ODAAT - a family not an institution

Celebrating Leam’s Graduation from ODAAT second stage

ODAAT (One Day At A Time) is an abstinence-based residential drug and alcohol recovery programme with a 25 year history of helping men to have healthy relationships and be free of substance misuse.

What is unique about ODAAT?

Many people who join us for treatment tell us that we are more like a family than an institution. This is because of the quality of relationships that we are able to build as a small programme, the experienced staff, and the network of peer and volunteer support.

Our Impact

ODAAT had a 63% success rate (15 graduations from 24 entrants between April 2019 and March 2021).  This compares very favourably with the national treatment completion rate of 47%*

*National Adult substance misuse treatment statistics 2019 – 20 report (Section 11) 

Ray's Story

Why is ODAAT successful?

A significant factor in our success has been our tried and tested emphasis on empowerment for our clients and the value of peer support. 

The regular planned and supervised involvement of Graduate ex-residents, at every level of the programme, creates a powerful sense of togetherness, mutual support, community and proof that individuals can use the programme to succeed.

Graduates tell us that these two pillars of the programme are a central part of its success for them. This is complemented by: one to one counselling, group psychotherapy, relapse prevention, anger management and life-skills groups as well as social outings and yoga. 

Frank's Story

How is ODAAT structured?

ODAAT is divided into three stages. ‘First Stage’ and ‘Second Stage’ each last 3 months and are usually followed by a graduation celebration. We have a total of 13 spaces in our recovery houses for people in these stages.

By the start of ‘Second Stage’, programme members are supported in their move on plans which include education, training, employment and accommodation (which could be in one of our ‘Third Stage’ supported properties, other supported accommodation, or in their own property).

All graduates from ‘Second Stage’ are offered unlimited ongoing group aftercare as part of the ‘Third Stage’ of our programme and will be invited to be a part of our Alumni programme.

How to get help?

Are you or someone you know, caught in substance misuse with drugs and/or alcohol and determined to end the destructive cycle?  We believe that the determined desire to change is the first and maybe the most significant step.

ODAAT is an abstinence-based programme and so everyone who comes to us must not require any medically supported detoxification.

If you need to come off alcohol, heroin or other substances (in a medically supported environment) before you come to us, you can find information about your local drug and alcohol services on your local council website.

How to refer to ODAAT?

We take referrals from local authorities, probation and other organisations; we also accept self and family referrals and can offer bursary beds funded by housing benefit, or private donations. To refer please download this referral form, check the criteria, and email it to: odaat.referrals@hopeworldwide.org.uk


We have been able to maintain good informal contact with programme graduates over the years.  

This has been so encouraging, to us and to them, especially when we have all been able to meet together at our annual ODAAT Open Day.

Fergus graduated from ODAAT and is now a qualified counsellor


Wayne (ODAAT graduate) is a substance misuse practitioner

Most of our volunteers are graduates from our programme who want to give back – some of them want to pursue a career helping people recover from substance misuse.

We also support trainee BACP counsellors who are seeking to gain their required hours in order to qualify.