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Local and National Support for Alcohol and Substance Misuse


Alcoholics Anonymous - a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. There is a meeting in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas every day of the week, visit their website for up-to-date information. National Helpline: 0800 9177 650 www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk .

 Al-Anon - a national organisation providing support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Meetings in Eastbourne are held at 19.00 on Wednesday at Old Town Library, 191 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, BN20 8QJ. For more information and other groups please contact the Helpline 020 7403 0888 www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Cocaine Anonymous - the members of C.A are all recovering addicts who maintain their individual sobriety by working with others. Coming from various social, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, what members all have in common is addiction. “Free at Last”  meets on Mondays 19.30 - 21.00 pm,  All Saints Church, 21A Grange Road, Eastbourne. BN21 4HE www.sussexcocaineanonymous.co.uk

East Sussex FACT (Families & Carers Team) -  supports families, carers and friends who are being affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis). The service is for people who live in East Sussex. It is based in Eastbourne and holds groups in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. Email

info@cranstoun.org.uk Tel: 020 8335 1830.

East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (STAR) -  is available to all residents of East Sussex who are 18 or over. If you would like to speak to somebody about your alcohol or substance use, you can contact the service directly by phone, email or by dropping into one of our local hubs. You can refer yourself directly to the service or you can be referred by your GP or another agency telephone, text and one to one support offered. Lift House, 6 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH  T: 0300 3038 160. www.changegrowlive.org

Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) -  is a registered charity (No. 1009143), founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood. T: 0800 358 3456. http://www.nacoa.org.uk/

Narcotics Anonymous - NA is a non-profit group of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Members are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.  Meetings are on  Saturday 6:00 pm, Café North, 5 North St, BN21 3HG. Use the entrance on the ground floor to the right of the café. National helpline: 0300 999 1212 w: www.ukna.org

Under 19's Substance Misuse Service -  is an integrated multidisciplinary team led by the local authority. It works across the whole of East Sussex from Children's Services teams and other accessible young person-centred locations. The service offers tier 2 tier 4 (prevention - treatment) service provision including an assessment, casework function and direct access to a range of holistic specialist interventions. Ground Floor St Mark's House 14 Upperton Road East Sussex Eastbourne BN21 1E.  T: 01323 464404

Recovery Groups-  are friendly, informal meetings that take place every week for anyone struggling with any form of addiction or compulsive behaviour. Adapted from the 12-steps programme these groups are suitable for people at all stages of the recovery journey. We meet together to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives, to share our struggles and our successes and encourage one another forward.  All groups are completely free with a warm welcome given to everyone.   Centro Lounge, 102 Seaside Road, BN21 3PF When: Every Tuesday, 7 pm – 8:30 pm (6:45 pm for tea and coffee) Contact: info@kingschurch.eu http://www.kings.church/


Action on Addiction - a range of abstinence-based treatment services for people with severe dependency on alcohol and drugs. Residential care, day treatment, outpatient counselling and community services. Projects in SW London and Liverpool and Bournemouth areas. 0300 330 0659. www.actiononaddiction.org.uk

Adfam - supporting families affected by drugs and alcohol.  Provides publications for families (free for family members and friends) and details of local family support groups. Adfam works with family members affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use. Adfam does not run a support Helpline. : 020 3817 9410. www.adfam.org.uk

Al-Anon Family Groups - helpline providing support for families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the person is still drinking or not. T: 0800 0086 811


Alcohol Focus Scotland (Area served Scotland) - information, advice and other services for people concerned about their own or someone else's drinking. Details of where to get counselling and support: www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - over 3,300 groups in the UK. Help drinkers to stay sober and to help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Fellowship of men and women share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. T: 0800 9177 650 www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Blenheim CDP- leading substance misuse charity working across London to reduce the harm by drug misuse to individuals and the public. www.blenheimcdp.org.uk

Change Grow Live - a range of services including Alcohol service which supports adults and young people to understand the risks their alcohol use pose to their health and wellbeing and support them to reduce or stop their use safely. www.changegrowlive.org

DAN 24/7 - national Drug and Alcohol Helpline for people in Wales. T: 0808 808 2234


Drink Smarter - information and advice about sensible drinking. W: www.drinksmarter.org

Drinkline - information and advice about alcohol. T: 0300 123 1110


Families Anonymous - telephone and other support services for families and friends of drug users. 50 groups throughout the UK offering help and support to members based on the 12 step programme. T: : 020 7498 4680. W: www.famanon.org.uk

The Luke and Marcus Trust -  three heartbroken mums behind this small charity, set up in the wake of our beloved sons’ deaths from heroin overdoses. Determined to help others cope with the sense of shame, guilt and dreadful loss we were left with. Between us, we offer unashamed sympathy, support and understanding whilst raising awareness and campaigning nationally on drugs-related issues. So please trust us when we say there’s no such thing as ‘only’ cannabis. W: http://www.lukeandmarcustrust.org.uk/

Know the Score (Area served Scotland) - information line for the public in Scotland providing facts about drugs and their effects. T: : 0800 587 5879. W: www.knowthescore.info

The Mix - essential support for the under 25’s - drink & drugs. We’re not your parents so we won’t tell you not to do drugs but we can give you non-judgmental facts and advice about drugs, legal highs and the side effects to allow you to make the right decisions. W: https://www.themix.org.uk/drink-and-drugs  T: 0808 808 4994

National Association for Children of Alcoholics - helpline offering information, advice and support to children of alcoholics and people concerned about their welfare. T: 0800 358 3456 W: www.nacoa.org.uk

The National Drugs Helpline - a 24-hour, seven-days a week, free and confidential telephone service that offers advice and information for those who are concerned, or have questions, about drugs. The service is available to anyone. 0800 77 66 00.

Recovery Focus - national group of charities, who are all highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the effects of mental ill-health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence across the country. T: 020 7697 3300 W: http://www.recoveryfocus.org.uk/

Re-Solv Enquiries - helpline providing information and support for people concerned about solvent or volatile substance abuse problems. T; Helpline: 01785 810762 W: www.re-solv.org

Release - helpline and support for drug users, families, friends. Advice on drug related subjects including health, welfare and legal issues. Referrals to lawyers and local drug services. T; 020 7324 2989 W: www.release.org.uk

Salvation Army-run -  homes for the treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts  -  T: 020 7367 4500, www.salvationarmy.org.uk 

Talk to Frank - find out everything you need to know about drugs, their effects and the law. Talk to Frank for facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol today. W: https://www.talktofrank.com/  T: 0300 1236600.

Turning Point - enable people with serious problems related to drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and learning disabilities to lead more independent lives by providing high-quality community services. Running over 100 projects nationally, ranging from residential rehabilitation centres to drop-in counselling services, needle exchanges, phone advice services and individual community workers. W: www.turning-point.co.uk

UK Narcotics Anonymous - helpline and regular self-help meetings for addicts who have a desire to stop using and who wish to support each other in remaining drug-free. T: : 0300 999 1212, www.ukna.org

UK Smart Recovery -  runs a network of self-help/mutual aid meetings where through open and confidential discussion participants help each other and themselves with recovery from any kind of addictive behaviour. Also an online community of meetings. The purpose is to help individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviours to gain independence, achieve recovery and lead meaningful and satisfying lives. W: www.smartrecovery.org.uk

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