Start2Stop Daycare

Our mission: to do our utmost to help you build a fulfilling and successful life in recovery in London.

We offer a holistic and specially designed Daycare programme, plus additional daily therapeutic input, to help ease you back into your day to day life, alongside a thriving recovery community.

Daycare is an ideal stepping-stone for those having completed primary treatment, and also for those wanting help finding their feet in their everyday lives.

Start2Stop Daycare is comprised of 2 programmes: Intensive Daycare and Daycare.

Intensive Daycare

Our 4 week Intensive Daycare programme offers a robust, supported transition to regular Daycare treatment.

Mondays: 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesdays: 9am – 12.30pm
Wednesdays: 9am – 4.30pm
Thursdays: 9am – 12.30pm
Fridays: 9am – 4.30pm


Daycare is tailor made to meet your individual needs. It provides you with a solid recovery network and a platform for long-term and sustainable recovery.

Mondays: 9am – 12.30pm
Tuesdays: 9am – 12.30pm
Wednesdays: 9am – 12.30pm
Thursdays: 9am – 12.30pm
Fridays: 9am – 12.30pm

Our Daycare programmes run from Mondays to Fridays and a minimum commitment of one month is required.

Daycare has many advantages:

Non-residential: live at home and come for treatment to our airy and light mews house in South Kensington

Effective & evidence-based: research from the US links long-term continuing care to best long-term outcomes

Fits around life: get well within the context of your own life

Local: build your recovery network and community where you live

Flexible scaffolding: as you progress in your recovery, less scaffolding is needed, so you can cut down the amount of Start2Stop Daycare you engage in. As recovery goals are achieved, clients typically progress from our Intensive Daycare programme onto our Daycare programme, attending around three Daycare mornings a week by month 3

Group, individual and holistic therapies: best practice

Weekly family support group: best practice

Alcohol & drug testing: weekly (and sometimes daily, when needed)

Recovery community: make friends, form connections and develop your recovery support system

Helpful for people struggling with depression: our studies show that treatment at Start2Stop has a robust effect on depression and anxiety. A study involving 182 S2S clients found that successful completion of three months of treatment at S2S led to a 40% reduction in depression and anxiety.

Aftercare: we offer free weekly Aftercare for life. People with Eating Disorders have a separate Aftercare group to clients with substance addictions

Cost-effective: Daycare is significantly more affordable than residential treatment. Six months of Start2Stop Daycare will cost approximately the same as one month at a leading private sector residential ‘primary’.
Daycare can be a very good option for:

Someone who has completed first stage ‘primary’ rehab (or extended treatment abroad), and is returning to live at their home in London. They know they will be vulnerable to relapse. They want ongoing help in avoiding relapse and finding their way in recovery in London. They want professional support, daily structure, individual counselling and a recovery community they can be a part of.

The reality is that relapse doesn’t happen in the very safe and controlled ‘bubble’ of a private hospital or ‘primary’ treatment centre. Instead, studies tell us that relapse is likely to occur within 90 days of returning to one’s home environment.

This is understandable when you consider that the home environment is full of ‘baggage’: people, places, things, expectations, temptations and uncomfortable family dynamics. To return home is also to face up to the consequences of addiction: damaged relationships, possible unemployment, interrupted studies, financial insecurities, and, for some, health or legal problems.

Rebuilding lives ravaged by addiction is an enormous task, made harder by the reality that the support system – friends, meetings, counsellors – that you may have spent several months working hard to build up in your first stage treatment will have been left behind, just when you need it most.

So, at Start2Stop we think that the biggest gift you can give yourself is to allow yourself to be supported back into life in London. With the right scaffolding, we can help you minimise the risk of relapse and build the foundations needed for long-term and sustainable recovery.

Someone who is worried about their relationship with alcohol, drugs or food, is highly motivated for treatment, is able to be abstinent from their drug or behaviour of choice, is safe to be in outpatient Daycare, and wants to continue living at home while accessing expert help.

Contrary to stereotype, it is not the case that everyone with an addiction problem needs to go to residential primary treatment. Far from it. The vast majority of people with an addictive disorder will recover while accessing suitable non-residential help.

Structured Daycare can be a very effective form of treatment for people who:

  • Are not physically dependent on alcohol or drugs and therefore don’t require a residential detox
  • Are motivated for continuing support to maintain their eating disorder recovery
  • Are not using or acting out every day, even when in their active addiction cycles
  • Are aware they have a problem and want professional help
  • Have a safe and stable home base
  • Have tried therapy or psychiatry, and have sincerely tried to overcome their addiction, but know they need more structured help in order to find or maintain their recovery.

Start2Stop Daycare Programme

Programme elements include:

  • Process Groups
  • Feelings Groups
  • Step-working groups
  • Opportunity to cook and eat lunch together at Start2Stop
  • Eating Disorder Support Groups
  • Goals Groups
  • Experiential Therapies
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Topic Groups
  • Recovery Essentials
  • Positive Psychology
  • Discussion Groups and Workshops
  • Meditation
  • Art Therapy
  • Kirtan Chanting
  • Daily Scheduling & Planning
  • Support and oversight around 12-Step fellowship engagement
  • Weekly urine and drug testing
  • Referral to relevant professionals
  • Professional liaison with external stakeholders (e.g. psychiatrists, GPs, therapists)
  • Weekly individual therapy with a dedicated counsellor
  • Family work

Click here to download the Daycare timetable.

If you feel that you might benefit from an assessment with a trained addictions professional, please contact Start2Stop through the enquiry form on this website, or call us on +44 207 581 4908.