to ensure they are committed and intent on their recovery.

Referrals from agencies will not be considered as referrals until we hear from the individual themselves.

Are you a religious rehab?

The charity is faith-based and was founded with Christian values however, you are not required to have a faith and you do not need to be religious in order to come into and benefit from our rehab programme. Nor is the programme focused on religion as a healing tool or as a focus of the programme. 

Our therapeutic model follows the 12-step programme, and this includes discussions of a ‘higher power’. However, we are fully aware that for some people this is not ‘God’ but is simply an acknowledgement that not everything can be controlled by ourselves.

We do have some elements of faith based, meditative and spiritual work within our timetable programme in the week, and you will be required to engage with them and respect other beliefs. Whilst you may not have a religious belief, we believe that these elements benefit your recovery in many ways. The primary phase attends church on a Sunday morning – for those with a faith this is an important part of their recovery and building of a community, and even for those who are not religious, this is a positive part of building a community and giving something back.

Our team of staff and volunteers include a mix of spiritual beliefs from devout Christian to atheist. We all work towards the same goals in supporting recovery and have no agenda beyond this objective. 


Can I do a detox with you?

As we do not provide a medicated detox then there are some substances that can be dangerous to withdraw from in this manner including alcohol and Benzodiazepines. You will be

required to detox from these before you come into the house. We will then endeavour to line up a treatment space for you  following completion of detox.

For most other substances we would encourage you to reduce as much as possible prior to admission but would be willing to admit those that are actively still using so long as you feel able to confront the withdrawal symptoms.

For detoxing, we recommend you discuss with your GP or talk to a local addiction support agency. The relevant agency in Northamptonshire is Substance to Solutions

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Do you operate a waiting list?

Yes we operate a waiting list and will prioritise those who have completed assessments and continued to engage with the rehab.

We will ask you to come for an assessment and then will make you aware of the waiting list and how long it is likely to be. Unfortunately due to the nature of our primary and aftercare phases, this can vary from a week to 3 months. We will try and bring you in as soon as possible and give you a rough idea of how long it will take.

Some residents do complete the programme early or choose to not enter our aftercare stage, which can free up beds sooner although we do prefer all individuals to go into the aftercare facilities.

How long will I have to wait?

Unfortuantely it is impossible for us to say how long it will be, as we are dependent on so many other factors such as how long it takes for a resident to be ready to move on, the housing process, whether people leave early or not. 

Generally, you will be advised how long it is likely to be at your assessment but please be aware that this can vary from 2 weeks wait to a 3 month wait. 

Am I allowed visitors?

In short, yes however we do ask you to wait several weeks after coming in before visits as our experience indicates this works best. Visits take place on Saturdays and are authorised on various levels, starting with in house visits and progressing to all day ‘out the house’ visits. 

All residents are allowed a set number of phone calls each week too


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Please email us if you have any further questions that aren’t answered on our website or call us on 01933 353760

Our Impact and Successes

“I was unreliable, dishonest, untrustworthy and was slowly killing myself. My confidence and self-worth are growing and the best thing is I now have my beautiful daughters back in my life.”

70% of gentlemen who came into Recovery House, completed the initial phase.

Of these, 88% of them completed the
aftercare programme.