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What we do
The Trust Alcohol and Drug Service (TADS) provide treatment and support to people with substance misuse problems. These may include alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, cocaine or other stimulants and cannabis. We work mainly with service users who have dependency issues and refer/signpost people with non-physical dependency or recreational use to Norcas/The Matthew Project. Complexity of need, including physical and mental health, age, criminal justice involvement, and level of risk, is considered before onward referral.  The Service operates across Norfolk – excluding King’s Lynn and Thetford.
Substance misuse currently affects one in every four households in the UK. People with substance-related problems face a range of challenges. Addiction can lead to complex social, physical and mental health problems. There is still significant stigma around substance misuse, which can act as a barrier for people coming in to treatment and for those trying to maintain recovery.
The TADS team is community based and forms part of the NHS mental health services.
The services we provide 
We focus on three key aspects: promoting health, minimising harm and working towards recovery. We help to treat the harm that alcohol or drug use can cause to the physical, mental and social well-being of service users, some of whom may be injecting drugs.
A comprehensive assessment will be undertaken following referral, which will lead to the development of a care plan to address the holistic needs of the client and work towards recovery from their dependency.
  • Interventions offered may include:
  • Relapse management courses, individual therapy and motivational work
  • Assistance with or advice about social care issues given by our social workers
  • Blood borne virus (hepatitis B and C and HIV) screening
  • Hepatitis B immunisation
  • Referral for specialist physical health assessment and treatment
  • Psychiatric assessments, treatment advice and referral
  • Referral to other agencies and working in partnership around specific mental health issues
  • Lifestyle advice around reducing risky behaviours
  • Opiate substitute prescribing (Methadone and Buprenorphine)
  • Group or individual support for structured reduction from dependent use
  • Community or inpatient detoxification
  • Care during pregnancy
  • Prescribing to aid maintenance of abstinence post-detox
  • Assessment and referral for residential rehabilitation
  • Needle Exchange
  • Advice and support to carers and family
  • Advice and support to professionals
  • A specialist team for substance users under 18 in collaboration with The Matthew Project