Resources: Addictions

ACT Peer Recovery Bristol

ACT Peer Recovery is a community MUTUAL AID organisation that uses Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to help people build a FULL and MEANINGFUL life. We have meetings where we practice ACT and teach the skills to help people make CHANGES in their BEHAVIOUR.

ACT is focused on accepting the things that are out of your control – such as thoughts and feelings – and committing to actions (behaviour) that take you TOWARDS what is important to you.

By peers, for peers

Meetings are run by peers who have changed their lives by applying the principles of ACT. Our meetings are:

  • safe and accessible
  • open access
  • confidential
  • experience-based
  • non-judgemental
  • voluntary

All meetings are open access. Please just turn up.

Alcoholics Anonymous – AA

Alcoholics Anonymous provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their personal experiences with alcohol with the overall aim of overcoming alcoholism. Both open and closed meetings are available throughout Bristol. National helpline also available.

ARA

ARA is a registered charity formed in 1987 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. It is estimated that ARA has helped over 40,000 people with alcohol, drug, gambling and mental health issues and has saved an estimated £50 million in… Read more

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self-supporting through our own contributions.

Anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs) is welcome.

UK Helpline:  0800 612 0225
Local info line:  07760 632 986
Email: info@casw.co.uk
Website: www.casw.co.uk 

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

A fellowship of people who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of our relationship to food and eating and joined FA because of an obsession with food. Group in Bristol who aid each other through shared experience and mutual support, we help each other to recover from food addiction. Their program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating.

Hawkspring

Hawkspring – supporting drug and alcohol recovery. Hawkspring offers a unique ‘whole family’ approach to drug and alcohol support services. They offer a range of services for individuals aged 18+ who are misusing drugs and/or alcohol. Supporting Recovery Supporting Carers… Read more

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only ONE requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. We suggest that you keep an open mind and give yourself a break.

  • If you have a drug problem and want to talk to someone who’s been there, call the national helpline:  0300 999 1212 
  • Find a meeting in your area (all meetings are weekly and there is no need for an appointment – just turn up)

Prism LGBT+ Alcohol and Drug Support

Prism is a dedicated support service for Bristol’s wide and varied LGBT+ communities and individuals. Prism provides free and confidential support to people around their alcohol and drug use. Prism provides outreach support in clubs and bars across Bristol, as well as providing direct access support in the Prism drop-in near Old Market.

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA) is a fellowship of men and women who meet regularly to solve our common problem of sexual addiction.

Our individual sexual addictions have involved any number of practices.  Some of us had trouble with one unwanted behaviour, some with many.  All of us once felt trapped in a cycle of addictive sexual behaviour.  In SAA we have found a means of recovery which has released us from our addiction.  As part of our recovery programme, we try to help others who have similar problems.  The programme is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, although we are not affiliate with AA.

  • National Helpline:  07599 917 686
  • Bristol meetings helpline:  07794 769 494
  • Email: info@saa-recovery.org.uk
  • Website: www.saa-recovery.org.uk 

The Junction

The Junction Project is an accommodation-based drug and alcohol service, accredited and funded by Bristol City Council. We provide good quality housing combined with individual support to men and women whose lives have been directly affected by alcohol or substance… Read more

The Southmead Project

The Southmead Project is a registered charity providing free therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma.

Based in North Bristol the charity provides one-one counselling as well as group programmes for survivors of child abuse and trauma, is active in research; runs very successful group programmes for parents, carers and concerned others of those affected by addiction, and delivers training programmes in abuse, addiction and disclosure across the UK.

The Swan Project

Based in Montpelier and specialising in alcohol addiction recovery, The Swan Project offers a range of low-cost counselling and therapeutic services which aim to empower the personal recovery and growth of anyone committed to reducing their drinking. Please note that… Read more

UK SMART Recovery

“Helping individuals recover from any addictive behaviour and lead meaningful & satisfying lives; using a science-based therapeutic programme of training.”

SMART Recovery helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.

Our SMART Recovery Programme can help if you are looking to change your harmful addictive behaviour and lead a balanced and fulfilling life. Our family and Friends programme helps individuals who have a loved one struggling with addiction. For more information about our Programmes, attending a meeting and accessing training please select the appropriate link below:

Western Counselling

Located in Weston-Super-Mare, Western Counselling offers a structured, abstinence-based, 12 step residential treatment program. Services include alcohol detox, drug detox, rehabilitation and aftercare.

Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS)

WIAS offer services including ‘drop-in’ sessions, helplines, women’s groups as well as 1:1 counselling. They are a not-for-profit organisation specifically focused on women and supporting them with past and present alcohol issues.

New support sessions starting in October 2018 in central Bristol.  Friendly, helpful atmosphere and expert advice and support. Booking essential as groups are small.

Telephone: 0117 942 8077 or email contact@wiaswomen.org.uk

“No Blame, No Shame. Women helping other women to recover from alcohol issues”