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Help for drugs and alcohol use

There’s help available in York at whatever level you might need it, whether that be with your own drinking or drug use or because you are affected by someone else’s substance use. Click on the relevant section below to find out more today.

If you haven’t already taken York’s Lower My Drinking quiz you can take the quiz now to help you to work out what support is most relevant for you.  

 

City of York Council Health Trainers

City of York Council Health Trainers are a team of expert local health trainers, providing you with personalised individual support and advice to help you make the changes you want to see in relation to reducing alcohol, healthy eating, quit smoking and getting more active. For more details, see: CYC Health Trainers – City of York Council or request an appointment.

Changing Habits

The Changing Habits team is on hand to support 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 in a community venue close to your home to help you make the changes you want to see. To find out more, see the Changing Habits leaflet or call the Changing Habits team: 01904 621776. You can also get in touch via the online contact form (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

York Drug and Alcohol Service

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 use.

  • Blossom St Team – recovery workers and clinical staff provide specialist support for those who are drinking at possible dependency levels or using other substances
  • 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

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

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 stopped drinking 10 years ago, 2 weeks ago, or you're still drinking and want to come and meet people and scope out what it’s all about, you're very welcome. Call in and have a chat:

York in Recovery 

We at York in Recovery 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:

Rehab

In York, you can join Oaktrees, York’s community rehab, which offers 12 weeks of intensive full-time support to address substance use and the issues underlying it. You attend during the day Monday-Friday but you leave for evenings and weekends and sleep in your own bed. Contact the Oaktrees team to find out more: 01904 621776 / oaktrees.york@changing-lives.org.uk, or find out about Oaktrees here. 

residential rehab offers the same type of intensive support to address substance use and often the issues underlying it while you live in a residential facility away from York which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find out more about residential rehab at Live Well York | Residential Rehab for Substance Use Disorders.

York Drug and Alcohol Service

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 use.

  • 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
  • Needle Exchange – available at 3 Blossom St and pharmacies around the city to reduce infection

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

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 drug or alcohol dependence or want to support recovery, you're welcome to drop in. You're very welcome whether you stopped using drugs 10 years ago, 2 weeks ago, or are still using and want to come and meet people and scope out what it’s all about. Call in and have a chat:

York in Recovery 

We at York in Recovery 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 by visiting one of our recovery cafes or on the York in Recovery website. 

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

Rehab

In York, you can join Oaktrees, York’s community rehab, which offers 12 weeks of intensive full-time support to address substance use and the issues underlying it. You attend during the day Monday-Friday but you leave for evenings and weekends and sleep in your own bed. Contact the Oaktrees team to find out more: 01904 621776 / oaktrees.york@changing-lives.org.uk, or find out about Oaktrees here. 

residential rehab offers the same type of intensive support to address substance use and often the issues underlying it while you live in a residential facility away from York which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can find out more about residential rehab at Live Well York | Residential Rehab for Substance Use Disorders.

Adfam – one-to-one and peer group support for adults affected by a family member / friend / significant other’s drug or alcohol use. Request Adfam support.

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. 

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

Nacoa - national charity offering free, confidential information, advice and support to everyone affected by their parent's drinking, including a free and confidential phone helpline.

Stitch Away the Stigma stitching sessions - 16th March and 20th April 2024

Last updated: 05/02/2024

Websites you may be interested in

York in Recovery

York In Recovery are a peer-support, and peer led recovery group. 

York in Recovery
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Mental Health

The York Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide created by Healthwatch York is very comprehensive and full of useful contact information and support available in York.

Mental Health - Live Well York

York Talk Money

This information is to encourage us all to get talking about money and to let you know about the support available and where to get help both online and across the city.

York Talk Money