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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Drugs and alcohol support

The signs that you have significant health or social problems as a result of drug or alcohol use will depend on what drugs you are taking or how much alcohol you are drinking. This page provides information on where to get help and support.

If you are concerned about your drinking or worried about a family member or friend, help and support is available.

Wider impacts of drugs and alcohol 

We have a number of information pages that show the impact on your health and the financial cost of alcohol on our communities:

Useful websites

The following websites provide more information on drugs, alcohol, treatment services and national policy:

  • County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services - offers a range of confidential support to individuals, families and carers wanting to know more about all aspects of drugs and alcohol.
  • Drink Coach - take the alcohol test to find out how risky your drinking really is and download the Drink Coach App. 
  • NHS Drug addiction: getting help - 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.
  • Talk to Frank: Drugs A-Z - is an easy to use guide on illegal drugs, their effects and their risks.
  • NHS: Alcohol support - NHS website about alcohol support.
  • NHS: Drink less - advice and tips on ways to reduce your drinking.
  • Adfam - is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.
  • What's the Harm - advice for parents on alcohol risks for young people.
Contact us
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