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South East

HMP High Down

Service delivered in prison
HMP High Down is a local Category B men's and young offender institution (YOI) in Sutton, Surrey. We deliver substance misuse (psychosocial and clinical) and employment services at this prison.

How we help

Substance misuse

We offer a range of psychosocial and clinical interventions to help clients address their substance misuse.

  • Stepping Stones – a low-medium intensity intervention for those whose alcohol or drug consumption is at harmful or dependent levels
  • The Bridge – an intensive abstinence-based programme which outlines the journey to recovery and longer term treatment
  • Family Ties – a course of workshops focused on restoring healthy communication and trust between loved ones
  • Living Safely Drug and Alcohol – a series of workshops exploring the risks associated with drug and alcohol use
Further interventions
  • Clinical interventions – provided by a nurse/doctor and including opiate substitution therapy (OST) and detoxification
  • Auricular acupuncture – acupuncture of the ears, offered as a complementary therapy for all service users
  • Peer mentor scheme
  • Individual key working sessions
  • Wellman clinic – a confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss mental and/or physical health issues
  • 12-steps graduates group
  • Detox celebration
  • Fellowship meetings – we co-facilitate Narcotics, Cocaine, and Alcoholics Anonymous (NA, CA, AA) meetings
  • We offer a wide range of standalone workshops and in-cell packs aimed harm minimisation, risk reduction, and relapse prevention
  • We also have a library full of relevant recovery literature


During the induction process, our information, advice and guidance (IAG) advisors help residents to identify career types and roles best matched to their interests and skills. Based on this information, as well as their prior education, work experience, strengths and areas for development, we then devise an action plan tailored to each resident. We work through the action plan with them in a follow up one-to-one, either face-to-face or using the in-cell phone system.

Working alongside the New Futures Network and other partners, we support residents or learners with their job or apprenticeship search, CV preparation and applications. We also provide disclosure advice and interview practice for residents leaving prison.

Our IAG advisors work closely with other prison teams and our partners in the community to identify the right education courses, distance learning and workshops for our learners.

Our partners

  • New Futures Network
  • Hepatitis C Trust
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • PACT
  • Trussell Trust food banks
  • Fellowships: NA, AA, CA
  • OMU/Probation (CRC/NPS)
  • Resettlement – Kent Surrey Sussex CRC/St Mungo’s
  • Community drug and alcohol teams – we refer the majority of our releases to Forward’s community services, Turning Point Croydon, Surrey i-access, Inspire Partnership Sutton, CGL Lewisham, Inclusion Hampshire, or CGL Bromley (BDAS)
  • Residential rehab centres – The Bridges, Steps2Recovery, ChangesUK
  • Supporting Housing – regular referrals to Nehemiah Project, Kairos, Transform Housing, The Amber Project

How to refer

Any resident can self-refer to the service. We also accept referrals from third parties. If a staff member or third party refers a resident we will assess the resident if they agree to engage. All residents on a substitute prescribing regime will automatically be referred for further substance misuse support. Our IAG advisors see all residents as part of their induction.

Get in touch

Substance misuse

Call us: 0207 147 6545

Other sources of help

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Since completing the programme, I have learnt a lot about myself. My family wants to know me, I’m clean and feeling better. I see where I went wrong and don’t want to go through that again.

Martyn P, Forward client Read Martyn’s story