Our Oaktrees Recovery service has relocated to the ReCoCo building on Carliol Square in Newcastle.

For many years our Oaktrees Recovery service has been based at Walker Terrace in Gateshead. After many happy years there, the service has moved over the Tyne to Newcastle city centre’s ReCoCo building. This exciting move provides excellent transport links and makes the service more readily accessible.

Oaktrees is our abstinence-based recovery programme, which incorporates the first three steps of the twelve-step programme. Due to COVID restrictions, it is currently operating four days per week 9 am till 1 pm and combining online workshops for the rest of the time. 

In addition to the 12-week programme, Oaktrees’s also offer three weekly pre-treatment groups for people who are not abstinent but are working toward abstinence. Once they have completed the programme, they can access weekly continuing care for a period of up to 18 months.

The premises is shared with the Recovery College Newcastle, and once COVID restrictions are lifted, there are plans to do some joint work together.

Project lead Val Heslop said:

” We are excited to be basing ourselves in Newcastle with easy access to transport hubs and city centre. It is also great to have nearby support services such as Alcohol Anonymous & Narcotics Anonymous meetings which are also an integral part of the programme to encourage extra support both in the short and long term.  

We are working closely with the Volunteer Co-ordinator from Newcastle Treatment and Recovery (NTaR) to access the skills of volunteers who have already completed the programme and wish to deliver workshops in the form of meditation, yoga and mindfulness to name but a few.”

Oaktrees Newcastle services is accessed by referral only. If you would like to access its support and live in Newcastle please speak to your GP. For more information on the drug and alcohol support Changing Lives provides, please see here: https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/services/drug-alcohol/

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