Welcome to Breaking Free Group, a pioneering digital health and
behavioural science company specialising in addictive behaviours

Devices

We develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based digital behaviour change interventions that use proven behavioural science to empower people to overcome problem drinking, drug misuse and smoking.

Our innovations include three world-firsts in digital healthcare:

  • Computer-assisted therapy that enables recovery from dependence on drugs including opiates and new psychoactive substances
  • Internet-based interventions for substance-involved offenders in prisons that provide essential continuity of care between custody and community
  • Clinically-robust public health interventions that address smoking and problem drinking on a population-wide scale in multiple languages

Our solutions are commissioned in the UK by a wide range of organisations including NHS England, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, CCGs and national service providers.

They are also approved by Ontario Telemedicine Network for rapid adoption by healthcare providers across the province of Ontario, and nationally via Canada Health Infoway.

To date, we have delivered clinical interventions to over 30,000 individuals, and evidenced their impact through 26 studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


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OUR SOLUTIONS


SPECIALIST ALCOHOL


& DRUG SERVICES

A clinically-proven digital solution that addresses dependence on over 50 substances - including opiates and new psychoactive substances - through computer-assisted therapy (CAT) facilitated by practitioners and peer mentors.

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PRISONS


& PROBATION

An integrated set of CSAAP-accredited digital, group and keyworking interventions that target the links between substance misuse and offending; and a digital smoking cessation programme developed specifically for use in prisons.

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PUBLIC HEALTH


& PRIMARY CARE

Digital health innovations that enable Public Health teams and CCGs to facilitate smoking cessation and reduce alcohol-related harm through early intervention and prevention on a population-wide scale in the most cost-effective way.

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OUR LATEST NEWS


BREAKING FREE GROUP FORMS LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH INCLUSION AND MIDLANDS PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

October 2018

Breaking Free Group has entered a long-term national partnership with Inclusion, the specialist substance misuse treatment division of the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

Inclusion was established in 2002 as part of the Specialist Services Group of MPFT. As part of the Specialist Services Division, Inclusion develops new and flexible services across England where it is felt Inclusion have the expertise to provide a quality service.

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OUR LATEST RESEARCH


PROTOCOL FOR A RANDOMIZED-CONTROLLED TRIAL OF THE BREAKING FREE ONLINE HEALTH AND JUSTICE PROGRAM FOR SUBSTANCE MISUSE IN PRISON SETTINGS

Elison-Davies, S., Davies, D., Ward, J., Dugdale, S., Weston, S., Jones, A., Brides, M. & Weekes, J.

Breaking Free Group’s most recent paper has been co-authored with Dr Samantha Weston (University of Keele), Dr Andrew Jones (University of Manchester), Michelle Brides (Spectrum Community Health Services) and Dr John Weekes (McMaster University, Canada).

The paper, which has been published in the journal Health and Justice, describes the methodology for a randomized-controlled trial (RCT) which is currently underway at HMP Kirkham. This RCT is the first of its kind to be conducted in the UK and will examine outcomes for men who are serving sentences and working on their recovery from alcohol and drug dependence within the prison.

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ORGANISATIONS WE WORK WITH


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