Drug and Alcohol Service - Reading

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Last updated: 7 July 2020

You might be feeling anxious and unsure about everything that’s happening right now. It’s OK to feel like that. The way you get support from us will be different for a while, but we are still here. We'll update this page as soon as we have any new information.

You can contact us on 01189 557333.

Updates to the service:

  • To help you stay safe, we are changing the way we prescribe medication for a while. Please take a look at our prescriptions info page to see what’s happening. Give us a ring if you have any questions.
  • Our opening hours have changed. We’ll be open from 9:30 – 16:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, we are open from 12:00 – 16:00.
  • For now, we are doing all appointments over the phone. 
  • We have a new online group programme. It's being run on Zoom. Please get in touch to find out more.
  • Naloxone and needle exchange are still available at the service.

Find the latest information on coronavirus on our information pages or the NHS website.

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How we can help

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We are here to provide support and guidance to anyone who wants it.

We will spend time listening to you so we can understand your needs. Then, we'll work with you to agree a suitable plan. We have a range of options to support you, including detox services, health assessments, needle exchange and peer-led activities.

Find us

  • 127 Oxford Road
    Reading RG1 7UU
  • There is limited 2-hour parking available in the service between from 08:00 - 18:00, permits are required outside of these hours.

Opening times

  • Monday 09:00 - 19:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Contact us

Phone: 0118 955 7333

Fax: 0118 900 7883

What's on

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Monday

Time
Activity
10:00

This is held at the service.

11:00

This is held at the service.

13:00

This course is designed to introduce you to the principles and values of recovery and consider the idea of making positive changes. You will explore the culture of addiction vs recovery, setting goals and your support networks.

13:30

This is held at the service.

17:00

A one-off session to welcome you to us and to explain what happens next. We will go through any expectations you may have and explain the support on offer. Attendance is after assessment. We are keen to help you identify and achieve your treatment goals.

19:00

This is held at the service.

Tuesday

Time
Activity
10:30

Are you looking to reduce your alcohol use or to work towards a medically assisted detox. Together we will look at safe reductions, effects on you physically, mentally and emotionally, risks, triggers and realistic goals.

13:30

This course is about embedding your own recovery and promoting connectivity within the wider community. You will explore motivation, risks and triggers, how to challenge negative thinking and develop coping skills.

11:00

A one-off session to welcome you to us and to explain what happens next. We will go through any expectations you may have and explain the support on offer. Attendance is after assessment. We are keen to help you identify and achieve your treatment goals.

14:00

This is held at the service.

13:30

This is by booked appointment only.

Thursday

Time
Activity
13:30

This is held at the service.

Thursday

Time
Activity
10:30

This is held at the service.

13:30

Drawing upon your experience in Change and Growth the Life stage includes a relapse prevention programme.

15:00

This is held at the service.

15:30

A one-off session to welcome you to us and to explain what happens next. We will go through any expectations you may have and explain the support on offer. Attendance is after assessment. We are keen to help you identify and achieve your treatment goals.

18:00

Are you in full time education or employment? This course brings together the stages of Foundations of Recovery for those unable to attend in the day.

Friday

Time
Activity
11:00

This is held at the service.

13:30

This is held at the service.

Advice and support

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Alcohol

We can offer one-to-one support as well as peer-led activities and groups.

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Drugs

You can get harm reduction advice at our needle exchange.

Your first visit

There is always a member of the team in reception to greet you, we'll sign you in, on your first visit we will take some personal details and talk with you about your reasons for coming to see us.

What to bring to your first appointment

You just need to bring yourself along to your first appointment. If you have a trusted loved one/friend you'd like to bring along then please feel free to do so. If you're confortable they can accompany you to your appointment or they can wait in our reception area.

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"The service has supported me 100% and has always reinforced the positives. Thank you for being there for me. I couldn't have done it without the right support behind me."