Drug and Alcohol Support Service - Southampton


If you are LGBTQ+ and struggling with your drug or alcohol use, we are here to help.

Our dedicated team understands the challenges you may face and will help you find the best ways to cope.

You can access our services if you are 25 or older and live within the Southampton City postcode area. We provide individual support, LGBTQ+ group sessions and other community specific resources.

You can refer yourself or someone else to our service by following the link below and completing our online form:

Get support from Change Grow Live

If you are aged 18-25, No Limits working in partnership with Breakout Youth can support you. You can refer yourself or someone else to No Limits by following the link below and completing our online form:

Get support from No Limits

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Chemsex can affect different people in different ways, and we will tailor our support to your situation and needs. We also provide slamming packs that can help you reduce the risks of slamming. You can get them from Change Grow Live Southampton on London Road.

It is important that you feel safe, and in control of what drugs you take, and the sex you have. 

The LGBT foundation has some tips for reducing the risks if you’re involved with chemsex and you can also visit our chemsex pages for further support and advice on how to stay safe.

You can sign up to our service to access additional support by completing our referral form for yourself or someone else.

Referral form
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Terrence Higgins Trust

The Terence Higgins Trust offer HIV and sexual health information, support and advice online, over the phone or in person via appointment.

Visit the Terrence Higgins Trust website
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If you are trans, non-binary or intersex and struggle with substance misuse, TransSober can help you. TransSober is a service that provides a variety of peer support services for people who use drugs or alcohol.

Visit the TransSober website
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Café Thrive LGBTQ+ Drop-In

Café Thrive is a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ people. Change Grow Live’s drop-in is located on the upper floor of the café and is for people who want to address their drug and alcohol issues.

Every week, we offer a 2-hour session where you can get support from our friendly staff. You can also access information, advice and referrals to other services that can offer support and guidance. Whether you are ready to quit, reduce or just explore your options, we are here for you. No judgment, no pressure, just compassion and understanding.

The Café Thrive drop-in is open from 10am to 12pm every Monday.

Visit Café Thrive’s website
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LGBTQ+ Smart Recovery

SMART Recovery stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training and is a group where you can meet other people dealing with similar challenges to share coping strategies and offer advice. A SMART Recovery group helps you to:

  • Identify where you need support
  • Manage your cravings
  • Change negative or unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviour to empower you to create a happier, healthier life.

This group is coming soon, please contact us on [email protected] for more information. Our LGBTQ+ SMART Recovery Group will run weekly at Edmund Kell Unitarian Church, Bellevue Road, Southampton.

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Women, Family and Children Drug and Alcohol Support Group

A safe space for LGBTQ+ women, the group aims to provide a haven for people who are facing drug and alcohol issues and want to get support. The group meets regularly and is facilitated by trained professionals who can offer guidance and support. The group is open to anyone who is registered with Change Grow Live.

This group is coming soon, please contact us on [email protected] for more information.

Other Services

Free condoms & lube, sanitary products and slamming packs are available from the Needle and Syringe Programme at Change Grow Live on London Road, Southampton.