Drug and alcohol support service

Adult Drug and Alcohol Service – CGL (Change, Grow, Live) Warrington Pathways to Recovery

Pathways is an integrated drug and alcohol treatment service providing a full range of treatment options, guidance and support and a clear pathway to recovery for people affected by drugs and / or alcohol misuse.

The skilled staff team consists of doctors, nurses, recovery coordinators, social workers, group workers, recovery champions, volunteers and peer mentors.

They offer a full spectrum of support from advice and information through to medical and psychological treatment and access to residential rehabilitation. The service is confidential and treatment is tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Service users are involved in all aspects of service planning and delivery.  A variety of method are used to gather service users views and opinions to ensure they inform the development of services.

It is run as Open Access with a Drop-in Service in place, so no appointment is necessary.  

Their ethos is to treat the whole person so care plans will be drawn up covering a wide range of issues such as substance use, physical and mental wellbeing, housing, education and training, relationships and social support.

Pathways currently offer:

  • Specialist advice and information
  • Needle exchange* and health promotion
  • Psychosocial and medical assessment
  • Testing for blood borne viruses
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis B
  • Medical interventions including Methadone and Buprenorphine prescribing
  • Community detoxification
  • GP shared care
  • Action planning, care coordination and key work
  • Group work – including relapse prevention
  • Referral and assessment for residential rehabilitation and detoxification
  • Drug Interventions Programme, supporting substance users involved in the criminal justice system
  • Harm reduction and abstinence based treatment
  • Life skills training


  • Support service for families of drug and alcohol users in Warrington.
  • Supporting non-substance misusing adult relatives: parents of young people and older drug/alcohol users, partners, grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings and friends.
  • Young Persons’ Worker offers support to young people aged 11 - 19 in Warrington.
  • Counselling offered to clients from the age of 11+
  • Groups/Peer Support Groups – fortnightly (Fairfield Community Centre, 12.30pm every second Wednesday)
  • Telephone support – Monday to Friday
  • Out of hours helpline Monday – Friday until 10pm and at weekends
  • Information about drugs, alcohol, treatment, other sources of support
  • Respite opportunities – reduce isolation, build support networks

How to refer: 

*Needle Exchange – access to sterile injecting equipment and paraphernalia, sharps boxes and a safe way to dispose of used injecting equipment. Impartial and up-to-date advice to reduce drug-related harm caused to the individual and wider community, including reducing the spread of blood borne viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV.