Start2Stop’s Daycare programme has been running from our clinic in South Kensington since we opened in 2010.

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

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 professional support, daily structure, individual counselling and a recovery community they can be a part of. They want ongoing help in avoiding relapse and finding their way in recovery in London.

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.

I was so lucky to be referred to Start2Stop. I attended the daily group sessions for 6 weeks. In the group I met other alcoholics and drug addicts with whom I could identify. The counsellors were excellent and gradually I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

After I stopped my daily sessions at Start2Stop I continued to have a weekly Zoom call with my Counsellor which has had a major impact on my life as I dealt with my recovery.

I had an alcohol addiction problem for many years and I have now had one year sober. My life has been totally transformed.

I now take one day at a time and I attend AA meetings nearly every day.

I cannot recommend Start2Stop enough.

Daycare has many advantages:

Non-residential: live at home and come for treatment to our light and airy clinic in a very discreet mews in South Kensington, a short stroll from the tube station.

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: we have a thriving community which offers the opportunity to make friends, form connections and nail down your recovery support system.

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

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’.

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

Intensive Daycare

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

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

Mondays: 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesdays: 9am – 12.00pm
Wednesdays: 9am – 4.30pm
Thursdays: 9am – 12.00pm
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.

Clients, subject to clinical need and agreement with the team, can attend anything from 3-5 mornings of Daycare per week.

Mondays: 9am – 12.00pm
Tuesdays: 9am – 12.00pm
Wednesdays: 9am – 12.00pm
Thursdays: 9am – 12.00pm
Fridays: 9am – 12.30pm

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
  • Regular urine and drug testing
  • Referral to relevant professionals
  • Professional liaison with external stakeholders (e.g. psychiatrists, GPs, therapists)
  • Weekly individual therapy with a dedicated and experienced counsellor
  • Meal plan and food diary oversight
  • Access to our weekly family support group
  • Facilitated ‘conjoints’ between clients and loved ones.


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Professional Referrals

If you are a professional and would like to refer a patient or client to Start2Stop, click the link below for more information.

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.