What happens when I come to SMART?

Assessing what help you need

First, you will meet with a SMART worker to have an assessment.  This is our opportunity to find out from you what you want to change and what support you may need to do this.

Setting your goals

You will work with a SMART Worker to decide what goals you want to set yourself and how we can support you to meet them.  Whether you hope to cut down, stay safe or stop using, we will work at a pace you are comfortable with.

It is important that you feel comfortable to talk to us.  We will talk about lots of areas of your life.  We know that this can be difficult for you, but we do our best to make you feel safe, and our staff will always try to be empathic and will not judge you.

What will we want to know about you?

As well as asking general information about you, we will need talk about your drug and alcohol use now, and in the past. We will also discuss the reasons you are using substances.

We know these can be difficult conversations, but any information you share with us will be kept confidential within the service and only used to help you achieve your goals.

What happens next?

Your SMART worker will talk to you about all the different groups and programmes we have on offer. It’s up to you to decide what you will attend, but the more you do, the more progress you’ll make, and the more we can help!

Some of the things on offer might include:

  • One-to-one sessions with your own SMART worker
  • Support of a Volunteer Mentor
  • A wide variety of group support
  • Activities like cooking, art and gardening to keep you busy and help you learn new skills
  • Counselling

Getting help

We currently operate:

A residential drug and alcohol detoxification service in Oxford, available to residents of Oxfordshire. If you are an Oxfordshire resident and think you need help detoxing from drugs or alcohol, please contact SMART Howard House. 

Don’t worry if you live outside of the area, you can find your local support service by visiting FRANK and there are still useful suggestions and resources right here, so take a look around the website.

Ask your GP to help you

If you feel you need some extra help to make the first step, you can ask your GP to refer you to our services.  They can help you to get an appointment at the right service.

Get a friend or family member to help you

You don’t have to do this alone! Ask someone you trust to come with if that helps. Whatever works for you.

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