Treatment and support services

This section gives information on drug and alcohol treatment and support services available across Northern Ireland. There are a wide range of services available from short term extended brief interventions to more longer term community based or residential based one to one therapeutic treatment services. There are also services which offer ongoing recovery focussed group support, services which offer advice and support for your wider needs such as housing and ‘low threshold’ services specifically set up for those not yet ready or able to engage with mainstream or longer term treatment services.

Drug and alcohol services operate within a ‘Tiered Model’ and before searching for a service it might be useful to click here and learn more about what type of help and support is available at each ‘Tier.’ This may help you to better understand which level of support you might need or prefer and to better fine-tune your search options or to filter your results.


This service provides professional help and support for adults aged 18 and over (including offenders referred by PBNI) with substance misuse difficulties/problems - support is also available for family members.

The service is funded by the Public Health Agency. The partners who deliver it are Addiction NI, Ascert, Dunlewey Addiction Service and Extern.

Contacts include Christine on 028 90 392 547 or Katrina on 07591 834 468.


This service is funded to collect discarded injecting paraphernalia in Belfast. Known as the Street Injectors Support Service (SISS), staff assertively engage with street injectors in Belfast and collect and dispose of inappropriately discarded injecting equipment



A needle exchange scheme is a completely confidential service that provides free sterile injecting equipment to injecting drug users (of any type i.e. illegal opioids or stimulants, steroids or tanning solutions), alongside health promotion information or advice - the services can then safely dispose of any used injecting equipment on your return visit


NA is a fellowship of men and women who come together once or twice a week to share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem with drugs (street drugs or prescribed) - group meetings take place regularly across NI - you can search the website or call the info line number to find out about one taking place close to you


First Housing Low Threshold (Harm Reduction) is aimed at those who misuse alcohol and drugs at harmful levels and / or in harmful patterns of use but are not able to commit to formal treatment. First Housing work with clients who may lead chaotic lives and need assistance to reduce serious harm to themselves, arising from their problematic drug or alcohol use. This service provides a range of physical, social and psychological interventions and supports, depending on the specific needs of each individual. Examples include providing sterile injecting equipment and advice on safer injecting, or helping someone to access, or remain in, stable accommodation.


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