Partnership launch for York Drug and Alcohol Service

York Drug and Alcohol Service held a launch event on Wednesday 26th July to mark the start of how local agencies can shape services that further helps people struggling with substance misuse. Commissioned by City of York Council, the service is now being delivered under a new partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health CIC.

The event provided a key opportunity for professionals working with York Drug and Alcohol Service to learn more about the partnership and begin discussions about how they can work together to benefit service users. To guide the discussions, ‘Graduates’ (people who needed help with addictions and who have successfully been through the substance misuse recovery programme) spoke to agencies about their experiences and what they think works well and what can be improved. York in Recovery (YIR), a peer-led group which focuses on promoting abstinence in the community, also supported the event.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “We are delighted that the new service alcohol and drug treatment and recovery service is launching to support our residents. The service will support by developing early intervention and prevention services through an innovative and collaborative approach with our partners. Facilitating a stable and supportive environment for service users is very important to ensure effective and long lasting results and we look forward to working with Changing Lives and Spectrum to make this happen.”

Spectrum and Changing Lives already offer a range of services to help people to be free from drug and alcohol addiction, including: recovery programmes, group and 1:1 sessions, clinical treatment and prescribing, and workshops. Anyone in need of drug and alcohol support can call the service on 01904 464680 or email:

Stephen Bell OBE, Chief Executive of Changing Lives, said: “Changing Lives are committed to helping people achieve a better future. Our partnership with Spectrum offers an ideal opportunity for us to combine our extensive professional experience in drug and alcohol recovery, with their clinical expertise in the field. Working with the local community, we aim to improve outcomes for people in York who have taken the courageous first step towards overcoming their addiction.”

Dr. Linda Harris, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, said: “We are excited to begin working with Changing Lives and driving progress as part of York Drug and Alcohol Service. Spectrum has a record of excellence in substance misuse and we are working closely with York Council and Changing Lives and other partners in York to build on the existing service, ensuring that all patients receive the best care at every stage of their recovery journey.”