SMART Howard House in Oxford

Important Update

SMART Howard House, Oxford, is now closed and the service no longer operates. Community and residential substance misuse services are co-ordinated by Turning Point https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County Council’s public health team is responsible overall for the funding and operation of these services.

If you live in Oxfordshire and you need help with your drug and or alcohol use please visit https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/social-and-health-care/health-recovery-and-wellbeing/alcohol-and-drugs

This page will be taken down on the 31st May 2022.


SMART Howard House is a unique, publically funded, 10 bed residential drug and alcohol detoxification service for residents of Oxfordshire.

Is SMART Howard House suitable for you?

If you are:

  • Over 18
  • A resident of Oxfordshire
  • Dependent on drugs or alcohol and require a medical detox
  • Willing to fully participate in the programme and activities provided

…then SMART Howard House could be for you.

How does the programme work?

You will stay with us for up to 14 weeks to complete a medically supported detoxification. Through your stay you will:

  • Have your own bedroom and a dedicated worker to guide, motivate and support you
  • Have support from our doctor and nurse to plan your detox
  • Attend groups using a range of recovery approaches
  • Have access to therapeutic and fun activities, such as art, yoga, acupuncture,  massage and recreational outings with fellow residents

Referrals to SMART Howard House

If you need a medical detox simply ask your key-worker at Turning Point (0300 0134 776), talk to your doctor or phone and talk to one of our team on 01865 200 955. If you are a professional and wish to discuss a patient detox then please contact our team by phone or by email. 

The SMART Howard House Team

Residents frequently asked questions

Do I have to pay for my stay?

You will need to pay a service charge toward the cost of your stay, most residents find this is covered by their benefits.

Can I go out on my own?

No, however there are lots of group outings and you will be accompanied whenever you need to attend appointments or leave the house.

Can I smoke?

Smoking is allowed in designated areas and if you would like to stop smoking we can help.

Can I see and speak to my family?

We know that contact with family and friends is important. After a brief settling in period, you will have access to regular calls and visits. We will be flexible for those who need to stay in contact with their children.

What can I bring?

You will need a few changes of clothes (including swimwear and gym clothes) and toiletries. You can bring photos and small belongings to make you bedroom homely. Any prescribed medication from your GP will be kept and administered by staff.

What can’t I bring in?

You will be asked to hand in your money, bank cards, mobile phone and other electronic devices on arrival. These will be kept safe and returned to you when you leave.

SMART Howard House
190 Iffley Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire OX4 1SD

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SMART Howard House

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