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Free Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Dear Albert is a social enterprise which specialises in peer mentoring and making recovery more visible by bringing together existing resources. We have close links with peer support fellowships such as Smart Recovery, NA, AA and work in close collaboration with statutory funded drug and alcohol agencies, private rehabs, local authorities and substance misuse charities.  

We can also provide phone and referral support to substance clients with SEND needs, such as mental health, emotional health, learning disabilities, behavioural difficulties and physical difficulties through the often challenging road to recovery.

We provide a free national helpline to support clients and families in crisis with drugs and alcohol.  We work with clients and families (short to long term) to resolve resistance/ambivalence and increase motivation for change. We undertake assessments which enable us to support clients into an appropriate treatment programme.

We offer a national social media peer support network and publish a magazine called Service User News, which is designed to address topics of recovery and signpost to local free resources.

We have recently developed a cartoon character called ‘Our Albert’ which aims to communicate specifically to young people. Future editions of Service User News will integrate the rest of the cartoon family and will start to deliver family related messages of support and recovery.

We also provide local film viewings of the acclaimed Dear Albert Recovery Documentary by Nick Hamer and drug and substance misuse education events to local authorities and drug and alcohol services throughout the year.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jon Roberts
Contact Position
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Telephone
0800 8803 153
E-mail
connect@dearalbert.co.uk
Website
Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Sunday - 8am to 10pm
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Session Information
Call for details

Other Details

Costs

Is there a charge for
using this service?
No
Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free
Details
Free

Availability

Referral required
No
Other notes

We are in receipt of CCG funding

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide and Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.

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