Recovery at Passmores House

Passmores House is a recovery community where people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol can come to get better.

We know from experience that with the right support, people can change. Recovery from addiction is possible when care is organised around the needs of the individual and they become the leader of their own recovery.

Passmores House provides a complete package of care from detoxification and rehabilitation through to reintegration.

Supporting change

We place a strong emphasis on transition, ensuring that a person is ready and supported to move from one phase of treatment to the next. Our vision is to help people develop full and active lives, whether they choose to return to their own communities or make a fresh start somewhere new.

Treating the whole person

We treat the whole person, not just the addiction. We work closely with other organisations so that residents can access help with matters like housing, debt and benefits. We offer counselling for individuals and couples to support them to make positive changes in their relationships. We help our clients explore and access education, vocational training and employment in order to achieve their aspirations.

Peer support

The support of others who have been through the same experience plays a crucial role in recovery. Peer mentoring, mutual aid groups and the support of recovery champions give clients the inspiration, the role models and the continued support networks, long after they leave Passmores House. We have an established tradition of providing Aftercare support in the form of aftercare groups to ex-residents. This group is usually led by a Recovery Champion.

The location

Passmores is a large house in Essex, set in a leafy suburb of Harlow. It is conveniently near transport hubs and clients can either be met at the station or collected from home.

A recognised leader

Passmores House is now nationally recognised as a leader and model treatment unit, whose success is demonstrated by its high percentage of positive client outcomes – e.g. 85% residential rehabilitation retention rate, one of the highest in the UK. Our success has been recognised by the National Treatment Agency (NTA) and locally by both county government and local district and community officials, including three awards by the High Sheriffs of Hertfordshire.



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Passmores House* has been managed since April 2011 by Westminster Drug Project (WDP), a leading provider of drug and alcohol services in London and the South East.

WDP's mission is to provide the best support, advice and treatment to all those affected by drug and alcohol use.

WDP runs a wide range of recovery-oriented services including open access, non-residential rehabilitation and structured day care, aftercare and specialist alcohol, outreach and family and children services.

For more information go to the WDP website www.wdp-drugs.org.uk

*Passmores House is a trading name of Vale House Stabilisation Services.