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.
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.
Local alcohol services are listed here: www.impactpathways.org.uk/Alcohol/
Drug services here: www.impactpathways.org.uk/Drugs/
The Life Recovery Group offers Christian recovery meetings and support for people who struggle to connect with God and maintain recovery in mainstream church. www.liferecoverygroup.org/cms/index.php/
Alcoholics Anonymous www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
Narcotics Anonymous www.ukna.org
Gamblers Anonymous www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/
SMART Recovery www.smartrecovery.org.uk/
Nilaari Specialising in support for black and minority ethnic groups www.nilaari.co.uk
Women’s Independent Alcohol Support www.wiaswomen.org.uk/
The SWAN project offers counselling for people with alcohol addiction www.theswanproject.co.uk/
DHI course www.dhibristol.org.uk/families-and-carers
al-Anon (mutual aid group based on 12 steps) www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Southmead Project (facilitated group) - for all of Bristol southmeadproject.org.uk/what-we-do/
National Association for Children of Alcoholics. This includes support for adults whose parent is/was alcoholic www.nacoa.org.uk
www.adultchildren.org including the helpful “Laundry List” which describes the character traits that can affect people raised in dysfunctional families. This is not exclusive to families with an alcoholic parent www.adultchildren.org/lit/Laundry_List.php
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