SHSCT Step 2 Drug & Alcohol Service

PHA commissions a Step 2 Alcohol and Drugs Service for adults 18+ years across the Southern Trust area. It replaces the previous ‘Step 2’ service that was provided by Southern HSC Trust.

The Step 2 service offers intervention for adults who drink alcohol at hazardous or harmful levels (scoring 16-19 or 20+ on AUDIT) and adults with harmful drug use. The level of use can be indicated on the referral form or assessed by the Step 2 service.

A second component of the new Step 2 service is the provision of support for family members in their own right, whether or not their relative is accessing treatment for their use of alcohol or drugs.

All service details, including referral forms for individuals and for family members, are online at Alcohol and Drugs support for people in Southern HSC area.

Self referrals are accepted however I encourage you to refer people for whom this valuable service can provide professional patient centred support to meet their needs. The Step 2 service also provides interpreting support for those who require it while accessing the service. Consent is required from the patient and the referral form should be submitted with as much detail as known at the time of referral.

Should you wish to discuss the Step 2 service or signpost patients you can;

Email: or Telephone: 07591 834 468 (Katrina)

The Southern Area Drug and Alcohol Service Directory can be accessed here (

Should your practice wish to learn more about services available locally, you can contact our Connections team by emailing

‘Steps To Cope’ Service

The STEPS TO COPE service is for young people aged 11-25 who are affected by a parent or family member alcohol and/or drug use or mental health problems.

The service offers:

  • Support for young people aged 11-25 alongside their family members;
  • Individual 1 to 1 support sessions;
  • Online information, self-care tools and resources;
  • Information and awareness sessions designed to be delivered in education and community settings for use by mental health practitioners;
  • A young persons participation group.

For further info:  email   telephone 0800 2545 123   visit

Download Poster

Drugs and Alcohol NI

The Public Health Agency continues to commission a range of drug and alcohol intervention and prevention services across Northern Ireland. These services offer;

  • Drug and alcohol awareness and service information sessions for organisations/networks
  • Targeted life skills programmes for children and young people aged 11-25 years at risk of or experiencing substance use issues
  • Youth Engagement Services for children and young people aged 11-25 years. Young people attending the YES can receive information, advice and support on a range of issues including:
  • Mental health and Emotional wellbeing Issues: Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Self-harm, Family Problems, Educational (School) Problems;
  • Wider Personal and Health Issues: Drugs and Alcohol (including tobacco), Relationships, Sexual Health, Healthy Eating;
  • Social Welfare Issues: Benefits, Housing, Debts, Employment; and,
  • Practical Issues: Further Education, Careers, Money Management, Independent Living Skills.

The service also acts as a supportive signposting and referral agency for children

and young people with additional support needs.

For more information visit Drugs and Alcohol | NI ( or contact your local trust area connections team at Contact Us | Drugs and Alcohol (