Useful Links

Calderdale in Recovery
Calderdale in Recovery is THE source of information for help and advice about drug and alcohol addiction throughout the Calderdale region.  All organisations are listed that are either directly or indirectly involved in someone’s recovery journey.  The site also has a great Forum where people can come together and share stories, get help and advice and chat about their issues.

Action on Addiction
We take action to disarm addiction. Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. Our treatment centres include Clouds House, Hope House and SHARP structured day programmes. Our Vision is people free from addiction and its effects.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than 2,000,000 now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it.

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. We meet with each other in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences. We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present. (USA site)

Adfam, founded in 1984 by the mother of a drug user exists to raise awareness about-and take action to alleviate- problems faced by families dealing with drugs and alcohol. Adfam does this by informing government, families and those working with them about what people need and campaigns for the better representation and understanding of these issues in the media and by policy makers. Adfam provides face-to-face help to families facing the trauma of the criminal justice systems and helping family agencies around the UK improve their ability to help their communities.

Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
The Advisory Council makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, including classification and scheduling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its regulations. It considers any substance which is being or appears to be misused and of which is having or appears to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to cause a social problem.

Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.

Alcohol Learning Centre
The Alcohol Learning Centre and Alcohol Improvement Programme are commissioned by the Department of Health for 3 years from April 2008. We aim to work with the NHS and third sector to bring together a range of resources to enable improvement in the alcohol harm reduction field.

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to
solve their common problems.

Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon. We believe alcoholism is a family disease that affects everyone in the family. Alateen meetings are attended by 12-17 year olds. They meet to share their experiences of having, or having had, a problem drinker in their lives. They help and support each other.

The Basement Recovery Project
The Basement Project is an independent self-help organisation, based in Halifax, West Yorkshire that offers support and inspiration to those people who are involved with alcohol and / or substance misuse, the opportunity of a new sustained abstinent lifestyle.

Carers UK
Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring, they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination. Carers UK is an organisation of carers fighting to end this injustice. We will not stop until people recognise the true value of carers’ contribution to society and carers get the practical, financial and emotional support they need. COAP Children of Addicted Parents & People (COAP) is a website for young people affected by someone else’s addiction to drugs, alcohol, or some form of addictive behaviour such as gambling.

Cocaine Anonymous
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

Drinkaware aims to change the UK’s drinking habits for the better. We promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm. An independent, UKwide charity, we are supported by voluntary donations from across the drinks industry to equip people with the knowledge they need to make decisions about how much they drink. We also work with organisations and individuals across the UK to fulfil the educational, community and awareness campaigning function envisaged in the Government’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

Drink & Drugs News
Drink and Drugs News (DDN) is the fortnightly magazine for all professionals in the drug and alcohol field. Published independently by CJ Wellings, it is circulated worldwide through publishing hard copies and on the DDN website. DDN provides news, features, research, and the latest thinking in the field in an attractive and convenient format. With thriving comments and letters pages, the magazine has become the place where people working with substance misuse have their say – and know it will be read.

DrugFAM is dedicated to supporting families, carers and friends affected by substance abuse. DrugFAM is a registered charity and was founded in 2006 by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips who lost one of her twin sons, Nick, to heroin addiction. is a web portal for professionals in the substance misuse sector and wider health, social care & criminal justice settings – and for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol use.

The Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for the substance use field and works to help improve standards of practice across the sector. It is part of naadac, a registered charity (1075222).

Talk to Frank
Talk to Frank gives information and advice to anyone in the UK concerned about drugs and is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This includes drug users, their families, friends and people who work with them. The service is confidential. The service does not provide individual medical advice, formal counselling or treatment but can give information on local agencies throughout the UK that can provide more specialist help. This information is updated continuously. The Helpline can also provide callers with free leaflets on drugs and drug issues.

Health EU Alcohol
The Health and Consumers Directorate-General is pleased to present the Health-EU Portal (the official public health portal of the European Union) and the wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international level. The main objective of this thematic Portal is to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive
information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at EU level.

Health EU Drugs
The Health and Consumers Directorate-General is pleased to present the Health-EU Portal (the official public health portal of the European Union) and the wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international level. The main objective of this thematic Portal is to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at EU level.

Home Office – Drugs & The Law
Details of the different kinds of illegal drugs that are divided into three different categories, or classes. These classes (A, B and C) carry different levels of penalty for possession and dealing. The Misuse of Drugs Act is the main piece of legislation covering drugs and their categorisation. Here you will find the information concerning the law and penalties for possession and dealing drugs.

Institute of Alcohol Studies
The core aim of the Institute is to serve the public interest on public policy issues linked to alcohol, by advocating for the use of scientific evidence in policy-making to reduce alcohol-related harm. The Institute does not have a view on whether individuals should drink or not drink.

Lifeline Project
Lifeline has a track record of engaging and working alongside the hardest to reach. Our collaborative working with service users, communities and professionals has achieved health, social and economic outcomes with drug users including offenders, women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, refugee and asylum seekers, sex workers and the homeless.

Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous believes one of the cornerstones of its success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with each other to achieve recovery. In meetings members regularly share their personal experiences with each other, not as professionals but as ordinary people who have discovered that sharing brings about solutions to their problems.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) is a registered charity no. 1009143, founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. This includes children of alcohol dependent parents of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention, treatment and policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction. USA site.

National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) is a National Health Service (NHS) special health authority, established to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug treatment in England. We aim to help people overcome their addiction and regain their lives.

NHS Choices – Alcohol Section
Part of the NHS Choices web Portal. This section is about Alcohol and provides advice, tips on cutting down, its hidden effects and free booklet.

NHS Choices – Depression Section
Introduction to Depression and info on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, side effects, complications and prevention

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was created on the initiative of HRH The Princess Royal in 1991. At that time people caring at home for family members or friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses were scarcely recognised as requiring support. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 144 independently managed Carers’ Centres , 85 young carers services and interactive websites, and, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to over 400,000 carers, including approximately 25,000 young carers.

Project Colt
Project Colt exists to help those who want to be drug free, to become drug free and stay drug free. We support the restoration and healing of those suffering from addiction, their families and the community. We treat addiction as an illness, it’s a disease! On our course individuals learn how to achieve and maintain abstinence to aid their recovery. Giving up drugs or alcohol is only the first step in the ladder of choices. Then you have to learn to live again.

Rethink works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. We were founded  over 30 years ago to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness and today, with over 8,300 members, we remain determined that this voice will continue to be heard. We help over 48,000 people every year through our services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems.

The Scottish Drugs Forum
The national non-government drugs policy and information agency working in partnership with others to co-ordinate effective responses to drug use in Scotland.

Street Angels
Street Angels work in Halifax on Friday and Saturday’s between 9pm and 3am and in Hebden Bridge on Friday’s 8pm – 11pm. Our role is to be safe people and offer a safe place within the town centre. As well as offering help to those who may become vulnerable within the night-time culture we offer safety advice, safe drinking messages and link people to other agencies.

SMART Recovery UK
Our purpose is to help individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviours to gain independence, achieve recovery and lead meaningful and satisfying lives. The approach is secular and science based; using motivational, behavioural and cognitive methods. We view substance/activity dependence as a dysfunctional habit, while recognising that it is possible that certain people have a predisposition towards addictive behaviour.

Teen Rehab Center
An American website mostly promoting rehabs but it has some useful resources for Parents such as Body Image and Drug Use, How to approach your teen’s addiction, Date Rape Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, Drugs and the teenage brain development, Drugs in School etc.

Women Centre Halifax
WomenCentre, works to provide specialist women’s and children’s services in Calderdale and Kirklees and any woman can join us to support our work with women and children, in order to make a difference to their lives and wellbeing.