Your first day at The Living Room


It may not feel like it at the moment, but you really can get abstinence recovery from addiction. Whatever you are addicted to, or however powerless you feel, we know that recovery is possible.

Quite simply The Living Room saves lives on a daily basis. And not only that, but it returns seemingly hopeless cases to society, who then go on to give back.” – Graduate of The Living Room

Many hundreds of people have entered The Living Room services with a range of addictions including dependencies to alcohol, prescription drugs, gambling, sex, destructive and obsessive relationships, spending and running up debts, over-eating, under-eating, self-harming and video games.

If you have made an appointment with The Living Room then you have taken an important step in your recovery. You may feel a little nervous about what others may think about you, what you have done in your life, what you will face on your first day. Let me try to reassure you…

First Visit: At your first visit we need to get to know you and understand the problems you are facing.  You will have an initial assessment with a counsellor – all of whom are in recovery themselves, so understand what it is to struggle with obsessions, anxieties, compulsive behaviours and feelings that you may be experiencing.

Morning Session 10:30  – 12:00: Following your initial assessment you will be invited to attend one of our group therapy sessions on the same day. All the people in the room will be at various stages in their recovery and all of them were also a newcomer not so long ago.  In the first few days you should not feel under any pressure to talk, but if you would like to, you can. All the people in the group will introduce themselves and will be there to make you feel welcome. Many people have noted that as soon as they heard everyone sharing their story they knew that they were understood and would be accepted.  Our morning groups explore the difficulties that people are facing during their recovery and the counsellors will help the group find solutions to deal with issues arising.

Lunchtime 12:00 – 13:00:Our morning group session runs from 10.30 to noon and then there is an hour given aside for lunch. Our centres are close to shops and eating places – some people will go out to these, whilst others bring a packed lunch.

Afternoon Session 13:00 – 14:30: In the afternoon we explores solutions to issues that may have arisen in the morning group. We run workshops, show films and seek to equip you with a variety of ways to get the most out of your recovery.

Next Visit: You will plan your attendance with your keyworker, however, we advise you attend at least 2 full days per week to gain the most from your recovery journey.

Please do see a counsellor if you have any questions, concerns or queries and, if you feel able, do swap numbers and seek support from others attending the group.  I hope that has given you a clearer idea of what to expect on your first day.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Chief Executive

If you are unable to access one of our centres, check out other services in your area, including 12-Step Fellowship groups: (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Groups,  Narcotics Anonymous (NA),  Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), etc.) Try to keep an open mind and lean on the support of others who have achieved recovery themselves.