Help and advice about drugs and alcohol

Local Services

We have developed a guide to East Sussex Drug & Alcohol services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Sussex Recovery Alliance

ESRA is a peer led organisation which provides mutual aid and peer support to those in recovery form drug and alcohol misuse and those affected by the substance misuse of someone else.   The organisation seeks to do this by being visible contagious role models of recovery and by raising awareness of recovery in the wider community. For information on recovery groups available check the ESRA website



STAR – East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Service
Freephone Number: 0300 3038160

Hastings Hub
Thrift House, 13 Wellington Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1NY
Open: Monday – Saturday; 09:00 – 17:00 

Eastbourne Hub
Lift House, 6 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UH
Open: Monday – Saturday; 09:00 – 17:00 

*Late opening and weekend hours available. Please contact STAR to find out more about their flexible opening times.


The Under 19’s Substance Misuse Service

Help for young people and their families who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
Phone: 01323 464404

National services and helplines 

Talk to Frank is a national service which will give help and advice about drugs.

Phone: 0800 776600

A number of online mutual aid groups are running to support people during the challenges of Co-vid 19.  To find out more see the links below:


Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings for people that have a problem with alcohol.  If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism.

Narcotics Anonymous 

UK Narcotics Anonymous arrange meetings for people who have a problem with heroin and other opiates.
For details of local meetings phone: 0300 999 1212

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual addicts who turn to the fellowship for help.

All fellowships

In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. We embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.

SMART Recovery

UK SMART Recovery (UKSR) is a registered charity which promotes choice in recovery theough a national network of mutual-aid meetings and online training programmes with comprehensive teaching materials and manuals.


Members of the Safer Communities Partnership