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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Drug and alcohol help and support for adults

If you are concerned about your own use of drugs and alcohol or worried about a family member or friend, this page gives you advice on how to get help and support.


The County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service are currently working to reduced hours. More details are available on their website: County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services update

County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services 

County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services are discreet and confidential. You can access them through your GP or health and social care professional referral or you can refer yourself.

Help and support is available through County Durham drug and alcohol recovery services.

What happens after being referred?

A member of the service will contact you and arrange an appointment. You will be assessed and offered support and treatment by trained staff including nurses, counsellors, and recovery workers. One-to-one support is also available with trained ex-service users as their lived experience means they have a good understanding of your needs.

The package of care and support will be personalised around your needs and recovery. 

Your family/carer can also receive dedicated support. Overcoming dependency requires a high level of personal responsibility, but is very seldom achieved without a supportive network of family, friends or the recovery community.

Useful organisations

Alcoholics Anonymous 

If you need help with a drinking problem you can contact Alcoholics Anonymous.

Narcotics Anonymous 

If you have a drug problem contact Narcotics Anonymous, they can help, they've been there.


Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9.00am to 8.00pm, weekends 11.00am to 4.00pm).

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