Substance Misuse

​​A number of services are commissioned directly by the Drug and Alcohol Commissioning Team (DACT) or in combination with Public Health Dorset. These services make up the Bournemouth Recovery Treatment system.

Young People

'We Are With You' (formally Addaction), Young Peoples Specialist Services

This specialist substance misuse service provides one-to-one support for young people in Bournemouth. The service works with young people from age 11 up to the age of 25.

Support offered includes:

  • Pharmacological
  • Psychosocial
  • Family Interventions
  • Specialist harm reduction
  • Access to residential treatment for substance misuse
  • Aftercare support

For further information about the programme, contact

'We Are With You' Young People and Families Service on:

01202 001342

Referrals are via the ART Brokerage Team using the Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST).   Please submitt with completed Privacy Statement and ART Brokerage Request Form, to:-

01202 458012  

​Young Peoples Preventative Services

'We Are With You' also provides:

Resilience Programme 

A bespoke 6 week programme for young people affected by family drug and alcohol use or the young person is dabbling in substance misuse. The programme helps to:

  • Build self esteem
  • Build coping strategies
  • Build resilience to peer pressure
  • Educate on substance misuse
  • Educate on health and wellbeing

Referrals can be made through ART Brokerage or the First Responce Hub using their respective linked referral forms submitted with the Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST). 

01202 458012  

Information and advice for young people with experience of adult substance misuse 

Psychosocial one to one information and advice for young people who have been affected by parental substance misuse. 

Referrals are via the ART Brokerage Team 

01202 458012  



The Bournemouth Engagement & Assessment Team (BEAT)

The BEAT is the single point of access for adult drug and alcohol treatment in Bournemouth, a one-stop shop offering advice, information and support to anyone affected by drugs and/or alcohol. This includes individuals, families, friends, carers and concerned others.

Several drop-in venues offering support are available locally on a weekly basis. 

The BEAT provides:

  • One-to-one support
  • Educational workshops
  • Enhanced brief interventions
  • Motivational groups (day-time and evening groups)
  • Assessment and preparation for further support
  • Referrals to other treatment services
  • Harm minimisation service (e.g Needle Exchange and 'take home' Naloxone)

The BEAT will refer to treatment services, including:

  • Detoxification
  • Substitute prescribing and support groups
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Talking therapies

Contact BEAT directly for details.  

01202 558855 or referrals can be submitted electronically. 

Parenting Puzzle

This is a 12-week programme for parents who are or who have had a problem with substance misuse.

Contact the BEAT directly for details. 01202 558855

Family Programme:

At least one child in the family must be open to Children's Social Care to access this programme.

Family Programme workers provide support that takes into account the needs of the whole family and:

  • Advocate on behalf of the family to find the right support
  • Help parents stop drinking or using drugs
  • Provide support within the family home
  • Work with the BEAT to maximise treatment options and outcomes for families
  • Work with different agencies to help parents prioritise the needs of their children
  • Provide support for the whole family.

For further information about the Family Programme, phone 'We Are With You' Young People and Families Service on on 01202 001342

Referrals are via the ART Brokerage Team

01202 458012  

Support for Adult family / friends and concerned others

Psychosocial one to one and group support for people whose well being and family functioning is being effected by the substance misuse of others. 

Contact the BEAT directly for details. 01202 558855


​Early Help Training Opportunities:

Below are a selection of training opportunities for practitioners. 

Drug and Alcohol Awareness - A one-day course to help practitioners develop knowledge around issues of drug and alcohol misuse and to build confidence when working with children, young people and their families​.

To check dates and book places

Follow this link to see all available courses with the Early Help Partnership Workforce Development Programme.

Any issues with bookings or using CPD, please contact Carol-Anne McNicol on )


Other Useful Contacts and Resources:

Alcohol - A booklet to help children talk about their parents drinking

A-Z of Drugs -  Talk to 'Frank' 

Free Tools & Resources - Alcohol

Free Tools and Resources - Drugs

Harm Reduction Advice for Using Ecstasy/MDMA

National Association for Children of Alcoholics - Help & Advice

Support for Parents who use Alcohol- for couples who want to drink less alcohol and get on better with each other

What to do in an Emergency - Advice from Frank

Specialist Services in BCP: