Refer Yourself to NHS Drug and Alcohol Support Services

Authored by , Reviewed by Dr Colin Tidy | Last edited | Certified by The Information Standard

If you have a problem with drug addiction or alcohol, remember, you’re not on your own. You’re entitled to NHS care just like everybody else, and there are lots of support services to help you.

Are you worried about your relationship with alcohol? Acknowledging you have a problem with drinking is the first step to getting help.

The UK Chief Medical Officer advises not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week (spread over several days and with at least a couple of alcohol-free days a week) on a regular basis, to keep health risks to a low level. One unit means 10 ml of pure alcohol. But alcoholic drinks come in a variety of strengths and sizes, so it's not always easy to work out how many units you're drinking. A good guide is 14 units is equivalent to six pints of average strength beer, or six medium (175 ml) glasses of average strength wine a week.

A lot of people don't know how much they're drinking, if it's within the recommended limits and whether they should take action. DrinkAware has a self-assessment tool that may give you an idea of your drinking habits and what to do next.

Your drinking may be a problem if:

  • You find yourself 'needing' an alcoholic drink.
  • You get into trouble because of your drinking.
  • Other people are concerned about your drinking.
  • You think alcohol is causing you problems.

If one or more of these bullets apply to you, it's a good idea to visit your GP. They'll be able to suggest the different types of assessment and alcohol support options available to you.

Speaking with your doctor is especially important if you have become physically dependent on alcohol because stopping overnight could be harmful. You may need medication to do this safely.

If this doesn't apply to you, or you don't want to make an appointment with your GP, there may be alcohol support services in your local area you can access without being referred. Check the links below.

Perhaps you've realised that you're not in full control of your drug use, and it's causing problems in your life? If you have a problem with drug addiction, remember, you're not on your own. You're entitled to NHS care just like everybody else, and there are lots of support services to help you.

It's not just recreational drugs that can cause trouble; prescription or over-the-counter tablets can also lead to dependency issues too. If you find you've been hiding the number of pills you're taking or lying about your symptoms to obtain more medication, you need support.

Your GP is a good place to start if you're unsure how to get help. They can discuss your problems with you confidentially and find a treatment to get you drug-free.

But if you're not comfortable talking with your doctor, you can approach your local drug treatment service yourself, without a referral. You can use the links below if you know which city or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) your GP is in.

If you are not sure which CCG you live in, you can find out by entering your postcode in this tool.

Ashfordhttps://www.eastkentdrugandalcohol.org.uk/our-hubs/ashford-hub
Barking and Dagenhamhttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Barnethttps://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/addictions-and-substance-misuse-services/
Barnsleyhttps://www.talktofrank.com/treatment-centre/barnsley-young-persons-service (young person's service)
Basildon and Brentwoodhttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Bassetlawhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/
Bath and North East Somersetwww.dhi-online.org.uk
Bedfordshirewww.aquarius.org.uk
Berkshire Westhttps://info.westberks.gov.uk/substancemisuse
Bexleyhttps://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/public-health/drug-and-alcohol-services
Birmingham and Solihullwww.changegrowlive.org
Blackburn with Darwen

https://inspireblackburndarwen.org.uk/contact/self-referral-form/

https://www.changegrowlive.org/go2-blackburn-with-darwen/info (young person's service)

Blackpoolwww.horizonblackpool.uk
Boltonhttps://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/achieve/
Bradford Citywww.changegrowlive.org
Bradford Districtswww.changegrowlive.org
Brentwww.addaction.org.uk
Brighton and Hovewww.pavilions.org.uk
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershirehttps://www.dhi-online.org.uk/get-help/adult-drug-alcohol-treatment/bristol-roads
Bromleywww.changegrowlive.org
Buckinghamshirewww.onerecoverybucks.org
Buryhttps://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/achieve/
Calderdalewww.calderdaleinrecovery.com
Cambridgeshire and Peterboroughhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-cambridgeshire-cambridge
Camdenhttps://www.camden.gov.uk/drug-alcohol-help?inheritRedirect=true
Cannock Chasewww.onerecovery.org.uk
Canterbury and Coastalhttps://www.forwardtrust.org.uk/our-services/community-drug-and-alcohol-services/canterbury-service/
Castle Point and Rochfordhttps://www.rochford.gov.uk/drugs-and-alcohol
Central London (Westminster)https://www.turning-point.co.uk/drug-and-alcohol-support
Chorley and South Ribblewww.addaction.org.uk
City and Hackneywww.squaremilehealth.org.uk
Coastal West Sussexhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/drug-alcohol-wellbeing-network-coast-adur-littlehampton-shoreham-worthing
Corbyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/
Coventry and Rugbyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/CGL-coventry
Crawleyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/drug-alcohol-wellbeing-network-north-team-crawley-horsham-mid-sussex
Croydonwww.turning-point.co.uk
Darlingtonhttp://www.darlingtonrecoveryservice.co.uk/
Dartford, Gravesham and Swanleyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/west-kent-drug-alcohol-wellbeing-service-cgl-gravesend
Derby and Derbyshire CCGhttps://www.derbysubstancemisuseservices.org.uk/alcohol-support/
Devonhttps://www.edp.org.uk/get-help/
Doncasterwww.aspire.community
Dorsetwww.edasuk.org
Dudleywww.changegrowlive.org
Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefieldhttps://codurhamdrugalcoholrecovery.co.uk/
Ealingwww.changegrowlive.org
East and North Hertfordshirehttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/spectrum-hertfordshire-drug-alcohol-services-hertford
East Berkshirehttp://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/advice.page?id=dQvsu-JWZpE
East Lancashirewww.changegrowlive.org
East Leicestershire and Rutlandhttp://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/leicestershire/
East Riding of Yorkshirehttps://www.humber.nhs.uk/services/open-access.htm
East Staffordshirehttp://www.onerecovery.org.uk/staffordshire/
East Surreyhttps://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/
Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seafordhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/east-sussex-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-service-star
Eastern Cheshire

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/health-matters/health-conditions/drug-and-substance-misuse/drug-and-substance-misuse.aspx

Enfieldhttps://blenheimcdp.org.uk/service/ 
Erewashhttp://www.derbyshirerecoverypartnership.co.uk/
Fareham and Gosporthttps://www.inclusion.org/inclusion-recovery-hampshire/
Fylde and Wyrehttps://inspirenorthlancs.org.uk/
Gloucestershirewww.changegrowlive.org
Great Yarmouth and Waveneyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/norfolk-alcohol-and-drug-behaviour-change-service-great-yarmouth/self-referral
Greater Huddersfieldhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/chart-kirklees
Greater Prestonhttps://inspirenorthlancs.org.uk/contact/
Greenwichhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/greenwich-aspire
Guildford and Waverleyhttps://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/
Haltonhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/
Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitbyhttps://www.nyhorizons.org.uk/index.php/contact-us/
Hammersmith and Fulhamwww.changegrowlive.org
Hardwickhttps://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/your-health/drug-and-alcohol-support/alcohol-and-drugs-support.aspx
Haringeywww.insightplatformharingey.co.uk
Harrogate and Rural Districthttp://www.nyhorizons.org.uk/
Harrowhttp://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/100010/health_and_social_care/1684/adult_substance_misuse_services
Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Teeshttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Hastings and Rotherhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/east-sussex-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-service-star
Haveringwww.changegrowlive.org
Herefordshirehttps://www.addaction.org.uk/
Herts Valleyshttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdalehttps://www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/directory-of-services/search/substance+misuse/blank/
High Weald Lewes Havenshttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/east-sussex-drug-and-alcohol-recovery-service-star
Hillingdonhttps://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/addictions-and-substance-misuse-services/
Horsham and Mid Sussexhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/drug-alcohol-wellbeing-network-north-team-crawley-horsham-mid-sussex
Hounslowhttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Hullwww.changegrowlive.org
Ipswich and East Suffolkhttps://www.turning-point.co.uk/
Isle of Wighthttps://www.inclusion.org/our-services/drug-alcohol-services/
Islingtonwww.blenheimcdp.org.uk/service/
Kernowhttps://www.addaction.org.uk/
Kingstonwww.wdp-drugs.org.uk
Knowsleyhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/knowsley-integrated-recovery-service
Lambethwww.lambeth-drug-alcohol.co.uk
Leedshttps://www.forwardleeds.co.uk/
Leicester Cityhttp://www.wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/Leicestershire
Lewishamhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/new-direction-lewisham
Lincolnshire Easthttps://www.addaction.org.uk/
Lincolnshire Westhttps://www.addaction.org.uk/
Liverpoolwww.actiononaddiction.org.uk
Lutonhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/resolutions-luton-drug-alcohol-service/adult-self-referral-form
Manchesterwww.changegrowlive.org
Mansfield and Ashfieldhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-new-directions-nottinghamshire-newark-mansfield-worksop-hucknall-broxtowe-rushcliffe
Medwayhttp://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/medway/
Mertonhttps://www.talktofrank.com/treatment-centre/merton-community-drug-and-alcohol-team
Mid Essexhttps://eput.nhs.uk/our-services/essex/essex-mental-health-services/adults/drug-alcohol-service/essex-specialist-treatment-and-recovery-service/
Milton Keyneshttps://www.compass-uk.org/services/milton-keynes-adult-service/
Morecambe Bayhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/inspire-north-central-lancashire/morecambe
Nenehttps://www.changegrowlive.org
Newark and Sherwoodhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-new-directions-nottinghamshire-newark-mansfield-worksop-hucknall-broxtowe-rushcliffe
Newcastle Gatesheadhttps://www.newcastle.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/alcohol-drugs-and-substance-abuse/drugs-and-alcohol-service-for-adults
Newhamwww.changegrowlive.org
North Cumbriahttps://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/unity
North Derbyshirehttp://www.derbyshirerecoverypartnership.co.uk/
North Durhamhttps://codurhamdrugalcoholrecovery.co.uk/
North East Essexhttps://eput.nhs.uk/our-services/essex/essex-mental-health-services/adults/drug-alcohol-service/essex-specialist-treatment-and-recovery-service/
North East Hampshire and Farnhamhttps://www.inclusion.org/our-services/drug-alcohol-services/
North East Lincolnshirehttps://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-north-east-lincolnshire
North Hampshirehttps://www.inclusion.org/our-services/drug-alcohol-services/
North Kirkleeshttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/chart-kirklees
North Lincolnshirewww.addaction.org.uk
North Norfolkhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/norfolk-alcohol-and-drug-behaviour-change-service-norwich
North Staffordshirehttp://www.onerecovery.org.uk/staffordshire/
North Tynesidehttps://www.turning-point.co.uk/ntrp
North West Surreyhttps://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/
Northern, Eastern and Western Devonhttps://www.edp.org.uk/get-help/
Northumberlandhttps://www.talktofrank.com/treatment-centre/northumberland-recovery-partnership-ashington
Norwichhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/norfolk-alcohol-and-drug-behaviour-change-service-norwich/self-referral
Nottingham Citywww.changegrowlive.org
Nottingham North and Easthttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-new-directions-nottinghamshire-newark-mansfield-worksop-hucknall-broxtowe-rushcliffe
Nottingham Westhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-new-directions-nottinghamshire-newark-mansfield-worksop-hucknall-broxtowe-rushcliffe
Oldhamhttp://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/rochdale-and-oldham/
Oxfordshirewww.turning-point.co.uk
Portsmouthhttps://www.talktofrank.com/treatment-centre/portsmouth-recovery-hub
Redbridgehttp://www.wdp.org.uk/find-us/london/redbridge
Redditch and Bromsgrovehttps://www.cranstoun.org/service/swanswell-redditch/
Richmondhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/richmond-integrated-recovery-service
Rotherhamhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-rotherham
Rushcliffehttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-new-directions-nottinghamshire-newark-mansfield-worksop-hucknall-broxtowe-rushcliffe
Salfordhttps://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/achieve/
Sandwell and West Birminghamhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/
Scarborough and Ryedalehttp://www.nyhorizons.org.uk/
Sheffieldwww.changegrowlive.org
Shropshirewww.shropshirerecovery.com
Somersethttps://www.turning-point.co.uk/sdas
South Cheshirehttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cheshire-east-drug-and-alcohol-service
South Devon and Torbayhttps://www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk/services/drug-and-alcohol-service/
South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsulahttp://www.onerecovery.org.uk/staffordshire/
South Eastern Hampshirehttps://www.inclusion.org/inclusion-recovery-hampshire/
South Kent Coasthttps://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/alcohol/alcohol-and-drug-support
South Lincolnshirehttps://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-lincolnshire-%E2%80%93-lincoln-hub
South Norfolkwww.changegrowlive.org
South Seftonhttps://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-of-services/drug-and-alcohol-services/ambition-sefton/
South Teeshttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-treatment-and-care-service-middlesbrough
South Tynesidehttp://stadultrecoveryservice.co.uk/
South Warwickshirehttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-warwickshire
South West Lincolnshirehttps://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-lincolnshire-%E2%80%93-lincoln-hub
South Worcestershirehttp://www.swanswell.org/
Southamptonwww.changegrowlive.org
Southendhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/southend-treatment-and-recovery-service
Southern Derbyshirehttps://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/derbyshire-recovery-partnership
Southport and Formbyhttps://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-of-services/drug-and-alcohol-services/ambition-sefton/
Southwarkhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-southwark
St Helenswww.changegrowlive.org
Stafford and Surroundshttp://www.onerecovery.org.uk/staffordshire/
Stockporthttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-stockport
Stoke on Trenthttps://www.scdas.org.uk/
Sunderlandhttps://www.cntw.nhs.uk/services/wear-recovery-sunderland-integrated-drug-alcohol-service/
Surrey Downshttps://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/
Surrey Heath

https://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/

Suttonhttp://www.cranstoun.org/service/inspire-sutton/
Swalehttps://www.eastkentdrugandalcohol.org.uk/our-hubs/swale-hub/
Swindonhttp://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/swindon-and-wiltshire/

Tameside and Glossop

www.changegrowlive.org
Telford and Wrekinhttps://www.telfordstars.org/
Thanethttps://www.eastkentdrugandalcohol.org.uk/our-hubs/thanet-hub/
Thurrock

 www.changegrowlive.org
Tower Hamlets

https://www.elft.nhs.uk/service/362/Reset---Tower-Hamlets-Drug-and-Alcohol-Service
Trafford

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/achieve
Vale of York

https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/ 
Vale Royalhttps://www.turning-point.co.uk

Wakefield

https://www.turning-point.co.uk/drug-and-alcohol-support
Walsallhttps://www.changegrowlive.org/content/beacon-recovery-service
Waltham Forest www.changegrowlive.org
Wandsworth https://www.addaction.org.uk/services/wandsworth-community-drug-and-alcohol-service
Warrington www.changegrowlive.org
Warwickshire North https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-warwickshire

West Cheshire www.turning-point.co.uk
West Essex www.adasuk.org
West Hampshire https://www.inclusion.org/inclusion-recovery-hampshire/
West Kent https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/west-kent-drug-alcohol-wellbeing-service-cgl-tunbridge-wells
West Lancashire https://inspirenorthlancs.org.uk/
West Leicestershire http://www.wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/Leicestershire

West London (K&C & Qpp) https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/addictions-and-substance-misuse-services/community-drug-and-alcohol-treatment-and-recovery-services/
West Norfolk www.changegrowlive.org
West Suffolkhttp://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/suffolk/
Wigan Boroughhttps://www.addaction.org.uk/services/addaction-wigan-leigh
Wiltshirewww.turning-point.co.uk
Wirralwww.changegrowlive.org
Wolverhamptonwww.recoverynearyou.org.uk
Wyre Foresthttps://www.cranstoun.org/service/swanswell-kidderminster/

Motiv8 is a charity which provides services for people seeking help for drug and alcohol problems on the Isle of Man.

Jersey (alcohol)

Jersey (alcohol and drugs)

Ayrshire and Arran 

Borders 

Dumfries & Galloway 

Fife 

Forth Valley drug  and alcohol 

Grampian 

Greater Glasgow and Clyde 

Highland 

Lanarkshire South

Lanarkshire North 

Lothian 

Midlothian

Orkney 

Shetland 

Tayside 

West Lothian 

Western Isles 

NIDirect gives details of different services available across Northern Ireland, including how you can access them.

Belfast Trust services

Northern Trust services

South Eastern Trust services

Southern Trust services

Western Trust services

There are also services available if you're being affected by someone else's alcohol or drug taking.

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