Information for
Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information for
Adults

Moderation and addiction can both be unclear, especially in light of the new government safe drinking guidelines. This page offers information on substance misuse as well as advice on safe drinking and the law around drugs to those who are concerned about someone else, or their own use.

Information for
Adults & Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information on
How to get
in touch

Whether you are concerned about the relationship that you or someone you know has with drugs or alcohol, you can get help within Bracknell. The DAAT and SMART team are available to offer fast, non-judgemental and friendly guidance to those looking for support. This page also offers information on how to get in touch and how the drug and alcohol team work in Bracknell.

Local services

Addiction is common and wherever you are and whatever your problem is, there are people who can help you.

 

New Hope

Located in the middle of Bracknell, New Hope provides non-judgemental practical help and advice to anybody aged 18 and over fighting drug and/or alcohol addiction, as well as the friends and families of those suffering.

While some clients are referred by professionals, many people who visit are self referred.

Drop-ins are available on Tuesday evenings, 5pm-8pm and Saturday afternoons, 12pm-2pm

 

What we offer

New Hope provides a friendly, free and confidential service to anybody who is seeking help with a drug and/or alcohol addiction.

  • Structured recovery days
  • Group programmes
  • Counselling
  • BBV advice, tests and vaccination
  • Health and wellbeing nurses
  • Needle exchange
  • Support for family and friends of those with addictions

 

What to expect when you come to us

  1. You may be referred by a professional, such as your GP, but you may refer yourself to New Hope. From here, you will be given an assessment by one of the council’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team, where you can discuss in private what your goals are. 
  2. You will be allocated a recovery facilitator from the SMART team, who you will meet on a regular basis on a one-to-one basis.
  3. Clients are welcome to attend the groups which run Monday-Saturday, which include alternate therapies, substance specific programmes and peer support groups.

 

Where to find us

16/17 Market Street, Berkshire, Bracknell RG12 1JG 
Telephone: 01344 312360
Fax: 01344 353272
Email: New.Hope@Bracknell-Forest.gov.uk

 

Youth Offending Service

Bracknell Forest Council’s Youth Offending Service have a substance misuse worker on the team, amongst others who may also be useful.

Youth Offending Service
76 Binfield Road
Bracknell
RG42 2AR

Telephone: 01344 354 300
Or make an enquiry online: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/youthoffending

 

SMART

The SMART team operate within New Hope in Bracknell, but also in Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Oxford, High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

 

SMART referral information for professionals

For contact details visit: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/professionals/information/

While many clients are self referred, service users may also be referred by professionals. At New Hope clients are referred to the SMART team by the DAAT team, who both operate from the same office. A referral form can be found here

In order to prepare the service user for treatment, as well as helping the SMART team, you could ask them to prepare a drinking and/or drugs use diary, as well as a pros and cons worksheet.

The worksheets utilised and recognised by SMART can be found here: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/professionals/information/

 

SMART referral information for GPS

For contact details visit: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/professionals/gps/

While many clients are self referred, service users may also be referred by professionals. At New Hope clients are referred to the SMART team by the DAAT team, who both operate from the same office. A referral form can be found here: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/professionals/gps/

With consent from your patient, when referring it will be helpful to also receive their Global Medical Summary and results from their Liver Function Test, if taken within the last three months.

In order to prepare the service user for treatment, as well as helping the SMART team, you could ask them to prepare a drinking and/or drugs use diary, and alcohol and/or drug self assessment, as well as a pros and cons worksheet

The worksheets utilised and recognised by SMART can be found here: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/professionals/gps/

 

SMART Business Information

SMART is a registered charity which is thoroughly monitored by a board of trustees, who ensure their compliance with the Charities Commission and Companies House.

The CEO monitors SMARTs compliance with industry standards through ongoing review and organisational audits, regarding clinical, health and safety and financial standards.

SMART’s HR policies are externally audited, and effective performance and development processes are in place. All staff and volunteers across our services are required to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and other legal requirements. SMART’s information governance is audited annually against ISO 27001.

For more information on the way in which SMART is run visit: http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/about-smart/

 

Mutual aid

Group meetings are a popular option for many people fighting addiction. Many of the mutual aid groups offer support to family and friends, too.

UK Narcotics anonymous: www.ukna.ord/meetings-search
Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting
Cocaine Anonymous UK: http://www.cauk.org.uk/meetings/wtf.asp?searchtype=GEOGRAPHY&searchterm=BERKS
Adfam (support for family and friends): http://www.adfam.org.uk/find_a_local_support_group
There are also a number of groups available every day at New Hope