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In this section you will find information and advice that can help you manage addictions and substance misuse.

Drugs and alcohol addiction

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.  Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything.

It can have a major impact on the health and lives of people who use them, as well as on their family, friends, work colleagues and the community as a whole.

While drinking some alcohol responsibly is generally considered to be fine, excessive use and binge drinking are responsible for a growing number of health related problems in the UK.  You can find out more information on the Council's Drug and alcohol web pages.

Gambling addiction

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Being a compulsive gambler can harm your health and relationships, and leave you in serious debt.  If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, support and treatment is available.

You can find more information on the NHS Gambling web page.

Smoking addiction

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? The NHS have listed 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking, please visit the NHS web pages.


There are lots of ways to quit, the NHS can help you find the right one for you.  Whether that’s through self management such as e-cigarettes, or with the support of a smoking cessation advisor, we’re here to help you on your journey.

Smoking cessation services in Sunderland are provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and more information can be found on the Sunderland Specialist Stop Smoking Service web page.

Substance Misuse Treatment: Wear Recovery

Wear Recovery is Sunderland's Integrated Substance Misuse Treatment Service for anyone needing help and support with drugs, alcohol or other substances.

The service is delivered by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Developing initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) and Changing Lives who are working in partnership and delivering a new model of care, with recovery from addiction at its heart.

To access the service, contact the Wear Recovery Single Point of Access on 0800 234 6798.

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