History of Cranstoun

Established in 1969, Cranstoun brings a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience to its services. We have a rich and diverse history and heritage of developing and delivering high quality, effective help to those in need.

Since its inception, Cranstoun has been making life better for those affected by alcohol and drugs. Our skilled and compassionate people work closely with service users and their families to change and save lives. We combine proven expertise in treatment and recovery with innovative approaches and actively involve those we help in improving the design of the services we provide.

In the 1960s it was local people responding to local needs that established Cranstoun House, a residential community for recovering addicts.

Throughout the 1970s an ambition to save and change lives led to the development of further residential treatment and support.

During the 1980s, as alcohol and drug problems grew so did Cranstoun, with new and innovative residential, community and prison based services supporting those dependent on alcohol and drugs as well as their friends, families and carers.

The 1990s ushered in further innovation, with Cranstoun developing innovative community services for parents, young people, BME communities, those affected by HIV/AIDS and offenders, all offered alongside existing and established support. During this time Cranstoun also led and developed networks for professionals and politicians, across an expanding Europe, in order to improve services and the lives of service users.

Today, Cranstoun continues to innovate and respond to ever-changing demands, with large multi-agency and integrated services alongside smaller, discrete and specialist local services. We remain ambitious for our service users and communities, and our staff continue to demonstrate the compassion shown by our founders in their care for service users.

Annie and Michael Dixon, founders of Cranstoun, attending the opening of Expressions of Recovery