We receive many calls and enquiries from people living in Bristol and surrounding areas including Bath, Swindon and Weston Super Mare, who simply do not know where to turn for help.
Whether you are the individual with an alcohol or drug problem or a loved one or family member researching the options on behalf of someone else, we have put together a guide of options in the Bristol area for you.
Bristol and the surrounding areas have a population over 750,000, making it the 8th largest city in the UK. As the city has grown in both size and population, the number of people who require help with alcohol and drug problems has increased.
Alcohol in Bristol
It is estimated nationally that there are over 10 million people drinking above recommended levels. Whilst many of these people can stop or reduce their drinking with relative ease, there are many who need help in doing so. Among 18 – 50 year olds in Bristol, alcohol is now the leading risk factor in ill health, early mortality and disability and the fifth leading factor in all age groups. The range of alcohol problems vary from binge drinkers, who may often go for periods of time without drinking and then consume dangerous amounts, to those who drink more moderately but too often and are simply unable to go without alcohol for any real length of time.
Drugs in Bristol
Bristol, like any major city, has serious drug issues. It has the highest proportion of people who inject drugs in comparison to other major cities. Most of those developing problems include cocaine, cannabis and ketamine. For many people, their drug using journey begins quite innocently with cannabis use during teenage years. This is often resulting in either a progression to other drugs or a cannabis dependence, which is linked to a deterioration in mental health.
As well as illicit drugs, more people are presenting for prescription drug addiction treatment, primarily for opiates and benzodiazepines. These are either prescribed or bought on the black market
Drug and alcohol rehab programmes at The Providence Projects
Depending on the severity of the drug, alcohol or gambling problem, people often require a period of intense treatment. There are a range of treatment options in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Residential rehab is often the preferred option, as it generally is the quickest way to intervene and help the individual make the necessary changes.
Depending on the nature of the drug or alcohol problem, detox may be required. At The Providence Projects, there are a range of detox programmes for alcohol or drug misuse to ensure that you are able to withdraw from your substance safely and comfortably.
The rehab programmes help you to resolve the related issues and, most importantly, develop the skills to stay stopped! This really is the key to successful on-going recovery.
Since 1996 The Providence Projects has helped thousands of people to break the cycle of their addiction and remain clean and sober.
NHS or Private Rehab
Historically, may people used to access detox or rehab with help from their local authority. Over recent years, so many detox centres and rehabilitation clinics have closed due to funding cuts. Whilst there are a range of community options, funding for rehab can be very difficult to get. Where it is possible, there are often long waiting lists.
Of course, NHS rehab is favourable as it ensures that finance is not a barrier. If you are able to access funding, we strongly recommend you take advantage of that possibility.
If you are unable, private rehab may be an option. There are a range of private rehab options for those living in Bristol, Bath, Swindon and across the South West of England. At The Providence Projects we are able to arrange quick admissions into a range of programmes here.
Private rehab can be expensive but there is no need to spend £5,000 per week, as some centres may charge. In fact, £5,000 is enough for a complete programme to access immediate and high-quality rehab programmes.
Addiction help in Bristol
If you live in Bristol or the surrounding areas, you will have access to a range of out patient programmes, counselling and group sessions. You may be able to get some support or advice from your GP and there are some prescribing services and varying levels of support depending on the nature of your drug or alcohol problem. They will not however provide residential rehab.
There are also a range of self-help groups in the community that you can access. Most commonly, it is recommended that those suffering with an alcohol problem attend Alcoholics Anonymous whilst those who are suffering with a drug problem attend Narcotics Anonymous Meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the Bristol area
Friends Meeting House,
Postcode: BA1 1NG
Friends Meeting House,
Postcode: BS16 1NT
60 The Ridge,
Postcode: BS11 0DZ
St Anthony's Presbytery,
(Through black gates)
Postcode: BS10 7BE
Broadmead Baptist Church,
Postcode: BS1 3HY
Christ the Servant Church,
Postcode: BS14 8SP
Friends Meeting House,
Postcode: BS2 9DB
Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the Bristol area
Callington Road Hospital,
Postcode: BS4 5BJ
Tyndale Baptist Church,
Postcode: BS8 2QG
St Stephen's Church,
St Stephen's Street,
Postcode: BS1 1EQ
Windmill Hill City Farm,
Postcode: BS3 4EA
St. Mungo's Centre,
1 New Street,
Postcode: BS2 9EX
Easton Community Centre,
Postcode: BS5 6AW
3 Wade Street,
Postcode: BS2 9EL
Rehab Prices in Bristol for alcohol or drug treatment
In 2018 the last remaining residential rehab in Bristol, Chandos House, closed due to funding difficulties. It is also often recommended to go to a rehab that suits you, as opposed to simply the closest rehab.
Rehab costs will also vary depending on the length of programme. Detox and rehab programmes can range from 1 week to 6 months and are tailored to suit the needs of the individual.
There are often payment plans which can help individuals and families spread the cost of the programme.
What is the right rehab for me?
It is important to choose the right rehab. To do that, it is worth carrying out your own research. Generally the most important things to look for are whether the rehabilitation centre has been established for many years; we would recommend at least twenty years. Read the reviews, arrange a visit, speak to the team on the phone and make sure you ask all the questions you want. Never feel embarrassed to ask. It is important that you feel safe and confident in the clinic you choose.
Other Bristol drug and alcohol support
Bristol Drugs Project (BDP)
11 Brunswick Square
Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) - Central
E5 16-18 King Square,
Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) - North
Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) - South
Symes Community Centre,
Travel in Bristol
12 step meetings and BDP programmes are delivered across a range of sites in Bristol to ensure that they can be accessed simply using public transport.
Rehab pick up service
If you make the decision to access a private rehab facility, there is a pick-up service available to ensure that your journey is simple and comfortable. This is often a free service, depending on the distance of travel.