About Cassiobury Court

Cassiobury Court is operated by Step One Recovery; a company dedicated to providing excellent treatment and rehabilitation centres across the UK. The centre is located in Watford and is surrounded by plenty of green space, just a short walk from Cassiobury Park. Featuring a modern 21-bed residential treatment facility, Cassiobury Court offers residents personalised treatment plans to help them recover from drug and alcohol addictions in a modern and caring facility. The specialist team works around the clock to provide the best support possible to clients during their detox and stay.

The homely accommodation provides residents with all the private facilities they need to overcome addiction. Cassiobury Court’s expert medical team manage the withdrawal symptoms of residents and treat them with therapy and mindfulness techniques throughout their stay which aims to address the mental aspect of addiction. The rehab centre uses unique approaches to tackle substance abuse and is managed by many staff members who are in recovery themselves.

The facility provides:

  • 21 individual private bedrooms
  • 10 en-suite bedrooms available
  • Therapy & counselling rooms
  • Secluded gardens & an outdoor courtyard
  • A large, dedicated group therapy space
  • Comfortable lounges and modern dining room
  • Easy access to international airports
  • Daily outdoor walks
  • 24/7 recovery staff
  • Dedicated recovery nurses

Cassiobury Court’s core vision and values

Cassiobury Court aims to address all aspects of addiction; both mental and physical. The centre aims to achieve patient recovery in a positive environment and make residents feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult process. With modern interiors, a beautiful location, and state-of-the-art care facilities, Cassiobury Court is unlike any other rehab facility in the UK.

It’s also important to remain up-to-date and following government guidelines. The clinic is inspected and regulated by the independent Care Quality Commission (CQC) to ensure that patients receive the best quality of care possible and to check that care is in line with government regulations.

Your stay at Cassiobury Court

Every residential stay with at rehab starts with a detox. This can be a challenging period for clients, which is why the support team and medical staff are available 24/7 to supervise and treat patients accordingly.

The team take clients for daily walks after lunch for at least one hour to ensure that residents get regular exercise, feel relaxed, and experience mindfulness walking. All clients are accompanied by at least one member of staff.

During the evenings at Cassiobury Court, residents can enjoy the board games on offer, the karaoke machine, or spend time in the communal lounge to watch movies with other residents. The team encourages clients to prepare for a structured sleep routine (to be in their rooms by roughly 11-12pm), as this can improve wellbeing and healthy living, particularly for residents who have had previously turbulent lifestyles.

Cassiobury Court’s approach

Cassiobury Court are person-centred in their approach, and each client is regularly assessed by a Doctor and Nurse. An individual treatment programme is developed following an initial clinical assessment which contains motivational key working meetings so that each client can work towards their personal objectives. Each client is welcomed from the moment they begin treatment and receive a personalised support plan to ensure that their needs are met.

The advantages of treatment at Cassiobury Court:

  • Treatment options to suit all budgets
  • Holistic individual caring service
  • Flexible and tailored recovery programme
  • Health assessment and ongoing clinical supervision
  • 24/7 support and care from qualified and experienced staff
  • Family intervention meetings upon request with experienced staff/management
  • Individual and peer support (a buddy is assigned to each new client from the client group)
  • Safe and caring environment – all housekeeping needs are taken care of
  • Nutritious healthy food from a chef
  • 12 Months of FREE Aftercare

Meet The Team!

Raffa Bari – Manager

Raffa is dedicated and passionate about personal transformation and has a background in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, focusing in the areas of addiction. She has many years of experience in the field since she first joined the team at Cassiobury Court over eight years ago. Qualified at the Institute of Art in Therapy and Education (IATE), in Post Graduate Certificate Counselling using the Arts, and trained in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, Raffa is an excellent member of the recovery team.


Alison Hipwell – Deputy Manager

Alison has been in recovery for over six years and began working in the field of addiction once she became a volunteer at the rehab centre where she first achieved recovery. She is passionate and committed to helping clients with her understanding of the struggles they are experiencing and is currently studying a QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.


Jim Marvin – Senior Recovery Supervisor

From first starting his journey by volunteering at his local drug and alcohol service, Jim has since been working in the field of addiction for over two years. He is passionate about recovery and believes wholeheartedly that everyone has the potential to overcome active addiction.


Martin Clifton – Recovery Practitioner

Martin’s own recovery journey began in a rehab facility similar to Cassiobury Court, so he therefore understands the needs of residents at the clinic. He has worked at various treatment centres over the years as an addiction and recovery professional and is passionate about helping families to understand addiction and how best to provide this education/information for them.


Galia Georgieva – Recovery Practitioner

Galia is a member of the Natural and Complementary Healthcare Council and the American Hypnosis Association, whose specialisms include: Therapeutic Hypnosis, Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness and Regression. Her expertise in the addiction field includes more than 850 hours in substance misuse recovery and more than 100 hours in behavioural addictions recovery.


Gerard Brown – Recovery Practitioner (12 steps)

Gerard has ventured to Romania to build orphanages, as well as Africa to work with children. He focuses on the 12 Step Model of recovery, which has helped him in his own recovery. He has also sponsored many people and continues to be very involved with the fellowship.

Don’t just take our word for it…

Robert said: “Thank you for making me feel comfortable and very well looked after.

Cassiobury Court provides a 24-hour care and support. The staff went out of their way to accommodate my needs.

If you have a desire to be clean and sober, Cassiobury Court will give you a solid foundation of knowledge and experience and a chance of a sober recovery.”


Maggie said: “I spent two weeks at Cassiobury Court for alcohol addiction. It has been the best decision I have made in a very long time, and I have started the long, hard journey in recovery.

Excellent medical and emotional support was provided during the detox phase of my story.

The residential programme is well designed and structured to allow enough free time for personal reflection and relaxation. The days and some nights are fairly lousy and emotionally taxing with workshops and AA/CA meetings.

Two things I can mention as personal highlights are the daily walks in the beautiful Cassiobury park and the phototherapy workshop. The latter had changed my view on mindfulness completely.”

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: May 13, 2024

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.