Drug and Alcohol Help

Please find a link to lots information about addiction in the LGBT Community. https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/lgbtq/ (note this is american but gives good advice).

Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

Our Drug and Alcohol dependency support in York  are Changing Lives.

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Our dedicated addiction and recovery services offer a number of tailor-made solutions for people who are living with addiction and recovery. We work with adults who are thinking about abstinence from drugs, alcohol, or substitute medications, and those who are taking active steps towards it.

Changing Lives offers a number of dedicated addiction and recovery services across the North East, York and North Yorkshire. We don’t provide clinical treatment (such as detox programmes), but we can help you contact other agencies that do.

Our recovery services can help:

  • Anyone over 18 years old
  • People at any stage of their recovery journey who are considering their options
  • Women and their children, living in Newcastle and Gateshead, who want to remain together as a family


Our 12-week abstinence-based programmes provide structured, day treatment support for people moving on from addiction. These programmes follow the principles of the international 12 step approach to recovery, and include one-to-one counselling, group therapy, meetings and workshops. Our 12-step programmes currently run across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, and York.


Changing Lives also provide a range of day centres where people in recovery, or considering their options, can meet others, and get on-going support. Volunteers in recovery themselves play a vital role in the running of these services, as well as others in their journey. These services also offer remote support such as our telephone recovery service and text message support service, and peer and family support.


In recognition of the specific needs of women and children, Changing Lives offers a specialist accommodation project for mothers at various stages of addiction, helping them maintain or rebuild relationships with their children. We focus on recovery-orientated activities, building family links and eventual movement towards independent living in recovery from addiction. We can support women from an initial child protection conference onwards, and before and after detox, providing their aim is to keep or rebuild a relationship with their children.

For the first time in years I had structure and routine and I was shown the skills I could use to change and re-build my life. I met many wonderful people, from the staff to the clients, people like me who had similar experiences and problems. With their help and determination I started to find myself and learn the skills to live my life without alcohol.

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