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Alcohol services

There is a range of help and support available in West Sussex for anyone affected by alcohol. This includes services for people concerned about their own alcohol use and services for people worried about family members or friends.
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Alcohol services in West Sussex are provided by a range of organisations and are managed by the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team. Some specialist alcohol facilities in the county are also run by charities and private organisations.

Is there help and support available for me?

No matter what age you are, you can access free help and support with alcohol in West Sussex. This help and support includes:

  • services for under-18s
  • services for over-18s
  • one-to-one support
  • group sessions
  • support for families, partners or friends of people misusing alcohol.

What kind of help and support is available?

  • Advice, information and support from professional staff to help you with decisions about your alcohol use.
  • Assessment and options: professionals will explore your experiences and current situation with you and tell you about your treatment options.
  • Ongoing one-to-one support and group work for people ready to make changes to their alcohol use.
  • Access to prescriptions: no matter where you are in West Sussex, experts will give anyone who requires a prescription through our alcohol services the same level of support.
  • Detoxification and rehabilitation is an option if you are alcohol-dependent. Our services can support you in your detoxification in the community or by referring you to in-patient detoxification and/or residential rehabilitation.
  • Structured day programmes can help you with activities such as life skills, basic skills development, relapse prevention and training and education. Complementary therapies can help you with improving your health and wellbeing.
  • Aftercare
  • Harm reduction services including sexual health information and advice. You can also receive general health advice and be offered contacts for other agencies if necessary.

Specialist help for young people

In West Sussex, there is a service for young people aged from 10-19-years-old with serious alcohol and/or drug problems.  Experts will work with you or your child around alcohol use and planning for change.  They can also support you with any concerns about:

  • health
  • personal relationships
  • money
  • crime
  • education.

I would like help with my alcohol use: what should I do?

Your local GP (family doctor)

A good place to start is your GP (family doctor’s) surgery. Your GP can assess you and work out what type of treatment is best for you. They might treat you, or you might be referred to your local specialist alcohol service.

Your local pharmacists (chemists)

You can also find help and support from your local pharmacist. Ask at the counter for advice on services and where you can access help.

Alcohol treatment services

Many alcohol treatment services also accept self-referrals, so you may not need to be referred by your GP.

If you call them (contact telephone numbers below) they will be able to advise on what help is available and the next steps:

  • Bognor Regis
    Alcohol treatment services for anyone living in the Bognor Regis area. Telephone 01243 869234. Help and support is also available from CRI Clockwalk Project, 7-11 High Street, Bognor Regis. Telephone 01243 870005. 
  • Chichester
    Alcohol treatment services for anyone living in the Chichester and Arundel area, Selsey, Witterings, West Sussex to Hampshire borders, Pulborough, Loxwood, Petworth and Midhurst. Telephone 01243 528162. 
  • Crawley
    Alcohol treatment services for anyone living in the Crawley and Horsham areas. Telephone 01293 657015. 
  • Haywards Heath
    Alcohol treatment services for anyone living in Mid Sussex. Telephone 01444 453061.  
  • Midhurst/Petworth
    Help and support from Stonepillow, St Martins Day Centre, 30-32 West Street, Bognor Regis. Telephone 01243 838266.  
  • Worthing
    Alcohol treatment services for anyone living in Worthing, Adur and Arun. Telephone 01903 237038.

West Sussex Young Persons Substance Misuse Service
Telephone 01903 230600.

Sussex Alcohol and Substance Use Service
Telephone 01273 727888. 12 free individual counselling sessions for anyone concerned about their own or someone else's alcohol use. Services take place in GP surgeries and health centres throughout West Sussex. We accept self referrals and referrals from GPs. Evening appointments available at some venues.

I am concerned about a friend or family member: where can I get information, advice and support?

Your local GP (family doctor)

It is a sensible step to talk to your GP first. GPs can offer practical advice about what support is available in your area. They will also know about support networks that can offer you support and advice – often from people who have experienced the same issues, first-hand.

Drop-in centres for people affected by a friend’s or relative’s alcohol use

If you have been affected by a relative's or friend's alcohol or drugs use, there are a number of drop-in centres in West Sussex that offer help and support:

  • Bognor Regis: Addaction, 22 Sudley Road, Bognor, PO21 1ER. Meet every Friday from 5.30pm to 7pm.
  • Crawley: The Orchard, Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Southgate, 12.30pm to 2pm, Mondays.
  • Horsham: Park Barn, opposite The Capitol behind New Park House, North Street, 5.30pm to 7pm, the first and third Tuesday of every month.
  • Lancing: Lancing Children and Family Centre, North Road, the second Tuesday of each month between 1pm and 2.30pm.
  • Littlehampton: The Dairy, Church Street, 1pm-2.30pm, the first Friday of each month.
  • Midhurst: Midhurst Children and Family Centre (next to Midhurst Primary School), Ashfield Road, 2.30pm and 4pm, the third Thursday of every month.
  • Southwick: The Corner House, opposite Southwick Community Centre and Barn Theatre, 7.30pm to 9pm, first Thursday of every month.
  • Worthing: The Place (next to the Yoga Centre), 24 Marine Place, 5.30 to 7pm, Tuesdays.

West Sussex Young Persons Substance Misuse Service

Telephone 01903 230600.

Sussex Alcohol and Substance Use Service

Telephone 01273 727888. 12 free individual counselling sessions for anyone concerned about their own or someone else's alcohol use. Services take place in GP surgeries and health centres throughout West Sussex. We accept self referrals and referrals from GPs. Evening appointments available at some venues.