Treatment and support services working to reduce the harm caused by substance misuse and gambling addiction, and the consequent damage to individuals, their families and communities. Our 2013/14 annual report is now available …more

Arc Cafe

ARA has opened a cafe in conjunction with St Mary Redcliffe Church …more

From our CEO
Equality and Diversity

ARA has been working with the Diversity Trust to find out how well we meet the needs of different communities and groups...more

homeAddiction Recovery Agency (charity no.1002224) is experienced in providing services to people with drug,alcohol or gambling problems. All our services offer the best opportunity to progress towards abstinence and to maintain recovery from addiction to drugs,alcohol or gambling.

4 routes to recovery

4 routes to recover

ARA Bristol We provide accommodation and floating support services for people in Bristol with addiction problems...more

ARA North Somerset We have a highly successful alcohol misuse service based in Weston-super-Mare...more

Gambling Treatment Services We offer free services in partnership with GamCare and the Responsible Gambling Trust and a new Young People's service...more

Connect Psychology This service offers cognitive and behavioural therapy for low mood and anxiety related problems...more

What our service users say…

ARA gave me the opportunity to live life, to have a life and be grateful for the life I have.

Recovery for me is freedom from drugs and alcohol, having good people in my life and getting to know myself again. Practically it is being independent, having somewhere decent to live and the chance to go to college or get a job. Most of all recovery has given me hope and the chance to give back – something I thought was gone forever.

I can return to education, I can do voluntary work with a view to returning to full time work. I can be a useful member of society


ARA is a registered charity formed in 1987 . It is estimated that ARA has helped over 40,000 people with alcohol, drug or gambling problems and has saved an estimated £50 million in costs to the community.

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