Contacting the teams

  • Chester-le-Street - Health Centre, Newcastle Road, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3UR. Tel: 0191 333 6028 
  • Dales - Castlebridge Centre, 42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PB. Tel: 01388 609 221 
  • Derwentside - Eden House, 1 Station Road, Consett, Co Durham DH18 5RL. Tel: 01207 581 922 
  • Durham - William Robson House, Moodys yard, Claypath, Durham, DH1 1SA. Tel: 0191 386 6555 
  • Peterlee - Floor 4, Ridgemount House, Peterlee, SR8 1EA. Tel: 0191 587 2194 
  • Seaham - 37 Church Street, Seaham SR7 7EJ. Tel: 0191 581 6833 
  • Sedgefield - 1st floor, Thames House, Beveridge Way, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4SH. Tel: 01325 372 500

About the service

Community substance misuse is a confidential, multi-agency service for adults (aged 18 years and over) experiencing substance misuse difficulties. The aim of the service is to provide harm minimisation, treatment and recovery for all service users.

The community substance misuse teams provide a range of services including:

  • Comprehensive assessment and an allocated recovery co-ordinator 
  • Substitute prescribing 
  • Needle exchange and harm minimisation 
  • Advice and support 
  • Blood bourne virus screening and Hepatitis A and B vaccination programmes 
  • Drug screening 
  • Sexual health advice 
  • Psychosocial interventions (PSI) 
  • Outreach service and satellite clinics 
  • Service user groups 
  • Support with social care issues and housing support 
  • Doctor and nurse appointments and reviews 
  • Recovery co-ordination 
  • Complementary therapies including relaxation and auricular acupuncture.

The teams

The community substance misuse teams include:

  • Substance misuse nurses
  • Independent nurse prescribers
  • Harm minimisation nurses
  • Doctors and consultant psychiatrists specialising in addictions
  • Social workers
  • Probation workers
  • PSI workers
  • Drug intervention programme (DIP) workers
  • Support workers
  • Complementary therapists.

How to access the service

Referrals are accepted from individuals directly or via another agency with consent. Referrals can be made face to face by self presentation at a centre, or by telephone contact or written referral.

Referrals are accepted by the duty worker and an appointment is made for a full comprehensive assessment within one week. The full assessment appointment takes approximately one hour. From this appointment the clients’ needs are identified and an appropriate recovery co-ordinator is allocated based on these needs.

Further appointments with the key-worker will be offered and a personalised, comprehensive, care plan will be developed and agreed. Clients who require medical intervention will be offered a doctors appointment within two weeks of referral.