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Addictions General Information

Addiction means not having control over doing, taking or using something harmful. You can’t control how you use whatever you are addicted to and you become dependent on it to get through each day.

It’s not only drugs and alcohol that you can become addicted to. Activities such as sex or gambling can also be addictive over time.

There is no single reason why addictions develop. Regularly drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or using drugs changes the way a person feels, both mentally and physically. Some people enjoy these feelings and have a strong desire to repeat them.

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Addictions in South Tyneside

For addiction support services in South Tyneside access Council website.

Some of the services in South Tyneside are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations.

You can use the service search to find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services.

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Addictions in Sunderland

From 1st July 2016 Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust together with partners DISC and Changing Lives are the new service providers for the Sunderland Integrated Substance Misuse Treatment Service in Sunderland (Drug and Alcohol Treatment). Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Developing initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) and Changing Lives are delighted to be working in partnership and delivering a new model of care, with recovery from addiction at its heart. To access the service, referrals can be made through the Single Point of Access on: 0800 234 6798 or by visiting one of the three Hubs:

  • 4-6 Mary Street, Sunderland, SR1 3NH
  • Unit 1, Empire House (first floor), Newbottle Street, Houghton le Spring
  • Vermont House, Unit 12 & 13, Concord, Washington, NE37 2SQ

To access support for a gambling issue please call NECA on 0191 414 6446. Appointments can be accessed in the Sunderland area.

Please see below for Sunderland group details. The main changes are that apart from the Monday Abstinence group there will be no evening groups, and weekend groups temporarily will not be running. The afternoon mixed groups however are running for a longer period. All NERAF Peer Support groups are ‘drop in’ and no referral is necessary. All groups take place at NERAF, 8 Mary Street, SR1 3NH. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact NERAF on 0191 5656688

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