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About us

Open Road is a registered charity that provides support for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol across Essex and Suffolk. We also work with the Norfolk & Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company.

Our mission is to empower individuals, families and communities in their journey of recovery from the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and other addictions. Open Road is a leading provider of drug and alcohol services in the East of England. In 2015 Open Road celebrated 25 years of delivering high quality services to enable individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol.

Last year in numbers...

  • £3.1m

    Budget funded through NHS and Local Authority contracts, the Big Lottery Fund, charitable trusts and donations

  • +6000

    People supported over the last year

  • +85%

    Successfully completed programmes with Open Road

  • 8

    Centres for drug and alcohol treatment across and Essex and Medway

  • +300

    people involved over 100 Staff and over 200 Volunteers


  • Who we are

    Meet some of the people behind our organisation. Board of Trustees, Senior Management and Service managers

  • History

    Open Road was established in 1990 by Richard Ashrowan and Bridie McElroy at their home in Colchester.