Acorn Treatment and Housing

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Acorn Treatment and Housing
Rehabilitation centre
Headquarters England, United Kingdom
Area served
Northwest England
Services Drug and alcohol treatment

Acorn Treatment and Housing, formally known as ADAS (Alcohol and Drug Abstinence Service)[1] is the largest drug and alcohol treatment provider of its type in the North West of England. Its quasi-residential centres operate in Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Morecambe, Hull, Accrington, Clitheroe, Rawtenstall, Nelson and Burnley.[2]


ADAS was formed with support from a group of GPs in Manchester[3] to provide affordable treatment to people affected by addiction.[4] Its projects were taken forward with funding from the National Lottery.

The first project was a day care centre in a shop in Stockport in 1997; the charity soon moved to the larger Oak House. In 2003 it opened its first residential rehabilitation programme at Acorn House in Levenshulme.[5]


Acorn has introduced the Reduction and Motivation Programme (RAMP) which encourages individuals, through psychosocial intervention, toward reduction and possibly abstinence. This is delivered at Community Drug Team’s (CDT), Community Alcohol Team’s (CAT) and prisons across the North West.

Acorn’s treatment model [6] is based on a set of principles which give people affected by addiction a course of action that solves their substance misuse problem.[7] It is intended to replace destructive attitudes such as self-centeredness with selflessness.

The Dependency, Emotional, Attachment Programme (DEAP) is again an abstinence based treatment incorporating psychodynamic therapy, Gestalt psychology, Cognitive behavioral therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy. It includes four phases and lasts between 12 and 20 weeks., and also incorporates psychodrama techniques that enable effective therapeutic interventions.[8]

Its STAR programme gives clients core skills for entering back into employment.[9] Users can leave Acorn with a ‘Recovery Coach’ qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management.[10]

Acorn also provides a housing service to its clients that offers a safe and secure environment.[11]

Social Enterprises[edit]

Acorn has created a non-profit video production company BadKamra, which gives its clients work experience, training in media skills and production techniques. It airs a range of podcasts on the firm's website .[12]

Its project Restore provides its clients with employment and training. It restores pieces of furniture a and sells gifts and other home accessories. Cafe Serenity provides further job opportunities for its previous clients.[13]


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