Drug treatment

Within South Gloucestershire there are organisations that can offer you free and confidential support around drug and substance misuse.

Developing Health and Independence (DHI)

Developing Health and Independence (DHI) are the South Gloucestershire drug and alcohol treatment providers.

Developing Health and Independence (DHI) services remain open to all residents with support for any adults who need help or advice around their use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Support is available either over the phone or digitally. Self-referrals, as well as those from professionals, are welcome. People will be contacted by phone within 15 working days of their referral and often much sooner.

The triage team will complete an assessment over the phone and ensure that access to the right support is put in place as soon as possible.

Contact details are:

Tel: 01454 868750 Freephone: 0800 0733011 Email: info@dhisouthglos.org.uk


Developing Health and Independence (DHI) assessments and referrals

The service encourages self-referrals; however anyone can refer with the consent of the person who needs the support, all it takes is a phone call. 

The triage support coordinator will ask some questions related to your use of substances which will help them to find out the best team to put you in touch with. 

They will then discuss the next steps with you, which may be a comprehensive assessment over the phone. During the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak contact with your substance misuse worker will most likely be by telephone.

In order for them to meet your individual needs, please advise the triage coordinator of everything that you feel they need to know, next steps will then be discussed and there are local treatment centres available across South Gloucestershire which can be used if you feel that a face to face meeting would be beneficial or meet your needs in a more holistic way. 

Support offered can range from a brief conversation, advice regarding help and treatment available or detoxification and rehabilitation if required. 

If you are experiencing ill health in relation to your substance misuse, please speak to your GP.

Further help and support


If you are worried about yourself or someone else, you can find help and advice, talk to FRANK

Telephone 0300 123 6600 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Text Frank on 82111

Email via frank@talktofrank.com or complete the webform 

Breaking Free Online

Access an online service available to all residents of South Gloucestershire offering behaviour change techniques to help reduce the harmful impact of drugs or alcohol misuse.


Its easy to sign up, you will need to enter a valid email address and the South Gloucestershire access code (southglos11) and then create a password that only you know. All information will be confidential and if you need help, call DHI on 01454 868750 who will talk you through the process.