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:
- An alternative is SMART Recovery (SMART Recovery- SMART Recovery UK)
- Try to reduce quantities consumed rather than quitting straightaway
- Visit your GP
- Visit or talk to your local substance misuse service http://www.nta.nhs.uk/accessing-treatment.aspx
- Contact your local authority for details of treatment services in your area
How to access funding
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 http://www.nta.nhs.uk/accessing-treatment.aspx
GAMCARE (http://www.gamcare.org.uk) provides support, advice and assistance with funding for residential placements.
Telephone 020 7801 7000 or email@example.com.
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 http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk
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|
|Born To Lose|
|Boundaries - Where You End & I Begin|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|Taking Back Your Life|
|The Language of Letting Go|
|The Power of Powerlessness|
|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|