The START Community will involve Treatment aspects that include classes and pastoral care, Assessment and Advocacy to outside services, legal and financial interventions, Rehabilitation services and Therapy in the form of group work and the basic Christian principle of inclusive and loving community.
The START Community will be a drop in centre with a 6-week cyclic program that allows for people to enter at any time. There will be no specific exit point, with participants allowed to continue in the Community for as long as they like. The Community will have a strong emphasis on basic addiction education and awareness in group settings, while encouraging community connection through Art, Meals and AA or NA meetings.
START will be an entry point for people who are looking for help with addictive behaviours, understanding that there are many people that find it difficult to navigate the process of beginning treatment in addictions. START will help people access services, and allow for people who are waiting to enter clinical services such as rehabilitation and therapeutic communities or withdrawal units, but are on a waiting list that is months long, giving a gap between service provision and the desire to seek treatment.
START will fill in that gap and provide a community that will give support to both the participants and the families of the participants, whether that be through referral or pastoral care.