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Action on Addiction's Brink of Change

Reaching out is often the most difficult thing to do but if you have a history of addiction or substance misuse, you are still drinking or using substances and want help to become abstinent, or if you have relapsed after a period of abstinence, then the Brink of Change programme could be your ideal starting point.


The Brink of Change is a programme of support, information and guidance to help you as you prepare to take the first steps toward long-term change and becoming abstinent as the means to a better quality of life.


Based in the safe, welcoming environment of The Brink (The UK’s first alcohol-free café/bar), the programme is run by professionals who have personal experience of addiction. The programme helps prepare people for treatment options such as rehab, day treatment, group work and other interventions.


Some people may engage with the project for a few weeks prior to detoxification or accessing other services, whilst others may engage for longer periods. The programme can also be accessed by people who have relapsed and wish to re-engage with recovery in a more formal way than just through fellowship or other mutual aid options.


The programme draws on motivational and cognitive approaches, delivered through themed workshops and support groups. Some of the topics include: harm reduction; dependence and health; relapse prevention; developing positive networks; accessing support pathways and supported housing and information about the treatment system.


The Brink of Change programme includes:


·         Breakfast peer support sessions over tea and toast

·         Group-work sessions

·         Visits to other support services

·         Guest speaker presentations

·         One-to-one keyworker sessions

·         Assertive outreach

·         Relapse support groups

·         Information support for families

·         Support to access and attend fellowship or mutual aid groups


You can refer yourself to the programme, or you can be referred by other agencies.

Your first session with a Brink of Change staff member will be the same day or, at the very latest, within 48 hours. Immediate access to informal one-to-one sessions with a member of the Brink of Change team is also available for those who need additional advice and support.


The programme operates at The Brink between 9.00am and 6.00pm five days a week plus selected evenings, and even on Sunday afternoons. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Paula Carey or Dave Potter
Contact Position
Support workers

Where to go

The Brink Cafe
Parr Street
L1 4JN

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday and Sundays
Time of day
Session Information
different times on different days

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Call us on 0151 703 0582 or call in and ask for Eve, Paula or Peter.

Other notes

We have disabled access