Living Well and Living Longer

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Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Service

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Repeated psychoactive substance use can lead to dependency that typically includes a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state.

The road to substance abuse is difficult to predict and is influenced by a whole array of factors:

  • Mental health - For additional support or information, visit our mental health page
  • Living situation - For information on homelessness, housing benefit or living assistance, please visit our housing page

Change Grow Live: CGL are the providers of the specialist drug and alcohol service in Stockton-on-Tees. They offer specialist support for those struggling with drug and alcohol misuse.

Please call:

01642 625980 (alcohol service)

01642 673888 (drugs recovery service)


Healthy Weight

Healthy eating plays an important role in our health and wellbeing. Ensuring we have a balanced diet can improve outcomes for a range of health issues including decreasing your likelihood of cardiovascular disease and improving mental wellbeing.

Physical activity also plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight. In Stockton-on-Tees, there are plenty of open green spaces to be enjoyed. 

The Hub offers local walking and cycling information including walking and cycling routes.

There is also a range of local sport and activity clubs across the Borough to enjoy, take a look at our Stockton Information Directory to find out more.

There is a range of advice on healthy eating and physical activity from the NHS .

For those who need extra support we have a free weight management course for people aged 16+ with a BMI of 25 or over as follows:

Lite4Life: Lite4Life is a free 12-week group weight management programme that aims to promote a healthy diet and exercise to support people to achieve a healthy weight with advice and education sessions.

Energise: Energise is a free 12-week group weight management programme that aims to promote a healthy diet and exercise to support people to achieve a healthy weight and includes 30 minute exercise sessions.



Loneliness can affect anybody at anytime and for a number of different reasons. Chronic loneliness is considered to be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Connecting, or reconnecting with people and activities you enjoy is an essential step in overcoming loneliness. In Stockton-on-Tees, we are determined to tackle the stigma around loneliness and, by working closely with voluntary and charity organisations, build a stronger, more united community.

Stockton Service Navigation Project (SSNP): SSNP aims to help you find an activity such as a walking group, creative arts group, exercise class or social group to support health and wellbeing. They can also signpost and support you to access other sources of support such as; the Citizens Advice Bureau, education providers, counselling, volunteering opportunities and job clubs.

STEPS: STEPS is a service which helps individuals with learning disabilities find appropriate employment. This service provides social opportunities to people who would otherwise be at risk of isolation.  

Please call: 01642 677600


Mental Health

The term ‘mental health’ means different things to different people but in essence it’s all about how we think, feel and behave. Good mental health is when people are able to function in society, have fulfilling relationships with other people, cope with change and loss and meet the demands of everyday life. When people experience mental health problems, they often find that they have difficulties in some or all of these areas. 

Everyone experiences emotional distress as part of the emotional ups and downs in life. Feelings of stress, anxiety or being low at some point are all completely normal. When these experiences occur there are many support options available to help you. 

Impact on Teesside: IMPACT on Teesside is a free and confidential service, commissioned by the NHS and is available to anyone aged 16 and over living in Stockton-on-Tees.

Tees Mental Health Training Hub: The training hub provides person-centred assessment and support planning to assist recovery from mental illness. Personalised support may include; support with social interaction and engagement, confidence building, preparation for work or training and practical support.       

CRUSE Bereavement Services: Cruse offer face-to-face, telephone, email and website support for people who have experienced bereavement. They also have a freephone national helpline and local services, and a website specifically for children and young people.


NHS Health Checks

As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.

These services are available at GP surgeries across Stockton-on-Tees.

Please see below for more information:

NHS Health Checks

Lung Health Checks

Diabetes Prevention Programme


Stop Smoking

The impact of smoking tobacco on your health is well established. With greater risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease and strokes, smoking is the most preventable cause of early death. Many people in Stockton-on-Tees still smoke, but we are determined to change this trend and there is plenty of help available to help you quit, whether that be in our pharmacies or in our specialist stop smoking clinics. You can come along to these clinics without an appointment and see a stop smoking advisor within 20 minutes. The staff are there to support you and will be there for you every step of the way.

North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust: The trust provide our stop smoking service in Stockton-on-Tees. They provide expert behavioural support and stop smoking medications to anyone who is trying to quit smoking. If you have further questions about this service please call: 01642 383819 or 01642 383818.

Visit the NHS Better Health, Quit Smoking webpage for further help and support.


Teesside Sexual Health

Sexual health services provide a wide range of support including information and advice on all types of contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment.

Teesside Sexual Health: The service is confidential, non-judgmental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations. There are appointment based and walk in services available across Stockton-on-Tees. 

Please call: 0300 3301122.

For more information on signs and symptoms, visit the NHS web page for sexual health

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