Addiction Support & Recovery

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry (American Society of Addiction Medicine). Regardless of the nature of the addiction, an addictive behaviour pattern is one a person finds they are powerless to break, or one that they keep returning to despite their intention not to.

The challenge

  • Decreasing specialist help and treatment in the context of major funding cuts in the NHS and Bristol City Council.

  • An increasing role for mutual aid and voluntary organisations.

  • An opportunity exists for new initiatives to help bridge the gap left by reduced services.

The response

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes

  • 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 not.

  • Alcoholics 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 to recover from alcoholism.

  • DHI (Developing Health & Independence) work with disadvantaged people and those who need a bit of extra help to be able to live independently

  • Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men & women who share their experience, strength & hope with each other that they may solve their common problem & help others to do the same

  • Impact Pathways has lists of local alcohol services and drugs services

  • Life Recovery Group offers Christian recovery meetings and support for people who struggle to connect with God and maintain recovery in mainstream church

  • NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking

  • Narcotics Anonymous

  • Nilaari specialises in support for black and minority ethnic groups

  • SMART Recovery helps individuals recover from any addictive behaviour and lead meaningful & satisfying lives; using a science-based therapeutic programme of training

  • 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


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