Our Treatment Plan


Every client starts with a full assessment by one of our trained addiction counsellors. This explores not only the addiction issues that they face but the link that these have had to crime: in many cases they are central to why a client came to prison and/or remains in prison.

From this we develop an individual treatment plan covering initially their remaining time in prison and includes in-cell work, individual therapy sessions and Group sessions which are normally Group Therapy sessions probably on a weekly basis.

This initial treatment plan also includes the client’s participation in the self-help groups available in the individual prison and attendance at those are a compulsory part of each treatment plan. Clients are also encouraged to seek AA/NA sponsors outside of prison.

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The treatment plan is revised during each 1-1 therapy session and reflects the client’s progress. It includes understanding their addiction and their particular “triggers” but also, in particular, their need to “ask for help” and to help clients build trust in those who have joined them on the path to recovery in that prison.

The use of an “Outcome Star” helps the client and therapist together to establish not only the challenges they face in prison but the strengths and potential blocks to recovery which they may face on release. We help them build their own “recovery capital”.

Most of our clients have served some years in prison and come onto our programme within a timeframe of 3-9 months prior to release or to Parole Hearings. Among our therapists we have those who are “expert witnesses” and are able to submit detailed reports to Parole Boards as well as attending Oral Hearings.


Many prisoners are released either NFA or to unsuitable and, for them, dangerous housing conditions. We regard it as part of our job to find suitable Supported Housing or Residential Rehab as required and to liaise not only with the client but with OMU and outside Probation in this process. New Connections has strong connections with many providers in this area and is also exploring the establishment of our own physical premises during 2019.

Some prisoners are released to supportive families but many others have found these relations strained or fractured through their time in custody. New Connections also has a specialist Family department to help the rebuilding process in this area.

SUPPORT in the community

As well as family challenges ex-offenders find the challenges of returning to everyday life very daunting. New Connections volunteers and mentors as well as counsellors are there to provide help in this area with practical life skills. We are also able to sign-post clients to local facilities and DIP teams who can provide invaluable assistance.

We also insist that our clients find a local “home” group either in AA, NA or CA where they can get daily support and fellowship and can also find a sponsor to guide them particularly in the early days of recovery.


New Connections will maintain our supportive role through regular therapeutic interventions and contact, where required, with Probation and other outside bodies. This is particularly relevant for ex-offenders with significant periods on licence post release; clearly particularly in the case with those who were serving indeterminate sentences.

Our aim is to help men and women whose lives have been blighted with addiction problems or mental health issues. These are long term barriers to fulfilling potential and need long term solutions based on social support and facilitating transformational change in our clients. Our job is to make the path easier but of course the responsibility for fundamental change, and the rewards for making that change, will always be with our clients.




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