The Brink is our award-winning, revolutionary recovery café in Liverpool’s vibrant city centre
Opening in 2011, The Brink is a safe space where people affected by drug and alcohol addiction can find help, support and access to treatment. Since opening, The Brink has become a central component of a growing and thriving community in recovery in Liverpool.
Addiction affects millions of people in the UK, from all backgrounds and walks of life. It is not just those in the grip of an all-consuming relationship with a substance or behaviour who are affected. Friends, family, colleagues and others also experience the destructive consequences addiction can deliver. The YouGov poll we commissioned in June 2019 for Addiction Awareness found that 63% of people nationwide know someone with an addiction. Seventy per cent of those surveyed thought that more should be done to support families affected by addiction. The scale of addiction is growing in complexity and having a wide impact on people, families and communities. Yet, despite addiction being the biggest preventable killer in the UK and affecting so many, access to treatment and long term support is diminishing.
The Brink works to support people who are affected by the life stopping condition of addiction, giving them tools, advice and access to appropriate treatment to move forward in their lives. Some of the staff at The Brink are in recovery from addiction themselves and their work has become a key part of people’s recovery journey.
The Brink provides support for people as they embark on different forms of treatment and as they work through the first stages of recovery, including support to enter or re-enter the world of paid employment or volunteering or supporting people whose loved ones have an addiction.
The Brink has become a haven for people whose loved ones are suffering from an addiction. It provides an opportunity for family members to share experiences with others who face similar challenges, receive counselling from a family counsellor, and/or participate in our family programme M-PACT. The Brink uses Action on Addiction’s pioneering family-focused work and is respected across Liverpool and nationally for the impact it has on children, adults and the community. It featured on the primetime TV documentary ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’ with our Patron the Duchess of Cambridge.
Having proven the concept of The Brink as a very effective resource for a growing number of people, our plan is to raise funds so that we can expand our reach and help more people in more places within the Liverpool City region find freedom from this life-stopping condition.