Drugs and Alcohol


Addaction is a UK drug and alcohol treatment charity. It provides support, advice and information to drug users and their family or friends. All services are free and completely confidential.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems. Alateen, part of Al-Anon, is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen meetings are attended by 12-17 year olds. They meet to share their experiences of having, or having had, a problem drinker in their lives. They help and support each other.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is a national agency on alcohol misuse, campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems. They support professionals and organisations by providing expertise, information and guidance. Alcohol Concern is a challenging voice to the drinks industry and promotes public awareness of alcohol issues.


DrugScope is a UK, leading independent centre of information and expertise on drugs. Its aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related harms – to individuals, families and communities. DrugScope promotes effective responses to drug use, undertakes research, advises on policy-making and good practice, encourages informed debate (particularly in the media) and speaks for its members working in drug treatment, education and prevention and other areas.


Information about drugs, designed for young people and parents. It is possible to e-mail, call or text FRANK with a question and he will get back to you.

North East Council on Addictions (NECA)

NECA’s services include: advice and information; assessment and report writing; counselling; access to alternative therapies; assertive outreach work; supported housing schemes; needle exchange; consultancy; education and training events. NECA’s remit includes all forms of substance dependency including: illicit drugs; alcohol; prescribed medication; over the counter preparations; nicotine; solvents and gases; and gambling.

Phoenix Futures

Phoenix Futures is the leading provider of care and rehabilitation services for people with drug and alcohol problems across the UK. Through nearly 40 years experience of transforming lives, Phoenix Futures has developed a diverse portfolio of services across community, prison and residential settings.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Alcohol: Our Favourite Drug

Readable and well-researched information for the public. Useful if you are worried about your drinking.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Alcohol and Depression

This leaflet is written for: anyone who feels depressed and thinks they may be drinking too much; anyone who thinks they may be drinking too much and feels depressed; friends, family or colleagues of anyone who is both depressed and drinking.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Alcohol and Older People

This leaflet is for: older people who are worried about their drinking; carers, friends or health professionals who are worried about an older person’s drinking; anyone who wants to know more about the problems of drinking in older people; how to seek help.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions

A leaflet produced for the Partners in Care campaign. It is aimed at:
the carers of people with alcohol and drug problems (substance misuse) who provide continuing help and support, without payment, to a relative, partner or friend; the addiction specialists and other professionals involved in the care and treatment of the person with these problems.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Cannabis and Mental Health

This leaflet looks at the research on the effects of cannabis use and mental health and is for anyone who is concerned about the issue. We hope that this will help people to make informed choices about using – or not using – cannabis.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Cannabis and Mental Health: Key Facts

Readable and well-researched information for the public.

Gambling Addiction

Gamblers Anonymous (UK)

Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have joined together to do something about their own gambling problem and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. The G.A. programme works best for the individual when it is recognised and accepted as a programme involving other people. Working with other compulsive gamblers in a G.A. group, the individual seems to find the necessary understanding and support.

Northern Gambling Service

The Northern Gambling Service has just opened a clinic in Sunderland. It provides free treatment and support to addicts and families in the North East.

Find out how to access the service at


Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. Its vision is a world free from the harm caused by tobacco.

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Smoking and Mental Health

This leaflet is for anyone who has a mental health problem and is worried – or just curious – about: how smoking affects your body; how smoking affects your mental health; how to stop smoking.

SmokeFree – Advice to help you quit smoking

There are lots of tools on this website that can help you to go smokefree. You can find out about what happens to your body when you quit smoking, assess your current addiction levels, download inspirational videos, order support packs, brochures, leaflets and a DVD. You can find where the nearest free local NHS Stop Smoking Service is, get free advice and support at critical times by post, phone, e-mail and text and learn more about patches, gum etc.

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