RCDAS provides free, recovery focused, evidence-based, treatment for residents of Richmond who are living with drug and alcohol problems.
South London and Maudsley Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has lead the consortium alongside We Are With You (formerly Addaction), St Mungo’s and the charity CDARS (Community Drug and Alcohol Recovery Services).
The team is made up of a range of backgrounds from medical, psychiatry, psychology and nursing. Working alongside them are recovery and outreach workers together with specialist roles focussed on education, training and employment (ETE).
The central aim of the service is to engage people in meaningful and sustainable recovery. This may be about achieving stability, reducing their substance use or minimising physical and mental harm associated with drug and alcohol use. Working towards abstinence is always an option, though RCDAS recognises that this may not be the aim for everyone.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Regardless of whether someone is pursuing abstinence or stability, we aim to improve the wellbeing of everyone we work with by addressing both their physical and mental health needs. We do this by drawing on the Five ways to Wellbeing which have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
2. Be active
3. Take notice
Read more about the five ways here.
At the heart of RCDAS are values that start with client-centred care. We strive to be respectful, inclusive, and non-judgmental.
We are committed to building trusting, mutual relationships with each other and with service users. Our commitments are shared by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust which were developed with staff and checked with service users. They are:
1. I will be caring, kind and polite
2. I will be prompt and value your time
3. I will take time to listen to you
4. I will be honest and direct with you
5. I will do what I say I am going to do.
At RCDAS, we understand that individuals need a person-centred approach to their recovery, whether you want to abstain from substances or reduce your use, we are here to support you reach your goal.
- Advice and information on substance misuse
- Specialist blood born virus (BBV) testing and support including hepatitis C treatment
- Needle exchange
- Recovery and peer mentoring
- Relapse prevention
- Abstinent and non abstinent day programs
- Prescribing for detoxification, establish stabilisation, or to support recovery
- Community alcohol treatment
- Assessment for funded abstinent based treatment and residential rehabilitation
- Psychology and counselling services.
- Smoking cessation clinics
- Support for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse
- Specialist substance misuse social work support
- Housing and legal advice
We believe that everyone’s recovery journey should include ways to improve their overall wellbeing
Nodes and Links
Our main site at Ilex House in Twickenham has a network of links to partners across the borough where either RCDAS staff will see service users or support colleagues who may see people who would benefit from our specialist substance misuse knowledge. These include:
MEET THE SPECIALISTS
Dr. Seth Bhunnoo
Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead
Dr. Mat King
Harm reduction nurse
Primary Care Team Leader
Community Engagement Coordinator