Who we help


RAPt delivers drug and alcohol services to over 15,000 people a year.

These include drug and alcohol misusing or addicted* clients, both in prisons and in the community.

(*RAPt uses the term ‘addict’ to mean someone who is using drugs or alcohol and cannot stop without help.)

Over 1,000 people a year enroll in RAPt’s prison-based rehabilitation programmes.

Between April 2014 and March 2015, 71% of service users who engaged with one of our 12-Step prison-based programmes completed them. RAPt refers to their programme completers as ‘RAPt Graduates’ and they are entitled to ongoing support post-release (see Recovery Support Services for more details). 

Figures from RAPt’s Research Team reveal that the ‘average’ RAPt graduate (between April 2014 and March 2015) (based on over 500 graduates) was:

  • 35 years old
  • From a diverse ethnic and religious background
  • Left school at 15
  • Has a history of addiction to multiple substances
  • Has a history of trauma and/or symptoms of at least one mental health disorder (an average of over 3 seperate issues for every service user)

Furthermore, a large number (42%) of those engaging with RAPt programmes in prison anticipate that they will be homeless or be living in a hostel on release. 

These men and women have proved that, with our help, they can pull themselves out of the chaos of crime and drugs to lead happy and productive lives. 

RAPt’s research has also shown that completing RAPt’s 12-Step prison programme (the Substance Dependence Treatment Programme) leads to a much lower likelihood of reconviction, compared to completing another programme or non-completion of the RAPt programme. For more information, please see the summary of the paper on this study, published in the Journal of Substance Use (http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14659891.2014.904938)