How and where to get help from

Who can apply for help?

In order to be able to access the treatment and recovery options, you must live or be homeless in Camden or be registered with a Camden GP.

How can I get help?

Please call Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust on 020 3317 6000. If you don’t feel able to contact the service yourself, please contact social services or ask your doctor, a friend or a neighbour to phone for you. The telephone lines are answered on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

If your problem is mainly alcohol, please contact the Camden Alcohol Service.

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You can also contact VoiceAbility Camden for advice and support in contacting and accessing treatment services. 

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textphone: 020 7974 6096
fax: 020 7974 6704

Urgent help

If your circumstances change before someone contacts you and you think you need urgent help then please contact us by phone on 020 7974 4000 or 020 7974 4444 out of office hours.

More information on Camden drug, alcohol and recovery services

Download: Camden Recovery Guide (PDF)

What will happen after I have contacted Camden?

The drug or alcohol treatment service or care manager will arrange an appointment with you to talk about what sort of help you might need. This is called an assessment. By law we must carry out an assessment before arranging any services to help you.

Is there a charge?

  • there is no charge for the assessment
  • there is no charge for most drug and alcohol services
  • before arranging any services, your social services worker will explain any costs and financial help that may be available to you

Types of help people can get in Camden

We offer many different services and types of support for people with drug and alcohol problems living in Camden. These services include:

  • detoxification either in community or residential settings,
  • counselling,
  • residential rehabilitation and day programmes,
  • aftercare and social inclusion,
  • supported abstinence based accommodation,
  • support to access education, training and employment opportunities,
  • peer-led support such as SMART recovery groups, 
  • support for families and carers.