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“When people lose their way, the smart ones stop and ask for directions”

If you (or someone you know) has lost their way, due to drugs, substance or alcohol abuse, we may be able to help

For many people, getting off alcohol and other drugs is not the hardest part of overcoming an addiction. Staying off and living alcohol and drug free is. There are many reasons for this; one is having to face the pain you’ve been trying to escape from. This pain may have been caused by abuse suffered as a child, abandonment, the loss of a loved one or a failed relationship. These are not easy issues to face at the best of times, but they are that much harder when combined with the additional problem of recovering from dependency on alcohol or drugs.

No matter what the reasons were when you first started to use alcohol or drugs, once a pattern of using has been established you may not be able to see any other way of coping.

When you stop using alcohol or drugs, particularly after a long history of substance abuse, you may be swamped by an avalanche of painful emotions. This can be overwhelming for you and your loved ones – especially if you were unprepared for it, don’t know what’s happening or what to do – or you assume that sobriety is always like this.

No wonder so many people turn back to the bottle or drugs, despite their best intentions.

If these things sound familiar it is a good idea to find support. If you have a life-controlling habit – such as misusing drugs or alcohol – and you would like to get your life back on track – we may be able to help.

freedom2live provides an opportunity for a change of lifestyle for people who are committed to overcoming life-controlling substance/alcohol misuse.

We aim to encourage…
…a sense of belonging and individual identity in an open, non-judgemental atmosphere.

…an empowering environment using a holistic approach, helping you to meet your emotional, spiritual and psychological needs and reach your true potential.

We’re a Christian organisation, and are here to show God’s love in action – that’s all. You will never be forced or coerced into seeing things our way.

What the Programme offers…

The Structured Day Programme is not medical or psychiatric and we are keen to point out that it is not a ‘rehab’ programme. Instead, the approach is holistic with emphasis on a healthy, balanced and structured lifestyle.


Who can we help?

The Residential Recovery Centre is available for women 18 years or older with dependency problems can stay (with or without children).

The Structured Day Programme can be accessed anyone age 18 or over who lives within easy reach of Buxton, Derbyshire, UK, and who wants to overcome a life-controlling dependency – such as drugs or alcohol – and move on in their life.

freedom2live is a community initiative providing a holistic approach to freedom from addiction and dependency. It is part of the Christian charity Good News Family Care (Reg. No. 1042386) and registered with the Quality Care Commission.
Placements are available by referral to our Structured Day Programme:
For men and women over the age of 16 if they want to overcome life-controlling dependencies such as drugs or alcohol
And to our Residential Recovery Centres:
For women 18 years and over, (including for Mothers to stay with or without their children) in our Residential Recovery Program that offers the opportunity for a change in lifestyle within a non-judgmental, supportive and caring atmosphere.
We work toward common goals in partnership with statutory agencies and our doors are open to all – regardless of race or religion.

Our Core values:

We believe each person has the right to:
– Protection
– Respect
– Equality
– Love
– Individuality
– Compassion
– Confidentiality
– Security

We offer several levels of support including Residential Recovery and a Structured Day Programme

Residential Recovery
The freedom2live Residential Recovery Programme is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide residential support services for women following detoxification from drugs or alcohol. It includes individual support plans and regular reviews of progress. As part of the Programme, residents take part in all aspects of the Structured Day Programme.

Structured Day Programme (SDP)
The SDP is tailored to facilitate a healthy, balanced and structured lifestyle incorporating courses, skills for work, training and activities. It is available to residents and male and female day clients.

Recovery Specific support
Group Courses
Farm based Work-skills projects

The Structured Day Programme includes:

Recovery Specific Support
•  12 steps Programme
•  Life’s Healing Choices
•  Relapse prevention
•  Individual Support Plans

Group Courses
•  Spiritual Growth
•  Self Esteem
•  Relationship Skills
•  Parenting Support*
• Works skills training
• Farm based projects**
• Financial Management
• Anger management
•  Healthy Eating

Farm based Work-skills Projects
•  Animal Care
•  Horticulture
•  Woodwork skills
•  Land maintenance

Activities also Include
•  Crafts
•  Creative Well-being group

*Parenting Support is offered at our Ofsted registered Day Nursery (staffed and supervised by qualified childcare professionals) available to care for children of Recovery Centre Residents whilst they engage in the SDP.  In order to meet the needs of children in residence, we provide qualified childcare and offer participation in Case Conferences / Team Around the Family meetings with verbal and written reports.

**Farm Project, Our farm projects are located in the beautiful Goyt Valley. People are encouraged to be involved in planning as well as participating in various activities.

Day Nursery / Play Centre

Staffed and supervised by qualified childcare professionals who are committed Christians, GNFC’s registered Day Nursery provides day-care for the children of Recovery Centre residents whilst they engage in the SDP.

We provide four levels of comprehensive support at various GNFC venues and through a variety of services.

Level one:

Specific Recovery support for women with higher level or complex needs (and young children where appropriate).

Level two:

Residential Family Centre for women with a variety of medium level support needs. Women leaving residential recovery are offered a period of stabilisation prior to resettling in the wider community.

Level three:

Community Outreach support through the process of moving out into independent living. On-going courses, activities and drop in groups.</>

Level four:

Farm and community–based Skills development training projects, Providing opportunities for continuity of support and empowerment for the future. Available for all clients across our services – for as long as each individual requires.

As an organisation we are committed to the Family. We work closely with parents and children –no matter what needs or challenges they may present- to empower and strengthen each family unit in a caring, supported ‘extended family’ setting.

Want to find out more?

For more details – or to find out more about freedom2live, call Chriss Norman on 01298 24761 or click on the “contact us” tab at the top of the page

Information for Agencies and Referrers

Referrals related to life-controlling dependencies – such as drugs or alcohol – will be considered for a place on our Recovery programme.

Individuals may approach us directly or they can be be referred by Voluntary and Statutory Agencies, GPs, Police, Probation, Community Drug/Alcohol teams, Health and Social workers, Christian organisations and Churches.

If you wish to discuss a possible referral, please contact Hazel Guest or Chriss Norman: Tel: 01298 24761, Mob: 07988 508864,  email
In partnership with Community Drug/Alcohol Team. Health Department and other relevant agencies, Good News Family Care can provide the following services:

  • Structured day programme
  • Care Team support, incorporating keyworker system
  • Support Plans (in consultation with client and agencies)
  • Courses / Support groups
  • Participation in case conference, core group and planning meetings
  • Parent/Child Contact facilities
  • Registered Day Nursery with Baby Unit and Early Years Education Unit
  • Help with: Housing, budgeting, job-seeking, home management, cooking, nutrition, personal development, health/hygiene, further education
  • Continued support after completing the programme


Every effort is made to assist clients in applying for benefits and fees support for which they may be eligible, but payment for periods not covered must be underwritten by the referring agency.

Support services are subsidised by charitable donations from our supporters. Nursery/Childcare fees and additional support fees must be underwritten by the referring agency.

Recovery Services

Our ‘freedom2live’ Recovery Programme offers residents a combined range of interventions and a support plan, tailored to meet individual need and consists of two stages.

Level One: ‘freedom2live’ Recovery programme Stage 1

GNFC provides supported accommodation for women who are seeking to recover from life-con- trolling complex needs and addictions such as alcohol and substance misuse and self-harm. Our ‘freedom2live’ Structured Day Recovery Programme (SDP), covers 26 weeks of targeted individual- ised recovery support and participation in a variety of work based training projects.


We accept referrals for single women and mothers with their children (in all cases when risk as- sessments are favourable and with agreement with the local Social Care department only). Resi- dents are accommodated in two 4-bed self-contained centres where we accept children from birth to 5 years and children aged 5 – 10 years respectively.

Each individual will be assessed prior to their arrival and a rigorous referral process is undertaken including an interview which may be facilitate in person or by telephone or Skype. Ideally women who are referred will be detoxified from alcohol or illicit substances on arrival, however a controlled detoxification may be considered in liaison with health care professionals.

Please note; if a person is detoxing on a methadone reduction programme, rather than arriving having already detoxed, it can delay progress and may take more than 6 months.

The ‘freedom2live’ Structured Recovery Programme


  • 12-step recovery programme
  • ‘Life’s Healing Choices’
  • Work-based Skills Projects
  • Holistic recovery specific group and individual sessions (e.g. relapse prevention, hierarchy of need, cycle of change)
  • A range of courses including topics of Self-esteem and Parenting (age appropriate);
  • Cognitive self-help groups;
  • Healthy living sessions/discussions;
  • AA groups, and where appropriate other relevant courses are accessed externally.

While we do not seek to treat issues of mental health difficulties, eating disorders, sensory and/or physical impairments or learning difficulties; we accept people affected who experience these conditions and facilitate access to appropriate services.

Males and females who are non-resident are eligible to participate in selected Structured Recovery Programme activities.

Level Two:‘freedom2live’ Programme Stage 2:

Women who successfully complete the 1st stage of the Recovery programme are offered a further period of stabilisation in the Family Centre for Stage 2 of the programme. This stage can continue from 3 – 9 months according to individual need. The recovery programme and specific activities are accessible through this stage, while enabling the client to have increased independence, and opportunities to integrate with other residents in the Residential Family Centre and the local community.

To discuss a potential referral, please contact Hazel Guest or Chriss Norman:

Tel: 01298 24761
Mob: 07988 508864


If you wish to discuss the services available or a possible referral, please contact Hazel Guest or Johanna Collier: Tel: 01298 24761, Mob: 07988 508864, or complete a referral form and email it to freedom2live.gnfc@gmail.com or post it to Recovery Manager, Charis House, Hardwick Square East, Buxton, SK17 6PT.