Wear Recovery - Sunderland

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We're here to help.

We are here to support you if you want to make positive changes to your alcohol use.

We work across Sunderland offering one-to-one, group, and peer support. We will support you with any questions or concerns you might have about alcohol, your mental health, and more. 

We provide information, advice, treatment, and support and can meet you in different locations across Sunderland. We have hubs in the city centre, Washington and Houghton le Spring. 

If you are concerned about how much you are drinking, please take our alcohol quiz.

Our alcohol quiz

If you want advice about alcohol, we’re here to help.

Take our quick quiz to understand your drinking and find out what to do next.

Some of the questions will ask you about units. Visit the Alcohol Change website to see a unit guide. Don’t forget to come back to our website to finish the quiz.

General advice

If you’re worried about your drinking and want to make some positive changes, we’re here to help. Cutting down or quitting alcohol can help you to be happier, safer, and healthier. Here are some steps you can take.

Advice and support

Everyone’s journey from alcohol problems is different. The right treatment for you will depend on your experiences and your current situation.

If you need help with your drinking, we’ll get you the personalised support you need. If you’re dependent on alcohol, make sure you don’t stop drinking suddenly.

There are lots of ways we can help you. Read more about the types of support we offer below.

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An alcohol detox will probably be recommended to you if you’re dependent on alcohol. The detox will be part of a bigger recovery plan, and a medical professional will oversee everything and guide you through it.

This might be an in-patient treatment at a service or medical facility, or it could be something you do at home. You might be given medication to help you with the detox and the withdrawal in particular.

A detox isn’t the end of treatment – it’s usually the beginning of your recovery. You’ll probably need to follow it up with regular support, whether that’s one-to-one meetings, counselling, or joining a support group.

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If you’re dependent on alcohol, you might be prescribed medication that can help you manage withdrawal symptoms as you cut down your drinking, help with managing cravings, or help you to stop drinking completely.

These medications work in different ways, and most of them will work best along with other treatments, such as therapy or group support.

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Groups and meetings

Making positive changes in your life is a lot easier with the help of other people. Recovery groups and meetings are a chance for people with similar experiences to help and inspire each other.

You can take part in group sessions and meetings at our service. There are also lots of other options for getting group support. Some of them involve therapy that focuses on thoughts and behaviour, such as SMART recovery. Others like Alcoholics Anonymous focus on peer support from other people with similar experiences.

Learn more about peer mentors and groups
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If you’re worried about your drinking or drug use, we’re here to help – even if it hasn’t reached the stage where you’re dependent on substances.

We can work with you on a short-term plan and help you make healthier choices around your drinking or drug use.

Our sessions are confidential and last up to 12 weeks. You’ll learn about the harmful effects of alcohol and drug use, as well as ways to reduce your risk of harm.

Appointments can be in person, over the phone, or through Teams or WhatsApp.

Your well-being is our priority, and we’re committed to helping you access support in a way that’s right for you.

Get in touch

If you'd like to find out more about how we can help you, please do get in touch.

Phone: 0800 234 6798

Email: [email protected]

Click here for our online referral form.


Chat to us online

We'll connect you to someone from our national online team. They’ll introduce themselves and ask for your first name. They'll then ask you some questions to understand your concerns and needs. This is a free and confidential service. Please note, the team can't discuss your current treatment with you. 

You can speak to someone during our webchat opening hours:

Monday: 09:00 - 20:00

Tuesday: 09:00 - 20:00

Wednesday: 09:00 -  20:00

Thursday: 09:00 - 20:00

Friday: 09:00 - 13:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 13:00

By using this service you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.

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Please come back when we're online:
24 February 09:00 - 13:00
25 February Closed
26 February 09:00 - 20:00
27 February 09:00 - 20:00

Useful websites and apps

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Information, advice and tools to help people understand alcohol and make better choices.
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Support groups for families and friends of people with an alcohol addiction.
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Alcoholics Anonymous

Regular support groups all over the country for people with an addiction to alcohol.
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Breaking Free Online

Free, online treatment and recovery program for anyone addicted to alcohol or drugs. Speak to any member of staff or volunteer at your local service to get access.
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AA 12 Steps app

Companion app for AA’s 12 step programme.
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SMART Recovery

Self-help recovery programmes that include help with alcohol and drug addiction.
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Drinks Meter app

Keep track of your drinking and get instant feedback and advice.
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Sober Grid app

Connect and chat anonymously with other people in recovery from around the world.
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Happify app

Activities and games to help reduce stress and improve your mental health.
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