Drugs and Alcohol


In 1995 the Government published a white paper called ‘Tackling Drugs Together’. This led to the setting up of multi-agency groups at both strategic (often county) level, and at local level to implement the strategy. These are known as Drug & Alcohol Action Teams, or DAATs, and Drug & Alcohol Reference Groups, or DARGs, respectively.

Rochford was a member of the Castle Point and Rochford Drug and Alcohol Reference Group, or DARG until its withdrawal in May 2010.

The Rochford District Community Safety Partnership is now responsible for delivering the Governments anti-drug and alcohol strategies in Rochford. It meets bi-monthly and is open to any person or agency that can help reduce the harm caused by drugs or alcohol.

However, Rochford District has a significantly low drugs problem compared to other national geographical areas. Nevertheless, alcoholism, drug awareness and education do feature high on the list of priorities.

Do you need help or know anyone who does?

For more information about alcohol or drug help, advice and treatment:

FRANK (National Drugs Helpline) 0800 77 66 00

Drinkline (National Alcohol Helpline) 0800 917 8282

For help, advice and treatment in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend

Choices -  Tel: 08444 991 323  Email: Choices.referrals@childrenssociety.org.uk or text Choices to 80800

Community Drug and Alcohol Service (CDAS) Castle Point & Rochford/Southend 01702 608170

Southend Young People's Drug & Alcohol Team (YPDAT) 01702 534786

Self Help Groups (Phone for details of local groups)

Narcotics Anonymous 0300 999 1212

Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555

Al Anon Family Groups (for families and friends of people with drink problems) 020 7403 0888

Telephone Helplines

Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

ADFAM (for families and friends of drug users) 0207 553 7640

Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Release 24 hour Helpline 0845 4500 215

Release Drugs In Schools Helpline 0845 4500 215

Re-Solv (solvent abuse) 01785 810 762

Trashed (drug info for 16-25s) 0800 28 29 30


FRANKFrank website
Drink AwareDrink Aware website
Alcohol Concern (National charity)Alcohol Concern (National charity)
The Mix (general health 16-25s)The Site (general health 16-25s)