Substance Use Treatment Programme at Sturt House, Surrey

Mind (2020) list misusing prescription, alcohol and recreational drugs as a form of self-harm. Research shows that men are more likely than women to be dependent on illegal drugs ( and turning to substances is a common ‘numbing’ strategy when coping with intense emotions.

Sturt House is a rehabilitation service for men that offers a comprehensive Substance Use Treatment Programme (SUTP). The programme consists of three modules that follow in succession, with a two-week break in between. The whole SUTP consists of 22 weeks and the modules have been organised to be responsive to the service users’ clinical needs.


The Modules

Module One, Eight Weeks – A Focus on Motivation to Change

Change their substance use behaviours and education on the dangers and negative effects of substances, particularly on their mental health.

Module Aims:

  • Getting participants used to a group and engaging in therapeutic groups
  • Identify where patients are at present are and where they want to be in the future
  • Building intrinsic motivation to change
  • Highlighting the pros and cons of using substances and looking at the weighting of these.
  • Psycho-educational work regarding substance use


Module Two, Six Weeks – A Focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Module Aims:

  • To identify the individual’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with their substance use
  • Exploring the relationship between their substance use with their mental health and offending
  • Challenge anti-social and sensationalised views of substance use
  • Developing and building coping skills


Module Three, Four Weeks – A Focus on Consolidating Learning and Relapse Prevention

Module Aims

  • Defining relapse prevention
  • Looking at their own plans and ways of keeping themselves safe
  • Looking forward to the future
  • Goal planning and ways of implementing those goals



  • Increased intrinsic motivation to address previous substance misuse
  • An understanding of how substance use links to mental health
  • To consider previous unhelpful thinking patterns that led to the onset and maintenance of past substance misuse behaviour
  • The ability to challenge cognitive distortions relating to substance misuse.
  • To gain coping strategies for the future
  • The ability to manage future high-risk situations using their unique relapse management plan



To ensure efficacy of the treatment programme and to aid successful intervention, psychometrics are used pre and post programme in order to highlight individuals risks, needs, and responsivity principles.  Psychometrics used include:

  • Self-esteem questionnaire
  • Wellbeing
  • Drug screening
  • Craving assessment
  • Insight retention


Main Programme Benefits

  • Supports patients to build a range of coping skills that can be used on their return to the community
  • Each patient develops their own action plan for discharge that includes triggers, actions they can take, any barriers that might prevent them from taking the action, problem solving and their strengths 
  • The relapse prevention programme helps patients to identify how they will manage relationships with peers who misuse substances, providing them with a strong foundation for a successful and sustainable discharge


For more information about the SUTP at Sturt House, please contact Referrals and Admissions on 0800 218 2398 or email them via