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.
We can link you with a vibrant community of people who can support your recovery.
We aim to offer an opportunity to DISCOVER what RECOVERY could be through experiencing our groups.
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.
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. 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.
The aim of our group work is to help rediscover what quality of life means to you and provide you with a foundation for resilient recovery... so you will hopefully only ever need one episode of treatment with us!
Gary provides support to adults in Brighton and Hove who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning), including men who have sex with men (MSM). He works in partnership with other LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
If you're accessing equipment for slamming, please see 'Chemsex' section above for more information on how we can support you.
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.
• 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 on the eligibility criteria and role click here.
For more information, please contact David Obermayer, Peer Mentor Co-ordinator on:
Tel: 01273 731900 / 07920546678
Opiate substitution medication
If you have been using opiates or opioid and would like to reduce or stop this, opiate substitution medication can help you to reduce your use without experiencing the unpleasant withdrawals. At Pavilions we prescribe methadone and buprenorphine.
Once you've had an initial assessment with us you will be asked to attend a medical with one of our Doctors, they will discuss both options with you and prescibe whichever is most suitable.
You will then be asked to attend our Titration Clinic to ensure that find you the dose that works best for you. This may take 2-3 weeks and you would need to attend our clinic a few times a week during this time.
Once you have found a suitable dose your Care Co-ordinator will manage this prescription with you and provide you with regular reviews. It is important for you to attend these reviews to continue your prescription.
Alcohol detox medication
If you are drinking alcohol daily and feel unwell when you don't drink, we would advise you to come to us for an assessment. Following the assessment we will invite you for a medical review if we feel you might benefit from our support whilst reducing your alcohol use. During your medical we would discuss the amount you drink, any withdrawal symptoms you may experience and your drinking history. Based on this information we could offer either a community or inpatient detox (for more information see Detox Options above).
If found suitable for a community detox you would receive daily doses of Chlordiazepoxide for up to 10 days, gradually reducing your dose. We will also give you vitamins for 2 weeks, which can be continued by your GP. We also offer the anti-craving medication, Acamprosate, for 2 weeks, your GP can prescribe this for a longer period if you find it helpful.
This will form part of a 2 week recovery based group programme called Forward (for more information see Recovery Support & Group Work below).
Medicines to support relapse prevention
You might find it useful during the early stages of your recovery to take medication to support relapse prevention.
Naltrexone can be used for relapse prevention in opiate/opioid dependance. This requires regular monitoring with Pavilions or your GP.
Disulfiram can be used to support relapse prevention in alcohol use. This medication interacts with alcohol which can cause a potentially dangerous reaction if combined with alcohol so it is important to avoid anything containing alcohol (including food, perfumes and medicines that contain alcohol). This medication is not safe to take in some situations (for example liver failure and heart disease) and blood monitoring is needed regularly through treatment.
Once you are in structured treatment with Pavilions we will be able to refer you into residential rehab if this is a suitable option.
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. Read more about Residential Rehab with St Thomas Fund
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: email@example.com 01273 645414
We have experience of providing support to women in Brighton and Hove for over 20 years.
We exist to support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives.
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.
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