Drug & Alcohol Services

Supporting healthy bodies and healthy minds.

Advice and support for drug and alcohol problems

What is alcohol and drug misuse?

Alcohol and drug misuse, also known as substance abuse, is when a person’s drinking or drug use becomes problematic, harmful, or dependent.

Problematic, harmful, or dependent alcohol and drug use is when someone:

  • puts themselves or others in danger
  • drinks or take drugs despite the risk of physical and mental illness 
  • craves and uses alcohol or drugs even when they contribute to health, social, or financial problems

There are different approaches to making positive changes to your drug or alcohol use. It’s essential you choose what’s right for you. These sites have information on the available options.

SMART Recovery 

Recovery Dharma 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Narcotics Anonymous 

Cocaine Anonymous 

You can call our rehab service on 0151 474 0685 and find information about your local service here

If you’re a friend or family member impacted by a loved one’s drug or alcohol issues, you can find help and support here

Struggling with gambling? Find help here:


RISE Recovery

RISE Recovery Services is a partnership between YMCA Together and New Start to deliver:

  • Harm Reduction Service for Women
  • Residential Rehabilitation
  • Abstinence Service

We work with partners to deliver our services: 

  • Positivity Inc. delivers holistic therapies to people accessing the service.
  • Being Better provides ‘concerned other’ support and interventions for people worried about the drug and alcohol use of a person in their life.
  • Forward Trust delivers community rehabilitation via The Brink of Change and SHARP.

The Rehabilitation and Abstinence service is an 18-week residential rehab in South Liverpool that offers ensuite, catered accommodation and an on-site gym.

YMCA Together uses a psychologically informed approach to recovery. Underpinned by Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), our relational approach helps you understand yourself, how your drug or alcohol use began and how to sustain long-term recovery.

This service is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Here’s our Certificate of Registration and our last inspection report

Want to take a look around the service? Click here.


Going to rehab can be a considerable change, especially for people leaving prison or coming out of homeless services. We created the prehab service to help people build the skills they need to prepare for rehab. 

Prehab is an 8-week residential service with group work and one-to-one support. From there, you can access our RISE rehab service, where we’ll help you access another recovery service or work towards detox.

In a MainStay Service? Your support worker can refer you to us.  

Or, if you’d like to make a referral to RISE Recovery, you can drop into the Brink of Change (15-21 Parr Street) every Friday between 10 am and 11 am. Alternatively, our referral form is available in PDF and Word format below. 

Please send completed forms to Referrals.Recovery@ymcatogether.org.uk

Recover, Inspire, Support, Empower – RISE