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Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (DARS) - HMP Liverpool

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DARS at HMP Liverpool is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adult offenders and their friends and family.

Potential to change is always possible. At HMP Liverpool all offenders are made aware of the CGL DARS service, what we offer and how to access it.

DARS slots into the induction sessions that are held daily giving prisoners information on the service, various drug treatment programs on offer, referral into the community services and confidentiality arrangements. DARS welcomes referrals at any time during the offender’s sentence and we work with remands. Anyone can refer, and we welcome self referrals and family referrals.

We can look together at how to best stabilise or detox from methadone and on release we offer to make appointments for continuity of care and continuation of substitute prescribing. We work with offenders to help them reach their potential and enable them to take charge of their recovery journey.

How to contact us

You can call us on 0151 530 4000 (ask for DARS) or email us on


Offenders can put in an application to speak to a drug worker via their personal officer, or speak to any drug worker on the wing - they have purple CGL landyards. External referrals can only be received by phone or email, not in person.

We provide:

  • Referral
  • Triage
  • Comprehensive assessment (mapping) and development of a recovery plan
  • Delivery of one-to-one interventions
  • Delivery of intensive drug programmes
  • Family work
  • Peer support
  • Throughcare & Aftercare

What do our service users say about us?

"DARS have helped me move forward in my recovery"

DARS service user

What's on?

AA, NA and SMART recovery groups. Contact us for more information.

Where can I go for further support?

  • Listeners, HMP Liverpool
  • Samaritans, HMP Liverpool
  • Gym
  • Multi faith, HMP Liverpool
  • Offender managerment


We’d love to hear your story of using our service. Tell us what was good or how we can improve on our Care Opinion page.


As this is a custodial environment we do not have open access but run drop-ins during association time. We also have a prion TV/radio link that works on a loop informing offenders of the CGL DARS service.

68 Hornby Road
L9 3DF
United Kingdom

8am - 4pm every day