ARA is a major provider of supported housing services in Bristol as a partner in the Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service (ROADS), and has an extensive and expanding service providing counselling and support for problem gamblers.
Resources: Alcohol and drugs
Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or a part of their lives. Alateen meetings are specifically for those age 12-17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
A weekly alcoholics anonymous meeting specifically for LGBTQ+ people who have a desire to stop drinking. Meeting times and details can be found on the AA website.
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.
With the aim of reducing alcohol and drug-related harm, Bristol Drugs Project works with individuals to change their behaviour and attitude toward drugs. This is a free and confidential service.
The BDP youth work team provide free and confidential 1-to-1 support around alcohol and drugs for children and young people aged 11-19 years old in Bristol.
Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service) is Bristol’s service for people seeking help with drug or alcohol problems. It is delivered by 5 providers ARA, BDP, BSDAS, DHI and St Mungo’s Broadway.
Bristol Drugs Project act as the first point of contact for referrals and initial assessments.
Chandos House is an all-male treatment facility focused on helping those who are committed to their recovery from substance misuse. Places can be self-funded or, in some cases, funded by the local authority.
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
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- A website
- A confidential telephone number (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Text service
- Email service
- A confidential live chat service,(available from 2pm-6pm daily)
- A service to locate counselling and treatment
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)
A BME service specialising in culturally appropriate programmes for mental health, (re)offending behaviour and problematic substance abuse, Nilaari offers therapies and programmes tailored to individuals based in inner city Bristol.
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.
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.
SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a programme that provides training and tools for people who want to change their problematic behaviour and addictions. Guided by trained facilitators, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.
SMART Recovery meetings run across the UK, with several meetings in Bristol, as well as online meetings for those who can’t make it to a physical group.
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.