To refer someone to Hope House, or to get in touch with us yourself or on behalf of someone you know:
Telephone: 020 7622 7833
Hope House is a beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house, located in a peaceful corner of South West London, close to Clapham Common. In this elegant and spacious home we can treat up to 23 women at a time – offering each of them the personal space they need to recover.
Hope House is a safe, secure and comfortable place for women to recover from drug or alcohol dependence and receive additional support for other compulsive disorders. If you have already undergone detoxification and first-stage treatment but are in need of further support, we can help you come to terms with problems related to your addiction and help you maintain your recovery.
Hope House is special in that it's just for women. Many of our clients have a history of difficult relationships and find an all-female environment a supportive place to work through issues and begin the process of recovery. Living with other women in similar situations, you will benefit from the care of the counsellors and therapists and encouragement of your peers.
Our attractive garden offers a haven from the city and a natural environment in which to relax. Inside, there's a large living room where you can chat, read or watch TV, as well as private counselling rooms for one-to-one therapy sessions. Our bedrooms are light and airy with contemporary furniture.
To be referred to Hope House you must be 18 years or over and have already undergone detoxification from drink and/or drugs. You must have been free from mood-altering substances for at least two weeks.
We prioritise women who have already completed a first-stage treatment programme. It helps if you're familiar with the 12-Step abstinence-based approach to recovery, so you'll know what to expect in advance and are ready to participate in the programme.
The Hope House treatment programme lasts from 12 to 24 weeks.
We accept all sources of referral, including self-referral. We treat private paying clients, those on private medical insurance schemes, and those in receipt of state funding. We may also be able to offer bursaries and part bursaries to some clients thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Hope House aligns itself with formalised standards such as Quality in Alcohol and Drugs Services (QUADS) and Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards (DANOS).
Action on Addiction – the charity which runs Hope House – is the first and only specialist addiction treatment provider in the UK to achieve accreditation from the Healthcare Accreditation & Quality Unit (HAQU) of CHKS (Caspie Healthcare Knowledge Systems).
Coming to Hope House
We like all clients to attend a pre-treatment assessment visit, during which time we make sure that Hope House is the right place for you. You'll be able to see the house and meet our staff along with the other women here. You will also be able to stay the night if you've travelled a long distance. If a visit isn't possible, we can arrange a telephone assessment.
If you have mental health issues, we have highly trained staff who can work with you and the services you are currently in contact with.
The treatment programme
We provide a professional and well-planned therapeutic programme based on a 12-step abstinence model. Upon arrival, you'll be shown to your room and assigned 'a buddy'. Mutual support is crucial to clients' recovery, as you'll help each other rebuild your confidence and learn or re-learn life skills. Everyone participates in the running of the house, including shopping, tidying and budgeting, as well as making decisions about domestic and community matters. We encourage you to share the food shopping and cook and eat together.
You’ll be involved in your own treatment planning and you'll participate in daily groups and workshops where you can share your experiences, as well as one-to-one counselling in private therapy rooms. We'll help you focus on relapse prevention and work with you on health, family and housing issues.
New residents are not allowed out unaccompanied for the first week, but after that you can go on social outings with fellow residents which is a fun and helpful part of the treatment process.
Rebuilding close relationships with your family is vital to recovery. We encourage facilitated meetings between you and your family, and children under 12 can stay over night at weekends. There are no special facilities for children so agreement needs to be discussed between other residents, social services and staff. You are responsible for your children but staff are on hand if support is needed.
Following the residential treatment programme, we provide 12 weeks of structured aftercare, supporting you with your recovery back in the community. We also provide individual follow-up sessions with continuing resettlement advice for up to one year.
Action on Addiction is the first and only specialist addiction treatment provider in the UK to achieve accreditation from the Healthcare Accreditation & Quality Unit (HAQU) of CHKS (Caspie Healthcare Knowledge Systems) for the whole organisation which encompasses all Client Services, including Hope House.