Mutual Aid Groups

Mutual Aid groups are places for people with similar experiences to meet and support each other in managing or overcoming problems. We've listed some of the most popular meetings available in Bristol.


SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery are free self–help groups for people wishing to learn more about their addiction. It teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance and uses cognitive behavioural and motivational enhancement techniques to help people achieve abstinence. It is open to anyone, no appointment needed.

Some SMART groups run at BDP. Please find details about groups available at BDP or search for other meetings available in Bristol and nationwide.

SMART at BDP

Tuesdays: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Fridays: 11:00am - 12:30pm (Women's Group)

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ACT Peer Recovery

ACT Peer Recovery run community mutual aid groups that uses Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) to help people build a full and meaningful life. ACT is focused on accepting the things that are out of your control - such as thoughts and feelings - and committing to actions (behaviour) that take you towards what is important to you.

ACT at BDP

Fridays: 3:30 - 5:00pm

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12 Step Fellowships

The most widespread mutual aid groups are 12 Step Fellowships. The 12 Steps act as "a guide in the journey to becoming acceptable, productive and responsible members of society".

Fellowships have a spiritual dimension, as they promote accepting that there is a higher power than ourselves – in other words, that the world does not revolve around us. They welcome atheists and people from every faith. Members choose their own higher power, for some it’s their fellowship group, humanity, or nature. For others it’s the god of their faith.

AA Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their problems with alcohol.

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NA Meetings

Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who have experience with problematic drug use. Meetings are for recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay abstinent.

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CA Meetings

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The group accepts people who have a desire to stop using any mind-altering substances (including cocaine).

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