BAT is a user-led, user-sensitive registered charity, based in Bristol. Several ex-benzodiazepine users, and carers of users, are on BAT’s management committee.
Our Mission statement:-
To lessen the harm caused by benzodiazepine and z drug tranquillisers and sleeping pills
- To help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines, 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 and understanding of the difficulties caused by the drugs actions and the compounding of these difficulties in withdrawal.
- To influence services in their prescribing, managing and supporting of clients who take/want to withdraw from Benzodiazepines and similar drugs.
What we do:
Provide direct services: to users and carers: through support groups, drop-ins (both bz-specific and partnership generic), home visits, telephone helpline, dual diagnosis, website question and answer facility and specialist support for other agencies/ workers.
Educate and inform: through partnership working, training (including post-graduate accredited 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).
We aim, through education and training, to reduce prescribing by raising awareness.
BAT is the only organisation of its kind that works with clients who take benzodiazepines etc, both on prescription and those who take the drugs illicitly. It’s also the only agency that offers specific training and support to organisations/workers, whose clients/patients experience the problems of benzodiazepine use and withdrawal.
Many national and local organisations signpost people to BAT for specialist tranquilliser help. These include NHS Direct, National Drugs Helpline, Mind, Sane, and The Samaritans.
B.A.T are based on the second floor of Coniston community centre in interview room 1.