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New service launched to combat life-controlling dependencies.

In June we launched our latest service, CAP Release Groups, which offer support to those struggling with life-controlling dependencies such as smoking or gambling

Now in our 20th year, we have long seen the impact addictions have on those in financial difficulty. 18% of CAP Debt Help clients report that struggling with an addiction contributed to their financial difficulty, and often this acts as a persistent obstacle on clients’ journeys to becoming debt free or finding work. As a result, CAP Release Groups are a clear complement to CAP’s Debt Help service, and also help others gain control of their dependency before financial difficulty results.

CAP Release Groups have three elements that together create in-depth support. Inspired by the Twelve steps of recovery, the core of a CAP Release Group is the Steps to release course, which enables members to understand and tackle some of the root issues that may be causing their dependency. This is accompanied with one-to-one coaching, as well as community time to share challenges and success with others.

Following an 18 month pilot, there are now 58 CAP Release Groups running across the UK. In 2015, these groups supported 308 members with a wide range of life controlling dependencies, which half have struggled with for over 15 years. Yet with the support of a CAP Release Group 28% of members achieved a self-set goal. 

For more information about CAP Release Groups please visit or email

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