Pavilions is a partnership of services across Brighton & Hove. We support people who want to change their alcohol or drug use, and we support their families and carers. We also have a women’s only service, and services dedicated to homeless outreach and creative recovery. Find out more via the tabs below.

Our Services:
Main Service
FACT Family and Carers Team
Women's Service Oasis Project
Homeless Outreach Equinox
Cascade Creative Recovery
What we do:
Group Work
Needle Exchange
Peer Mentors


As well as helping you explore our treatment options in regard to your health, your care coordinator can support you to assess your recovery as a whole. This could mean discussing your emotional wellbeing, your social relationships, training, and employment if applicable.

Service users have regular one to one sessions with their care coordinator to review recovery plans and to deliver evidence-based psychosocial interventions. The expectation is for face to face contact with the service user on a monthly basis as a minimum and on a three-monthly basis for review of the outcome star recovery plan, risk assessment, parenting capacity and any other requirement of care coordination.

Group Work

The mutual aid model of group work epitomises principles of the recovery model.

Group work practice has always had a strong self-help focus.

Personal narratives are often used to raise consciousness, find common ground, unite group members, and reduce feelings of isolation.


If we know a group will be cancelled at short notice, we will advertise this on social media, so PLEASE FOLLOW US ON TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

Twitter             @Pavilions.org

Facebook         @pavilions.org.uk


Acceptance and commitment therapy

A check in group for service users

A closed group for community alcohol detox

A place for service users to let us know how they feel the service is running

Mutual aid meeting

Open to all to come and find out what Pavilions offers. Runs first and third Mondays each month

Check in group for LGBTQ+ service users

Group Timetable


Pavilions has a team of nurses and doctors who can assess for and provide medical treatment. Our clinical services are delivered by our NHS partner, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

We offer a physical health clinic offering assessment and advice/signposting on Wednesdays at Richmond House.

Our mental health trained clinicians can assess, advise and arrange treatment if needed; for further information click below for a leaflet:

Pavilions Mental Health 2019


Pharmacological Interventions

Opiate substitute prescribing

Part of the treatment to support recovery from addiction to opiates can be substitute prescribing of methadone or buprenorphine. Assessment involves an appointment with a doctor or non-medical prescriber. We run an OST clinic where people can be reviewed as required to ensure safe and sufficient prescribing. See link for our guide to opiate prescribing below:

Pavilions Medication Opiate 2019


Medicated withdrawal from alcohol

Pavilions runs a community programme for alcohol abstinence. If necessary this will include medication to treat withdrawal symptoms (‘detox’). The programme involves daily attendance , assessment of withdrawal symptoms and dispensing medication to relieve these. See link for our guide to prescribing below:

Pavilions Medication Alcohol 2019

Relapse prevention treatment

Medications are available which can help prevent relapse by relieving cravings for particular drugs or blocking their effects. These can be discussed at initial consultation with a doctor or non-medical prescriber.

Residential treatment

Some people need residential treatment for detoxification and or rehabilitation. Where this is necessary for our clients, Pavilions’ care coordinators refer to locally commissioned services. See the ‘Detox’ tab for more information.

We also work with Brighton and Hove City Council Adult Social Care to assess and apply for funding for specialist treatment not available through services listed.

Needle Exchange

Pavilions offer a confidential needle exchange service, providing clean injecting equipment and sharps bins to anyone who injects, as well as safe disposal of used equipment. We also offer non-judgemental safer injecting advice, bloodborne virus testing, and advice and support with accessing services, and provide people with Naloxone.


Opening times:

33 Grand Parade Mondays and Tuesdays, 10.00 to 5.00 – Static service for all

William Collier House Wednesdays 2.00 to 5.00 – Only available to residents

Phase One Fridays 2.00 to 5.00 – Only available to residents

We have a static exchange at 33 Grand Parade, staffed Monday and Tuesday. We provide drop in exchanges at hostels for their residents throughout the rest of the week; please contact us on 01273 731900 for more information on either of these services.

We also have a network of pharmacies throughout the city who can also provide clean equipment and information. These are shown below; please note the opening times may change so contact the pharmacy before visting:

BHT Recovery Project

BHT Recovery Project, Brighton

BHT’s Detox Support Project provides safe accommodation and a programme of support for men and women undergoing a medically supervised eight to 12 week drug detox programme to achieve abstinence.

The service does not provide an alcohol detox, so if clients require one, the care coordinator will arrange for this to take place prior to starting the Detox Support project

The service aims to achieve ongoing abstinence and prevent homelessness by providing support to enable clients to achieve healthy independent living.

Clients will learn the specific recovery skills needed to manage cravings as they are detoxing, communicate safely with others and to maintain motivation during and after detox until they progress to BHT’s Recovery project.

All referrals are via the Brighton and Hove gateway service, Pavilions.

Please tell the worker you speak to that you want to be referred to BHT’s Detox Support Project.

St Thomas Fund

St Thomas Fund, Brighton

St Thomas fund a free service for adults over the age of 18 with a local connection to Brighton and Hove; places are agreed with all parties following referral and assessment through Pavilions.

How it Works

The service operates over three houses and can support up to 21 residents over the three sites.

The first stage is based at Cromwell Road. This has places for seven residents and is staffed at all times. Cromwell Road offers detoxification support to residents who need it.

Residents are often at various stages of the detoxification and recovery process, and join the CBT-based group-work programme as well as engaging with one-to-one support. Residents are supported to reflect on and address the reasons behind their drug and alcohol use, as well as engaging with other recovery activities including creative groups, gardening and literacy support. Residents stay at Cromwell Road for around three months, although this is dependent on their need and progress against their support plans.

The second stage is based at Arch House in Hove, where up to eight residents participate in workshops and completing assignments focussing on relapse prevention, anger management, and social interaction and integration skills. Services users at Arch House are moving towards a greater degree of independence, and as such Arch is staffed during office hours. Residents can access support from Cromwell Road staff team if needed 24/7.

Residents are encouraged to engage with volunteering, peer mentoring, training and education opportunities as part of the programme of recovery, explored alongside move-on accommodation options. Typically service users remain at Arch House for six to nine months.

The third stage is based at ‘Star House’ in Portslade: this is the St Thomas Fund ‘move-on house’. This third stage supports residents to become fully prepared for independent living and re-engagement with the community.

Service users here have largely finished the main recovery programme, and are in full-time voluntary work and/or part-time employment. Residents can remain here for up to two years, dependent on their needs.

How to Apply

Potential residents can visit to have a look around, and can attend a preparation group: please speak to your care co-ordinator at Pavilions to arrange this.

Please tell the worker you speak to that you want to be referred to St Thomas Fund.


We provide you with confidential support and information, recommend treatment pathways and tailor your experience to help you achieve your goals around drug/alcohol use. We provide support to adults in Brighton and Hove who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning), including men who have sex with men (MSM). We also work in partnership with other LGBTQ services in Brighton.

Many people accessing help commonly present with a number of complex issues. Our role is to support the client in identifying the areas where they are in need and to access appropriate support, often linking in with other established LGBTQ services in Brighton.

We work holistically so that the client feels supported and has the time to explore and identify the issues which underlie and trigger ongoing drug or alcohol misuse. We can work to support you to:

  • Assess and cut down your drug or alcohol use
  • Work towards being drug or alcohol-free
  • Use more safely
  • Explore what has triggered your drug or alcohol use to become problematic
  • Look after your health while you continue to use
  • Take control over the sex you have while using drugs or alcohol (chemsex support)



Getting ‘high and horny’– can be exciting to begin with but can become problematic. You may have put yourself at risks, or lost control as drug use increases, if so then get in touch. This is when Pavilions can help. We will support you to keep yourself safe on Chems, and explore ways to reduce the range of physical, mental, social or relational harms that you might have experienced.

Whether your goal is abstinence, taking a short break, playing more safely or if you are not sure about what you want to do, come and talk to us.

Contact our LGBTQ specialist through our direct LGBTQ pathway:

P: 07884 476634

E: lgbt@pavilions.org.uk

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentoring

The purpose of the Peer Mentoring Scheme is to support service users to develop and pursue their recovery aspirations, expand opportunities and build confidence.

The scheme uses a model whereby the mentor uses their lived experience to inspire and assist others seeking recovery.

The aim of the scheme is to inspire service users to visualise and seek their own recovery, while developing a mentor’s skills and tools that support their own recovery.

If you are a Pavilions service user, ask your care coordinator for more details about getting the support of a peer mentor.

Alternatively, if you have lived experience of recovery and would like to join our team of peer mentors, please contact us on 01273 731900 and ask to speak to the Peer Mentor Coordinator.

What we do:
1 - 1
Group Work


Assessment + 1-1 Work

All new clients (the concerned other) will be invited to meet with one of the team to explore the issues that have brought you to Pavilions FACT, and the impacts these are having on you. A member of the team will book an appointment with you, usually lasting one hour, to assess your needs in more detail and to look at the ways FACT can help support you. The first meeting you have with FACT may provoke emotions that you have held onto for some time – this is a safe space to allow for these emotions to surface.


If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714

You can email the team at familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk

Group Work

FACT groups

Attending groups can be a very supportive part of your time with FACT; the concerned others are encouraged to come along to the various group activities to enhance their coping and gain awareness of topics related to substance use within the family.

Support Groups: These groups are held both in the daytime and evening.

FACT provides a full program of topic discussion groups to support the concerned others to feel stronger and less isolated and offers a space to be with others who are in similar situations where they can safely disclose how they feel. The open group setting is also a space to allow you to identify with others and connect with what they have experienced and possibly how others have managed and to be able to talk openly rather than hold on to your feelings.

Educative Group:

This ten-week course offers knowledge and awareness around the common issues impacting concerned others who are affected by the substance use of those they care about.

This is a closed group offering a maximum of ten places. The course explores strategies and different ways of living and coping with the impact and behaviours of anothers use.

For further information on the Pavilions FACT groups please email:  familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk

If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714


1-1 Counselling

Pavilions FACT offer twelve sessions of 1-1 counselling. Your counselling will be on the same day and same time each week, arranged for a time that suits you. Counselling allows a safe space to explore the current issues the concerned other is experiencing. This focused safe space allows for empowerment to make changes.

If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714

You can email the team at familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk

Relationship Counselling

Relationship counselling is for any combination of two people within the family unit that wish to enhance their communication, and thereby their relationship. This can include the substance user; however, it can also be two non-substance using members of the family, as substance misuse impacts on the whole family system in a negative way.

The main purpose of relationship counselling with Pavilions FACT is to enable you and the other to be with a neutral counsellor to help you make sense of what’s going on, and to get you talking through whatever issues you have, or to simply figure out what those issues are. If you’re finding communication with each other difficult or not as effective as you’d both like, then the counsellor can help guide you through talking about it.

If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714

You can email the team at familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk


Drug & Alcohol Workshops

These groups are run every three months, and we offer both daytime and evening sessions. The focus of these workshops cover a range of educational topics, designed to help you to learn more about the substance user’s experience.

These topics include:

  • where the substance user might be on the cycle of change
  • the set and setting of their using
  • psychological dependency and bingeing
  • recovery, lapse, relapse
  • recovery capital
  • drug categories

Your FACT worker will discuss with you how to access these groups.

If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714

You can email the team at familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk


If you would like to refer yourself to the Family and Carers team please download and fill out this form.

You can call the team on 01273 680714

You can email the team at familyandcarers@pavilions.org.uk

Women's Service

The Oasis Project is a substance misuse service for women and families. We support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives.

Our all-women environment can help you to feel safer, better understood, and more able to openly discuss the issues that affect you. We are confident that our women-only approach will improve your chances of recovery.

We also provide services for children and young people who have been affected by problematic drug or alcohol use in their family.


Homeless Outreach

Homeless Outreach

Equinox Care provides individually tailored support, care, and accommodation to people with drug and alcohol dependence, mental ill health, homelessness, and offending history.

We assist our service users to re-engage with the communities around them and to find effective ways of dealing with the challenges they face. Our offer includes detoxification services, supported housing, outreach and street engagement.

Equinox is also active in the criminal justice system, working on the basis that this is often the place to find people who are ready to engage with recovery.

Brighton Drug and Alcohol Outreach

Our outreach service provides street outreach and floating support for people with drug and alcohol problems in Brighton and Hove.

Our team aims to reduce street presence, sustain tenancies and reduce harm while helping people work towards recovery. This is done through intensive, assertive support-care navigating people into drug and alcohol treatment, accommodation, meaningful activity, and health services. The team works with the city’s street drinking population, with locally connected rough sleepers as well as people in hostels and other accommodation. Interventions include assertive outreach to the street and into hostels, facilitating access to treatment, pre and post-treatment support and promoting health improvement and recovery.

For more information, contact team leader Mark Williams at mwilliams@pavilions.org.uk

Creative Recovery

Cascade Cafe

Cascade Creative Recovery is a community-based, peer-led charity empowering people to find and sustain recovery from substance misuse. Our coffee shop in central Brighton is the hub of our recovery community and offers a safe non-judgemental place to access information and support – or just have a cup of tea and a chat with someone who’s been there.

Creative Recovery

We run a range of joyful, esteem-building creative activities, including a choir, open mic nights, drama, crafts, and creative writing groups. There is no doubt that being part of a group, be it the walking group, Cascade Choir or The Cascade Writers Group creates a sense of belonging and collective identity while addressing issues such as isolation and self-expression.

The Cascade Recovery Choir brings together at least 20 people every week to sing and connect. They also do public performances promoting the joy of recovery.

Mutual Aid / Fellowships

The cafe runs groups such as SMART Recovery, Famanon (Families Anonymous), CODA (Codependence Anonymous) and we offer direct 1:1 support through our Recovery Coaching, which is run by trained volunteers who have lived experience of addiction and recovery.

Opening Times

Sunday           11:00 – 15:00
Monday          Closed
Tuesday         12:00 – 17:00
Wednesday   12:00 – 17:00
Thursday       12:00 – 17:00
Friday             12:00 – 17:00
Saturday        11:00 – 16:00*

*On open mic nights, the café is open until 22:00.