Substance Misuse & Addictions


This chapter gives details of organisations who provide help for people with a drug or alcohol problem, an addiction to gambling, or an addiction to tranquillisers or over the counter medications.

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Narcotics Anonymous

Address: UK Service Office, 202 City Road, London EC1V 2PH
Phone: 020 7251 4007. Helpline: 020 7730 0009 or 0845 3733366 10am – 10pm
Fax: 020 7251 4006
Phone Hours: Helpline open 10am until 10pm, seven days a week.
Comment: Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Membership is open to anyone irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class and the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs. Phone or check website for details of local meetings.

Mosaic – Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Services

Address: Central House, Grand Central, Stockport SK1 3TA
Phone: 0161 218 1100
Fax: 0161 477 2318
Contact Name: Heidi Shaw, Head of Service
Office Hours: Monday 9.30am – 8.00pm. Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am -5.00pm. Wednesday 9.30 – 7.30pm. Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Comment: People can self refer or relevant agencies can refer on the young person’s behalf. Services for anyone under the age of 25 who want information and advice about drugs / alcohol or need help with a drug / alcohol related problem. Also offers services to parents and carers and children who are affected by substance misuse.

CGL (Manchester)

Address: 39-41, Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
Phone: 0161 839 2054 Adult Client & Community Detox Services
Fax: 0161 834 5953
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Comment: Information, advice and support to drug-users, friends, relatives & families. Lifeline aims to minimise the harm that young people may come to whilst they are experimenting with drugs or using them recreationally.

Community Drugs Team

Address: Cirtek House, Thomas Street, off Higher Hillgate, Stockport SK1 3QD
Phone: 0161 716 4000
Fax: 0161 249 4020
Contact Name: Matthew Phoenix
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Thursday 9.00am – 6.30pm. Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Comment: Counselling and support for people experiencing problems with their drug use. Support and advice for parents, partners and friends of drug users. Referrals and assessment for residential and day care. Needle exchange scheme based on the premises and open as above. Also able to offer treatment and prescribing clinics for drug users.

Tranquilliser Support Group

Address: Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR
Phone: 0161 448 1100
Contact Name: Derek Wiles
Comment: Support Group for people wishing to come off Benzodiazepine Tranquillisers, SSRIs or sleeping pills, facilitated by trained volunteers. Thursday 7-9 p.m. at above address.