Our approach

Our focus is on helping people understand their behaviours, and finding alternative ways to cope.

Our work has always been based on the idea that drinking, drug use, or gambling is an act that someone does to gain, avoid or escape certain things. Behaviour is learned and maintained in the context of each person’s whole life – this means their  family, employment, housing, biology, cultural background and other personal and social challenges.

We believe that you can resolve your problems with the right support and guidance.

Aquarius has always held the view that people have the ability to find their own solutions to their problems. We’re here to support you in your recovery journey in a way that’s right for you.

Our services are underpinned by cognitive behavioural approaches and methodologies.

Our support focuses on enabling people to understand and change their behaviour and thought processes, and ultimately achieve their recovery goals.

  • People use substances, gamble and carry out certain behaviours in order to cope with a variety of problems
  • People are responsible for their own thoughts, feelings and actions, and are capable of change
  • With the right support at the right time, people can change their behaviours and find alternative ways in which to cope with their problems.

We are committed to work alongside the people we support to identify and make changes so that people can flourish.

The recovery ethos at the heart of our support drives our commitment to work alongside the people we support to identify and make changes so that people can flourish.

All of our services are tailored to the local communities, and personalised for everyone who accesses support. Each person’s experience is different, and that means each person’s recovery journey differs too. We focus on your needs, interests and ambitions. Depending on your personal situation, you may access our early intervention services for a short period of time, or might access longer-term support.

Some of our services are dedicated to support the specific needs of young people, adults and older people. Our research and evaluation helps us to identify where there are gaps in support, and we are keen to continue to pioneer new services and ways of working to reach communities with unmet needs.

We will be with you on each step of your journey to help you look to the future with confidence that change is possible.