Virtual Tour of Ophelia House

The Programme: 

The programme, delivered by an all-female staff team, is based on the Therapeutic Community model. Social relationships, daily structures and various activities are deliberately designed to support women’s health and well-being.

Community Members spend their first few weeks in what we call 'the welcome house’ stage while they settle into their new surroundings. They will then move through the phases for the rest of the programme, which lasts between 3 and 6 months. Community Members are responsible for the day-to-day running of the house and support each other throughout the programme, with more senior Community Members becoming ‘buddies’ for newcomers. 

After completing treatment at the residential, people are supported through our structured aftercare support programme.

Our bespoke structured group programme may include a focus on personal and behavioural development interventions, relapse prevention, harm reduction, peer-led groups and meetings, social and community activities, mutual aid and employability.

Progress reports and meetings can be provided to family/significant others in agreement with the Community Members.

We provide a 3 to 6-month programme personalised to each resident’s needs. To experience the entire benefits of the programme, six months is recommended.

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  • Accommodation for up to 22 residents in single rooms with ensuite bathrooms 
  • Accessible bedrooms rooms with ensuite wet rooms – please speak to us about your specific accessibility needs
  • Senior move-on accommodation on-site
  • Large, fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • Purpose-built group space 
  • On-site leisure activities may include art therapy, yoga, cooking & baking, board games and books. TV/DVD and stereo equipment are available in the Lounge Room.
  • Off-site activities may include hiking, access to local leisure centres and activities, and art classes.
  • Large mature garden space for outdoor activities and our Recovery Through Nature programme

Evidence of Effectiveness

A review of the international evidence for Residential Treatment Services shows that there is a strong and consistent evidence base supportive of the benefits of residential treatment that derives both from treatment outcome studies and randomised trials. To read a review of the evidence by Sheffield Hallam University's Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, click here.

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How to refer:

Community Members can be referred through their local authority. We also take self-funded placements. Please get in touch with the service by emailing


Please get in touch to find out more about detox options.

We are committed to treating our staff, clients, their families and carers equitably, free from discrimination and ensuring dignity and respect for all.

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