Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Support

Find the support you need to help battle addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

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We are with you

We are with you is one of the UK’s leading mental health, drug and alcohol charities. They work with adults and young people, in community settings, in prisons, in residential rehab and through outreach. In 2017 they supported 140,000 people.

We are with you believes that everyone can change and supports them to do it.

Their services include Mental Health, Alcohol & drugs, Young persons, Friends & Family.

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The service is for young people in North Somerset who would like support, information or advice about drugs and alcohol.  

They also help young people who are using drugs, alcohol or tobacco and want support and help to stop their use.

They can meet with young people wherever they feel more comfortable.  This may be at home, in the community, at school or college or within their building.

The service’s work includes visiting schools and youth centres to provide education and information to groups of young people about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

They are also able to provide support and training to parents, carers and professionals.

A young person can refer themselves by calling the service’s telephone number or, with the young person’s permission, a referral can be made by a parent, carer or professional.  There is no waiting list and there is no charge for the service.

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Ara Recovery For All provides supported housing for people in Bristol who are in recovery from substance and alcohol misuse. Their accommodation (sometimes known as dry houses) is safe, secure and supports your recovery to independence. Ara has a variety of housing to suit people at different stages in their recovery, from prep-houses to long-term independent dwellings. All of their clients are assigned a support worker and have weekly one to one sessions to help them to access structured treatment, counselling, education and training and employment guidance.

Ara also operate a prison release service to prevent rough sleeping upon leaving prison by finding private rented accommodation in the Bristol area.

Weekly housing drop-ins allow people to refer themselves for the housing service.

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Ara Gambling Service

Ara Gambling Service provides free, confidential help for anyone affected by gambling harms. This includes free counselling over the telephone, via video call or in-person at any of Ara’s locations around Wales and South West England.

The service includes:

– Free and confidential advice and counselling
– Free blocking software
– Self-exclusion kit
– Relapse prevention support
– Affected others support
– Free awareness training sessions for professionals
– Support for culturally and linguistically diverse communities
– Young People’s Service

Anyone can self-refer via telephone on 0330 1340 286 or via Ara’s online Get Support form.