Brighton and Hove Recovery Service

We are here to help – regardless of how alcohol or drugs are affecting you. You do not need to be dependant to use our services.

Your initial assessment will be on the phone. We will then invite you into our friendly Brighton and Hove service for a full comprehensive assessment. After this we will help you to decide the right route to your recovery goals. Your journey might include:

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1 to 1 support

A major part of our service is 1 to 1 support. You will be matched with a Recover Co-ordinator who you will meet with regularly. Together with them you will develop a care plan which will help you set and reach your recovery goals.

Groups

We run a variety of groups every day of the working week. Some are geared towards established methods to recovery such as the 12 Step Fellowship (Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous etc.). However, if they are not for you, there are plenty of alternatives. You can find out more below or discuss the options available to you with your Recovery Co-ordinator.

If you are unsure where to begin, a good place to try is the Start here Group.

  • Mon

Monday

Time
Activity
10:00

Start here is our welcome group for those new to the service or existing service users who would like more information on the groups we offer and what could help. Come join us for a brew and a chat? This group is about welcoming you.

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

10:30

Speakeasy is a drop-in, informal mutual aid support group, facilitated by peer mentors. The group offers a safe, non-judgemental space to explore recovery; the challenges, the successes, what helps, and everything in between. Exchanges with others who have been in similar situations can provide valuable insights and new perspectives on how to navigate your own journey. This group is about support and connection. 

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

12:30

Cocaine Anonymous is a mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence-based recovery, through the 12 step programme.

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

14:00

Self-Management and Recovery Training uses motivational and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to get out from under dysfunctional behavioural habits that form addiction. The model uses a 4-point programme: Building Motivation, coping with urges, Problem Solving and Lifestyle Balance. This group is about behaviour change and goal setting. 

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT. 

Tuesday

Time
Activity
14:00

This drop-in group aims to teach you some of the skills you can apply to your day-to-day life. These skills come from Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) which is designed to help you understand and accept your difficult feelings, learn skills to manage them and then become able to make positive changes in your life. ‘Dialectical’ means trying to understand how two things that seem opposite could both be true. For example, accepting yourself and changing your behaviour might feel contradictory, but DBT teaches that it's possible for you to achieve both these goals together. This is not group therapy, but more like a series of skills teaching sessions. There are four skill types we will cover: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation.

This is an online group, please contact Richmond House for a link to access the group.

14:30

Alcoholics Anonymous is a mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence-based recovery, through the 12 step programme. 

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

Wednesday

Time
Activity
10:30

Speakeasy is a drop-in, informal mutual aid support group, facilitated by peer mentors. The group offers a safe, non-judgemental space to explore recovery; the challenges, the successes, what helps, and everything in between. Exchanges with others who have been in similar situations can provide valuable insights and new perspectives on how to navigate your own journey. This group is about support and connection.

This group is held at Cascades, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD.

12:00

Self-Management and Recovery Training uses motivational and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to get out from under dysfunctional behavioural habits that form addiction. The model uses a 4-point programme: Building Motivation, coping with urges, Problem Solving and Lifestyle Balance. This group is about behaviour change and goal setting.

This group is held at Cascades, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD.

12:30

These sessions are designed as a drop in version of our closed ACT group, but the group will be more focused on the here and now and require no prior knowledge of ACT. Acceptance and Commitment therapy uses both cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based strategies. It aims to help you create a rich, full and meaningful life whilst at the same time accepting the challenges that come with it. Coming from a personal values-driven perspective we aim to help you to develop tools to introduce more psychological flexibility and emotional resilience into your life.

This is an online group, please contact Richmond House for a copy of the timetable for a link to access the group.

14:30

If you’re stuck in a rut, gratitude and mindfulness may help you get more out of life and navigate difficult challenges. Gratitude allows you to notice your blessings and create balance from life’s difficulties. Mindfulness helps you handle tough times with grace, acceptance, and surrender. Gratitude is central to happiness; mindfulness can help us cultivate it.

When you combine gratitude and mindfulness, it allows you to acknowledge the blessings in your everyday life and sit with this moment, right now. During hard times, a gratitude and mindfulness practice may help keep your perspective balanced.

This is held at Richmond House.

Thursday

Time
Activity
10:00

Self-Management and Recovery Training uses motivational and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to get out from under dysfunctional behavioural habits that form addiction. The model uses a 4-point programme: Building Motivation, coping with urges, Problem Solving and Lifestyle Balance. This group is about behaviour change and goal setting.

This group is held at Holland Road Baptist Church, Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1JN.

10:30

Speakout is a mutual aid group specifically for service users who identify as LGBTQIAA+. A safe, non-judgmental space to explore the recovery within the community. This group is about support and connection.

This group is held at Richmond House.

11:00

Ear acupuncture is for everyone. No need to make an appointment – just come along. Treatments are received sitting in a calm clinic space for around 30 minutes. Treatments can support people at all stages of recovery – relieving cravings, managing anxiety, stress, promoting a sense of ease and relaxation and improving sleep patterns.

This is held at Richmond House.

13:30

This drop-in group aims to teach you some of the skills you can apply to your day-to-day life. These skills come from Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) which is designed to help you understand and accept your difficult feelings, learn skills to manage them and then become able to make positive changes in your life. ‘Dialectical’ means trying to understand how two things that seem opposite could both be true. For example, accepting yourself and changing your behaviour might feel contradictory, but DBT teaches that it's possible for you to achieve both these goals together. This is not group therapy, but more like a series of skills teaching sessions. There are four skill types we will cover: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation.

This is held at Richmond House.

15:00

These sessions are designed as a drop in version of our closed ACT group, but the group will be more focused on the here and now and require no prior knowledge of ACT. Acceptance and Commitment therapy uses both cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based strategies. It aims to help you create a rich, full and meaningful life whilst at the same time accepting the challenges that come with it. Coming from a personal values-driven perspective we aim to help you to develop tools to introduce more psychological flexibility and emotional resilience into your life.

This is held at Richmond House.

Friday

Time
Activity
10:30

Speakeasy is a drop-in, informal mutual aid support group, facilitated by peer mentors. The group offers a safe, non-judgemental space to explore recovery; the challenges, the successes, what helps, and everything in between. Exchanges with others who have been in similar situations can provide valuable insights and new perspectives on how to navigate your own journey. This group is about support and connection.

This group is held on Zoom and at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT. To join online, please contact Richmond House for a copy of our timetable for links to the meetings.

12:00

The service user meeting is a weekly space for you to give us your feedback, to improve what we can offer. We would love to hear from you. This group is about you having a voice.

This group is held on Zoom and at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT. To join online, please contact Richmond House for a copy of our timetable for links to the meetings.

14:00

Self-Management and Recovery Training uses motivational and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to get out from under dysfunctional behavioural habits that form addiction. The model uses a 4-point programme: Building Motivation, coping with urges, Problem Solving and Lifestyle Balance. This group is about behaviour change and goal setting.

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

Saturday

Time
Activity
10:30

Speakeasy is a drop-in, informal mutual aid support group, facilitated by peer mentors. The group offers a safe, non-judgemental space to explore recovery; the challenges, the successes, what helps, and everything in between. Exchanges with others who have been in similar situations can provide valuable insights and new perspectives on how to navigate your own journey. This group is about support and connection.

This group is held at Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton, BN1 3FT.

Support with drugs

Needle exchange

Needle exchange programs are places where you can get new, clean injecting equipment and advice for staying safe. You can also return any used equipment so that it can be safely disposed of.

We also offer a needle exchange service by post, with the option of discrete packaging, for free.

Use the code:

11 40 00 58 22

If you want to access Needle Exchange facilities in person, there are a number of options in the city. Look out for this logo, which shows where you can exchange your needles.

The Needle Exchange Logo. There is a Green arrow pointing right with a red arrow underneath pointing left. They sit in a Yellow circle which sits on a green background

 

 

 

Some local pharmacies offer a free needle exchange service:

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Naloxone

Naloxone is life saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids.

All pharmacies offer Naloxone for free  - just ask at the counter. We also have stocks available at our service in Richmond House.

Find out more about Naloxone.

Substitute Medication

If you are using medication to help with your recovery this is called Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT).

The medicines that we offer are Methadone, Buprenorphine and Buvidal Therapy. The prescribing clinician will work with you to choose the best medication to suit your needs. 

These medications can replace street drug use and will help to prevent relapse, reduce withdrawal symptoms and provide you with long term benefits of improved health.

When you first start your prescription, you will need to go to your pharmacy on a daily basis. Your prescription will need to be reviewed if you miss doses.

If you are planning on travelling we will need 4 weeks notice to help ensure your treatment can continue.

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Chemsex

You can find out more about Chemsex and how we can help with Slamming Packs and more support by clicking the link below:

Chemsex Support

Support with alcohol

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Detox

If you are drinking alcohol every day and notice unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you are not drinking, please do not stop drinking suddenly. This can cause extremely harmful withdrawal symptoms.  

A detox will help you to withdraw from alcohol safely and comfortably. You can find out more about how detox works and what is involved by clicking the link below:

What is a detox?