A RESIDENTIAL treatment centre for addiction in Weston-super-Mare has won an award at the European Awards in Medicine.

Broadway Lodge are celebrating an award win at the European Awards in Medicine this week.

They were selected by a judging panel as a finalist along with four other treatment centres across Europe in the ‘Addiction Treatment’ category. Broadway Lodge was chosen as the winner, announced at the award ceremony held in central Paris on Tuesday night.

The European Awards in Medicine was established to ‘reward talent, perseverance and dedication’ of organisations and individual professionals from across Europe in the medical sector.

Charlotte Thorpe, marketing officer at Broadway Lodge accepted the award.

Weston Mercury: Charlotte Thorpe from Broadway Lodge.Charlotte Thorpe from Broadway Lodge. (Image: Contributed)

She said: "We truly love what we do and the work that is done here is often life changing and sometimes, life saving. So to be recognised is a massive achievement for us and we are really proud.

"We’ll continue to treat addiction with compassion, understanding, warmth, kindness and empathy and look forward to treating many other people who come through our doors in the coming months and years ahead.”

Founded in 1974, Broadway Lodge has been treating addiction for almost 50 years, helping thousands to overcome addictions to a range of substances and behaviours including alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs, gambling, sex and gaming.

It was the first treatment centre in Europe to introduce the spiritual 12 step programme into the schedule and it continues to remain important to Broadway Lodge today because of its success in helping addicts to sustain recovery for life.

In recent years and during the challenging coronavirus period, they have made changes both aesthetically to the building but also to the treatment programme, adapting and enhancing the treatment here to really give clients the best possible chance of a long-term recovery and to ensure that everything they deliver is provided with compassion at the core.

Last year a large-scale refurbishment project was completed and a dated and slightly punishing behaviour change system was removed.

A spokesperson added: "It’s not only the individuals themselves that Broadway Lodge work with to improve their life and future, but relatives of anyone who’s well-being has suffered as a result of a loved ones addiction, with the online Family Programme they run every month."