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Help for drugs and alcohol use

If you are concerned about your own or a friend/family member’s drug or alcohol use, help is available.

York Drug and Alcohol Service is run by specialists from Changing Lives and Spectrum CIC and offers a range of support for individuals, young people and families affected by their own or someone else's substance misuse.

  • Blossom St Team – recovery workers and clinical staff support individual needs
  • Young Person’s Service – one-to-one support in community locations for anyone under 21 affected by their own or someone else’s substance use
  • Oaktrees Team – run the Oaktrees 12 week abstinence-based day rehabilitation programme and ‘Keep it Simple’ weekly sessions
  • Changing Habits Team – offer up to 8 support sessions designed to help you reduce your alcohol and build new ways of coping with life’s stresses
  • Needle Exchange – available at 3 Blossom St and pharmacies around the city to reduce infection

Find more information and the relevant contact details on the Changing Lives website. The teams will help you work out which support is right for you.

Changing Habits is for you if you want to change unhelpful drinking patterns and build new ways of coping with life's challenges. You can access up to 8 support sessions to help you make the changes you want to see. Find more information on the Changing Habits leaflet. Contact the Changing Habits team: 01904 621776. You will be offered an assessment appointment to check that Changing Habits is the correct service for you, and you’ll be connected with the right service for you if it isn’t this one.


City of York Council Health Trainers are a team of expert local health trainers, providing you with personalised individual support and advice to help motivate you to make and keep those healthy habits that will change your life for the better, including reducing your alcohol intake. For more details, see: CYC Health Trainers – City of York Council or request an appointment here.

Fancy a Cuppa at York’s recovery cafés? York’s recovery cafes are warm, friendly spaces to come and find out what’s happening for those in recovery around York. If you're looking for support, affected by addiction or want to support recovery, you're welcome to drop in. Whether you're 10 years sober, 2 weeks, or if you're not sober or still using but want to come and meet people and scope out what it’s all about, you're very welcome. Call in and have a chat:

  • Mondays 12-2pm Run by Changing Lives in collaboration with York In Recovery at Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue, YO31 0UG
  • Thursdays 1-4pm Run by York in Recovery at St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, 21 Blossom Street, YO24 1AQ Ring Mark or Laura for more details: 07928736610 / 07724312084
  • Sundays 11am-1pm Run by York in Recovery at Clementhorpe Community Centre, Lower Ebor St, YO23 1AY Ring Mark or Laura for more details: 07928736610 / 07724312084

York in Recovery We are experts in lived experience and therefore offer a safe space, fun activities, and companionship for members of the York community who are either in recovery or who may not be in recovery but have an interest. We’re a judgement free zone, we’ve all walked in each others shoes, so if you’re considering starting your path to recovery, or if you’ve been in recovery for some time and are looking for a bunch of like-minded people to hang out with – come along! Find out more at the York in Recovery website. 

There are a wide range of mutual aid groups running in York. York Drug and Alcohol Service can give you more information, or see:


Family Services for those affected by another’s substance use in York

Adfam – one-to-one support for adults affected by a loved one / friend / significant other’s drug or alcohol use. You can request support here.

YDAS Young Person’s Service – one-to-one support for under 18s affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. You can contact the team: Phone 01904 464 680, WhatsApp: 07812672578 Email: york-info@changing-lives.org.uk

York Carers Centre – support for anyone who is affected by a family member or friend’s drinking, drug use or gambling in York. You can find more information here.

Al-Anon is for anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking.

M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) is a programme that helps parents and children, aged 8-17, talk more openly and safely about the effects of parental drug and/or alcohol misuse on the whole family and gives them new tools to move forward



Last updated: 13/04/2022