Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:


  • be male aged 18 or over

  • be committed to engaging in mutual aid , and to recovery based on complete abstinence

  • have established a period of abstinence considered sufficient to evidence commitment, and test completely clear on arrival. (But see reference to detoxification below). We are happy to discuss what this may mean on an individual basis. In considering the established abstinence the project will take into account individual circumstances. We will not take people who are still using illicit substances. In certain circumstances we may waive the need to test negative (clean) on arrival. This will only be where it has been disclosed at referral and assessment that there has been previous use of certain drugs which take time to clear the body. We will need to be completely satisfied that the individual has established abstinence. In these circumstances we may agree to admission with a specific date at which the individual must test negative. At that stage a positive test will almost certainly result in discharge

  • not require psychoactive medication that would interfere with engagement. Where SSRIs are being prescribed, medical confirmation is required whether reduction to the point of abstinence is possible and safe. Only those people who can safely reduce to abstinence will be accepted.

  • have no current or on-going psychiatric diagnosis which would preclude full engagement.

  • not have any disability that would render it unsafe for them to reside in BLP accommodation. Due to the age and nature of our premises, we regret that we are not able to be fully compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and subsequent legislation


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