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Drug and alcohol support at HMP Lincoln

Free and confidential support and advice

If you’re serving at HMP Lincoln and you’re experiencing challenges with drugs or alcohol, we’re here to support you.

  • 1:1 support
  • Specialist prescribing
  • Peer support groups
  • Support for family and friends
  • Continued care after release
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Support that's right for you

If you're experiencing challenges with drugs and alcohol, we're here for you.

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Our services are free


We'll never judge


We're here to listen


Your privacy is important to us

How we work

WithYou is an independent charity that offers support around drugs, alcohol and mental health. We’re here to listen – you can tell us as little or as much as you want. We’ll support you, without judgement. 

When it comes to drug and alcohol 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. 

Whatever it is that you want to achieve, we’ll support you to get there.

How we can help

At WithYou, we have a range of different options, supporting people to understand their drug or alcohol use, address any underlying issues and take back control.

We offer one-to-one drug and alcohol support sessions, where you meet with a Recovery Worker regularly to work through things you're struggling with. We use psychological approaches to help you meet your goals. 

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

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 groups are a place for people who are experiencing issues with drugs or 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. We offer this clinical support alongside other structured one-to-one sessions, as part of your wider recovery plan. 

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. 

Substance use and mental health are closely connected, with one very much impacting upon the other.

If you are receiving drug and alcohol support from us then you will have the opportunity to access interventions which are focused on improving mental wellbeing. This includes looking at how to improve sleep, exercise, diet and nutrition, to lower levels of depression and anxiety. 

We provide specialist support for military veterans and their families 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.

Towards the end of your sentence, we will work with you to assess whether or not you’ll continue to need support in the community after your release. 

Where this is the case, we’ll make all necessary arrangements for treatment to be continued in the community with your local community substance use team. This will include arrangements for medications to be continued.

We also offer the Trans4orm programme, which looks at different ways of thinking and behaving.

As a family member or friend of someone serving at HMP Lincoln 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. Please get in touch with our team. 

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What to expect from our services in prisons

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.


Get in touch

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you'd like to find out more about how we can support you during your time at HMP Lincoln.

  • Complete an application form (you’ll find these in every wing) and we’ll get in touch with you.

  • Or call us on 01522 663315 to speak to a member of our team.

Accessible support

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.