A better Medway

Substance misuse can have negative effects on a person's health, including their oral health.

There are a range of services and apps available that can help people who misuse drugs or alcohol.

To report any information relating to dangerous substances, see Medway's Local Drug Information System (LDIS) page.

Adult substance misuse services

Medway Treatment and Recovery Service - River

River, which stands for Responsive, Inspirational, Visible, Empowering and Recovery Orientated, helps people that have issues with drugs or alcohol and want to make a positive change.

The service also supports the family and friends of people who are worried about their loved one’s substance use.

The service is for people who:

  • are aged 18 and over
  • live in Medway
  • have issues with drugs or alcohol or are impacted by the drug or alcohol use of a loved one (even if that loved one is not ready to get support themselves).

To refer yourself or a loved one and to find out more about the support available, visit the River service online or email theforwardtrust.medway@nhs.net.

River is delivered by The Forward Trust and Open Road.

Try Dry app

The Try Dry app is packed full of tools and resources to help you take control of your drinking all year round.

More about Try Dry.

Other groups

There are mutual aid groups in Medway that offer confidential peer-led support including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Young person’s substance misuse service

Support for young people in Medway who misuse substances is provided by Open Road’s Young Persons' Service.

Visit Open Road’s Young Person’s website or phone 01634 566 285.