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Drugs and Alcohol

Why Awareness matters

Alcohol and drug awareness is an important part of everyone’s health and wellbeing. Drug and alcohol use can be an issue that affects anyone.

The effects can cause problems for communities, the individual and their families.

  • Are you, a family member or a loved one experiencing any problems as a result of drug and/or alcohol use?
  • Do you need help or advice to reduce your risks and prevent further issues?
  • Alcohol and drug use can affect your judgement, behaviours and your health.

Tackling Drugs and Alcohol in Newcastle

The intention of our Drug and Alcohol Delivery Plan is to reduce the health, social and economic equalities and harms caused by drugs and alcohol and the threat they pose to individuals, families and communities. 

Point of contact Services in Newcastle


To get help, advise and support for your alcohol or drug use (or for a family member) you can contact:

  • Your GP. Or search to find your local GP
  • Newcastle Treatment and Recovery (NTaR) Integrated Drug and Alcohol Services
    NTaR delivers drug and alcohol services within Newcastle through a single point of contact, for all ages and substances. The service offers a range of support including specialist assessment, addiction medical and nursing care, recovery coordination, psychosocial, health support and a range of recovery support.

    How to get referred

    Referral into the service can be done by telephone on 0191 206 1117
    or via email: (this is a secure email address)  

    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) are the lead provider in partnership with Humankind and Changing Lives under the name of NTaR. The service is delivered from Plummer Court Specialist service and other community venues appropriate to need.

    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Plummer Court Specialist Mental Health Services, Carliol Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UR
    Opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30am to 8pm and 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
    Telephone: 0191 206 1100


  • Drug and Alcohol Young People’s Service
    NTaR delivers support for children and young people (and young adults) through a dedicated young people’s team, offering a range of interventions appropriate to the child/young person through a specialist assessment. CYP will be seen in venues appropriate to their needs or access.  
    Single point of access/referral via Plummer Court, by telephone on 0191 206 1117 or via email: (this is a secure email address). The referral line will be supported by a CYP duty worker. 

Family Support

Other services

  • Harm Reduction Service (part of the NTaR partnership)
    The service offers harm reduction interventions including needle and syringe exchange, nursing support, blood borne virus testing and advice and information. They can also help you understand access to needle exchanges across the city including a range of pharmacy exchanges and the exchange at Joseph Cowan Health Centre. For more information telephone 0191 261 4719.
  • Oaktrees
    Oaktrees offers abstinence-based, structured, day programme of support based on a self-help model which aims to empower people to take responsibility for their recovery.
    Telephone: 0191 477 2205
  • Ridley Villas
    Ridley Villas is a supported accommodation service providing support to women with children living in Newcastle and Gateshead, who require support to help overcome drug and/or alcohol addiction, to continue to achieve and sustain abstinence by accessing appropriate treatment.
    Telephone: 0191 232 9181
  • Newcastle User and Carer Forum - THE FORUM IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19  
    C/o Public Health, Civic Centre, Newcastle enabling service user and carer involvement in line with our service user and carer charters engagement, consultation and communication in relation to service / treatment provision in the city. Also offers peer led support activities, training, volunteer opportunities, advocacy and mentoring. All based on the Newcastle Recovery Framework. Opening hours for Public Health Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • Telephone: 0191 278 8126




Did you know?

Getting support can help you to manage your use, increase your safety and improve your wellbeing and quality of life. NHS Alcohol Support has a lot of useful information.

Public Health also provide a range of training courses centred around drug and alcohol awareness.

Need more information?

Other resources

Face to face 12 Step Meetings in the city are currently cancelled. There are AA and NA online meetings every day.


Alcoholics Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous


Gamblers Anonymous


 Adfam family support


Talk to Frank Drug Support


George Street Social


Balance Northeast

Alcohol Change: alcohol and mental health


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