Help, advice and support related to alcohol or drug use. Alcoholism and drug abuse are treatable.

Drinking less

There are lots of ways in which you can drink a little less alcohol and feel the benefits that come with cutting down.

There is a range of practical advice and tips on ways to cut back and change drinking habits on the NHS website including a drinks app tracker to help you understand how much you are drinking.

Drug awareness

We have a  drug alert intelligence form (docx / 30 KB) that can be used to report intelligence or an incident that may lead to a drug alert.

Local services for help with drugs and alcohol

  • North Yorkshire Horizons is a service offering a range of free, confidential and non-judgemental services for individuals and their families whose lives are affected by drugs or alcohol across North Yorkshire. Anyone can make a referral, including individuals, family members and professionals.  You can access the service by calling 01723 330730 (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday) or by email on
  • Compass REACH is a service that delivers health and wellbeing interventions to children and young people aged 9 – 19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) who live in North Yorkshire.  It is the specialist young people’s drug and alcohol treatment provider for those young people who have been screened as having moderate or high levels of need with regard to substance misuse/alcohol. You can speak to someone from Compass REACH by calling 01609 777662 or on our freephone number 08000 087452 or email
  • There a number of GP surgeries and pharmacies who work in conjunction with North Yorkshire Horizons to deliver a number of recovery services.  More information about these services can be found on the North Yorkshire Partnership website.
  • You can find local help, advice and support groups for carers of family members affected by addiction here.

Other web based help and support

  • NHS - drinking and alcohol includes information and support about alcohol abuse and addiction and links to support services for those with alcohol problems and their families, including detoxification and rehabilitation.
  • NHS - drug addiction is a guide to different types of drug treatment and what they involve.
  • FRANK the drugs helpline offers information and advice to anyone concerned about drugs use. You can call the 0300 123 6600 helpline number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to speak to a trained advisor in confidence. The advice is free. You can also contact FRANK via instant messenger between 2pm – 6pm and email
  • Adfam are a national organisation offering support for families affected by drugs and alcohol

Training for staff and employees

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) is the delivery of 'simple brief advice' which follows identification of how much a person is drinking, any problems they may be experiencing followed by structured advice aimed at reducing health harm. IBA is usually delivered by non-alcohol specialists and has shown to be effective in helping people to reduce their alcohol health risk. Online training is available from Health Education England for professionals working in Primary Care, Community Pharmacy, Hospitals and Dental Teams. More information can be found on the e-Learning for Healthcare page.