those who are addicted to benzodiazepines and ‘Z’ drug tranquillisers, and sleeping pills (and drugs with similar effects) and who wish to withdraw from them, to do so as comfortably as possible, and to help them to make the changes necessary in life after withdrawal.
To educate and inform
all those who may come across the problem of benzodiazepine addiction, either personally or professionally, towards an understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs actions, and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal.
services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from benzodiazepines and similar drugs. (We aim, through education and training, to reduce prescribing by raising awareness of the problems of Benzodiazepine use)
WHAT DO WE DO?
Provide direct services
to users and carers: through local (South Glos, North Somerset, BaNES) support groups, drop-ins, home visits, peer support line, dual diagnosis, and specialist support for other agencies/ workers in those geographical areas.
through partnership working, training (including GP education training), policy development, profile-raising of the issues through media, presentations, website, drug and alcohol and mental health conference planning and input, keynote speaking at conferences (mental health/drug and alcohol).
Many national and local organisations signpost people to BAT for specialist tranquilliser help. These include NHS Direct, National Drugs Helpline (FRANK), Mind, Sane, and The Samaritans.
Our interest is not how you came to be taking benzos in the first place; it is that you need help.