Help and advice about drugs and alcohol
Please find below recovery services that are available in East Sussex. East Sussex County Council commission East Sussex Veterans Hub, Oasis Women’s Recovery Service and RADAR.
East Sussex Veterans Hub provide non-clinical support for veterans of HM Forces, specifically addressing PTSD and/or mental ill-health. Whilst statistics show 50% of those presenting to the NHS with mental health issues have alcohol and substance problems, for this cohort that percentage is considered to be around 75%, conservatively. More information can be found via this link: https://www.eastsussexveteranshub.co.uk/
Oasis Women’s Recovery Service (OWRS) provide gender specific support for women experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs including those who are abstinent and in recovery. The model of support will be tailored to each client and is centred around goal-setting to promote harm minimisation and relapse prevention and to support women to sustain their recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. More information can be found via this link: https://www.oasisproject.org.uk/east-sussex-services/owrs/
The RADAR (Refocus, Assess, Develop, Activate and Recover) project is delivered by Seaview. The project provides a range of psycho-social interventions and diversionary activities which helps these vulnerable individuals access support to begin or sustain recovery from substance misuse. More information can be found via this link: https://www.seaviewproject.co.uk/radar
Please visit https://adfam.org.uk/east-sussex for details about the service, training programme. Download referral form here: east-sussex.pdf (adfam.org.uk) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Adfam East Sussex Family Support Lead.
Adfam is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol. We want anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use to have the chance to benefit from healthy relationships, be part of a loving and supportive family, and enjoy mental and physical wellbeing. The service in East Sussex provides direct support to families and carers through information, one-to-one support and group and peer support. Adfam will also run a programme of training for professionals to develop their skills in working with the family and carers of substance misusers.
ESRA provides drug and alcohol support services from lively and inclusive recovery cafes in Eastbourne and Hastings. We aim to help people to live free from addiction, and to build resilience using tools and skills as a bridge to a positive future.
Project ADDER supports vulnerable residents in Hastings who are addicted to crack cocaine and opiates. To find out more about the support available please visit the East Sussex County Council Website
STAR are the East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Service who help adults across the county who are affected by alcohol or drugs. There is a range of support and treatment options available and will listen to your needs and ensure your care suits you. More information can be found via this link: STAR Drugs & Alcohol Service - East Sussex | Change Grow Live
Freephone Number: 0300 303 8160
Thrift House, 13 Wellington Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1NY
Open: Monday – Saturday; 09:00 – 17:00
Lift House, 6 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UH
Open: Monday – Saturday; 09:00 – 17:00
*Late opening and weekend hours available. Please contact STAR to find out more about their flexible opening times
The Under 19’s Substance Misuse Service provides specialist treatment to young people across East Sussex who are using alcohol or drugs, as well as providing advice to their parents and carers.
Phone: 01323 464404
Location: Ground Floor, St Mark’s House, 14 Upperton Road, East Sussex BN21 1EP
National services and helplines
Talk to Frank is a national service which provides information and advice about drugs. More information can be found via this link: https://www.talktofrank.com/
Phone: 0300 123 660
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More information can be found via this link: https://www.samaritans.org/
Phone: 116 123
If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. More information can be found via this link: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/
A number of online mutual aid groups are running to support people during the challenges of Co-vid 19. To find out more see the links below:
Meetings for people that have a problem with alcohol. If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism. More information can be found via this link: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/AA-Meetings/Find-a-Meeting/Online
UK Narcotics Anonymous arrange meetings for people who have a problem with heroin and other opiates. More information can be found via this link: https://ukna.org/
For details of local meetings phone: 0300 999 1212
Cocaine Anonymous is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual addicts who turn to the fellowship for help. More information can be found via this link: https://www.ca-online.org/
One You: Drink Less
Your health is important. But being healthier isn't just about "doing the right thing" – it's about making changes to fit your life and make you feel good. One You helps you find that balance to cut back on alcohol and feel a bit better every day – it's easier to start than you think. More information can be found via this link: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/
In the Rooms
In the Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. They embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities. More information can be found via this link: https://www.intherooms.com/home/
UK Smart Recovery is a registered charity which promotes choice in recovery through a national network of mutual-aid meetings and online training programmes with comprehensive teaching materials and manuals. More information can be found via this link: https://smartrecovery.org.uk/