We're here to help.
We are here to support you if you want to make positive changes to your drug or alcohol use.
We work across Sunderland offering one-to-one, group, and peer support. We can support you with any questions or concerns you might have about prescription medications, drugs, steroids, and your mental health.
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.
Take our quick quiz to understand your drug use
For this quiz, ‘drugs’ means non-medical drugs, or and prescription and over-the-counter drugs you’re using more than the instructed amount of. It does not cover alcohol or tobacco.
Your answers should only be about your drug use over the last 12 months.
When you’ve answered the questions, we’ll give you advice about drugs and what to do next. You can explore your options below.
If you’re worried about your drug use and want to make some positive changes, we’re here to help. Cutting down or quitting drugs can help you to be happier, safer, and healthier. Here are some steps you can take.
Advice and support
Everyone’s journey from an addiction to drugs is different. The right treatment for you will depend on your experiences and your current situation.
If you need help with drug problems, we’ll get you the personalised support you need. Read more about the types of support we offer below.
If you’re dependent on heroin or another opioid, you might get a prescription for medication-assisted treatment such as methadone or buprenorphine. You can use this medication to help you cut down or stop using.
If you come to one of our services and decide medication is the right option for you, we will work with you to make sure you are on the right dose.
We understand that recovery isn't everyone's goal. We will only suggest reducing or stopping medication-assisted treatment if you are ready and it's safe.
A drug detox will help you to either switch safely from a drug to a medication, or come off drugs altogether. The detox will be part of a bigger recovery plan, and a medical professional will manage 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.
Naloxone is an emergency medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose of opioids like heroin or methadone.
You can get a free naloxone kit and training at our services. Get in touch to find out more.Learn more about naloxone
You can get access to clean needles, syringes, and other equipment at our needle exchange. You can also dispose of used equipment. Our needle exchange is at the Riverview Health Centre. You can also get clean needles at local pharmacies. Pop your postcode in below to find your nearest one.
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