Brighton and Hove is a popular area of East Sussex, well known for stag-party and hen weekend revelry. As such, citizens and visitors alike are exposed to an active drug scene. In turn, the consequences of addiction are not limited to the individual but extend to the entire family and community at large. Addiction causes devastating health problems and induces unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to quit. While it may seem that you’re stuck with no way out, recovery is possible.
There are recovery services available in East Sussex that range from NHS and charity programmes to private rehab centres that offer holistic individualised treatment. You can also get help via support groups spread across the county to sustain your recovery and fight off cravings that may subsequently flare up after treatment.
Primrose Lodge is a top UK rehab centre. We are passionate about helping our clients recover from addiction using innovative techniques in the field of addiction treatment. Our expertise and clinical excellence are matched by our respected and experienced medical team, who have a proven record of getting results.
Our facilities include 19 ensuite bedrooms, attractive gardens, full in-house catering, a variety of treatment rooms, spacious outdoors, laundry and dry-cleaning services and a fully stocked in-house gym.
We are one of the few rehab centres in the UK that cater to the treatment needs of young people aged 16-18 years old – especially those who have an eating disorder, gambling disorder or other addictions.
The distance from East Sussex to Guildford is 64.5 miles. For your convenience, we provide a free sober transport service to and from our facility, before and after treatment.
Address: Perry Hill, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey
Phone no: 0203 5539263
Easy access to treatment: A major benefit of private rehab is that you’ll have access to treatment whenever you need it. For instance, there’s no need to wait for weeks as you might with government-funded options. In most cases, you can walk into a rehab centre and be admitted on the same day.
Nationwide acceptance: Charities and government agencies that provide addiction treatment usually limit services to a specific area. Private rehab centres accept referrals for anyone, as long as they can pay for treatment. You’ll have the option of either staying in Sussex or travelling further afield for treatment.
Higher quality of support after treatment: Our private rehab facility offers a complimentary one-year aftercare service for all patients who complete treatment with us. This is an essential part of your recovery journey that helps you to maintain abstinence and practice all the lessons and skills learnt in rehab.
24/7 Support: Patients at our rehab centre are never alone. You’ll feel safe knowing that there are medical staff nearby whenever you need support or treatment. Unlike a home detox, whereby your carer isn’t medically equipped to handle an emergency situation, nurses and doctors at our rehab centre are highly trained, experienced and capable of providing adequate care, round-the-clock.
The cost of rehab in East Sussex varies across locations, type of treatment, type of rehab facility, level of care, number of therapies used in treatment, size of the programme and your duration of stay. For example, you’ll pay more if you’re:
Standard rehabs range from £1,000 to £1,500 per week and £5,000 to £7,000 per month. Meanwhile, luxury rehabs charge between £50,000 and £75,000 per month.
Active in Recovery: This service is for all residents of East Sussex who are recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. It is essentially peer-led support facilitated by the local community to engage service users in creative and enjoyable activities such as art, film, poetry, yoga, healthy cooking, massage and outdoor activities – all aimed at promoting recovery.
Phone no: 07979913389
Oasis Women’s Recovery Service: If you’re worried about your drug/alcohol use, this service is for women and families affected by addiction. OASIS provides a non-judgmental and safe space for you to work on relationships with loved ones and your self-esteem. They also offer mother and toddler sessions in Hastings.
Address: Renaissance House, Alfred Street, St Leonard’s on Sea
Phone no: 07426 514235
Equinox Brighton: Equinox provides assertive outreach and engagement services to address substance abuse on the streets. The goals are to reduce street presence, lessen the harm caused by drug/alcohol abuse, as well as work towards (and sustain) recovery. Services include antisocial a behaviour coordinator, intensive/assertive support, health services and drug/alcohol treatment.
Address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton
Phone no: 01273 773933
Sussex Cocaine Anonymous: A fellowship of recovering addicts who maintain abstinence by sharing their experiences and providing support to each other. ‘Free at Last’ meetings are held on Mondays from 7.30pm – 9pm.
Address: All Saints Church, 21a Grange Road, Eastbourne
East Sussex Families and Carers Team: An organisation that supports friends, families and carers affected by a loved one’s mental health issues and substance abuse. They offer peer-led group meetings, outreach services, counselling, advice and information, home visits, first aid, alcohol awareness and overdose prevention.
Phone no’s: 07795953951 / 07920786352
East Sussex Recovery Alliance: ESRA is a peer-led programme that provides peer and mutual aid support to those in recovery from drug/alcohol abuse or those affected by another person’s misuse. They offer talking therapy groups, creative activities, gender-specific support, counselling services, as well as a kayaking and basic fitness group.
Address: 5 Harold Place, Hastings
Phone no: 01424 435318
How many therapies are offered? Therapy is at the core of addiction treatment. The best rehab centres incorporate as many traditional and alternative techniques into your treatment plan to ensure success. This includes Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Therapy, Meditation, Acupuncture, Yoga and more.
Is treatment customised? No two patients are the same. Your treatment plan should be customised to reflect your needs, based on your input and suggestions from the medical team.
Would you feel more comfortable at a specialised rehab centre? This includes rehabs for women only, men only, teen-only and elderly people, amongst others.
What are the qualifications of the medical staff? The medical team includes doctors, nurses, recovery workers, counsellors and therapists. They should be qualified, licensed and have experience treating your type of addiction.
What is the success rate of the rehab? Reputable rehab centres have a reputation for achieving a positive outcome with their patients. Go online and read reviews, as this is the only way to know what to expect from a rehab centre, including the type of remedies they offer and the outcome of treatment.
NA Meetings Near East Sussex
The Lords Vineyard, High Street, Uckfield
Monday 7:00 pm
Concordia Hall, Church Road, St Leonard’s
Wednesday 7:30 pm
The Vicarage, Wilbury Road
Sunday 5:30 pm
The vestry of St Philip’s Church, Richardson Road, West Hove
Thursday 5:30 pm
Church House, St Michaels-in-Lewes, High Street
Tuesday 7:30 pm
First Floor Meeting Room, Café North, 5 North Street
Saturday 6:00 pm
The Shoreham Centre, 2 Pond Road
Tuesday 5:45 pm
Park Hill Evangelical Church Hall, Queens Park
Tuesday 7:30 pm
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Kemptown
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Willingdon Memorial Hall, Church Street, Willingdon
Wednesday 7:45 pm
St Barnabas Church, 34 Kingfisher Drive
Saturday 6:00 pm
District General Hospital (Dept of Psychiatry), Kings Drive
Friday 8:00 pm
All Saints Church (Vicarage office), Wilbury Road
Saturday 2:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am
St Johns Centre Café, Off First Avenue
Friday 6:00 pm
St George’s Church (The Crypt), St George’s Road, Kemptown
Tuesday 10:30 am
Park Hill Evangelical Church, Park Hill, Kemptown
Friday 8:00 pm
Under 19s Substance Misuse Service – East Sussex: An integrated service provided by the local authority, working across the whole of East Sussex. This service offers prevention and treatment services such as casework function, assessment of needs and direct access to holistic, specialist interventions.
Address: Ground Floor, St Mark’s House, 14 Upperton Road, Eastbourne
Phone no: 01323 464404
The Goal Group: This local service offers support, information and advice to residents who are concerned about their alcohol consumption. The programme is managed by peers who are also in recovery from alcoholism and have a desire to help others overcome alcohol dependence. Services include referrals to specialist services, relapse prevention and weekly support group meetings.
Phone no: 01273 273400
STAR – Eastbourne and Hastings: CGL provides free and confidential drug and alcohol support in East Sussex. Services include GP shared care, prescribing services, community detox, access to residential detox, carer support group, intuitive recovery, group work programmes, drug & alcohol counselling, housing and benefits advice and SCDA employment support.
Address: Lift House, 6 Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne
Phone no: 0300 3038160
Brighton Housing Trust – Recovery Project: A local project that supports service users to live an independent, healthy life, free from drug and alcohol abuse. They provide a rehabilitation programme and safe housing to enable clients to sustain abstinence and rebuild their lives.
Address: 10 Ditchling Rise, Brighton
Phone no: 01273 604245
Pavilions – Adult LGBT Drug and Alcohol Service: Pavilions provides support for LGBT individuals in Brighton and Hove who are concerned about their drug/alcohol use. Services are also for families and carers affected by a loved one’s addiction.
Address: Richmond House, Richmond Road, Brighton
Phone no: 01237 3731990
BHT Addiction Services – Detox Support: A service that provides drug and alcohol support for residents of Brighton and Hove. Services are split into Detox Support, Recovery and Move On. Detox Support provides alcohol detox programme that lasts 12 weeks. The service aims to prevent homelessness and help service users meet their recovery goals.
Address; 5 Egremont Place, Brighton
Phone no: 01273 604245
St Thomas Fund: This is a residential facility in Brighton and Hove for adult residents who want to overcome their drug and alcohol addiction. Most of the service users have a history of rough sleeping, experienced problems from their substance misuse, have complex mental/physical needs and interactions with the criminal justice system related to drug/alcohol use.
The service operates in three houses:
Phone no: 01273 823762
The journey from East Sussex to our rehab facility in Guildford takes approximately one and a half hours if you’re driving. You’ll pass by the A267, A22, Coldharbour Road, Wick Street, Common Lane, Lewes Road, A23, A264, A24, Coles Lane, A25 and Epsom Road en route to High Street, Guildford.
If you’re visiting from London, there are direct trains to Berwick, Brighton and Hove. Trains to Berwick leave from Victoria and the average journey time is 1 hour and 37 minutes, with tickets costing £12. Trains to Brighton leave from Victoria and Blackfriars stations. Average journey time is 55 minutes and tickets cost £10.70. Trains to Hove depart from Blackfriars and London Victoria. Average journey time is 1 hour and six minutes and tickets cost £12.
The A27 runs west to Brighton and A259 runs east to Hastings, whilst the A27 also goes north to London. Southern Railway is the major train operator in the area, linking Eastbourne with Brighton, Lewes, Bexhill, Ashford International and Hastings. Stagecoach Buses offer routes to Heathfield, Tunbridge Wells, Polegate, Uckfield, Willingdon, Hailsham, Pevensey Bay, Bexhill and Hastings. London’s Gatwick Airport is an hour’s drive if you follow the M23, A23 and A27.
In Brighton, the City Saver ticket allows you access unlimited travel for the whole day. There are taxi services throughout the city, with most located at Queens Square, East Street, St Peter’s Church, Hove Town Hall and the train stations. Driving your own car should be avoided during rush hour, especially if you’re going to the city centre, where street parking carries high charges. Brighton and Hove Bus Company is the major bus operator. They offer fair prices, timely services and well-conditioned vehicles.