Bristol Rehabs

Addiction Helper Rehab LIVESEARCH shows every Alcohol and Drug Rehab centre in Bristol and provides a complete overview of each facility including reviews from previous treatment centre residents.

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Facing addiction alone can be a daunting prospect but with expert help and a community of recovering addicts, you can overcome your addiction. Thankfully there are many options for drug and alcohol rehab in the Bristol area.

First Steps

Deciding that you need help is an important first step on the journey to recovery. It sometimes takes years and years to accept the existence of addiction. Sadly, many people have to lose jobs, families, and homes before they become ready to accept help for overcoming their addiction. For others, it is obvious almost from the beginning that their drinking and using is unhealthy.

If you feel you or a loved one may need addiction treatment, do not wait. The quicker you get into rehab the better, but wherever you are in your journey there are rehab programmes in Bristol that are ready and able to help you to get clean and sober.

Bristol rehabs provide a safe, structured, and supportive environment in which you can really focus on getting well. It is so beneficial to take time out from outside issues and responsibilities and really give yourself a chance to get clean and then to get well.

Residential rehab is considered the best form of treatment for addiction, not least because it provides the unique blend of expert therapeutic interventions with a community of supportive and like-minded peers who are on the same journey.


Before you begin your rehab programme you will be given a thorough assessment. During this process staff will ascertain if it is likely that you will require a medicated detox if you have any other mental, emotional, or physical health needs that should be taken into consideration when tailoring the programme to best meet your needs. You will be asked questions relating to your using history, and how that has impacted your family life, your employment, and your health.

From there a team of addiction experts will be able to assign you a focal counsellor and to come up with a tailored treatment plan for you. This plan will be continually updated to meet your changing needs and goals.


Many rehabs in the Bristol area provide a medical detox as well as a therapeutic programme. On the first day of your admission to rehab you will be seen by a doctor who will be able to prescribe you a medical detox should you need one. The doctor will ask you questions about your drug/drink of choice, how long you have been using for, the quantity you use, and if you have any other relevant medical issues.

Everything will be done to make your detox as safe and as effective as possible. There will be staff available 24 hours a day to support you. You will also benefit from being in a community of peers who have gone through the same thing and have moved on.

The Therapeutic Programme

Bristol rehabs usually require a stay of 90 days – this will enable you as a resident to get the most out of the many different therapeutic interventions that will be made available during your stay.

Residential rehabs offer:

Person Centred Counselling – The person-centred approach to counselling belongs to the humanistic school of therapeutic thought, and was devised by Carl Rogers, an American psychologist who, in the 1950s, proposed a form that counselling should be that focused on the clients’ experience of themselves, as opposed to the counsellor being an expert and telling them what to do.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT is a type of psychotherapy in which negative or unhelpful patterns of thoughts about the self and the world are identified and challenged in order to alter unwanted patterns and develop healthy and helpful ways of thinking and behaving.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT is closely related to CBT, it was initially developed for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and suicidal thoughts. DBT provides the opportunity to develop new skills to difficult emotions in healthy ways. DBT focuses on building therapeutic skills in four key areas – Mindfulness focuses on improving your ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Distress tolerance increases your ability to tolerate difficult feelings rather than seeking escape in addiction. Emotion regulation will help you to create strategies for managing intense feelings safely.  Interpersonal effectiveness training will help you to develop fulfilling, respectful, and healthy relationships with other people whilst simultaneously maintaining self-respect and assertiveness.

Schema Therapy – Schema therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines aspects of cognitive-behavioural, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model.

Motivational Interviewing – Motivational interviewing is an approach that will help you to resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities around addiction and to find the internal motivation you need to change and overcome your addiction.

Individual Counselling – The opportunity to work privately with a focal counsellor on a one-to-one basis throughout your treatment.

Group Therapy – This will be a small group of peers in the rehab programme facilitated by a counsellor and support staff. You will benefit from the insights and feedback of your peers, and they from yours. Group therapy is a great opportunity to work on communication and relationship building skills.

Family Therapy – Addiction is often referred to as a family disease, family therapy addresses the addiction in the context of the entire family and works to restore the health of both the addict and their family.

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The Holistic Programme

In addition to therapy rehabs often offer a range of effective holistic elements such as:

An Introduction to the 12 Steps – A twelve-step program is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction in its myriad forms. The 12 steps were originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) as a method of recovery from alcoholism in 1939. Now there are many adaptations to address all kinds of addictions.  The 12 step process summarised by the American Psychological Association:

  • admitting that one cannot control one’s alcoholism, addiction or compulsion;
  • recognising a higher power that can give strength;
  • examining past errors with the help of a sponsor (experienced member);
  • making amends for these errors;
  • learning to live a new life with a new code of behaviour;
  • helping others who suffer from the same alcoholism, addictions or compulsions.

Educational Workshops/Topic Discussions – You will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on any number of relevant topic discussions and workshops on all sorts of things including relapse needs of your particular group.

Fitness – Different rehabs offer different health and fitness programmes but you will usually have access to either a gym or classes on site, like yoga.

Healthy Eating – Many rehabs take a holistic approach to recovery, and healthy eating I an important part of that holistic recovery.

Free Time and Fun – An important part of finding a new way to live is finding out what it is that you like to do when sober, to that end rehabs often factor in trips and days out, and of course relaxation time.

Aftercare – You will leave rehab equipped with a relapse prevention plan and an aftercare programme of some description. Our aftercare programme will usually contain ongoing counselling and group therapy as well as the suggestion of engaging with external support like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the Bristol area.

Aftercare is also inclusive of support groups and meetings. There are a number of fellowships to choose from in Bristol including:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – A Vision for You Meeting – Monday 19:30 – Victoria Methodist Church, 1A Whiteladies Rd, Clifton, Bristol
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book Tuesday – Tuesday 20:00 – St Stephens Church, Common Room, St Stephens Street, Bristol
  • Alcoholics Anonymous – Newcomers Feelings Discussion – Saturday 19:00 – Catholic Chaplaincy, 103 Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol
  • Narcotics Anonymous – Newcomers Meeting – Monday 19:00 – Salvation Army, Logos House, 3 Wade Street Bristol.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to have visitors?

Yes, visiting time is usually on the weekends and can be arranged with your counsellor.

Will I be able to phone my family?

Yes, you will be able to make and receive calls, usually in the evening during free time.

Will all the staff be qualified?

Each staff member will be fully qualified for their role and will benefit from regular training to stay up to date with current treatment methods.

What about confidentiality?

Rehabs operate within strict boundaries of confidentiality, rest assured that you will not have to disclose the fact you are in rehab to anyone else if you do not wish to.

What do I need to bring to rehab with me?

You will need a minimum of things, comfortable clothes, nightwear, fitness wear, toiletries, and a small amount of money. It is unlikely that you will be able to bring your laptop/tablet etc. It is best to speak to your chosen rehab about their specific policy regarding phones/laptops/tablets.

Will I be able to go out?

Yes, you will be able to go out with other peers and staff members. Because of the risk of relapse in the very early days, it is usually suggested that you do not go out alone.