Wales is a country in the southwest of Great Britain, renowned for its beautiful and rugged coastline, and distinctive Welsh language and culture. There is something for everyone in Wales, from the incredible landscape of Snowdonia National Park, to the country’s thriving capital, Cardiff, a bustling metropolis with a population of around half a million.

As in most countries, a certain proportion of the population in Wales will be affected by substance addiction at one point or another. Remember, alcohol and drug addiction can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race or background. We receive many calls from concerned loved ones in Wales, as well as from suffering addicts: they want to stop and to get better, but they simply don’t know how to, or where to access help.

The good news is you’re in the right place. A great number of individuals from Wales have sought help from the Providence Projects, and gone on to lead successful and happy lives in recovery. We offer a full range of alcohol rehab, gambling rehab and drug rehab programmes to people from all over the world, and each addict is treated with the same care, attention and respect that they deserve. If you are struggling with addiction, or are worried about a loved one, then we hope this guide will help you to understand more about addiction in Wales, the range of residential rehab and recovery services on offer in your local area, as well as the dedicated alcohol rehab and drug rehab centres in operation around the UK.

Addiction is a terrifying and isolating disease. The negative consequences are not only felt by the addict: the ripple effect of this illness means that everyone who loves them suffers too. What’s more, the relentless addictive cycle means it can be easy to feel that there is no way out, no light at the end of the tunnel. We’re here to tell you that’s not true. Recovery is possible and things can get better. Millions of people have suffered with addiction, but with the right support and guidance, they have been able to find a way out of the darkness.

Drug Rehab in Wales

Drug addiction is a growing problem in Wales, and this is accompanied by an ever-increasing need for addiction treatment, recovery resources and in many cases drug rehab. A recent study from Public Health Wales has shown drug mortality rates to be at record levels, with drug-related deaths increasing by almost 80% over the last decade. Swansea is at the epicentre of the drug problem, followed closely by the neighbouring town of Port Talbot. Studies show that those living in the more deprived areas in Wales, as well as people suffering with mental health problems, are especially vulnerable to substance addiction.

Our leading residential drug rehab centre, based in Bournemouth, offers high-quality and affordable care for addicts from every walk of life. Here at the Providence Projects, we have seen a rise in substance use in Wales, and an increased need for private rehab centres to help addicts to stop. We treat all drug addictions, from heroin to cocaine, cannabis to prescription medication: every individual requires the same help to get clean and stay clean from drugs.

We believe that our comprehensive drug rehabilitation programme offers our clients the best chance of a long-lasting and successful recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering with addiction and would like help to stop, and to stay stopped, then the Providence Projects can help.

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Alcohol Rehab in Wales

As in many countries, the consumption of alcohol is deeply engrained in the culture of Wales. Alcohol can be found in every bar or restaurant, at every social occasion or event: it’s woven into the fabric of society today. But it is also one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs available and can pose a threat to health when consumed in quantities above the recommended guidelines.

Recent figures suggest alcohol remains a serious public health challenge in Wales and is a major cause of death and illness in the country. Around 1,000 deaths every year are attributable to alcohol in Wales, and sadly this statistic is preventable. The types of drinkers we see at our private rehab clinic in Bournemouth varies greatly, from binge drinkers who can abstain from alcohol for periods of time but then consume dangerous amounts in one spree, to those more frequent drinkers who may drink alcohol on a daily or near-daily basis, to the detriment of both their physical and mental health.

Our alcohol rehab programme is designed to help everyone and anyone with a drinking problem. Our dedicated therapeutic team will help you to safely go through alcohol detox, and thereafter to address the underlying psychological issues at the root of your illness. It is by exploring these emotional factors and identifying your personal triggers, that you are able to heal and move forward from your addiction.

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Rehab Programmes at the Providence Projects: Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling

Here at the Providence Projects we do not underestimate the bravery and courage required to admit you have a problem and seek professional help. Many of the individuals we treat from Wales have tried many other ways of stopping or controlling their addiction, to no avail. The benefit of entering a private rehab clinic is the unparalleled level of support, structure and care provided. This is difficult to find elsewhere.

Our approach to recovery and treatment is holistic, focussing on mind, body and spirit. From medically managed detox to bespoke therapy programmes, alternative therapies such as reiki and acupuncture, exercise classes and aftercare provisions, our programme enables clients to develop and grow in their recovery, and explore who they are when clean and sober.

There is a full range of treatment programmes available for those in need of alcohol rehab, gambling rehab and drug rehab, which are tailored and bespoke to the needs of each individual. Our high success rate and consistently positive outcomes since we opened in 1996, are due to the highly skilled and experienced therapeutic team we have at our private rehab clinic. All of our addiction therapists have a strong understanding of the disease of addiction, and many also have first-hand experience of recovery. So they know what it takes to achieve lasting and long-term sobriety.

When you first arrive at the Providence Projects you will be allocated a focal counsellor, who will work with you and your family closely throughout your stay, ensuring you achieve your goals whilst in treatment, as well as overseeing all aftercare provisions and designing a relapse prevention plan with you before you leave. We are incredibly fortunate to have some of the leading therapists in the UK, who are passionate about helping addicts to recover.

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Rehab in Wales Programme Details

NHS vs. Private Rehab in Wales

There are a range of free NHS rehab / addiction services in Wales available to addicts and their families. Free addiction groups and programmes are provided within the community, by charities and local authority-funded drug and alcohol services. These addiction treatment services include group sessions, individual counselling and outpatient day programmes. The exact nature of what’s available to you will depend on where in Wales you live.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of government funding, these services tend to be under-resourced and under-staffed. As a result, many addicts find that these services cannot provide the level of care and support that is required when initially trying to break the cycle of addiction. More often than not, people prefer to opt for a private residential rehab centre, so as to stand the best possible chance of achieving lasting recovery.

If you’re not sure about accessing rehab in Wales or choosing a rehab programme further afield, then your best bet is to pay your GP a visit. You can discuss with them the nature and severity of your problem, and how long it’s been going on. Your GP will ask you some questions around your current health and circumstances, before pointing you in the right direction for support.

Whether or not you decide to attend rehab, we would strongly encourage regular attendance at support groups within the community: for example Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These groups hold regular, free meetings, and provide a safe space for recovering addicts to share what’s going on for them, and find connection and support from others. These fellowship meetings help you to build your interpersonal skills, and develop relationships with those who too have experienced the horrors of addiction, and who now have experience of living life clean and sober.

Below is a sample of meetings you can expect to find in Wales:

AA Meetings in Wales

Every Monday

Address:
Cardiff Cyncoed Experience, Strength & Hope
The Fellowship Room
Cyncoed Methodist Church
Westminster Crescent

Time: 20:00
Postcode: CF23 6SE
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Every Monday

Address:
Cardiff Step Meditation
City United Reformed Church
Windsor Place

Time: 19:30
Postcode: CF10 3BZ
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Every Tuesday

Address:
Aberystwyth Tuesday
Day Centre
Library Building
Queens Square

Time: 19:15
Postcode: SY23 2EB
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Every Tuesday

Address:
Fishguard & Goodwick Tuesday
Wintern House
Hillside Home (off Hillside Crescent)
Dyffryn

Time: 20:00
Postcode: SA64 0AU
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Lampeter Wednesday
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Pontfaen Rd (opp Police Stn to left of St Peters Church)

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SA48 7BS
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Haverfordwest Early Days Wednesday
Post-Graduate Centre
Withybush Hospital
Downstairs, turn left at the canteen and follow AA signs.

Time: 20:00
Postcode: SA61 2PZ
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Every Thursday

Address:
Cardiff Windsor Thursday
United Reformed Church
Windsor Place

Time: 20:00
Postcode: CF10 3BZ
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Every Thursday

Address:
Aberaeron Thursday
Church Hall
Holy Trinity Church
Bridge St

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SA46 0AR
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Every Thursday

Address:
Aberystwyth Lunchtime Thursday
St Paul's Methodist Centre
Queens Rd

Time: 12:00
Postcode: SY23 2NN
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Every Friday

Address:
Cardiff Big Book
43 Charles St

Time: 18:15
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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Every Friday

Address:
Aberystwyth Step Friday
The Morlan Centre
Queen's Rd

Time: 13:00
Postcode: SY23 2HH
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Every Saturday

Address:
Tenby Saturday
Adult Training Centre
Greenhill Ave

Time: 20:00
Postcode: SA70 7LB
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Every Saturday

Address:
Aberystwyth Saturday
Cyswllt Ceredigion Contact
25 North Parade

Time: 19:00
Postcode: SY23 2JN
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Every Sunday

Address:
Fishguard: Early Days Sunday
Parish Hall
The Holy Name Church
Vergam
Terr

Time: 20:00

CA Meetings in Wales

Every Monday

Address:
Survivors of a Shipwreck
Ward 18
Princess of Wales Hospital
Coity Rd

Time: 19:00
Postcode: CF31 1LT
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Every Monday

Address:
CA The Voice Hub
McCarthy’s Court
School Lane
Newport
Gwent

Time: 19:30
Postcode: NP20 1UE
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Every Tuesday

Address:
Big Book Meeting Swansea
St David’s Priory Catholic Church
St David’s Place
Swansea

Time: 20:00
Postcode: SA1 3LQ
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Every Tuesday

Address:
Step Meeting Cardiff
Albany Road
Cardiff

Time: 20:00
Postcode: CF24 3RP
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Every Wednesday

Address:
A New Beginning
YMCA
48-52 Talbot Rd
Port Talbot

Time: 19:00
Postcode: SA13 1HU
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Newport Newcomers
McCarthy’s Court
School Lane
Newport
Gwent

Time: 19:30
Postcode: NP20 1UE
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Every Thursday

Address:
Big Book
St Paul’s Methodist Centre
Queen’s Road
Aberystwyth

Time: 19:00
Postcode: SY23 2NN
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Every Thursday

Address:
Keep the Faith
Ward 18, Princess of Wales Hospital
Coity Rd

Time: 19:30
Postcode: CF31 1LT
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Every Friday

Address:
Freedom in the Ferry
Jerusalem Baptist Church
Neath Road
Briton Ferry
Neath

Time: 19:00
Postcode: SA11 2SL
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Every Friday

Address:
Big Book Study
Hebron Hall
Cross Common Road
Dinas Powys

Time: 19:30
Postcode: CF64 4YB
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Every Saturday

Address:
Big Book Meeting Cardiff
Quaker Meeting House
43 Charles St
Cardiff

Time: 19:00
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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Every Sunday

Address:
We Can Recover Bridgend
Ward 18
Princess of Wales Hospital
Coity Rd

Time: 18:30
Postcode: CF31 1LT
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NA Meetings in Wales

Every Monday

Address:
Quaker Meeting House
43 Charles Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan

Time: 19:45
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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Every Monday

Address:
Friends Meeting House - Swansea Quakers
Pagefield House
Page Street
Swansea
West Glamorgan

Time: 20:00
Postcode: SA1 4EZ
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Every Tuesday

Address:
Llanelli Happy Days Group, Choose life
Heol Copperworks
Llanelli
Dyfed

Time: 14:00
Postcode: SA15 2NE
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Aberystwyth - Cyswllt Contact
25 North Parade
Aberystwyth
Dyfed

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SY23 2JN
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Step working guide workshop Group
Room 5
Quaker Meeting House
43 Charles Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan

Time: 20:00
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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Every Wednesday

Address:
Blackwood Newcomers meeting
Rear Entrance, Chambers House
49 Blackwood Road
Blackwood
Gwent

Time: 20:00
Postcode: NP12 2BW
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Every Thursday

Address:
Quaker Meeting House
43 Charles Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan

Time: 10:00
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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Every Friday

Address:
Aberystwyth Friday
Cyswllt Contact
25 North Parade
Dyfed

Time: 19:30
Postcode: SY23 2JN
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Every Friday

Address:
Newport Friday Newcomers' Group
The Voice Recovery Hub
Queen's School House
School Lane
Newport
Gwent

Time: 20:00
Postcode: NP20 1LE
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Every Saturday

Address:
Swansea Saturday Group
Upstairs in Brunswick Methodist Church
64-65 St Helens Road
Swansea
West Glamorgan

Time: 18:30
Postcode: SA1 4BE
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Every Sunday

Address:
Fellowship and living clean Group
Room 4, Quaker Meeting House
43 Charles Street
Cardiff
South Glamorgan

Time: 19:00
Postcode: CF10 2GB
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