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Integrated Drug Service (IDS)

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Accommodation / Homelessness
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drugs
  • Employability / Training / Career
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health / Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Military Veterans
  • Older People
  • Re-integration
  • Short-term Prisoners
  • Women


The Integrated Drugs Service is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Doctors, Community Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Pharmacists and Substance Use Workers (3rd Sector). The team also has an Occupational therapist and a psychologist. The aim of the Integrated Drugs Service is to support individuals with problematic substance use to achieve their goals in relation to their substance use and also address other factors in their lives. The service offers an initial assessment period in which individuals are offered holistic support to meet their needs. During the assessment process, if appropriate, medication to assist with dependency on substances may be provided and stabilisation on this medication is the aim during this process. We deliver high quality, non-judgmental, safe services and environments which provide a range of treatment options and support to meet the needs of individuals.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • Middle-aged adult (36-55), Older adult (56 and older), Young adult (18-35)

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, GP, Self-referral

Individuals who have problematic use of substances and wish assistance for this can be referred into the service for assessment. Referrals for adults over the age of 18 will be accepted. There is a pathway for younger adults/adolescents to access support regarding their substance use. This is primarily through 3rd sector agency (Alcohol and Drugs Action) and CAMHS if necessary. Referrals to the service can be made by any agency but primarily come via GP. The GP would complete an IDS referral form to the service. Individuals can also self-refer by making phone contact and providing their details to a duty worker. Following the MAT standards, a self-referral appointment will be made the same or the following day. Each referral is triaged by the MDT team and clients are contacted for an initial assessment appointment.

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