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 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.

General advice

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

Needle exchange

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.

Find a pharmacy for needle exchange and naloxone

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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:
25 July 09:00 - 20:00
26 July 09:00 - 13:00
27 July 09:00 - 13:00
28 July Closed

Useful websites and apps

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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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SAM app

Understand and manage your anxiety with self-help exercises.
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