North Yorkshire Horizons

North Yorkshire Horizons provides a range of free, confidential and non-judgemental services for individuals and their friends families, who are affected by drugs or alcohol. Our services cover the whole of North Yorkshire.

If you feel that you need our help with your alcohol or drug-related problem, you can give us a call on 01723 330730. If you are already discussing your problems with a Healthcare provider they can also refer you to our services anytime. You will always be referred to your local hub or GP Practice for your treatment services.

What we offer

We provide a tailored support programme to help you on your recovery journey.

Our experienced team of professionals will work with you to provide an initial assessment. You’ll then get a key worker who will support you through your treatment and help you develop a Recovery Plan, built around you and your circumstances.

We provide structured one-to-one support, structured group therapy, a health and wellbeing check including health screenings, blood testing and vaccinations. We also provide therapeutic interventions to help you achieve a balanced approach to life as well as support to family members who can become involved in your recovery should you wish for them to be included. We also provide substitute medication where appropriate and provide detox support at either rehab centres or in the community (the choice is yours). Finally, our peer mentor/volunteer support mechanism is provided to give additional support on the road to recovery.

We actively encourage everyone who works with us to take ownership over their recovery plan to make sure it’s right for each individual, giving you the best chance at a successful recovery.

Need help?

Visit us at the following hubs or call us on 01723 330730 or visit the dedicated NYH website:

  • Harrogate – 7 North Park Road, HG1 5PD
  • Northallerton – 5 The Applegarth, DL7 8LZ
  • Scarborough – 56-60 Castle Road, YO11 1XE
  • Selby – 74-76 Gowthorpe, YO8 4ET
  • Skipton – Mill Bridge House, 4A Mill Bridge, Skipton, BD23 1NJ

Local Community Venues and GP surgeries – we also offer clinics at selected GP surgeries across the whole of North Yorkshire and recovery services within Rural Communities.

The Partnership

North Yorkshire Horizons is a partnership service between Spectrum Community Health CIC, DISC, Lifeline and Changing Lives to deliver the specialist services.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Services

You do not have to have a problem with alcohol to suffer some of the damage to your health that alcohol can cause. People who drink socially but may be drinking a little too much can find themselves with unexpected conditions.

The Head & Neck Cancer service is delivered by a Specialist Nurse with expertise in the field of alcohol use and misuse. Alcohol is known to play a role in the development of head and neck cancers and our aim is to make sure that people are fully informed with the information they need to make their own lifestyle decisions.

What can patients expect?

You can expect to be asked some key questions about alcohol, or alternatively you may be asked to fill in a simple screening form. We will use this information to tailor what we do next to your exact needs. This may vary from a brief conversation about alcohol to specific psychological therapies or on rare occasions the prescribing of specialist medication.

Why is this important?

We want to make sure we give all our patients the level of advice and input that is appropriate to their own personal circumstances. This is particularly important because of the known links between head and neck cancers and alcohol and the impact that drinking can have on the effectiveness of some treatments.

What can the service provide?

  • Following our initial screening of all new patients regarding alcohol, one or more of the following may be offered:
  • Brief Intervention advice on alcohol.
  • Advice and support on stopping or cutting down.
  • Psychological therapy approaches that are proven to be effective in changing drinking habits
  • Pharmacological detoxification
  • Relapse Prevention planning, advice and medication.

What about smoking?

Smoking tobacco is also recognised to be a significant risk factor in the development of head and neck cancers. If you both smoke and drink harmfully this is particularly hazardous.

Attending a Stop Smoking Service is the most effective way to quit. You can refer yourself to this service simply by phoning 0800 169 4219. Alternatively, you can talk to your GP about medication to help you stop.