Surrey Young People’s Substance Misuse Service

A county-wide specialist treatment service offering an emergency crisis line and counselling and pharmalogical support as part of a tailored recovery approach.

  • Worked with 321 young people and (when appropriate) their families in 2015/16
  • 86% of service users who completed their treatment significantly reduced or ceased their substance misuse in 2015/16
  • 96% of service users met their care planned goals at the completion of their treatment in 2015/16

A multi-professional team of specialist support workers provides a range of support including:

  • whole-family work
  • A&E link work
  • a 24/7 emergency referral and crisis line for young people
  • specialist prescribing and pharmacological support for rapid response for prescribing needs
  • a ‘harm-reduction’ approach that informs young people about the effects of drug and alcohol misuse and the risks involved
  • individually tailored help, based on an assessment of each young person’s needs
  • specialist support for mental health problems
  • access to prescribing and needle exchange services
  • alternative therapies, such as acupuncture
  • access to mentors, aftercare and recovery support
  • transitional support to adult services
  • additional support for care leavers and those with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25
  • volunteering opportunities.

Involving young people

Young people are at the centre of all we do. We ensure the young person knows they will be listened to at all times. We work with young people at their pace, in an environment where they are comfortable – we don’t expect them to travel to us. We also offer volunteering opportunities.


Anyone can refer to this service, including young people themselves. Referring is simple:

Leaflets and posters


Volunteers play an important role in the service. Please contact  if you are interested in volunteering.

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