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Breaking Free Online

Breaking Free Online is an evidence-based, 6-12 week eTherapy (computerised cognitive-behaviour therapy, cCBT) programme, accesible to anyone who is registered with a GP in Rochdale.

Breaking Free Online enables service users to resolve the psychological and behavioural factors which underlie drug and alcohol dependency.  Symptoms of anxiety and depression are also addressed by programme, such as via thought challenging and relaxation techniques.

Weekly sessions, which involve a combination of online modules and one-to-one support from trained staff and volunteers, can be accessed in Rochdale, Middleton, or at home.

Umbrella org:
Big Life Group
01706 751180
Waiting times:
6-8 weeks but may vary
Free of charge
How to apply:

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