You need to be over 18, live in Brighton & Hove and want help with drug or alcohol issues. Whether your goal is abstinence or reduction Pavilions recovery and strength based approach can help you.
Pavilions support people who use any substance, legal or illegal.
To access our services you will need to complete an assessment with us.This will usually take up to an hour and gives us the chance to find out what your goals and needs are.
Please drop-in to either of our offices for an assessment. If you are unable to visit our offices, please call 01273 731900 to arrange an alternative.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture is particularly useful in the early stages of drug and alcohol detoxification, reducing cravings and alleviating emotional symptoms such as anxiety and panic experienced during withdrawal from substance use.
HIV/AIDS support: local and national organisations
AVERT: a charity working to avert HIV/AIDS worldwide through education, treatment and care.
Claude Nicol Centre: Sexual Health & Contraception service in Brighton and Hove.
The Lawson Unit: specialist centre offering treatment, support and ongoing care for men and women living with HIV/AIDS.
The Sussex Beacon: specialist care and support for men, women and families affected by HIV, including inpatient and outpatient service.
The Terrence Higgins Trust:HIV testing and support for gay and bisexual men and all African men and women.
HIV Aware: provides clear, current and trustworthy information on HIV.
National AIDS Trust: charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV, providing expertise and practical resources.
Pavilions has joined up with Breaking Free Online.
Take control of your own recovery with online treatment and recovery programme:
The term ‘Chemsex’ (also known as PNP – Party & Play or High & Horny) refers to sex whilst on drugs.
For some guys sex and drugs/alcohol go hand in hand. If you choose to use drugs, we want you to do it in the safest way possible, look after yourself and protect your sexual health.
The Criminal Justice Engagement Team supports any adult who suffers with a drug or alcohol problem and have found themselves anywhere within the Criminal Justice System.
The team works with individuals who have self-referred following arrest, during sentencing or whilst in custody. We also receive referrals from partner agencies such as Police, Prison and Probation.
Our aim is to help people address and remove any barrier they may encounter in their journey towards recovery.
Where service users are looking for abstinence from alcohol and have been assessed as suitable, medicated community alcohol withdrawal is available alongside recovery group work.
For more information about a medically assisted detox from alcohol, please download a factsheet here.
Planned reduction from opiate substitute medication (Methadone & Buprenorphine) as well as other opiate based medications can be carried out in the community, at a rate to suit the individual under supervision of the care coordinator, the clinical team and regulalr group support.
For more information about a medically assisted detox from opiates, please download a factsheet here.
City Roads Inpatient Detox
Cranstoun City Roads offers alcohol&drug detoxification and stabilisation services, in a safe and secure residential setting. If you decide to undertake a detox with Pavilions we will form a plan with you to ensure you can arrive at City Roads supported by a worker and without cost to yourself.
For more information, please speak to your Care Co-ordinator or see the leaflet here.
BHT’s Detox Support Project provides safe accommodation and a programme of support for men and women undergoing a medically supervised detox programme.
The service aims to achieve on-going abstinence and prevent homelessness by providing support to enable clients to achieve healthy independent living.
Clients will learn the specific recovery skills needed to prevent relapse, communicate safely with others and to maintain motivation as they progress to the Recovery Project.
The Detox Support Project provides an eight to twelve week detox for clients to achieve complete abstinence.
How to apply
People interested in accessing the Detox Support Project are invited to attend our weekly drop-in session, at 5 Egremont Place, from 2pm to 3pm every Tuesday.
All referrals are made through Pavilions referral gateway service at Richmond House, Richmond Rd, Brighton BN2 3RL
To contact this service please ring: 01273 731900
The Drug and Alcohol Outreach Team operates as part of the Pavilions integrated Adult Drug & Alcohol Service for Brighton & Hove. The service provides assertive outreach and engagement, working with the street community to address substance use related issues.
The Drug and Alcohol Outreach Team aims to reduce street presence, sustain tenancies and reduce harm while helping people work towards recovery. This is done through intensive, assertive support-care navigating people into drug and alcohol treatment, accommodation, meaningful activity and health services.
The Drug and Alcohol Outreach Team works with the city’s street drinking population, with locally connected rough sleepers as well as people in hostels and other accommodation.
Interventions include assertive outreach to the street and into hostels, facilitating access to treatment, pre and post treatment support and promoting health improvements and recovery.
Referrals are generated by the street work of the service or come from other street outreach teams. In addition, the 7 homeless hostels in Brighton & Hove can refer to the team.
The service covers Brighton & Hove and is based at Community Base: 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG.
Telephone: 01273 773 933
Pavilions wants to provide service users with the best chance at making real changes in their lives. To help with this, Pavilions looks at linking service users in with education, training or volunteering (ETV) opportunities in Brighton & Hove.
This helps service users catch up on education they feel they’ve missed, look at taking steps towards employment, or to form links with the wider community and give something back.
This service can help you:
• Improve your self esteem and confidence
• Gain qualifications
• Learn new skills
• Meet new people
• Add to your CV
• Help others and give something back
Your care coordinator will make a referral with you to the ETV Service, where you can decide what it is you’d like to focus on. The ETV Coordinator will then arrange a meeting with you, to look at what there is available for you to get involved with.
Help and support in making appointments and preparing for meetings and interviews is also available. Follow up support will be offered as well, to make sure you are happy with whatever you decide to do.
We have a wide variety of courses and volunteering that you have help to access, including:
• English, maths and IT courses
• Self improvement and confidence building courses
• Information on work placements
• Creative groups
• Volunteering opportunities (with older people, animals, theatres and gardening groups for example)
Pavilions also has good working partnerships with other agencies in the city, such as:
• Business Action on Homelessness
• Food Partnership
• Brighton & Hove Albion
• Sussex Wildlife Trust
These agencies are very happy to work with our service users and provide opportunities for them, which can really benefit those who take part. Please ask your care coordinator to refer you to the ETV Service if you would like to discuss these partnership placements.
Gary provides support to adults in Brighton and Hove who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans), including men who have sex with men (MSM). He works in partnership with other LGBT services in Brighton.
Gary receives a high number of referrals from people wanting to access information and support to address their substance misuse, whether they want to reduce or stop their use or simply use more safely.
Many people accessing help commonly present with a number of complex issues. Gary’s role is to support the client in identifying the areas where they are in need and to access appropriate support, often linking in with other established LGBT services in Brighton.
Gary works holistically so that the client feels supported and has the time to explore and identify the issues which underlie and trigger on going drug or alcohol misuse.
Gary is able to support anyone over the age of 18 that lives in Brighton & Hove.
Is your partying and drug and alcohol use not as fun as it used to be?
Is your drug and alcohol use having an impact on your relationship & friendships?
Is your job at risk due to the amount of time you have had from work? due to your partying spilling into the week?
Are you experiencing financial difficulties due to your on going alcohol or drug use?
Are you concerned about your sexual risk taking when you are substance affected?
Then contact Gary Smith LGBT Support for an informal confidential chat on 07884476634
Gary will support you holistically on a one to one basis, whether you want to:
• Assess and cut down your drug or alcohol use
• Work towards being drug or alcohol free
• Use more safely
• Explore what has triggered your drug or alcohol use to become problematic
• Look after your health while you continue to use
• Take control over the sex you have while using drugs or alcohol (chemsex support)
How to get in touch
Gary can be contacted directly on 07884476634 or you can use the Pavilions Freephone number 0800 014 9819.
If you would prefer you can contact Gary via email on email@example.com
Gary also has a Facebook page, however please note this is not monitored daily so please don't use this if you want an immediate response.
To download the LGBT leaflet click here.
To download the LGBT poster click here.
To download the LGBT referral form click here.
Clinic M offers a confidential sexual health service to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men regardless of HIV status on Wednesday evening. Gary (LGBT Support) attends this clinic on the first Wednesday of the month.
There are 8 walk in slots from 17:00 – 18:00 and appointments from 18:00. This clinic is open on Wednesday evenings 17:00 – 20:00.
is a sexual health service for anyone who identifies as trans or gender variant (partners are welcome too). The clinic runs every three months and upcoming dates are posted on the . All of the services are free and completely confidential, and the staff have been trained in trans awareness.
Tel: 01273 523388
Mindfulness is simply present moment awareness, and an open and friendly willingness to what is going on within and around you.
Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention is an 8 week programme which is run at regular intervals here at Pavilions. Participants will learn to develop a regular meditation practice which helps build resilience and provides practical skills for dealing with negative moods, triggers and thoughts. Participants will be provided with CD’s of recorded meditations to listen to at home as well as a workbook to refer to and read after each session. Following the 8 week course participants are welcome to come to the weekly mindfulness drop in to maintain their connection to mindfulness and to continue to benefit from it in a supportive group environment.
If your substance misuse is under some degree of control and you would like to experience mindfulness it would be a good idea to come to the drop in initially. This is an hour of short meditation practice’s and discussion, and is a good way to see if mindfulness is for you.
If you would like to attend the 8 week group please talk to your care coordinator.
Pavilions believe in the principle of harm reduction. We want to help people to live lives free from addiction, but this takes time, and in the meantime we want to give you sensible advice on how to use alcohol & drugs as safely as possible.
An important part of this approach is Needle Exchange. Wherever you see the green&red arrows logo you know that there is a free needle exchange in the building.
For needle exchange services outside of these hours please see the Pharmacy Needle Exchange list.
For information about Pavilions Needle Exchange contact Debbie Piper on 01273 731900
Everyone at Pavilions can make a difference to the lives of service users and it is the quality of people who work at Pavilions and the passion and dedication they give everyday that sets us apart as an organisation.
Ambition, compassion, innovation and integrity mark out Pavilions staff and services and these values are the bedrock of what we do and how we do it. Pavilions people are confident, warm, open and purposeful; they go the extra mile, with good humour.
The purpose of the Peer Mentoring Scheme is to support service users to develop and pursue their recovery aspirations, expand opportunities and build confidence. The scheme uses a model, whereby the Mentor uses their lived experience of recovery to inspire and assist others seeking recovery.
The aim of the scheme is to inspire Service Users to visualise and seek their own Recovery, while developing a Mentor's skills and tools that support their Recovery.
Peer Mentors must:
• Be out of structured treatment
• Demonstrate stability in recovery
• Not be engaged in any illicit drug use (incl. Legal Highs / Club Drugs)
• Not be engaged in current criminal activity
• Be able to commit to a minimum of 7 hours a week
• Be able to read and write clearly
For more information, please contact David Obermayer, Peer Mentor Co-ordinator on:
Tel: 01273 731900 / 07920546678
Address: Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton BN2 3RL
Click here to download the lealfet
Community prescribing includes:
We can link you with a vibrant community of people who can support your recovery and help you access the support which is most appropriate to your needs and goals.
For a list of the various groups runing in the city, a range of activities and volunteering and training opportunities, please click here.
The Interventions Team aims to provide a number of options for people to explore and build their recovery via group work options. These cover a variety of subjects from mindfulness through to how to make links with the wider recovery community and are open to anyone receiving a service from us, regardless of the type of chemical/alcohol which triggered the need for support.
ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Theory) - a mindfulness based rolling programme every Monday which is open to anyone receiving support from Pavilions.
Springboard - a rolling five day programme designed to introduce service users to the potential and tools of recovery, as well as an introduction to the visible recovery community in Brighton and Hove.
Forward - an alcohol detox group using Cranstoun’s Integrative Recovery model as a means of identifying and developing a bespoke recovery programme meaningful to the individual.
Rethink - a structured programme for service users involved with criminal justice agencies. Rethink is a rolling six week programme designed to focus on recovery. The group work content focusses on the development of a personalised, resilient, recovery focussed programme.
Evidence at national level supports clearly the relationship between a quality of recovery, sustained abstinence, and the impact of crime on communities. We believe our service users can aspire to a life in recovery rather than an existence determined by substance misuse and crime. Rethink is designed to walk alongside them in developing this.
Speak Easy - an unstructured, check in group that meets 4 times a week to provide peer support. It has been described as 'A group for people who don't like groups'. Speak Easy is facilitated by one of our volunteers or peer mentors and is very popular.
SUG@RH - our service user forum. Please see their mission statement:
"SUG@RH is open to all Service Users in a non-discriminatory manner and exists to provide a user forum through which user feedback is provided to Pavilions on the services they provide. It puts forward suggestions, returns feedback, reports on what is going well, or not well and provides representation (service user representatives) as required."
Once you are in structured treatment with Pavilions we will be able to refer you into residential rehab if this is a suitable option. In Brighton & Hove there are a few options:
St Thomas Fund is a residential rehabilitation service based in Brighton and Hove that offers a safe place for adults wanting to become free of drugs and alcohol, and make positive steps towards recovery.
It is a free service for adults over the age of 18 with a local connection to Brighton and Hove; places are agreed with all parties following referral and assessment.
Most residents have a history of rough sleeping, drug and alcohol-related offending and/or other difficulties linked to their drug and alcohol use. We also work with people who have experience of complex mental and physical health needs alongside their substance misuse issues.
The service operates over three houses and can support up to 21 residents over the 3 sites.
The first ‘stage’ is based at Cromwell Road. This has places for seven residents and is staffed at all times. Cromwell Road offers detoxification support to residents who need it, in partnership with drug and alcohol support services in Brighton and Hove. Some residents do not require detoxification but remain at Cromwell Road in order to stabilise and become accustomed to the structure of residential treatment.
Residents are often at various stages of the detoxification and recovery process, and join the CBT-based group-work programme as well as engaging with one-to-one support. Residents are supported to reflect on and address the reasons behind their drug and alcohol use, as well as engaging with other recovery activities including creative groups, gardening and literacy support. Residents stay at Cromwell Road for around 3 months, although this is dependent on their need and progress against their support plans.
The second stage is based at Arch House in Hove, where up to 8 residents participate in workshops and completing assignments focussing on relapse prevention, anger management, and social interaction and integration skills. Services users at Arch House are moving towards a greater degree of independence, and as such Arch is staffed during office hours. Residents can access support from Cromwell Road staff team if needed 24/7.
Residents are encouraged to engage with volunteering, peer mentoring, training and education opportunities as part of the programme of recovery, explored alongside move-on accommodation options. Typically service users remain at Arch House for 6 to 9 months.
The third stage is based at ‘Star House’ in Portslade: this is the St Thomas Fund ‘move-on house’. This third stage supports residents to become fully prepared for independent living and re-engagement with the community.
Service users here have largely finished the main recovery programme, and are in full time voluntary work and/or part time employment. Residents can remain here for up to two years, dependent on their needs.
For more information please contact 01273 823762
The BHT Recovery Project aims to support clients to achieve healthy independent living free from alcohol and drugs.
The service provides safe housing and a rehabilitation programme to enable residents to sustain abstinence and rebuild their lives following addiction. We explore the individual circumstances of each client in order to prevent relapse and prepare clients for the Move On stage of recovery, enabling them to reintegrate further into the community, take part in education, training and work, and lead a healthier life free of alcohol, drugs and crime.
People interested in accessing the Recovery Project are invited to attend our weekly drop-in session, at 10 Ditchling Rise, from 3pm to 4pm every Monday.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 645414
We have experience of providing support to women in Brighton and Hove for over 20 years. We are confident that our women-only approach will improve your chances of recovery.
We invest a great deal in our staff and in how we work because we care about you. We know this means feeling safe in relationships, freedom to make choices and decisions and help with children and families.
We know that in an all women environment you feel more able to openly discuss issues that affect you, that you feel safer and better understood.
We exist to support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives. We know that our approach works and we know that women will have a better chance of overcoming addiction and maintaining recovery with the support of our service. But don’t take our word for it. Contact us to find out how Oasis can help you today.
Support for children & young people:
Young Oasis provides a range of support for infants, children and young people depending on their age and circumstances.
For pre school children: Pre School infants and children are provided with the warm and nurturing environment of our crèche, meeting other children and enjoying the games and activities on offer. They can do this while their parent or carer accesses treatment or recovery support including access to training, education or other recovery related activities.
Baby Oasis Playtime (BOPPERs); provides a dedicated time for Mums and their infants to come together with other Mums, share ideas and try new activities with their children. Mums can take time out of their busy treatment and recovery schedule to connect with their little one, tune into their needs and support their early development through play.
Young Oasis Therapy Service: Children and young people can be referred to our Young Oasis Therapy Service for individual therapeutic support. All our therapists work creatively, so when words are not enough or difficult to find, feelings can be worked with in a non verbal way using images, paints, clay, music and puppets. Working in this way can allow a child to feel heard, help process feelings and build resilience. Their situation may not have changed but the way that they feel about it can.
Support for Adults:
Open Access: a space to come and talk about your drug and alcohol use. Some people come to open access simply to find out more about the effects of drugs or alcohol, to get information or advice about safer use or to check out more about what we can offer you. Other people come to open access because they have been talked into it by a worried friend, relative or partner. Others come because something has happened and they have become overwhelmed about their situation and need support and advice. Whatever your reason for coming our substance misuse worker will listen to your worries, help you with immediate concerns and support you to take the next steps.
Needle Exchange: we now have a static needle exchange for women on a Friday afternoon between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at 11 Richmond Place.
We will be offering a women’s wellbeing drop-in which will be open to any women who are affected by drug or alcohol use and will also be offering condoms and lube, pregnancy testing, gonorrhoea and chlamydia screening.
POCAR (Parenting Our Children Addressing Risk): open to any woman who uses drugs and/or alcohol and who has social services involvement with their children or with children they care for. The POCAR programme combines treatment for substance misuse with a parenting programme and runs for 16 weeks alongside 1:1 key work.
What happens on the programme? We know that caring for a family can be tough and that these demands can feel even greater if you are caring for children alone. POCAR has been specially designed with Mums and carers in mind and its aim is to support you to reduce the risks to the family caused by drugs and alcohol use.
The programme has a strong focus on parenting and supports you to provide a safe and stimulating home life for any children you are caring for while reducing your use of drugs or alcohol. Mums and carers who come to POCAR are in similar situations. Some still have children at home with them but others are in kinship care or foster care while they re focus on their recovery and get things back on track. Part of the programme is delivered in a group setting where you will meet other Mums and carers like you.
SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project): is a discreet and confidential service for women working in the sex industry. You can access our service if you live or work in Brighton and Hove. We understand your need for discretion: if you need brief advice or information you can access this anonymously or use your working name. For more in depth support it may help if we have more information about you however, we will treat this information with sensitivity and care. Please read our Confidentiality Policy here.
We can talk through any concerns and answer any questions you might have about sharing your personal details. This is a common fear that many women who come to Oasis for the first time worry about. Please don’t let this get in the way of getting the support you need. We can talk this through and find a way to support you.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to use our service – these are some of the ways we can provide support:
Our SWOP workers understand the many different reasons that women work in the sex industry. We will not force you to give up sex work or make any assumptions about your situation and your choices.
Our main concern is your safety and wellbeing and these are some of the ways we can support you:
You can contact the Adult Women's Service on:
Tel: 01273 696970 Fax: 01273 697762 Email: email@example.com
You can contact the Young Oasis Service on:
Tel: 01273 696970 Mob: 07553 360368