Directory Category: Addiction Support

Addiction Support

The IYSS incorporates the following teams

Youth Offending Service
Connexions Team
Targeted Youth Support team
Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Team
Teenage Pregnancy
Community Engagement
Streets Ahead

Southend Youth Offending Service – aims to prevent offending and re-offending. We work with children and young people at risk of offending and those receiving as Reprimand, Final Warning or Court Order. We also work in partnership with Neighbourhood Policing Teams to deliver street based outreach offering young people viable and attractive alternatives to anti-social and criminal behaviour. (

Connexions – offer advice and guidance on career choices, training and support in finding employment for young people up to 19. The service works in partnership with schools, colleges and training providers to ensure the best support is available. Connexions Personal Advisers also offer one to one support to help young people overcome any barriers that are preventing them moving into learning, training or work. (

Targeted Youth Support – Focuses on providing both outreach and centre based activities for those hard to reach and vulnerable young people including dedicated provision for young Carers and children with disabilities

Teenage Pregnancy – we offer advice and support to girls aged 18 and under who are pregnant or helping young parents to remain in education, training or employment. We work with services such as young mums groups; BUMPS ante-natal groups, Family Nurse Partnership, cooking4life, parenting programmes, children’s centres and offer contraception advice for the future.

Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAT) – provide drug and alcohol treatment services for under 21s in Southend.  The service provides help for all types of substance use.  Appointments are made within 5 working days and young people can be seen within the environment which best suits their needs.  Parent or carer support is also available.  (

Streets Ahead are a team of experienced professionals who can help you and your family beat some of the long standing and difficult challenges that you may be facing in everyday life. We know that every family is different but many face issues that make them feel they are trapped in a difficult situation.  Problems could include;

Trouble with the police
Children not going to school
Finding it hard to get a job
Not coping, getting anxious or depressed
Health problems
Difficult or abusive relationships

Many families tell us they know they need help but struggle to find the right help and as much as they try to break away from these problems it can be hard to see a positive future.  So we listen carefully to what you and your family say and agree with you what needs to happen to put you back on the right track. We believe that real and positive change can only happen by working with the whole family.  We will help you, your children and others in the family too. A dedicated worker will work with you and your family for as long as it takes.  They will be with you every step of the way with advice, guidance, motivation and support and often they will challenge you too.  We know that by making small changes at first your family can become stronger and more able to cope with the problems that life can throw at you.  We can be the difference that you are looking for.


01702 534300

Supporting individuals with addiction/substance misuse to overcome their issues, providing the following treatment and recovery intervention services to move forward towards sustained recovery

one to one support
Group interventions
Substance specific interventions
BBV Screening
Hospital drug and alcohol liaison
Pyschology service
Drug testing
Pharmacological interventions
Specialist prescribing interventions
Alcohol home detoxification service
Support with the underlying issues of substance misuse
Needle exchange
Parent and carers support

01702 431889
01702 353820

Treatment provision for people under 18, who live in Southend, to address their drug and/or alcohol misuse. YPDAT also provides a service for 18-21 year olds with drug misuse issues. This service will work with those who are misusing a wide range of subst

01702 534300

Help for anyone who has drinking problems and wants to stop drinking.

For details of local meetings visit

01904 644026

Worldwide fellowship provides understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers. Support for teenagers. Call confidential helpline for details of local meetings.

Al-Anon Family Groups provide 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. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or has died.

020 7593 2070

Helpline for people with alcohol related problems.

Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We’re here to help people make better choices about drinking.

Our vision
We are here to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking.

Our mission
We will achieve this by:

Providing impartial, evidence-based information, advice and practical resources.
Raising awareness of alcohol and its harms.
Working collaboratively with partners.

Our values
Driven to make a difference
Led by the evidence
Work positively with others

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol there is lots of help available. You can find some useful links and phone numbers here

A good place to start is talking to your GP who can refer you to local alcohol services. Alternatively you can contact one of the following organisations:

Drinkchat is a free service for anyone who is looking for information or advice about their own, or someone else’s, alcohol use. Our trained advisors are on hand to give you some confidential advice. You don’t even have to make a phonecall

Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s.

The purpose of the Drinkline service is to offer free, confidential, accurate and consistent information and advice to callers who are concerned about their own or someone else`s drinking regardless of the caller`s age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or spirituality.

Free helpline: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)

A UK wide treatment agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse

Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain
The British branch of this worldwide network, AA is an organisation of men and women who share their experience with each other hoping to solve their problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.

If you need help with a drinking problem you can contact Alcoholics Anonymous.

Free helpline: 0800 917 7650

Email helpline:

Al-Anon is worldwide and offers support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers.

Confidential Helpline 0800 008 6811 (open 10am-10pm)

Alcohol Change
Provides general information about alcohol, and can help put you in touch with your nearest alcohol advice centre.

NHS Choices
This site provides advice and information on alcohol and offers a database of support and treatment services

Information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users. The website has a list of local family support services.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)
Information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents and people concerned with their welfare through a free and confidential telephone and email helpline.

Free helpline: 0800 358 3456

Email helpline:

NACOA have an online community created in support of people who have concerns about a parent’s addiction.

Alcohol Focus Scotland
Scotland’s national voluntary organisation. Provides information and advice on responsible drinking.
Call: 0141 572 6700

Talk to Frank
National drugs awareness site for young people and parents/carers.

Provides confidential non-judgmental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicide.

Helpline: 116 123 (24hrs)

Email helpline: (they try their hardest to get back to your email within 24 hours)

0808 808 2234 Drugs or Alcohol helpline

Self-help groups practical advice and friendship for compulsive gamblers their families and friends. Southend Self help groups takes place every Friday from 20:15 to 22:00 at The Quaker Meeting House, 18 Dundonald Drive, Leigh on Sea, SS9 1NB

0330 094 0322

HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) is a charity organisation that provides services for the homeless. We are a team of trained professionals that are available to advise and support homeless people through resettlement and transition into independent living.

01702 615000

Help for anyone who has drug related problems and wants to be free from drug addiction. Local groups are operational adopting the “12 steps” towards recovery principle See website for local meeting times and locations.

Support service for those who wish to give up smoking patients may be referred or contact the service direct. Group and individual support offered and advice regarding aids to quit smoking.

01702 212000