Drug and alcohol recovery

North Ayrshire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (NADARS) offers confidential support and advice to anyone affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

Anyone can refer, including:

  • You

  • A family member, carer or friend who is referring on your behalf

  • Your doctor (via Scigateway)

  • Another health and social care professional

Referrals can be made by phoning, writing, completing a NADARS referral form or in person.

What happens next?

  • You may be offered the opportunity to attend a confidential drop-in session (near where you live) to discuss your addiction

  • We will meet with you to complete an assessment. We will work with you to assess your strengths, goals and wishes: we will create your recovery care plan. Your family will be invited to be part of this process.

  • The plan will help us to support you towards goals and promote your recovery. You will be supported by different professionals covering a wide range of disciplines, including: addiction workers, consultant psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacy prescribers, social workers, support workers.

  • NADARS leaflet has more information on the kinds of recovery focussed support that we provide (N.B. Ward 5 at Woodland View provides a specialist inpatient and day service for people (over 16 years) with addiction and mental ill-health. Referral to Ward 5 is through NADARS.)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

Some services may have temporarily changed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. To view up to date information on drug, alcohol and needle exchange services nationally, visit the Scottish Drugs Forum website here.

An overview on how addiction services in North Ayrshire are operating during the pandemic can be found here, and you can view updates on various North Ayrshire services and contacts here.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Better Health Hub team can also advise on services currently operating during the pandemic, as well as assisting with enquiries on all aspects of physical and mental well-being. You can find more information and their contact details here. The NHS Inform website also provides more information about drugs and drug use.

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) advice for heavy drinkers who are thinking of cutting back or stopping drinking alcohol can be found here.

NADARS drop-in sessions

From 30 April 2019, NADARS locality drop-in sessions will stop.

Community link workers and mental health practitioners across North Ayrshire will work closely with NADARS to ensure all addiction related information and referrals pathways are available to local people.

Will I be charged?

There may be a charge for support services. Your care manager will discuss this with you. We always take your ability to pay into account.

You may be eligible for self-directed support. This gives you a range of options, including receiving a direct payment to enable you to buy support services of your choice.

For Carers

If you care for someone with mental ill-health or addiction problems you can complete an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carers Statement. These give you the opportunity to identify your needs and any support you may require, to continue providing care.

Recovery activities in North Ayrshire

Advocacy services

The support of an independent advocate can help you to express your opinions or wishes. AIMS Advocacy can help, call 01294 608663


Ayrshire Addiction Training Calendar 2020

Free training is available, please email psst@aapct.scot.nhs.uk or call 01294 322339 (late cancellation fees will apply)


Support with gambling problems

  • Gamblers Anonymous Scotland provides support for families and friends of compulsive gamblers, call 0370 050 8881 (24hrs)

  • GamCare provider of information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling, call 0808 8020 133 (7 days, 8am–midnight)

  • BigDeal offers support to parents and youth-facing professionals with information about all kinds of gambling issues, call freephone 0808 8020 133 (7 days, 8am–midnight)

  • NHS Choices Live Well – Gambling addiction – useful links to other organisations and self help tools


Contact us

  • To find out how we can help, please call 01294 476000 (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm), out of hours, call NHS24 on 111
  • North Ayrshire Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (NADARS), North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Caley Court Resource Centre, Moorpark Road West, Stevenston KA20 3HU