New BRIC Readiness Group at STARS

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service based at Cookson House; South Shields has recently developed the BRIC (Building Recovery In Community) Readiness Group to make the transition of people currently accessing services easier.


The BRIC and HOPE (Hospital Outreach Education Prevention) teams have collaborated on the design and development of the BRIC Readiness Group. It has been developed to bridge the gap between structured treatment and sustained recovery. The group ensures people are fully aware of what BRIC has to offer, as well as assessing their readiness to move to sustained recovery to reduce the risk of relapse and reduce the chances of them needing to come back into treatment.


It reviews the key differences between structured treatment and sustained recovery and helps to address any expectations or myths. It also involves a myth busting exercise and guidance from the volunteer coordinator.


Mel Scott, Area Manager at South Tyneside, said: “Engaging in our BRIC Programme will be a great opportunity for people to build on the skills and knowledge gained throughout their treatment journey allowing individuals to connect with others who have similar or shared experiences.”


Grace Wright, a Group Facilitator at South Tyneside said: “This is an extremely important development to the service. Holding it in a group-based forum will help people to overcome any fears or anxiety regarding group work and provide a steppingstone into accessing more group-based recovery support within Sustained Recovery.


“I’m extremely proud to have been a part of developing this group and I am excited to begin delivering it alongside some of my colleagues.”


The BRIC Readiness Group will assist and support people to reach their full potential and build towards their future. It is important to address the gap between structured treatment and sustained recovery; this new group will provide a more comfortable and easier transition.


For more information on the new BRIC Readiness Group, or for more general information on the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, please call 0191 917 1160.