Prison drug and alcohol services

HMP Wandsworth

Wandsworth is the largest prison located in London housing local male prisoners.

Forward delivers substance misuse programmes at the prison including:

Case Management

Forward’s Case management services involve:

  • Comprehensive assessment of needs
  • Needs-led care planning
  • Individual key working sessions
  • Motivational enhancement
  • Delivery of low-medium intensity psychosocial group workshops
  • Relapse prevention
  • Release planning

Stepping Stones Programme

Stepping Stones is a low-medium intensity four week, 20-session psychosocial intervention for those drinking alcohol or using drugs at harmful or dependent levels. It comprises four core modules/topics focused on learning and practising coping skills to stay safe and manage triggers, cravings and symptoms of anxiety and trauma which, if left unaddressed, would be likely to undermine recovery. Stepping Stones is accessible to service users undergoing clinical interventions (e.g. opiate substitution treatment).

Living Safely Programme

Living Safely is a series of workshops that provides safe coping skills to minimise the risk of harm and relapse among drug and alcohol users. It is a low intensity intervention for individuals with varying levels of drug or alcohol problems. This includes binge drinkers or those who simply want to learn more about the effects of drugs/alcohol and how to use or drink more safely. Living Safely is accessible to service users undergoing clinical interventions (e.g. opiate substitution treatment).

Living Safely Drug consists of 13 90-minute workshops, Living Safely Alcohol consists of eight. It is recommended that individuals attend at least four workshops and engage with the entire programme where possible.

Substance Dependence Treatment Programme (SDTP)

The SDTP is a three-phase, 16-to-21-week, abstinence-based programme based on the Twelve Step principles of Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous (AA/NA). The Twelve Step ethos is complemented by other evidence-based approaches, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and trauma-informed CBT (Seeking Safety).

The focus of Phase One is building motivation and practising safe coping skills. Phase Two (the Primary Phase) is a rolling treatment phase which involves working through the first five steps of AA/NA. Phase Three is focused on relapse prevention and consolidating learning from the previous phases. 

The SDTP is primarily aimed at offenders with a medium-high risk of reoffending and a history of substance dependence. It is intended to be run in prison settings, and ideally on dedicated residential units.