We are the only UK based company that has been established by professional full time Sober Companions and Body-Guides, many of whom are active 12-step members, trained to deliver clients pre, post and during treatment to their destinations, with the knowledge that their transportation is safe from harm or unwelcomed temptations.
Sober Services are pioneers of Sober Transportation since 2008 in the UK and Europe.
Whether you are a client in need, a parent, a business partner, or a caring professional, you can rest assured that your safe transportation needs will be met by one of our Sober Transporters.
A strong member of our team will collect and deliver a client to or from their home, place of business, treatment facility or previously arranged rendezvous.
For some people travelling to addiction treatment centers can be challenging, particularly when it may be overseas or if they are still new to recovery. Likewise the repatriation service we offer is equally important for those returning from treatment. The risks and temptations of the journey home will be alleviated and you or your client will arrive safely. We offer an extended repatriation service over several days, as we are fully aware of difficulties that can be faced on returning home.
We maintain their well being, safety and comfort throughout the journey so that you can rest assured that they will have arrived without harm. This removes the dangers inherent in travelling to or from foreign countries, or long distances alone.
We stay in touch with all parties and really do take the stress away from any concerned relatives, care managers or treatment facility staff.
Sober Transporters can be employed when someone requires safe transit to or from any type of meeting or engagement such as visits to a lawyer, hospital appointments, family affairs, weddings etc
Not only can we drive clients, but we can also accompany them on public or private transportation including planes, trains, ferries and automobiles.
Consider the business executive that must fly to another city for that corporate do-or-die presentation. Or the actor who must move around quickly from city to city to promote their new movie. Drinking or drugging on such trips would be devastating to them and the corporations they represent. It could be the deal breaker that not only ruins their own careers, but also for the companies they represent. The lost revenue from such an episode could be a significant financial setback. Is it fair to rest such high stakes on the shoulders of that one person, especially if they’re still new to recovery? That person should probably be assisted in their sobriety, surely? After, if getting sober and drug free was easy, then this whole industry wouldn’t even exist. I’m afraid it’s considerably more than “Just Saying No”.
The challenges facing someone in new sobriety are enormous. During those first few months the alcoholic’s sober life can be precarious, at best. The same holds true for the heroin addict, the crack / cocaine addict and the pill addict or the cannabis addict.
Traveling anywhere outside of their immediate comfort zone for these people can be really tough. Those little bottles on the plane / train / shop look so harmless and can trigger someone’s obsession without a moment’s thought. Stress and anxiety at the airport / Services Station or other transport hub can easily play games with someone’s fragile recovery, enticing them to search out a bars or off licence just to calm themselves down. Furthermore, a street smart addict can always find a way to secure themselves alcohol or narcotics if left to their own devices, especially at airports or stations, or get themselves arrested whilst trying to score.
Sober Transportation reduces the chances of someone becoming intoxicated, hospitalised, or arrested by 95%. Family members may prefer to accompany them to reduce costs, but they may not necessarily have the experience or knowledge to handle emerging situations as they become challenging. Besides, they usually have their own lives to lead and taking time for this (although important) is not always possible. The family member need to remember that they’re placing their loved one in the care of other who know what’s best for the client, and the same principle can be applied for the transportation leg of their recovery journey. Leave it to the professionals.
The Sober Transporter is trained to diffuse the anxiety that accompanies new sobriety. They are usually sober and drug free themselves, so they can present a role model and healthy conversation. A good Sober Transporter can turn a difficult, angry trip into a learning experience, even into an enjoyable trip.
Sober Transporters remain anonymous and are bound by confidentiality. We may be introduced as a friend, relative, or as an associate of sorts. We will play whatever part required to maintain the client’s discretion and anonymity whilst leaving them feeling safe in their surroundings.
All our vehicles and Sober Transporters are fully insured.
We offer this service within the United Kingdom as well as internationally as required. We have members of staff who speak French fluently as a 2nd language.
Due to the nature of our business, we are able to offer completely bespoke services dependant upon your specific needs. Please don’t hesitate to approach us to discuss your requirements.
Our only goal is to deliver you or your client safely without any further unnecessary alcohol or substance use.
We have Trans-Atlantic links with partner companies in the USA who we can liaise with for North American Transfers, or as required.
As our motto says, “Yes, we can do that!” please enquire with the specifics regarding your transportation requirements.
We’re happy to help.
"Rory and I are very grateful to you for your inimitable organisation in providing a seamless journey for our son Alex to the US for residential treatment.
Without your wealth of experience in all the various aspects (especially the US Border procedures) there would definitely have been a hitch at some point and that could have scuppered the whole operation.
We are deeply grateful to you for making this part of Alex's progress happen.
All the very best
Penny and Rory."
I cannot thank you enough for your help in transporting my son from London to Cape Town, caring for him a further 24 hours, before accompanying him on a second flight to a detox clinic in Nelspruit.
Your professionalism was evident from the first time I contacted you to enquire about your services and continued throughout your travelling with my son to his final destination. This was not easy at times with him being so ill, but you were able to reassure him as well as work with airport staff to ensure he was able to fly when there was the prospect of him not being allowed on the plane.
I personally would recommend you to anyone needing support transporting a family member to a detox clinic/rehabilitation centre whether locally or abroad.
With best wishes
"The service you provide is absolutely WONDERFUL. We would not have made it without your professional help. We cannot thank you enough and are so impressed what you are able to offer clients over and above just supporting them through the physical journey to a clinic.
Thank you so much once again for your service."
Mr. J. G.
"A very big thank you from Management and Team at Stepping Stones Clinic – your professional ‘can-do’ attitude was refreshing and so appreciated – we’re in awe of your easy-manner and delighted our client was re-united safely with his parents!
Grateful too that you were able to find him a sponsor and introduce him to a sober community."
Stepping Stones - South Africa
"We have been utilizing the Sober Transportation services for over 18 months.
At all times we are very impressed with their rapid call to action and availability at very short notice to collect a client anywhere (within the British Isles and Europe) and transport them safely at the agreed location with accurately timed arrival.
The Referral Network fully supports Sober Services for their professional approach and their results. The industry is a better place for their services.
Zuma Smith - Team Manager
The Referral Network
"We have used Sober Services on a number of occasions and have found them to be extremely reliable, flexible and courteous. They have enabled us to ensure that clients have arrived with us in a safe, stable and comfortable manner, allaying the anxiety that can be felt by a client in having to organise trains, taxis etc. I have no hesitation in recommending this service to other treatment providers or similar services."
Business Development Director The Linwood Group
"To Whom it May Concern
Re: Sober Services
“We are happy to confirm that we have been successfully commissioning transportation and client relocation services from Sober Services since January 2009. We have always found them to be reliable and efficient in managing our, sometimes, unpredictable and chaotic clientele, and one of the most cost-effective solutions to a reoccurring challenge for our multi location organisation. Our admissions team work closely with the Sober Services team and this allows us both to offer a professional and effective service which we believe to be of paramount importance in our client’s recovery journey. Whilst we do not endorse any outside agency we are happy to confirm that we have every intention to continue working with Sober Services for the foreseeable future."
Gavin Cooper - Managing Director
TTP - Trust The Process Counselling Centres
"Dear Sober Services,
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the report you sent through and for the service that you provided.
We were very concerned that my brother-in-law would find traveling alone between London and Cape Town very difficult at such an early stage in his recovery. We realised that the best thing to do was to arrange for someone to travel with him and the Detox facility he was in recommended Sober Service’s transport service to us.
From the very first contact, Sober Services were brilliant. It was a huge relief to find someone offering exactly the service that we needed. It was also very reassuring talking to you and a great comfort to know that my brother-in-law was in such safe and experienced hands.
Thank you for taking so much time and care to plan everything with me. I’m sure that it made a huge difference to my brother-in-law to have you there and it certainly was very important to his family and friends.
In the nicest possible way, I hope that we never have need of your services again, but I would be very happy to recommend you to anyone in a similar position. I will of course let you know how he gets on. In the meantime, it has genuinely been a pleasure dealing with you.
With many thanks again and best wishes for the future."