Addiction Help and Support

If you think you have an addiction problem, or are concerned about a loved one, please contact us to discuss your circumstances or your loved one’s needs.

Our recovery programme addresses issues around addiction which include, drug and alcohol, gambling, social media, stress, anxiety, depression, anger and low self esteem.

"We identify the root cause of the addiction issues and the long term solution".

All calls are in complete confidence and we're available 24/7 for advice and support.

Call us on 01926 811702 or alternatively e-mail us using our Contact Us form.

We also offer a free confidential addiction health review, with no obligation.

We are an organisational member of British Association of Counselling Professionals (BACP) and our specialist addiction counsellors are Registered Members MBACP


Care Quality Commission

CQC ratedWe rated ESH Community as GOOD because:

•  There were good systems in place to keep clients safe during detoxification and recovery. Staff were skilled at observing, monitoring, recording and being alert to the health and well-being of clients.

•  The environment was safe and therapeutic. The service used new technology to support safe unobtrusive monitoring of clients undertaking detoxification.

•  The service was effective in ensuring recovery, both during and after a client’s admission. A major part of this was involving clients in frequent activities and therapies, both inside the service and out in the wider community. It helped to build clients’ resilience by involving families and carers and supporting them to develop new networks.

•  All staff worked together well, were open and transparent and communicated effectively.

•  The service was well-led by an experienced and ‘hands on’ management team, always available to advise and support.

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Dated 4th January 2019

Andrew's Story

For many years life had been nothing more than an unconscious existence, days drifted amiously into weeks, months, years. Passing time with nothing to show for it. Despair and lonely dark moments awaited me each morning, a living hell. I was spiritually, mentally and physically broken. I was at the jumping off point, I could not live with alcohol or without it.

I arrived at ESH on the 22nd August the day of my last drink. With complete honesty I neither fought admission to rehab or went willingly that day like many others was a complete blur. I do remember I felt vulnerable and scared. I knew that alcohol had beaten me it had taken everything from me. Fear hit me the most after my detox, I started to be aware of many of the things I had done, the damage I had caused to the people close to me. I had to get honest with myself and that is not an easy thing to do on your own.

Thankfully because of all the great staff at ESH I did not have to take this journey alone, I was lovingly supported all the way. ESH nurtured in me ideas that had always been beyond my grasp, I began to understand life, I began to understand how to receive love and to give it freely. Life for me know was no longer a struggle, full of resentments, hate and bitterness. I have regained my faith and what has happened for me can only be described as a miracle.

ESH has beautiful surroundings, it is very comfortable, and the food is great, but that is not what makes ESH, money can buy you that in any luxury hotel in the world. What makes ESH special is the people who run it, the staff, the volunteers and also the residents past and present. Sobriety has given me the peace of mind to enjoy life to its full, the freedom to express who I really am. ESH is my anchor when I need advice or an honest friendly opinion.

Now when I wake up I look forward to the day ahead with a sense of joy and optimism. Things are going well for me and I pray each day they continue to do so, sure I have life issues and situations to deal with, even in sobriety there have been some testing times, but through the direction and care given to me at ESH I received the key to the door that opens up many possibilities.


Darren's Story

Before coming to ESH I’d been in active addiction for over 20 years and had reached a point in my life where I felt mentally/emotionally broken and spiritually empty. Not even drink or drugs could numb, any longer, the pain, misery and shame I was feeling. Over the years I’d had many external rock bottoms, prisons, hospitals, detox/rehabs, police cells and homelessness but still none of those could keep me clean. As soon as I had money/drugs again I'd feel fine and carry on. I then came to experience, I believe my first internal rock bottom that no substance could help me escape from and all I wanted to do was end it all which I then proceeded to try, ‘unsuccessfully’ (story of my life).

Through my local drug services I heard of a place called ESH and through them and some sorting out I was on my way. When I first got to ESH, I saw that the location was perfect, unlike any treatment centre I’d been before. The surroundings and views are amazing. I was made to feel very welcome and that any worries, anxiety I’d had about how things works and what I needed to do were put at ease straight away and was made to feel part of it, it being the family feeling where everyone looks out for one another and helps each other. I was shown a lot of love and guidance. All the staff had their part to play and have been brilliant. With it being a peer led treatment centre where all the staff have had their problems with addiction in one form or another which also showed me that recovery was possible. There’s that old saying, you can’t blag a blagger. Well, I found out the hard way that you can’t blag an ex-blagger either. I really wanted what they had, some calmness and inner peace.

During the course of my stay here I really had to learn how to listen properly, which was hard at first but at certain stages I started to become aware of changes in how I was feeling and thinking and slowly began to feel a little peace within.

Fast forward a little as I’m aware that this isn’t my life story. I am currently living back in society clean and sober and doing the things I’ve learned and were suggested to me whilst in ESH and today I feel like a new man and better than I have done in many decades and could never show the gratitude and love I have for what ESH and all the staff here have helped me to achieve in only a short amount of time.

It’s been emotional and I love you all.

PS ... This won’t be the last you see of this beautiful face HA!

Love Darren

David's Story

In the second week of January 2018, I awoke in an ambulance completely dazed and confused.

I had relapsed again and had been drinking at work until suddenly I had blacked out. After a rather serious talk with my wife, I found myself out of our family home and staying at my father’s place. I knew I couldn’t continue like this and vowed to get my addiction sorted once and for all. I got in touch with Paul & Sue after finding the ESH Community website and they agreed to accept me into their rehabilitation program after a successful detox.

Upon visiting the premises, and meeting Paul, Sue and some of the staff, I had an overwhelming feeling that this was the place I could, and wanted to, start my recovery in. The groups, activities, ethos and the fact that the whole facility is peer led, appealed to me greatly.

david testimonial imageSince arriving here, everybody has been incredibly warm and welcoming and I was relieved to find that someone else had also enrolled on the program, and was beginning that same day. I instantly struck a rapport with all staff here, from the managers to the kitchen staff, and was made to feel both at home and at ease. The location itself is comfortably remote, allowing me to feel away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ and able to focus on my recovery.

The groups themselves, led by peer staff, are structured and informative, whilst being laid-back enough to remain on an interactive level, which makes it feel much more like a group dialogue than a lecture when in the room. There are also spiritual groups, containing different readings, meditations and acupuncture, which have been essential in my own personal recovery, as have the weekly one to one counselling sessions.

We often venture off-site to AA/NA meetings in the local area, and have even been taken to ones closer to our homes, which has been very helpful in establishing a connection for when we are out of rehab. We also go on shop runs, and have twice weekly sessions at the local gym/swimming pool.

On a more personal level, ESH has helped me achieve my biggest period of abstinence from alcohol/drugs to date, and it is due in no small part to the program here, the wonderful place, and the experience and warmth of the people who run it. I have never felt more at home away from home, thanks also to the comfortable rooms, and the freshly made food! There is always somebody here 24/7 on-hand to help, which is also a comfort, particularly at first when I was settling in.

In am currently in week 9 of my 12 week stay and I am already filled with confidence around how I will be when I am back home. I have learned so much here, not just in terms of how to compose myself on the ‘outside’ but about my own deep down feelings and emotions. Also thanks to ESH running weekly family sessions, my wife and parents are also aware of fundamental aspects of my addiction, and will therefore have a greater understanding of how I might feel when I return to everyday living.

I for one owe so much to ESH Community and couldn’t speak highly enough of the rehab/staff. I don’t want to think of what my life would be like right now without them. I’ve made great friends here too, with ALL peers, and I am proud and excited to be progressing in my recovery with them in the future.

Tom's Story

After my first stint in another rehab, I was taken in by ESH after a particularly horrendous relapse.

My hopes had been crushed and I was reduced to a life on the streets with a bleak future ahead of me, seemingly with no escape. This was until I contacted Paul and was soon taken under the wing of ESH Community.

tom testimonial imageThe second I stepped through the door, an unfathomable calm came over me. I truly felt at home and the warm and welcoming nature of the staff instantly gave me something I hadn’t felt in a long time; a feeling of hope.

From the food on offer to the general running of the deeply spiritual and thorough program of education, life skills and 12 step introductions, the passion and expertise at ESH Community really shone through.

The pioneering approach of the program being led by peers of similar life experience all to a positive, very person centered approach.

The quintessential English countryside location gave a feeling of serenity and reflection, allowing me to work towards a brighter future.


Kevin's Story

As I embark on week 4 of ESH Community rehab I am taken back to where my journey started.

I received a phone call from an ESH worker one evening in the Christmas break, he had received my referral from RP and what I can only explain now was a call from a caring and understanding man not only to where I currently was with my thoughts but mindful of how hard the Christmas period can be, he introduced me to meeting dates after Christmas the 8th January and urged that if I was struggling during the 2 week wait to call him.

I did not take his advice and as he said Christmas was hard, by the time I turned up to ESH Works with mum and dad, I was broken, battered, bruised, alone, angry and most of all scared. Tim guided me to the group and took my mum and dad to a different room. I cannot speak for my parents but this is where I had my eyes opened to a new world.

I attended these groups every Monday till the 5th March where I entered ESH Community rehab, my parents also attended the family groups on Wednesday offered by ESH Works up to the 7th March, they are now attending family groups dedicated to deliver an understanding and support for loved ones in rehab.

My journey with the service provider and ESH was a hard one as it was clear to me that I could not crack my addiction alone and hurting everyone around me so I asked to be considered for the rehab funding.
I am happy to say that I would not be here without the help from all at ESH and am very grateful for the opportunity, now I have never been grateful of much so don’t take my words lightly.

Eventually I earned my place and funding through hard work and staying clean but if I didn’t have my Monday groups and my parents getting an understanding of addiction on their Wednesday groups allowing us to live together as a family while I waited for confirmation I don’t think I would be here today.

Upon entering the doors of ESH Community on the 5th March, stupid, naive, broken and alone I was given time to settle in, take in my surroundings, the building and its grounds are set in the countryside away from loud noises, busy towns and has a calming feel all around the building. There is a very spiritual vibe that now warms me.

When I dropped my bags into my room at ESH I was broken, lifeless and angry!4 weeks into the program that somehow feels is catered around my needs I am rebuilding, growing and calm.

I struggled with people, places and things when I was at the lowest of my low. The staff have been warm, welcoming and knowledgeable.

The surrounds are something off a postcard giving hope and oozing with nature (life) and the program has helped me to understand me and with a peer led program you never feel alone.

ESH rehab program offers a wide variety of learning and activities based around recovery what also helps is this program is delivered by people with their own experiences of addiction from management, counsellor right through to the cook.

kevin testimonial imageThe learning is insightful and manageable with all my bad behaviours I was taken in and accepted feeling part of something, part of a community. This has allowed me to express myself which I have done on many occasions to be met with further discussion and sharing during  groups it has helped me to receive other people’s views and opinions often sharing similarities.

The balance between education, exercise, life skills, steps and allotment/grounds and meeting works well for me. It is still early days for me in recovery but I have learnt so much, from understanding addiction and recovery to using a washing machine and feel I am growing as a person given the tools to eventually manage in the outside world though I have a long way to go. I feel confident that ESH is the right place for me to be.

The very difference that sets them apart is their willingness, power and devotion to everyone around the program, my family, me, and others in addiction right down to the wildlife that greets me daily.

I am looking forward to my remaining 8 weeks and my action plan to entering the world and will be grateful for the after care and support offered knowing I never have to feel broken, battered, bruised and alone ever again.


Funded Placements

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We may also be able to offer some part funded placements depending on personal circumstances and bed availability.

You can call us on 01926 811702 for a confidential chat and to see if we can help with the funding.

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ESH Community
Holt Cottage Farm
Welsh Road East
CV47 1NJ 

Tel: 01926 811702
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