Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service (BDAS) offers a range of treatment and support services for adults aged 18+ who have concerns about their drug or alcohol use and are residents in the borough of Bromley.
BDAS provides a comprehensive range of services, including:
- Foundations of Recovery programmes
- Community engagement
- Recovery work
- Care coordination
- Health and wellbeing clinics
- POD work
- An 8 week stimulant treatment programme
- Needle exchange
- Hepatitis C testing and Hepatitis B vaccination
- Ear accupuncture
- Prison link and DIP services
- Opiate substitute prescribing and detoxification programmes
- Community alcohol detoxification
- Family and carer support services
- A comprehensive recovery programme
- Referral for residential and detoxification assessment
- NA, AA, CA, Co-anon, Life Ring and SMART Recovery mutual aid groups run from our premises
- A Design 4 Life – peer lead activities
- Peer mentor and volunteering opportunities
BDAS promotes recovery services throughout the borough of Bromley; we work from 2 main services close to Bromley town centre as well as operating 3 satellite clinics, which ensures open and flexible access to services. Our satellite clinics are located i:; Holy Trinity Church, Penge, Orpington Village Hall and Cotmandene Resource Centre, St Mary’s Cray.
Our workers also operate out of a variety of locations including: Princess Royal University Hospital A&E and the Gastro-Intestinal Unit (Kings College), within Green Parks Unit (Oxleas), HMP High Down, Bromley Police Station and the Magistrates Court in Bromley. We also work closely with a number of services who provide clinics within our services, such as Probation, Job Centre Plus, and dual diagnosis services.
The Open Access Service undertakes the initial assessment of a person’s needs. Access to the service can be made by self-referral or from partner agencies. From here users of the service can access the amalgamated drug and alcohol recovery programmes. To become a client you can attend one of our open access services - these offer drug and alcohol assessments 7 days a week:
- Monday and Friday 10am - 4pm
- Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm - 8pm
- Wednesday 1.30pm - 4pm
- Saturday - Open Access Assessments by appointment only
Our workers come from a mutli-disciplinary background, we employ: nurses, keyworkers, doctors and counsellors. We also run a volunteer and a peer mentor programme.
What we do and how we do it
When you first come to the service you will be seen by one of the workers in Open Access. They will take you through a comprehensive assessment that will help us to work out the best programme for you. You will leave with an appointment to come back, a recovery plan and also an induction pack. The induction pack will outline your treatment programme and will also provide you with details of other local mutual aid groups in Bromley.
The majority of clients work with other clients in small PODs where 3-5 people who are at a similar stage of recovery, who are using similar substances come together with their Recovery Workers to work towards similar aims. You will also be assigned a Care Coordinator who will regularly meet you through your treatment journey and help you plan and review your next steps. The model we use throughout the programme is call Foundations of Recovery, which has 3 phases – Change, Growth and Life. This model is used throughout our treatment services and it includes:
- Opiate Prescribing services
- Detox from drugs and/or alcohol
- Help with cannabis and stimulant use
- POD work programmes
- Care Coordination
We aim for treatment to start within 3 working days of your comprehensive assessment.
What to expect
- Open Access Assessments – these usually last between 1 – 1.5 hours
- A POD session usually lasts 1 – 1.5 hours
- A Care Coordination Review lasts 1 – 1.5 hours
Make an appointment
The Open Access Service undertakes the initial assessment of your needs. Access to the service can be made by self-referral or from partner agencies. You can contact the service on 0208 289 1999 or by Fax on 0208 289 5507. We aim to see people within 5 working days of the receipt of the referral. If you are concerned at all about the length of time to get support then you can call the Service Manager Jonathan Williams on 07500 44 34 38.
Can’t attend your appointment?
If you cannot attend an appointment then we ask you to give us 24 hours’ notice of a cancellation so that we can accommodate this and make you another appointment. We may ask you to provide evidence of other appointments that you have attended if this effects attendance to the prescribing service.
As a service we cannot authorise absences where you have been asked to attend BDAS by Probation, The Police or the Courts.
Other sources of local support
- Bromley Mind
- Bromley Job Centre Plus
- Oxleas MH Trust
- Bromley CAB