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Drugs and alcohol


At some point many people rely on drugs and/or alcohol to get them through difficult periods, or life changing events in their lives.

For some people this may progress into an addiction and require intensive support. The individual use of alcohol and drugs can also have wider impact on family, carers and friends.

How we can help you

The County Durham Drug and Alcohol Service offers a range of confidential support to individuals, families and carers wanting to know more about all aspects of drugs and alcohol. Friendly staff are on hand to help discuss any concerns you have relating to your own substance misuse or that of a member of your family.

The service is able to provide specialist support for young people, pregnant women, veterans, ex-offenders and people with mental health issues. Needle exchange and blood borne virus checking (BBV) facilities are also available.

The service can be contacted directly by ringing 03000 266 666 and choosing an option for the Recovery Centre for the area you live:

  • Consett, Eden House, DH1 3BQ - Option 1
  • Durham, Centre for Change, DH8 5RL - Option 2
  • Seaham, 37 Church Street, SR7 7EJ - Option 3
  • Peterlee, Ridgemount House, SR8 1EA - Option 4
  • Bishop Auckland, Saddler House - Option 5
  • Newton Aycliffe, Thames House, DL5 4SB - Option 6

The service is open access and available on Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm with late night appointments also available.

Further advice and support

  • Remember to seek professional advice if you are reducing your alcohol use - if you plan to stop quickly it can be extremely dangerous.
  • Always avoid sharing any injecting equipment or paraphernalia.
  • Do get yourself tested for blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

For further advice and support contact Talk to Frank.

Contact us
First Contact/Social Care Direct
03000 267 979
0191 383 5752

County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services
03000 266 666
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5TS
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