Recovery House

Tyne Housing has created an abstinence-based project in Heaton, Newcastle. This latest offer of support provides a home for up to six people who have all made the decision to abstain from substance use.

The Recovery House will be staffed by a housing worker who will provide support to residents, helping with life skills, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, connecting with the local community,  and accessing work and training to help them with their recovery journey. A trained abstinence worker will also be available to provide specialist support to residents.

Gary's Story

As Gary’s substance use took hold, his relationships with family and friends suffered and despite several attempts at abstinence, Gary didn’t have the support in place to maintain recovery. His addiction drove him to crime and he almost ended up living on the streets.

Gary was the first resident to move into the Recovery House and has since shared his story of addiction and recovery.

“I’ve been here about six weeks now and I can start to feel my mind clear, I feel focused now. I was at a point in my life where I had nowhere to go and was about to be on the streets – but coming here, well, I think it saved me.”
Gary, resident of the Recovery House

Applicants for the accommodation must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The applicant must have a local connection to Newcastle and have been accepted as in need of housing and supported by Newcastle City Council Housing Advice Centre.
  • The applicant must be clear of drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs at the time of referral.
  • We will consider applicants who are receiving a prescription of buprenorphine or methadone as part of a Medicated Assisted Recover (MAR). Tyne staff will make a case-by-case judgment based on the amount of the medication being prescribed as to whether the referral is appropriate. 

Treatment services must support the referral and concur that the applicant is at the appropriate stage in their recovery journey to make best use of the property.

Who am I?

A series of reflections from a resident of our Recovery House.