Drug Prevention and Treatment Programmes and Services

The following is a list of community-based prevention programmes and services:

Drug Prevention

Als Pals Kids Making Health Choices Programme

Al’s Pals promotes resiliency in early childhood with explicit instruction to develop social competence, autonomy, and problem solving. Al’s Pals is designed for use with children three to eight years old. It includes 46 core lessons and nine booster lessons. Each lesson lasts approximately 10–15 minutes, with two lessons implemented per week. Children learn to get along with others, use self-control, accept differences, resolve conflicts peacefully, cope, and make healthy choices.

Initial training for Al’s Pals is either done in-person (two days) or online (seven two-hour sessions). Training is required, and Al’s Pals offers a train-the-trainer system to support sustainability.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 292-3049
Email: smwilson@gov.bm
Location: Suite 304, Melbourne House, 11 Parliament Street, Hamilton HM 12

Teen Peace (Bermuda) Afterschool Programme

The Teen Peace (Bermuda) Afterschool Programme operates every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on location at the Sandys Secondary, T N Tatem, Dellwood, Whitney and Clearwater middle schools.

The programme allows students to be interactive with positive pro-social adults and affords them the opportunity to further develop, operationalise and practise the following social emotional learning skills through fun and interactive activities to develop:

  • Alcohol and drug prevention skills
  • Life skills and social competencies
  • Health promotion and problem prevention skills
  • Coping skills and social support for transitions and crises
  • Positive, contributory services

In addition, the Teen Peace programme provides opportunities for students to receive support academically and develop communication and positive peer relationships.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 292-3049
Email: smwilson@gov.bm
Location: Suite 304, Melbourne House, 11 Parliament Street, Hamilton HM 12

TIPS training program

TIPS stands for Training for Intervention Procedures. Participants leave this training equipped to:

  • Spot underage drinkers and prevent alcohol sales to minors
  • Intervene quickly and assuredly in potential problem situations
  • Understand the difference between people enjoying themselves and those getting into trouble with alcohol
  • Handle alcohol related situations with greater confidence
  • Use proven strategies to prevent alcohol related problems

TIPS trainings are now available for registering. Spaces are given on a first paid, first served basis. Each establishment, or group of establishments, may register up to seven people for each training session, depending on availability of spaces.

All trainings take place at The Leopards Club on Cedar Avenue. You must pre-register.

As of June 2011, TIPS certification became mandatory for managers, supervisors and persons in charge of bars at on-premise licensed facilities. View Section 39B of Bermuda Liquor License Act.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 295-5982
E-mail: execdirector.cada@logic.bm
Website: www.cada.bm

Suite 307,

Melbourne House

11 Parliament Street

Hamilton HM 12


Bermuda Sport Anti-Doping Authority (BSADA)

BSADA’s mission is to prevent, detect, and deter the use of illicit drugs and banned doping practices by delivering education and testing services to the Bermuda sporting community.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 232-6851
E-mail: info@bsada.org
Website: www.bsada.org

2 Midsea Lane,

Serpentine Road,

Pembroke HM 07


CADA – Encouraging Responsible Alcohol Behaviour

CADA helps to promote responsible sales and service of alcohol in Bermuda and responsible consumption through prevention programming. CADA also provides young people with the tools and skills they need to successfully navigate through life; making healthy and safe choices. This organization runs the Lions Quest and the Botvin Life Skills programmes.

CADA provides a free transportation service to help keep the community safe through the late night “Let Us Drive” service.

For more information, please contact:

Facebook: CADA
Telephone: (441) 295-5982
E-mail: execdirector.cada@logic.bm
Website: www.cada.bm

Suite 307,

Melbourne House

11 Parliament Street

Hamilton HM 12


PRIDE Bermuda

PRIDE is a substance abuse prevention organization focused on enhancing the social and emotional skills of youth and adults through programs and activities in schools and the community.

Our services include:

  • LifeSkills training for primary through high school ages to deal with self-management, social skills & resistance skills
  • LifeSkills for parents (compliments student program)
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) for Preschool through P6 to address feelings and appropriate expression of feelings
  • Training and Community Development through forums, conferences, workshops, health fairs etc.

For more information, contact:

P.O. Box DV212,

Devonshire DV BX

Tel: (441) 295-9970  Fax: (441) 236-0135

Email: info@pride.prevention.bm

Registered Charity #303


In order to enter a drug treatment programme, you must first be assessed by a professional at the Bermuda Assessment and Referral Centre.

Bermuda Assessment and Referral Centre (BARC)

The Centre helps substance abusers to identify and access appropriate resources that meet their needs.

The Centre will:

  • Provide accessible, comprehensive assessments and referrals to people seeking information or assistance who have alcohol and drug problems
  • Provide case management for individuals till intervention is provided by relevant stakeholders

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 292-5005
E-mail: courtservices@gov.bm 

Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building,

3rd Floor, 58 Court Street,

Hamilton HM 12


Driving Under the Influence Educational Programme

This programme is provided by Bermuda Professional Counselling Services.

The objective of this programme is to:

  • Help motorists examine the arrest experience, the factors that led to the arrest, and helps the drivers make appropriate driving decisions in the future;
  • Screen motorists for possible alcohol and/or drug abuse problems using standard, objective screening criteria;
  • Provide education to assist social drinkers to make low-risk drinking and driving decisions;
  • Aid motorists in recognising their impaired driving patterns;
  • Encourage participants to explore the issues of whether or not to drink, What to do to avoid riding with an impaired driver and How to resist peer pressure;
  • Assist offenders who feel they do not have a substance abuse problem by encouraging them to maintain abstinence or a low-risk pattern of use; and
  • Provide community resources to further support the individuals.

The average class is six to eight students. The classes are offered on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on an as-needed basis. Attending the DUI Education Programme allows clients to receive three months off their sentence.

Upon completion of the 12-hour DUI Education Programme, clients are given a certificate which indicates he/she has completed all aspects of the Level 1 DUI programme.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 296-6785 or (441) 505-3000
E-mail: fiona@elkinson.com


42 Victoria Street

Hamilton HM 12

Counseling and Life Skills Services

Counseling and Life Skills Services provides counselling, support and education to children, up to age 18 years of age, and their families. Services offered include:

  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Group Counseling
  • Substance Counseling and Education
  • Parenting Education/Skills
  • Screenings and Assessments
  • Random Drug Screenings (for current clients)
  • Aftercare
  • Referrals

For more information:

Telephone: (441) 296-7575

63 Victoria Street,

Hamilton HM 12


Pathways Bermuda

Pathways Bermuda, a Strategic Partner of Caron Treatment Centers, is a non-profit addiction treatment provider dedicated to providing permanent paths to healing for those individuals and families in our community whose lives have been devastated by addiction.

Pathways provides and facilitates a variety of outpatient evaluation, diagnostic, treatment and intervention services for adolescents, adults and families. Our services include:

  • Outpatient Counseling
  • Impaired Driving Program
  • Adolescent and Family Programs
  • Aftercare Programs
  • Overseas Residential Treatment

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 236-0823
E-mail: info@pathwaysbermuda.bm
Website: pathwaysbermuda.bm

61 Verdmont Road,

Smith’s FL 02


Focus Counselling Services

Clients can seek help from FOCUS without the need for an appointment. An “open door” policy is practiced for persons not normally inclined to reach out for help.

The FOCUS Drop-in Center provides a safe, drug-free space for persons who may be in different stages of their addiction but want to avoid drug use and the associated negative activities that may be created by their drug use. Services are designed to motivate clients toward building a recovery-oriented lifestyle and includes counselling, groups, meals and showers if needed.

The FOCUS Supportive Residency programme is a sober housing programme for men who have completed a primary substance abuse treatment programme and who want to rebuild their lives. Residents are expected to work and to pay a portion of their earnings towards their rent. They are also expected to attend weekly meetings and to submit to random alcohol/drug testing.

Other FOCUS services include individual/group counselling for adolescents, women and young adults, life skills training, money management, Impaired Driving Education, and 24- Hour Support Line.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 296-2196 / (441) 705-4991
E-mail: info.focus@focus.bm
Website: https://www.focus.bm


36 Union Street,

Hamilton HM 10


Men’s Treatment Centre (MTC)

MTC is a 12-month, three-phased, residential substance abuse and related disorders treatment programme for men aged 18 and older in Bermuda.

The three phases are:

  • orientation
  • treatment, and
  • re-entry

All clients are assessed on completion of each phase prior to advancement to the next phase. Motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, and rational emotive behaviour therapy are the primary models of therapy that MTC clinicians use in the treatment of clients.

The MTC maintains that after successfully completing treatment, clients and their families will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to live drug-free and maintain a lifestyle of consistent recovery.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 278-4718

Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Treatment Centre

3 Cockburn Road,

Sandys MA 01


Salvation Army Community Life Skills Recovery Programme

The Community Life Skills Recovery Programme understands that life skills training is an important treatment modality in helping clients become productive citizens.

It offers services in a holistic approach to males and females, aged 18–65. Referrals to the programme can be made from inpatient or outpatient treatment services.

The Community Life Skills Programme accepts clients from various stages of recovery who are in need of life skills training or relapse prevention counselling.

The programme offers:

  • Individual and group counselling
  • Life skills training class
  • Drug education
  • Family relapse prevention planning
  • Family and community reintegration
  • Referral
  • Drug court and family liaison
  • Outreach
  • Employment and education guidance
  • Early banking and financial planning
  • Transitional planning

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 292-2586

Dudley Butterfield Residence,

44 King Street,

Hamilton HM 12


Salvation Army Harbour Light Addiction Programme

This programme provides male residents aged 18 to 65 with support, understanding, guidance, and healing. On completion of the programme, clients will be ready to be reintegrated into society, continue to develop healthy lifestyles, acquire the moral and spiritual principles of conduct, and have responsible work habits.

The Centre provides a 6–12 month programme based on individual need and consists of four programme phases:

  • Phase1: Assessment and Orientation: Phase 1 consists of a two-week period of assessment and orientation. Emphasis is on detoxification and attending counselling, group sessions, Bible study, 12- step support meetings and Chapel.
  • Phase 2: Recovery Programme (Action Stage): This is an intensive time for learning, with residents attending daily group, lecture, and discussion classes. The focus is for positive behaviour change and taking responsibility. Residents are also required to attend four meetings (AA, NA, ACOA, etc.) per week.
  • Phase 3: Relapse Prevention: This phase of treatment focuses intensely upon relapse prevention. Residents are committed to six weeks of assessing and identifying warning signs of relapse, and devising a practical plan for managing your recovery.
  • Phase 4: Reintegration: This is the preparatory stage for after care and external living. Discharge plans are reviewed and referrals made to the community life skills programme and other support services geared at enhancing the residents’ recovery.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 292-2586

Dudley Butterfield Residence

44 King Street,

Hamilton HM 12


The Staying Alive Education Programme

The Staying Alive Education Programme is a four-hour education programme for young drivers between 16 and 25 years old. It is designed for those who have committed any driving offence, but any person in this age group would benefit from this programme.

The programme’s focus is to persuade attendees to take responsibility for their behaviour in driving situations and for them to adopt safer driving practices.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 296-6785 or (441) 505-3000

42 Victoria Street,

Hamilton HM 12


Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme

Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme is a tridimensional treatment centre consisting of an:

  • intensive outpatient programme (IOP)
  • opioid treatment programme (methadone and buprenorphine), and
  • inpatient detox unit (IDU).

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) provides non-residential, structured, clinically intensive intervention. Interventions include individual, group, and family counselling services, and education and supportive services.

Opioid Treatment Programme (OTP) provides treatment, which uses methadone or buprenorphine, to maintain substance abusers who are addicted to heroin or other opiates. Medication is provided in conjunction with medical monitoring, laboratory testing, clinical assessment, counselling, and support services.

Inpatient Detox Unit (IDU) provides drug and/or alcohol detoxification and other medically-managed services that are delivered to service users in a 24- hour residential programme located at the Turning Point site, within the MidAtlantic Wellness Institute. This programme also provides concurrent assessment, counselling, and other intensive interventions for the purpose of placing substance abusers in continued treatment.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 239-2038
Website: www.bermudahospitals.bm

44 Devon Springs Road

Devonshire FL 01


Women’s Treatment Centre (WTC)

Women’s Treatment Centre is a therapeutic residential facility operated 24 hours a day that serves addicted women who have serious psychosocial adjustment problems and who require re-socialisation in a highly structured setting.

The treatment model encourages residents to communicate with each other, learn to compromise, become interdependent, and learn to be responsible for their own behaviour.

The 12-month programme is offered in the following phases:

  • Admission and Orientation: 12 weeks
  • Treatment: 18–20 weeks
  • Vocational: 12 weeks following the completion of the treatment phase
  • Transitional Living: 12 weeks onsite; two years in the Women’s Community Transitional Residence
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care: two years
  • Respite: up to two weeks if sobriety is threatened, bed available and client is willing to be readmitted.

For more information, please contact:

Telephone: (441) 278-4719

Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Treatment Centre

3 Cockburn Road,

Sandys MA 01