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Support for adults

For anyone over 18 who lives in Darlington, worried about alcohol or drug use.

Whether you need advice for yourself, or to support a loved one, we work with you, side by side, to make sure we provide you with the right support. All our services are free. We'll never judge, and we're here to listen.

  • 1:1 support
  • Support groups
  • Needle and syringe service
  • Naloxone supply and training
  • Blood borne virus testing
  • Clinical support and medication
Call us on 01325 809 810

WithYou in Darlington at STRIDE

Free and confidential drug and alcohol support across Darlington.

Support that's right for you

When it comes to recovery, we know that everyone’s goals are different, whether that’s making small changes, stopping completely, or finding new ways to stay safe and healthy.


Our services are free


We'll never judge


We're here to listen

How we can help

Whatever it is that you want to achieve, we’ll support you to get there - and we’ll be WithYou every step of the way.

We offer one-to-one drug and alcohol support, where you meet with a Recovery Worker regularly to work through things you're struggling with. This includes psychological support to meet your needs. 

This could range from a single session to a more structured, longer-term series of meetings, depending on your needs. 

We'll be as flexible as possible with where and when these sessions take place, to fit around your commitments. 

We understand that substance use can impact all areas of your life so we take a holistic approach. We'll also look at any potential contributing factors such as housing, finances, relationships and employment. This wrap around approach helps you to better understand your drug use, allowing you to take greater control.

Groups and meetings are a great way to make positive steps in recovery. Change is easier if you have other people to support you.

Our support groups are a place for people who are experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol to come together and help each other. They're sometimes known as Mutual Aid Partnership, or MAP, groups.

The groups are free and confidential. You can join for as little or as long as you want. Rather than focussing on how you’re feeling, our support groups are about helping each other find practical ways to deal with life’s challenges. 

These are are run by WithYou staff or by experienced volunteers who may have had issues with alcohol or drugs themselves in the past, and understand the challenges.

In some cases, you might need medication to help you manage withdrawal symptoms or to prevent relapse. This clinical support is delivered alongside other structured one-to-one sessions, as part of your wider recovery plan. 

We offer specialist prescribing for alcohol detox, alcohol relapse prevention and opiate substitute including prescription medications.

To access this treatment, your recovery worker will arrange an assessment with specially trained clinicians, such as doctors and nurses, who can give you a prescription for the medication you need. 

The assessment will look at your substance use and wider health needs, so that we can offer you the right treatment. You will meet with the clinical team regularly to make sure the medication is working well and to make any adjustments. 

As a family member or friend of someone using drugs and alcohol, you may not know where to turn. 

Please be reassured, there’s support available to help you navigate this challenging situation.

We offer specific support for people who are affected by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.

For anyone who injects drugs, we provide new, sterile injecting equipment to help keep you safe. 

Our needle and syringe service is located at: 51 Tubwell Row, Darlington DL1 1PD and is open 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

You don't need an appointment. You can just walk in and get what you need.

Our services provide Naloxone. 

The Naloxone injection (Prenoxad) or nasal spray (Nyxoid) are life saving substances that can prevent overdose. They work by reversing the effects of opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine and methadone. 

We provide people who use substances with Naloxone and training on how to respond to an overdose situation. We also make Naloxone available to family members and friends. 

Blood borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses that spread through blood, and in some cases, bodily fluids. 

If you attend one of our drug or alcohol services, you will be offered a free BBV test. You can also ask for a test when you register with a service.

Specialist support

Our Armed Forces Community programme provides specialist support for military veterans and their families in Darlington who have challenges with drug or alcohol use and mental health, helping people to lead fulfilling lives not hindered by dependence.

We do this by acknowledging the specific experiences of people in the armed forces community, capitalising on the strengths of military identity and using this to enhance recovery.

Our staff are trained and guided to offer the best possible support for members of the armed forces community.

Contact us:

Tel: 01325 809 810

Email: allan.pomfret@wearewithyou.org.uk

Find out more about WithYou’s drug and alcohol support for the Armed Forces Community

We run a confidential programme to help people who’ve experienced challenges with drugs and alcohol to find work. This is called Individual Placement and Support Service (IPS).

Developing new skills and growing confidence is a great way to positively build a brighter future. Our clients tell us that finding and securing employment has greatly aided their recovery, providing routine e and increasing independence. 

If you want to learn more about how our IPS service could support you, please get in touch. 

Learn more about WithYou's IPS service

Darlington STRIDE works with clients to support completion of a structured eight session programme for those awarded a drug or alcohol treatment order at court.

As part of this programme you will work with a dedicated worker to explore the links between offending behaviour and drug and alcohol use. Your goals will be developed to assist you in entering into recovery and reducing offending behaviour. Upon completion of the programme a report will be provided to your probation officer detailing your engagement and next steps such as continuing to work with a recovery navigator, engaging with our lived experience recovery community or engaging with external activities. Please get in touch with our service for more information.

Thank you to WithYou for saving my life. - Phil, WithYou client

Who our services are for

Our adult drug and alcohol support service is for you if you're:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Living in Darlington
  • Experiencing challenges with drugs or alcohol, or you’re worried about someone you know
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What to expect from our services

You’ll find a warm welcome and free, non-judgmental support and advice from the WithYou team.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable when seeking support, and your privacy is really important to us. Everything you tell us, whether in person or online, is confidential. The only time this might change is if we have serious concerns about your own or someone else’s safety.


How to access our services

To access our services, you can contact us directly using the number provided below:

Our appointments can be carried out at your office, online, or we can visit you at home.

If you have a disability, are neurodiverse, or English is not your first language, please let us know when you get in touch. We make our services as accessible as we can, and we'll work out the best way to support you.