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Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse

Information about alcohol, drugs and substance misuse support services.

Substance Misuse Treatment: Wear Recovery

Wear Recovery is Sunderland's Integrated Substance Misuse Treatment Service for anyone needing help and support with drugs, alcohol or other substances.

The service is delivered by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Developing initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) and Changing Lives who are working in partnership and delivering a new model of care, with recovery from addiction at its heart.

To access the service, contact the Wear Recovery Single Point of Access on 0800 234 6798.

About the partners:

  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England serving a population of approximately 1.4 million, providing services across an area totalling 2,200 square miles. We work from over 60 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. Our vision is to improve the well-being of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world. We have a number of regional and national specialist services.

  • Changing Lives is a national registered charity which provides specialist support for thousands of vulnerable adults, young people and families every month. Our aim is to help those most in need in our communities to make positive and lasting changes towards a fulfilling life. We help people who are experiencing problems including homelessness, addiction, sexual violence and abuse, and a range of other problems by reaching out in to our communities. We offer specialist support services for women, young people and families, and provide employment opportunities for our clients.

  • DISC is one of the most successful charities, in the North East, helping some 12,000 people in 2016/17 to realise their potential. Our aims are to help service users identify the steps they have to take and then support them in their journey. We have long held expertise in areas like employment and skills, housing support, offender rehabilitation, children young people's and families and health and wellbeing. This experience allows us to offer more holistic support for service users. Our services are based across the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside region and the North West.

External Links

Talk to Frank

NHS Choices - Drugs - If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.

Adfam is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups. They provide advice for families and advice for professionals.

Alcohol Concern operate a helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can contact Drinkline for a free, confidential conversation on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am - 8pm, weekends 11am - 4pm).

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Changing Lives


Balance North East is the North East Alcohol Office who want to encourage people to reduce their consumption - and reduce the impact that alcohol is having on our region.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. National Helpline 0800 9177 650



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