Help and advice about drugs and alcohol

Local Services

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 Logo

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 Project Logo

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/ 

Seaview logo

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 

 

Kingdom Way Trust logo

Kingdom Way Trust is a Christian charitable organisation based in Eastbourne. They run a number of projects locally including:

  • The Bridge which provides supported accommodation for men
  • Hope Woodwork offers skills training in an environment that equips people for work
  •  The Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter offers supervised overnight accommodation to homeless and vulnerable people who would otherwise be rough sleeping during the extreme winter months (December – February inclusive).

More information can be found via this link: https://kingdomwaytrust.org/ 

East Sussex Recovery Alliance Logo

ESRA provides drug and alcohol recovery services for anyone over the age of 18. Anyone can turn up with or without a referral. ESRA have two recovery cafes, conveniently located near Eastbourne and Hastings train stations. They regularly host drop in sessions with partner organisation and encourage those who attend the cafés to attend the groups and take part in the social activities on offer. More information can be found via this link: https://www.esrauk.org/ 

Adults

Change Grow Live logo

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: https://www.changegrowlive.org/star-drug-alcohol-service-east-sussex 

Freephone Number: 0300 303 8160
Email: EastSussex.Star@cgl.org.uk


Hastings Hub
Thrift House, 13 Wellington Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1NY
Open: Monday – Saturday; 09:00 – 17:00 
Eastbourne Hub
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

Young People

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
Email: Under19sSMSDuty@eastsussex.gov.uk

Location: Ground Floor, St Mark’s House, 14 Upperton Road, East Sussex BN21 1EP

National services and helplines

Frank
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

Samaritans
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

NHS
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:
 
Alcoholics Anonymous
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  

Narcotics Anonymous 
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
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/

SMART Recovery
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/ 
 

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