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Drug and Alcohol Services

Pennine Care provides services to help adults with drug and/or alcohol problems, covering Oldham, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, and Stockport.

Our expert drug and alcohol teams provide a range of services, including:

  • quick and easy access - service users can walk-in to any drug and alcohol services for an immediate assessment and consultation
  • harm reduction
  • needle exchange
  • drug and alcohol treatment
  • recovery programmes

We aim to instil hope and a genuine expectation that recovery is an achievable goal and will work with service users to identify what treatment and care they need to become drug/alcohol free, for good.

Our dedicated team of workers have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience, enabling us to offer effective and responsive services to the diverse communities we serve.  Our multi-agency teams include experienced drug and alcohol key workers, medics and peer-led support.

Getting help  

If you need help or advice about drugs and alcohol, you can contact any of our services directly via telephone or just walk-in for an immediate consultation.  You can also speak to your GP or a health and social care professional to make a referral on your behalf.

Visit our your health section for more information on alcohol and drug addiction.

You can contact your local Drug and Alcohol team via the Service Directory

What we do

We offer a wide range of treatment and recovery pathways including:


Detoxification programmes
This could be from drugs or alcohol. We have detoxification nurses who can work with you at home to help you detox successfully from the substance you have a problem with. If you do not feel you could achieve this at home, we can arrange for it to be done in hospital.

Specialist prescribing of medication
Some people are able to address their drug problems by having a period of stability assisted by prescribed medication such as methadone or subutex. Once this has been achieved, a supervised reduction plan can be followed or a detoxification programme as described above.

Pathways to recovery
We an offer referral to residential rehabilitation programmes if that is appropriate. Through our network of ex-service users we can also link you in to local mutual aid groups.

Other services we provide include:

  • Open access/walk-in initial assessment
  • Shared care/GP clinic prescribing
  • One to one key worker sessions
  • Brief interventions
  • Harm reduction services including needle exchange
  • Health screen assessments
  • Blood borne virus screening/referral to treatment
  • Group work programmes
  • Delivery of training programmes
  • Volunteer programmes
  • Advice and education
  • Needle exchange services

Equality and Diversity

Drug and alcohol problems can affect anybody at any point in their life and so the drug and alcohol team work hard to raise awareness of equality and diversity issues.

Just a few examples include:

  • ‘rainbow days’ during which staff attend in a diverse range of clothing and share foods from different cultures
  • the development of partnership links with the Federation of Jewish Services
  • representation on Pennine Care's staff disability steering group
  • forging links with local hate crime officers and training staff on key issues
  • supporting Black History Month annually
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