The Addiction Support and Care Agency (ASCA) is a local charity that offers confidential, low-cost, one-to-one counselling and group therapy to address a range of life’s problems, including alcohol, drug and other addictions; anxiety; depression; low self-esteem and stress. There is also a Carers’ Group for those whose lives are, or have been, impacted by the addictions of others. This seems all the more relevant when it is known that alcohol and drug dependency affects one in 25 people and one in four adults drink more than is healthy. Extra wellbeing services available include meditation classes and yoga.
In addition, ASCA runs a 12-Step Zen Group, which features meditation and discussion in a supportive atmosphere. This is a drop-in group, open to everyone and does not require an initial assessment. It has proved a popular meeting for those who like a calm space for reflection.
For further information, please visit www.addictionsupport.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, contact ASCA Richmond 020 8940 1160 (233 Lower Mortlake Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2LL) or ASCA Kingston 020 8339 9899 (96 Ditton Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6RH).