Drugs and Alcohol

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. 

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: NTARreferrals@cntw.nhs.uk (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: NTARreferrals@cntw.nhs.uk (this is a secure email address). The referral line will be supported by a CYP duty worker. 
  • The Drug and Alcohol Social Work Team.
    A small specialist social work team who undertake assessments for suitability for residential rehabilitation for adults living in Newcastle. If you wish to be considered for residential rehabilitation you need to be engaged in treatment with  NTaR and you can discuss this further with your keyworker within the service. You can self refer to NTaR via (insert link/ or add details?). If you would like to have an informal discussion about your interest in residential rehabilitation you can contact the team on  0191 2772355 or mhadmin@newcastle.gov.uk 

Family Support

  • Positive Response to Overcoming Problems of Substance misuse (PROPS)
    Provide support to the families and carers of problematic drug/alcohol users.
    Services are running as normal with telephone and online support replacing face to face contact
    Support and some groups are being delivered via Zoom as well as telephone support for clients
    New referrals are still be taken across Newcastle and North Tyneside

    Helpline hours Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 9.00pm.
    Telephone: 0191 226 3440

Other services

  • Harm Reduction Service (part of the NTaR partnership) 43 Clayton St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5PN.
    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.
  • 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  
    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
  • Housing Advice Centre 
    Please phone 0800 0707 008 or email housingadvicecentre@newcastle.gov.uk
    Opening hours for phone advice Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4.30pm


Drug Market Profile

The drug market profile is an intelligence product written by Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police which gives a public health-focused and comprehensive analysis of the drug market in Newcastle area. Data from substance use services, practitioners, area specialists and service users has been collated to provide a rich and broad perspective on the city's drug market.

View the Drug Market Profile.


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Here’s how alcohol can affect us:

Health: Regularly drinking above 14 units a week increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and seven types of cancer. Cutting down is one great way to help reduce blood pressure.

Mental health: according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, regularly drinking alcohol affects the chemistry of the brain and can increase the risk of depression, low mood and anxiety. Drinking could be making you feel more tired and more down.

Weight: Many people aren’t sure about the number of calories in their drinks - reducing how much alcohol we drink is a good way to cut our calories.

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