Self Help

Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition that can be treated successfully with or without treatment. The need for treatment will depend upon the severity of the addiction.
Although most of our services are residential, we do provide a number of community services and part of our ethos as a charity is about providing help and support to former patients and anyone with addiction issues.

  • Try to attend a mutual aid or self help meeting, preferably with a friend
  • 12-Step Fellowship meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

Details and locations of meetings can be found at:

AA Meetings | Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Ltd


How to access funding

Substance Misuse

Local Authorities provide funding for detoxification and/or residential rehabiliation and the process is managed by the local drug/alcohol community treatment providers.  These organisations assess the needs of the individual and identify the treatment options available.

Local arrangements may vary by area but details of the process can be obtained from Adult Social Services, Public Health departments or Drug and Alcohol Action Teams within the local authority or the local community drug/alcohol treatment provider.

For further details on how to access local community treatment providers and for general advice on how to access treatment, there is a dedicated substance misuse department within Public Health England


GAMCARE ( provides support, advice and assistance with funding for residential placements. 

Telephone 020 7801 7000 or

Guidance for family and friends

Addiction is an illness which can have a profound effect on a friend or relative's behaviour where they will take whatever steps are necessary to sustain their addiction. This can involve lying to or stealing from friends and relatives which can damage relationships.

Encourage them to seek help from their GP or local community treatment provider. Accompany them to appointments.

Reducing the consumption of harmful substances is safer than stopping immediately.

Encourage them to attend a mutual aid meeting or speak to someone they know in recovery or in treatment who can help them.

If you require support yourself, Al-Anon and Alateen provide support groups for family, friends and teenagers affected by someone else's alcoholism

Recommended reading

Broadway Lodge recommends the books listed below and these books can be purchased via the internet, by using your search engine to enter the book title which will come up with a list of retailers who sell the book.

Alcoholics Anonymous H/C
The Angry Book
Beyond CoDependency
Born To Lose
Boundaries - Where You End & I Begin
Brown Bottle
CoDependent No More
Day by Day
Days of Healing, Days of Joy
Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down
Drinking a Love Story
Each Day a New Beginning
Everything Changes
Eye Opener
Fat is a Family Affair
Food for Thought
Gambling and Gaming Addictions in Adolescence
GA - Sharing Recovery Through GA
A Gift to Myself
Help Them Beat the Booze
Help to Helpers
Inner Harvest - Meditations for Eating Disorders
Just for Today (NA)
Letting Go of Shame
Little Red Book (soft cover)
Lost Child
Mum, can you lend me twenty quid?
Narcotics Anonymous (hardcover)
NA It Works How  and Why (hardcover)
Potatoes Not Prozac
Reinventing Your Life
Reality Therapy - William Glasser
Shock Waves
Taking Back Your Life
The Language of Letting Go
The Power of Powerlessness
Touchstones (Men)
12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery
Twelve x Twelve Traditions AA
Twelve x Twelve Traditions OA
Twenty Four Hours a Day H/C
What's Left of Us
Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am?
Releasing Guilt About Gambling
Understanding Compulsive Gambling
When Someone You Love Gambles
Releasing Anger
Sticking Thinking